Out This Week 9/18

This week finally sees the U.S. release of An Awesome Wave, the awesome debut of Alt-J. We’ve been playing the U.K. band regularly on KEXP for months, but today you can pick up a copy for yourself. Also topping this week’s list of new releases — not quite as long as last week’s but still pretty dang long — is the anticipated new album by Grizzly Bear. Our Music Director, Don Yates, calls the Brooklyn band’s fourth album “a little more raw and aggressive than previous releases, giving their latest batch of complex, shape-shifting songs a bit more of a rock edge at times while still providing plenty of gorgeous sonic textures and jaw-dropping moments of melodic beauty with an intricate swirl of guitars, piano, synths, prominent drums and warm harmonies along with occasional horns, strings, woodwinds and more.” And speaking of rocking out, the former Sleater-Kinney frontwoman Corin Tucker follows up her comparatively folky 2010 debut with “an impressive return to her fiery riot grrrl roots” on Corin Tucker Band‘s new LP, delivering “a fierce set of loud, punchy indie-rock spiked with Tucker’s wailing vocals and often-politically charged lyrics.” And put those earplugs back in, because the original lineup of Dinosaur Jr. is back with a “rock-solid set of hook-filled songs combining crunchy, melodic guitar solos, chugging rhythms and Mascis’ drawling vocals into tuneful nuggets of guitar-rock gold” — which to longtime fans will recall the Bug-era band with a lot more energy.

More excellent new releases you’ll want to pick up this week include come from LA band Allah-Las, whose debut is “an excellent set of spot-on, vintage 60s pop that finds a winning middleground between garage/rock and surf/pop; from The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, whose first album in eight years is “a fun, rip-roaring blend of scuzzy garage-rock with high-energy blues and R&B, combining loud, grimy guitars, pummeling funk-rock rhythms and demented vocals into proudly untamed rock jams”; from veteran Chicago band The Sea and Cake, whose latest “is another first-rate set of beautifully crafted indie-pop, combining interlocking streamlined guitars, buzzing synths, driving, occasionally motorik rhythms, dreamy melodies and Sam Prekop’s soft vocals into subtly sublime pop songs”; and from prolific NY band Woods, whose more polished seventh album features “a consistently strong set of songs that seamlessly blend elements of adventurous psych-rock and rustic folk-pop while delivering plenty of potent melodic hooks.”

Rootsier new albums include the latest from Portland collective Black Prairie, featuring members of The Decemberists; once-locals Band of Horses, who channel the ‘70s-influenced country-rock sound of the Eagles, America and Crosby, Stills & Nash, and others on their latest; and former Freakwater frontwoman Catherine Irwin on her second country-folk-filled solo release. More adventurous ones come from Portland art rockers Menomena with their new fifth album and JJ DOOM, the collaboration between producer Jneiro Jarel and underground rapper MF DOOM. Pick up all of these and more at your favorite record store today… but not before sampling more of this week’s new releases first:

The Album Leaf – Descent (MP3)
from Forward/Return (self-released)

Allah-Las – Busman’s Holiday (MP3)
from Allah-Las on Innovative Leisure

Alt-J – Fitzpleasure (MP3)
from An Awesome Wave on Canvasback Records

Band of Horses – Knock Knock
from Mirage Rock on Columbia

Black Prairie – How Do You Ruin Me
from A Tear In The Eye Is A Wound In The Heart on Sugar Hill Records

Cars and Trains – Nations (MP3)
from We Are All Fire on Fake Four Inc.

Corin Tucker Band – Groundhog Day (MP3)
from Kill My Blues on Kill Rock Stars

Mike Coykendall – The Hippie Girl (with Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel) (MP3)
from Chasing Away the Dots on Fluff and Gravy Records

Dinosaur Jr. – Watch The Corners (MP3)
from I Bet on Sky on Jagjaguwar

Josephine Foster – Blood Rushing (MP3)
from Blood Rushing on Fire Records

Grizzly Bear – Yet Again
from Shields on Warp

How to Dress Well – & It Was U (MP3)
from Total Loss on Acephale Records

Catherine Irwin – Save Our Ship (MP3)
from Little Heater on Thrill Jockey

JJ Doom – Guv’nor
from Keys To The Kuffs on Lex Records

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Meat and Bone
from Meat and Bone on Boombox/Mom + Pop

Lymbyc Systym – Falling Together (MP3)
from Symbolyst on Western Vinyl

Menomena – Pique (MP3)
from Moms on Barsuk

Robert Pollard – Winter Comes to Those Who Pray
from Jack Sells The Cow on Rockathon Records

Rangda – Majnun (MP3)
from Formerly Extinct on Drag City

The Sea and Cake – On and On (MP3)
from Runner on Thrill Jockey

Sic Alps – Glyphs (MP3)
from Sic Alps on Drag City

Paul Simon – Dazzling Blue
from Live in New York City on Hear Music

Sweet Lights – Hundred Needle Pins (MP3)
from Sweet Lights on Highline Records

Turtle Giant – We Were Kids (MP3)
from All Hidden Places (self-released)

The Whigs – Waiting
from Enjoy The Company on New West Records

Woods – Cali in a Cup
from Bend Beyond on Woodsist

Various Artists:

Rob Cantor (of Tally Hall) – Why Bother? (MP3)
from Engine Room Recordings presents: A Tribute to Pinkerton

Chatham County Line – Heart of the City
from Lowe Country: The Songs of Nick Lowe on Yep Roc

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One Comment

  1. Jerry
    Posted September 30, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    The Band Of Horses record is the perfect way for me to kick of this autumn. So many good tracks and the vibe is just great. Love the Glyn Johns influence on it.

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