Out This Week 10/30

Ten years we’ve been waiting for the followup to his head-turning lo-fi debut, The Headphone Masterpiece, and with Landing on a Hundred, Cody ChesnuTT absolutely does not disappoint. The LA-via-Atlanta singer-songwriter returns with a fully produced record that, as our Music Director, Don Yates, says, is “steeped in the expansive ‘70s soul sounds of Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Al Green and Stevie Wonder, blending funk and soul with shades of Afro-beat, gospel, reggae, smoky jazz and more, highlighted by ChesnuTT’s frank, confessional songwriting and limber, falsetto-laden vocals.” And it is frank indeed, as Cody ChesnuTT pulls no punches in revealing his years of personal struggles following is near rise to fame. Not only is it rare that anyone can recover from such a fall, but to return with such a strong, soulful release is practically unheard of. Look for Landing on a Hundred in record stores today as well as on critics’ picks for top albums of 2012 by the end of the year.

Other albums out this week come from UK producer Hugo Manuel, a.k.a. Chad Valley, whose lush debut LP is “a more polished and produced take on his ‘80s-influenced blend of Balearic synth-pop and R&B, featuring a smooth, lush sound with twinkling synths, gently propulsive dance rhythms and an impressive lineup of guest vocalists”; Oakland hip hop outfit The Coup, whose first album in six years “is their most musically diverse and aggressive, combining their slinky funk-rap sound with New Wave, punk, hard rock, chamber-pop, and soul”; Chicago singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird, whose latest is an acoustic 8-song companion EP to his last release, Break It Yourself, and features his band gathered around a single microphone (as they did in our studios); Brooklyn’s Menahan Street Band, whose second album “is an evocative, expertly crafted set of moody soul instrumentals, combining hypnotic horn lines, dreamy keyboards, atmospheric guitar riffs and in-the-pocket grooves”; and Egyptian Project, featuring French producer Jerome Ettinger and a group of veteran Egyptian musicians who blend modern and traditional Egyptian sounds with electronic rhythms and textures.

Check out all of these and more, including the latest from Neil Young and Crazy Horse, at your favorite record store today!

The Ampersands – Golems in Waves (MP3)
from This Is Your Adventure Too!! on Stringshot Records

Andrew Bird – Three White Horses
from Hands of Glory on Mom + Pop Music

Black Light Dinner Party – Leave It All (MP3)
from B.L.D.P. (self-released)

Chad Valley – I Owe You This (Feat. Twin Shadow)
from Young Hunger on Cascine

Cody ChesnuTT – That’s Still Mama (MP3)
from Landing on a Hundred on Vibration Vineyard

The Coup – The Guillotine
from Sorry to Bother You on Anti-

Dolfish – Grown Ups (MP3)
from I’d Rather Disappear Than Stay the Same on Afternoon Records

Egyptian Project – Ya Amar
from Ya Amar on Six Degrees

Ending People – Beat Of My Heart (MP3)
from Fill Your Lungs on Cash Cow

Matthew Friedberger – Expectant Fathers – In for a Surprise VII. As if in the Car with the Kids (MP3)
from Matricidal Sons of Bitches on Thrill Jockey Records

Indian Handcrafts – Terminal Horse (MP3)
from Civil Disobedience for Losers on Sargent House

Scarlett Johansson and Lulu Gainsbourg – Bonnie and Clyde
from From Gainsbourg to Lulu on MBM-Records

Menahan Street Band – The Crossing
from The Crossing on Dunham Records

Plateaus – Stop Messing Around (MP3)
from Plateaus on Art Fag

The Soft Moon – Insides (MP3)
from Zeros on Captured Tracks

Wooden Indian Burial Ground – Sparklerella (MP3)
from Wooden Indian Burial Ground on Mon Amie Records

Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Ramada Inn
from Psychedelic Pill on Reprise Records

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