Release dates on holiday weeks are usually quite slow. As you would expect, today’s list of new releases is indeed short, yet there are still a handful of interesting new albums to lure you into record stores before the holiday shopping masses come flooding in. Among them is the long awaited follow up to The Evens‘ 2006 LP, Get Evens. Once again on The Odds, husband and wife duo Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi) and Amy Farina (Warmers) pair up on what our Music Director, Don Yates, calls “an often-gripping set of skeletal post-hardcore, with a stripped-down sound featuring muted baritone guitar, jittery drums, alternating lead vocals, warm harmonies and politically charged lyrics.” And if the return of this post- post-hardcore band gets you in the mood for more late 80’s alternative rock, it just so happens that fellow DC band Bad Brains and Amherst, MA, shredders Dinosaur Jr. new new releases this week also. While the Dino album is a live document from 1987, the Bad Brains material is totally new and their best sounding in years!
Also available in record stores today is the fourth album from Seattle band The Pharmacy, who offer “their most potent blend yet of lo-fi garage-punk, raw psych-pop and catchy power pop on a consistently strong batch of memorable songs fleshed out with fuzzy guitars, playful keyboards, energetic rhythms and sharp hooks”; an album of remixes of KEXP favorites The Twilight Sad by the likes of Liars, Tom Furse from The Horrors, Com Truise and others; a live LP from former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit; a collection of b-sides from Brit rockers Elbow; and “a strong set of ‘50s-influenced indie-rock” by Tempe, AZ, band Gospel Claws, whose new sophomore album is “reminiscent of a somewhat more retro version of The Walkmen, with reverbed guitars, soaring, dramatic lead vocals, doo woo harmonies and catchy pop hooks.”
Check these and more great new albums waiting for you in stores today. Plus, check back on the blog soon for a preview of the Record Store Day exclusives available this coming Black Friday.
AZITA – It’s Understanding (MP3)
from Year on Drag City
Bad Brains – Into the Future (MP3)
from Into The Future on Megaforce
Dinosaur Jr. – The Lung
from Chocomel Daze (Live 1987) on Merge Records
Elbow – Buffalo Ghosts
from Dead in the Boot on Fiction / Cooperative Music
The Evens – King of Kings
from The Odds on Dischord
Gospel Claws – I Want It All (MP3)
from Put Your Sunshine Away on Common Wall Media
Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin – Uptown Psychedelia
from Instrumental Tourist on Software Recording Co.
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Decoration Day
from Live from Alabama on Lightning Rod Records
Midway in Wake – Urban Vermin (MP3)
from We Will Remain Sedate on Lowatt Records
The Pharmacy – Make Me Remember (MP3)
from Stoned and Alone on Old Flame Records
Sambassadeur – Memories (MP3)
from Memories / Hours Away 7″ on Labrador Records
Takka Takka – These Broken Chairs (MP3)
from A.M. Landscapes on Ernest Jenning Record Co.
The Twilight Sad – Nil (Liars Remix)
from No One Can Ever Know – The Remixes on FatCat