Out This Week 2/19

It’s a big week for new releases, so let’s get right into it. First thing on your shopping list: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds‘ latest, Push The Sky Away. Fifteen albums in and Cave & Co. still create unique stunners. As our Music Director, Don Yates, says, it’s “a masterful set of brooding, minimalist rock comprised of mostly slow-burning songs with rumbling guitars, mournful keyboards, eerie violin loops, stately rhythms and dark, evocative lyrics.” So not so much the heavy rock of his Grinderman project, but if you’re a fan if his ballads (and the man knows how to write them), then you might think this his best work since The Boatman’s Call. While Nick’s found plenty of inspiration in the past from America’s southern lands, British musician Jamie Lidell is living there now. The warmer clime is a better fit for the sunny sounds of his fifth album, “a bright, colorful affair that filters ’80s-inspired funk through more modern electronic production, with a bold blend of loud, squelchy synths and monster bass accompanying Lidell’s Wonderesque vocals.” Brooklyn group Beach Fossils go for more bang on their second release, produced by The Men’s Ben Greenberg, who adds “a punchier, more detailed sound for their jangly dream-pop, combining shimmering, surf-influenced guitars, driving rhythms, hazy vocals and melancholy lyrics.” And NYC label Mom + Pop give a well deserved U.S. release to Flume, a.k.a. 20-year-old Australian producer Harley Streten, whose self-titled debut has been in rotation on KEXP since its Future Classics release last year and is “an eclectic, consistently high-quality set of melodic, bass-heavy grooves ranging from soulful and moody electro-pop and house to hip hop, dubstep and more experimental bass-music sounds that still deliver plenty of memorable song hooks.”

Other new releases you’ll want to pick up today come from young Danish band Iceage, who on their second album “inject their bleak, aggressive post-punk with an even bigger dose of raucous hardcore punk on fierce, uncompromising songs with lots of breakneck tempos, noisy guitar riffs, pummeling drums and raw, declamatory vocals”; from LA brother duo inc., whose un-Googleable name is forgiven for their “intoxicating, seductive” debut featuring “lush, smoky, cinematic beats and emotive, falsetto vocals, distinctly enhanced by nuanced, expressive guitar work”; from Seattle producer Jeff McIlwain, a.k.a. Lusine, whose latest “finds him continuing to seamlessly blend cerebral electronic sounds with warm, melodic electro-pop on smartly constructed songs with bubbly synths, glitchy, atmospheric textures and a variety of house, techno and other electronic grooves”; and Seattle duo Pony Time, whose debut offers “a promising set of New Waveish garage-punk with fuzzy bass and baritone guitar lines, bashing drums, nasal vocals and bright pop hooks.”

We’re incredibly excited for the U.S. release of our Icelandic friend Sindri Mar Sigfusson’s third album with his band Sin Fang. While his Seabear project sits aside indefinitely, Flowers blossoms as his “brightest, most polished and assured release to date.” Jónsi’s parter, Alex Somers, produces this “intricately constructed and richly textured” album of “adventurous yet hook-filled electro-pop, orchestral folk-pop and psychedelia.” When you pick that up, be sure to also check out the debut from Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, the project of Brooklyn-via-Brunswick, ME singer-songwriter Aly Spaltro, who impresses with her “stormy indie-pop, highlighted by hard-hitting, shape-shifting songs featuring a raw, dynamic sound combining a variety of electric and acoustic instrumentation with Spaltro’s impassioned, soulful vocals and searing, emotive lyrics”, and the Everly Brothers-loving album of covers by Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, who “tackle material from throughout the Everlys’ lengthy career, while mostly skipping the Everlys’ more well-known songs” with a sound that’s “warm, intimate and mostly acoustic-oriented, allowing their luminous harmonies plenty of space to shine.”

And if you think your basket is already full, you’re going to want to make room for the latest from Portland artists Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, Natasha Kmeto and STRFKR, inventive electronic production duo Matmos, bluesy psych rock group Psychic Ills, sunny Aussie disco pop outfit Mitzi, and Tall Dwarfs/Bats precursors Toy Love, whose original Flying Nun debut is being rereleased in partnership with Captured Tracks.

There’s a lot more besides, including the second Hall Willner-produced collection of pirate ballads, sea songs and chanteys Son of Rogues Gallery, featuring “a more diverse and adventurous assortment of artists ranging from ringers like Shane MacGowan and Tom Waits to more surprising choices like Marc Almond and Big Freedia” — so be sure to sample every song gathered here before heading out to your local record shop:

Apparat – A Violent Sky
from Krieg und Frieden (Music for Theatre) on Mute

Atlas Genius – Trojans
from When It Was Now on Warner Bros.

Beach Fossils – Careless (MP3)
from Clash the Truth on Captured Tracks

Beat Mark – Breeezing!
from Howls of Joy on Ample Play Records

Beat Radio – Hurricanes, XO (MP3)
from Hard Times, Go! on Awkward For Life Records

Campfires – Fortune Teller (MP3)
from Tomorrow, Tomorrow on Fire Talk Records

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – We No Who U R
from Push The Sky Away on Bad Seed Ltd.[

Destruction Unit – Evil Man
from Void on Jolly Dream Records

Eat Skull – Space Academy
from III on Woodist

Flume – Holdin On
from Flume on Mom + Pop

Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside – Party Kids
from Untamed Beast on Partisan Records

Gray Young – Canopy Reflected (MP3)
from Bonfire (self-released)

The Howling Hex – Primetime Clown (MP3)
from The Best of the Howling Hex on Drag City

Iceage – Coalition (MP3)
from You’re Nothing on Matador

inc. – 5 Days (MP3)
from No World on 4AD

Natasha Kmeto – Dirty Mind Melt (MP3)
from Dirty Mind Melt EP on Dropping Gems

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper – Bird Balloons
from Ripely Pine on Ba Da Bing

Jamie Lidell – You Naked
from Jamie Lidell on Warp Records

Bobby Long – Devil Moon (MP3)
from Wishbone on ATO Records

Lusine – Another Tomorrow (MP3)
from Waiting Room on Ghostly

Lust for Youth – Chasing The Light
from Chasing The Light 12″ on Sacred Bones

Matmos – Teen Paranormal Romance (MP3)
from The Marriage of True Minds on Thrill Jockey Records

Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – What The Brothers Sang
from What The Brothers Sang on Drag City

Misfit Mod – Valleys (MP3)
from Islands & Islands on Stars & Letters Records

Mitzi – All I Heard (MP3)
from Truly Alive on Future Classic

Parenthetical Girls – A Note To Self
from Privilege on Slender Means Society / Marriage

Pony Time – Because I Care (MP3)
from Go Find Your Own on Per Se Records

Psychic Ills – Might Take A While
from One Track Mind on Sacred Bones

Sin Fang – Young Boys (MP3)
from Flowers on Morr Music

STRFKR – While I’m Alive (MP3)
from Miracle Mile on Polyvinyl

Toy Love – Swimming Pool
from Toy Love on Captured Tracks / Flying Nun

Useless Eaters – Black Night Ultraviolet
from Hypertension on Jeffery Drag Records

Various Artists:

“Asshole Rules The Navy”, featuring Iggy Pop with A Hawk and a Hacksaw
from Son Of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys on Anti Records

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One Comment

  1. Nathan
    Posted February 19, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    What about Samantha Crain’s album that came out today? She’s a really interesting singer-songwriter who I think a lot of listeners might like.

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