Out This Week 7/23

What better way to get out of the sun than to spend a bit of time digging crates at your local record shop? While the summer weeks tend to be slow for new releases, you’ll find plenty of excellent new albums in stores this week. Among them is the second album from Seattle’s Shelby Earl, whose Damien Jurado-produced Swift Arrows our Music Director, Don Yates, calls “a powerful set of emotive folk-pop incorporating elements of psych-folk and classic girl-group pop” and “features a warm, rich sound that’s a striking departure from her more stark-sounding debut.” Brooklyn-via-San Francisco band Weekend have perhaps the most buzzed about album right now. Their second LP is “a somewhat bleaker and more streamlined take on their shoegazerish post-punk sound, combining oceanic guitars, atmospheric synths and driving rhythms with more prominent vocals and a stronger lyrical focus”. (Look for a more in-depth review here soon.) The Delward-based duo of vocalist Katie Dill and producer Sam Nobles go by the name Mean Lady, but their songs are quite nice. In fact, their debut “is a super strong set of whimsical, quirky indie pop full of colorful backdrops, inventive samples, stuttering beats, and Dill’s sharp, sweet vocals that recall a smoother version of tUnE-yArD’s Merrill Garbus.” And legendary Texas singer-songwriter (and guitar maker!) Guy Clark is releasing his first new studio album in four years, the first after the death of his wife and muse of over 40 years, and it’s a stunner!

Other new releases this week come from Bar Harbor, Maine’s Coke Weed, whose third album is full of “downer psych-rock with rumbling fuzzy guitars, hypnotic rhythms and dual male/female vocals”; NC band and KEXP fave The Love Language, whose latest is “a fine set of maximalist pop-rock, with a loud, dense, occasionally overstuffed sound combining guitars, keyboards, horns, strings, glockenspiel and more”; vocalist, electronic producer, and Lexington, Kentucky, native Ellie Herring, whose sophomore effort is “a promising set of hypnotic electro-pop tracks that intermittently flirt with playful, uptempo rhythms”; Bay Area band Hunx & His Punx, whose new LP “”finds them bringing a sharper, more aggressive punk edge to their girl-group garage-pop”; and New York gypsy-punks Gogol Bordello with their anthemic and characteristically energetic sixth album full of energetic rhythms and impassioned vocals.

Also in stores are the latest from indie-hippies Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, a strong debut from bluesy dance-rock duo Kid Karate, the latest of mind-melting electronic experimentation from Bristol’s Fuck Buttons, and a promising psych pop single from UK band Temples. Plus, fans’ll want to pick up re-issues and multi-disc box sets from The Mountain Goats, Otis Redding, Smashing Pumpkins, and Style Council. Check out the songs gather below before checking out your stack of LPs at your favorite record shop today:

Kyle Andrews – Crystal Ball (MP3)
from Brighter Than the Sun on Elephant Lady Records

The Cairo Gang – Tiny Rebels
from Tiny Rebels on Empty Cellar Records

Guy Clark – My Favorite Picture of You
from My Favorite Picture of You on Dualtone Records

Coke Weed – Sunseekers (MP3)
from Back To Soft on Heavy Friends

Shelby Earl – Swift Arrows (MP3)
from Swift Arrows (self-released)

Fialta – Photographs
from Summer Winter (self-released)

Filligar – New Local
from Hexagon (self-released)

Fuck Buttons – The Red Wing
from Slow Focus on ATP Recordings

Gogol Bordello – Lost Innocent World
from Pura Vida Conspiracy on ATO Records

Grant Hart – Is The Sky The Limit?
from The Argument on Domino Recording Co.

Ellie Herring – Always Just OK
from Kite Day on Racecar Productions

Hunx and His Punx – Bad Skin (MP3)
from Street Punk on Hardly Art

Kid Karate – Two Times
from Lights Out EP (self-released)

Leftover Cuties – One Heart (MP3)
from The Spark & The Fire (self-released)

The Love Language – Calm Down
from Ruby Red on Merge Records

Mean Lady – Far Away
from Love Now on Fat Possum

The Memories – I Remember You
from Love Is The Law on Burger Records

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – This Life
from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros on Vagrant

Sombear – Love You In The Dark
from Love You in the Dark on Trans- Records

Temples – Shelter Song
from “Shelter Song”/”Colours to Life” 7″ on Fat Possum

Van Dyke Parks – Hold Back Time
from Songs Cycled on Bella Union

Weekend – It’s Alright
from Jinx on Slumberland Records

Zorch – We All Die Young
from Zzoorrcchh on Sargent House

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