Out This Week 8/6

As the days grow shorter, the list of exciting new albums seems to grow longer. Though none of the big year-end blockbusters are out yet, there’s a lot to choose from on the new release shelves at your favorite record store, including the latest from Moderat. This second LP by the collaboration of Berlin duo Modeselektor (Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary) and Berlin artist Apparat (aka Sascha Ring) is sure to appease fans eager for a follow up. Our Music Director, Don Yates, calls the aptly titled II “a masterfully moody set of expansive bass music with atmospheric synths, rumbling bass, skittering rhythms, melancholy vocals and haunting melodies.” Perth, Australia band Pond, featuring current and former members of Tame Impala, is releasing their fifth album today. Hobo Rocket, the followup to their excellent 2012 album, Beard, Wives, Denim, “is a more adventurous and often-aggressive take on the band’s heavy psych-pop, with expansive, shape-shifting songs that bounce from hazy atmospheric pop to primal hard rock.” New York Minks return with their second album, showcasing “a strong outing of ‘80s-influenced dream-pop with fuzzy synths, jangly guitars and lots of sparkling pop hooks”; and Dirtmusic, carries on after the departure of Chris Brokaw, now as a duo with founders Chris Eckman (also of The Walkabouts) and Australian multi-instrumentalist Hugo Race (an early member of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds). Their third, recorded in Bamako, Mali with Malian musicians and vocalists, “is a seamless, wholly successful blend of various Malian styles and brooding, atmospheric rock, with lyrics touching upon the conflict with radical Islamists in northern Mali.”

Other excellent new releases that you’ll want to check out come from LA trio Superhumanoids, whose debut is “a top-notch set of romantic, dreamy, woozy synth-pop with R&B flourishes that balances starry-eyed boy/girl vocals with New Wave influences, lush textures, and soaring hooks”; 90’s LA band Medicine, who return after 18 years’ hiatus with a strong set of “shoegazer dream-pop with elusive, shape-shifting songs featuring fuzzy guitars and soft vocals”; Chicago group Running, whose new album is “a vicious slab of grimy noise-punk with a dense wall of scuzzy guitars, often-motorik rhythms and snarling vocals”; and a collaboration by Austinites Explosions In The Sky & David Wingo (of Ola Podrida) for a moody, cinematic soundtrack to the movie Prince Avalanche.

Look for all of these in stores today, plus new releases from The Civil Wars, The Polyphonic Spree, Dinosaur Bones, Future Wife, Lumerians, and many others. Here are a few songs to sample before you head out to your favorite record shop:

Barbarossa – Turbine
from Bloodlines on Memphis Industries

Jake Bellows – All Right Now (MP3)
from New Ocean on Saddle Creek

Charles Bradley – trailer
from Charles Bradley: Soul of America DVD on Daptone

The Civil Wars – The One That Got Away
from The Civil Wars on Sensibility Music/Columbia Records

The Delta Mirror – Goodbye Horses (Q Lazzarus cover) (MP3)
from Better Unsung on Lightwave Records

Dinosaur Bones – Sleepsick (MP3)
from Shaky Dream on Dine Alone Records

Dirtmusic – Fitzcarraldo
from Troubles on Glitterbeat Records

Explosions In The Sky & David Wingo – Join Me On My Avalanche
from Prince Avalanche: An Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on Temporary Residence Ltd.

Future Wife – I’m Gonna Die
from We’re Gonna Die (self-released)

Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion – Chairman Meow
from Wassaic Way on Route 8 Records

Kitten Forever – Famous Friends
from Pressure on Guilt Ridden Pop

Lumerians – Dogon Genesis
from The High Frontier on Partisan Records

Medicine – It’s Not Enough
from To the Happy Few on Captured Tracks

Minks – Everything’s Fine (MP3)
from Tides End on Captured Tracks

Moderat – Bad Kingdom
from II on Monkeytown/Mute

The Polyphonic Spree – You Don’t Know Me
from Yes It’s True on Kirtland Records

Pond – Xanman
from Hobo Rocket on Modular

Pop. 1280 – Human Probe
from Imps of Perversion on Sacred Bones Records

Running – Controversial PR
from Vaguely Ethnic on Castle Face Records

Amanda Shires – Devastate
from Down Fell The Doves on Lightning Rod Records

Summer Cannibals – Take Me
from No Makeup on New Moss Records

Superhumanoids – Bad Weather
from Exhibitionists on Innovative Leisure

Walking Papers – Leave Me In The Dark
from Walking Papers on Loud & Proud Records

Jesse Woods – Elijah
from Get Your Burdens Lifted on Guns In the Sun

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