Out This Week 9/24

Is today really the day you can get a free Nirvana tattoo? Why, yes it is. From noon to 6PM today at Seattle’s Silver Platters (and a couple of other places in the U.S.), you can get the squiggly Nirvana smiley face tattooed permanently on your body for free… well, for free if you pick up the 20th Anniversary Edition of Nirvana’s In Utero or the Live and Loud DVD, both out today. More deliberately challenging than its mega-successful predecessor, In Utero, Nirvana’s third and final studio album, potentially had a greater impact on the bands who would follow, showing them that commercial success didn’t mean they needed to lose their edge. This remastered version is available today in a variety of formats, including the “Super Deluxe” 3CD/1DVD set and a 3 LP vinyl version.

Also in stores are some other excellent new albums you’ll want to pick up after your tattoo dries… including the anticipated debut from Scottish trio CHVRCHES, which our Music Director, Don Yates, calls “a knockout set of dance-friendly electro-pop with a dynamic, brightly colored sound featuring shimmering neon synths and propulsive rhythms accompanying Lauren Mayberry’s radiant pixie vocals, while sugary melodies and euphoric pop hooks are contrasted by dark, often-cutting lyrics of a relationship falling apart.” Brooklyn’s Frankie Rose‘s new album is also in our heavy rotation. Her third LP is “a bit less ethereal and more dynamic than last year’s excellent Interstellar, with a variety of stellar songs ranging from New Wave dream-pop and propulsive post-punk to surf-influenced rock and some gorgeous ballads.” And after a long, 17-year wait, Hope Sandoval and David Roback return with the latest by Mazzy Star, which unsurprisingly is “an impressive return to form that beautifully captures the band’s bluesy, slow-burning psych-pop, featuring a spare, atmospheric sound with acoustic and electric slide guitars along with occasional organ, harmonica, strings, flute and other instrumentation accompanying Sandoval’s dreamy, dusky vocals.”

Other albums out this week that you’ll want to check out come from Seattle band The Night Beats, whose second album is “a first-rate set of raw, psych-tinged garage-rock featuring a primal rock sound with stinging electric guitars, R&B-influenced rhythms, reverbed vocals and catchy song hooks”; U.K.’s Ghostpoet, whose latest LP is “an impressive set of brooding, expansive hip hop inflected with dubstep, jazz, R&B, Afro-Beat and other styles, combining skittering beats and eerie electronic textures with Ghostpoet’s lethargic delivery and dark, elliptical lyrics”; Malian musician Rokia Traore, whose John Parish produced fifth album features “a more muscular and electric sound, with fiery electric guitars, ngoni, punchy drums (courtesy of British drummer Seb Rochford), hypnotic interlocking rhythms and call-and-response backing vocals accompanying Traore’s supple vocals”; and Pee Wee-referencing Brooklyn trio Au Revoir Simone, whose fourth studio album “injects their dream-pop with a more polished, energetic and dance-oriented sound featuring layered synths, occasional guitars, dreamy lead vocals, melancholy lyrics and airy three-part harmonies.”

There’s a lot more new in stores today, including the third album from Danish producer Anders Trentemøller, which features “a dark, expansive and more song-oriented set of moody electro-pop featuring a strong lineup of guest vocalists including Low, Jana Hunter of Lower Dens, Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead and Sune Rose Wagner of the Raveonettes”; Springfield, MO band Ha Ha Tonka, whose latest Bloodshot release is “a more lush, polished and somewhat more diverse take on the band’s roots-infused indie-rock, combining ringing guitars and mandolin with mostly energetic rhythms, Brian Roberts’ assured, slightly raspy vocals and the band’s impressive four-part harmonies”; Seattle-via-Ellensburg singer-songwriter Star Anna, whose latest is “an impressive set of dark, intense folk-rock, combining a mostly raw, stripped-down sound with her throaty, soulful vocals and lyrics of betrayal and heartbreak”; British trio TRAAMS, who debut with “a promising album of raw yet melodic post-punk featuring grimy guitars, motorik rhythms and yelping vocals”; and San Francisco’s Kelley Stoltz, who returns with “another well-crafted set of psych-tinged garage-pop.”

Look for new albums also from Berlin-based producer Kyson, new German electro-pop band Claire, rabble-rousing Providence band Deer Tick, Odd Future Records solo artist The Internet, Danish born and Brooklyn based artist Oh Land, the tantric-loving 80’s icon Sting, the John Dwyer (Thee Oh Sees) endorsed SF band The Herms, and much more. Check out samples from just some of the many new albums on record shelves today:

Au Revoir Simone – Crazy
from Move In Spectrums on Instant Records

The Chambermaids – Electric Sky
from Whatever Happened Tomorrow on Old Blackberry Way / Guilt Ridden Pop

CHVRCHES – The Mother We Share
from The Bones Of What You Believe on Glassnote

Claire – Games
from Broken Promise Land on Astralwerks

Deer Tick – The Dream’s In The Ditch
from Negativity on Partisan Records

Frankie Rose – Sorrow
from Herein Wild on Fat Possum

Ghostpoet – Cold Win
from Some Say I So I Say Light on Play It Again Sam/[PIAS] America

Golden Animals – All Your Life
from Hear Eye Go on The Reverberation Appreciation Society

Ha Ha Tonka – Rewrite Our Lives (MP3)
from Lessons on Bloodshot Records

Heaven’s Gate – Drone
from Transmuting on Inflated Records

The Herms – Volleyball
from Drop Out Vol. 1 on Castle Face Records

Huerco S. – Prinzif
from Colonial Patterns on Software Recording Co.

Icona Pop – All Night
from This Is… Icona Pop on Big Beat Records

The Internet – Partners In Crime Part Two
from Feel Good on Odd Future Records

Into It. Over It. – Spinning Thread
from Intersections on Triple Crown Records

Sarah Jarosz – Fuel The Fire (MP3)
from Build Me Up from Bones on Sugar Hill Records

Kings Of Leon – Supersoaker
from Mechanical Bull on RCA Records

Kyson – How Long
from The Water’s Way on Friends of Friends

Mazzy Star – California
from Seasons Of Your Day on Rhymes Of An Hour Records

The Night Beats – The Seven Poison Wonders
from Sonic Bloom on The Reverberation Appreciation Society

Nirvana – Heart-Shaped Box
from In Utero (remastered 20th Anniversary Edition) on Geffen

Oh Land – My Boxer
from Wishbone on Federal Prism

Promised Land Sound – Fadin’ Fast
from Promised Land Sound (self-released)

Star Anna – For Anyone (MP3)
from Go To Hell on Spark & Shine Records

Kelley Stoltz – Double Exposure
from Double Exposure on Third Man Records

TRAAMS – Flowers
from Grin on Fat Cat Records

Rokia Traore – Beautiful Africa
from Beautiful Africa on Nonesuch

Trentemøller – Never Stop Running (feat. Jonny Pierce of The Drums)
from Lost on In My Room

U.S. Girls – Overtime
from Free Advice Column on Bad Actors, Inc.

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