Out This Week 11/26

While many people are compiling their year-end lists and shopping for gift-worthy deluxe reissues for the upcoming holidays, some bands are still releasing excellent new albums that you’ll want to hear before you make any final decisions. A few of this week’s releases see some KEXP favorites making interesting choices, like Austin band Shearwater, a long time listener and DJ favorite, whose latest album gathers covers they’ve made of songs written by bands they’ve toured with, including a surprisingly wide range of artists like Sharon Van Etten, Coldplay and Xiu Xiu. Vancouver Dan Bejar, a.k.a. Destroyer, has repeatedly surprised his fans with different styles, so his decision to record Five Spanish Songs shouldn’t come as a huge shock. Our Music Director, Don Yates, praises the new EP as “a consistently strong set featuring five songs written by Spanish musician Antonio Luque of the band Sr. Chinarro, with the songs ranging from smooth folk pop and flamenco-tinged disco-rock to jaunty, jazzy pop and riff-heavy glam-rock”. And Alt-J, a band we’ve championed from the early days of their career, have assembled some of the best remixes that others have done of their songs into a new EP, which should appease fans eager for more new material.

Other new releases you’ll want to check out in stores today include the second album from Southern Cal-via-Cleveland artist Gabriel Fulvimar , a.k.a Gap Dream, which Don Yates calls “a promising set of psych-tinged synth-rock with warm, gauzy synths, occasional fuzzy guitar, simple drum-machine rhythms and hypnotic melodies”; a new release of older songs from LA band Beachwood Sparks, whose roots-tinged psych-pop was a strong before they signed to Sub Pop in the late 1990s as it is now; and the third album by moody, atmospheric UK band The KVB, who were not only picked by Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe to support BJM on their upcoming Australian tour but were also signed to his own record label, A Recordings.

You’ll find these and other great records, including a beautiful multi-disc collection of Lee Hazlewood songs, presented by Light In The Attic, a new singles collection from Thee Oh Sees, a reissue of Soundgarden‘s Sub Pop-released EPs Screaming Life/Fopp, a vintage live recording of The Gories, and much more. Check out the songs gathered here before heading out to your favorite record store.

Alt-J - Fitzpleasure (Jim James Apple C Remix)
from Summer EP on Infectious Music

Beachwood Sparks - Watery Moonlight
from Desert Skies on Alive Naturalsound

Billie Joe + Norah - Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine
from Foreverly on Warner Bros Records

Destroyer - El Rito
from Five Spanish Songs EP on Merge Records

Egyptrixx - Ax//s
from A/B Til Infinity on Night Slug

Flume & Chet Faker - Drop The Game
from Lockjaw EP on Future Classic

Gap Dream - Fantastic Sam
from Shine Your Light on Burger Records

The Gories - To Find Out
from The Shaw Tapes: Live in Detroit 5/27/88 on Third Man Records

Hammock - I Could Hear The Water At The Edge Of All Things
from Oblivion Hymns on Hammock Music

The KVB - Again & Again
from Minus One on A Recordings

Kevin Morby - Slow Train (feat. Cate Le Bon)
from Harlem River on Woodsist Records

Orchestra of Spheres - Journey
from Vibration Animal Sex Brain Music on Fire Records

Shearwater - I Luv the Valley OH!! (Xiu Xiu cover)
from Fellow Travelers on Sub Pop

Soundgarden - Fopp (Remastered)
from Screaming Life/Fopp 2013 Reissue on Sub Pop

Thee Oh Sees - What You Need (MP3)
from Singles Collection Volume 3 on Castle Face

The Warlocks - Dead Generation
from Skull Worship on Zap Banana

VA - I Need You Bad
on Polyvinyl Records
Warm Soda - Tell Me in a Whisper

VA - There’s A Dream I’ve Been Saving: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1966-1971
on Light In The Attic Records

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One Comment

  1. terry
    Posted November 26, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    I’m so happy to see your posts again Jim. I love the new releases; it is truly something I look forward to each week. I have sorely missed it and was nervous it was gone forever.

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