Out This Week 7/29

It’s been six long years, but the latest solo album from Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis is out today. KEXP Music Director Don Yates describes the album, The Voyager, as “a strong return to form steeped in classic West Coast ‘70s and ‘80s pop-rock with smartly crafted songs juxtaposing breezy melodies with incisive lyrics that cut deep. Produced by Ryan Adams along with Beck and Johnathan Rice, the album features a warm, lush sound that puts the focus on Lewis’s gorgeous vocals and consistently strong songcraft.”

Speaking of Beck, today he releases a full-album version of his 2012 sheet music release, Song Reader, with each song recorded by a guest artist including Jack White, Jarvis Cocker, Laura Marling, Eleanor Friedberger, and many more. Beck himself appears on one track, “Heaven’s Ladder.”

KEXP is also excited about the latest from local duo Shabazz Palaces. Their latest, Lese Majesty, is “another mind-blowing set of experimental hip hop with woozy beats and spacy textures accompanying Butler’s reverberating vocals and abstract raps.” (You can read a more indepth review of the album on the KEXP Blog here, and tune in for a LIVE in-studio from the boys on Monday, August 4th at 3:00 PM PST.)

Other highlights this week include the second album from New York band Hooray for Earth, “another expansive, beautifully constructed set of psych-tinged synth-rock with loud, rumbling guitars, bright synths, dramatic vocals and massive song hooks.” Veteran UK (now L.A.-based) DJ Wildest Dreams releases his debut album featuring a “heady set of trippy psych-rock jams.” San Francisco-via-New Orleans producer Jim-E Stack shares “a hypnotic set of expansive instrumental-heavy beats that straddle a fascinating line between experimental tendencies and pop sensibilities in a fashion comparable to Four Tet.”


Beck – “Sorry”
from Song Reader on Capitol

James Brown – film trailer
from Get On Up: The James Brown Story on Polydor / Universal

Eric Clapton – “Call Me The Breeze”
from The Breeze: An Appreciation of J.J. Cale on ADA / EPC

Cosines – “Out of the Fire”
from Oscillations on Fika Recordings

Diplo – “Revolution” (feat. Faustix & Imanos and Kai)
from Random White Dudes Be Everywhere on Mad Decent

The Dream Academy – “Life in a Northern Town”
from The Morning Lasted All Day: A Retrospective on Real Gone Music

Hooray for Earth – “Racy”
from Racy on Dovecote Records

Jim-E Stack – “Reassuring”
from Tell Me I Belong on Innovative Leisure

The John Steel Singers – “Happy Before”
from Everything’s a Thread on Full Time Hobby

Krakatau – “Riddells Creek”
from Water Near a Bridge on Trouble in Mind

Fela Kuti – movie trailer
from Finding Fela! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on Knitting Factory Records

Land Observations – “On Leaving The Kingdom For The Well-Tempered Continent”
from The Grand Tour on Mute US

Jenny Lewis – “Just One Of The Guys”
from The Voyager on Warner Bros.

The Muffs – “Up And Down Around”
from Whoop Dee Doo on Burger / Cherry Red

Shabazz Palaces – “#CAKE”
from Lese Majesty on Sub Pop

Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens – “Sinner”
from Cold World on Daptone

Sir Michael Rocks – “MEMO”
from Banco on C.A.K.E.

Soft Walls – “Never Come Back Again”
from No Time on Trouble in Mind

Stardeath and White Dwarfs – “The Frequency”
from Wastoid on Federal Prism

We Need Secrets – “The Archive”
from Melancholy and the Archive on Saint Marie Records

Wildest Dreams – “Last Ride”
from Wildest Dreams on Smalltown Supersound

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