Out This Week 8/26

From J Dilla to J Mascis, there is something for everyone this week in new releases! While the Dilla self-releases his 40-track The King of Beats’ Ma Dukes Yancey Collector’s Edition Box Set, Mascis shares his latest solo release, which KEXP’s Music Director Don Yates describes as “another strong acoustic-oriented set featuring some gorgeous finger-picked acoustic guitar along with occasional fuzzy electric guitars accompanying his drawling vocals, wistful melodies and bittersweet lyrics.”

Yates has nothing but rave reviews for the latest from Ty Segall, calling it “his cleanest, most polished recording, and it’s also his best, expertly blending elements of glam-rock, psych-rock, power pop, ‘60s garage-rock, ‘70s hard rock, grunge, punk and more into 17 knockout rock songs with fiery guitar work, occasional organ and strings, tight, muscular rhythms, pristine harmonies and stuffed with catchy song hooks.”

Yates is also enthused by the latest from Canadian supergroup The New Pornographers, calling their sixth album (and first in four years) “a strong comeback record of exuberant, hook-filled power-pop. It’s the group at their most cohesive and confident, combining crunchy guitars, bright synths, punchy rhythms, stacked, soaring harmonies and effervescent melodies into sparkling pop gems.”

Longtime KEXP faves Shovels and Rope return with their third album, “another gritty, heartfelt blend of roots-rock, folk, blues, country and gospel, combining a raw, ramshackle sound with the duo’s rough-hewn harmonies and poignant lyrics.” Staten Island’s Cymbals Eat Guitars release “their most diverse and powerful release to date of ‘90s-influenced indie-rock. Frontman Joseph D’Agostino pays tribute to his late friend and musical collaborator Benjamin High, who passed away seven years ago just as the band began recording, while also expressing belief in the power of music on consistently strong songs ranging from raucous uptempo rockers, anthemic pop-rock and knotty prog to melodic psych-rock epics and plaintive ballads.” And UK dance duo Basement Jaxx share their seventh album, Junto (read an extensive review of that release on the KEXP Blog here).

Ashrae Fax – “CHKN”
from Never Really Been Into It on Mexican Summer

Basement Jaxx – “Never Say Never” ft. ETML
from Junto on Atlantic Jaxx/PIAS

Bitchin Bajas – “Bueu”
from Bitchin Bajas on Drag City

The Bug – “Save Me” feat. Gonjasufi
from Angels & Devils on Ninja Tune

Cold Specks – “A Broken Memory”
from Neuroplasticity on Broken Hertz Records / Mute

Cymbals Eat Guitars – “Jackson”
from LOSE on Barsuk

Gemma Ray – “Motorbike” feat. Alan Vega
from Milk for Your Motors on Bronzerat Records

High Ends – “The Weight”
from Super Class on Dine Alone

J Dilla
from The King of Beats (Ma Dukes Yancey Collector’s Edition Box Set) on self-released

J Mascis – “Wide Awake”
from Tied to a Star on Sub Pop

Johnny Aries – “Ambulette”
from Unbloomed on Frenchkiss Records

Liturgy – “Renihilation”
from Renihilation reissue on Thrill Jockey

The Magic Numbers – “E.N.D.”
from Alias on Caroline

Mndsgn – “Txt”
from Yawn Zen on Stones Throw

Mono/Poly – “Ra Rise”
from Golden Skies on Brainfeeder/Ninja Tune

The New Pornographers – “War On The East Coast”
from Brill Bruisers on Matador

Opeth – “Eternal Rains Will Come”
from Pale Communion on Roadrunner

The Rentals – “Thought of Sound”
from Lost in Alphaville on Polyvinyl

Robyn Hitchcock – “The Ghost In You”
from The Man Upstairs on Yep Roc

Rustie – “Raptor”
from Green Language on Warp

Ty Segall
from Manipulator on Drag City

Shovels & Rope – “Evil”
from Swimmin’ Time on Dualtone Music

from Ganglion Reef on God?

The Wytches – “Burn Out The Bruise”
from Annabel Dream Reader on Partisan

The Young – “Cry of Tin”
from Chrome Cactus on Matador

Z – “Visions of Dune” (Andy Votel Minimix)
from Visions of Dune on InFiné

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