Out This Week 9/9

Indicators of Autumn: cooler weather, it’s getting darker outside earlier, and the new releases list is getting more robust! Just look at this week’s list. We get the long-awaited new album from Interpol. KEXP’s Music Director Don Yates notes, the “New York-born band’s fifth album (and first without bassist Carlos Dengler) is a rock-solid return-to-form of brooding post-punk with strong song hooks, ringing angular guitars and pulsing rhythms accompanying Paul Banks’ gloomy vocals and often-dark, enigmatic lyrics.” Ryan Adams also returns with a new album, “steeped in the sounds of ‘80s mainstream rock, particularly Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, combining sleek guitars, atmospheric keyboards and mostly mid-tempo rhythms with Adams’ plaintive vocals and often-melancholy lyrics.” Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O shares her debut solo release, “a sparse, lo-fi set of intimate love songs that she wrote and mostly recorded alone in her New York apartment around 2007, with most just featuring skeletal guitar lines and aching vocals.” This morning’s in-studio guest Avi Buffalo release their latest today, “another well-crafted set of roots-tinged psych-pop with a warm, beautifully detailed sound combining electric and acoustic guitars, piano, various horns and more with Avi’s breathy, falsetto-laden vocals and often-melancholy lyrics.”

But wait! There’s (a lot) more! Denver-based duo Tennis release their third album, “an expansive, smartly crafted blend of ‘60s girl-group pop, ‘70s funk-pop, folk-rock, electro-pop, psych-pop and more. With production split between three producers (Richard Swift, Spoon’s Jim Eno and The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney), the album still manages to sound cohesive while also being the band’s boldest statement yet.” Canadian pop-masters Sloan return with “a double album with each of the band’s four members taking the singing and songwriting lead for one of the album’s four sides, moving from the Beatlesque pop of Jay Ferguson’s first side of the record to Chris Murphy’s jangly pop, Patrick Pentland’s chunky power pop and closing with Andrew Scott’s ambitious 18-minute pop suite.” On their fifth album, Durham, NC group Hiss Golden Messenger feature “a strong supporting cast including William Tyler along with members of Megafaun and Mountain Man, the album combines a warm, ‘70s-influenced sound with Taylor’s literate, often-dark lyrics.”

There’s no sophomore slump from reunited Toronto duo Death From Above 1979 whose “second album (and first in ten years) is a streamlined, tightly constructed blend of muscular hard rock and propulsive dance-punk, combining loud, fuzzy bass guitar, pummeling drums and lots of potent song hooks.” British trip-hop pioneer Tricky is back with a “wide-ranging effort featuring a variety of guest vocalists and styles ranging from brooding trip hop and reggae-flavored tracks to hard-hitting hip hop and drum ‘n’ bass.”

That barely covers it: check out the streams below!


Avi Buffalo – “Memories Of You”
from At Best Cuckold on Sub Pop

Ballet School – “Cherish”
from The Dew Lasts an Hour on Bella Union

Banks – “Goddess”
from Goddess on Harvest

Billy Childs
from Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro on Sony Music

Busdriver – “XXX”
from Perfect Hair on Big Dada/Ninja Tune

Cayetana – “Serious Things Are Stupid”
from Nervous Like Me on Tiny Engines

David Vandervelde – “One More Time”
from Shadow Sides on Park the Van

Death From Above 1979 – “Trainwreck 1979″
from The Physical World on Last Gang/Warner Bros.

Delta Spirit – “From Now On”
from Into the Wide on Dualtone

Duologue – “Forests”
from Never Get Lost on Wild Game

Esben & The Witch – “Blood Teachings”
from A New Nature on Nostromo

Flowers – “Young”
from Do What You Want To, It’s What You Should Do on Kanine/Fortuna Pop

Greensky Bluegrass
from If Sorrows Swim on Thirty Tigers

Herbert – “Pretty Daddy”
from Part 7 EP on Accidental Records

Hiss Golden Messenger – “Saturday’s Song”
from Lateness of Dancers on Merge

Interpol – “Ancient Ways”
from El Pintor on Matador

Ital – “Whispers in the Dark”
from Endgame on Planet Mu

Jhené Aiko – “Stay Ready”
from Souled Out on Artium/Def Jam

Justin Townes Earle – “White Gardenias”
from Single Mothers on Vagrant

Karen O – “Rapt”
from Crush Songs on Cult Records

Lemonade – “Minus Tide”
from Minus Tide on Cascine

Love Inks – “Shoot 100 Panes Of Glass”
from Exi on Republic of Music

Loudon Wainwright III – “Harlan County”
from Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet) on 429 Records

Mazes – “Salford”
from Wooden Aquarium on Fat Cat

Niagara – “VanillaCola”
from Don’t Take it Personally on Monotrme Records

PC Worship – “Rust”
from Social Rust on Northern Spy Records / Dull Tools

Pere Ubu – “Road to Utah”
from Carnival of Souls on Fire Records

Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters – “Rainbow”
from Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar on EastWest

Ryan Adams – “Gimme Something Good”
from Ryan Adams on Blue Note

Salt Cathedral – “Holy Soul”
from OOM VELT EP on self-released

Sergio Mendes – “When I Fell in Love (feat. Gracinha Leporace)”
from Magic on OKeh Records

Simian Mobile Disco – “Tangents”
from Whorl on Anti-

Sloan – “Keep Swinging (Downtown)”
from Commonwealth on Yep Roc

Tennis – “I’m Callin'”
from Ritual in Repeat on Communion

Tricky – “Sun Down feat. Tirzah”
from Adrian Thaws on !K7

Ukiah Drag – “Her Royal Grip”
from In the Reaper’s Quarters on Wharf Cat

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