Out This Week 1/13

2015 is off to a great start for new releases! Highlights include the latest from Panda Bear, aka Noah Lennox of Animal Collective. KEXP Music Director Don Yates notes that the fifth release from this experimental artist “is a typically adventurous, brightly colored set of warped psych-pop with swirling, often-disoriented synths, trippy ambient textures, occasional hip hop breakbeats, celestial melodies, multi-layered vocals and quasi-cryptic reflections on mortality.”

Additional highlights include the latest from Amherst, MA, band California X whose second album is “an impressive set of ‘90s-steeped guitar-rock reminiscent at times of a more punkish Dinosaur Jr. or Built To Spill, combining loud, fuzzy guitars with energetic rhythms and anthemic song hooks.” Justin Townes Earle returns with a companion album to 2014’s Single Mothers, this one titled Absent Fathers. “Like that album, it’s a melancholy, deeply personal set blending roots-rock, Southern soul, country, folk, blues and more.” The latest from Canadian quartet Dan Mangan + Blacksmith “finds him continuing his evolution towards a darker, more experimental sound with this expansive set of prog-steeped pop-rock combining a densely produced sound with moody melodies and reflective lyrics.”

(Various Artists) Jack White – “I Can Tell”
from Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of “Inside Llewyn Davis” on Nonesuch

Arthur – “Sunshine Soldier”
from Dreams and Images on Light in the Attic Records

California X – “Nights In The Dark”
from Nights in the Dark on Don Giovanni

Dan Mangan + Blacksmith – “Vessel”
from Club Meds on Arts & Crafts

Dr. Dog
from Live at a Flamingo Hotel on Anti-

Guster – “Simple Machine”
from Evermotion on Nettwerk Music Group / Ocho Mule

Justin Townes Earle – “Call Ya Momma”
from Absent Fathers on Loose Music

Liam Hayes – “One Way Out”
from Slurrup on Fat Possum

Mark Ronson – “Uptown Funk”
from Uptown Special on Columbia

Mr. Oizo – “Bear Biscuit”
from The Church on Brainfeeder

Panda Bear – “Boys Latin”
from Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper on Domino

Ryan Adams
from No Shadow 7″ on Pax-Am

Rye Coalition
from The Story of the Hard Luck 5 DVD on Matzorific

Swamp Dogg – “The White Man Made Me Do It”
from The White Man Made Me Do It on Alive Records / SDEG

Ty Segall – “Mr. Face”
from Mr. Face EP on Famous Class

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