Tuesday Music News

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  • The vocal interplay between Colin Meloy and Laura Viers is well documented on albums by The Decemberists. But, for fan-favorite “Yankee Bayonet,” they almost went with another vocalist! Hearing is believing: stream a demo version recorded with Alela Diane below. The outtake will be included in the 10th anniversary edition of The Crane Wife, a 5xLP box set featuring the original album, rare b-sides, bonus tracks, and more previously unreleased material, as well as a Blu-ray concert DVD, a 20-page booklet with liner notes by rock writer David Fricke, and an essay by Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda. Get yours December 9th via Capitol Records/Universal Music Enterprises. [Consequence of Sound]


  • It’s hard to believe Strand of Oaks were just here back in April for the KEXP New Home Grand Opening. But, it’s been a couple of years since his debut HEAL knocked everyone’s socks off, and now a sophomore release is on the schedule. Watch a trailer for the album below via Dead Oceans. No title, no release date, but, hey, the denim vest looks good? [Stereogum]

  • It’s a pretty big compliment to be asked to play live at Third Man Records, and it’s an even bigger compliment when they want to release it. New York psych-folkies Woods have one of those live albums coming out on December 9th, featuring tracks from this year’s LP City Sun Eater in the River of Light. There’s also this “oldie” from 2010’s At Echo Lake — stream the single “Suffering Season” below. [Pitchfork]

  • Quebec’ian rockers The Besnard Lakes have a 12″ scheduled for a February release, The Besnard Lakes Are the Divine Wind. Stream the track “Laura Lee” below, and keep an eye out for its release on February 3rd via Jagjaguwar. [Under the Radar]

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