Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Top Five New Releases (From 10/10/06)
There's a lot of hatred for that new Killers' record, but given the choice, wouldn't you much rather listen to that than Evanescence?
None of this stuff has me running out to the store, but I'm sure some of it is worth your hard earned cash.
Top Five New Releases:
Califone: Roots and Crowns (Thrill Jockey) – Pitchfork wet themselves and gave it an 8.7/10. Very mellow. Download “Spider’s House”
Cold War Kids: Robbers and Cowards (Downtown) – Local indie rockers are now signed to Downtown Recordings. At Spaceland tonight. Download “Tell Me in the Morning”
Micah P. Hinson: Micah P. Hinson and the Opera Circuit (Jade Tree) – At Spaceland on 10/26. Download “Jackeyed”
Damien Jurado: And Now That I’m In Your Shadow (Secretly Canadian) – He’s really mellow too. I liked his last record. At the Hotel Café on 10/19. Download “What Were the Chances”
Robert Pollard: Normal Happiness (Merge) – I’m a little sick of this guy, but I do like some of the GBV albums quite a bit. Be sure to buy your copy at an indie record store so you’ll get the free live CD as a bonus. Download “Supernatural Car Lover”
120 Days: 120 Days (Vice) – At Spaceland on 11/13. Download “Come Out, Come Down, Fade Out, Be Gone”
The Be Good Tanyas: Hello Love (Nettwerk) –At El Rey on 10/24.
The Blood Brothers: Young Machetes (V2) – At the Fonda on 11/30 and 12/1.
Chavez: Better Days Will Haunt You (Matador) – Remastered reissue. Download “You Faded”
Chin Up Chin Up: This Harness Can’t Ride Anything (Suicide Squeeze) – They’ve gotten good reviews from Pitchfork too. At Safari Sam’s on 10/24. Download “This Harness Can’t Ride Anything”
Four Tet: Remixes (Domino) – He remixes Radiohead, Bloc Party, etc and then artists remix him.
The Gothic Archies: The Tragic Treasury: Songs From a Series of Unfortunate Events (Nonesuch) – Stephen Merritt of the Magnetic Fields does Lemony Snicket songs.
Great Speckled Bird: Great Speckled Bird (Collector’s Choice) – Country-rock reissue from 1970. Ian and Sylvia with Todd Rundgren producing.
The New Sound of Numbers: Liberty Seeds (Cloud Recordings)
Andy Partridge: Fuzzy Warbles Collector’s Box Set (Ape) – 9 Discs from the XTC dude
Oxford Collapse: Remember the Night Parties (Sub Pop) – This free download sounds pretty good. Anybody heard the whole record? Indie rock. At the Knitting Factory on 10/22. Download “Please Visit Our National Parks”
Pit Er Pat: Pyramids (Thrill Jockey) – At Spaceland on 11/21. Download “Solstice”
Portastatic: Be Still Please (Merge) – Mac from Superchunk (and founder of Merge)
Nikki Sudden: The Truth Doesn’t Matter (Secretly Canadian) – From Swell Maps. His last album. Download “Seven Miles”
These Arms Are Snakes: Easter (Jade Tree) – At the Knitting Factory tonight. Download “Horse Girl”
Various Artists: Marie Antoinette soundtrack (Verve Forecast) – A period film with music from Gang of Four, the Strokes, Adam Ant, Bow Wow Wow, etc.
Various Artists: I Killed the Monster 21 Artists Performing the Songs of Daniel Johnston (Second Shimmy) – There’s already an excellent DJ tribute album. I’d like to hear the Sufjan Stevens’ track at some point.
Whitey: Light at the End of the Tunnel Is a Train (Dim Mak) – Playing a free show on 10/19 at Hollywood and Highland. Download “Walk in the Dark”