Monday, July 30, 2007

Five Most Interesting New Releases 7/31/07

Top Five Most Interesting New Releases:
1990s: Cookies (Rough Trade) – See them at the Echo on 8/5 or the Troubadour on 8/7. Upbeat Scots. Download “You’re Supposed to Be My Friend
Bat for Lashes: Fur and Gold (Caroline) – The hottest (both literally and figuratively) new British export. Adored by Thom Yorke. Considered freak-folk (but she sounds more listenable than a lot of that stuff). See her at Spaceland tomorrow 7/31 and hear her on Morning Becomes Eclectic on Wednesday (August 1).
Dave Davies: Fractured Mindz (Koch) – The first album since his stroke in 2004. As you may know, the Kinks are my favorite band of all time.
The Nobility: The Mezzanine (Self-Released) – Nashville indie pop band that I’m really enjoying right now. I recently profiled them HERE. Download “Halleluiah Chorus
The Phantom Family Halo: The Legend of Black Six (Cold Sweat) – They spent a bunch of time in LA last week. Mellowly psychedelic. Download “Black River” and “Lady Blue

Other Noteworthy Releases:
Common: Finding Forever (Geffen) – Produced by Kanye West with a guest appearance from Lily Allen. See him at Starbucks on the 3rd Street Promenade at Noon on July 31st.
Culver City Dub Collective: Dos (Everloving) – See them at the Troubadour on 8/17 and the Sunset Junction the next day. For the Jack Johnson / Ben Harper crowd.
Department of Eagles: The Cold Nose (American Dust) – This is a reissue of their 2003 album. Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear is in this band.
The Louvin Brothers: Tragic Songs of Life / Satan Is Real (Raven AUS) – Australian reissue of two absolutely classic country/gospel albums.
Bob Marley: Roots, Rock, Remixed (Quango Fontana) – Marley remixes.
Polly Paulusma: Fingers & Thumbs (One Little Indian) – Nic Harcourt approved, British singer-songwriter.
Port O’Brien: The Wind and the Swell (American Dust) – A collection of the best tracks from their self-released albums.
Josh Rouse: Country Mouse City House (Nettwerk) – Prolific singer-songwriter for the NPR crowd.
Shivaree: Tainted Love – Mating Calls and Fight Songs (Zoe Records) – Love songs from Motley Crue, Gary Glitter, Michael Jackson, Phil Spector and Tanya Tucker
Various Artists: Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 7 – 1967 (Hip-O Select) – Five discs.
Alan Vega: Station (Mute) – His old partner in Suicide was in town last week.
Z-Trip: All Pro (Decon) – At the House of Blues Sunset on 8/15. Game soundtrack.

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