Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Top Five New Music Releases - 8/28/07

It's a strong week for underground hip-hop fans (Aesop Rock, Blockhead, Madlib) and experimental rock fans (No Age, Liars).

Top Five New Releases:
Aesop Rock: None Shall Pass (Definitive Jux) – Download “None Shall Pass” and “Citronella” At the Fonda on 10/12.

[2/3 LOCAL] Liars: Liars (Mute) – The critically acclaimed group’s fourth album is getting great reviews again. As experimental as they are, their success always surprises me. See them open for Interpol at the Forum on 10/23.
Stream Plaster Casts of Everything (audio)http://mute.edgeboss.net/wmedia/mute/liars/plaster_cast_of_everything_128k.wax

[LOCAL] No Age: Weirdo Rippers (Fat Cat) – See them at Amoeba tonight or the Smell on 10/5. They’re an experimental duo and kind of the first of the Smell bands to begin to crossover into the mainstream. This release compiles five of their indie releases onto one disc.

Ringo Starr: Photograph – The Very Best of Ringo Starr (Capitol) – While owning almost every other Beatles entire catalog, I’m guilty of not being at all familiar with Ringo’s solo stuff. This is the first true greatest hits collection.

Super Furry Animals: Hey Venus! (Rough Trade Import) – Weirdo Welshmen. The vinyl and digital release is out today domestically. The CD with bonus material will come out in early 2008.

Other Noteworthy Releases:

Angels of Light: We Are Him (Young God) – Michael Gira’s band.
Download “Black River Song

Blockhead: Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book (Ninja Tune) – At the Fonda on 10/12. The longtime Aesop Rock producer.

Circus Devils: Sgt. Disco (Ipecac) – Robert Pollard with Todd and Tim Tobias.

Concentrick: Aluminum Lake (Drag City) – Tim Green of the Fucking Champs. Download “Sacred Texts

The Honorary Title: Scream & Light Up the Sky (Reprise) – Live at the Avalon on 9/7.

The Howling Hex: XI (Drag City) – Neil Michael Hagerty.
Download “Everybody’s Doing It

Jamie T.: Panic Prevention (Caroline) – At the Troubadour on 9/26. The male Lily Allen? He’s nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize.

Lyle Lovett: It’s Not Big It’s Large (Lost Highway)

[LOCAL] Madlib: Beat Konducta Vol. 3-4 in India (Stones Throw)

Michael McDermott: Noise From Words (One Little Indian) – Singer-songwriter from Chicago. At the Hotel CafĂ© on 10/12.

New Young Pony Club: Fantastic Playroom (Modular) – British new wave, dance rock band that’s also nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize.

Northern State: Can I Keep This Pen? (Ipecac) – At the Orpheum on 10/29 with Tegan and Sara. Adrock helped out on this one.

Odd Nosdam: Level Live Wires (Anticon)

Turbonegro: Retox (Cooking Vinyl) – This was delayed from the 14th. Norway’s favorite fake leather boys. See them at LA Weekly’s Detour festival on 10/6 and the Fonda on 10/7.

VHS or Beta: Bring on the Comets (Astralwerks) – They were at the forefront of the latest dance rock revival. See them at the Echoplex on 9/15.

[LOCAL] Darker My Love/ Moccasin: Split 12” (Ihaterocknroll)

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