Wednesday, January 07, 2009

New Music Releases - 1/6/09 (Glasvegas)

This winter cold has got me down. But the new releases are starting back up again, so here you go….

Records Released on 1/6/09:

Records I’ve Heard:
Glasvegas: Glasvegas (Sony) – These Alan McGee approved Glaswegians appeared on a chunk of top 10 lists last year. Lead singer James Allan’s lyrics are high in the mix, but if you’re anything like me, you still won’t understand what the hell he’s saying. Depressed working class is the best way to describe the lyrics. There’s one song’s about a social worker, another about an absent father, several songs about fighting in the streets – including one about getting stabbed and another about a son dying, one about seasonal affective disorder, one about sectarianism, and one about jealousy after cheating on a girlfriend. Musically, the band gets compared to British Sea Power, U2 and Jesus & Mary Chain. It’s not really my cup of tea, but I can understand the appeal. If you don’t have tickets to their sold out show at the Troubadour on January 14th, you can see them at Amoeba on the 15th.

Other Noteworthy New Releases:
Animal Collective – the anxiously anticipated vinyl is out with the CD to follow in two weeks
The Gourds – very popular in Austin
Robert Earle Keene – a live tribute album

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