Category: This Week

Some of the new music out this week… never comprehensive, always things we like.

In Record Stores This Week – 8/2

Looks like I am taking back over the New Music Tuesday posts. I’m fine with that.

It’s a pretty light week this week but there are a couple of note.

Fountains of Wayne – Sky Full of Holes

Sky Full of Holes

Probably not a “Stacey’s Mom” on here, but it’s good summer jams, and some decent rock.

O.A.R. – King

King (Deluxe)

O.A.R. is a jam band. They act like one. And they sound like one. More smart jams from them on this release.

That’s it this week, unless I missed something?

At the Record Store Today – June 7

First of all, how the hell is it JUNE?!

Second, some new music came out this week, though nothing to exciting (to me at least):

Dirty WorkSuck It and SeeGloss DropCovers 80's

All Time Low – Dirty Work

Jonesy told me I had to include this one. He has some sort of musical hard on for them. I’ll probably give it a listen later.

Arctic Monkeys – Suck It and See

It’s probably kind of weird, and the skinnier your jeans the more you’ll like it. But these guys rock and it’s probably worth a listen.

Battles – Gloss Drop

Smart and technical. Loud and refined.

Duncan Sheik – Covers 80’s

A band from the 90’s does songs from the 80’s – this sounds like a bad 00’s movie plot, right?

 

At the Record Store Today – May 31

Unlike last week this is a good week for music. First, however, I want to point out an error. There was another album last week which should have been included: Torches, by Foster the People. Everyone loves Pumped Up Kicks, and why wouldn’t you, it’s a great tune. But this album has more to offer than that. I highly recommend it.

Now, on to this week. It’s an eclectic week for sure. From perennial favorites to rockers turned ukulele players, here’s what I’m listening to this week:

Death Cab For Cutie – Codes and Keys

Rock that is smarter than you, about things you probably understand well. No surprises here, just another great album from the guys from Bellingham.

Eddie Vedder – Ukulele Songs

A great album of mumbles and a tiny four string guitar. Who knew that this would work?

Flogging Molly – Speed of Darkness

Again, what you might expect. Loud, fast and mostly to do with drinking and fighting.

My Morning Jacket – Circuital

These guys kind of feel like this generations Pink Floyd. That continues on this album. It’s kind of epic.

At the Record Store Today – May 24

The only thing you’ll find at the record store today is bitterness, disappointment and a bunch of recycled pop music (Gaga, New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys and Glee). There is also a compilation of all the best Aerosmith ballads, but you probably already own them all (it’s for the American Idol fans out there). That’s it. It’s a bad Tuesday for new tunes, but next week is looking up!

At the Record Store Today – May 17

There isn’t much out today that I care about. I’m sure others will say, “But what about…” Nope, don’t care. If you want to write about new Avril Lavigne then start your own blog. This week I’ll be listening to:

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Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi – Rome

Pair a prolific and stunningly good musician with a composer, have them make a “soundtrack” to a spaghetti western that doesn’t exist with Jack White and Norah Jones singing and you get this, ROME. And then you slowly melt into a different era, aurally.

Ben Harper – Give Till It’s Gone

Ben Harper, doing what he does best – smoothly rocking with a mellow vibe.

Point Juncture, WA – Handsome Orders

Good clean folk. Some guitars, some deep lyrics. It’s good, just trust me.

There are also rumors that there is a Dispatch EP out today, but I can’t find it. More on that later, if it exists.

At the Record Store Today – May 10

This seems to be shaking up as a light week with not much to head to the record store for, though there are a few things you probably ought to check out. I know that my taste does not represent the rest of the music listening community, but  I am excited for the new Okkervil River album. There are a few others, too:

Architecture in HelsinkiChris Thile and Michael Daves

Okkervil RiverRaphael Saadiq

Architecture in Helsinki – Moment Bends

A little 80’s, a little 90’s, a little now. It’s catchy, beat driven and totally fun. This is good yard work music as we’re getting into spring. Grammy’s, not likely. Head bobs, for sure.

Chris Thile and Michael Daves – Sleep With One Eye Open

If you like hearing a mandolin virtuoso wail, and one hell of a guitar player play on some pretty traditional bluegrass, then this one is for you.

Okkervil River – I am Very Far

Some good, clean folking on this one. And by clean I mean, crunchy guitar, serious lyrics and weight.

Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’

Yes, he’s cooler than you. Yes,  he can sing. Yes, it’s kind of like the 60’s. Yes, this album rocks.

Update:

It has also come to our attention that there is a new Cars album (not rife with instant classics, but it’ll do if you like the band) and a new one from the Lonely Island crew (probably funny, but never going to top “On a Boat”).

At the Record Store Today – May 3

There are really only two releases that you need to know about this week. Sure there’s a bunch of other stuff out in stores – J. Lo, Stevie Nicks, Pricilla Ahn, Architecture in Helsinki, Now 38 (wow, I feel old. I have Now 4) to name a few. But really, there are only two records you would blow your allowance on today:

Hot Sauce Committee Part 2Helplessness Blues

Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce committee, Part Two

Ch-ch-ch-check it out, the new disc from three MCs and a DJ is intergalactic. Despite taking quite a break, there is very little that these long time favorites could do to sabotage their chances at rhymin’ and stealin’ a major hit with this one. Get it together and pick up a copy, get your body movin’ lest you get into triple trouble.

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness News

Take the clean, hypnotic rhythms of their first outing and add some gravitas, a little extra melancholy, a dabble of one of the coldest winters in a bit and you end up with a record rife with raw talent, polished instrumentation and some serious balls. Fleet Foxes has out foxed (wow, that’s a bad pun) even the most skeptical. They should have a fleet of awards this time next year as a result (that one was even worse).