Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Now Downloading: New Releases 08.14.07

The dog days of summer are now over, and this is the last sparse week for some time as next week we get bevy of great releases. That's not meant to be a slight on this week, though, as we still have great new releases from Junior Senior, Angels of Light, and a haunting release from Nina Nastasia & Jim White. (Please forgive the delay in publication of this weekly post - I've been experiencing some technical difficulties.)

Playlist: New Releases 08.14.07


Album: Nina Nastasia & Jim White - You Follow Me

Nina Nastasia and Jim White - You Follow MeNY singer-songwriter Nina Nastasia already utilizes a certain amount of minimalism - having Steve Albini as your engineer for all your releases guarantees at least an amount of it. This time out, though, she's stripped even more bare, with only her voice, guitar and and the drums of Jim White (The Dirty Three,) who's no stranger to the skeletal system (or Albini production.) White co-writes the songs here, and the marriage between his drumming and Nastasia's guitar & vox is stunning, especially housed in Albini's delicate production. "The Day I Would Bury You" is a fine example of this combination, as both White's drumming and Nastasia's voice build and build throughout the song, until both lay down heaving in exhaustion. Other highlights include the haunting opener "I've Been Out Walking" and "In the Evening," the fullest song in the sparsely arranged bunch. It's truly a beautifully sounding record.

Download: "In the Evening" (Salon Audiofile)


Album: Junior Senior - Hey Hey My My Yo Yo

Junior Senior - Hey Hey My My Yo YoSometimes it's easy to forget that Junior Senior are pretty good songwriters. They're cannon of work is so wrapped in high energy dance and kitcsh-y camp that it's sometimes easy to overlook. It's taken nearly two years now for Hey Hey My My Yo Yo to make it's way to our shores, but it still sounds fresh (even if single "Take My Time," which features B-52s' Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson, was in drake's high rotation soooo long ago.) The energy of their debut D-d-don't Don't Stop The Beat is still there, but they've distilled down some of their distractions to make the songs even better. There's no song like "Move Your Feet" here to push this over the top, but the album is chock full of near-smashes like "We R The Handclaps" and "Itch You Can't Skratch" (along with the aforementioned "Take My Time.")

Download: "Can I Get Low"
Free album stream from AOL


Album: Angels of Light - We Are Him

Angels of Light - We Are HimEx-Swans and Young God Records head honcho Michael Gira returns again with his Angels of Light project, this time managing to be darker, louder, and more accessible all in the same stroke. We Are Him again employs Akron/Family has his backing band (see Akron/Family and Angels Of Light) and while they're recognizable in their sound, it's definitely a Gira record. Opener "Black River Song" sounds remarkably like Gira was sharing notes with Nick Cave and Grinderman, with it's raw and sexy drone, while "Not Here/Not Now" sounds like Gira was channeling Lee Hazlewood from his deathbead, with it's dark western scope backing his baritone incantation. But it's two songs near the end that draw me back over and over. "Sunflower's Here to Stay" at one point becomes a Polyphonic Spree song - a piano-driven bouncy ditty, featuring some fluffy trombone work and a chamber choir, and hearing Gira sing over that is truly weird. Yet it works. Similarly, "Good Bye Mary Lou" is a dark old school country tune about a woman who done ya wrong, and Gira handles the transition from "Mary Lou, I renounce you" to "Mary Lou, fa-fa-f*ck you" building to the final capitulation of "Oh Mary Lou, I forgive you." It's a confident release that sees Gira at his best since his seminal days in Swans.

Download: "Black River Song" (Young God Records)

More going (or already in) the Sansa
Linda Thompson - Versatile Heart
The Rentals - The Last Little Life EP Free album stream from AOL
Galactic - From The Corner To The Block
Giant Bear - Giant Bear
Floratone - Floratone
Turbonegro - Retox
Matt Nathanson - Some Mad Hope
Terrene - The Indifferent Universe
Mae - Singularity
Dollar Store - Money Music
Paul Van Dyk - In Between
Danbert Nobacon - The Library Book of the World
Lori McKenna - Unglamorous
Recoil - Subhuman (Bonus Tracks)
Eric Copeland - Hermaphrodite
You Say Party! We Say Die! - Lose All Time

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drake leLane said...

New Releases 08.14.07

1. In The Evening - Nina Nastasia & Jim White
2. Take My Time - Junior Senior
3. Promise of Water - Angels Of Light
4. Versatile Heart - Linda Thompson
5. Little Bit of You In Everything - The Rentals
6. Hustle Up W/ Boots Riley - Galactic
7. Leisure Learning - Giant Bear
8. The Wanderer - Floratone
9. Don't Do That - Saigon (Entourage Soundtrack)
10. I Can't Get No Satisfaction - Rockabye Baby! (Songs of the Rolling Stones)
11. Welcome to The Garbage Dump - Turbonegro
12. Come On Get Higher - Matt Nathanson
13. Andromeda - Terrene
14. Crazy 8s - Mae
15. Scrap Truck - Dollar Store
16. White Lies - Paul Van Dyk
17. Straight Talk - Danbert Nobacon
18. Unglamorous - Lori McKenna
19. Allelujah - Recoil
20. La Booly Boo - Eric Copeland
21. Downtown Mayors Goodnight, Alley Kids Rule! - You Say Party! We Say Die!
22. I Don't Dance - Ryan (High School Musical 2)
23. Let's Get Out - Life Without Buildings

Bumpershine said...

Where's your Bang Lime? Not that I love it so much.

drake leLane said...

They're not in Rhapsody (not that I'd be downloading them anyway...)