Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Now Downloading: New Releases 07.08.08

After last week's short showing, the crop this week more than makes up for it. The obvious release this week is the much anticipated team up of Beck with producer Danger Mouse (DangerBeck?) on the album Modern Guilt. Also this week sees new releases from Melvins, Albert Hammond Jr., Feral Children, Ratatat (poached last week,) Abe Vigoda and a strange collaboration between Patty Smith and MBV's Kevin Shields.

Playlist: New Releases 07.08.08

Beck - Modern Guilt
Stream / Purchase [mp3]

Beck - Modern GuiltBeck is dancing a jig at the end of the world... or maybe he's the paranoid stoner on the look out for the cops at the party, either way, the juxtaposition of lamenting the apocalypse and the feel-good vibes that Danger Mouse provides is something to hear. The music is closer to Odelay, but the bummer feel behind it is all Sea Change. The one song that melds the sound with the lyrics is the stunning closer "Volcano," and there's a lyric in it that perhaps reveals a lot about Beck and a more personal theme of the album:

"I'm tired of people who only want to be pleased, but I still want to please you."

Melvins - Nude with Boots

Melvins - Nude with BootsAppropriate for a new Melvins release to precede the Sub Pop music festival, as the band's sludge-laden rock riffs anticipated Sub Pop's meal ticket of grunge, and were a specific influence on Nirvana's early sound (Nirvana's first demo had Melvins Dale Crover on the drums). Melvins famously relocated to San Francisco in 1988, just missing the grunge scene's breakthrough, leaving behind bassist Matt Lukin who then formed Mudhoney with Mark Arm and Steve Turner. Melvins have remarkably remained together all these years despite remaining mostly a footnote in the casual indie rock fan's ledger. Nude Boots is the most straight ahead recording they've done, yet, like any other Melvins recording, it still pounds with the force of a thousand suns.

Free album stream from AOL
Download: "Nude with Boots" [mp3]

More on the radar this week:
Abe Vigoda - Skeleton (AOL stream)
Ratatat - LP3 / Free album stream from AOL / "Mirando" [mp3]
The Baseball Project - Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails (AOL stream)
Feral Children - Second to the Last Frontier / "Spy/Glass House" [mp3]
Matt Keating - Quixotic / "St. Cloud" [mp3]
Little Jackie - The Stoop
Saul Williams - The Inevitable Rise and Liberation Of Niggy Tardust / "World on Wheels" [mp3]
Patti Smith & Kevin Shields - The Coral Sea
Son, Ambulance - Someone Else's Déjà Vu
Ron Sexsmith - Exit Strategy of the Soul / Free album stream from AOL / "Brandy Alexander" [mp3]
Killer Mike - I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind II / Free album stream from AOL
Old Believers - 8 Golden Greats / "There It Is" [mp3]
The Telepathic Butterflies - Breakfast in Suburbia
Jean Grae - Jeanius
Devin Lima - Mozart Popart
Willie Nelson/Wynton Marsalis - Two Men With The Blues / Free album stream from AOL
Totimoshi - Milagrosa
Vancougar - Canadian Tuxedo / "Obvious" [mp3]
Street Dogs - State of Grace
The Weeks - Comeback Cadillac
Kerli - Love Is Dead
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - Have Another Ball
Kerli - Love Is Dead
The Gits - The Best of the Gits
Life Beyond Mars - Bowie Covered
Billy Joel - The Stranger (30th anniversary deluxe edition)

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1 comment:

drake leLane said...

New Releases 07.08.08

1. Gamma Ray - Beck
2. Billy Fish - Melvins
3. Falcon Jab - Ratatat
4. GfC - Albert Hammond Jr
5. Ex-Blindman - Feral Children
6. St. Cloud - Matt Keating
7. The World Should Revolve Around Me - Little Jackie
8. Tr(n)igger - Saul Williams
9. The Coral Sea: Performance I, Part Three (June 22nd, 2005) - Patti Smith
10. Legend of Lizeth - Son, Ambulance
11. This Is How I Know - Ron Sexsmith
12. No More - Old Believers
13. A Scathing Report - The Telepathic Butterflies
14. 10 G's - Killer Mike
15. 2-32's - Jean Grae
16. Crafty Bitch - Devin Lima
17. Stardust - Wynton Marsalis
18. Fall And Bound - Totimoshi
19. Kevin J. O'Toole - Street Dogs
20. Teary-Eyed Woman - The Weeks
21. We All Roll Along - The Maine
22. Walking On Air - Kerli
23. Things - Danger Radio
24. Any Time At All - Alison Moyet
25. Lie - Opiate For The Masses
26. Cut My Skin It Makes Me Human - The Gits
27. Boys In The Street - Eddy Grant
28. Country Blues - Doc Watson
29. Photograph - Ringo Starr
30. Sound & Vision - Matthew Dear
31. Just the Way You Are [Live] - Billy Joel
32. Dearly Beloved (acoustic) - Bad Religion