Thursday, September 04, 2008

Now Downloading: New Releases 09.02.08

Short week, so short list, short intro. Of note, Kimya Dawson's foray into kids music makes it's digital debut a week early, along with the return of Tricky (which I featured a few days ago) but besides that there's new releases from Brian Wilson, Giant Sand, Apollo Sunshine, Bird Monster and TK Webb.

Playlist: New Releases 09.02.08

Kimya Dawson - Alphabutt
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Kimya Dawson - AlphabuttThe songwriting style of Kimya Dawson has always been endearingly juvenile, so it's hardly a stretch for her to release an album of children's music. It is an odd choice, though, for it to be the first album following Dawson's Juno breakthrough, and probably a year too late to cash in on the kid's music explosion, but Dawson's never been one to do what you'd expect (she's the real maverick, John). Inspired by her daughter Panda Delilah, who helps write and sings many of the songs, Dawson took her usual songwriting and added lots of 'pee' and 'poop.' I look forward to pulling out
"Pee-Pee in the Potty"
when Zane begins that journey. (Actually, as I mentioned earlier this week, my son wrote a song called "Poop Bag," which, if I could decipher it, would fit in well with the songs here.) The next logical step, of course, is an appearance on Yo Gabba Gabba, Jack's Big Music Show or Pancake Mountain.

Brian Wilson - That Lucky Old Sun
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Brian Wilson - That Lucky Old SunIf it's a SMiLE sequel your looking for, you'll probably be disappointed. Brian Wilson is returning to his Beach Boys roots here, with the 50's and 60's in mind here. The Tin Pan Alley song "That Lucky Old Sun" works as the thread tying the album together, as it's reprised three different times in the album. Wilson reboot collaborator Van Dyke Parks is on board here, but his involvement here seems to be limited to spoken word narratives. It's a peculiar album overall, but there are plenty of highlights for a Beach Boy fan feast on, and perhaps, given Carl Love's current brand of Beach Boy nostalgia, that's all it needs to be. It's an album that made me smile listening to, but doesn't offer as much upon repeated listenings as SMiLE does.

Free album stream from AOL

More on the radar this week:
Giant Sand - ProVISIONS / Free album stream / "Increments of Love" [mp3]
Tricky - Knowle West Boy (In Rhapsody a week early)
Apollo Sunshine - Shall Noise Upon / "Singing to the Earth (To Thank Her for You)" [mp3]
TK Webb & the Visions - Ancestor / Full Album Stream (Nylon) / "Teen Is Still Shaking" [mp3]
Birdmonster - From the Mountain To the Sea / Free album stream from AOL / "Born to Be Your Man" [mp3]
Sonya Kitchell - This Storm / "For Every Drop" [mp3]
Terrence Howard - Shine Through / Free album stream from AOL
Broadfield Marchers - The Inevitable Continuing / "Warchful Hill People" [mp3]
Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip - Angles / Free album stream from AOL
Jaguares - 45
Greater Than One - All the Masters Licked Me
Little Teeth - Child Bearing Man
Rainbow Arabia - The Basta EP
The Residents - The Bunny Boy
Young Jeezy - The Recession
Smithereens - B-sides - The Beatles
Rodney Crowell - Sex and Gasoline
Cracker - Countrysides / Free album stream from AOL / "The Black Hole" [mp3]

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1 comment:

drake leLane said...

New Releases 09.02.08

1. Without A Word - Giant Sand
2. Bobby-O - Kimya Dawson
3. Council Estate - Tricky
4. Lost At Sea - Birdmonster
5. Morning Beat - Brian Wilson
6. Year 33 - TK Webb
7. Borderline - Sonya Kitchell
8. Shine Through It - Terrence Howard
9. Stutter Shaker - Broadfield Marchers
10. Development - dan le sac
11. Lobo - Jaguares
12. The Sweet Smell of a Supermarket On Fire - Greater Than One
13. Applegate - Little Teeth
14. Let Them Dance - Rainbow Arabia
15. Rabbit Habit - The Residents
16. Recreational Chemistry - moe.
17. Welcome Back - Young Jeezy
18. You Can't Do That - The Smithereens
19. Moving Work Of Art - Rodney Crowell
20. Only - Bruce Robison
21. Down, Down, Down - Southside Johnny
22. Bones Theme - The Crystal Method
23. Duty Free - Cracker