Thursday, April 02, 2009

Now Downloading: New Releases 03.31.09

Blame the Winter Music Conference for this week's more paltry offerings, but there's still plenty to poke sticks at. The new one from Yeah Yeah Yeahs has been in Rhapsody for nearly a month, but I'm finally getting round to it here, along with the latest from Peter Bjorn & John, Great Lake Swimmers, Malajube, P.J. Harvey, Adam Franklin, Gomez and a live album from legend Leonard Cohen.

Playlist: New Releases 03.31.09

Peter Bjorn & John - Living Thing
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Peter Bjorn & John - Living ThingIt's inevitable that folks will want to compare the songs in Living Thing to that one song ("Young Folks") that has (unfairly) shaped US perception of PB&J, a band who's now been around for ten years already. Seeming almost like a reaction to the immense popularity of Writer's Block, Living Thing makes no effort to equal it's predecessor in carrying any radio radio songs. Sure, there's a couple that will be popular in smaller circles, like "It Don't Move Me" and "Lay It Down," but even the latter song has a radio-repellent refrain of "Shut the f*ck up boy, You are starting to piss me off." It joins Lily Allen's "F*ck You" as another profane song that my 4-year old dangerously would start singing upon first listen.

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz
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Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's BlitzIt's Blitz leaked earlier this year and forced YYY's hand in pushing the release date, so as a result it's been available digitally for three weeks already. Just one more curveball for the band, whose last album, Show Your Bones, started out as a Karen O solo project. After weathering calls of sellout after that subdued release, the art-punk trio roard back with Is Is, and once again are on the move. It's Blitz is undoubtedly their pop album, with a bit more emphasis on synth sounds and some more dance-friendly rhythms backing the guitars. The first two songs set this stage, with "Zero" and "Heads will Roll" shedding all signs of their garage revival sound. After that, though, the songs move back into more familiar YYY territory, but on the whole it's still far more commercial sounding than past releases, and that's not such a bad thing, seeing as where they started.

Great Lake Swimmers - Lost Channels
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Great Lake Swimmers - Lost Channels1000 Islands is an archipelago on St. Lawrence River, that lies between Canada and the US. GLS use this as the backdrop for their latest release, Lost Channels, both in concept and in where they recorded it. As such, the album straddles the border between US and Canadian folk inspirations. It's a mostly solid listen, with highlights being the tracks "Pulling a Line" and the opener "Palmistry."

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More on the radar (and in the mp3 player) this week:
Malajube - Labyrinthes
P.J. Harvey and John Parrish - A Woman A Man Walked By
Adam Franklin - Spent Bullets
Gomez - A New Tide / Free AOL Album Stream
Jim Gaffigan - King Baby / Free AOL Album Stream
Leonard Cohen - Live in London / Free AOL Album Stream
Wolves In The Throne Room - Black Cascade
The Whitest Boy Alive - Rules
Thunderheist - Thunderheist
Flo Rida - R.O.O.T.S. / Free AOL Album Stream
thenewno2 - You Are Here (Free AOL Album Stream)
Pansy Division - That's So Gay / "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" [mp3]
Queensr├┐che - American Soldier / Free AOL Album Stream
Bob Dylan - New Morning
Bob Dylan w/ the Band - Before the Flood
Bob Dylan w/ the Band - The Basement Tapes
Bob Dylan w/ the Grateful Dead - Dylan and the Dead

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1 comment:

dfgdfg said...

New Releases 03.31.09
1. Zero - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
2. It Don't Move Me - Peter Bjorn and John
3. Pulling On A Line - Great Lake Swimmers
4. 333 - Malajube
5. Black Hearted Love - P.J. Harvey
6. Big Sur - Adam Franklin
7. Little Pieces - Gomez
8. House Guest - Jim Gaffigan
9. Everybody Knows (Live In London) - Leonard Cohen
10. Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog - Wolves In The Throne Room
11. Courage - The Whitest Boy Alive
12. Nothing2Step2 - Thunderheist
13. Right Round (US Album Version) - Flo Rida
14. Sunshine - Bow Wow
15. Too Far Gone - The Answer
16. Lovers In A Dangerous TIme - Bruce Cockburn
17. Hey Man Nice Shot - Filter
18. City Pulse - Peter Walker
19. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere - Bob Dylan
20. Day Of The Locusts - Bob Dylan
21. Gotta Serve Somebody - Bob Dylan