It's a so-so week on the whole, but for Seattle acts, it's a pretty good one. It sees the release of an EP from Blue Scholars, and the second album from The Maldives. Arctic Monkeys release their third, but we covered that a few weeks ago, and Matisyahu yesterday, and beyond that there's also releases from Imogen Heap, Soulsavers, Still Life Still, a great box set for Woody Guthrie, EPs from Blitzen Trapper and Asobi Seksu along with a live album from Cheap Trick.
Playlist: New Releases 08.25.09
Blue Scholars - OOF EP
Stream / Purchase [mp3]
The Blue Scholars keep getting better with each release. With the EP OOF, the hip-hop duo are stretching out their beats, mixing in new sounds with panache. "Bananas" might be the track to break them nationally (that and their distribution deal with Duck Down). To celebrate the release, Sabsi and Geologic played a series of surprise shows throughout the day, tweeting their locations in advance. It should also be mentioned that Geologic spent some of his youth in Hawaii, a place that has a wide range of Pacific Rim cultures. The title of the EP OOF, is a variant of a Samoan swear word translated as "F*ck You." Aloha!
Download: "Bananas," "Cruz"
Cheap Trick - Sgt Pepper Live
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For a someone who's album buying experience began in the era of both Cheap Trick and the bad idea that was the film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (starring the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton), this release both tickles and frightens me a bit. On the surface, it's a completely unnecessary endeavor. But when you dig a little deeper... oh, who am I kidding, it really is a waste of time. Yet, I find myself listening to it over and over... it's like the late night bad movie you can't turn off because it's got Kristy McNichol and Christopher Atkins in it.
More on the radar (and in the mp3 player) this week:
Blitzen Trapper - Black River Killer EP/ "Black River Killer" [mp3]
The Maldives - Listen to the Thunder / "Tequila/Sunday" [mp3]
Soulsavers - Broken
Asobi Seksu - Transparance EP
Woodie Guthrie - My Dusty Road / Free AOL Album Stream
The Bloody Beetroots - Romborama / "Butter" [mp3]
Imogen Heap - Ellipse / Free AOL Album Stream
Fun - Aim & Ignite / Free AOL Album Stream
Matisyahu - Light / Free AOL Album Stream
Mew - No More Stories… / Free AOL Album Stream
Still Life Still - Girls Come Too
Felix Da Housecat - He Was King / "We All Wanna Be Prince" [mp3]
Dolores O'Riordan - No Baggage / Free AOL Album Stream
JET - Shaka Rack / Free AOL Album Stream
Tim Buckley - Live at the Folklore Center, NYC - March 6th 1967 / Free AOL Album Stream
Smokey Robinson - Time Flies When You're Having Fun / Free AOL Album Stream
tags: music, album review, arctic monkeys, Blue Scholars, Cheap Trick, indie rock, new releases, rhapsody