Friday, May 21, 2010

Now Downloading: New Releases 05.18.10

Another anticipated week for releases, and another delay thanks to Rhapsody's continued snail's pace on dropping in new releases. I may have to find a new system, because when you've got a week featuring the latest from LCD Soundsystem, Band of Horses, Janelle Monae and the Black Keys, things need to move forward at a quicker pace. Stay tuned...

Playlist: New Releases 05.11.10

LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening
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LCD Soundsystem - This is HappeningIf this is indeed the last album that LCD Soundsystem releases, and James Murphy has hinted as much, then this is the way to go. This is Happening, lyrically, is Murphy's most personal release, continuing the inward trend since LCD SS' impersonal beginnings with "Losing My Edge." With songs like "I Can Change," "Somebody's Calling Me," and even "You Wanted a Hit," Murphy's reeled that fish nearly all the way into the boat. It can flop around to "Drunk Girls," like the rest of us, and or just quietly appreciate Murphy's continued mastery of all things Bowie. It could happen. (Can't wait for their set at Sasquatch!.)

Free AOL album stream

Band of Horses - Infinite Arms
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Band of Horses - Infinite ArmsUpon first listen, it seems Infinite Arms is Band of Horses cash grab, which is mostly expected given its their major label dabut. Phil Ek is still twiddling the knobs and adding vocal reverb, but something about the release just seems to fall short. Ben Bridwell is the only piece left from their surprising debut (Everything All the Time) and he's mentioned in interviews that this was the first release where he wasn't trying to control everything, letting the band function as a whole; and that Infinite Arms is the band's first release. Sure "Laredo" and "Compliments" are stunners that would slide in nicely on any BoH joint. But the rest of IA feels mostly like prime filler. Is it just me, or are BoH sounding more like a watered down version of Matt Brooke's post BoH act Grand Archives on some of these tracks? Just saying...

Free AOL album stream

More on the radar (and in the mp3 player) this week:
The Black Keys - Brothers / Free AOL album stream
Janelle Monae - ArchAndroid / Streaming on MySpace
Harvey Milk - A Small Turn of Human Kindness
Great Lake Swimmers - The Legion Sessions
The Sadies - Darker Circles
Reggie Watts - Why S*** So Crazy? / Free AOL album stream
Rangda - False Flag / "Bull Lore" [mp3]
Pontiak - Living / Free AOL album stream / "Young" [mp3]
Tracy Thorn - Love & Its Opposite / Free AOL album stream / "Oh, The Divorces!" [mp3]
Glee Cast - Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers
Wintersleep - New Inheritors / "Hallowed Ways" [mp3]
The Depreciation Guild - Spirit Youth
Woven Bones - In and Out and Back Again / "If It Feels Alright" [mp3]

The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main Stree (Bonus Tracks)
Rick James - Fire it Up
Rick James - Gsrden of Love
The Jayhawks - The Jayhawks
Duran Duran - Duran Duran
Duran Duran - Seven and the Ragged Tiger

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