Friday, March 18, 2011

Now Downloading: New Releases 03.15.11

It's SXSW week, so the new release list is short and concise as a result. There's the latest from Dodos, Cornershop, J. Mascis, The Joy Formidable, Black Joe Lewis, Noah and the Whale, Mother Mother, Brown Recluse, Brave Irene, Does it Offend You, Yeah?, Jad Fair and a reissue from the Basher, Nick Lowe.

Playlist: New Releases 03.15.11

Dodos - No Color
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Dodos - No Color
After somewhat disappointing results after working with Phil Ek (you don't hear that too often) on 2009's Time to Die, the Dodos are back working with previous engineer John Askew -- and back as a duo once again (original members Meric Long and Logan Kroeber). With No Color, they're back to the percussive acoustic guitar + drums pop that endeared us to them on their debut Visiter. And when they do introduce another body to the mix, they make the most of it, as on the track "Sleep" which put good use to Neko Case's voice. The electric guitar that was introduced in Time to Die is still here and there, both as color (feedback on "Black Night") or as poignant added punch ("Good"). It's their noisiest and most coherent work, their best release to date.

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Cornershop - Cornershop & the Double 'O' Groove of
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CornershopSince Cornershop broke through with the hit "Brimful of Asha," from 1997's When I Was Born for the 7th Time, they've labored mostly in the margins, combining their distinctive Punjabi rhythms with rock and roll to mixed results. When they're on, it's exhilarating... but when their off, it's kind of dumb. In the middle of their past decade of work, they snuck in a jewel of a Punjabi hybrid called "Topknot," which, released in 2004, featured the vocals of Punjab singer Bubbley Kaur. It sounded a bit different from the rest of their Indian-Rock jams, and Cornershop & the Double 'O' Groove of is born of that collaboration. Besides the aforementioned "Topknot," it includes the similarly sounding labor of love "Natch" and outside of that features the rock/India mix we've come to expect from Tinder Singh & Co. While it's not going to make anyone forget "Brimful of Asha" and the Born for the Seventh Time, this latest proves that the band isn't coasting on this veteran stage of their career.

Download: "Topknot (Cavemen Mix Feat M.I.A. - Clean Mix)" [mp3]

More on the radar (and in the mp3 player) this week:
J Mascis - Several Shades of Why / "Not Enough," "Is It Done" [mp3]
The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears - Scandalous
Noah and the Whale - Last Night on Earth
Mother Mother - Eureka
Brown Recluse - Evening Tapestry
Brave Irene - Brave Irene
Does it Offend You, Yeah? - Don't Say We Didn't Warn You / Free AOL Album Stream
Jad Fair - His Name Itself Is Music
Adebisi Shank - This Is The Second Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank / Free AOL Album Stream
Eleventh Dream Day - Riot Now! / "Satellite" [mp3]
Steve Martin - Rare Bird Alert / Free AOL Album Stream
The Death Set - Michel Poiccard
Screaching Weasel - First World Manifesto / Free AOL Album Stream
Smoking Popes - This is Only a Test / Free AOL Album Stream
Bob Geldof - How to Compose Popular Songs / Free AOL Album Stream

Nick Lowe - Labour of Lust

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