Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Now Downloading: New Releases 08.09.11

Ahh... the dog days of summer. The weather is great... the releases, not as much. Making the most noise is Jay-Z + Kanye West interpreting Game of Thrones (ok, not really -- but someone else was thinking the same), but we're most interested in the sophomore release from Pepper Rabbit and a second EP from Worcester's Dom. Also releasing new albums this week are Army Navy, The Irrepressibles, The New Mastersounds, Ursula 1000, The Birthday Massacre, Royce da 5'9" and comedy albums from The State's Michael Ian Black and WTF podcast's Marc Maron.

Playlist: New Releases 08.09.11

Pepper Rabbit - Red Velvet Snow Ball
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Pepper Rabbit - Red Velvet Snow Ball
The Los Angeles (via New Orleans) duo Pepper Rabbit barely made a splash with their workman like pop debut Beauregard, and one could hardly be blamed for forgetting that it existed if not for the rapid turnaround for their sophomore release this week. Red Velvet Snow Ball presents an impressive leap for multi-instrumentalists Xander Singh and Luc Laurent, pulling back on the rock and introducing more experimentation with the instruments used. Singh, for one, took it upon himself to learn a host of new instruments, often relying upon YouTube videos for instruction. If done haphazardly, that could make for a claustrophobic affair, but each song was allowed to grow organically, calling for each instrument's use and the end result is very lush. The psychedelic-tinged pop of "Rose Mary Stretch" is the obvious highlight (free download via Amazon), but there's a lot more here to love, including the synth-drunk "In Search of Simon Burch."

Free AOL Album Stream
Free Download: "Rose Mary Stretch" [mp3]

More on the radar (and in the mp3 player) this week:
Dom - Family Love / Free AOL Album Stream
Army Navy- The Last Place
The Irrepressibles - Mirror Mirror / Free AOL Album Stream / "Forget the Past" [mp3]
Jay-Z and Kanye West - Watch the Throne
The New Mastersounds - Breaks From the Border / Free AOL Album Stream
Ursula 1000 - Mondo Beyondo / Free AOL Album Stream / "Repetez Le Repetoire" [mp3]
The Birthday Massacre - Imaginary Monsters / Free AOL Album Stream
Royce da 5'9" - Success is Certain / Free AOL Album Stream
The Horrors - Skying / "Moving Further Away" [mp3]
Kites with Lights - Cosmonauts / "Cosmonauts" [mp3]
Michael Ian Black - Very Famous
Marc Maron - This Has to be Funny
Widowspeak - Widowspeak
Sleeping Bag - Sleeping Bag / "Slime" [mp3]
Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room - Hurricane Season
Scattered Trees - Sympathy / Free AOL Album Stream
Glee Cast - Glee the 3D Movie (Motion Picture Soundtrack) / Free AOL Album Stream

Against Me! - White Crosses/Black Crosses

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