Friday, June 24, 2011

Now Downloading: New Releases 06.21.11

Summer is officially here, so the new release spigot will start to lose some of it's pressure as it battles for all the outdoor activities. To kick off 2011's summer, there's new releases from Bon Iver, Ty Segall, Centro-Matic, Viva Voce, Cassettes Won't Listen, Bodies of Water, Through the Sparks, Helms Alee, Gomez and The Chain Gang of 1974. Don't forget to apply your sunscreen.

Playlist: New Releases 06.21.11

Bon Iver - Bon Iver
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Bon Iver - Bon Iver
Since Justin Vernon's Bon Iver emerged from the woods with their debut, it's been fun to watch Vernon's adventurous turns whether with the Blood Bank EP, or side projects Gayngs and Volcanic Choir. The self-titled sophomore release has interjected much of this adventurism into the heartfelt songcraft of the debut to create an even better beast. The songs are still there, but enhanced with added layers of complexity. So a song like "Holocene" or "Wash.", which would've sounded like simple ballads on the debut, are multi-layered tracks that approach an epic sound.

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Download: "Calgary" [mp3]

Ty Segall - Goodbye Bread
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Ty Segall - Goodbye Bread
Ty Segall is quickly becoming the Robert Pollard of psychedelic rock. With 6 solo albums in under 4 years -- along with lending some of his talents to Thee Oh Sees and Brilliant Colors -- it's safe to say that Segall doesn't want for songwriting inspiration. And with Goodbye Bread, he's even matured a bit, displaying -- dare I say it -- a mellow side. We're still talking about a lo-fi psychedelic-garage-Sonics-inspired sound here, but Segall no longer goes off the rails, instead remaining within song structures. The result is a mostly stellar release that you occasionally wish would let loose a bit more.

Download: "You Make the Sun Fry" [mp3]

Centro-Matic - Candidate Waltz
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Centro-Matic - Candidate Waltz
It wasn't that long ago that Will Johnson was getting compared to Robert Pollard with his prolific turn at the beginning of the century. Between solo work, South San Gabriel and Johnson's rock and roll outlet Centro-Matic, he was averaging around five releases a year from 1999-2002. So the five year gap since Centro-Matic's last release is odd to say the least -- Johnson took some of the time off to play drums in Monsters of Folk. The wait, however, is well worth it, as Candidate Waltz has the amps turned to 11, and Johnson's cracked Texas vocals deliver the clever melancholy we've come to love over the years.

Download: "Only in My Double Mind" [mp3]

More on the radar (and in the mp3 player) this week:
Viva Voce - The Future Will Destroy You / Free AOL Album Stream
Cassettes Won't Listen - Evinspacey / "The Echoes" [mp3] / "Perfect Day" [mp3]
Bodies of Water - Twist Again
Through the Sparks - Almanac (MMX) Year of Beasts / "Chisel and Pick" [mp3]
Helms Alee - Weatherland
Gomez - Whatever's On Your Mind / Free AOL Album Stream / "Options" [mp3]
The Chain Gang of 1974 - Wayward Fire / Free AOL Album Stream
Liam Finn - Fomo
Seun Kuti - From Africa With Fury: Rise / "Rise" [mp3]
Guano Apes - Bel Air
Miracle Parade - Hark and Other Lost Transmissions / Free AOL Album Stream
OK Go - 180/365 / Free AOL Album Stream
Stuyvesant - Fret Sounds / Free AOL Album Stream
Rubblebucket - Omega La La / "Worker" [mp3]
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Unknown Mortal Orchestra / "Worker" [mp3]

Giant Sand - Black Out [25th Anniversary Edition]
Giant Sand - Glum [25th Anniversary Edition]
Peter Tosh - Legalize It [Legacy Edition]
Peter Tosh - Equal Rights [Legacy Edition]

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