Thursday, October 27, 2011

Now Downloading: New Releases - 10.25.11: Tom Waits, Deer Tick

Next week will mark the seventh anniversary of this blog, so it's fitting that Tom Waits is releasing his first proper full length our time span. We can only hope the blog has aged as well as the 61-year old Waits in that time. Elsewhere, there are new releases from Deer Tick, Justice, Phantogram, Surfer Blood, Comet Gain, Dirty Projectors + Bjork, Peggy Sue, Gary Numan, Kathryn Calder, The Bevis Frond, Brian Wilson, The Devil Makes Three, The Bridge School Concerts 25th Anniversary Edition and a Christmas album from She & Him.

Playlist: New Releases 10.25.11

Tom Waits - Bad as Me
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Tom Waits - Bad as Me
It's been seven long years since we last had a proper full length from Tom Waits, and it feels as though we've had a full circle of frustration since 2004's Real Gone, and while Waits is rarely overt about his political frustrations in his songs, the Occupy Wall Street protests feels in concert with another Waits album. It's the whistling by the graveyard, nothing but lint in the pockets, junkyard hustling bag of bones sound of the unemployed, and Waits owns it. Bad as Me is the carnival barker at his best, that is to say, much like he has been since 1983's Swordfishtrombones, when Waits set the template for most of what has followed in his catalog. So if there's a critique to be had here, it's that perhaps that since Waits tread much of the same ground, it's probably necessary that there are these gaps between albums, for even though the 61-year old Waits' has never been sharper, one would assume you can only find salvageable treasures in the junkyard so many times. What we have here is priceless, though, so let's enjoy it before Waits disappears for another 6-7 years digging up more.

Deer Tick - Divine Providence
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Deer Tick - Divine Providence
Singer/songwriter John McCauley has always threatened to release an album like this, as witnessed by his Nirvana cover sets under the moniker Deervana, and initially, Divine Providence feels like it delivers. But this Deer Tick release is kind of like that friend you sometimes go drinking with and initially wonder why you don't hang out more, only to remember as the evening goes on, that this is no friend, but more an agent of chaos, driven to drink and pull everyone into his need to prove his cool by "fucking things up." Inevitably there are regrets long before blacking out, and when morning is punching you in the face, make sure to write it down like a sticky note in Memento -- don't get sucked up again by this "fucking douchebag."

Free AOL Album Stream

More on the radar (and in the mp3 player) this week:
Justice - Audio Video Disco
Surfer Blood - Tarot Classics EP / Free AOL Album Stream
Phantogram - Nightlife EP / "Don't Move" [mp3]
Comet Gain - Howl Of The Lonely Crowd
Dirty Projectors + Bjork - Mount Wittenberg Orca
Peggy Sue - Acrobats / Free AOL Album Stream / "Cut My Teeth" [mp3]
She & Him - A Very She & Him Christmas
Gary Numan - Dead Son Rising
Kathryn Calder - Bright and Vivid
The Bevis Frond - The Leaving Of London
Brian Wilson - In the Key of Disney / "You've Got a Friend"
The Devil Makes Three - Stomp and Bash / Free AOL Album Stream
The Juan Maclean - Everybody Get Close
The Beets - Let the Poison Out
Gringo Star - Count Yer Lucky Stars / Free AOL Album Stream
Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto
Kelly Clarkson - Stronger / Free AOL Album Stream
The Bridge School Concerts 25th Anniversary Edition
Like Crazy - Music From the Motion Picture
Strange Boys - Live Music / "Me and You" [mp3]
A Classic Education - Call it Blazing
Skinny Puppy - hanDover / Free AOL Album Stream
Paul Simon - Songwriter

Box Set
Howlin' Wolf - Smokestack Lightning / The Complete Chess Masters 1951-1960

Paul Simon - One-Trick Pony (2011 Remaster)
Paul Simon - Hearts and Bones (2011 Remaster)
Paul Simon - Graceland (2011 Remaster)
Paul Simon - The Rhythm of the Saints (2011 Remaster)
Dntel - Life is Full of Possibilities (Deluxe) / Free AOL Album Stream / "(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan" [mp3]

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