Not much going on this week as far a new music goes. Incubus doesn’t excite me anymore. Midlake who got alot of attention earlier this year has an EP but I just can seem to like them too much. I really have no recommendations. Others do though.
Pitchfork is frontpaging Clipse’s new album and gave it a 9.1. The words you never thought you would see at the beginning of a Pitchfork review (or anywhere in the review for that matter):
With the long-delayed, viciously imagined Hell Hath No Fury, Clipse– hip-hop’s meanest, smartest duo– have done what a gathering collection of internet seekers, record-store goers, and street corner mixtape shoppers hoped they might: release a classic.
Lots of interesting stuff this week. Here is what we are interested in.
Built to Spill – Ultimate Alternative Wavers (reissue)
Joanna Newsom – Ys
Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris – Real Live Roadrunning
Math and Physics Club – Math and Physics Club
Voxtrot – Your Biggest Fan EP
Largeheartedboy has the full list.
This week is also kind of a snoozer for new releases. Talib Kweli is one of the few people keeping hip-hop legit these days. The last few Clapton releases, especially the Robert Johnson one, I really liked. J.J. Cale wrote a number of Claptons most famous songs including “Cocaine” so that album should be interesting.
J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton – The Road To Escondido
OK Go – Oh No
Talib Kweli – Ear Drum
Largeheartedboy has the full rundown.
Once again this week is kind of slow for new music. Here are our selections that should be worth checking out:
David and the Citizens – Until the Sadness is Gone
Willie Nelson – Songbird
Head over to Largeheartedboy for the full list.
Last week was kind of a snooze. This week promises to be much better with a new Ben Folds and Aimee Mann, and a new Bright Eyes collection of Rarities. Notable release of the week though is the Walkmen doing Pussycats, a remake of an album originally done by Harry Nilsson and John Lennon during 1974. Apparently it was done during phase in Lennon’s life while living in L.A. where there was alot of drinking and drugs every night. So here’s our recommendations:
Aimee Mann – One More Drifter in the Snow
Ben Folds – Supersunnyspeedgraphic – the LP
Bright Eyes – Noise Floor (Rarities 1998-2005)
De La Soul – Impossible Mission
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Broom
The Walkmen – Pussycats Starting the Walkmen
Read the full list of new releases at largeheartedboy, as always.
This week is a slow week in terms of new releases. I am honestly at a loss for anything to recommend.
Head over to for the complete list of CD’s and DVD’s.
The day has finally come: The Cold War Kids new album is being released. Dissapointingly there won’t be much new stuff, but everything from the previous two EP’s have been retooled into a more polished release ”Robbers and Cowards.” stereogum has a graph (the non-scientific kind) about bands overhyped by the blogs and how they are propped up and then torn down by the same people, and the Cold War Kids appear on it along with Tapes ’n Tapes and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! I think I can definitely say that the CWK are the best of the bunch that I have seen this year and are not overhyped. Tapes n’ Tapes and CYHSY both put on lackluster performances compared to CWK, so I don’t think this graph is entirely accurate.
Other notable release this week:
Califone – Roots & Crowns. This sounds like a much more roots/blues oriented record than previous efforts.
Neko Case: Live from Austin (DVD). This is her Austin City Limits show from last year I believe.
As always largeheartedboy has the complete list of this weeks releases, both CD and DVD.
Largehearted Boy has the full list.
Our most antcipated album of the week? Canadian band Tokyo Police Club’s A Lesson in Crime. It is fun, energy-filled music with lyrics about robot’s taking over the world. What more can you ask for? (Yes I do have an irrational obsession with all things robot.) SOTS also recommends:Beck – The Information
The Decemberists – The Crane Wife
The US release of the Kooks album – Inside In/Inside Out
Who decided Tuesday would be the day that new stuff would come out?
This week SOTS is looking forward to the My Morning Jacket live album Okonokos. Jim James has that aura of cool and hopefully it will come across on the live album.
Largeheartedboy has the complete list of this week’s releases.