Pearl Jam‘s highly anticipated ninth studio release, “Backspacer,” is finally officially out this week, and it’s just pure goodness, folks! Don’t believe me? Check out Al’s review for a glimpse. Islands‘ new record “Vapours“, their 3rd, still follows the winning formula of the band’s previous albums, but this time first time listeners might find themselves mesmerized. Beware!
Last week, I told you all about my new favorite band, Girls. Well, this week their debut album, titled …. “Album,” is out, so if sweet lo-fi jams are you’re thing, you should definite pick it up. Going from child prodigy to the ambassador of modern day jazz in the world, Harry Connick, Jr. is one of my favorite artists, no doubt. From what I’ve heard his new album, “Your Songs,” is “aimed towards classic, familiar songs, as contemporary as possible,” which means it’s gonna definitely deliver to the die hard fans, but leaving little room for the non-connoisseurs in the process.
Prog rock stars Porcupine Tree are also in the spotlight this week, thanks to their new album “The Incident.” Their previous effort, “Fear of The Dark Planet,” was, and still is for that matter, simply brilliant. It remains to see if this latest stint can live up to its expectations.
My second favorite supergroup of the year, right bellow Them Crooked Vultures, is Monsters of Folk. Consisting of Jim James from My Morning Jacket, Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis from Bright Eyes and M. Ward, it’s not very hard to see why the band has been getting a lot of hype recently, fact only accentuated by the ensemble’s self-titled debut hitting record shelves this week!
Justin Vernon’s latest side project, Volcano Choir, sees it’s first release in the form of “Unmap.” It’s always a pleasure to listen anything in which Bon Iver is involved in, and Unmap might prove to be one of the year’s pleasant surprised – at least from the first single it seems so.
Also out this week, new material from the likes of: Billy Talent, Castanets, Basement Jaxx, David Gray, Why?, Yoko Ono, Three Days Grace, Mika or Brand New. Pfeeeu, what a busy week!
[MP3] Girls – ‘Hellhole Ratrace’
[MP3] Volcano Choir – ‘Island, IS’
[MP3] Pearl Jam – ‘The Fixer’
[MP3] Islands – ‘Vapours’
[MP3] Porcupine Tree – ‘Kneel and Disconnect’
[MP3] Why? – ‘Against Me ‘
[MP3] Castanets – ‘Worn from the Fight’
Billy Talent: Billy Talent III
Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band: Between My Head And The Sky
Wrinkle Neck Mules: Let The Lead Fly
Volcano Choir: Unmap
Vic Chesnutt: At the Cut
The Pastels and Tenniscoats: Two Sunsets
Sea Wolf: White Water, White Bloom
Richard Hawle: Truelove’s Gutter
Or, The Whale: Or, The Whale
Janus: Red Light Return
Harry Connick, Jr.: Your Songs
Guy Clark: Somedays The Songs Writes You
Danko Jones: Never Too Loud
Castanets: Texas Rose, The Thaw, And The Beasts
Andrew Hoover: Chances, Stances & Romances
Noisettes: Wild Young Hearts
Five Finger Death Punch: War Is The Answer
Vertical Horizon: Burning The Days
Porcupine Tree: The Incident
Sean Kingston: Tomorrow
Pearl Jam: Backspacer
Owen: New Leaves
Monsters Of Folk: Monsters Of Folk
Basement Jaxx: Scars