Tuesday is here again and this is another pretty epic week for releases.
Akron/Family - Akron/Family II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT
This band's name has always intrigued me (especially since I have family in Akron, huzzah!), but I never got around to checking them out until this evening, since their album is streaming in full over at 3VOOR12. I must say, I really like it. I guess I would call it experimental folk, cool stuff.
The Babies - The Babies
Two small, still up-and-coming indie bands (Vivian Girls and Woods) come together and this is what you get. What I've heard so far, it's nothing particularly special, but it seems like it will be a nice listen.
"Breakin' the Law"
Cut Copy - Zonoscope
This is the third album from the Australian dance-rock band and the reviews so far are pretty good. Pitchfork suggests listening to it as one chunk for best effect, but I don't yet have the release. The lead single, however, is a lot of fun.
"Take Me Over"
James Blake - James Blake
I wrote about this guy yesterday and still think he's pretty much amazing. I've been listening to "Wilhelm Scream" almost non-stop, but it's not the only great track on the album. It also features a cover of Feist's "Limit to Your Love" that's almost as good as the original (and you all know how I feel about covers!)
"Limit to Your Love"
Little Comets - In Search of Elusive Little Comets
I first heard of this band when Nylon magazine did a feature on England and upcoming British bands. This was one of the better bands that were featured. They represent what I consider a second coming of British indie rock, which is starting to incorporate broader influences and styles than just post-punk and new wave.
"One Night in October"
Nicole Atkins - Mondo Amore
This album was supposed to be out with my last wave of releases, but got pushed back (it had actually been pushed back a couple of times. Well, now it's finally out and I'm hoping it's a good one. I haven't had the chance to listen to it all the way through, but the lead single, "Vultures," is a great song.
The Streets - Computers and Blues
The Streets has this slow, introspective style that like a lot. And there's just something amazing about rap in an English accent. This is the artist's (Mike Skinner's) last album under this name, so let's hope he made it a good one!
"Going Through Hell"