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[new music roundup] 6.25.13

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A few of my favorite new releases this week, including the latest from Rose Windows, Smith Westerns, and some previously unreleased material from Big Star.  As always, be sure to visit Largehearted Boy for more new music.

Big Star//Nothing Can Hurt Me (soundtrack)
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Her Royal Harness//The Hunting Room

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oOoOO//Without Your Love

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Palms//Palms

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Rose Windows//The Sun Dogs

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Smith Westerns//Soft Will

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A few more worth a listen:
Buffalo Tales//Roadtrip Confessions
Femi Kuti//No Place For My Dream
Lightning Dust//Fantasy
Mavis Staples//One True Vine
Röyksopp//Late Night Tales
Sam Buckingham//I’m a Bird
Solar Year//Waverly
Télépopmusik//Fever/Try Me Anyway
Various Artists//Sing Me The Songs: Celebrating The Works of Kate McGarrigle
Wale//The Gifted

 

What are your favorite new releases this week?

Favorite Albums of 2013 (so far)

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We’re halfway through 2013 and it’s shaping up to be quite the year in music.

Highlights definitely include the return of My Bloody Valentine, Daft Punk, and David Bowie, along with some really fantastic debuts from Disclosure, Ex Cops, Little Green Cars, On An On, and Rhye.  But with high comes the low, and though I was super excited for new albums from The Knife and Phoenix, they were quite the letdown in my opinion.

These are simply in alphabetical order.  It’s hard enough to rank my top 10, i don’t want to do it more than once a year.  Enjoy all of these on Spotify, which i’ll continue to update throughout the rest of 2013.  And with some highly anticipated releases still on the horizon, including new albums from Porcelain Raft, Smith Westerns, and Elton John, i’m sure this list will evolve.

But enough babbling, enjoy my favorite albums of 2013 (so far) and please check back in December to see which (if any) make the cut for my top 10 of the year.

 

Autre Ne Veut//Anxiety

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Baths//Obsidian

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Buke & Gase//General Dome

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Camera Obscura//Desire Lines

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Christopher Owens//Lysandre

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CHVRCHES//Recover EP

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The City and Horses//Strange Range

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Daft Punk//Random Access Memories

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David Bowie//The Next Day

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Disclosure//Settle

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Eleanor Friedberger//Personal Record

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Evenings//Yore

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Ex Cops//True Hallucinations

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Gliss//Langsom Dans

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Guards//In Guards We Trust

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The Joy Formidable//Wolf’s Law

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Lady Lamb the Beekeeeper//Ripely Pine

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Little Green Cars//Absolute Zero

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Local Natives//Hummingbird

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The Mary Onettes//Hit the Waves

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The Men//New Moon

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My Bloody Valentine//m b v

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The National//Trouble Will Find Me

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Oberhofer//Notalgia EP

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On An On//Give In

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Rhye//Woman

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Saturday Looks Good To Me//One Kiss Ends It All

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Sigur Rós//Kveikur
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Surfer Blood//Pythons

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Surrogate//Post-Heroic

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Telekinesis//Dormarion

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TRAILS AND WAYS//Trilingual EP

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Vampire Weekend//Modern Vampires of the City

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs//Mosquito

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Yo La Tengo//Fade

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Youth Lagoon//Wondrous Bughouse

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[watch] Smith Westerns//Varsity

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Smith Westerns will release Soft Will, the follow-up to their 2011 record Dye It Blonde, on June 25th (via Mom + Pop).  The band recently shared the video for the album’s first single, “Varsity”, directed by Alan Del Rio Ortiz.

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[on repeat] Porcelain Raft

Porcelain Raft is the brain child of Italian born Mauro Remiddi.  Over the last couple of years, Remiddi teased us with some impressive EPs and singles, and toured with the like of The Antlers and Youth Lagoon.  Now as he gears up for the release of his debut LP Strange Weekend (out tomorrow, 1/24, via Secretly Canadian!), he’s touring Europe, including a couple runs with M83 and Smith Westerns (dates).

I’m not exactly sure how Remiddi has managed to craft such a dreamy and visceral sound, but i’m sure it has something to do with his 27 years of travels across Europe, from his native Italy to London; of caravaning with the Berlin Youth Circus playing traditional gypsy Klezmer music; or maybe reinterpreting traditional music in North Korea; and maybe even his stint playing piano for an Off Broadway tap dance show.  Whatever it is, I don’t really care, it works.

Porcelain Raft – Put Me To Sleep (from Strange Weekend)

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(31) Days of Good: Day 1

The 2011 edition of (31) Days of Good is officially upon us!  2011 was yet another good year for music lovers and i’ve got a lot of fantastic songs to cover in a mere 31 days.  I’m gonna kick things off this year with healthy handful of tracks that were released in the early months of 2011.  With all the good tunes released this year, I easily could’ve forgotten about some of the earlier releases.  But not these tracks, they are way too good to forget.  So without further ado, I hope you enjoy Day 1 and be sure to tune in daily for more good.

♪ Anna Calvi – Blackout (from Anna Calvi)

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♪ The Go! Team – T.O.R.N.A.D.O. (from Rolling Blackouts)

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♪ The Joy Formidable – Whirring (from The Big Roar)

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♪ Radiohead – Codex (from The King of Limbs)

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♪ Smith Westerns – Weekend (from Dye It Blonde)

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♪ Tennis – Marathon (from Cape Dory)

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♪ Tristen – Doomsday (from Charlatans At the Garden Gate)

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♪ Yuck – The Wall (from Yuck)

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