Saturday, October 03, 2009

The Weekly Sweep

  • 4 Or 5 Magicians - Nice Little Earner [YouTube]
  • Charlotte Hatherley - Alexander [YouTube]
  • Everything Everything - MY KZ, UR BF [YouTube]
  • Fanfarlo - The Walls Are Coming Down [YouTube]
  • Grammatics - Double Negative [live YouTube]
  • I Concur - Sobotka [YouTube]
  • Joe Gideon & The Shark - Civilisation [Myspace]
  • Johnny Foreigner - Criminals [YouTube]
  • The Kiara Elles - Odio [YouTube]
  • Los Campesinos! - There Are Listed Buildings [proper stream]
  • Mew - Repeaterbeater [YouTube]
  • Rose Elinor Dougall - Fallen Over [Myspace]
  • The Scaramanga Six - Misadventure [YouTube]
  • Seeland - Library [Myspace]
  • Sky Larkin - Smarts [free mp3]
  • Slow Club - Trophy Room [YouTube]
  • Stairs To Korea - Boy Bear It In Mind [YouTube]
  • Tubelord - Propeller [Vimeo]
  • The Wave Pictures - Strawberry Cables [YouTube]
  • Wild Beasts - All The King's Men [YouTube]

    By the way, look how bloody ridiculously great this month is for new album releases:

    Hefner - We Love The City (2 CD reissue)
    12 track album, the one that nearly made them proper hit makers, is swelled to 39
    Kill It Kid - Kill It Kid
    Lou Barlow - Goodnight Unknown
    Might he have been involved in two spectacular returns to form this year?
    The Mountain Goats - The Life Of The World To Come
    All the tracks are named after bible verses, but apparently John Darnielle reckons this is a personal odyssey. Then again, that's what his last three albums were too
    Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
    Why? - Eskimo Snow
    Yoni Wolf recants the hip-hop for an album recorded simultaneously with Alopecia

    The Flaming Lips – Embryonic
    Justin Timberlake won't be playing bass on any of this on telly any time soon
    The Hidden Cameras - Origin: Orphan
    Mission Of Burma - The Sound The Speed The Light
    Piano Magic - Ovations
    Gareth Parton produces; the label says it "swings wildly between Marrakesh, Eastern Europe, Sevilla and early 80s Manchester"
    Tubelord - Our First American Friends
    Pig masks, scaring Michael Azerrad (and getting slagged on Idolator as a result) and being post-hardcore's new poster boys - plenty to live up to

    Charlotte Hatherley – New Worlds
    I Concur - Able Archer
    Nat Johnson and the Figureheads - Roman Radio
    'and the' - the new 'the'. Johnson ex-Monkey Swallows The Universe, for the uninitiated
    Saint Etienne – Foxbase Beta
    Foxbase Alpha, but remixed by Richard X. Worth of this scheme mixed. Still haven't got a Foxbase Alpha sign
    Spiral Stairs - The Real Feel
    Scott Kannberg places the Preston School Of Industry into liquidation for a third solo album
    Sufjan Stevens - The BQE
    The audial end of Stevens' Brooklyn audio-visual presentation from a couple of years ago. Does this count for New York towards his 50 States plan?

    4 Or 5 Magicians - Empty, Derivative Pop Songs
    Did we mention...
    Broadcast And The Focus Group - Broadcast And The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults Of The Radio Age
    A proper Broadcast album is out next year; until then a collaborative 'mini-album' (despite being 50 minutes long) of haunted library music manque
    Johnny Foreigner - Grace And The Bigger Picture
    Sounds like this, apparently. OI, BEST BEFORE, PROMO NOW PLZ
    Luke Haines – 21st Century Man/Achtung Mutha
    The latter is a limited edition second CD. The former is "more experimental", he claims.
    Left With Pictures - Beyond Our Means
    Maybeshewill - Not For Want Of Trying +4
    Stellar post-rock post-hardcore debut album reissued with a contemporary EP attached
    Spearmint - A Week Away (Special Edition)
    Reissue with a few extra EP/B-side tracks. We might be interviewing Shirley Lee soon. Um, LOL?

    Ben said...

    Lou Barlow: Do you really rate Dinosaur Jr's Farm? It's good, but I can't say it's any better than Beyond.

    The Flaming Lips: I'm just hoping it's an improvement on At War With The Mystics.

    Johnny Foreigner: Only just discovered them - god knows why. So I'm just getting into Waited Up... and they've got a new album on the brink of release? Ho hum. Guess I'll get introduced to it when I see them on Tuesday.

    Tubelord: Worth investigating? A friend at work's been raving about them for a while.

    Ben said...

    And there's more...

    That Fanfarlo single's decent without being amazing - rather in the shadow of My Latest Novel, I'd suggest...

    Wild Beasts: the appeal eludes me, at least with that song. Lots of ecstatic reviews (the Guardian one aside) suggest they're worthy of further investigation, though.