Keen observers will have noticed I've not used the 'New Tunes Tuesday' tag in a while. First, it immediately dates the show, as if its sell by date is only 7 days max. That and, rightly or wrongly, I feel its cheating to throw in an oldie, and so on. Nevertheless, this one is indeed wall-to-wall, back-to-front new music. By the way, Spotify entered my life last week. Life is good.
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NEKO CASE & NICK CAVE "She's Not There" (WaterTower), from True Blood, Vol. 3 - The music supervisor for the television series went into a record store, started thumbing through the C-section and came up with the idea to have the closely named stars remake the Zombies classic for the show. Although that sounds totally made up, it's totally true.
LANTERNS ON THE LAKE "You're Almost There" (Bella Union), from Gracious Tide, Take Me Home - One of my SXSW highlights, this is the first track to emerge from their full-length debut due in September. This Is Fake DIY has the song's video. Hear previous single "Lungs Quicken".
BJORK "Crystalline" (Nonesuch), from Biophilia - We live in a music world where most albums are judged by their opening week, just like movies. Go for the big open, hope for the best. Heaven knows there probably won't be much of a budget to promote it beyond that. While it's great to know that Bjork scored a Top 10 record with her last disc Volta, she hasn't had a gold record in the US since Homogenic. That was 14 years ago. The days of radio play are, outside a small number of tastemaking outlets, long over. I enjoy this new single, but it's sonically not a whole lot different what you've heard over her last few efforts. And that's probably not gonna earn her much of a look-see from casual listeners. Search the web and download another new track "Cosmogony".
WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS "Act On Impulse" (FatCat), from In The Pit Of The Stomach - First track from the Scots' second record, due the first week of October.
BOS ANGELES "Beach Slalom" (self), demo - Just as one might amend the name of your town with 'Vegas' (Nashvegas, Glasvegas, etc.), this trio from the seaside town of Boscombe, known as the "heroin capitol of England", do, er, kinda the same thing. Presumably their first demo recordings, they really nail it. A tight l'il guitar-based indie rock song: lean and mean, over and out in barely two-and-a-half minutes. This Is Fake DIY has more.
[MP3] I BREAK HORSES "Winter Beats" (Bella Union), from Hearts - I know. It's only chilly, Scandinavian electronica but I like it. A duo from Stockholm, their full-length debut arrives next month.
WASHED OUT "Before" (Sub Pop), from Within & Without - Call me crazy, but this might be chillwave's crowning achievement to date. Yes, I'll readily admit to wondering if Ernest Greene is simply Howard Jones v.2011, but the disc works for me. I especially like the glitchy track included here.
CHAIRLIFT "Amanaemonesia" (Terrible), single - Singer Caroline Polachek guests on the Washed Out record while bringing the goods on this new song, released as an indie single prior to their second full-length coming out via major label Columbia. And, is this even a word?
[STREAM] Amanaemonesia by Chairlift
SBTRKT "Right Thing To Do" (Young Turks / Beggars), from SBTRKT - Jessie Ware takes the mic on another track from the self-titled gem of a debut, one of my favorites of the year so far.
[MP3] HTRK "Eat Yr Heart" (Ghostly International), from Work (work, work) - London's (via Melbourne and Berlin) HTRK's dark, druggy debut from two years ago, Marry Me Tonight, sounded like a loaded needle in search of a vein. Sadly, the band's Sean Stewart took his own life in March 2010. The remaining members of the trio, Jonnine Standish and Nigel Yang, chose to carry on and secured a proper US release for their new CD in September. Sample the first track from it.
LITTLE DRAGON "Brush The Heat" (Peacefrog), from Ritual Union - Singer Yukimi Nagano has scored prime guest spots on the new discs from SBTRKT and Raphael Saadiq, lifting her band's profile in the process. I haven't taken to Ritual Union as immediately as its predecessor Machine Dreams, but I can't deny her milky smooth vocals will keep me listening. The laid back lounge clubbiness of this track won me over.
TOM VEK "A Chore" (Downtown), from Leisure Seizure - It's been a full six years since Vek's debut We Have Sound came out. Supposedly working on the follow-up ever since, Leisure Seizure arrived last month to a much different musical landscape than 2005, the year of debuts from Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Yep, it sure seems like a lifetime ago. Expect a proper US tour in the Fall.
TOTAL BABES "Like They Always Do" (Old Flame), from Swimming Through Sunlight - A few of the guys in Cloud Nothings not named Dylan Baldi set out on their own with the side project Total Babes which, at first listen, sounds a bit like the mothership. Not a bad thing. The record hits next month via Old Flame Records, headed by my pal and ex-WOXY staffer Rob Mason.