Deerhoof – La Isla Bonita
The Bay-area punk band returns with their twelfth album this week, and a tour that begins this month to go along with it. In the scene since 1994, drummer Greg Saunier had this to say about the band’s 20th anniversary:
“No band is an island. Felt like one sometimes, in those budgetless and obscure early days, Satomi [Matsuzaki] and me locked in the basement trying to figure out how our clashing personalities and ideas could turn into a band. If we hadn’t had that crazed mid-’90s Bay Area punk scene to call home, I doubt we’d still be here to chat about a 20th anniversary. We don’t set out to create masterpieces. The Deerhoof fan is a thrill-seeker. This is the latest volley in an ongoing conversation we’ve been honored to hold for 20 years.”
Korallreven – The Second Comin’
If you’re a fan of 80’s synth-rock, these guys should be on your radar. The sophomore album from Marcus Joons and Daniel Tjäder is full of dreamy sounds and tight beats, with plenty of danceable songs that make this album an easy listen for any mood.
Springtime Carnivore – Springtime Carnivore
A project of singer-songwriter Greta Morgan, Springtime Carnivore gives the world a refreshing retro sound reminiscent of the Motown days. The sounds of the 60s is all over this album in the form of uptempo beats, reverb, and weaving harmonies. It earns my pick of the week.
The Band/Bob Dylan – The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes – Complete
Dylan fans rejoice! Available this week is the long-awaited release of The Basement Tapes, a recording of Dylan songs in which only a few were released. This all came about thanks to The Band (who toured with Dylan) keyboardist Garth Hudson who recorded their sessions with Dylan after touring in 1967. Available in it’s entirety in a six-disc collection, there is also a two-disc collection for those inclined to a lesser commitment.
Take some time to listen to some new music; you just might find your new favorite band.
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