Saturday, January 17, 2009

1.20 Releases

Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion

A lot of good things have been said about this album, and people already think that it will be one of the top 10 albums of the year. Earlier I posted that this was released on the 6th, but that was actually the vinyl - the CD is out this Tuesday. Adam wrote a short review of this a few posts down and "My Girls" is already on the playlist so check those out if you haven't already.

A.C. Newman: Get Guilty

This is Carl Newman's, the front-man of The New Pornographers, 2nd solo album. I haven't heard much of it yet, but if you're a big fan of NP, it's definitely worth checking out. I've added "There Are Maybe Ten or Twelve" to the playlist.

Bon Iver: Blood Bank (EP)

Sam mentioned this in an earlier post. I've been listening to it on Myspace for a while and I'm liking it more and more. It has a similar tone to Emma, but more instruments and a fuller sound. The title track "Blood Bank" has been added to the playlist.

Andrew Bird: Noble Beast

Adam posted about this earlier. "Oh No" from this album has been on our playlist for a little while. I haven't spent as much time listening to Andrew Bird as I've meant to, but I know he passes the Let Test and that's good enough for

Matt and Kim: Grand

I've heard these guys on the radio a good bit for the past few months, and their single "Daylight" admittedly annoyed me
a bit at first. The only reason I say that is because they have grown on me, and I think its worth checking out. "Daylight" has been added to the playlist.

Antony and the Johnsons: The Crying Light

This will be Antony and the Johnsons' third album since their debut in 1998. I don't really know how to describe this band. To say that Antony Hegarty is a weirdo would be the understatement of the year. His voice is what drives their music. It's an emotive, quivering voice that can be off-putting, but manages to pair well with the band's piano arrangements. He was also a part of one of last years most critically acclaimed bands, Hercules and Love Affair. This band probably isn't for everybody, but is worth checking out. 

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