May 16, 2008

albums we never heard

Music releases in April and May revealed how we are so obsessed with three albums (NMH, Sunset Rubdown...maybe two albums) that we neglect everything else. There's new stuff out, and here's what I know so far:

[edit] Local H, "Twelve Angry Months"
Just came out this week, apparently, and called one of the best albums ever released by the duo by longtime fan and critic Jim Derogatis.

Tapes 'n Tapes, "Walk It Off"
Chase and I listened twice through on the drive to Louisville. Initial reaction: the album is simultaneously less focused and less ambitious than "The Loon." Best track is probably "Hang Them All" or "Headshock," while the live version of "Demon Apple," on YouTube is much stronger than the studio track. The album would benefit from Josh Grier doing more soft-spoken vocals like on their first disc.

Black Mountain, "In the Future"
From free snippets and some longer plays in-store while shopping, it sounds like Black Mountain has returned with another mix of psych jams and odd folk/electronic ditties.

Black Angels, "Directions to See a Ghost"

The Kills, "Midnight Boom"

Presidents of the USA, "These are the Good Times, People"
I was underwhelmed by the first few tracks, but enjoyed the four or five new songs they played live in Detroit. I may need to fill in the oddities and rare releases the band has dribbled out in recent years, but I'll come around to this eventually.

Gnarls Barkley, "The Odd Couple"
I asked Chase to go back to the record store just so I could snake a few more minutes of Gnarls Barkley on the free listening station. The new album sounds awesome, but I refused to buy it at $16.99. Opening track "Charity Case" is worth a listen. "Going On," and "The Odd Couple," display similar sweet beats and humming low-fi samples. The whole album is up on YouTube, etc.

The Black Keys, "Attack & Release"
Evan said it well when he said The Black Keys are sounding more like old blues guys than young shit-fucker-upper-rock-debasers. Skimming through the new tracks included some surprises and a few moments of Danger Mouse-induced producer magic bliss.

The Dirtbombs, "We Have You Surrounded"
Two times through and I still feel the Dirtbombs made a slew of dumb decisions on this record.

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Blogger JHitts said...

By "we" I assume you mean Evan and Oatess, who seem to be the ones who always choose those two other albums.

Anyway, I thought I let you listen to Black Mountain a few different times?

Also, did you happen to catch any listens of the new Constantines? I've been itching to hear it.

May 14, 2008 at 4:24 PM 
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May 15, 2008 at 4:03 PM 
Blogger Chase said...

You mean The Black Moths? lawl.

May 15, 2008 at 4:05 PM 

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