Wednesday, September 2, 2009

First Listen: Bad Lieutenant, The Clean, More

Joy Division and New Order alum Bernard Sumner returns with Bad Lieutenant. It sound quite a bit like what New Order would sound like if New Order was still around... and for good reason. Stephen Morris of Joy Division and New Order is on drums. Phil Cunningham and Jake Evans of New Order are on guitars. In fact, only bassist Alex James didn't clock time in New Order. He was too busy playing in Blur. Give this song a listen before you buy 'Never Cry Another Tear' digitally on Oct. 6 or physically on Nov. 10.

Bad Lieutenant - Sink or Swim (mp3)

Three months ago I posted the first song from New Zealand's The Clean since 2001. I loved "In the Dreamlife You Need a Rubber Soul" so much it made my favorite songs of the first half of 2009. Well, the album the song comes from, 'Mister Pop', finally comes out next Tuesday. To celebrate, the band's label, Merge, has given us a second song. It's another jangly jewel. Expect to see The Clean on my Best of 2009 list come December.

The Clean - Tensile (mp3)

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have been releasing singles from their debut album like absolute fiends. This week they released "Come Saturday" with a new B-side, but that's not the big news. On Sept. 22, there will be a four-song EP of brand-spanking new material. Here is one of the songs, and it's an inspired piece of work.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Higher Than the Stars (mp3)

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