Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Best of This Week's New Releases

There are a few intriguing new releases this week. That includes the return of Tapes 'n Tapes as an indie band. 'Outside' can be purchased as a download on Amazon for $3.99. Reviews from the blogosphere have been lukewarm, but it's definitely worth four bucks. If you aren't sure about that, stream the whole album at Spinner. It has been a real roller coaster ride for the Minneapolis quartet. The very bloggers that built them up when they self released their debut five years ago have spent the past few years tearing them down. With 'Walk It Off,' it was somewhat justified, but I think 'Outside' is a nice return to form.

Tapes 'n Tapes - Freak Out (mp3)

Fans of British Sea Power won't be disappointed with their latest effort either. I can't say the same about the artwork, however. This is an early candidate for worst album cover of the year. 'Valhalla Dancehall' is a continuation of the more anthemic side the band that started with 'Do You Like Rock Music?' That's not usually my cup of tea, but these lads do it better than most. NME has a free download of a new British Sea Power song, and you can check this one out below:

British Sea Power - Living Is So Easy (mp3)

Finally, Wavves and Best Coast have teamed up again for a really exciting split 7" single that's also available on iTunes with stellar bonus tracks. The other bonus is the price. Here is the tracklist for the $2.99 EP. This is my pick of the week. If you want the vinyl, pick it up at one of their shows. They are touring North America together beginning next week.

'Summer Is Forever' Tracklist
1. Wavves - King of the Beach
2. Best Coast - Crazy for You
3. Wavves - Stained Glass (Won't You Let Me Into Your Heart)
4. Best Coast- When You Wake Up
5. No Joy - Hawaii

'Summer Is Forever' Tour 7" Tracklist
A. Best Coast – When You Wake Up
B. Wavves – Stained Glass (Won't You Let Me Into Your Heart)

Wavves - Stained Glass (Won't You Let Me Into Your Heart) by The FADER

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