Parquet Courts – Borrowed Time [mp3] (from Light Up Gold, out now on Dull Tools)
Wiley Texas transplants make New York their home and kick out the post-punk pop jams on their seminal full length release.
Yusuf Azak – Smile Tactics [mp3] (from Go Native, out Nov 12th on Toad Records)
Layers of acoustic guitars and wispy vocals are the trademarks of Yusuf Azak; this is his second album – presumed to be more accessible than the previous. It still sounds weird to me, and that’s the way I like it.
Thao and the Get Down Stay Down – Holy Roller [mp3] (from We the Common, out Feb 5th on Domino Records)
Recorded at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone studies, produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Bill Callahan, the Walkmen), Thao Nguyen describes the album as: “about wanting to be a human who tries and is grateful for the opportunity. It is about wanting to be better and closer to people. I have had over a year respite from touring and recording—in this year I started really trying to be a part of the community I live in and the family I was born into.”
Oh No! Yoko – Mimi Ash [mp3] (single)
Vancouver kids prove that pop-math-rock is not an oxymoron; reminiscent of early Minus the Bear.
Colour Bomb – On The Run [mp3] (single)
Two consenting adults from Melbourne, Australia that make flamboyant electronic pop in the tradition of Queen and David Bowie.
Desert Noises – I Won’t See You [mp3] (from I Won’t See You mini EP, out now)
The sounds of Provo, UT: a mix of 70s AM Gold and the stylized Americana-rock of Wilco.
Split Screens – Born [mp3] (from Split Screens EP, out now)
Solo project from multi-instrumentalist Jesse Cafiero, a recent transplant to the bay area; languid slide guitar and keys combine with wistful vocals for a serious chill.
Dark Dark Dark – How It Went Down (from Who Needs Who, out now)