Don’t let our oddly abbreviated post title confuse things. This week’s was a nice collection of some good stuff. Before we get to that . . . yes, I left off Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs‘ God Willin and the Creek Don’t Rise from last week’s rundown. There were reasons. One – I don’t know how to say his name, so I fear typing it (/bullshit). Two – I wanted to ramble about something else thus causing me to conserve keystrokes thereby avoiding typing Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs’ God Willin and the Creek Don’t Rise because that shit is the longest artist + album combo I’ve ever seen and I’m lazy (/notreally-noexcuse).
So there may not have actually been a valid excuse. Sorry to everyone that contacted us with abbrasive language. Yes. We love bearded, white men with soul, too. If it makes you feel better, DCDC spent some time with the new album over the weekend and was inspired to suggest a new category. A good one it shall be. Onto this week’s new stuff:
Ra Ra Riot makes August’s end more enjoyable with their release of The Orchard. Syracuse-based and a relatively young band (less than five years together), Ra Ra Riot’s road to now hasn’t been easy. They’ve done well with this one, though. Here’s the first single from The Orchard. Track 2, Boy.
Isobel Campbell (Belle and Sebastian) and Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees) got together and made Hawk. Hawk? So? Oh, you know . . . it’s just 14 Townes Van Zandt songs with their respective (and nice) twists. If you’re not accustomed to the songwriting of Townes Van Zandt, go here, here or here. In short, the man was a bad ass. Back to Isobel and Mark . . . here’s track 6, Get Behind Me.
Canada seems to make nice rock, comedians and various pilsners to be enjoyed in cold-weather months. More Canada, more rock from Land of Talk who send Cloak and Cipher into your ears (possibly, if you so choose). It’s got contributions from members of Stars, Arcade Fire and Besnard Lakes (all of whom we commonly give enthusiastic ‘thumbs ups’ to). Here’s track 8, Blangee Blee.
Eels complete a three album trilogy (begun in 2009) with the this week’s release of Tomorrow Morning. Good stuff. Here’s track 6, What I Have to Offer.
Single releases abounded. A lot of “nice teasers of what’s to come” released this week. Here’s a few we were excited to see.