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Jim Beckmann

Since we're celebrating Sub Pop 25th Anniversary, a.k.a. Silver Jubilee, this week, it's fitting that one of their new signees should top this week's list of new releases. Though the term does define him, Daughn Gibson is unlikely to be called a "singer-songwriter", at least not in the traditional sense, the Carlile, PA artist creates doomier stuff. His second album, Me Moan, is his first for Sub Pop and it carries on from his debut in what our Music Director, Don Yates, describes as "another impressive blend of dark electro-pop and dusty country and folk sounds, but this time he fleshes out his sample-based music with pedal steel, strings, horns, organ, bagpipes and more for a fuller, richer sound accompanying his deep baritone croon and often-dark lyrics". And what a deep croon it is! Late night listening, for sure. Read more about Daughn Gibson's Me Moan in our album review here.

The list of other new releases this week is pretty short, but on it you'll find interesting new albums from artists like the prolific Guided By Voices frontman Robert Pollard, whose latest solo effort Don Yates calls "one of his better latter-day efforts", and though the title and cover might fool you, its 17-songs, 34-minute entirety ranges "from lo-fi skeletal folk-pop to sparkling psych-pop and riff-heavy glam-rock". Other worthwhile new releases out this week come from LA-based bassist/producer/singer (and Flying Lotus pal) Stephen Bruner, a.k.a. Thundercat, whose sophomore album is "another top-notch set of fluttery R&B, bouncy electro, cosmic jazz, old-school boogie, and more styles that continue to showcase his virtuosic bass skills, blossoming production talents, and soulful vocal chops"; and from Sin City vets Preservation Hall Jazz Band, whose latest, co-produced by the band’s Ben Jaffe and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, is also their first album of all-original material yet "remains strongly rooted in New Orleans tradition from vintage Dixieland jazz to brass-band jazz-funk and New Orleans R&B".

You'll find all of these in stores today, plus new albums by long-time KEXP faves and Mercury Prize nominees Maps, popular rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z, the ever-entertaining experimentalists The Octopus Project, British emot-alt-rockers Editors, Irish indie group Bell X1, and Bay Area shoegazing sextet Whirr. Be sure to check out all of the samples below before heading out to your favorite local record shop this week:

  • Bell X1 - Careful What You Wish For

  • from Chop Chop on Belly Up Records
  • Cornell Campbell meets Soothsayers - With You My Heart Belongs
  • from Nothing Can Stop Us on Strut
  • CFCF - Camera (MP3)
  • from Music for Objects on Paper Bag/Dummy
  • Editors - A Ton of Love
  • from The Weight Of Your Love on [PIAS] America
  • Daughn Gibson - The Sound of Law (MP3)
  • from Me Moan on Sub Pop
  • Gregory Alan Isakov - Saint Valentine
  • from The Weatherman on Suitcase Town Music
  • Jay-Z - Holy Grail (feat. Justin Timberlake)
  • from Magna Carta Holy Grail on Roc Nation
  • Maps - A.M.A.
  • from Vicissitude on Mute
  • The March Divide - So It Goes (MP3)
  • from Music for Television on Dead Letter Records
  • The Octopus Project - Sharpteeth
  • from Fever Forms on Peek-A-Boo Records
  • Robert Pollard - I Killed A Man Who Looks Like You
  • from Honey Locust Honky Tonk on Rockathon Records
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band - Dear Lord (Give Me The Strength)
  • from That's It on Legacy Recordings
  • Royal Forest - Everyone Who Knows You (MP3)
  • from Spillway on King Electric Record Company
  • Thundercat - Oh Sheit It's X
  • from Apocalypse on Brainfeeder
  • Twin Peaks - Stand in the Sand
  • from Sunken on Autumn Tone Records
  • Whirr - Swoon
  • from Around on Graveface Records

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