Out This Week 8/26

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08/26/2014
Janice Headley

From J Dilla to J Mascis, there is something for everyone this week in new releases! While the Dilla self-releases his 40-track The King of Beats’ Ma Dukes Yancey Collector’s Edition Box Set, Mascis shares his latest solo release, which KEXP's Music Director Don Yates describes as "another strong acoustic-oriented set featuring some gorgeous finger-picked acoustic guitar along with occasional fuzzy electric guitars accompanying his drawling vocals, wistful melodies and bittersweet lyrics."

Yates has nothing but rave reviews for the latest from Ty Segall, calling it "his cleanest, most polished recording, and it’s also his best, expertly blending elements of glam-rock, psych-rock, power pop, ‘60s garage-rock, ‘70s hard rock, grunge, punk and more into 17 knockout rock songs with fiery guitar work, occasional organ and strings, tight, muscular rhythms, pristine harmonies and stuffed with catchy song hooks."

Yates is also enthused by the latest from Canadian supergroup The New Pornographers, calling their sixth album (and first in four years) "a strong comeback record of exuberant, hook-filled power-pop. It’s the group at their most cohesive and confident, combining crunchy guitars, bright synths, punchy rhythms, stacked, soaring harmonies and effervescent melodies into sparkling pop gems."Longtime KEXP faves Shovels and Rope return with their third album, "another gritty, heartfelt blend of roots-rock, folk, blues, country and gospel, combining a raw, ramshackle sound with the duo’s rough-hewn harmonies and poignant lyrics." Staten Island's Cymbals Eat Guitars release "their most diverse and powerful release to date of ‘90s-influenced indie-rock. Frontman Joseph D’Agostino pays tribute to his late friend and musical collaborator Benjamin High, who passed away seven years ago just as the band began recording, while also expressing belief in the power of music on consistently strong songs ranging from raucous uptempo rockers, anthemic pop-rock and knotty prog to melodic psych-rock epics and plaintive ballads." And UK dance duo Basement Jaxx share their seventh album, Junto (read an extensive review of that release on the KEXP Blog here).

  • Ashrae Fax - "CHKN"
  • from Never Really Been Into It on Mexican Summer
  • Basement Jaxx - "Never Say Never" ft. ETML
  • from Junto on Atlantic Jaxx/PIAS
  • Bitchin Bajas - "Bueu"
  • from Bitchin Bajas on Drag City
  • The Bug - "Save Me" feat. Gonjasufi
  • from Angels & Devils on Ninja Tune
  • Cold Specks - "A Broken Memory"
  • from Neuroplasticity on Broken Hertz Records / Mute
  • Cymbals Eat Guitars - "Jackson"
  • from LOSE on Barsuk
  • Gemma Ray - "Motorbike" feat. Alan Vega
  • from Milk for Your Motors on Bronzerat Records
  • High Ends - "The Weight"
  • from Super Class on Dine Alone
  • J Dilla
  • from The King of Beats (Ma Dukes Yancey Collector's Edition Box Set) on self-released
  • J Mascis - "Wide Awake"
  • from Tied to a Star on Sub Pop
  • Johnny Aries - "Ambulette"
  • from Unbloomed on Frenchkiss Records
  • Liturgy - "Renihilation"
  • from Renihilation reissue on Thrill Jockey
  • The Magic Numbers - "E.N.D."
  • from Alias on Caroline
  • Mndsgn - "Txt"
  • from Yawn Zen on Stones Throw
  • Mono/Poly - "Ra Rise"
  • from Golden Skies on Brainfeeder/Ninja Tune
  • The New Pornographers - "War On The East Coast"
  • from Brill Bruisers on Matador
  • Opeth - "Eternal Rains Will Come"
  • from Pale Communion on Roadrunner
  • The Rentals - "Thought of Sound"
  • from Lost in Alphaville on Polyvinyl
  • Robyn Hitchcock - "The Ghost In You"
  • from The Man Upstairs on Yep Roc
  • Rustie - "Raptor"
  • from Green Language on Warp
  • Ty Segall
  • from Manipulator on Drag City
  • Shovels & Rope - "Evil"
  • from Swimmin' Time on Dualtone Music
  • Wand
  • from Ganglion Reef on God?
  • The Wytches - "Burn Out The Bruise"
  • from Annabel Dream Reader on Partisan
  • The Young - "Cry of Tin"
  • from Chrome Cactus on Matador
  • Z - "Visions of Dune" (Andy Votel Minimix)
  • from Visions of Dune on InFiné

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