In Stores Now 11/7

In Stores Now
Janice Headley

It's surely no coincidence that a couple of these new releases came out on the eve of the 2016 Presidential Election. Veteran Chicago rapper Common shares his 11th full-length, an album KEXP's Music Director Don Yates calls, "a powerful set of politically charged hip hop with gritty, cinematic, soul and jazz-steeped production courtesy of Karriem Riggins accompanying Common's limber delivery and trenchant lyrics addressing racism, police brutality and mass incarceration." Long-running Nashville band Lambchop share their twelfth studio album, FLOTUS, though their acronym translates to "For Love Often Turns Us Still." Yates notes, "the release finds the band heading in a more electronic-oriented direction with a beat-driven sound featuring warm, atmospheric synths, skeletal beats and intimate, often-vocodered vocals."

Other highlights this week include the latest from Portland band STRFKR, a "potent set of psych-tinged electro-pop with moody synths, sleek guitars, propulsive beats, smooth vocals and bittersweet melodies." Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions return with a "fine set of languid folk-pop combining a dark, atmospheric sound with her haunting vocals." Feral Ohms, an Oakland band led by Ethan Miller (Comets On Fire, Howlin Rain, Heron Oblivion), debut with a live EP, "a fierce 6-song live set of scuzzy, high-energy garage-punk recorded at the Chapel last year in San Francisco." St. Louis-based band American Wrestlers (led by Gary McClure, former frontman for the Scottish band Working For A Nuclear Free City) release their second LP, "an impressive set of anthemic indie-pop with buzzing guitars and soaring song hooks."

  • Alicia Keys - "Holy War"
  • from Here on RCA
  • American Wrestlers - "Hello, Dear"
  • from Goodbye Terrible Youth on Fat Possum
  • Berwanger - "I Want You Bad"
  • from Exorcism Rock on Doghouse
  • Charlie Haden & The Liberation Music Orchestra - "Blue In Green (Live en Belgique 2011)"
  • from Time/Life (Song for the Whales and Other Beings) on Impulse!
  • Common - "Joy And Peace"
  • from Black America Again on Def Jam
  • The Darcys - "San Diego, 1988"
  • from Centerfold on Arts & Crafts
  • Earwig - "Wasted On You (Ft. Lydia Loveless)"
  • from Pause for the Jets on Anyway / Lizard Family
  • Esben and the Witch - "The Wolf's Sun"
  • from Older Terrors on Season of Mist
  • Efterklang & the Happy Hopeless Orchestra - "The Colour Not of Love"
  • from Leaves: The Colour of Falling on Tambourhinoceros
  • Feral Ohms - "The Glow"
  • from Live in San Francisco on Castle Face
  • Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions - "Let Me Get There ft. Kurt Vile"
  • from Until the Hunter on Tendril Tales
  • Jess Williamson - "See You in a Dream"
  • from Heart Song on Brutal Honest
  • Lambchop - "NIV"
  • from FLOTUS on Merge
  • Lee Fields & the Expressions - "Make The World"
  • from Special Night on Big Crown
  • Monomyth - "Puppet Creek"
  • from Happy Pop Family on Mint Records
  • Mother Love Bone
  • from On Earth as It Is: The Complete Works on Universal
  • Shirley Collins - "Death And The Lady"
  • from Lodestar on Domino
  • Skinny Girl Diet - "OKAY"
  • from Heavy Flow on HHBTM
  • STRFKR - "Tape Machine"
  • from Being No One, Going Nowhere on Polyvinyl
  • Surface to Air Missive - "Time Being"
  • from A V on Leaving Records
  • Tad - "Stumblin' Man"
  • from 8-Way Santa [Deluxe Edition] reissue on Sub Pop
  • Tad
  • from God's Balls [Deluxe Edition] reissue on Sub Pop
  • Tad - "Wood Goblins"
  • from Salt Lick [Deluxe Edition] reissue on Sub Pop
  • XAM Duo - "I Extend My Arms"
  • from XAM Duo on Sonic Cathedral
  • Yussef Kamaal - "Strings Of Light"
  • from Black Focus on Brownswood

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