In Stores Now 2/13

In Stores Now
Janice Headley

If you're looking for a last-minute Valentine's Day gift for a music lover, look no further than this week's new releases. Brooklyn-based Sudanese multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Sinkane (aka Ahmed Gallab, former Yeasayer/Caribou/Of Montreal sideman) releases his fourth LP. KEXP Music Director Don Yates declares it, "a sunny, rhythm-driven blend of Afro-Beat, highlife and other African styles with funk, electro-pop, reggae and more, combining bright synths, slinky guitars, soaring horns, occasional woodwinds and percolating rhythms accompanying his breezy, sweetly soulful vocals and often-hopeful lyrics." L.A. band Meatbodies (led by Fuzz bassist Chad Ubovich) bring their sophomore LP, "an impressive set ranging from Bowiesque glam-rock to psych-tinged garage-punk and heavy stoner-rock." Hand Habits (aka upper New York-bred, LA-based artist Meg Duffy, who's played guitar for both Kevin Morby and Mega Bog) presents their debut full-length under that name is "a promising set of atmospheric psych-folk combining dreamy guitars and unhurried rhythms with her serene vocals."

On their eighth album, Northern Malian band Tinariwen continue to deliver "another excellent set of Tuareg desert blues with rumbling, serpentine guitar lines, hypnotic rhythms, melancholy call-and-response vocals and often-politically charged lyrics. Special guests include Kurt Vile, Mark Lanegan, Matt Sweeney and Alan Johannes." B.C.-based artist Teen Daze (aka Jamison Isaak) was inspired by his own backyard of Fraser Valley for his latest. "It's an often-gorgeous set of tranquil, blissed-out ambient dream-pop with gently swelling synths, twinkling guitars and beatific melodies. Special guests include Dustin Wong, S Carey, Nadia Hulett, Sound Of Ceres and Jon Anderson." And, on the other side of Canada, long-running band The Sadies deliver "another well-crafted blend of psych-rock, garage, folk and roots-rock."

  • Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness - "Dead Man's Dollar"
  • from Zombies on Broadway on Vanguard
  • Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears - "PTP"
  • from Backlash on Black Joe Lewis
  • Chuck Prophet
  • from Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins on Yep Roc
  • Craig Taborn - "Daylight Ghosts"
  • from Daylight Ghosts on ECM
  • Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society - "Blue Filter"
  • from Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society on Six Degrees
  • Froth - "Passing Thing"
  • from Outside (Briefly) on Wichita
  • Hand Habits - "All The While"
  • from Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void) on Woodsist
  • Jesca Hoop - "Memories Are Now"
  • from Memories Are Now on Sub Pop
  • Jim and the French Vanilla - "I Have To Slow Down"
  • from Afraid of the House on Dirtnap Records
  • Laraaji - "All Pervading"
  • from Celestial Vibration on Soul Jazz
  • Lupe Fiasco - "Wild Child"
  • from Drogas Light on 1st & 15th
  • Meatbodies - "Haunted History"
  • from Alice on In the Red Records
  • Miguel Zenón - "Cantor"
  • from Tipico on Miel Music
  • Noveller - "Trails and Trials"
  • from A Pink Sunset for No One on Fire Records
  • Old Crow Medicine Show - "Black-Haired Québécoise"
  • from Old Crow Medicine Show on Nettwerk
  • POW! - "Necessary Call"
  • from Crack an Egg on Castle Face
  • Quelle Chris - "Buddies"
  • from Being You Is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often on Mello Music Group
  • The Sadies - "It's Easy (Like Walking)" (feat. Kurt Vile)
  • from Northern Passages on Yep Roc
  • Sallie Ford - "Get Out"
  • from Soul Sick on Vanguard
  • Sinkane - "Telephone"
  • from Life & Livin' It on City Slang
  • Teen Daze - "First Rain (with S. Carey)"
  • from Themes for Dying Earth on FLORA
  • Thievery Corporation - "Strike the Root"
  • from The Temple of I & I on ESL Music / Ye
  • Tinariwen - "Ténéré Tàqqàl"
  • from Elwan on Epitaph
  • Vermont - "Norderney"
  • from II on Kompakt

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