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Not much to report when it comes to new releases.  Save your money for the next few weeks, with gems from Bright Eyes and other indie darlings waiting to hit your ipod.

The one spectacular release has been receiving buzz from all sorts of media and word of mouth: Barton Hollow from the Civil Wars.

I had the pleasure of seeing them at the Hotel Cafe in December, and it was, without a doubt, one of the best live acts I had seen in 2010.  Joy Williams and John Paul White possess a chemistry unlike any other duo I can think of.  Their folky acoustic sound can put one to sleep on one track, and be the perfect road trip device the next.

Check out the album live streaming here via Spinner, and see what I mean.

Then, buy Barton Hollow and have it forever and ever.


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Nick Hornby and Ben FoldsLonely Avenue (Nonesuch)

Yes, that Ben Folds. And yes, that Nick Hornby.  Brick.  High Fidelity.  Teaming up for what is to be a very intriguing album.
Author Hornby and musician Folds collaborated on this album, with the former writing the lyrics and the latter taking care of the music.  Since Hornby has had no experience in songwriting, which is a different beast from the short stories and novels he’s used to penning, it will be interesting to see how Folds can translate them.
Buy Album: Lonely Avenue
download mp3:
From Above

GlasserRing (True Panther Sounds)

From two masters of their craft, we move on to newcomer Cameron Mesirow, who performs under the name of Glasser.  This solo artist has been getting a fair amount of play on indie radio, for good reason.  Her strong voice compliments the vast amount of strings and percussion she uses, without it being overwhelming.  She only broke out onto the scene last year with her first EP, and I doubt we’ll be hearing less of her anytime soon.
Buy album: Ring
Download mp3: Home

Listened to either album?  Think I missed one that deserves to be talked about?  Leave a comment.

A new year, and finally some new music worth listening to.   Be excited.

Vampire Weekend - Contra

Vampire WeekendContra (XL Recordings)

I saw Vampire Weekend last year at the Glasshouse.  The place was nowhere near packed and the average audience member could not legally buy a Lotto ticket.  Fastforward to 2010: their upcoming album has been generating buzz since the summer, and last week’s show had been sold out for awhile.
I’m still not sure what I think of the album.  It’s been streamed on various websites, and leaked from several sources, making this album even more hyped.  Their self titled effort was so unique and well produced that Contra sounded a bit boring.  But with every play, I seem to like a new track.  My favorites for now are Taxi Cab, and Horchata (which I’m now craving.  Yum.)
Local shows: 4/14 @ Fox Theatre (Pomona)
Buy Album: Contra
download mp3:
Taxi Cab

Laura VeirsJuly Flame (Raven Marching Band Records)

So you’re in your third trimester of pregnancy and have gestational diabetes… what do you do?  If you’re Laura Veirs, you go on a European tour!  My new hero’s (who’s blog post about leaving for tour would probably hit any estrogen-filled human) seventh album released today, with some resemblances to Ingrid Michelson, and Jessica Hoop.  Veirs has the ability to allow the album to sound incredibly feminine with beautiful, wimsical string arrangements, yet not get too cute or predictable.  The title track has a bit of a haunting edge to it, while others are light and airy.  July Flame features guests spots from My Morning Jacket‘s Jim James, and the added harmonies are merely a bonus.
Local shows: 3/8 @ Casbah (San Diego); 3/9 @ Spaceland (Silverlake)
Buy album: July Flame
Download mp3: July Flame

Listened to either album?  Stoked for different music that released this week?  Leave a comment.

The Album Leaf

Unless you are a diehard fan of Michael Jackson or the Beatles, last Tuesday’s album releases won’t do much for you.  That is a very, very good thing, because 2010 promises for some excellent music.  Get your wallet ready.

The Album LeafChorus of Storytellers (Subpop)
(February 2)

Brilliant instrumentalist Jimmy LaValle is back next month with a new album, this time with a full band.  I’m not sure if it will feature lyrics or go back to the original roots of purely instrumental (hoping for the latter) but either way, this is a must-buy for fans.

local shows: 2/13 @ The El Rey
download: Falling From The Sun

Holly Miranda – The Magician’s Private Library
(February 23)
This is Holly Miranda’s first release since being signed to XL Recordings.  Hopefully being part of a bigger label (and touring with the likes of Vampire Weekend and Tegan & Sara) will get her the attention she’s deserved for a while.
download: Forest Green

The Bundles
(March 9)
Juno is not only my favorite movie, but boasts some great music — mostly due to Kimya Dawson.  She and her former band, Moldy Peaches, are responsible for most of the songs on the album.

Dawson is releasing her next album with the help of her new band, The Bundles.  I don’t know what exactly to expect (besides the usual anti-folk vibe), and I’m glad about that.

She & Him – Volume 2
(March 22)

I’m an idiot.  I missed out on tickets to She & Him’s LA shows this year.  I am willing to part with a non-vital organ if you have an extra ticket.
She & Him is, of course, Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward.  Their folky, 50’s throwback vibe is simple, yet shows off their incredible talent.  I caught M. Ward’s other side project, Monsters of Folk a few months ago.  The guy is a musical genius.  Deschanel’s voice is hypnotic.
local shows: 3/25 @ the El Rey (sold out)

Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame
Look for the group to take a slightly different turn on this album, focusing a bit more on punk influences.
The Old Days

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings (I Learned the Hard Way)
(May 4)
Regardless of your taste, I highly recommend that you get this album when it comes out.  I’m admittedly not much of a funk/soul fan, but make an exception for any Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings song I can get my hands on.  The only genre they should be labeled as is “fun.”

The Strokes(RCA)
For right now, this album is more speculation than anything else, but as reports claim that a new album is finally going to be released in 2010.  As much as I love their solo projects, I am happy to hear that the group is getting back together, and hopefully will tour as well.

Fleet Foxes (Sub Pop)
Front man Robin Pecknold has said that the new album will be a bit more melancholy than past efforts.  Not sure what to make of that, besides more of a folk sound.


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