My Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: Week of 6/20/16

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My Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: Week of 6/20/16

1. Self-Titled :: Nice As Fuck

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Three-Sentence Review: Surprise, Jenny Lewis formed a new band, and surprise, they dropped an album today, and surprise, they used my favorite swear word in their band’s name – I am so here for this. Retro-meets-electro, a little soul-meets-pop, this is ready-made Summertime listening and destined to be addictive as, well, that favorite swear word. Synchs up perfect with Ladyhawke, Tegan And Sara, and Kristin Kontrol’s new albums – love love love this.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Angel, Cookie Lips and Door

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

Door (live)

2. True Sadness :: The Avett Brothers

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Three-Sentence Review: Open track (“Ain’t No Man”) feels anthemic and gospel-fueled and almost kinda religious in a way that I think is needed right now. And other songs, melancholic tracks the sing from the soul, story-led songs that weave place and character to an almost literate degree, to the wit within the sometimes jaded/sometimes heartbroken sentiment, make this one hell of an album. I really needed this – all of this – every song of this – today (I kinda want to live in it today, I do, I do).

Initial Favorite Track(s): Ain’t No Man, No Hard Feelings and I Wish I Was

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

Ain’t No Man

3. Tentative Decisions :: Mikey Erg

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Three-Sentence Review: Throwback punk meets a little bit of the early aughts emo/punk with a side of power-pop and in your face rock, “Tentative Decisions” screams for you to turn the volume up, shake yourself around and shout-sing the words to every song. First solo work for Mikey, the songs explode off the album with punch and spunk, wit and wisdom, and the promise of a damn good time. “Song for New Britain” belongs on any and all Summer playlists this year.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Faulty Metaphor, (This is Not) The First Time and Song for New Britain 

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Faulty Metaphor

See Mikey Erg’s answers to 10 questions here.

4. Say It Out Loud :: The Interrupters

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Three-Sentence Review: Reminiscent of Operation Ivy, early No Doubt, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Save Ferris, this is ska/punk goodness with a female lead singer – I was certain to love it. Another shout of “this is so perfect for Summer” because, well, it is. Catchy, danceable, and addictive, I will be spinning this in my car A LOT this Summer (so will you, I bet).

Initial Favorite Track(s): By My Side, Babylon and You’re Gonna Find a Way Out

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

By My Side

5. On Desire :: Drowners

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Three-Sentence Review: Strokes meets Interpol meets Sisters of Mercy, that’s what I hear at first, and its a good mix, and I’m digging it, big time. I’m reminded of the late 80’s and the early aughts, and I’m wondering (and wishing to know) how this band is live (I’m thinking great). I feel like this album would pair well with The National, both in feeling and in substance – the perfect duo for nursing a love hangover, and a cracked open heart.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Troublemaker, Cruel Ways and Don’t Be Like That

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Cruel Ways

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