August 2011

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1. Aug. 2011, 11:15

The idea is for a journal for every month listing new albums I listen to and what I think so that when I review the year's music in December, I will have a handy reminder. I will add to this as the month goes on. Suggestions welcome.



Play the radio: My Gang Featured Albums 11

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2011 Year-end list contenders


w/c Mon 1 Aug:

Brian Eno - Drums Between the Bells
http://www.wired.com/underwire/2011/07/brian-eno-drums-between-the-bells/
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Pepper Rabbit - Red Velvet Snow Ball
http://hypem.com/#!/artist/Pepper+Rabbit
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Thievery Corporation - Vampires EP
The D.C. electronic duo's latest EP pulls three tracks from their 'Radio Retaliation' album and gets the remix treatment from Afrolicious, Rob Garza, Jeremy Sole and Uproot Andy. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Wu Tang Clan - Legendary Weapons
The highly influential Staten Island, N.Y. hip-hop outfit returns with a strikingly scary, immediately relevant, yet completely old-school record. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Jim Ward - Quiet in the Valley, On the Shores the End Begins & the Electric Six
The guitarist of At the Drive-In, Sparta and Sleepercar releases this three-part collection of masterful, laid-back tunes. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Letting Up Despite Great Faults - Paper Crush
Eclectic, heartbreaking and full of shoegaze glory, the Los Angeles, Calif. band's latest is their best yet. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

The Weeknd - House of Balloons
Free download http://drownedinsound.com/releases/16418/reviews/4143256

Fountains of Wayne - Sky Full of Holes
Employing a more acoustic approach without compromising their high-concept pop, these New York rockers deliver on all fronts on their fifth full-length. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Guster - On The Ocean EP
Made of a collection of live songs and grade A-B-sides, Gusters' latest EP shows the band's back catalogue is full of beautifully written pop. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Fruit Bats - Tripper
Eric D. Johnson and co. return for another rootsy rock record, complete with weirdo lyrics and timeless energy. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Mariachi El Bronx - Mariachi El Bronx II
Punk rock band the Bronx gets down with Spanish-strings, sun soaked melodies, classical guitar and you guessed it, Mariachi on their latest record. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Moonface - Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped
Wolf Parade's enigmatic frontman Spencer Krug steps out on his own for a record of snythy, fast-paced indie rock. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Mathieu Santos - Massachusetts 2010
The Ra Ra Riot bass player invokes the experimentalism of Dirty Projectors, coupling syncopated vocals and infectious hooks on his brand new solo effort. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Reptar - Oblangle Fizz, Y'all
The Athens, G.A. dance rockers bring a party to your ears with their latest album. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Bassnectar - Divergent Spectrum
Combining elements of dubstep and pop, this San Francisco DJ's latest album provides stellar remixes of Gogol Bordello, Ellie Goulding, Rollz and many Bassnectar originals. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

The Ettes - Wicked Will
The Nashville, Tenn. fuzz-rock mainstays make a triumphant return with an album of dark beats and catchy lyrics. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Don Fleming - Don Fleming 4
The legendary producer of choice Sonic Youth, Andrew W.K., Hole and Posies records releases this new solo album of weird and intricately crafted songs. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Collections of Colonies of Bees - GIVING
Members of Justin Vernon's (Bon Iver) Volcano Choir release their first album in three years of deep experimental rock. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Musikanto - Sky of dresses
Like a field recording from the past, this Chicago troubadour's latest album has an innate sincerity made of threads of Americana and booze-bottle beats. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace


w/c Mon 8 Aug:

Beirut - The Rip Tide
http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138984737/first-listen-beirut-the-rip-tide

The War on DrugsSlave Ambient
http://www.thelineofbestfit.com/2011/08/exclusive-album-stream-the-war-on-drugs-slave-ambient/

Dom - Family of Love EP
The Massachusetts pop act returns with another EP of complex, well-crafted sweet-lipped songs featuring organic synths and kid toy tones. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room - Hurricane Season
Akaline Trio's bassist steps out on his own for an acoustic leaning record, showcasing Andriano's excellent world weary voice. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Scattered Trees - Sympathy
This Chicago quintet's record is made of tragic compositions, beautiful arrangements and slow moving, stirring lyrics. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Armand Margjeka - Margo Margo
The Albanian transplant has inherited the folk traditions of rustic Americana and displays it proudly on his latest record. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

The Irrepressibles - Mirror Mirror
Performance artist Jamie McDermott employs an eleven piece orchestra to accompany the genre bending, inspiring vibrato of this British phenom on his latest LP. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Razika - Program 91
The Norwegian girl group's latest stellar LP is part punk rock, neo ska and whole lot of sing-along choruses. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Totimoshi - Avenger
The LA based hard rockers tear through metallic verses, met with blues time signatures on their latest release. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Mercies - Three Thousand Days
Evoking the Balkan vibrato of Beirut and the Appalachian splendor of Fleet Foxes, these folkies deliver on their latest album. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace


w/c Mon 15 Aug:

CunninLynguists - Oneirology
http://cunninlynguists.bandcamp.com/album/oneirology
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Fionn Regan - 100 Acres Of Sycamore
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Tim Kasher - Bigamy: More Songs from the Monogamy Sessions
In a bad mood? Then this latest release from Tim Kasher featuring his soothing vocals will surely change that. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Maria Taylor - Overlook
The Alabama-based Saddle Creek mainstay displays an earnestness and a quiet talent that you definitely won't be able to overlook. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

The Living Kills - Faceless Angels
These New York rocker's newest album features creeping organ, tons of noise and a great mix of '60s guitar nostalgia and modern shoe-gaze. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Psychic Babble - My Brother's Ears/My Sister's Eyes
Colin Frangicetto of Circa Survive releases this intense emotional album of airy and ethereal music. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Dead Man Winter - Bright Lights
Dave Simonett from Trampled by Turtles and friends' latest endeavor is a rustic folk record with a ton of fiddle, and a whole lot of heart. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch the Throne
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Hercules & Love Affair - Blue Songs
The New York remix kings return for their sophomore album of organic dance tracks that will surely get the indie kids jiving. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

The Weeknd - Thursday
http://www.the-weeknd.com/
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Jeff Bridges - Jeff Bridges
The Dude himself releases this impressive collection of lazy blues and country hymns featuring Bridges' incredible baritone. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Zee Avi - Ghostbird
The Bornean-born singer-songwriter provides lush instrumentation and highly mature lyrics on her latest album. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Mister Heavenly - Out of Love
Members of Islands, Man Man and Modest Mouse make up this supergroup with body-rocking anthems and tons of experience. (Spinner) Loved this.
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Hotel Lights - Girl Graffiti
Former drummer of Ben Folds Five, Darren Jessee, shares his delicate voice and touchingly poignant tracks on his latest album. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

The Duke & The King - The Duke & The King
Former What's Up drummer Teddy Briggs brings the beef with outlandish arrangements, progressive pop and industrial shenanigans, making this album a full meal. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Appetite - Scattered Smothered Covered
Former What's Up drummer Teddy Briggs brings the beef with outlandish arrangements, progressive pop and industrial shenanigans, making this album a full meal. (Spinner) Loved this.
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Yellow Ostrich - The Mistress
Wisconsinite Alex Schaaf and co. make lofi power pop with intense hooks and a bright future, displayed proudly on their newest record. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Canon Blue - Rumspringa
The Nashville, Tenn. based artist creates pads of synthy goodness, along with incredibly complex arrangements on his latest record. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

The Bandana Splits - Mr. Sam Presents The Bandana Splits
If you want sing-a-longs that are acceptable all hours of the day, this harmony driven release is just the thing. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

The Great Book of John - The Great Book of John
Front man Taylor Shaw brings an honest intensity to this new record, combined with a fresh approach to production. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Golden Bloom - March to the Drums
Shawn Fogel's latest batch of sun-tinged pop songs showcases an air of exploration with an underlying matrix of great compositions. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Sundress - Sundress
The Denton, Texas band issues mysterious waves of psychedelia, Brit-pop and '90s influenced rock on their latest record. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Speed the Plough - Shine
The New Jersey band's latest records injects shining, kaledescopic pop into an ever moody indie scene. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace


w/c Mon 22 Aug:

Patti Smith - Outside Society
The legendary rock queen assembles this best-of collection including hits 'Gloria' and 'Free Money.' (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Active Child - You Are All I See
The Los Angeles dub-step composer's latest album features sexy R&B hooks and ethereal synth work. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Arrica Rose and the ...'s - Let Alone Sea
Employing dreamy rock with a sea-salt haze, Rose's newest record is a smoky testament to new forms of folk. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

The Moor - The Moor
The debut album from the melodic rockers features contributions from Josh Klinghoffer (PJ Harvey, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Simon Lord (Simian, Black Ghosts), and Bryan Hollon (Boom Bip, Neon Neon). (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Cansei de Ser Sexy - La Liberacion
The Brazillian new wave sensations are back, with a party full of synthy lead lines, dancey beats and some good ole' jammin'. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

We Are Augustines - Rise Ye Sunken Ships
Rising from the ashes of Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Pela, this duo's debut features lush, anthemic rock that offsets the painfully personal narratives of singer Billy McCarthy. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Stephin Merritt - Obscurities
This rarities compilation features five previously unreleased songs from the Magnetic Fields maestro, all recorded before his landmark '69 Love Songs' album. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Ganglians - Still Living
Airy, spooky guitars and big hooks make this Sacarmento, Calif. band's latest a tour de force. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Dave Stewart - The Blackbird Diaries
The legendary Eurythmics co-leader releases this album of power pop, incendiary guitar work and great lyrics. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Ana Egge - Bad Blood
Steve Earle produces this Brooklyn, N.Y.-based songwriter's latest record of carefully constructed folk rock with a punk edge. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Paul White - Rapping With Paul White
The London-based composer combines odd rhythms, hot jams, keyboard ennuendo and a whole lot of funk on his latest release. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace

Young Circles - Jungle Habits
The Miami-based garage rockers show their teeth on their latest record with some great rock'n'roll bite. (Spinner)
We7 | Spotify | mflow | MySpace


Kommentare

  • Ploughshares

    Hi Babs. Thanks for adding our album to your list. We appreciate your support. Best regards, STP www.speedtheplough.com

    22. Aug. 2011, 17:19
  • Babs_05

    You're welcome! And a pretty cool album it is at that. :)

    22. Aug. 2011, 17:33
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