New This Week
May 17th, 2019
Every Friday, we pick out our Top 10 new releases and we have some gems we think you'll love. Get spinning!
The National - I Am Easy To Find
Available on Triple 140 Gram Vinyl Set on Opaque Red / Yellow / Grey Colors
At the 2:15 mark, what just seemed like the latest record by a band who garnered a reputation for being so tightly wound and dramatic and pristine - i.e. Matt Berninger’s baritone steadily delivering over an iconic sonic build up that ends in big flourishes of noise - swerved almost entirely by introducing a new voice that decidedly takes over. The voice belongs to long-time David Bowie bandmate Gail Ann Dorsey but later, Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan, and Sharon Van Etten, and Mina Tindle and Kate Stables of This Is the Kit, and The Brooklyn Youth Choir are all given the reigns. With ‘I Am Easy To Find’, eight albums in, The National reinvent themselves spectacularly.
Alex Lahey - The Best of Luck Club
It’s no wonder that a musician who is being filed into the “slacker” category (although we’re suspicious that nowadays the term is being applied to any performer with a penchant for flannel shirts) would find inspiration for her sophomore in the dive bars of the world. Alex Lahey wrote her album as a collection of life fragments from characters met in this homely scene, as she puts it: “playing dress-ups.” If you live in New York, you’ll especially relate to lead single “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself” which has a video that stages a rock n roll intervention for overworked professionals who join her backing band. With producer Catherine Marks (St. Vincent, Wolf Alice, The Wombats) she crafted an album for fans of arena pop-punk in the vein of Paramore and Tegan & Sara. Available on White Vinyl.
Interpol - A Fine Mess
Interpol’s 'A Fine Mess' follows last year’s brilliant ‘Marauder’. The 5 tracks on the EP were recorded during the latter's sessions with producer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, MGMT, Spoon) and are the party-forward counterpart of the more reflective songs on the album (frontman Paul Banks hears them being played in a dance club), with self-professed devious and mischievous lyrics.
Endless Boogie - Vol. I, II
Coined “[not] exactly a jam band: a rehearsal band, maybe” by The New York Times, Endless Boogie is comprised of a combo of Matador Records employees and record collectors who were perfectly happy with their occasional NYC show in the mid-nineties (like a support slot for Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus). In anticipation of an appearance at All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in the UK in the early aughts, the group pressed a small batch of music on two titles - four sides, six jams, recorded on two mics straight into a cassette deck - as an effort to not cross the pond empty-handed. The two volumes took a life of their own on the secondary market (read Discogs) fetching sky-high prices. They are now available packaged together as a double LP set via No Quarter.
Olden Yolk - Living Theater
Shane Butler of Quilt (Mexican Summer) and multi-instrumentalist Caity Shaffer have been releasing dream pop tunes under the Olden Yolk moniker since their split-record with Weyes Blood in 2014. This second full-length, ‘Living Theater’ speaks more about the departed than its title would suggest. Butler wrote lead single “Cotton & Cane”’s lyrics on the tone of a conversation with his father, who passed away subsequently, less than a week before the duo went into the studio, unfolding the song’s meaning completely; the confusion, the awe, the complex picture of his entire life. Available on Green Vinyl.
Rough Trade's Top New Releases This Week:
1. The National - I Am Easy To Find
2. Alex Lahey - The Best of Luck Club
3. Interpol - A Fine Mess
4. Endless Boogie - Vol. I, II
5. Olden Yolk - Living Theater
6. Institute - Readjusting the Locks
7. David Bowie - The Mercury Demos
8. Nick Lowe - Love Starvation / Trombone
9. Com Truise - Persuasion System
10. Holly Herndon - Proto