If you’re a fan of Brazilian music, you’ll immediately recognize more than a few giants on Far Out Recordings’ incredible roster, and this week, we’re featuring one of them: Joyce Moreno. Her latest effort, Cool, is a much anticipated collection of standards from the classic American songbook, reimagined and reinvigorated with her singular style and voice. Cool is one of our Albums of the Week this week, and we’re is really stoked to welcome her and Far Out to Earbits.
Take a listen here. I’m really into her to her languid, beautifully restrained take on Monk’s classic “‘Round Midnight,” and her bubbly Samba rework of Cole Porter’s “Let’s Do It.”
Three Of Swords, by Mimi, an eclectic Singer-Songwriter from Toronto, begins with a song called “Goodbye Heartbeat.” The track contains soft-spoken, airy vocals with varying rhythms and melodies over a frantically pulsating bass line. An acoustic guitar plucks along steadily. The song has a dreamy, ethereal quality that’s consistent throughout it’s nearly 4-minute run-time.
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That pleasant tone is maintained throughout the rest of the album, although the ways in which Mimi delivers her songs greatly vary in style and arrangement. The second track on the album, for instance, is rife with Latin flair— propelled by a cornet part played by Patric McGroarty and spot-on use of Spanish-language vocals. The song is entitled “Porque Te Vas,” and it’s a cover of José Luis Perales’ 1972 song of the same name (originally performed by Jeanette).
A bunch of new albums coming out on Tuesday. Here are some of the most exciting.
Beach Fossils— Clash The Truth
The follow-up to the Brooklyn-based band’s self-titled debut.
The Black Twig Pickers— Rough Carpenters
Old-timey music released through Thrill Jockey.
Endless Boogie— Long Island
A new album from the classic rock-inspired modern indie rock band.
Dan Friel— Total Folklore
A new album from the non-traditional musician, released via Thrill Jockey Records.
Iceage— You’re Nothing
The Danish punk band’s sophomore album
Be Brave Bold Robot’s album Under A Thin Veil Of Madness begins with a track dedicated to the narrator (presumably lead vocalist Dean Haakenson)’s mother. The song, aptly titled “Mamasong,” includes lines that demonstrate appreciation for parents like “I do everything I do, cuz I watched you do it first / and growing up is never easy, but it could’ve been far worse.”
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While the song is a charming and lovely tribute to the way Haakenson’s mother raised him, listeners of Be Brave Robot should thank the lady, too. After all she’s the woman responsible for birthing an immensely talented and delightfully strange folk singer from Sacramento, CA.
There are a lot of really exciting albums that are scheduled to be released tomorrow. Check ’em out below.
Arbouretum— Coming Out Of The Fog
A new album from the rock group, released via Thrill Jockey.
Bad Religion— True North
The punk band’s SIXTEENTH album.
Big Harp— Chain Letters
The second LP from this L.A. based duo, via Saddle Creek.
Brokeback— Brokeback And The Black Rock
A new album from the Douglas McComb’s project.
Diamond Youth— Orange
by Tyler Hayes
Never once have I uttered the words “Funky fresh,” but with Wooster‘s album, If All The Dew Were Diamonds, it’s the only phrase that comes to mind, immediately describing the music. The album is definitely a genre bender and a great example of a band accurately throwing in hints of multiple styles, while never over saturating a particular taste.
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The “Intro” to Background Music, L.A. hip-hop duo Substance Abuse’s second album, begins with an trippy mashup of soundclips that includes quips like “Substance Abuse presents problems without presenting solutions,” “they team up with other MCs,” and “they sound like 1998.” These clips, although smashed together quickly and barely coherent,accomplish the same thing B. Rabbit did in 8 Mile’s final battle scene— they bring forth potential flaws before critics have a chance to mention them.
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by Tyler Hayes
Ray Recordings Sampler One is a collection of Jazz-kissed songs assembled by producer and songwriter, Filippo Gaetani. Gaetani has run Ray Recordings for the last decade, which currently takes shape as a mobile production company more than anything else. 24 tracks on the first sampler, all containing a cohesive elasticity in which they exist. While all songs will have their own fans and are good in their own right, some definitely jump out, deserving recognition more than the others.
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Slightly Stoopid is a name we’ve all known for quite awhile: 17 years to be precise. For nearly 2 decades they have been carrying the torch, lit by their predecessors and mentors, Sublime, lighting the way for all of us weed-smoking, beer-drinking, SoCal-loving, beach-going, jam band-craving, reggae-seeking, rock-starving listeners. On their most recent studio effort, Top of The World, they deliver the genre-bending goodness we’ve come to expect from them, with a small dose of political consciousness. The 21-track album on their own label, Stoopid Records, features a handful of celebrity contributors and collaborators, which highlight the amount of respect this band has garnered from their peers of reggae, rock, & hip hop.