The sounds of careered musicians like Wanda Jackson, Talib Kweli, Cold War Kids and John Vanderslice co-mingle with the upstart debuts of Delicate Steve, Grouplove and Cloud Nothings in this week’s New Music Tuesday playlist. Listen for the familiar and stay for the unexpectedly great from this week’s New Releases.
Talib Kweli, Gutter Rainbows: With an album title inspired by such a lofty work as Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, Talib Kweli throws around his musical heft in his fifth solo album. Producers on Gutter Rainbows include Ski Beatz, who recently released his own debut album.
Grouplove, Grouplove: Since fate had them meet in Greece, this Los Angeles-based band went ahead and recorded a self-titled debut EP. Undoubtedly, you’ll want to hear more of their intensely focused story-songwriting.
Peter Bjorn And John, Second Chance: Beyond their biggest single (obviously Young Folks), this threesome have maintained a freshman-like enthusiasm for the music they create. Second Chance is a pick from their upcoming sixth album, Gimme Some.
Corinne Bailey Rae, The Lovers E.P.: With a voice that’s clear and warm as a bell, Corinne Bailey Rae covers love songs from Belly, Paul McCartney, Bob Marley, Doris Day, and the ultimate proto-love song performer, Prince.
Deerhoof, Deerhoof vs. Evil: Recording studio be damned, Deerhoof wrestled their bold, finely tuned and experimental sounds into their twelfth album.
Wanda Jackson, The Party Ain’t Over: With a discography as long as a career criminal’s rap sheet, Wanda Jackson went back into the studio one more time with the nouveau-rockabilly Jack White as producer. Be happy that she did—Jackson rocks and rolls with a distinctive voice, carved out of a lifetime of use.