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New Music Tuesday, March 8, 2011

There’s something hopeful about musicians with a long career. This week’s playlist seems to be full of them—R.E.M.’s 15th studio album is out today, Liam Gallagher gives it another go with a new band, Beady Eye, Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead) penned another soundtrack, and even the critically acclaimed elbow released new material. Joining their ranks are younger musicians you can’t help but root for—Wye Oak (with whom we recently talked), Beach Fossils, Kurt Vile and more. Tune in for the best of both sides of the spectrum.

Playlist Notes

  • Beady Eye, Different Gear, Still Speeding: If you’re bummed that the ever-volatile Gallagher brothers couldn’t work it out, Liam’s new project rocks and rolls in a familiar way.

  • Wye Oak, Civilian: The third album in their almost criminally under-appreciated discography, Wye Oak breaks out their familiar soft, warm sounds in Civilian, an album that’s far from pedestrian.

  • Lupe Fiasco, Lasers: Big name producers like The Neptunes and Alex da Kid help with Lupe Fiasco’s third album, a statement of positivity from the acronym “Love Always Shines Everytime, Remember 2 Smile.”

  • Kurt Vile, Smoke Ring For My Halo: You only need to be told Kurt Vile’s name once to remember it. In the same way, his music embeds itself in your memory with his lyricism and honest, uneven voice.

  • Starfucker, Reptilians: This Portland group has produced unbelievably dance-worthy songs that sound more sunny-day than dreary rain.

  • Beth Ditto, EP: Beth Ditto, lead singer of the Gossip owns with her powerful voice in this debut solo EP.

∞  March 8, 2011 — 12:00AM