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New Music Tuesday, April 12, 2011

This week’s playlist is mellow and rather relaxed. In between the digitized instrumentals of Lone, Dirty Gold, Panda Bear and Joan as a Police Woman are the guitar-heavy longings of Low, Danger Mouse and new Paul Simon. On the perkier and pop side of things, Jessie J is the newest woman on the charts along with Little Dragon and former Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland. If a big, amphitheater-filling sound is more your thing, the Foo Fighters and TV on the Radio are waiting to rock your headphones. Just press Play for a sample of this week’s newest albums and singles—when you’re done, don’t forget to check out the New Releases yourself.

Playlist Notes

  • Panda Bear, Tomboy: A side project of Animal Collective member Noah Lennox, his fourth album builds from the base laid by Person Pitch—there’s more slow, building drama and unexpected melodies.

  • Foo Fighters, Wasting Light: For their seventh album, the Foo Fighters ditched fancy recording studios in favor of the analog and a garage. Perhaps lead singer Dave Grohl’s garage is fancier than most, but nonetheless this album is a return to the style that made these guys hugely popular.

  • Magnetic Man, Magnetic Man: To contrast the Foo Fighters’ dedication to the old-school, Magnetic Man’s album was made entirely on computers. When respected producers-and-DJs Benga, Skream and Artwork get together, each manning different digital sounds, the result boasts complexity and speaks to their respective digital chops.

  • Amadou & Mariam, Remixes: The list of artists who lent their remixing skills to Amadou & Miriam reads sundry as the duo’s influences. Akon, Theophilus London, Miike Snow and Vitalic, among others, transform each track, passing along the style of many genres.

  • Low, C’mon: Recorded in a large, empty church, the echoing and grandiose nature of the location elevates Low’s ninth album to a gradually-building, pulpit-shaking fervor.

  • Deerhoof / Xiu Xiu, Almost Xiu Xiu, Almost Deerhoof: Inspired almost wholly by the concept, Deerhoof and Xiu Xiu swap songs and re-record each. The results disorient but remain pleasing, with an imprint of each band’s sound left on the other.

  • Kelly Rowland, Motivation: With something to prove after the rise of Beyoncé out of Destiny’s Child, Kelly Rowland aims to not be forgotten with her third studio album, out later this year. The album’s kick-off single features a performance and songwriting by Lil Wayne and producer Jim Jonsin.

∞  April 12, 2011 — 12:00AM