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New Music Tuesday, May 10, 2011

This week’s New Releases are a smart bunch—with wide artistic ambitions and second or third albums from bands reaching, learning and perfecting their statements. But don’t let that worry you if that’s not your thing. There are also plenty of poppy ear-worms and radio hits. Firmly planted in the art camp are bands like Man Man, Sleeps in Oysters and Joan of Arc, while some of the feel-gooders are Randy Newman, Glee’s Matthew Morrison and The Lonely Island. So dig in and find your next favorite band, album or song.

Playlist Notes

  • The Lonely Island, Turtleneck & Chain: Parody pop hasn’t sounded this good since the Flight of the Conchords migrated to the States. Using their SNL stature, The Lonely Island recruited guest starts like Justin Timberlake, Akon, Snoop Dogg, Michael Bolton and Rihanna for their second album of jokester riffs.

  • Black Moth Super Rainbow, Extra Flavor: Studio time occasionally yields more material than a band knows what to do with. In this case, Black Moth Super Rainbow decided to put all the music that didn’t make it on Dandelion Gum, the album they were recording for at the time, into it’s own free-standing LP. It’s still weird, quirky and a other-worldly.

  • Enrique Iglesias & Usher, Dirty Dancer: Conquered by a trifecta of club friendly musicians, this Enrique Iglesias single is an amalgam of party beats by Usher, rhymes by Lil Wayne and smooth-operator chorus by Enrique Iglesias himself.

  • Gang Gang Dance, Eye Contact: The New York City art-rockers make heady music that is smart enough for the most intellectual MENSA members, but also straightforward enough for anyone who just wants to listen to something different.

  • The Antlers, Burst Apart: This band had a lot to live up to after the success of their heart-wrenching debut album, Hospice. Some say that their sophomore release Burst Apart proves that they can stand up the critical acclaim and we won’t disagree. The Brooklyn-based trio maintains their moody, ethereal noise while branching out from the plot-driven conceptual take of their previous release.

∞  May 10, 2011 — 12:00AM