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New Music Tuesday, August 23, 2011

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This week’s new releases are an eclectic bunch—there’s something for every musical taste. Rapper The Game returns with his long-awaited Red Album, electro-poppers CSS bring another slab of catchy goodness to the table, and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks release a new album, the first since Pavement’s 2010 reunion. Looking for something a more mature? Barbra Streisand and Patti Smith both have new offerings as well—check out these artists and more in today's New Music Tuesday playlist.

Playlist Notes

  • Tom Waits - Bad As Me
    Revered folk experimentalist Tom Waits set more than a few tongues wagging last week when a cryptic message on his website promised new music of some sort on August 23. Now that the day has come, you can hear the new track, “Bad As Me,” and begin speculation on what might be next from the musical icon.
  • Stephin Merritt - Obscurities 
    Stephin Merritt, singer of indie fave Magnetic Fields, is extremely prolific—just look to his epic 1999 triple-LP, 69 Love Songs for proof. Today he released Obscurities, a collection of rarities and b-sides that no indie diehard should be without. 
  • Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Mirror Traffic 
    Pavement's singer, Stephen Malkmus, returned once again with his band, the Jicks, to offer 15 tracks of pure guitar-pop perfection. It’s a definite return to form, and a must-hear.
  • Muppets: The Green Album
    Don’t call it a comeback, the Muppets, despite being active for years, have a new movie and coming out and a fun album to accompany it. In one of the most fun releases of this summer, bands like Ok Go, Sondre Leche, Andrew Bird, and My Morning Jacket cover original songs from the Muppet Show.
  • Junip - Without You
    The Jose Gonzalez-led trio from Sweden just released an EP featuring a digital single and 3 remixes, each one unique take on one of the prettiest and most hypnotic tracks from their album Fields.