Each week, we preview a handful of notable albums scheduled to hit the shelves, plus offer a full list of the current new releases.
Best Friends in Love
As Michael Moore's Sicko recently showed, Canadians aren't scared of the term socialized medicine. They also must not fear socialized music. Seems it's a law up there that everyone in a band who garners some fame must then branch out into other projects. Share the wealth, Canucks, share the wealth. Not content to have only Emily Haines off on a tangent with the Soft Skeleton, fellow Metric members Joshua Winstead and Joules Scott-Key have formed Bang Lime. But you can bet there's more Canadian indie-rock blood involved then those two: Drew Malamud, who has worked with Stars and the Dears, helped engineer the album. ~John Zeiss
Boot Camp Clik
Casualties of War
The final leg of Boot Camp Clik's summer offensive, Casualties of War caps a remarkable renaissance for Brooklyn's gulliest clique. Though the record, which collects unreleased solo jawns and unused tracks from last year's The Last Stand, has a hodgepodge appeal, it still serves the group's goal: to overwhelm and flood the marketplace. Not too shabby reasoning: If Jesus Price Superstar is still creeping into Top 10 lists, why can't everybody else in the fam get their shine? ~Dan Nishimoto
Pop rock has always been something for the kiddos, and Eisley does its best to keep it that way. The band is composed of four siblings and a friend of the family, all still young enough to get ID'd at your local bar. Sounds very Partridge Family, no? Well, Eisley does, in fact, trade in sunny harmonies and infections pop hooks. This is the young band's second full-length album. ~John Zeiss
On Ditherer, Fog main man Andrew Broder has not only expanded his sound beyond the underground hip-hop that dominated his early work, but he's also expanded his band. Ditherer marks the first time Broder has recorded with steady backers: Mark Erickson on bass and Tim Glenn on drums, as well as a slew of interesting indie guests, including Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker of Low, Andrew Bird, Martin Dosh, Phil Elverum, and the band Why? All of those elements add up for a trippy amalgamation of deep woods Minnesotan psych-rock. ~John Zeiss
Nina Nastasia and Jim White
You Follow Me
Nina Nastasia and Jim White joining forces proves once again that two hauntingly beautiful artists are better than one. You may know Nastasia from her assured solo work and White from his drumming for Australian instrumental outfit the Dirty Three and collaborations with PJ Harvey, Cat Power, and Bonnie "Prince" Billy. Nastasia and White recorded You Follow Me with Steve Albini at his legendary Electrical Audio studio. They crafted the album very literally as a duo: Nastasia's vox and guitar and White's drums are the only three sounds you'll encounter here. Longtime Nastasia cohort Kennan Gudjonsson arranged the album's songs. You Follow Me contains ten gothic-rendered, stunningly beautiful compositions. ~John Zeiss
The Last Little Life EP
Okay, so it's only four songs. But The Last Little Life EP is only one small sign that the Rentals are back in a big way. The band recently finished up a residency at L.A.'s famed Spaceland. Now it's in the middle of an extensive tour on which the members will remind audiences of their band's power-pop greatness. And don't worry too much about the length-it's but a stopgap before a full LP, which Matt Sharp and his friends of P hope to have out by the end of the year. ~John Zeiss
Folk-rock legend Linda Thompson's talent isn't waning with age. And plenty of guests show up on Versatile Heart to pay homage to that talent and its lasting influence. Those guests include Antony, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, and Linda's son Teddy and daughter Kamila. Thompson also covers "Day After Tomorrow," an anti-war protest song written by Tom Waits and his wife, Kathleen Brennan. All of the added talent doesn't overshadow the central star: Linda's haunting, gorgeous voice. ~John Zeiss
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