DJ Shadow: The Less You Know, The Better at NPR
Next Tuesday (Oct. 4), DJ Shadow will release the long-awaited follow-up to 2006's divisive The Outsider. The Less You Know, The Better features the producer/turntablist both returning to his roots and further expanding his sound, be it on a breaks-heavy joint with Talib Kweli and Posdnuos or a post-punk explosion with Tom Vek.
Feist: Metals via a sign-up widget
Feist is offering a stream of her new album, Feist, if you sign up to listen through a widget, which can be found below. You'll get to hear the entire album before it hits stores next Tuesday, Oct. 4 for the price of your e-mail address. Not a bad deal. [CoS]
Ryan Adams: Ashes & Fire at NPR
Ashes & Fire might be Ryan Adams' most laid-back record to date. It also should satisfy his fans who were somewhat confused by his metal explorations on last year's Orion. Ashes & Fire, the singer-songwriter's thirteenth album, is due out Oct. 11.
DRC Music: Kinshasa One Two at HypeMachine (or below)
As we previously reported, DRC Music is a Damon Albarn-curated project that pairs up Congolese musicians and singers with producers like Dan the Automator, Jneiro Jarel, and Actress. All proceeds raised from sales will go toward Oxfam's work to assist thousands of poverty-stricken people in the Congo.
We Were Promised Jetpacks: In The Pit Of The Stomach at AV Club
In the Pit of the Stomach is We Were Promised Jetpacks' follow-up to 2009's critically lauded These Four Walls. Can the Scottish post-punk outfit avoid the sophomore slump? We'll see when the album drops Oct. 4. Or check it out now.
J-Live: S.P.T.A at Bandcamp (or below)
Triple-threat hip-hop artist J-Live has decided to display all his skills on his new album, S.P.T.A. The record features the New York resident showing off his talents as a rapper, producer, and DJ, while getting some help in the beats department from the likes of Marco Polo, Nicolay, and Illastrate. It's out now.
Gem Club: Breakers on Soundcloud
Breakers is the debut full-length album from Massachusetts-based Gem Club, a trio led by singer-songwriter Christopher Barnes. He's joined on the record by cellist Kristen Drymala and vocalist Ieva Berberian, both of whom round out the bedroom-pop vibes of Breakers. The album is out now.
Walls: Coracle on Soundcloud (or below)
Coracle is Walls' follow-up to their 2010 self-titled debut. The album is a natural progression from its predecessor as it, too, is steeped in hazy, droning sound scapes. It's out now on Kompakt.