Stream: New Albums From Tom Waits, Phantogram, Surfer Blood

    Tom Waits: Bad As Me at Waits’ website
    Release date: 10.25.11
    Label: Anti-
    Bad as Me is the seventeenth album from Tom Waits and it’s also the first to contain all-new material from the gravelly singer-songwriter since 2004’s Real Gone.

    Phantogram: Nightlife at Facebook
    Release date: 11.01.11
    Label: Barsuk
    Before Phantogram release the proper follow-up to 2010’s Eyelid Movies, they’re issuing a mini-album of new material, Nightlife. It features killer lead single “Don’t Move.”

    Surfer Blood: Tarot Classics EP at SPIN
    Release date: 10.25.11
    Label: Kanine Records
    Four-track EP Tarot Classics is Surfer Blood’s latest project and the follow-up to last year’s critically adored Astro Coast.

    Russian Circles: Empros at SPIN
    Release date: 10.25.11
    Label: Sargent House
    Chicago’s Russian Circles return with another album filled with crushing instrumental rock/metal on Empros, the follow-up to 2009’s Geneva.

    Gringo Star: Count Yer Lucky Stars at HypeMachine (or below)
    Release date: 10.25.11
    Label: Gigantic Music
    Atlanta indie pop outfit Gringo Star returns with Count Yer Lucky Stars, the band’s follow-up to 2008’s well-received All Y’all.

    The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble: Mr. Machine at FACT
    Release date: 10.25.11
    Label: !K7 Records
    Mr. Machine is the second release from the Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble, though it’s their first to be recorded with the full 10-piece ensemble.

    Kathryn Calder: Bright And Vivid at NPR
    Release date: 10.25.11
    Label: File Under: Music
    After becoming a full-time member of the New Pornographers, Kathryn Calder expanded her career one step further by dropping a solo record, Are You My Mother?, in 2010. The singer-songwriter continued penning material that would eventually lead to the creation of Bright and Vivid, her second solo affair.


    Twerps: Twerps at Gorilla vs. Bear (or below)
    Release date: 10.18.11
    Label: Underwater Peoples
    Twerps’ self-titled album is their first full-length release and couldn’t come at a better time. It’s jangly guitar-driven rock is a great accompaniment to the transition into fall. 

    Pujol: Nasty, Brutish, And Short at Noisey
    Release date: 10.18.11
    Label: Saddle Creek
    Pujol’s aptly titled Nasty, Brutish, and Short EP stands as the tenth release from the garage rock outfit in just the past two years.

    North Highlands: Wild One at Spinner
    Release date: 10.18.11
    Label: N/A
    Wild One is the full-length debut from North Highlands, a indie pop outfit from Brooklyn led by the sweet, albeit direct, vocals of Brenda Malvini.

    Matthew Herbert: One Pig at Spinner
    Release date: 10.18.11
    Label: Accidental Records
    Matthew Herbert’s latest field recordings-based album, One Pig, chronicles the life of a pig, from birth on the farm to death in the slaughterhouse.

    Bleeding Knees Club: Virginity EP at Spinner
    Release date: 10.18.11
    Label: IAMSOUND Records
    Garage/surf rockers Bleeding Knees Club compiled some of their previous singles and new material to form the Virginity EP, a shit-kickin’ six-track effort.


    Niki & The Dove: The Drummer at Spinner
    Release date: 10.18.11
    Label: Sub Pop
    Sweden’s Niki & the Dove craft electronic-tinged pop tunes and on The Drummer, they head into darker territory through a musical assessment of the feeling of uncertainty.

    The Gaslight Anthem: iTunes Session at Spinner
    Release date: 10.12.11
    Label: iTunes
    The Gaslight Anthem’s iTunes Session release features new material, covers, and alternate version of tracks from the New Jersey rockers.