Best New Releases – Vetiver, Woods, 13 & God, Thee Oh Sees, Sebadoh, King Post Kitsch, Joel Plaskett, Sebadoh, The Qualia


As summer approaches, you’ll see a spike in posts and playlists on IRC, not to mention plenty of new releases. This week’s Best New Releases, don’t contain any big 2011 anticipated drops, but there are still some terrific singles and albums from bands like Vetiver, Dark Mean, PlanningtoRock, Woods, and many others.

But, first, we wanted to kick off this edition of Best New Releases by recommending new albums from a few bands that we featured years ago, before they broke out, and who are still satisfying; in fact, they’ve only gotten better. For example, Vetiver, who we are excited about kicking off this mix with a doubleshot of new singles from their sophomore album, plus we are digging Dark Mean‘s new DIY release. The official CD release of Woods‘ new album, Sun & Shade (just in time for summer), is out this week.

Next up, is a band we featured not long ago called PlanningtoRock (but, they’ve gone beyond planning, we should say), followed by a free EP download from Junior Boys, and the standout title track, “The Fox” from Niki and The Dove‘s new album, and loving the dream pop of 13 & God’s “Old Age” very much here in the cafe. Plus, listen to and download new tracks from Thee Oh Sees, chill out with Brice Randall Bickford and get all tranced with Botantical Bullets.

Also of interest are some fresh tracks from albums by bands that are new to us, such as the catchy electro-pop/psychedelic rock track “Walking on Eggshells” by King Post Kitsch from The Party’s Over, and the almost equally awesome new-to-us artist Joel Plaskett presents “When I Go’ from the impossibly long titled album (see name believe). Plus, there are other great singles from new releases in today’s mix that we hope you enjoy.

“Can’t You Tell”Vetiver from The Errant Charm

Bonus: “Wonder Why”Vetiver from The Errant Charm

“Happy Banjo” – Dark Mean from Dark Mean (self-released)

“Pushing Onlys”Woods from Sun and Shade

“Doorway” Planningtorock from W

“A Truly Happy Ending” Junior Boys from It’s All True EP

“The Fox”Niki and the Dove from The Fox

“Old Age”13 & God from Own Your Ghost

“I Need Seed”Thee Oh Sees from Castlemania

“Songstress” – Brice Randall Bickford from Brice Randall Bickford

“Fantastic Romantic”Botanical Bullets from We Bleed Fluorescent (self-released)

“Rebound”Sebadoh from Bakesale (Deluxe Edition)

“Panutup” – Diskjokke from Sagara

“Walking on Eggshells”King Post Kitsch from The Party’s Over

“When I Go” –  Joel Plaskett from EMERGENCYs, false alarms, shipwrecks, castaways, fragile creatures, special features, demons and demonstrations

“Guess I Lied” – The Qualia from Memorial Gore (self-released)

“The Same Way”Grace Sings Sludge from Last Year’s Friend

“Dark Allies”Light Asylum from In Tension EP

June 14 – All Releases with Links to Artists’ Sites

Allie MossLate Bloomer
Andy GrammerAndy Grammer
Blackie and the Rodeo KingsKings + Queens
Book of KnotsGarden of Fainting Stars
Emmy the GreatVirtue (U.K.)
Foo FightersBack and Forth (DVD)
Jackie EvanchoDream With Me
Jill ScottJust Before Dawn/From the Vault I
Junior BoysIt’s All True
LedisiPieces of Me
Madeleine PeyrouxStandin’ on the Rooftop
Marc BroussardMarc Broussard
Marcus FosterNameless Path (U.K.)
Marissa Nadler Marissa Nadler
Owl CityAll Things Bright & Beautiful
Pat MethenyWhat’s It All About
Peter Bradley AdamsBetween Us
Smoke FairiesThrough Low Light and Trees
VariousRed Hot and Rio 2
VetiverThe Errant Charm

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  1. Great site. Glad you found your way to the amazing Joel Plaskett. Check out his brand new one (Scrappy Happiness) btw…amazing!

  2. My faves this week are 13 & God, and I love the song from The Qualia! Light Asylum kinda reminds me of a darker Erasure.

    1. Hi Again Bud – Glad you liked those, totally agree on your top picks – both of those tracks are sah-weet!


  3. That 13&God album is confusing, but I keep going back to it. I’m scared to recommend it to anyone, cause you have to be willing to expand your musical envelope a bit.

    1. Hey Tark: Wow, what do you mean by confusing? We think he is really talented and some of his tracks are spectacular, perhaps even for inclusion on the Best Songs of 2011 (coming up soon) or Best Rarely Heard Songs of 2011 (coming up a bit later, so stay tuned).


  4. Another great new artist is Belle. She’s got a great sound, so definitely check her out! The link is

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