Best New Music Releases, Week of Sept. 11th – The Raveonettes, The xx, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Turbo Fruits, Seapony

Much like last week’s stellar list of new releases, this is yet another blockbuster week for new albums, including highly anticipated releases from heavy-hitters like The Raveonettes, The xx, St. Vincent & David Byrne, and other popular artists such as Thee Oh Sees, Turbo Fruits, Seapony, Calexico, Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra.  This is volume one of a two-part series. Volume Two provides at least a dozen more hand-picked singles from new albums by artist like Firewater, Field Report, Neal Halstead, Sea Wolf, Avett Brothers, Hello Echo, Solos, and Helvetia.

Denmark‘s celebrated indie rock duo, The Raveonettes, has made a name for themselves with a dark, fuzzy guitar-driven sound, that continues on their newest album release, Observator. But their new single, “She Owns The Streets,” is one of the duo’s most upbeat, pop-centric singles to date. The song has a feel-good, summertime pop essence, featuring layers of glistening guitars intertwined with soft vocals that echo bands like Galaxie 500 and The Cure. You can listen to Observator‘s first single the duo released in June, “Observations.”

“She Owns the Streets”The Raveonettes from Observator on Vice Records

The xx Release The Long-Awaited New Album, Coexist

There was a tremendous amount of buzz leading up to this week’s official release of The xx’s new album, Coexist. After a whirlwind of  worldwide success on the charts and on tour, The xx are back with new music, such as the stunning lead single, “Angels.” Most impressive is Romy Madley-Croft’s gorgeous vocals that are front and center, and which carry the song from start to finish.

“Angels”The xx from Coexist

“Islands”The xx (via Soundcloud)

Also, check out The xx video for “Chained” on the Best Music Videos page.


The Pairing of David Byrne and St. Vincent Produces Ace New Single and LP

The new single from David Byrne and St. Vincent has an addictive beat with the pair exchanging turns taking the lead and coming together in perfect unison for the chorus. The song, “Who,” has been on repeat for the past week here in the cafe. Even in his later years, the frontman of the iconic Talking Heads, Byrne’s uniquely identifiable voice still sounds great. The video for “Who” is also a must-see for fans of Byrne and St. Vincent.

“Who”David Byrne & St. Vincent from Love This Giant on 4AD/Todo Mundo


Notable New Singles from Indie Bands Seapony, Thee Oh Sees and Turbo Fruits

Seattle band Seapony offer up more dreamy, lo-fi beach pop melodies and hazy vocals backed by guitar surf rock on their sophomore album.  San Francisco psychedelic rockers, Thee Oh Sees, drop Putrifiers II, this week, featuring an array of styles from the spacey psych-pop to hard-hitting garage rock as the single, “Flood’s New Light” clearly demonstrates.  From Nashville, a band that broke out during the excellent year for indie rock, 2009, Turbo Fruits released their junior album this week, featuring a comparatively diverse album as Thee Oh Sees, with a set of songs that range from psych-pop with a 60’s flair and plenty of hooks to grove on, to crunchy garage rock that sounds awesome via a good set of speakers.

“Prove to Me”Seapony from Falling on Hardly Art

“Flood’s New Light”Thee Oh Sees from Putrifiers II on In The Red Records

“Sweet Thang”Turbo Fruits from Butter on Serpents & Snakes

When an album cover artwork sucks, we just put in a photo of the band instead, which is the case for Helio Sequence's new release.

The Helio Sequence Drop Anticipated New LP, Negotiations

Two weeks ago, IRC featured The Helio Sequence’s new single, “Hall of Mirrors” in the latest Fresh Tracks Mix. Based on the number of streams and downloads from the post, and the numbers on Hypem and other aggregators, listeners really liked the song. Now, with the official release of the new album, Negotiations, another new single from the album, “October,” is out. This is one of the best tracks of the week and will definitely be included in a special playlist we’re putting together called Songs From The Calendar, which will highlight excellent songs about months, specific dates and days of the week. Keep an eye out for it. Check out the official promo video for Negotiations.

“October”The Helio Sequence from Negotiations on Sub Pop


Calexico Returns with Dark Sound and Amanda Palmer Pairs with The Grand Theft Orchestra

As long-time Calexico fans, it took a few spins to connect with the band’s new single, “Para.” The song evokes a dark, haunting aura, with melancholic vocals and lyrics, a reverberating, spooky guitar, a Mexican funeral-like horn injection and a slow, deep percussion. “Para” sounds like a track that could have been on a Kill Bill soundtrack. Another song that is just in time for Halloween is the collaborative single, “The Killing Type,” from Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra. It’s more intense than “Para,” which is a stark contrast while also being alike in the sense that both songs are anything but upbeat and cheerful.

“Para”Calexico from Algiers on Anti-
There is also a deluxe edition via Amazon

“The Killing Type”Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra from Theater Is Evil on 8ft. Records

Another single out this week that would be fitting on a Halloween mixtape is the song “The Dogs Howl, The Caravan Moves On” from the self-released album by singer/songwriter Ethan Daniel Davidson .

“The Dogs Howl, The Caravan Moves On”Ethan Daniel Davidson from Silvertooth (self-released)

Check back later for Part II of this week’s Best New Releases

Get MP3, CD and Vinyl Releases Out This Week From Amazon

Ben ArthurIf You Look for My Heart | CD MP3 Book eBook

The Avett BrothersThe Carpenter | CD Vinyl MP3

Marco BeneventoTigerFace | CD Vinyl MP3

Billy TalentDead Silence | CD MP3

Blaqk AudioBright Black Heaven | CD Vinyl

BoyfrndzAll Day Pass | MP3

David Byrne & St. VincentLove This Giant | CD Vinyl MP3

CalexicoAlgiers | CD Vinyl MP3 Deluxe MP3

The CutlerThe Best Things in Life Aren’t Things | CD MP3

Daddy YankeePrestige | CD MP3

The Dandelion WarWe Were Always Loyal to Lost Causes | MP3

DMXUndisputed | CD Deluxe CD/DVD MP3

Bob DylanTempest | CD Deluxe CD Vinyl/CD MP3

Field ReportField Report | CD MP3

FirewaterInternational Orange | CD Vinyl MP3

Steve ForbertOver With You | CD MP3

Guy ForsythThe Freedom to Fail | CD MP3

John GalganoReal Life is Meeting | CD MP3

Neil HalsteadPalindrome Hunches | CD Deluxe CD Vinyl MP3

Sean HayesBefore We Turn to Dust | CD

The Helio SequenceNegotiations | CD Vinyl MP3

HelvetiaNothing in Rambling | CD Vinyl MP3

Brendan HinesSmall Mistakes [EP] | MP3

HoobastankFight or Flight | CD MP3

Patterson HoodHeat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance | CD Vinyl MP3

HopewellAnother Music [EP] | CD MP3

Jack BeatsCareless [EP] | MP3

Will JohnsonScorpion | CD Vinyl MP3

Chris KnightLittle Victories | CD MP3

LoscilSketches from New Brighton | CD Vinyl MP3

Sophie MadeleineThe Rhythm You Started | CD MP3

Kathy MatteaCalling Me Home | CD MP3

Dave Matthews BandAway From the World | CD Deluxe CD Super Deluxe CD/DVD Vinyl MP3 Deluxe MP3

Miggs15th & Hope | CD MP3

Mint ConditionMusic @ the Speed of Life | CD MP3

Miss Shevaughn & Yuma WrayWe’re From Here | CD

Mister LovelessGrow Up | MP3

NOFXSelf Entitled | CD Vinyl MP3

Amanda Palmer & The Grand Left OrchestraTheatre Is Evil | CD Vinyl MP3

Paper RouteThe Peace of Wild Things | CD MP3

Pet Shop BoysElysium | CD Vinyl MP3

The Pineapple ThiefAll the Wars | CD Vinyl MP3

The PresetsPacifica | CD Vinyl MP3

The RaveonettesObservator | CD Vinyl MP3

Chris Robinson BrotherhoodThe Magic Door | CD Vinyl MP3

RumerBoys Don’t Cry | CD MP3 Deluxe MP3

Sea WolfOld World Romance | CD Vinyl MP3

SeaponyFalling | CD Vinyl MP3

She Does Is MagicMy Height In Heels | CD Vinyl MP3

SnowblinkInner Classic | CD Vinyl MP3

Joanne Shaw TaylorAlmost Always Never | CD MP3

Thee Oh SeesPutrifiers II | CD Vinyl MP3

Those Poor BastardsBehold the Abyss | CD Vinyl MP3

The Time JumpersThe Time Jumpers | CD Vinyl MP3

Tom Tom ClubDowntown Rockers [EP] | Vinyl MP3

Turbo FruitsButter | CD Vinyl MP3

Stephen WadeBanjo Diary: Lessons From Tradition | CD MP3

The xxCoexist | CD Vinyl Deluxe Vinyl MP3

ZZ TopLa Futura | CD Vinyl MP3

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  1. Sad to see that Paper Route’s new album “The Peace of Wild Things” did not get more love. I can only hope you give it a second look and perhaps some more attention. Few bands today are producing such a big sound with equally sincere and honest lyrics to match. That band has been to hell and back and as an audience we are the benefactors of the music created from such a journey.

    1. Jake – Thanks again for catching an error. We could always use another editor to double-check facts 🙂 Error corrected.

    1. I guess it’s just that we expected something more captivating from such a good band rather than something that anyone can put together in 15 minutes with Photoshop and a photograph. 🙂

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