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It’s New Release Tuesday at WERS, and the music community is abuzz with the latest releases from artists emerging from artists who are half your age and make fourteen times your salary. Do we have your attention? Excellent.
Kurt Vile and the Violators, It’s A Big World Out There (And I Am Scared)
If critical reception is any indicator, it may be a big world, but Kurt Vile has nothing to be afraid of. His new EP, or seven tracks that didn’t make the cut of his dreamy album Wakin’, serve as a narrative all their own– it features two reimagined tracked originally featured on Wakin‘, an instumental and three original tracks that sparkle with the transcendent, sometimes bizarre wit of 33-year-old Vile in his signature style, which at this point in his career could be classified as a commercial garage sound. “Feel My Pain” in particular will make a listener reel– if these are the songs that didn’t make the cut, It’s A Big World Out There (And I Am Scared) will make you want to give Wakin’ another listen through.
Jake Bugg, Shangri La
When I found out youth prodigy (please cast the image of a toddler with a viola out of your mind) Jake Bugg had a new release on the horizon, I double took– surely it’s just an addition to his 2012 eponymous debut. He’s been too busy touring internationally, web slamming fellow Brits One Direction, and playing Glastonbury, right?! Not so, the 19-year-old is only the age of a college sophomore and has already released his sophomore album, with a sound more reminiscent of Bob Dylan electric than the Bob Dylan folk sound that made him famous in 2012. With famous producer Rick Rubin, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith and Elvis Costello on his team, Shangri La is the next step in what fans predict to be a big voice in contemporary music, and debuted at #1 on the British charts.
Death Grips, No Love Deep Web
Sacramento natives Death Grips have flown under the hip-hop radar by alternately confusing, shocking, and dazzling fans with their weirdo blend of the foundation of hip-hop and elements of punk rock and noise music, and their third studio release in two years doesn’t indicate any loss of momentum for the duo, MC Ride and Flatlander. It’s loud, real loud, and brings a rage that punches the listener in the face from the get-go, but it’s not the baseless anger that characterizes so many artists in the genre– MC Ride (Zach Hill, if you take it up with social security) shocks intelligently with an intense paranoia that addresses the feeling of being trapped in one’s own body. However, one look at the NSFW album cover and their releasing the album completely in the Creative Commons demonstrates that they’re still experimenting, shock jocks and philosophers all at once.
That’s it for this week, sweet chicklets! Return in your flock for next week’s releases!
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