You Know So Well | New Releases

by Billy DeFrain

Hey everbody! I forgot New Releases last week. And to make it up to you, this week’s are kind of short. But they include overrated Brits, underrated Canucks, summer music, electric violins and a surprising amount of respectable stuff.

All Time Low | Dirty Work | Hopeless
Embarrasingly earnest emo pop. Instead of subjecting you to that, let’s watch the best scene from Norm Macdonald’s movie Dirty Work

Arctic Monkeys | Suck It and See | Domino
Prediction: people will not really still be listening to this a whole lot in five years.

Barn Burner | Bangers II: Scum of the Earth | Sony Music
I was full prepared to mock this based on the cover art, which is stupid and awesome, but it’s actually pretty decent hillbilly metal, for Canadians.

Battles | Gloss Drop | Warp
Music for people that want everyone to know that they like music that you don’t like.

Black Lips | Arabia Mountain | Vice
Hey everybody, your summer album is here!

Brute Heart | Lonely Hunter | Soft Abuse
Pretty trippy folky stuff, heavy on intertwining harmonies and electric violin.  

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. | It’s a Corporate World | Warner Bros.

Epic45 | Weathering | Make Mine Music
Post-rock with vocals, and yet somehow more boring.

Fucked Up | David Comes to Life | Matador

Gigan | Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes I Willowtip Records
Photoshopped metal cover of the week!

Givers | In the Light | Glassnote Entertainment Group

Hospital Ships | Lonely Twin | Graveface Records

Sondre Lerche | (s/t) | Mona
Relatively stripped down, straight-up, slow, calm guitar pop for Sondre Lerche, who’s tended to the grandiose and elaborated instrumented.

Tech N9ne | All 6’s and 7’s | Strange Music
Not really my bag, but props for working Blackula references into your rhymes.

Poison Control Center | Stranger Ballet | Afternoon Records
I saw them open for Pavement last September and there was a lot of backwards somersaulting while playing guitar, which is impressive.

Various Artists | After Party Massacre (soundtrack) | Ibex Moon Records
Yep, it’s a death metal slasher movie. The trailer’s on You Tube if you want to see people getting their hands sawed off and beaten to death by double dildos. And if you’ve seen my search history, you know I DO!