by: Sam Farzin, KUCI Music Director
These blurbs are of the succinct variety. Secondly, There are an ungodly amount of new records this week that have big and exciting names.
Hot Chip - Made In The Dark [Astralwerks]
Now you don't have to play "Boy from School" for the millionth time.
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend [XL]
2008's big buzzzzzzzzzzz band. Just a matter of time before KROQ gets their grubby gnarled paws on this. Alsoooooo really good.
Xiu Xiu - Women As Lovers [Kill Rock Stars]
This album has a cover of "Under Pressure" on it. Not only that, stone-voiced Michael Gira of Angels of Light/Swans fame sings on it. I fully expect every show on KUCI to play this song.
Mahjongg - Kontpab [K]
I hadn't listened to this band before but from my brief dip into this disc I think it may be my favorite so far of all the adds this week. Polyrhythmic repetition forever. Black Dice fans take noooooooote.
Evangelicals - The Evening Descends [Dead Oceans]
Weirdo-orchestral-pop that may reminisce of the Flaming Lips for reasons beyond their shared homestate.
Mussels - Little Voices [Self-Released]
Actually exciting indie-rock.
Kelley Stoltz - Circular Sounds [ Sub Pop]
This album is a plastic disc of melody. If you dug that White Blue Yellow & Clouds album, this is basically that but not as kistchy. But just as good.
Chris Walla - Field Manual [Barsuck]
Yeah, THAT Chris Walla.
American Music Club - The Golden Age [Merge]
Slooooooooow indie-rock of the singer-songwriter persuasion.
Human Bell - Human Bell [Thrill Jockey]
Really wonderful, melodic, pretty, sort-of ambient intstrumental music. I dig this one a lot.
AND ONCE AGAIN:
Here are two likely very covetable albums that were supposed to add last week but arrived late.
Cat Power – Jukebox
Super Furry Animals – Hey Venus!
That's it for this week.
til next time,