A Jersey boy and a Brooklyn gal lead the wave of new releases this week, and it’s a good wave indeed. Springsteen collaborates with a noise rock guitar whiz, Sharon Jones reminds everybody how much ass she kicks, a young crew of Allstonians puts out a long-awaited release, and a Florida quartet shows that emo is being revived. Take your pick, there’s plenty of good stuff to choose from this week.
While you check out these releases, listen to Perry and Adam12 chat about some of them on RadioBDC:
Bruce Springsteen – “High Hopes”
The Boss returns will a full-length patched together with outtakes, covers, and re-recordings of songs from previous albums. What makes this album most interesting, especially for folks under 40, is that Springsteen collaborated with Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, whom Springsteen referred to as his “muse” for the album. That alone is worth a listen. But Pitchfork seems to believe that this record may only stick for true Springsteen fanatics.
Grass Is Green – “Vacation Vinny”
Allston basement punks Grass Is Green return with its first full-length since 2012’s “Ronson.” This time, the band’s breed of experimental post-punk finds a home on the fast-growing Exploding in Sound Records, dealing out a hot hand of mixed time-signatures and guitar distortions. We shouted out Grass Is Green as a local band to watch in 2014, and this rather outstanding release is the first reason why.
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings – “Give The People What They Want”
Sharon Jones does exactly what the title of her album says: She gives the people more Sharon Jones. The Brooklyn soulstress has progressively gained traction over the past decade with the simultaneous growth of Daptone Records. After a short absence from touring and recording last summer due to a battle with pancreatic cancer, Jones is back and stronger than ever. Along with putting on one of the greatest live shows in the music business, add recording one of the most inspiring albums of 2014 to the list of her accomplishments.
You Blew It! – “Keep Doing What You’re Doing”
It’s tough to take a band named after a “Billy Madison” line seriously, but Orlando’s You Blew It! is seriously leading a new wave of emo bands that will certainly have people’s attention in 2014. Local label Topshelf records puts out the sophomore full length from this punky trio. Think less Hot Topic and eye makeup, and more along the lines of a cleaned-up, lyrically-driven version of the punk that has dominated modern day bandcamps.
James Vincent McMorrow – “Post Tropical”
Sweet-voiced Irishman James Vincent McMorrow listened to a lot of hip-hop as he wrote and recorded the follow-up to 2011’s “Early In The Morning.” It shows, too. “Post Tropical” ditches the minimalist Bon Iver acoustic vibe, but continues to let his falsetto carry him to more electronic zone comparable to James Blake.
DJ Pone – “Erratic Impulses EP”
French turntablist and production vet DJ Pone puts out his first official release after years of collaboration, including projects with Skrillex and A$AP Rocky. The beat man makes an effort to combine ambient electronics and dancefloor charm with his own masterful feel on hip-hop.
The Lowest Pair – “36 cents”
There’s a reason why you haven’t heard much about folkgrass duo the Lowest Pair, and it’s because the two musicians didn’t even bother to gig before getting right to recording its debut. What results is a product of natural chemistry between guitarist Palmer T. Lee and banjoist Kendl Winter. The collaboration’s first album is produced by Trampled By Turtles frontman Dave Simonett.
Blank Realm – “Grassed In”
Brisbane sibling trio Blank Realm follows up 2012’s “Go Easy” with an equally energetic, but more cleaned up and precise effort. While Blank Realm delivers a type of music slightly more clean-shaven than garage rock, there are certain nostalgic qualities that bring to mind Lou Reed or the Doors. There’s a psychedelic edge to this record, but it doesn’t come without a few catchy singles including “Falling Down the Stairs.”