This week oozed with nostalgic feels. Brian Wilson reunited with Beach Boys bandmates; a star-studded cast paid tribute to Talking Heads classics; and Robert Plant joined Jack White for a raging cover of Led Zeppelin’s “The Lemon Song”. While you were hit from all angles with retro resurgences, we sorted through the bloggy crates in search of the week’s freshest gems.
BLUR – “THERE ARE TOO MANY OF US”
Following the release of his celestial debut solo album Everyday Robots, Damon Albarn is teaming back up with Blur to release The Magic Whip – their first album together in 12 years. Last week, in celebration of the new record, the group premiered its first single, entitled “There Are Too Many Houses,” which was followed-up this week by “Go Out,” a steady driven tune boasting some classic Britpop DNA.
The Magic Whip is due out April 27th.
ALABAMA SHAKES – “FUTURE PEOPLE”
Alabama Shakes is an absolute fucking force. After Brittany Howard’s roar ripped ear drums with their 2012 debut Boys & Girls, the Athens, Alabama four-piece are preparing us for their sophomore release, Sound & Color. The group recently returned to the Late Show with David Letterman to perform the album’s leading single “I Don’t Wanna Fight” armed with a team of backup singers and the same soulful command we (and Mr. Letterman) fell in love with three years prior. And this week the band dropped the album’s second single within which we hear Brittany’s one-of-a-kind rasp dance atop a funky twang.
Sound & Color is due out April 21st.
RUN THE JEWELS FT. ZACK DE LA ROCHA – “CLOSE YOUR EYES (AND COUNT TO FUCK)”
We’re not only going to remember Killer Mike and El-P’s RTJ2 as one of the best, if not the best, record releases of 2014; but it will forever be the sonic cue that reminds of the racial tensions that had infected American society. This emotional connection was reinforced this week with the release of their incredibly poignant “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)” music video, directed by AG Rojas, that depicts the physical and emotional battle between a uniformed, white police officer (played by Shea Whigham) and a young black man (Keith Stanfield).
TORO Y MOI – “RUN BABY RUN”
Everybody needs a stiff drink after that Run the Jewels experience. For those out of whiskey’s reach, Toro y Moi’s new buoyant single “Run Baby Run” will help refill your now shattered souls with rainbows and cupcakes. No, really, it’s good. But so is whiskey…
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT – “CONFUSION”
Okay, so it’s not exactly a recent release, but the news surrounding this mysterious band is totally worth a spot on this list. Thirty-three years ago a kooky high school punk group called Capital Punishment released their only album entitled Roadkill. Never heard of them? Well, maybe you’re familiar with their drummer…his name’s Ben Stiller. During his recent interview with Howard Stern, Stiller joked about his youthful experimentation with rock and revealed that a label will be re-releasing the group’s long-forgotten/rarely heard LP.
Listen to “Confusion,” the first official track off the reissue below, and keep an eye out for the expanded release, which is due out this fall via Captured Tracks.