Today is a big release day—there's new music from Russian Circles, the Dismemberment Plan, Pelican, for example. But there's also an impressive amount of new tunes from right here in the Pacific Northwest! Here are six local records, out today, that should be on your radar (whether it's for loving or loathing):
The wait is over, folk fans! The Head and the Fart Heart (sorry, couldn't help it) release Let's Be Still, the highly anticipated follow-up to their 2011 self-titled debut. You can hear the full album here, and later this week, on October 17, the band is doing an AMA on Reddit. They're also performing their song "Shake" on The Late Show with David Letterman tomorrow night. Have a listen:
Another much talked about Seattle release is Pearl Jam's Lightning Bolt, their first album since 2009's Backspacer. I haven't heard it (and, I'll be honest, I probably never will), but critics aren't too impressed—Rolling Stone gives it 3.5 out of 5 stars, the A.V. Club gives it a B+, and Pitchfork gives it a 5.0. PJ fans, however, beg to differ. Wowee Zowee writes:
RS is kidding right!!!!!!!! hell on earth, does Pearl Jam is equal to Miley Cyrus now with score 3.5???????????? how that pearl jam is one of the greatest bands ever and all their albums are great I've never disappointed with any of their records and Lightning Bolt confirms PJ legacy.
If you're curious, here are 90 second clips of every song on the album:
The new release I'm most excited about is the Lonely Forest's Adding Up the Wasted Hours. It's SO GOOD! You can read more about the album, and some of the bullshit the band went through prior to its release, here. (Spoiler alert: A major label asked them to sound more like the band fun. Gross.)
Here's a lyric video for the song "Warm/Happy," starring Karl Blau (who played saxophone on the record) and a bunch of mud:
Dreamy surf quartet La Luz are celebrating the release of It's Alive with a FREE show at Sonic Boom records. The fun starts at 6 pm! And bring some money so you can buy a record.
Delightfully poppy and hamburger-loving Kelso-based band Seacats have a new record, too! It was produced by Steve Fisk and the song "Minus World" will be stuck in your head for days, so listen with caution.
Finally, the wonderful Light in the Attic releases the Sweet Madness anthology today, Made in Spokane 1978-1981. Nipper promises to review it later today, so I will leave it up to him to tell you more about that. For now, listen! Dance!
And now, a poll! For science!
Which new Northwest record are you most excited about?