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‘New Music Tuesdays’ – 12.10.13 Edition

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Musicheads,

So as you may (or may not) have noticed, I missed a NMT post for last week.

Well, I was traveling for work in Indiana, so music shopping was not a possibility, nor was writing.  In reality however, there was nothing to write about.  An incredibly weak release list last week headlined by a new Britney Spears album and not much else.

This week was pretty much the same story, with new releases by Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) and R. Kelly.  Let’s just say, I didn’t pick up either.

What I did do today though was pick up a couple of albums I had missed from the past that needed to be added to my personal library.  Those artists included the first two albums from Northwest band Band Of Horses, and the debut full-length album from New Yorkers Lucius that was released earlier this year. Because these aren’t new albums, I’m not gonna go into detail reviewing them, but I do want to mention a couple of tracks worth checking out if you haven’t heard them by now.

Seattle band Band of Horses have been around since 2004 and signed with local label Sub Pop Records, who have a tremendous history and artist repertoire all themselves (see their roster here: http://www.subpop.com/artists)

The band’s debut album was released in 2006 under the name Everything All The Time.  This album had one incredibly explosive hit single that helped skyrocket the band’s name into the ears of listeners everywhere, The Funeral.

From there, their recognition has grown in leaps and bounds, with their third album Infinite Arms being their most successful album, peaking at number 7 in the US charts in 2010.

Cease To Begin was the group’s sophomore album released in 2007.  This album builds upon the good foundation set by the band’s first album.  This album includes solid tracks No One’s Gonna Love YouIs There A GhostThe General Specific and Detlef Schrempf.  Be sure to take a listen to the entire album though, as these fellas have an excellent Rock base that they create all of their music from.

Lucius on the other hand, are from the complete other side of the tracks.  East Coasters through and through, the group with dual female vocalists utilize a heavy synth-pop influenced sound.  The band’s debut album was released in mid-October on Mom+Pop Records (another quality independent label as well; see artist list: http://www.momandpopmusic.com/artists/) includes some very catchy tracks and it’s all packaged within a very suggestive album cover.

Be sure to check out the whole album, but especially don’t pass over the two singles Turn It Around and Go Home.  Both are very strong and catchy tracks that make you wanna get up and dance.  The group has the ability to be more mellow though, often turning away from the heavier synth sounds and handing the lead over to acoustic guitar.  Be sure to check out the whole album, it’s an enjoyable listen!

I will now leave you listening to a much requested track that was just recently released to the internet this week that has been featured in the trailer for the upcoming film starring Ben Stiller The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty.  The track is by Jose Gonzalez, who is one half of the Swedish folk-rock band Junip. 

And now, as always, here was everything acquired on this New Release Tuesday:

and be sure to follow on Facebook and on Twitter @AudiofileAkwitz at to get even more music updates that don’t make the posts.

-Akwitz

Now Playing: Jose Gonzalez – Step Out

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