Tuesday, June 17, 2008

If You Ain't Got No Paper Then Steal These CDs

New releases Tuesday today, and a couple of good ones to check out...

Though technically not for release until July 15th, The Hold Steady dropped the digital version of Stay Positive (Vagrant Records) through iTunes today. The follow-up to 2006's critically-acclaimed Boys and Girls in America has Craig Finn and America's Bar Band back to their boozy ways again, picking up where The E Street Band left off. Here is the instant classic, "Sequestered in Memphis":

Party with The Hold Steady at Pitchfork Music Fest July 19th.

The members of Wolf Parade have been busy since 2005's Apologies to the Queen Mary with side projects (see: Frog Eyes, Handsome Furs, Sunset Rubdown). Fortunately they've recently gotten around to producing a follow-up, At Mount Zoomer (Sub Pop). We brought you "Call It a Ritual" a month or so ago, and now here is album opener, "Soldier's Grin":

Don't forget to check out Wolf Parade at House of Blues in Chicago July 8th.

Anyone that's ever clicked around over at Pitchfork knows how much the taste-makers are pushing for David Berman's Silver Jews. Perhaps it's because Berman was arguably a founding member of Pavement, or perhaps simply because the singer-songwriter has some of the most poetic lyrics indie rock has to offer. Either way, Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea (Drag City), is an inviting effort from a talented band poised to steal some attention away from Malkmus and his Jicks this year. Check out the gorgeous "My Pillow Is the Threshold":

As always, Myspace is good for making friends and hearing more music:
The Hold Steady
Wolf Parade
Silver Jews


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