A handful of good releases today... get thee to your local record store.
Yo La Tengo - I Am Not Afraid of You And I Will Beat Your Ass
A jaw-dropping 89 rating on Metacritic, and even its worst review compares it to Exile on Main Street and London Calling.
MP3: Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind
Richard Buckner - Meadow
Apparently a more instrumentally fleshed-out record than usual, with help from ex-Guided By Voices henchmen Doug Gillard and Kevin March. Popmatters awards a solid 6. You can stream it on Merge's site.
Magnolia Electric Company - Fading Trails
Secretly Canadian hype: "Composed of recording sessions Molina and company did with Steve Albini at his Electric Audio Studio, David Lowery at his Sound of Music Studio, and at the famous Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, Fading Trails also features songs from the home recorded Shohola sessions. The essence of these recordings were extracted to create one cohesive being and thus defining what Magnolia Electric Co. truly is. Something that is hard to define. One head, multiple bodies...the opposite of a hydra head."
MP3: Lonesome Valley
Tara Jane O'Neil - In Circles
MP3: Blue Light Room
Xiu Xiu - The Air Force
See a poster series on the album