Lots of new releases this week, but not too much to get me going. There's a new Bright Eyes EP, Four Winds (buy it), that has five exclusive tracks to go along with the Cassadaga lead single of the title. In what will undoubtedly be remembered as the awkward adolescence of a career that was launched on the finest adolescent angst in a generation, Conor Oberst is trying to be mature and seems to be trying too hard. It's still pretty good in spite of it, though.
MP3: Bright Eyes - Four Winds
Phil Elverum has returned under the old trusty Microphones moniker to issue this 7", Don't Smoke/Get Off the Internet (buy it) via his own P.W. Elverum & Sun label. Supposedly this is a punkish departure from the Koz-on-acid acoustics of Mt. Eerie.
MP3: Mt. Eerie - Universe