Monday, April 02, 2007

New Release Tuesday

Jarvis Cocker returns stateside for the release of Jarvis (!) (buy it)- not a talk show but a post-Pulp solo offering. The two free tracks making the rounds won't knock you out, but "Running the World" is cheeky, obvious anti-war bombast you can sing along to, and "Don't Let Him Waste Your Time" boasts some nice hooks and brass flourishes. Something is missing, though - the latter is emotionally flat, and it all kinda seems like an audition for whatever the British equivalent of Vegas is. Maybe there are some gems on the album, or maybe you're better off getting the Peel Sessions.

Elsewhere, Houston Party Records has the new Centro-Matic EP Operation Motorcide (buy it), which has leftovers from the Fort Recovery Sessions. And Scottish band The Twilight Sad have an anthemic sound that mixes folk, rock squalls, and accordians. Worth checking out on their MySpace page is "That Summer, At Home I Became an Inivisible Boy". Their record Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters (buy it), on Fat Cat, has a cover worthy of a dark Hefner EP, and they're on the road in the US now.

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