Are you ready for an indie rock party? We certainly hope so, because there’s a whole bunch of it hitting store shelves and torrent sites today. And by “indie rock” we mean “bands who probably moved to major labels a long time ago but are still identified as indie rock.” That, and the Foo Fighters. No illusions of indie cred there, but people still love them.
Let’s get to it, this is your Weekly Release for April 12, 2011.
TV On the Radio – Nine Types of Light
Indie fans rejoice, part one. TV On the Radio has a new album out today. The various members have been busy with side projects of their own over the past few years, everything from collaborating with Jane’s Addiction (Dave Sitek) to co-starring in decent if a bit overrated indie flicks with Anne Hathaway (Tunde Adebimpe). But lo and behold, they’ve put their busy lives on hold to make another album. Hooray!
Jason Isbell – Here We Rest
Since departing the almighty Drive By Truckers prior to 2008′s Brighter Than Creation’s Dark, Jason Isbell has been one busy fella. Here We Rest is his third solo album since 2007 (sort of, the last two have been recorded under the name “Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit”). As usual, it’s a damn good one.
Fans might have been heartbroken when he left the DBT, but their output (and his) since then makes it pretty clear that what seemed like an unspeakable tragedy at the time has turned out to be the best thing for everybody, especially the fans. Isbell has most definitely flourished on his own. Here’s hoping he gets the attention he so rightly deserves this time around.
Panda Bear – Tomboy
Indie fans rejoice, part two. If you have any hipster co-workers, don’t be surprised if they call in sick today, because there’s a new Panda Bear album in stores. For those unfamiliar, Panda Bear is a founding member of Animal Collective. If you still have no idea what we’re talking about, it’s not a big deal, but don’t expect to make it with any chicks who wear obnoxiously large glasses with no lenses anytime soon. Not being familiar with Animal Collective is akin to telling a tween you’ve never seen a Twilight movie.
Vivian Girls – Share The Joy
Do you enjoy barely audible vocals, muddled guitars and mopey chicks with epic bangs? If so, we have good news for you, because there’s a new Vivian Girls album out today! Aren’t these ladies due for a blogger backlash any second now? Or has it already happened? We don’t check out the internet much, so we have no idea.
Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
Nothing for indie fans to fawn over here, but stadium rock enthusiasts should be pretty damn excited. A new Foo Fighters album! This time around, Pat Smear has rejoined the party for the first time since their fantastic sophomore album The Colour and the Shape. That’s a good thing, because it sounds like the lineup change has put a little extra wind in the band’s sails. Their last few albums have been on the hit-or-miss side of things, but we’re happy to report that Wasting Light finds them back in fine form. No sleepy ballads to be found here. The Foos have come to rock this time around. Thank God (or hail Satan) for that.