Listening Posts: Autumn Preview


September has arrived shaking off the cobwebs of popular music after the quieter summer period. It promises to be as loaded of new and interesting releases as usual. The normal listening post destinations are this week fuming with preview streamings of some of the highest profile albums of the new season. This is our recap of the most interesting ones. Most of them are up for a limited time only, so if you got some time to spare just go, listen and enjoy.

Among all of them, is MySpace the site that has our most awaited record on offer: ‘Grinderman 2’, the second instalment of the Nick Cave & Bad Seeds spin-off project, in which the veteran musicians go and swim in drone, prog and psychedelic waters shaping up another excellent opus. MySpace this week also boasts streams of the new albums by Weezer, named after the character from the ‘Lost’ series ‘Hurley’ and a self-titled effort by Interpol.

However there are currently many other choices…

British newspaper The Guardian got the preview of the second EP in the trilogy of ‘Body Parts’ that Swedish pop star Robyn has scheduled for 2010. The excellent second instalment includes surefire hits such as ‘Hang With Me’ and the duet with Snoop Dogg ‘U Should Know Better’.

And the infectious new álbum by Canary Islands global alchemist El Guincho, ‘Pop Negro’, is also being previewed at the Young Turks’ soundcloud page. Arriving right on time to make us spend the last days of summer in contagious style.

Also featuring El Guincho as well as tracks from highly anticipated new works by ‘ Javiera Mena; Cecid Bastida; Calle 13; Aias’..etc. Music Remezcla has a sneak preview of some of the albums that will be rocking the Spanish speaking world this autumn.

Norwegian electronic duo Röyksopp have readied an instrumental companion for their latest album ‘Junior’ called ‘ Senior’. The disturbing ‘The Drugs’ is the record’s first single. The whole of ‘Senior’ is now being streamed at Hype Machine.

Brit electronica newcomer Gold Panda is also offering a first listening to his accomplished debum ‘Lucky Shiner’; Elsewhere in the net, Merge records has got The Extra Lens – the project of The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle next to The Human Hearts’ Franklin Bruno- ‘ ‘Undercard’

And last, but not least, US online radio station NPR re-establish itself as the premium destination for record previews with a bonanza of 14 carefully chosen new releases in their ‘ ‘First Listen section’’. From the new veteran dream-pop trio Blonde Redhead ‘Penny Sparkle’ to the 80-s retro funk of Chromeo’s third offering ‘Business Casual’; going through an eclectic selection that features the new project by Swedish acoustic folk-pop act José Gonzalez called Junip; The return after a decade of absence of grunge greats Superchunk with ‘Majestic Shredding’; More psychedelic lunacy from Athens, Georgia’s Of Montreal and their ‘False Priest’ and the latest works by Robert Plant; Mavis Staples –produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy-; Steve Reich; Black Milk; etc…

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