Hello fellow music lovers! It’s been a busy week since we last sat around a campfire and made each other friendship bracelets. Tonight I have the honor of attending the Kate Nash/Peggy Sue show and I am pumped beyond belief. I’m also getting prepped to DJ an after-party taking place this Friday in Chicago, celebrating the book reading of one Ms. Trish Bendix. If you’re in the area, drop by, say hello and get a drink for your DJ.
The Concretes — WYWH (Friendly Fire Recordings)
The top spot this week actually goes to a band I recently included in my Weekly Women to Listen to column. The Swedish pop disco sounds of The Concretes have been noticeably absent for a few years but they make up for lost time with this dreamy nod to the past. If you didn’t before, make sure you download their song, "Good Evening."
The Floacist — Floetic Soul (Shanachie)
I still remember first hearing Floetry on a compilation album that I got for free for spending too much money at Virgin Records about eight years ago. Now, ex-member Natalie Stewart is embarking on a solo journey and if you’re into wine, long walks on the beach, body oil and bubble baths this will be a perfect addition to your music collection.
Animal Prufrock — Congratulations; Thank You + I’m Sorry (Righteous Babe Records)
Yet another blast from my past, the Animal side of Bitch & Animal has put out her own new psychedelic folk album. As per usual, her sense of humor comes through in songs like, “Cosmic Tranny” and “Emotional Boner." For the classically-trained ear this might not be your favorite, but fans of the whimsical, you’re in luck.
Susan Boyle — The Gift (Simco/Sony Music)
The gift that keeps on giving is Susan Boyle. Her holiday album is sure to sell massively and while it will never rival the holiday jams of Mariah Carey, they’re pretty sweet in their own right.
Various Artists — Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute To Loretta Lynn (Sony Music)
Loretta Lynn is such a badass and she deserves to be celebrated by some of the best. This tribute album has gotten the likes of Paramore, Carrie Underwood, The White Stripes, Faith Hill and more together to pay tribute to a true country legend.
Mia Riddle — Ticonderoga (M Mandible Music)
Indie singer-songwriter Mia Riddle knows what it’s like to go through a bad breakup and these tunes take you on that roller-coaster ride right along side her. Grab her Daytrotter session for free.
Julia Stone — The Memory Machine (Nettwerk)
The debut solo album from the Australian folk singer is hauntingly pretty. Julia’s voice is other-worldly in a similar way to that of Joanna Newsom. Stream this gorgeous piece of work in its entirety over at Spinner.
Gregory and The Hawk — Leche (Fat Cat Records)
Singer-songwriter Meredith Godreau has put together a melancholic album worthy of fall-winter days. Many songs seem ominously foreboding as though you were walking into a dark cave and had only a set of matches, a nappy blanket and a box of Fiber One to keep you safe for a few days. Let’s hope we all get out of this alive.
Honorable Mentions: Alter Bridge (for metal fans), El Ten Eleven (for DFA 1979 fans), Bon Jovi, Dio, Cee Lo Green (this is awesome), Blake Shelton, Dave Matthews Band, Kid Kudi, Quincy Jones, 30 Seconds to Mars, Erk the Jerk, Conjure One, Electric Owls and Cradle of Filth.
That’s it for this week’s new releases! check back here tomorrow for Your Weekly Women to Listen to.