New Music Tuesday: 1-17-2012


Happy Tuesday y’all! It’s gross outside here in Chicago but it’s not
going to stop me from going to Mini Bar. We’ve got a pretty
great variety of artists releasing music this week, so let’s get started!

Trailer Trash Tracys
Ester (Domino Recording)

The top spot this week is reserved for
the debut album from the experimental dream-pop quartet, Trailer Park
Tracys. Their dark, emotive songs really threw me for a loop based
solely on their name alone. I was expecting some rockabilly or dirty
punk rock. Instead, they take drum machines, bass lines, keyboards,
computerized sounds and layer them below singer Suzanne Aztoria’s soft and breathy
vocals – bringing a nervous, dark and somewhat mysterious overall vibe
to their songs. You can stream the album in its entirety over at The Guardian.

Jessie BaylinLittle Spark (Blonde Rat)

I was about to get all huffy and puffy
on Ms. Baylin for making me “like” her Facebook page in order to
preview her album. Then I noticed she was streaming the entire album at
her MySpace
and I was going to make fun of her for it. Well, I pressed
play and listened to the album opener, “Hurry Hurry,” and it’s
hard to throw shade in her direction with songs like these.  I’ll be happy to play her R&B-infused delicate indie pop on days I need a pick-me-up without the beat thumping.

Cate Le BonCyrk (self-released)

Le Bon’s voice comes across as much sophisticated as it does bored out of its mind. While this could be a turn-off to some, it is done with intent and actually sets the appropriate vibe for what she’s going for. With her songs, Cate has perfected the cold nonchalance of the ’60s. I’ve heard others try to channel Nico‘s legendary
unaffected but moody style; none have come as close as this though. You can stream her entire album at KCRW until January 24 and if you like what you
hear, you should also check out her recent Daytrotter session.

Seeker Lover Keeper
Seeker Lover Keeper (Spunk Records)

Well this is weird: I included these
three talented ladies in last week’s Weekly Women to Listen to column
and had no idea their album came out this week. What’s more confusing
is that I’m pretty sure this album came out in 2011, but I didn’t want
to miss mentioning their beautiful self-titled album. Sarah Blasko, Holly Throsby and Sally Seltmann are individually
incredible musicians who are each gifted songwriters. The trio decided
a collaboration might be fun, so they went ahead and got their
supergroup on. The result of their efforts shows how well they
intertwine; their chemistry is undeniable. Stream the album over at Spinner.

Girls Generation
The Boys
(S.M. Entertainment)

The K-Pop group has a whopping nine
members in it – which I can only imagine is a big spectacle during
their live shows. Their first U.S. release has a mixture of English and
Korean songs and, for the most part, they play well with each other. It
will be interesting to see how well this album does in the States and
I’m rooting for them! It’s kind of funny, this is one of the only K-Pop
albums on which the Korean songs aren’t distracting despite the language barrier.

Ani DiFranco
Which Side
Are You On?
(Righteous Babe Records)

I have a lot of mixed emotions when it
comes to Ani DiFranco. I feel as though her music is, in part, a
lesbian right of passage. The way she can weave a tale in her lyrics
and her guitar picking are just unbelievably great. At the best of
times, she reminds me of one of my straight BFFs from college who, to
this day, worships Ms. DiFranco and buys any magazine with mention of
her somewhere between the pages. At the worst of times, I think about
how she used to be involved with one of my exes. That’s right you guys — you are three lesbian degrees away from Ani.

So, which side am I on? I can’t say I gravitate towards this style of music anymore but I can understand its importance, particularly at this stage in American history. The kids occupying Wall Street or protesters for any basic human right could use the title track as their “Eye of the Tiger” to get pumped up before a fight.  Stream it all over at
Spinner. She’s offering a free download of the
title track below.

Kathleen Edwards
Voyageur (Zoe Records)

If you’re in the mood for some indie
folk rock, Kathleen’s songs are great for days you just need to
decompress and let things happen around you. Not all of her songs are
filled with melancholy but I wouldn’t put this on my party mix, unless
it was a pity party. If you’re awake for the late night shows, Kathleen
will be on David Letterman‘s show tonight! Stream the
entire album over at Spinner.

MENtions: Bombay Bicycle Club, Black Taxi, Anthony Green, Attack Attack!, The Big Pink, Expensive Looks, Herman Dune, The Life and
and Steve Aoki.

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