Good afternoon everyone and a very fine New Music Tuesday to you all. I don’t want you to be jealous of me (yes I do) but I was lucky enough to be front and center for the Girl in A Coma/Sia show this weekend and to say that it was amazing would be like saying Helen Mirren has aged fairly well. But enough about me and my interviewing Hunter Valentine for ya’ll yesterday – on to the music.
Melissa Etheridge – Fearless Love (Island Records)
Melissa had to be in the top spot today mostly because I fear the wrath of thousands of lesbians scorned. The first single, “Fearless Love”, is classically polished Etheridge. Since this album was made during a tumultuous time in her relationship with soon-to-be ex-wife Tammy Lynn Michaels, I can only guess this will be another go-to album to have on hand for breakup season.
The Mynabirds – What We Lose In The Fire We Gain In The Flood (Saddle Creek)
I’m not sure what it is about the glorious metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska but within the last ten years they’ve been cranking out some great music. Laura Burhenn and Co. are following in the footsteps of Jenny Lewis, Tilly & The Wall and Bright Eyes and have crafted a beautiful album drenched with a 60’s sound.
Hole – Nobody’s Daughter (Island Def Jam)
I mean, it’s Courtney Love, do I really need to say anything else?
Emily Jane White – Victorian America (Milan Records)
I can’t seem to find any snippets from Emily’s newest album, but her 2007 debut is being streamed in its entirety over at Spinner.com. If this latest release is anything like Dark Undercoat it will be filled with haunting string arrangements and understated vocals all in a neat indie-folk package.
Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record (Arts & Crafts)
If you went to Canada and were able to round up some of the most talented individuals, lock them in a room filled with maple syrup, the hockey channel on demand, some Canadian whiskey and threw in some instruments – you would get Broken Social Scene. It’s a powerhouse of indie-pop including the voices of Leslie Feist (Feist) and Emily Haines (Metric). The group is testosterone heavy but they’re a lot of fun to listen to.
Honorable Mentions: Girl In A Coma is putting out their third release of covers this week, The Boy Least Likely To, Gogol Bordello, Two Door Cinema Club, Walter Schreifels, The Juan MacLean and Nathaniel Rateliff.
What did I miss, my beautiful readers?