Top Five New Albums of the Week: March 4th

1    THE MEN    Tomorrow’s Hits    Sacred Bones

This ramshackle Brooklyn group has come quite a long way since their 2010 debut Immaculada, a gut-punch of fast, hard-hitting hardcore punk. In the past four years, they’ve experimented with Crazy Horse -esque fuzz rock, acoustic jangle pop, and even twangy pedal steel. Their latest, Tomorrow’s Hits, experiments with explosive, grandiose rock n roll akin to Bruce Springsteen, even featuring some killer sax licks. This album is massive and downright triumphant, a fitting release for the ever-evolving Men.


 

2    REAL ESTATE    Atlas    Domino

Real Estate’s sombre follow-up to 2011′s Days is an absolute treat, a relaxing and contemplative exploration of reminiscence. Their previous releases, though equally reverb-coated, found the band at a decidedly more “chill” moment, a place of joyful and summery presence. Atlas, however, seems to be a reflection of what comes after, the teary-eyed but necessary reflection of those perfect days that came and went.

3    ST. VINCENT    St. Vincent    Loma Vista

St. Vincent has always been noodly and always will be noodly. The Berklee-educated guitar virtuoso has a serious knack for licks and riffs that seems to take over a song and become a long lasting ear worm. Her latest self-titled record, however, finds her experimenting like never before, transferring that spirit of riffage to vastly new instruments and forms. It’s a fascinating exploration of unlimited pop possibilities of the synth, opening St. Vincent up to a whole new plane of musical experimentation.

4    AXXA/ABRAXAS    Axxa/Abraxas    Captured Tracks

Psychedelic pop is never just what it seems. Axxa/Abraxas, the solo-project of North Carolina’s Ben Asbury, proves this right off the bat on his debut album’s kick-off song, a rather vast and meandering musical field that begins with a spacey, asymmetric tonal atmosphere, only to evolve into the album’s catchiest tune. These spacey and distorted songs are sure to get stuck in your head, but it’ll be an absolute treat.

 

5    BLACK LIPS    Underneath The Rainbow    Vice

The Black Lips’ latest record, a follow-up to 2011′s Arabia Mountain, seems to have come right  out of nowhere. Though these Atlanta weirdos certainly aren’t at their catchiest, a plane reached back in 2007 with Good Bad Not Evil, they’re still got it, whatever it may be. Underneath The Rainbow‘s second track “Smiling” is a poppy head-nodder if I’ve ever heard one, and from the Black Lips alone, I feel I’ve heard many. Don’t let their seemingly never-ending career put you off; The Black Lips latest is exactly what it should be, which is rather great.

- Ethan Hill

 

Top Five New Albums of the Week: February 25th

1    NATURAL CHILD    Dancin’ With Wolves    Burger

This follow-up to 2012′s Hard in Heaven has been a long time coming. At least it’s felt that way for me, a hopelessly devoted and childishly obsessed Natural Child fanboy. And goddamn if Dancin’ With Wolves is not every bit as groovy and hopped-up as you could hope for. From the angsty drunken twang of “Saturday Night Blues” to the downright Brazilian glow of the loungey “Bailando Con Lobos,” Dancin’ With Wolves is quite simply a pleasure. Who needs Kevin Costner when you’ve got Natty Chile?

2    TACOCAT    NVM    Hardly Art

These jangley palindrome and internet lovers are quite a bit more than meets the eyes and ears. Singing about everything from the surfy joy that can be your period to a quinciñera on acid, Tacocat seem to always find the perfect catchy melodies to fit their playful and distinct sense of humor. From overdriven riffage to playful lyrics about toxic shock syndrome, Tacocat have a distinct and endlessly enjoyable personality that the polished NVM showcases so well.

3    CHERRY GLAZRR    Haxel Princess    Burger  

There is something doubtlessly pretty and oddly spooky, it seems, about every song on Haxel Princess, Cherry Glazrr’s sophomore release on Burger records. Cherry Glazrr’s brand of guitar pop is uniquely unsettling, continuously shifting, and really really impressive. It’s impossible not to mention that these guys still have one more year left of high school. It’s certainly a part of their identity. But Haxel Princess is a seriously cool and great record regardless of any condescendingly “cute”  assumptions of age and talent. One thing’s for sure; these weirdos are here to stay.

4    ETERNAL SUMMERS    The Drop Beneath    Kanine

Equal parts shimmering and fuzzy, Virginia’s Eternal Summers are reminiscent of their good buds Bleeding Rainbow as well as a plethora of scuzzy ’90s guitar bands, all of which comparison with is purely flattering.


5    MICHAEL KIWANUKA    You’ve Got Nothing to Lose 7″    Third Man

Unfortunately for the clearly talented English soul singer Michael Kiwanuka, it’s quite impossible to mention a release like his on Third Man Records without talking about Jack White. Kiwanuka’s Richie Haven’s -esque spirited voice is undeniably sweet, reminiscent of the may rallying crys of singers of his musical ilk during the ’60s, but White’s production on both the A side single and the backing Townes Van Zandt cover is rich, spectacular, and absolutely necessary.

- Ethan Hill

Smith & Smith top the WESU Charts!


1. SMITH WESTERNS / Soft Will
2. CURT SMITH / Deceptively Heavy
3. DAFT PUNK / Random Access Memories
4. BOARDS OF CANADA / Tomorrow’s Harvest
5. CFCF / Music For Objects
6. ROBERT POLLARD / Honey Locust Honky Tonk
7. ALL TINY CREATURES / Dark Clock
8. SYNCHRONICE / Countdown – EP
9. JAMES ZOLLAR / It’s All Good People
10. GOLD TOP / “Uh Oh” [Single]
11. MOLLY VENTER AND EBEN PARISER / Goodnight Moonshine
12. ELLIS / Wherever You Are
13. BOZ SCAGGS / Memphis
14. TRAVIS BRETZER / Making Love – EP
15. OXYLICE / Signs (feat. Katie’s Ambition) – Single
16. SPEEDY ORTIZ / Major Arcana
17. JIM JAMES / Regions Of Light And Sound
18. BENNETT & BRUBECK / The White House Sessions
19. BUDDY MONDLOCK / The Memory Wall
20. ALICE GERRARD / Bittersweet
21. ROBOKOP / Therapy
22. BIG STAR / Nothing Can Hurt Me
23. ALEX BLEEKER AND THE FREAKS / How Far Away
24. VARIOUS ARTISTS / Verve Remixed: The First Ladies
25. YAMANTAKA / YT//ST
26. DOUGH ROLLERS / Little Lily
27. HOT CHIP / Dark And Stormy
28. PART TIME / PDA
29. BASS DRUM OF DEATH / Bass Drum Of Death
30. ROSE WINDOWS / The Sun Dogs

The Stepkids win the WESU Lottery!

(aka: What decade is this? Fleetwood Mac & ELO in the WESU top 30!)

WESU Top 30 for the week ending July 18, 2013:


1 STEPKIDS / “The Lottery” [Single]
2 BROTHER SUN / Some Part Of The Truth
3 SMITH WESTERNS / Soft Will
4 FLEETWOOD MAC / Extended Play
5 HOUNDS OF FINN / Gravity Pulls

6 CSS / Planta
7 SIMONE STEVENS / The Beautiful Old: Turn of the Century Songs
8 JAMES LEE STANLEY & JOHN BATDORF / All Wood and Stones
9 BETSE ELLIS / High Moon Order

10 GUIDED BY VOICES / English Little League
11 BEPPE GAMBETTA / The American Album
12 LONE BELLOW / The Lone Bellow
13 UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA / II
14 LAURA MVULA / Sing To The Moon
15 DEERHUNTER / Monomania

16 POKEY LAFARGE / Pokey LaFarge
17 BOZ SCAGGS / Memphis
18 CAROLINE DOCTOROW / Little Lovin’ Darling
19 BECK / “I Won’t Be Long” [Single]
20 KARYN OLIVER / Magdalene

21 ARI AND MIA / Land On Shore
22 GOGOL BORDELLO / “Maladrino” [Single]
23 ALEX BLEEKER AND THE FREAKS / How Far Away
24 RONNIE EARL AND THE BROADCASTERS / Just For Today
25 ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA / Live

26 VAMPIRE WEEKEND / Modern Vampires Of The City
27 HOT CHIP / Dark & Stormy
28 SHANE ALEXANDER / Meet Me in the Hurricane
29 BASS DRUM OF DEATH / Bass Drum Of Death
30 SHANNON & THE CLAMS / Dreams in the Rat House

WESU TOP 30 for week ending July 12, 2013:


1 AOIFE O’DONOVAN Fossils
2 TIM ISMAG Anthem – EP
3 BIG STAR Nothing Can Hurt Me
4 CHASER EIGHT Up And Up
5 BOB ANDY Love Is Sure – Single

6 STEEL WHEELS No More Rain
7 I-OCTANE Stay Above Crime – Single
8 GREGORY PEPPER & MADADAM Big Huge Truck
9 VARIOUS ARTISTS True Blue
10 BARRELHOUSE CHUCK & KIM WILSON’S BLUES ALL-STARS Driftin’ from Town to Town

11 THOMAS SNOW Friends
12 NOISITRON You [EP]
13 VARIOUS ARTISTS Decibels Riddim
14 THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS Nanobots
15 DIRT MONKEY Bussitup – EP

16 SHANNON MCNALLY Small Town Talk
17 BRIAN MCFADDEN The Irish Connection
18 RED TAIL RING The Heart’s Swift Foot
19 DAVID EGAN David Egan
20 ERWIN HELFLER Erwin Helfler Way

21 KARYN OLIVER Magdalene
22 GOLD TOP “Uh Oh” [Single]
23 JAMES COTTON Cotton Mouth Man
24 HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS An Omen
25 SWIM feel

26 ABOUT GROUP Between The Walls
27 DAUGHN GIBSON Me Moan
28 BRIAN IRVING Radiant Things
29 BOSNIAN RAINBOWS Bosnian Rainbow
30 DEADLY GENTLEMEN Roll Me, Tumble Me

WESU TOP 30 for week of July 4, 2013


1 HANS THEESSINK Wishing Well
2 BOARDS OF CANADA Tomorrow’s Harvest
3 BASS DRUM OF DEATH Bass Drum Of Death
4 STEPKIDS “The Lottery” [Single]
5 BREAKTHROUGH FREQUENCIES Temporary Limbs

6 EMILY HERRING Your Mistakes
7 RED TAIL RING The Heart’s Swift Foot
8 MOLLY VENTER AND EBEN PARISER Goodnight Moonshine
9 VINCENT CROSS A Town Called Normal
10 BEPPE GAMBETTA The American Album

11 NELL ROBINSON AND JIM NUNALLY House And Garden
12 DAVID FORD Charge
13 ROSENTHALS Fly Away
14 DARDEN SMITH Love Call
15 BLACK LILLIES Runaway Freeway Blues

16 GENE DUDLEY GROUP Saturday Shifting
17 STOLEN THYME Time Is Possibility
18 ROY BOOK BINDER The Good Book
19 OMAR “The Man” [Single]
20 MARK MULCAHY Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You

21 POST MODERN PANIC Lost In The Patterns
22 MANCHURIANS Big Rhythm
23 DUCKTAILS The Flower Lane Domino
24 IVAN ROSENBERG Oldies And Old Time
25 ROBYN HITCHCOCK Love From London

26 SALVIA PLATH The Bardo Story Weird World
27 MAPS Vicissitude Mute
28 HEAD FOR THE HILLS Blue Ruin Self-Released
29 BOSNIAN RAINBOWS Bosnian Rainbows Sargent House
30 BRIAN IRVING Radiant Things

David Ford Charges to the top of the WESU charts

THE WESU TOP 30 PLAYLIST FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 28, 2013

1    DAVID FORD    Charge
2    COPPER PONIES    Ring Them Bells
3    ADAM STEFFEY    New Primitive
4    DARDEN SMITH    Love Calling
5    BETSE ELLIS    High Moon Order


6    GOLD TOP    Uh Oh [Single]
7    THE MANCHURIANS    Big Rhythm
8    DEADLY GENTLEMEN    Roll Me, Tumble Me
9    VARIOUS ARTISTS    Woody at 100
10    SCHOOLBOY & JAMES EGBERT    The Silver Lining [Single]
11    PROTOHYPE    Jelly Roll
12    GENTICORUM    Enregistré Live
13    STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES (& DUCHESSES)    The Lost Highway
14    PROTOHYPE & PRIMA VOLTA    Bigger Than You and Me
15    STOLEN TIME    Time Is Possibility

16    JOHN BARTDORF & JAMES LEE STANLEY    All Wood And Stones II
17    SINGULARITY    Horizon
18    DOCTOR P    The Champagne
19    KARYN OLIVER    Magdalene
20    ROY BOOKBINDER    The Good Book

 


21    HOLLAN HOLMES    Phase Shift
22    PATTY GRIFFIN    American Kid
23    AOIFE O’DONOVAN    Fossils
24    FEMI KUTI    No Place For My Dream
25    BASS DRUM OF DEATH    Bass Drum Of Death

26    JAPANESE GIRLS    The Shark Week EP
27    SIGUR ROS    Kveikur
28    STRANGLERS    Giants
29    ROSE WINDOWS    The Sun Dogs
30    DAFT PUNK    Random Access Memories

Dead Can Dance on top of WESU Top 30

DEAD CAN DANCE

1. DEAD CAN DANCE In Concert
2. BEN FOLDS FIVE Live
3. GUIDED BY VOICES English Little League
4. LONELY ISLAND The Wack Album
5. VARIOUS ARTISTS Let Us In – Americana

ARI & MIA

6. ARI AND MIA Land On Shore
7. CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN La Costa Perdida
8. ROBERT WALTER’S 20TH CONGRESS Get Thy Bearings
9. KERBSIDE COLLECTION Mind the Curb
10. DAVID FORD Charge

BEATA PATER

11. BEATA PATER Red
12. DELBERT AND GLEN Blind, Crippled, And Crazy
13. DEERHUNTER Monomania
14. ANAMANAGUCHI Endless Fantasy
15. JAZZINVADERS FEATURING DR. LONNIE SMITH That’s What You Say!

THE NOMADS

16. THE NOMADS Loaded Deluxe – EP
17. GENE DUDLEY GROUP The Fawcett Negotiation – Single
18. BASEMENT FREAKS Funk From The Trunk
19. FEAST OF FIDDLES Rise Above it
20. HARD PROOF Dragon – Tere – Single

21. ROGUE’S GALLERY Son Of Rogue’s Gallery
22. BURNING BRIDGET CLEARY Pressed For Time
23. MURDER BY DEATH As You Wish: Kickstarter Covers
24. JOHN BATDORF & JAMES LEE STANLEY All Wood and Stones II
25. JOSEPH ARTHUR The Ballad Of Boogie Christ

ANNIE KOZUCH

26. ANNIE KOZUCH Mostly Jobim
27. BETSE ELLIS High Moon Order
28. PUTNAM SMITH Kitchen, Love…
29. URSULA GEORGE One Steady Roll
30. BOSQ OF WHISKEY BARONS Movin’ On / Keep Movin’ – Single

Love from Canada & London in this week’s WESU Top 30

1 Boards of Canada Tomorrow’s Harvest
2 Paul Kelly Spring And Fall
3 Robyn Hitchcock Love From London
4 Laura Cortese Into the Dark
5 Melissa Greener Transistor Corazon


6 The Civil Wars The One That Got Away
7 David Francey So Say We All
8 Alexander Starr No Hype Just Hope
9 Emily Bear Diversity
10 Jeremy Pelt Water and Earth


11 Must Die Water Temple [Single]
12 Syndaesia Break A Leg
13 Le1f Fly Zone
14 Hannalee Morchella
15 David Ford Charge

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16 The Bevis Frond White Numbers
17 Noisitron You
18 Talib Kweli Prisoner of Conscious
19 Burning Bridget Cleary Pressed for Time
20 David Bowie The Next Day


21 Airhead For Years
22 Buddy Mondlock The Memory Wall
23 Lou DeAdder Riding a Bicycle
24 Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge Twelve Reasons To Die
25 Putnam Smith kitchen, love


26 Ugly Heroes Ugly Heroes
27 Tantrum Desire Guided Rhythm [Single]
28 Todd Rundgren State
29 Ari & Mia Land on Shore
30 Gensu Dean & Planet Asia Abrasions

WESU TOP 30 for the week of June 7, 2013

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1 RUTH MOODY These Wilder Things
2 ROBYN HITCHCOCK Love From London
3 PETER HOLMES Nice Try, The Devil
4 PUTNAM SMITH kitchen, love
5 STEEL WHEELS No More Rain

 

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6 BIG STAR Nothing Can Hurt Me
7 ALEXANDER STARR No Hype Just Hope
8 TOMMY KEENE & R. WALT VINCENT Nowhere’s Near [single]
9 BOXCAR LILIES Sugar Shack
10 MOORS & MCCUMBER Against the Grain

 

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11 THE BEVIS FROND White Numbers
12 DELLA MAE This World Oft Can Be Rounder
13 WOODY GUTHRIE AT 100! LIVE AT THE KENNEDY CENTER Various Artists
14 PHARIS AND JASON ROMERO Long Gone Out West Blues
15 TOI She’s My heart

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16 MILK CARTON KIDS The Ash & Clay
17 CHRIS VALLILLO The Last Day Of Winter
18 BUDDY MONDLOCK The Memory Wall Sparking Gap
19 GUY VILLARI Unchained Meldoy
20 SPACE MOUNTAIN Ferry Lane

 

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21 NOAMI GREENWALD Composite
22 GENE ESS Fractal Attraction
23 TODD RUNDGREN State
24 DAVID FORD Charge
25 RENEE’ YOXON & MARK FERGUSON HERE WE GO AGAIN

 

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26 DEERHUNTER Monomania
27 THOM CHACON Thom Chacon
28 DAVID BOWIE The Next Day
29 QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Like Clockwork
30 UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA II