This Labor Day is a happy one indeed, with plenty of tasty, high-profile new albums up for streaming. One of the most anticipated is "Love This Giant," the collaboration between David Byrne and Annie Clark, the singer-songwriter-guitarist better known by her stage name, St. Vincent.
This latest musical odd couple doesn't sound quite as unusual as the Robert Plant/Alison Krauss collaboration, but I'll definitely be interested in hearing what these two have come up with in the studio. They're out on tour now, so if you like the album, by all means check them out live.
Video for "Girl in a Catsuit" by Dave Stewart, featuring Orianthi.
Also new this week: the latest solo albums by two veteran British artists, Mott the Hoople frontman Ian Hunter and Eurythmics member Dave Stewart; and brand-new collections by Two Door Cinema Club, The xx, Azure Ray, Jens Lekman, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Sheepdogs, and Black Mountain (the soundtrack for the post-apocalyptic film, "Year Zero").
And there's a new album by Tanita Tikaram, the British singer best known for the haunting 1980s hit "Twist in My Sobriety." She's back with her first new release in seven years.
You also get second chances to hear the new albums by Stars, Deerhoof, and the Avett Brothers.
Summer may be over, but that means the Fall crop of record releases is coming on strong. Happy listening, all.
NPR First Listen:
"Love This Giant" by David Byrne and Annie Clark
Spinner.com's Listening Party:
"When I'm President" by Ian Hunter
"The Ringmaster General" by Dave Stewart
"Year Zero: The Original Soundtrack" by Black Mountain
"Beacon" by Two Door Cinema Club
"As Above So Below" by Azure Ray
"The North" by Stars
"Breakup Song" by Deerhoof
"Bootlegs" by Sondre Lerche
"I Know What Love Isn't" by Jens Lekman
"The Sheepdogs" by The Sheepdogs
"Paperback Lover" by Karlie Bruce
"Rattle Them Bones" by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
AOL Music Listening Party:
"Magic" by Smash Mouth
"Sweat Like The Old Days" by Holy Ghost Tent Revival
"The Sky Road" by Jessie Kilguss & Radio Gold
"Can't Go Back" by Tanita Tikaram
KCRW Album Preview:
"The Carpenter" by the Avett Brothers
"Coexist" by The xx