Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Free Album Streaming: New CDs from They Might Be Giants, Portugal. The Man, Shonen Knife, & More

Japanese female punk band Shonen Knife pays tribute to the Ramones with their new cover album, streaming for free this week.

Better late than never, here's a sampling of this week's new albums available for free online preview. It's a diverse bunch, including the new CD from Portugal. The Man; a fun set of Ramones covers by Shonen Knife; a live album by the female singers known as Mountain Man; and the latest efforts from They Might Be Giants, 311, and the Swedish pop band Little Dragon.

I'm especially enjoying "Osaka Ramones," the Shonen Knife covers CD, and the new one from Amy LaVere, who ventures beyond traditional singer-songwriter territory on her album "Stranger Me," which was produced by Craig Silvey, who worked on Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs." (Note: Amy LaVere is playing a free gig at the World Financial Center July 28th as part of the inaugural Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival, which also features the Taj Mahal Trio and the new band featuring Mike Farris, who was the frontman of Double Trouble and the Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies.

KCRW Album Preview: 
"In the Mountain In the Cloud" by Portugal. The Man (streaming through August 9)
"Come Back to Us" by Release the Sunbird (side project of Zach Rogue of Rogue Wave) (streaming through August 17)

AOL Music Listening Party: 
"Universal Pulse" by 311
"Top Contenders: The Best of Strung Out" by Strung Out
"Everything's Fine" by The Summer Set

NPR First Listen:
"Stranger Me" by Amy LaVere
"Ritual Union" by Little Dragon's Listening Party:
"Live at the Wiltern" by Mountain Man
"Join Us" by They Might Be Giants
"Lostboy" by Lostboy (Jim Kerr of Simple Minds)
"Osaka Ramones" by Shonen Knife
"WHATWAVE" by The Dead Trees
"Strong Killings" by Strong Killings
"Two-Way Mirror" by Crystal Antlers

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