Monday, June 25, 2012

Now Streaming: New CDs from Everest, Echo Lake, A Place to Bury Strangers, & More

There aren't a whole lot of new albums streaming online this week, but there are releases by some veteran artists and much-anticipated CDs by newer acts. Among the latter are albums by L.A.'s Everest (chosen by Neil Young to be one of his openers), British band Echo Lake, and New York's own A Place to Bury Strangers, as well as the quirky and captivating California singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop.

(Sadly, the drummer for Echo Lake, Pete Hayes, died last week, which is not only a devastating personal loss for the band but a huge professional setback for a band that was ramping up to tour in support of its debut album.)

A Place to Bury Strangers performing at a recent show in Newcastle.

A few veteran artists are back in the game with new releases, too: Everclear, They Might Be Giants, The Offspring, Blues Traveler, and Joe Jackson, whose new album contain his interpretations of classic Duke Ellington songs.

Also streaming is a star-studded tribute album to guitarist/singer/songwriter Rainer Ptacek, who died in 1997. I'm not familiar with his work, but this collection (which was originally released before he died) has contributions by a great collection of singer-songwriters including Evan Dando, Emmylou Harris, John Wesley Harding, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, and Chuck Prophet, as well as artists teaming up with Ptacek himself.

Dive in and enjoy!'s Listening Party:
"Wild Peace" by Echo Lake
"Ownerless" by Everest
"The House That Jack Built" by Jesca Hoop
"Invisible Stars" by Everclear
"Worship" by A Place to Bury Strangers
"Days Go By" by The Offspring
"No!" by They Might Be Giants
"The Tarnished Gold" by Beachwood Sparks
"The Duke" by Joe Jackson
"The Inner Flame: A Tribute to Rainer Ptacek" by various artists

AOL Music Listening Party: 
"Suzie Cracks the Whip" by Blues Traveler
"Mindy Smith" by Mindy Smith
"The Science of Making Choices" by Mieka Pauley
"Old Believers" by Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons

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