Sunday, February 10, 2013

February's hit list, part 1

As I was saying last week, I think 2013 has had a pretty great start with some awesome new singles and albums. We've already highlighted killer tracks by My Bloody Valentine, The Knife, Factory Floor and Foxygen in previous posts. Here are five more tracks to support the theory that the number 13 might turn out to be lucky for new music:

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Jubilee Street

"Push The Sky Away", the 15th studio album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds is currently streaming here and there and sounds very good indeed. The official release date is February 18th and here is the excellent, John Hillcoat directed video for "Jubilee Street" featuring Ray Winstone, one of Nick Cave's favorite actors:

Yo La Tengo - Ohm

"Fade", Yo La Tengo's 13th album, was one of the most played records in C.M.C.'s headquarters during January. Listen here to "Ohm", the track that opens impressively the new album and is yet another addition to a really long list of excellent songs we've got from Hoboken, New Jersey's finest in the last 28 years:

Veronica Falls - Teenage

The second Veronica Falls' album, "Waiting For Something To Happen", was just released this week and all I can say right now is that it sounds even greater than their awesome debut (one of our Top 20 LPs of 2011). More about them soon - meanwhile here's the video for their new single "Teenage":

The History Of Apple Pie - See You

On the same mid-80's, early '90s jangly guitar trip as Veronica Falls but not as accomplished just yet. After releasing a handful of very promising singles, it's time for The History Of Apple Pie to give us their debut album; "Out Of View" came out at the end of January and it certainly delivers on that early promise. "See You" is the London five-piece's latest single, included in the album along with their previous three, now sold-out, 7inch releases ("You’re So Cool", "Do It Wrong" and personal favorite "Mallory"):

Parquet Courts - Stoned and Starving

Parquet Courts’ debut LP "Light Up Gold" got a limited release of 500 vinyl copies last year on their own label, Dull Tools. The album just got re-released and it’s bound to find a wider audience in 2013 thanks to its intoxicating garage punk ditties, somewhere between "Slanted" era Pavement and early Strokes.

More early '13 hits soon...

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