Smile Politely

Some indie classics come home to roost

Soooo…tell me about your new releases

After several weeks of very few big name new releases coming out, it’s once again time to wander down to the local record store on Tuesday to pick up several albums.This week sees the almost full length new release from Modest Mouse (although the LP release of this isn’t due until Jeff’s birthday on August 18th…stupid major labels). No One’s First, and You’re Next is the first release from Isaac Brock and co. in over two years and still features Smiths’ legend Johnny Marr on nearly every track.

We are also anticipating the release of two solo debuts from a couple of your favorite band leaders. First up we have Interpol lead singer Paul Banks. Don’t dare looking for it under that name though as he has a new alter ego for his solo work: Julian Plenty. Not quite as dark as Interpol in many ways, fans of the group will certainly be happy with this they also haven’t released anything in over two years either.

Continuing in the spirit of releasing music under confusing pseudonyms, My Morning Jacket front man Jim James releases his heartfelt and haunting tribute to the late great George Harrison under the name Yim Yames this week. Recorded in 2001 just days after Harrison’s passing, Tribute To really is fantastic and hopefully will bring even more attention to the late Dark Horse’s incredible solo work.

Poor George was always so under appreciated in our book here at Exile. If you haven’t heard his triple LP opus All Things Must Pass from 1970, then you are missing out on probably the best solo album by any of the Beatles…sorry Ringo.

Other new arrivals of note include the latest from YACHT (current DFA Records darlings and someone we can’t wait to see at the Pygmalion Music Festival this year), the debut album from Hank Williams III’s metal/thrash act Assjack (as seen at the Canopy Club), Ninja Tune electro beatheads Yppah, Chicago’s Fruit Bats, and a Sigur Ros side-project entitled Riceboy Sleeps by Jonsi & Alex. As if that wasn’t enough, Exile also has Ultimate Diabolical, a must have compilation from the one and only Biz Markie.

Also, don’t forget Exile gets in brand spanking new LPs every single week. This week, look for re-issues from Oasis, the latest from Jay Reatard (CD not available until August 18th …stupid indie labels), Iggy Pop live from 1977 featuring David Bowie, and most of the other new releases mentioned earlier among others. Thanks for supporting local businesses everybody!

What the hell were they listening to anyway?

Jeff: 24 Carat Black – Gone: The Promise of Yesterday, Bibio – Ambivalence Avenue

Amelia: God Help the Girl – God Help the Girl, Stellastarr* – Civilized

Mike: Patterson Hood – Murdering Oscar, We Landed On the Moon! – These Little Wars

Tim: Bill Callahan – Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle, Jack Oblivian – Saturday Night Part 2

Jordan: Deerhunter – Rainwater Cassette Exchange, JJ – JJ No. 2

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