Great, Now I'm Broke....

Wow, what a week for indie-rock! In addition to strong new albums from Andrew Bird, Modest Mouse, and Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, this week also saw releases from LCD Soundsystem, Low, and Panda Bear, easily adding up to the year’s most prolific date for new music thus far. If your wallet isn’t a lot lighter at the moment then I don’t know what the hell you’re waiting for. Run, don’t walk, to your local mp3 downloading website and pick up a few digital files fer cryin’ out loud!

Panda Bear - Person Pitch

This is the one that all the indie-kids are raving about. Panda Bear is the moniker for Noah Lennox, song-writer/drummer/whatever in Animal Collective. This album reminds us of his more established band in its experimental nature, yet certainly adds quite a bit more in the way of pop-sounds. There is an immediate and obvious Beach Boys influence in the harmonious singing/chanting, but also has plenty of the freakishly wild folk, violently schizo-rhythmic percussion, and anything-goes sound effects of his primary band. Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive across the blogging community, and Stylus reviews it here, Tiny Mix Tapes here.

MP3 :: Comfy in Nautica
Panda Bear’s myspace

LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver

James Murphy, the man behind LCD Soundsystem, dropped his second record this week. Pitchfork is eating it up, but Coke Machine Glow is spitting it back out. Tough call, as I usually trust both. Either way, Murphy’s brand of New York dance-rock melds countless influences into something, well, not necessarily completely unique, but certainly worth listening to and drawing your own conclusion. I need a little more time with this record before figuring it out, but, so far, so good.

MP3 :: All My Friends
Visit LCD Soundsystem’s website

Low - Drums & Guns

Low returns to its slow-core roots with Drums & Guns, abandoning the slightly more upbeat indie-pop of 2005’s The Great Destroyer. Once again, Low was produced by venerable indie super-producer David Friddmann and released via Sub Pop. Pitchfork is liking it, and again Coke Machine Glow is not quite as gushing.

MP3 :: Breaker
Low’s Sup Pop website

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