“Five Freshies” is a weekly column highlighting a handful of new albums added to the vaunted New Music Shelf here at KBUT Community Radio. Expect to hear these releases featured prominently on the airwaves in the coming weeks.
Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else – (Rock)
Terrific, visceral, hook-filled punk songs with an urgent immediacy, a quick pulse, pounding drums, and lyrics and vocals that reflect the mundane despair of everyday life in the Rust Belt or wherever the hell else you’re from.
The Jones Family Singers – The Spirit Speaks – (Gospel/Soul)
8 piece family gospel group creates stellar uptempo gospel with time-honored harmonies and plenty of soul and funk influence. Regardless of your religious affiliations or lack thereof, anyone can appreciate the soul and sweat that goes into these songs.
Phish – We’re In The Dark – (Rock Jammy Jams)
Everyone’s favorite cover band presents a live concert recording where they cover the Dead’s In The Dark by playing nothing but home appliances. It was so epic, but unfortunately you had to be there (the light show was sweet!). The deluxe-edition release comes with a special collector’s item: a new Dyson vacuum hand-signed and numbered by drummer Jon Fishman.
Thievery Corporation – Saudade – (World)
D.C.’s powerhouse electro-lounge duo return to their roots with a release entirely devoted to their first shared love: Brazilian bossa nova. It’s much more warm, organic and vintage in sound than what they’ve become known for.
Various Artists – James Murphy’s “Losing My Edge” Compendium – (Compilation)
A compilation of every good song ever done by anybody. Different discs include: every great song by the Beach Boys, all the underground hits, all the Modern Lovers tracks, every Niagra record on German import, a collection of white labels of every seminal Detroit techno hit (from ’85, ’86, ’87), a compilation of every good ’60s cut and another box set from the 70’s.
– Grant McFarren, April 1, 2014