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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 8, 2017.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.  As our staff post reviews of these albums, links will appear below the art work so that you can read about the release, see how we scored it, and more.


Featured Release: The National – “Sleep Well Beast”

Sleep Well Beast

Genre: Indie-Rock/Post-Punk/Alternative // Label: 4AD

Background:

At this stage in their career, The National are established leaders in their scene.  They have yet to produce an album that was not critically well-received, and they boast an array of masterpieces to their name: particularly Alligator, Boxer, and High Violet.  With Sleep Well Beast, we see them on the verge of continuing their trend of excellence, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.  Introducing a few new wrinkles to their sound, like the vibrant electric guitars in “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness”, only serves to whet the appetite of an already hungry fanbase.  So at this point the only thing to really say about this is that it’s The National; they are in and of themselves their most boastful asset.  Here’s to another incredible outing by one of indie-rock’s most consistently flooring artists.

Listen to “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness” below:


– Full List of Releases: September 8, 2017 –

Antisocialites

Alvvays: Antisocialites
Genre: Indie Pop/Rock // Label: Polyvinyl Records

Stream Antisocialites here.

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 Lovers

Anna Of The North: Lovers
Genre: Dream-Pop // Label: Honeymoon

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Will To Power

Arch Enemy: Will To Power
Genre: Melodic Death Metal // Label: Century Media

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From Fields Of Fire

Argus: From Fields of Fire
Genre: Heavy Metal/Doom Metal // Label: Cruz Del Sur

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Second Of Spring (2xLP)

Beaches: Second Of Spring
Genre: Rock/Pop // Label: Chapter Music

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Fear/Nothing

Belle Game: Fear/Nothing
Genre: Rock/Pop // Label: Arts & Crafts

Stream Fear/Nothing here.

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Left Hand Pass

Cannabis Corpse: Left Hand Pass
Genre: Death Metal // Label: Season of Mist

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Light Information (Includes Download)

Chad VanGaalen: Light Information
Genre: Folk/Indie-Rock // Label: Sub Pop Records

Stream Light Information here.

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Outsider

Comeback Kid: Outsider
Genre: Hardcore/Punk // Label: Nuclear Blast

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We're Not Going Anywhere

David Ramirez: We’re Not Going Anywhere
Genre: Country // Label: Sweetworld

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Outrage! Is Now

Death From Above: Outrage!
Genre: Noise Rock/Post-Punk/Indie-Rock // Label: Warner Bros.

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Mountain Moves

Deerhoof: Mountain Moves
Genre: Psychedelic/Experimental/Indie-Rock // Label: Joyful Noise Recordings

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How Did I Find Myself Here?

The Dream Syndicate: How Did I Find Myself Here?
Genre: Psychedelic/Alternative Rock/Post-Punk // Label: Anti/Epitaph

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YU YI

Erin McCarley: YU YĪ
Genre: Pop-Rock // Label: Erin McCarley

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Faith Healer'Try ;-)' (album stream)

Faith Healer: Try 😉
Genre: Indie-Rock // Label: Mint Records

Stream Try 😉  here.

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Red Goes Grey

Fires: Red Goes Grey
Genre: Rock/Pop // Label: Metropolis Records

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Southern Blood

Gregg Allman: Southern Blood
Genre: Rock/Blues // Label: Rounder

Stream Southern Blood here.

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All The Light Above It Too

Jack Johnson: All The Light Above It Too
Genre: Folk/Pop-Rock // Label: Republic

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The Wrong Guy

Julie Doiron & The Wrong Guys: Julie Doiron & The Wrong Guys
Genre: Alternative Rock // Label: Acuarela

Stream Julie Doiron & The Wrong Guys here.

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L.A. Witch (Translucent Pink Vinyl)

L.A. Witch: L.A. Witch
Genre: Alternative Rock/Garage // Label: Suicide Squeeze Records

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Wash & Set [Explicit]

Leikeli47: Wash & Set
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap // Label: Hardcover/RCA Records

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Shade

Living Colour: Shade
Genre: Hard Rock/Funk // Label: MRI

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Love What Survives

Mount Kimbie: Love What Survives
Genre: Electronic/Downtempo/Dubstep // Label: Warp Records

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Play Dead

MUTEMATH: Play Dead
Genre: Alternative Rock/Blues/Electronic // Label: Wojtek

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Sleep Well Beast

The National: Sleep Well Beast
Genre: Indie-Rock/Post-Punk/Alternative // Label: 4AD

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Hitchhiker

Neil Young: Hitchhiker
Genre: Rock/Folk/Country // Label: Reprise

Stream Hitchhiker here.

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Parallels

Nosaj Thing: Parallels
Genre: Electronic/Psychedelic/Trip-Hop // Label: Innovative Leisure

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New Beginnings

Radio Moscow: New Beginnings
Genre: Psychedelic/Blues/Stoner Rock // Label: Century Media

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Half-Light

Rostam: Half-Light
Genre: Indie-Rock/Alternative // Label: Nonesuch

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Undone

Sean McConnell: Undone
Genre: Folk/Pop // Label: CD Baby

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Hippopotamus

Sparks: Hippopotamus
Genre: Pop-Rock/Experimental/Electronic // Label: BMG Rights Management

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Only Death Is Real

Stray From The Path: Only Death Is Real
Genre: Metalcore/Hardcore/Nu-Metal // Label: Sumerian Records

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The Hanged Man

Ted Leo: The Hanged Man
Genre: Rock/Pop // Label: SuperEgo Records

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Legends of the Shires

Threshold: Legends Of The Shires
Genre: Progressive Metal // Label: Nuclear Blast

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The Lower Side of Uptown

Toadies: The Lower Side Of Uptown
Genre: Alternative Rock/Grunge // Label: Kirtland Records

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The Source

Tony Allen: The Source
Genre: Jazz // Label: Blue Note

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Native Invader [Deluxe Edition]

Tori Amos: Native Invader
Genre: Alternative Rock/Pop Rock // Label: Decca

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Carpe Diem

Walter TV: Carpe Diem
Genre: Psychedelic/Indie-Rock // Label: Captured Tracks

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Closer

Wild Cub: Closer
Genre: Indie-Folk // Label: Mom & Pop Music

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Okovi

Zola Jesus: Okovi
Genre: Gothic/Classical/Industrial // Label: Sacred Bones Records

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SowingSeason
09.04.17
The National all week for me.

Xenorazr
09.04.17
I'll consider doing a Threshold review, depends how things go between Irma and whether the album will maintain my interest.

butcherboy
09.04.17
fun fact - i went on one disastrous date with julie dorion once when she toured through canadia..

Aerisavion
09.04.17
Your fun fact tied with the album title 'Julie Doiron & The Wrong Guys' has resulted in some horrible irony.

butcherboy
09.04.17
yea, i play the klezmer trombone on some of the tracks on this album.. our working title for the band was Julie Doiron and the Sea of Bad Cock..

DoofusWainwright
09.04.17
The National dominates this week, I'm predicting it'll end up my AOTY.

Some other low key interesting things elsewhere...Chad VanGaalen, Deefhoof, (old material) Neil Young, Mount Kimbie...might check the Toadies as they sound 90s :/

butcherboy
09.04.17
toadies had a couple very decent tracks in the 90's.. workman band..

The National and Mount Kimbie for me.. i need to listen to Beast more, it was underwhelming on first listen.. are you going to write it up, Doof?

Aerisavion
09.04.17
'Julie Doiron and the Sea of Bad Cock'

Fucking fantastic.

DoofusWainwright
09.04.17
butcher - I might write up The National, it'll be one of those cases it'll either write itself in my head as I listen with little need for much effort beyond that...or I'll skip it

Sniff
09.04.17
Genre: Hard Rock/Funk/Black Metal

- I'll pass thank you

UniqueUniverse
09.04.17
Now, this is what I call a fruitful week.

someguest
09.04.17
"Genre: Hard Rock/Funk/Black Metal

- I'll pass thank you"

Lol. Look closer at the band name, Sniff.

Toondude10
09.04.17
new Nothing But Thieves is also out this week. That Threshold album art looks interesting.

Willie
09.04.17
--"Genre: Hard Rock/Funk/Black Metal

- I'll pass thank you"

Lol. Look closer at the band name, Sniff.--

Ha ha. Nice one Sowing.

Divaman
09.04.17
Might review either Zola Jesus or Mutemath. Anyone else looking at reviewing one of those?

theBoneyKing
09.04.17
Absolutely stoked for The National, of course. I'll also give the David Ramirez a peep (s/o to zak for pointing him out to me)

SowingSeason
09.04.17
I must be missing something. Did I accidentally do something funny?

Willie
09.04.17
Seriously?

brainmelter
09.04.17
yeah living colour is black metal lolo
those are the genre tags for it on this site ironically

Willie
09.04.17
Look at the genre tags and watch this video of the band... see the issue?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xxgRUyzgs0

SowingSeason
09.04.17
Oh wow haha. I pretty much abide by the genre tags here because they're more accurate (amazon and itunes umbrella term everything) and readily available than on other sites, and I don't know every band. Thanks for pointing it out because it's definitely silly (will correct when I get a moment).

Willie
09.04.17
Ha ha. I use the site genre tags, too, when I don't know what a band plays. Anyway, I've deleted the genre from the Living Colour page.

theBoneyKing
09.05.17
Sowing you could always use RYM's tags too; imo they're generally more accurate than the ones here and have more people to verify them anyways.

AngryJohnny
09.05.17
The week we've all been waiting for

RedRightHand
09.07.17
/puts on flame resistant suit.
The National are awful and boring dad rock.

cor22222
09.07.17
Crazy week, Death from Above, Arch Enemy, Living Colour, live album from Alter Bridge, Nothing but Thieves :D I wait for this to long

Dewinged
09.13.17
What a week. Zola Jesus, Threshold, Mutemath (even if it sucked).

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