Out This Week 2/7

By JIM BECKMANN | Published: FEBRUARY 7, 2012

Mark Lanegan’s Blues Funeral comes out today, and if you couldn’t tell how excited we were to feature an exclusive album preview this past week and you somehow thrilled we were to host the Mark Lanegan Band live this morning from the Cutting Room Studios in NYC, go back and listen to the performance again later today on our Live Performances Archive and you can practically hear John Richards’ head explode when Mark calls him “bro.” Awesome. Though Mark Lanegan lives in sunnier southern climes now, he’s definitely a legend of Northwest music history, and the new album, his first in nearly seven years, marks the next stage on his continuing path. On it, Lanegan explores a wider array of instrumentation, opting at times even for electronic drum beats and swirling synths. Through it all, though, he never fails to rock out and it’s a dark an album as you’d expect. Blues Funeral is a must-buy this week for longtime fans and really just about anyone.

Also out this week is the latest from Sharon Van Etten, who follows up her eye-opening 2010 album, epic, with a fuller, more rock-oriented sound on Tramp. Recorded and produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner, Tramp is, according to our Music Director, Don Yates, a “poignant set of brooding folk-pop highlighted by her melancholy, beautifully crafted lyrics, mournful melodies and gorgeous, elastic vocals.” While there’s no doubt that Van Etten can easily carry an entire album with her own rich voice, she’s joined by a healthy handful of guests to liven up the record, including Zach Condon (Beirut), Bryce Dessner (The National), Matt Barrick (The Walkmen), Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) and Julianna Barwick. Tramp is finally bringing this uniquely talented artist to more and more listeners.

Longtime KEXP favorite Chuck Prophet‘s twelfth album is, according to the Bay Area rock veteran himself, “made in San Francisco, by San Franciscans about San Francisco.” For more roots flavored rock, try the latest from Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog, who are always good for a rollicking ride. The new album is “a more raw and live take on their genial psych-pop, with comparatively more stripped-down arrangements propelled by loud guitars and pounding rhythms, though the band’s warm harmonies and bright melodies still shine through.”

There are almost too many other great new albums to list. NY noise connoisseurs A Place To Bury Strangers have a great new EP; French band Air script a soundtrack to the classic 1902 Georges Méliès film, Le Voyage Dans La Lune (A Trip To The Moon); everyone’s favorite Scottish mopers The Twilight Sad pump harder beats and an overall tighter sound into their third release; and the questionably named but undeniably lush London-based group Trailer Trash Tracys offer a stellar debut. You’ll also find, finally, the new LP from The Duke Spirit, which we’ve been playing here a bit, a great live album from rock career marathonists and seminal British post-punkers Wire, an ambitious and adventurous album of psych pop from of Montreal, and the latest from Brooklyn beatmaker Mux Mool.

Get all of these and the new album from Seattle songwriter Robert Deeble in stores today!


Air – Seven Stars (ft. Victoria Legrand)
from Le Voyage Dans La Lune on Astralwerks

A Place To Bury Strangers – So Far Away (MP3)
from Onwards to the Wall EP on Dead Oceans

Bahamas – album preview
from Barchords on Brushfire Records

Big Sir – Ready On The Line (MP3)
from Before Gardens After Gardens on Rodriguez Lopez Productions/Sargent House

Blondes – Wine
from Blondes on RVNG Intl.

Capybara – Late Night Bikes (MP3)
from Dave Drusky on The Record Machine

Dada Trash Collage – Migraine (MP3)
from Fun Fund EP (self-released)

Robert Deeble – Undertow (MP3)
from Heart Like Feathers on Mind Bomb Publishing / Dead Letter Records

Dirty Ghosts – Shout It In
from Metal Moon on Last Gang Records

Dr. Dog – That Old Back Hole
from Be The Void on Anti- Records

Drunken Prayer – Always Sad (MP3)
from Into the Missionfield on Fluff & Gravy Records

The Duke Spirit – Procession (MP3)
from Bruiser on Shangri-La

Elliott BROOD – Northern Air (MP3)
from Days into Years on Paper Bag Records

Fredrik – Fever and Foam (MP3)
from Ornament on The Kora Records

Liz Green – Hey Joe (MP3)
from O, Devotion! on [PIAS] America

Francis Harris – Pharoah In the Morning (MP3)
from Leland on Scissor & Thread

Ben Kweller – Head & Tails
from Go Fly A Kite on The Noise Company

Mark Lanegan Band – The Gravedigger’s Song
from Blues Funeral on 4AD

Lightouts – The Official Ironman Rally Song (Guided By Voices cover) (MP3)
from The Cure For Shyness EP on PUSH Productions