Um, You Guys, Dawes Released A New Album Today

Cancel all your plans. We’re All Gonna Die will be the best thing you hear all day. Because, Dawes.

Jim Farber of The Observer has a nice review here.


Local Natives: Sunlit Youth

Local Natives has been disappointing since their very good 2010 debut, Gorilla Manor. There was an unpredictability in that album that I loved. Singles like “Airplanes” bounced along on rhythmic piano chords and employed surprising percussion sections at the same time. It was really good.

Sunlit Youth, out today on Loma Vista (their first two albums were released by Frenchkiss), is good. The production is more dense; synthesizers and percussion tracks are ramped up a touch, but they don’t weigh the album down. Vocally, it’s still really interesting.

Verdict: keeper.

The Avett Brothers, Drowners, And Broods: Your June 24th New Release Mixtape

Here are 13 tracks from albums released today, June 24th. Pay particular attention to The Avett Brothers and Broods. You can play the mixtape on our YouTube page or click the embedded player below.

Have a safe weekend!

“True Sadness” by The Avett Brothers from True Sadness on Republic (Phantogram). A little bit more jaunty than I’ve come to expect from these bearded Americana pioneers. It’s a lovely chorus.

“Kid Who Stays In The Picture” by Hot Hot Heat from Hot Hot Heat on Kaw-Liga Records. Canadian veterans of Sub Pop are back after what feels like forever with a sneering post punk anthem.

“Tomorrow Crashes” by The Dead Ships from Citycide on Nevado Music. A three-piece rock band from LA. A little throaty.

“Starting Again” by Lisa Prank from Adult Teen on Father/Daughter Records (Mutual Benefit). She’s got a drum machine and a guitar and describes herself as a “trapper keeper pop punk” artist.

“Aerosol Ball” by The Felice Brothers from Life In The Dark on Yep Roc (Eli “Paperboy” Reed). “The cat ate the rat/and the beast ate the cat” all to an accordion.

“Doctor Doctor” by Oh Pep from Stadium Cake on Dualtone (The Lumineers). Progressive Australian duo adds a full band, drawing comparisons to Andrew Bird and Lucius.

“Tell Me” by Puro Instinct from Autodrama on Manifesto Records (Cellars). For fans of Madonna’s look and sound, circa 1986.

“In The Future” by Rational Youth from Future Past Tense (EP). Canadian synth duo crawl out from under the rock that crushed them in 1986, sounding exactly the same.

“He’s So Sorry” by Alice Bag from Alice Bag on Don Giovanni Records. Solo debut from a punk veteran and author/activist, going for a 50’s era sound.

“Meet You There (In Delaware)” by Dentist from Ceilings on Little Dickman Records. Lots of distorted vocals from a female-fronted New Jersey indie rock quartet.

“Cruel Ways” by Drowners from On Desire on Frenchkiss Records (The Dodos). Dark post punk anthem that is nonetheless catchy.

“Aftershock” by Cash Cash from Blood, Sweat, & 3 Years on Big Beat Records (David Guetta). This is straight up electronic pop fun (as long as you don’t watch the video) from collaborative producers whose song titles all include “feat.”

“Couldn’t Believe” by Broods from Conscious on Capitol Records (Bastille). Textured electronic anthem from a his-and-hers duo.



Here’s Your Mixtape of Songs from Albums Released on June 17th

14 tracks to feature a strong crew of album releases. Listen to it on the ClapTrack YouTube channel, or click the embedded player below. Track list below.

  1. “Your Best American Girl” by Mitski from Puberty 2 on Dead Oceans (Bleached). Some serious weight behind those tentative vocals.
  2. “Song for Judee” by case/lang/veirs from case/lang/veirs on Anti-Records (Beth Orton). A female folk supergroup that doesn’t disappoint. Neko Case, K.D. Lang, and Laura Veirs.
  3. “On My One” by Jake Bugg from On My One on Virgin EMI. High expectations for this diverse British songwriter, and this album isn’t quite living up, critically. But there’s nothing wrong with a sad man wielding a guitar.
  4. “Overcome (feat. Nile Rodgers)” by Laura Mvula from The Dreaming Room on Sony. Think Dionne Ferris with twice the backing vocals. Dreamy and infectious.
  5. “There Will Be Time” by Mumford And Sons and Baaba Maal from Johannesburg on Glassnote (CHVRCHES). British folksters can’t sit still, so, after recording a rock record they travel to South Africa to record a collaborative album in 2 days. It would be easier to mock if it weren’t so . . . joyful?
  6. “Say Yes” by Big Deal from Say Yes on Fat Cat (PAWS). Big Deal earned a cursory listen to whatever they do with their super simple, beautiful debut Lights out. This is far less simple, but still solid man+woman rock music.
  7. “Emotions And Math” by Margaret Glaspy from Emotions And Math on ATO (My Morning Jacket).  Dave Matthews started ATO Records, and Patty Griffin used to be on it, so I track the stuff they release. Not sure we need another growling vocalist, but there’s more here than snarly posturing. There’s blues and stuff.
  8. “Tick” by Weaves from Weaves on Memphis Industries (Cymbals Eat Guitars). This is a fun pop rock debut.
  9. “Exodus of Venus” by Elizabeth Cook from Exodus of Venus on Agent Love. It’s a country song. So shoot me.
  10. “ozzie” by The Low Anthem from Eyeland on Concord. Folk band gives Ozzie Smith the Charlie Darwin treatment.
  11. “In A World Possessed by The Human Mind” by The Tragically Hip from Man Machine Poem on Universal. Big name, big label, big sound. People are bound to hate this, but I think it’s compelling.
  12. “Clumsy” by Waxahatchee from Early Recordings on Merge. This is the Living With Ghosts gambit effected by Patty Griffin where you release under a label the lo-fi demo tape you shopped around before they signed you. The songs have to be good for it to work, and this one is.
  13. “Life Or Just Living” by Caveman from Otero War on Cinematic Music Group. A bit anthemic, like to put you in mind of Brandon Flowers.
  14. “Over The Rise (feat. Justin Vernon)” by Bruce Hornsby And The Noisemakers from Rehab Reunion on 429 Records. Nope, I didn’t see a new Bruce Hornsby album coming either, especially not one devoid of piano and filled with dulcimer ballads. Bon Iver is on board, though, so that’s something.

Here’s Your (Late) Mixtape of Songs from June 10th Releases

We’ve got some catching up to do, owing to summer travels. First up, the albums released on Friday, June 10th.  Play the mixtape on YouTube or use the embedded player below. A track list is below the player. Happy listening!

“My Way Home” by Eli Paperboy Reed, from My Way Home on Yep Roc (Grant Lee Phillips). You don’t get a handle like “Paperboy” without a gimmick, and my man’s here is his Sam Cooke-style crooning. It’s a throwback if you’re into throwbacks.

“Empty” by Garbage, from Strange Little Birds on Stunvolume (Garbage’s own label). I was not a Garbage fan in the 90’s when they had, you know, fans. I’m not crazy about this track, but it feels newsworthy that Shirley Manson’s act is back after four years.

“Boo Hoo” by Nite Jewel, from Liquid Cool on Secretly Canadian (Anonhi).  80’s synthesizers and airy Ramona Gonzalez vocals. Perfect for a stroll through the mall with your Walkman.

“Concrete Vision” by Still Parade, from Concrete Vision on Heist Or Hit Records. A little ethereal. Reverb-soaked guitars and layered vocals, ala Fleet Foxes meets the Raveonettes.

“Lit It Out” by Diarrhea Planet, from Turn To Gold on Infinity Cat Recordings. After STRFKR, this band has the worst name in music. But they slay it a little bit, southern rocker style.

“Breakin’ Point” by Peter Bjorn And John, from Breakin’ Point on INGRID (a cool collective label founded by PBJ, Lykke Li, and Mike Snow). You better believe there will be whistling. The melody could have been borrowed from label-mate Snow, to its credit.

“HandClap” by Fitz And The Tantrums, from Fitz And The Tantrums on Atlantic Records. I don’t get the convention of self-titling an album that isn’t your debut, but whatever. Owing to its title, ClapTrack was compelled to feature this track, even though the pop act’s album is getting kind of crushed, critically.

“The Original One” by Gemma Ray, from The Exodus Suite on Bronze Rat Records. Dreamy and lovely, because she’s a soulful singer who belongs to an earlier era.

“Thick As Thieves” by The Temper Trap, from Thick As Thieves on Glassnote. “Sweet Disposition” disposed me to give anything these Aussies record. Their follow up was definitely not disappointing. This is their third studio album as anthemic rock.

“You’re Right (I’m Wrong)” by Colvin And Earle, from Colvin And Earle on Concord. My introduction to Shawn Colvin was Cover Girl, an album of covers that included Steve Earle’s “Someday.” Those two forces combine on an album of original songs here.

“Sideman” by Freddy And Francine, from Gung Ho released independently. I’m a homer’s homer for this duo. I got hooked on their harmonies back in ’09 and have drowned in them repeatedly since. This is soulful, fun stuff.

“When Things Fall Apart” by Augustines, from This Is Your Life on Play It Again Sam Recordings. My man eats gravel for breakfast, and his voice rewards the effort with throaty, compelling lyrics. Not sure I can handle a full album of it though.


Tegan And Sarah, Paul Simon, and Michael Franti Headline The June 3rd Album Release Mixtape

Play the mixtape on our YouTube channel or simply click play on the embedded player below. All the tracks in this mixtape are from LP releases for Friday, June 3rd. Tracks are listed below the player.

And yes, there is a new Roxette album out. Forgive me.

“Golden Days” by Whitney, from Light Upon The Lake on Secretly Canadien

“Gone Clear” by William Tyler, from Modern Country on Merge

“Chameleon Queen” by Cats Eyes, from Treasure House on RAF

“Dangerous” by Ladyhawke, from Wild Things on Polyvinyl

“Stop Desire” by Tegan And Sara, from Love You To Death on Vapor Records

“Fading Lines” by Amber Arcades, from Fading Lines on Heavenly Recordings

“Wristband” by Paul Simon, from Stranger To Stranger on Concord

“We Are All Earthlings” by Michael Franti & Spearhead, from SOULROCKER on Concord

“A Hundred Ropes” by Minor Victories, from Minor Victories on Fat Possum

“It Just Happens” by Roxette, from Good Karma on Parlophone

Here’s A Random 5 Song Shuffle From Our 2016 Albums Mixtape

The 2016 Radio mixtape and the 2016 Albums mixtape are the pillars of Claptrack’s annual musical catalog project. We’ve posted a five song shuffle of the former here, and here is a five song shuffle of the latter.

The criteria for an album to make the mixtape is that I have to enjoy listening to it, beginning to end, without wanting to skip more than three songs.

Here’s a super short mix, the first five songs that play when I shuffle the 2016 Albums Mixtape.

Click here to go to the playlist on YouTube, or click the embedded player below.