It’s the second day of summer and jj are setting it off right with a brand new batch of tracks. Titled High Summer, the digital EP is perfect for the season; may it be a day at the lake, a summer drive or a late night hang – preferably one that ends in a pool, play this mix and you’re bound to have a good time.
“All I need is here on my wishlist:
You and whiskey”
It’s here! The new Jens Lekman EP is finally here! An Argument With Myself is available today for one and all. RCRD LBL says the title track is “Lekman at his catchiest…crossing a poppier conception of Paul Simon with expectedly hilarious lyrics,” and Cokemachineglow says it “rank[s] with some of his most beautiful and affecting work. The verses, smooth and chiming, impart Lekman’s special brand of barely-contained melancholy…” You can order it now right here. And you can stream the whole thing on AOL Spinner’s Listening Party.
Jens will also be on tour starting next week in Los Angeles and going through the end of October across the US and Europe. He’ll have both clear vinyl and picture disc ersion of the EP with him so be sure to keep an eye out. (You didn’t come here for nothing did you?)
About a year ago, Richard Swift horrifically fractured his left ring finger. For a moment his nimble guitar and piano work flashed before his eyes. Doctors were saying things like “movement and feeling could eventually return,” etc, etc. Certainly, not even a little blip on the sadness radar of humanity, but a massive bummer for a fellow who has carved out a niche as one of independent music’s sought after session players and producers – and especially in relation to the astounding Richard Swift solo output we all know and love.
So, it’s with a great, collective sigh of relief that he’s back to churning out new material like “Whitman.” It’s chugging, chiming and triumphant, featuring Swift’s always-endearing falsetto and casual call-and-response lyricism. “I’ve got my own Whitman…Farewell, farewell/I hope it did you good/To say the things/My father never could,” Swift pines. The song is a cryptic salute to Walt Whitman, whose American lineage of primal, urgent art can be traced to include Kerouac and Dylan, Bo Diddley and Beefheart – right on through to modern outsider-pop wunderkinds like Swift. And according to Swift, “Whitman” is a nice taste of what we can expect from his next longform recording.
The same can be said for the remainder of the Walt Wolfman EP. Conceived in the same spirit that gave us 2008′s cult favorite Ground Trouble Jaw EP, these blown-out, basement R&B rippers are not for the faint of heart. They require movement and sweat, dancing with a cocktail glass in your grip until your shoes are soaked in booze. Highlight of the set, “MG 333,” is a raw and ghostly trance, a blast of kinetic energy and jazz cigarette smoke. Meanwhile, the neu-vintage jive of “Drakula (Hey Man)” and “Zombie Boogie” pack a timelessness that transcends their seasonal titles. And yeah, that’s Swift himself on rapid-fire drums across the whole damn set. Shit, he might have been fine without that measly finger after all.
Richard Swift is performing as a touring member of The Shins this fall.
Walt Wolfman EP will be released by Secretly Canadian on October 18th, 2011 in digital and vinyl formats.
1. Whitmanbr>2. MG 333
3. Laugh It Up
4. Zombie Boogie
5. Out & About
6. Drakula (Hey Man!)
7. St. Michael
A new Jens Lekman EP is on the horizon. It’s titled An Argument With Myself EP, is comprised of five songs, and will be released in the US and Europe on September 20th (September 19th in the UK).
Jens granted an exclusive interview about the EP to none other than the Walla Walla Washington Union Bulletin. The Discussion covers many topics including recent travels, the new music, and “making a feather out of a bird.” Jens calls the EP “a little taste of what’s not to come.” For further illumination on that sentiment and others, click through for the full text as well as tracklist and US tour dates.
New York City duo Exitmusic — comprised of Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church — will release their first EP this fall. The four song collection, entitled From Silence, will hit stores on October 4. They’ve also just announced a special late summer residency at NYC’s Pianos, rounding out their ranks onstage to include drummer Dru Prentiss and electronic musician Nicholas Shelestak.
Listen to “The Sea” from the forthcoming EP HERE. See Exitmusic’s tour dates & the From Silence track listing, and read more about the band after the jump.