It’s not every week that we get a new album’s worth of songs from some of the most legendary artists in the industry. Whether you’re an Amoeba Music or Newbury Comics regular, today is a great day to hop on your bike and pick up the latest album from your choice of four great artists, two of which are dropping their first full-length in ten years today.
4. The Falcon – Gather Up The Chaps
What happens when members of The Lawrence Arms, Alkaline Trio, and The Loved Ones get together? The Falcon, that’s what. Gather Up The Chaps is the first new release from the Chicago-based supergroup in ten years. The raspy punk album tackles broad topics like vices, sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll, while employing Brandon Kelly’s knack for existential lyrics and clever puns. “It’s a trip into Brendan Kelly’s brain which is, um, it’s a really weird place to be,” Dave Hausse, the band’s newest addition expresses in a recent interview with Noisey. “Brendan’s approach to songwriting and recording is really brave”, he adds.
Gather Up The Chaps was released on March 18th through Red Scare Industries.
Suggested Tracks: “War Of Colossus” “If Dave Did It” “Haselhoff Cheeseburger”
For Fans Of: The Lawrence Arms, Rancid, Rocky and Bullwinkle, and feeling existential on prom night
3. Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression
Iggy Pop’s cleverly named 17th studio release may be his last album, but it may also be his most haunting. “Gardenia”, the first single off Post Pop Depression, offers brooding lyrics like: “Alone in the cheapo motel / By the highway to hell / America’s greatest living poet / Was ogling you all night / You should be wearing the finest gown / But here you are now / Gas, food, lodging, poverty, misery and gardenia”. With a dream team made up of producer Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age), Dan Fertita (Queens Of The Stone Age), and Matt Helders (Artic Monkeys), Post Pop Depression may be the most introspective wind up record since David Bowie’s Blackstar.
Post Pop Depression was released on March 18th through Loma Vista Recordings.
Suggested Tracks: “Gardenia”, “Chocolate Drops”, and “American Valhalla”
For Fans Of: David Bowie, Elvis Costello, introspective garage rock, and being a chameleon
2. Gwen Stefani – This Is What The Truth Feels Like
After scrapping a record’s worth of material to add a personal shine to her lyrics, Gwen Stefani has released her first solo record in nearly a decade. This Is What The Truth Feels Like is Gwen Stefani’s response to the turmoil and uncertainty that was brought about by her recent divorce to Bush frontman, Gavin Rossdale. The album’s first single, “I Used To Love You” is a heartbreaking ballad reminiscent of No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak”, while “Make Me Like You” shows the hope restored through Gwen’s blossoming romance with fellow Voice coach, Blake Shelton. The cathartic concept record follows the ups and downs in Gwen’s highly publicized loved life through a mix of pop, rock, and reggae infused tracks.
This Is What The Truth Feels Like was released on March 18th through Interscope Records.
Suggested Tracks: “Used To Love You”, “Where Would I Be?” and “Make Me Like You”
For Fans Of: No Doubt, 80s pop songs, girl power, and wearing your heart on your sleeve
1. Dustin Kensrue – Thoughts That Float On A Different BloodThoughts That Float On A Different Blood is a ten-track cover album that was recorded live over two shows at the Constellation Room in Santa Ana California by Dustin Kensrue, frontman of post-hardcore outfit, Thrice. Kensrue masterfully takes on classics like the Counting Crows “Round Here” and Radiohead’s “Creep”, while bringing a new beauty to Miley Cyrus’ poptastic “Wrecking Ball”. Longtime Brand New fans will be pleased with Kensrue’s rendition of “Jesus Christ”, a song that a number of talented musicians including Kevin Devine have covered over the years, but never quite like this.
Thoughts That Float On A Different Blood was released on March 18th through Vagrant Records.
Suggested Tracks: “Creep”, “Jesus Christ”, and “Buzzcut Season”
For Fans Of: Thrice, Punk Goes Acoustic, Ben Gibbard’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” cover, and eating comfort food
Article by Lia Gurin. Instagram: @LiaGurin
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