New Music – August Halftime Report


We’re halfway through August, and the music keeps rolling out… Have you guys noticed these new albums?

SpoonThey Want My Soul (Headz Under)

These guys have become the kings of edgy power pop, with catchy yet slightly abrasive hooks and sort of paranoid lyrics and a tenseness that still invites melodies… Anyway, we love Spoon and we love this record.

Bear In HeavenTime Is Over One Day Old (Dead Oceans)

Like a dreamy, druggy late night dance club, Brooklyn’s Bear in Heaven have a collection of tunes that sound really great when you’re already sweaty and maybe coming down for the night but don’t quite want to. Turn on the red lights for this sexy synthy spinner.

The RosebudsSand + Silence

The post divorce album of the Rosebuds’ founders Ivan Howard & Kelly Crisp was  bound to be interesting, and there is a bit of uplifting to be found in this particular brand of chamber pop which is indeed here. Very pretty and emotional, but not as desolate as one might think given the circumstances (that was the last record).