Iceage – Plowing Into the Field of Love (Matador)
The Danish punks of yore have listened to some country and more Birthday Party, and the results sound booze fueled and desperate, but all in a good way. There’s still that Sonic Youth- like melodic dissonance, but an undercurrent of the Pogues in their more depressing moments lurks as well.
Stars – No One Is Lost (ATO)
Another synth pop offering from Stars, inspired by a shuttered disco and laden with their detailed stories as lyrics, it is almost dance music without being dance music.
Meatbodies – s/t (In the Red)
Chad Ubovich, who toured with Mikal Cronin playing guitar and is also the bassist for Fuzz, he certainly has more than enough talent (and cred) to compete in the current garage rock melee Ty Segall and his ilk have been tearing up the road with over the last decade. A little bit psych, plenty of hooks, and lot of fun make Ubovich’s band Meatbodies one to rock out to.
Allo Darlin’ – We Come From the Same Place (Slumberland)
Geographical challenges led to a long break between albums from these Aussies (who formed in London) but they are back with a new album of charming indie pop. It’s melodic, sincere and smart jangle rock, delivered with lots of charm and heart.
Mark Lanegan Band – Phantom Radio (Vagrant)
If you every wondered how this gravely voiced troubador would sound if he embraced beats and electronic orchestration in lieu of his bluesy gutter rock, now is your chance. Lanegan guests with so many talented artists that it only makes sense that his personal recordings (most of these started on his cell phone recorder) would start to reflect the myriad of musical experiences he has had.