It’s the week following Valentine’s Day, and if you’re anything like us, you’re currently in a half-off candy-fueled stupor. But President’s Day, in all its diplomatic glory, is right around the corner, and the end of blizzard season might be finally in sight. We’ve got some great new music to celebrate whatever occasion you can come up with, including a new track from Panda Bear and a sample of the Dears’ fifth album, out this week. Don’t forget: right click + Save As to snag those suckers, or roll down to the bottom to get the whole thing.
Last week, the Raveonettes released details for their forthcoming album — Raven in the Grave , out on April 5th — and this week, they gave us a taste of what we’re in for with “Forget That You’re Young,” a solid pop keyboard number.
The Sun Ra-worshipping psych-rock quintet Eternal Tapestry have been hard at work with their cosmic jams. “Galactic Derelict” is a track off their forthcoming album, Beyond the 4th Door , out March 15th on Thrill Jockey.
Though Animal Collective’s Panda Bear already released this track last year via 7 inch, this version of “Last Night at the Jetty” has been reworked for his forthcoming solo album, Tomboy , out April 12th.
The dynamic duo behind PS I Love You are working on their second album, and they’ve brought John O’Regan — a.k.a. Diamond Rings — along for the ride. “Leftovers” will be the first single from the LP, and Rings will join the team when they set out on tour later this spring.
Electro-pop Brooklyn five-piece Xylos are gearing up to release their self-titled debut album, produced by Britt Myers, of Yeasayer and Chairlift fame. “Darling Dearest” is a lush instrumental love song — just the thing for a lonely winter night.
This week Yuck, a feedback-loving London quartet that seems to have listened to entirely too much Jesus and Mary Chain, release their debut album on Fat Possum. “Rubber” was their first single from it, a jouncing, clattering, dissonance-filled number that stretches out over about seven minutes of joyous racket.
Despite the deviant (and, let’s face it, a little 7th grade) punctuation of her name, tUnE-yArDs puts out some pretty epically weird and interesting things. Which is why we’re looking forward to her new record, coming out April 19, which will include their first single, “Bizness.”
This one goes out to all you Streets fans out there, bummed by Mike Skinner’s recent announcement that the project is dead. Teen producer Zoo Kid’s remixed “Puzzled by People,” a track on the final Streets album Computers and Blues , out this week.
Alex Schaaf of the Chairs’ side project Yellow Ostrich released the album Mistress digitally already, but he’s releasing it again this month on limited edition yellow vinyl (oooh, pretty!). “Whale” is the outfit’s signature track, both ominous and endearingly roughshod.
Beloved Canadian indie pop outfit the Dears just released their hotly-anticipated fifth album, Degeneration Street , an album with an edgier, darker take than their previous work. “Blood,” as the title suggests, is a cheery number with an unsettling undercurrent.