Summer is the slow time for new music releases and August saw a number of great new releases, with even more coming later this fall.
Here’s some of the new releases I picked up on vinyl in August:
- Superchunk – I Hate Music: The alt rockers have been around since 1989(!) and I Hate Music is their tenth album. The album is short and sweet, clocking in at just over 37 minutes. If you’re a fan of Superchunk there isn’t anything new here, and that’s a good thing. (I also picked up the Divine Fits 12″ at the same time featured in the picture below).
- Volcano Choir – Repave: Justin Vernon of Bon Iver joins up with Wisconsin’s Collection of a Colony of Bees for their second album. Mr. Vernon says he didn’t write any of the music – the one chord he wrote the band didn’t use. But to me, this could easily be a 3rd Bon Iver album. Barb Abney of The Current wrote a fantastic review a couple weeks back when it was The Current’s Album of the Week. Highly recommended.
- Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, The More I Love You: Neko Case released her 6th solo album and it’s fantastic. The alt-country darling follows up 2009’s Middle Cyclone with an album that works through her recent depression after recently losing her grandmother and both parents – and it works. The pacing of the album is fantastic and she clearly opens her soul and bares it all. The vinyl release is stunning – both the artwork and Side D of the vinyl release , which doesn’t have any music, features a stunning etching that covers the album. Middle Cyclone was the first new vinyl album I bought on Record Store Day 2010 in clear vinyl and holds a special place in my heart.
- Superchunk – I Hate Music , 2. Volcano Choir – Repave , 3. Volcano Choir – Repave , 4. Now Now – Threads , 5. Superchunk – I Hate Music , 6. Superchunk – I Hate Music , 7. Superchunk – I Hate Music , 8. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, The More I Love You , 9. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, The More I Love You