Exciting new indie rock from the talented women in Cayetana, a three-piece band out of Philly. Their new album New Kind of Normal is a triumphant exploration of the inner rollercoaster ride of insecurity, neuroses, and confusion carried by the catchy indie alternative pop rock that made The Breeders and Echobelly so successful. Standout tracks include:
The reissue trend can be hit or miss, but in the case of Leftfield, the recent reissue of Leftism (renamed Leftism 22) is a home run. The double disc Deluxe Edition features the remastered album (Neil Barnes and Paul Daley have taken care of remastering duties) on the first CD and a bonus disc of the 11 album tracks remixed. The remastered edition has been beautifully done and fixes what has been one of the biggest challenges for their 1995 debut album: terrible sound. Everything has been cleaned up, turned up, and placed expertly in the mix. The result is a fuller sounding record where you can hear a lot of the subtleties that were missed on the original release. Also check out this short documentary on the recording of Leftism.
Kip from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart had a baby last April and hasn’t been making music while he stays home and takes care of her. But he started getting anxious, headed back into the studio, recorded a new album and just released the first single!
The New Pornographers are back with Whiteout Conditions, the new full-length release on the band’s own Collected Works Records. There’s a refreshingly different sonic approach on this record that amplifies the group’s gift for song hooks and catchy meldoies. I can’t get enough of this relentlessly exuberant, clever, and addictive power pop record, exemplified by the title track “Whiteout Conditions”:
And tracks like “High Ticket Attractions”: