Damien Jurado doesn’t sound like a modern singer-songwriter. While others draw from their favorite late ’60s and early ’70s artists, Jurado sounds like he’s living the era. That wouldn’t normally appeal to me but there’s something so earnest, gritty and raw about Jurado’s music. His new album, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, is excellent.
Jurado plays a pair of sold-out shows at Schubas Saturday night.
Hands down, the best album of this week (and possibly this year) is Dum Dum Girls’Too True. With great songs and killer hooks, it should take you only two or three listens to fall in love with this album. Just try to resist the opening track, Cult of Love. I highly recommend this one.
The mighty Bass Drum of Death plays Empty Bottle Thursday night. After delivering a blast of punk energy on last year’s self-titled album, the band is playing some Midwest and Canadian shows before heading East and then eventually back to home state Mississippi. The album is honestly one of the most fun releases I heard in 2013. It’s recommended if you like Ty Segall, Wavves, Thee Oh Sees and the scores of other great cave-stomping rockers.
Damien Jurado released an excellent new album, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, this past week. While Together Pangea’sBadillac was my favorite new release, I thought Mogwai’sRave Tapes and Jack Name’sLight Show were also interesting albums.
The Hold Steady gave us a taste of its new album, Teeth Dreams, with the song I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You. The new album is due out in late March.
Palehound shared Holiest, half of a 7-inch planned for next month.
And Chicago’s My Gold Mask has a new song, Battles.
Los Angeles-based trio Together Pangea made an adrenaline-fueled, truly exciting rock album, Badillac, which is out today. Primal, hard, fast and yet very melodic. Almost every track showcases the band’s raw energy. I can only imagine how great these guys are live (the band plays Subterranean February 19).
Mac DeMarco will release a new album, Salad Days, April 1. (He also plays a pair of Empty Bottle shows the day after the release.) The song, Passing Out Pieces, will be one of 11 tracks on the new record.
DeMarco is a lot of fun live. He jokes around a lot. You get a feel for his sense of humor in a promo video he just put out for Salad Days, his second full album.