New Music Monday: Kelly Clarkson, Of Montreal, Cannibal Ox, and More!!

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Happy Monday music maniacs! LIke new stuff? Great! You’ve come to the right place. Each week all sorts of audiolicious goodies are unleashed onto the masses and this is where they come to be judged. I’ll tell ya what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s a waste of your time. Thanks for stopping by!

The Big News!
Okay,so I missed last week. It’s the first time in the nearly two year existance of this column that I’ve scored an unexcused absence, and I apologize, profusely. Regrettably, I didn’t get the chance to tell you about the new Kid Rock or the new Big Sean – some pretty important stuff. But it’s okay, right? This week will be big too, yeah? Let’s see, the big news this week, hmmm… Oh, it’s the new Kelly Clarkson. Wonderful.

Cannibals Among Us
New fucking Cannibal Ox record. Holy shit. It’s called Blade of the Ronin. Never thought I’d see this. It’s the follow-up to the alt-rap duo’s classic 2001 debut, The Cold Vein, one of the greatest hip hop records of all time.

Indie Party!!
New cutesy stuff from Canadan duo Purity Ring. Called Another Eternity, it’s the band’s sophomore release and first since 2012. This NME reviewer praised the record, awarding it a 7/10 rating, and claims that the record is “far more mainstream-sounding album than their 2012 debut Shrines, but it’s also rooted in sounds from the underground. Some of the tracks here, such as ‘Stranger Than Earth’ and ‘Dust Hymn’, are built on elemental beats that wouldn’t feel out of place on a Lil Wayne mixtape.” Works for me!

The everlasting party that is Of Montreal don’t stop for nobody. Aureate Gloom, the Athen’s, GA based outfit’s thirteenth release, will drop this week. Consequence of Sound found the album lackluster, claiming “it’s hard to shake the feeling of déjà vu, the sense that all of these songs are lesser shadows of older, better ones.” Oh well, it’ll still be a blast!

Legendary Legends
Mid-90s English shoegaze legends Swervedriver return with I Wasn’t Born to Lose You, their first record since 1998’s 99th Dream. I dated a girl in college who swore that Swervedriver was the greatest band ever. I’ll bet she’s excited about this.

My Recommendation
Gonna give the new experimental set from Oren Ambarchi and Jim O’Rouke a few spins this week, see if I can’t figure out what the hell they’re trying to communicate.


Next Week
Tune in next week, same new music time, same new music channel, for new stuff from Madonna!


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