New Music Weekend: Megadeth, Sun Kil Moon, Jesu, Suede, The Besnard Lakes, and More!!!

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Hey there, music lover! 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
Seems like things are starting to return to normal after that whole Bowie dying thing. This is a big, big week with lots of great new releases. But none of them are bigger than the new MEGADETH release Dystopia. It’s Mustaine and Co’s fifteenth release and first since 2013’s Super Collider and first to feature some new personnel.

British Invasion
Punk antiquarians Savages fight back with their sophomore release Adore Life.

The most influential British band of the 90’s, Suede, offers up their second reunion effort, Night Thoughts.

Fellow blokes Tindersticks, authors of Can Our Love…, one of my all time favorite records, return with The Waiting Room, a highly anticipated effort from a these critical darlings.

Solo Suckers
New stuff from Bonnie “Prince” Billy.  Well, not new, it’s a collection of his Peel Session recordings with some cool covers included. Carried the lovely title Pond Scum. 

Eleanor Freidberger, one half of the defunct Fiery Furnaces,  offers up her third solo effort New View.

…And Conrad Keely from Trail of Dead enters the solo world with his solo debut Original Machines.

Indie-Miscy
A long list of formidable indie stuff this week, so let’s just list ‘em.
Austin’s Shearwater offers up their… wow. Holy shit there’s been a lot of Shearwater releases. I’ve never been a big fan so I’ve never paid attention but, goddamn, I’m behind on my Shearwater homework.

The latest from Montreal-opolitans The Besnard Lakes sounds like a winner. Quoth NPR the album, A Coliseum Complex Museum, “spares no flourish or filigree in its attempt to turn sweet, tuneful indie rock into a baroque, psychedelic spectacle.”

Ty Segall’s eighth album Emotional Mugger debuts this week.

First Tortoise album in six years is good news. The post rock masters drop The Catastrophist this week and it’s a long time coming.

RIP

This is the part where we say goodbye to those who’ve hit their last high note. Rock on, brothers and sisters.

Veteran St Louis drummer Ken McCray, who beat the skins for bands like Tilts and Superjam, lost his battle with cancer at the age of 43.

Guitarist Pete Hutltinger passed.

Gary Loizzo of The American Breed.

Eagles guitarist Glen Frey died too.

Awesome Mott the Hoople drummer Dale Griffin passed at 67.

I guess Blowfly died too because this year is fucking shit so far.

The legendary and essential Kevin Junior of Chicago’s Chamber Strings passed away far too young.

Very important French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez passed earlier this month.

My Recommendation

Two words – Broadrick. Kozelek.Yup, a collaboration between Mark Kozelek and Justin Broadrick, Sun Kil Moon and Jesu. Required fucking listening.

Next Week

Tune in next week, same new music time, same new music channel for new stuff from Bloc Party!!


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