Rainy Portland winters are not new. The following albums, however, are.
The Decemberists – The King Is Dead
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re likely aware that The Decemberists released their new album on January 18th. I never thought I’d write this sentence again, but: I really love the new Decemberists’ album. And it may well be the Billboard #1 album soon, hopefully selling more albums than Cake.
Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean
I have a soft spot for Iron & Wine. This new album, to be released this Tuesday January 25th, however, is so over-produced it makes me miss 2003.
This Daytrotter session is a good remedy, though.
The Builders and the Butchers – Dead Reckoning
These Portland favorites are back with another stellar release, their third in five years, out on February 22nd or available for pre-order at their website. On tour now with Murder By Death (Portland show 2/15).
The Low Anthem – Smart Flesh
The Low Anthem’s new album will be out February 22nd. They are on tour with Iron & Wine and recently played “Ghost Woman” on Letterman. Smart Flesh is a natural extension of OMG, Charlie Darwin, but with a more narrow range.
The Cave Singers – No Witch
Also on February 22nd, Seattle’s Cave Singers release their third full-length, No Witch. It’s their best work since their 2007 debut, Invitation Songs.
Bright Eyes – The People’s Key
The new Bright Eyes will be out February 15th. It will inevitably get a ton of press and be ok. Here’s an mp3.
Middle Brother – self titled
This little super-group is John J. McCauley III of Deer Tick, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, and Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit. I’m looking forward to this release, and it’s not only because it frees me from trying to keep Delta Spirit and Deer Tick separate in my mind.
The Only Sons – American Stranger
These guys produce some great, straight-forward alt.country out of Murfreesboro, TN. You can stream their third album now on their bandcamp site until its release in early February on the rad new label This Is American Music. If you’re in the SE, look for them on tour soon.
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Here We Rest
The new album will be previewed at SXSW in March and released on Lightning Rod Records on April 12th. That’s all I know so far.
The Drive-By Truckers – Go-Go Boots
If you really want to hear what I think of this album, I’ll tell you. But I recommend you don’t bother. Instead, use your energy to find a local screening of the DBT documentary, The Secret to a Happy Ending.