UPCOMING RELEASES :: Q2 – 2014

Well it’s finally spring time, sort of, and it’s time to get excited for some new releases. Last quarter I told you about Beck, St. Vincent and many others, and now we have a few more new releases I really think you should be excited about. Here we go.

Mac Demarco :: Salad Days (out on April 1, April Fools!, 2014, Captured Tracks Records)

Good news for Mac fans, you actually can hear this record in its entirety on NPR’s music website and its totally worth it! Fellow BHAMFM man Culture Czar and I, Mac’s Birmingham fan base (ha!), will be trekking to Atlanta in April to see Mac and the boys and cool opener, and one of my current favorites, Juan Wauters. I keep trying to tell you about this guy, so listen up!

Chromeo :: White Women (out May 12, via Atlantic Records)

Chromeo are back and funkier then ever! (Sorry, that was lame.) You can count on danceable beats, funky synths, and talk-box vocals! The new record will feature some major guests like Chaz from Toro y Moi and Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend. They have a few singles floating out there and by the sound of those songs this should be a really fun record. Check out this one called “Jealous (I Aint’ With It):

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart :: Days of Abandon (out April 22 on Yebo Music)

You may have attended “The Pains” show at Bottletree on March 21, if you did then you probably heard a ton of new material from the band. They are following up their smash debut record from 2011, “Belong”. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are one of the most fun and exciting bands out there. Here’s a hot new single to check out:

Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks :: Enter the Slasher House (out April 8 on Domino Records)

Avey Tare, of Animal Collective, will be debuting his new project Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks this April with a collection of trippy, psychedelic garage rock songs, Enter the Slasher House. The band features Angel Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors) and Jeremy Hyman (Ponytail). Avey and the gang will be on a tour this spring and summer with a stop near us at the Masquerade in Atlanta. Check out “Little Fang” below:

Cloud Nothings :: Here and Nowhere Else (out April 1 on Carpark Records)

Following up their critically acclaimed 2012 release “Attack on Memory”, Cloud Nothings are dropping their highly anticipated new record “Here and Nowhere Else” this April. At only 22 years old, Dylan Baldi has already written four full length albums and garnered positive attention from some of the biggest music outlets in the world as well as a huge fan following. He’s making a name for himself as one of the best songwriters in the indie world. I have a strong feeling this record will end up being one of the best indie rock albums of the year. Here’s the new single “I’m Not Part of Me”:

Oasis :: Definitely, Maybe (Reissue out May 14 via Big Brother Recordings)

Get this, Definitely, Maybe is 20 years old this August. Yes, I’m serious. The good news is now you can buy a reissued, remastered copy on vinyl this May. This is one of the most iconic and important albums of the 1990s second coming of the British Invasion and now you can buy a special edition copy. Even though Liam says not to buy it, I still think it would be a pretty cool record to have in your collection. They also released some of the demos from Definitely, Maybe on cassette but those went pretty quick. They will have a special 12 inch release coming out on Record Store Day as well. Here’s a classic track from the aforementioned album to help you remember if they were any good:

IMPORTANT NOTE: Don’t forget to go and purchase these records, if available, at your local record store on RECORD STORE DAY! This year it’s on April 19th and you can click here to see if your local store is participating and what kind of specials they will have this year. Records are cool again, remember?

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