Week of August 26th: New Album Releases

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J Mascis – Tied To A Star

Dinosaur Jr.’s poster boy – and one of history’s greatest guitarists – moonlights every so often as himself to churn out a deeper library of skull-busting rock anthems. Nearing 50 now with over two dozen albums and a stockpile of 7″ pressings to his name, J Mascis still hasn’t found his way out of the recording studio. He’s garnered himself to be a consistent fan pleaser, hellbent on sticking to his craft while pulling out new tricks as he goes. Tied To A Star sticks to the shaggy sounds of before – J Mascis spitting fire from his fingertips yet again – but in a quieter sense. However much of a paradox that may sound like, it’s true, as he is mostly unplugged this go-around. Tied To A Star is tender like a slow-cooked pot roast, waiting for your ever-ethereal ears to dig in.


Merchandise – After The End

Despite making face in the post-Internet era, Merchandise exists as something pre-Millennial. Reining from the sand-crusted heel of Tampa, frontman Carson Cox and friends hinge closer to a South London soundbite (essentially being Depeche Mode with Morrissey at helm with the vocals). Their sound is large, uniquely atmospheric, but in the way it could boom the roof off a closed stadium. Past efforts Totale Night and Children of Desire give good faith towards what’s expected from After The End. Upon recently signing to label 4AD, Cox gave word there’d be a new, more pop-infused sound this time around – although its truly more of the same with a richer production value. “Green Lady” gave way as the pre-release standout (something previously featured here at Grooveroo). One way or another, give Merchandise a click and prepare to submit to their infectious blast from the past.


Ty Segall – Manipulator

Each subsequent album by Ty Segall appears to channel an alternate persona from within himself. From the blistering punk sounds of Slaughterhouse to the college-addled garage rock inside Goodbye Bread, Manipulator stakes claim within the marquees of glam rock. Now with a fresh application of eye liner and silver lipstick, Segall paints himself into new territory without alienating those appreciative of past versions of himself. There’s still enough fuzz and fuss within his near-hour of new material to stitch together one of his best-engineered works to date; with plenty available to break boundaries and pull in a new audience. Fans of his dozen-plus album catalog will doubtlessly find this double album to be yet another gift from the prolific mind of Ty.


Also available this week:

Ariana Grande – My Everything

Basement Jaxx – Junto

Brad Paisley – Moonshine In The Truck

The Bug – Angels & Devils

Cassie Ramone – Time Has Gone

Cold Specks – Neuroplasticity

Cymbals Eat Guitars – LOSE

Dry The River – Alarms In The Heart

High Ends – Super Class

J Dilla – The King of Beats (Ma Dukes Yancey Collector’s Edition Box Set)

Liturgy – Renihilation [Reissue]

M83 – M83 [Reissue]

M83 – Dead Cities, Red Seas, & Lost Ghosts [Reissue]

M83 – Before The Dawn Heals Us [Reissue]

MNDSGN – Yawn Zen

Mono/Poly – Golden Skies

The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers

Opeth – Pale Communion

The Rentals – Lost in Alphaville

Robyn Hitchcock – The Man Upstairs

Rubblebucket – Survival Sounds

Rustie – Green Language

Shovels & Rope – Swimmin’ Time

Various Artists – Pay Close Attention [Compilation]

Wand – Ganglion Reef

The Wytches – Annabel Dream Reader

Z – Visions of Dune


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