After announcing earlier in the week that she's got to cancel some upcoming tour dates due to health concerns it was nice to see Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, fighting fit on the television Stateside last night. She visited Conan to perform her Sun featuring track, "Cherokee", and you can enjoy the clip above courtesy of Team Coco.
With all the craziness of music blogging, from concerts to press releases to interviews to festivals, it can be hard to find time to sit down, listen to an album and give it an honest, thorough review. With that in mind, we came up with the Reviews Roundup, a way for us to look back at all of the major releases in the past month and give them an on-the-spot review. Whether we like them or not, we'll spout out a quick blurb about the album to give an overall impression of what makes it good or bad along with a score based out of five.
This month, we've had majors releases from Animal Collective, The xx, G.O.O.D. Music, Grizzly Bear, The Raveonettes, Mount Eerie, The Presets, The Vaccines, and many more. After the jump, you can read our quick thoughts on this month's offerings.
Animal Collective - Centipede Hz:
AnCo deliver an elaborate exploration of spacey sounds and psychedelic soundscapes.
Mount Eerie - Ocean Roar:
Phil Elverum's second album of the year is a beautiful-yet-eerie emotional journey, exploring the ideas of order and chaos.
Cat Power - Sun:
Chan Marshall returns after six longs years of dark hibernation with a sun-soaked gem.
The Vaccines - Come of Age:
The UK outfit's sophomore album is a grittier, more raucous outing than their debut, a welcome maturation for the band.
Stars - The North:
One of Canada's indie stalwarts offers up a catchy blend of electronic sounds and sprawling instrumentation.
Two Door Cinema Club - Beacon:
The band's sophomore outing retains the catchiness of Tourist History, but feels a bit forced at times.
The xx - Coexist:
This sophomore effort shows a great progression for the band, who have an incredible talent for evoking vast depth through subtle minimalism.
The Helio Sequence - Negotiations:
The Portland duo explore the intricacies of themselves and their instruments, building layer upon layer of delicate and engrossing instrumentation.
The Raveonettes - Observator:
Observator is an intriguing venture into the allure of Los Angeles, a mental journey in despair and loneliness amidst lush instrumentation.
The ever-lasting talent and creative drive of David Byrne mixes beautifully with Annie Clark's undeniable charisma.
The Presets - Pacifica:
Pacifica is an electronic gem, weaving grandiose synthesizers around a complex tale of the future.
Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II:
The San Francisco psych rockers put all they've got into this diverse, hazy psychedelic package that shouldn't be missed.
The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter:
Yet another exploration into the intricacies of death from a band obsessed with the notion. With soft, solemn moments and charming, upbeat arrays of acoustic goodness, fans will feel right at home here.
G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer:
The G.O.O.D. Music crew feels fairly disjointed here, with a lot of different artists and styles to take in, but a few solid performances help it from falling apart.
Grizzly Bear - Shields:
Grizzly Bear delves into a myriad of dream-like sounds, moments later being swept into an uproar of chaotic instrumentation. This expansive array constantly tears apart and rebuilds itself, struggling constantly in a beautiful war.
Django Django - Django Django:
This Scotland quartet knows how to do harmony right, blending their vocal stylings with an addictive and quirky blend of spacey sounds and psychedelic influences.
We're still enjoying the latest album, Sun, from Chan Marshall aka Cat Power. Today we get the zombie filled video for "Cherokee" and it is sure to get you even more excited for the new series of The Walking Dead that's due to start next month! BRAINS! Check it out at the top of the page.
Cat Power's, Sun, is out now via Matador.
NPR's First Listen has numerous treats for everyone to start their week with, streaming new albums from Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power), Canadian indie outfit Stars, and San Francisco experimental band Deerhoof, all of whom have new albums dropping next week.
Cat Power's highly anticipated album Sun is her first in four years, and the first since 2006's The Greatest to feature original compositions, so the hype is well deserved. The 11-track effort drops on September 4th via Matador. Head here to stream it.
Canadian indie rockers Stars are offering up their sixth studio LP The North for release on September 4th via ATO Records, and today you can stream it in full here. The band is also going on a co-headlining tour with fellow Canadian indie outfit Metric, so head here to check out their tour dates.
San Francisco noise rockers Deerhoof's eleventh full-length Breakup Song drops on September 4th via Polyvinyl, and you can stream it here one week ahead of its release.
In June Cat Power posted up a brand new track titled "Cherokee". The result saw the internet go crazy for Chan Marshall's return, and rightly so. Today though she's posted up a new version of the track along with a remix of it from Nicolas Jaar.
Check out both the rework and the new version below and look out for Cat Power's new album, Sun, which drops on the 4th of September via Matador.
Today saw Twitter explode with the trending topic of Cat Power, who, after a long absence, returned today with the announcement of a new album. On September 4th, Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, will release her ninth studio album Sun, her first full-length release of original material in over six years. The album saw Chan recording in various locations across the glove, a process that was heavily influenced by her breakup with longtime boyfriend and actor Giovanni Ribisi. When speaking to The Stool Pigeon earlier this month, she said, "I cut my hair off three days [after the break-up], got on a plane to France and finished the shit. It’s all good, you know. I love the person very much. I actually love this record very much, too. I’m very proud of it."
The announcement also came with a fantastic preview in the form of the track "Ruin," which sees Chan channeling her heartbreak in an unexpected way. The song is upbeat, with a piano hook that is catchy and hopeful despite the solemn lyrically content. Check out the song, which is paired with an announcement video, after the jump, along with the tracklisting for Sun.
05. Always on My Own
06. Real Life
07. Human Being
09. Silent Machine
10. Nothin But Time
11. Peace and Love
Cat Power let loose the video for her 7-minute re-recording of "King Rides By" late last week and the video itself wasn't what I expected at al. It features the Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao training and will most likely make you feel far too unfit. At least it's New Year Eve soon and we can all pledge allegiance to the gym for at least a day or two... maybe.
As well as the video though, you can grab yourself the new version of the track on her official site for the small price of a donation. A donation that benefits two charities: the Festival of Children Foundation and the Ali Forney Center. So, keeping with the spirit of giving this Holiday season dig deep one last time before hitting the sales.
Cat Power’s as yet untitled 9th LP is looking likely for a 2012 release but for now check out the re-recording of this track which was originally released in 1996 on Chan's album, What Would The Community Think.