New Releases You Should Be Listening To:
Papercuts: "Fading Parade"
Papercuts' first release via the Sub Pop label is hazy and gorgeous, with muffled vocals sliding underneath.
David Bevan over at Pitchfork says it succinctly where I can't: "Jason Quever breathes more than he sings, as though he isn't sure whether he wants you to hear him at all [. . .] It's the quiet ones you have to watch."
Totally all over the place, and probably recorded in a closet. This is very entertaining, and showcases Alex Ebert (of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros)'s multi-instrument talent with abandon.
New Releases You Should Be Ignoring:
Beady Eye: "Different Gear, Still Speeding"
Dear god, what happened to these guys? With all of the booze-fueled fisticuffs removed, Oasis sounds remarkably similar to Rob Thomas--neutered and boring.
Things I am Inappropriately Excited About:
R.E.M.: "Collapse Into Now"
...and I have no idea what this is even going to sound like.