Mandatory Music: St. Vincent, Modest Mouse, Jose Gonzalez + More
So what did we learn this past week? Mostly that it's next to impossible to keep a hugely anticipated album from leaking (even if it's likely you cast some sort of Icelandic woodland protection spell to keep it from happening).
While we wound up getting Bjork's new album two months earlier than expected, we here at the Mandatory Music complex decided to focus this week's installment on stuff that still isn't officially out. Although you really never know when some impatient hacker might change that.
'Bad Believer' from 'St. Vincent' (Deluxe Edition)
If (for some weird reason) you didn't become dangerously addicted to the self-titled fourth album by indie goddess St. Vincent when it came out last February, you'll have another chance when the 16-track deluxe edition drops next month. In addition to the 11 songs on the critically acclaimed release, this new version includes a few former Record Store Day exclusives, a Japanese exclusive, a remix and the previously unreleased (and glammed out) 'Bad Believer.' Of course, you can listen to that one right now.
'Coyotes' from 'Strangers to Ourselves'
While we already got a taste of the more rowdy side of the first new Modest Mouse album in eight years in the form of 'Lampshades on Fire,' the new track, 'Coyotes,' revels in the band's spacier, more meandering moments. If hearing a track from No. 4 on our list of the Top 100 Most Anticipated Albums of 2015 isn't reason enough for you to check out the song, the video (based on a true story about a coyote that rode a train through Portland) is legitimately up there with the cutest things ever.
'Leaf Off/The Cave' from 'Vestiges & Claws'
Swedish singer/songwriter Jose Gonzalez has said, 'Vestiges & Claws,' his first solo album since 2007's 'In Our Nature,' was inspired by a vast array of genres scattered across time and geography including ’70s Brazilian productions, American folk and West African desert blues. You can also definitely pick up on an underlying tropical feel throughout the new single, 'Leaf Off/The Cave,' which means there might be even more disparate influences on the album he hasn't even hinted about.
JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION
'Do the Get Down' from 'Freedom Tower -- No Wave Dance Party 2015'
It's been two years since the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion released their comeback album, 'Meat + Bone,' and if the title of the follow-up doesn't make it pretty clear, it's an open love letter to the trio's hometown. A press release said the 13 tracks are a “document of New York City, a chronicle of grit and terror and love.” Not sure what something like that would sound like? Just click below.
'Believe the Squalor' from 'If I Kill This Thing We're All Going to Eat for a Week'
Although Lieutenant is the new solo project of Foo Fighters (and former Sunny Day Real Estate) bassist Nate Mendel, you could just as easily call it a supergroup. His backing band includes Snow Patrol’s Paul Wilson, Fleet Foxes’ Christian Wargo and the Bronx’s Jorma Vik and the upcoming debut full-length features appearances by Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett, Sunny Day Real Estate frontman Jeremy Enigk and the Shins drummer Joe Plummer.