Summer is rapidly coming to a close, which means that things are about to get stressful. Whether it's moving into a new place, starting a new job, or going back to school, life gets hectic this time every year. But when the day is done, new music is great to heal your wounds — or to act as a soundtrack to party your troubles away.
Here is what we have on rotation at Radio 1190 this week:
You know those groups of goofy kids that stand outside of venues trying to bum smokes off of older dudes because they have big X's drawn on their wrists? What if those kids formed a band? Well, they did and they are called Twin Peaks. The band's second LP, Wild Onion, has the foursome bringing together elements of garage rock, punk and glam. The paper-thin lo-fi production makes the album sound as if it was recorded in a decrepit bar somewhere in Chicago. Tracks such as "Flavor" catch the band in its truest form, playing power-pop tunes like they are going out of style (or already out of style). With a solid second record from this group of youngsters, we can only hope that they stay as gritty and gnarly as they sound on Wild Onion.
OK, OK, we can all settle down now because the new Spoon record is here. And it is good. Four years following 2010's Transference, the Austin indie-rock demigods released their fist disk off Loma Vista recordings with some of the best production heard this year, thus far. They Want My Soul is a great mix of mid-2000's Wilco-esque ballads and bluesy rock 'n' roll freakouts, showcasing Spoon in the band's most energetic and organic form. With some of the group's best songwriting in years, both old and new fans of Spoon will have plenty to chew on.
Denmark may be far from the beach, but on the seventh record from The Raveonettes, the shoegazing duo fully immerses themselves in surf-rock culture. Named after the popular surfing spot in Maui, Pe'ahi is a radically noisy take on beach rock. In 2013 when vocalist Sune Rose Wagner's father passed away, the garage-rock superstar decided to dive deep into Southern California culture. But on this record, Wagner deals with less sunny topics and brings us the darkest beach punk album we've heard this year.
James Calvet is the music director at CU-Boulder's Radio 1190. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.