David Bowie — The Next Day
SPIN panned it, The Guardian lovingly called it "an album in lieu of a memoir," but judge for yourself while The Next Day is streaming free on iTunes (I know, iTunes and free, those words together raise suspicion, but I swear, it's for real). As someone who treasured Heathen when it came out in 2002 and happily listened to 2003's Reality, I'm devouring The Next Day — saxophone and mortality themes and aging rock star ego and all. The iTunes stream is free until the album comes out Tuesday, March 12.
Youth Lagoon — Wondrous Bughouse
Not to give anything away before you read Ellen Cushing's review in this week's Express, but I recommend listening to Youth Lagoon's sophomore album on NPR First Listen before it expires. Wondrous Bughouse is out today.
They Might Be Giants — Nanobots
Lest you think They Might Be Giants only makes great music for kids, the duo returns with an ambitious album of bite-sized pop — 25 songs in all and none more than 3:30 minutes long — which, as expected, is silly and whimsical, but also witty and refined. KALX DJ Sharkey agrees.
@whitney_writer I've been a fan since the late '90s, and I'm shocked to find I think it's the best thing they've put out in that whole time.
— Spencer Owen (@SharkeytheDJ) March 5, 2013
Rhye — Woman
Since Frank Ocean blew up, it seems like every artist wants to make R&B. To find out if LA duo Rhye stands out from the crowd, read Lenika Cruz' review in this Wednesday's Express. For now, check out producer Ryan Hemsworth remix of Rhye's single "Open."
Chelsea Light Moving — Chelsea Light Moving
Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore is staying busy after his split with wife and collaborator Kim Gordon, having formed Chelsea Light Moving to nourish his need for distorted sludge rock. It reeks of a midlife crisis, but, hey, a newly divorced dude can only buy so many guitars and motorcycles. Stream it on NPR's First Listen or buy it today.