Caffeine-buzzed, rainbow-saddling electro pop, peppered with squelches and squeaks, tugged along by a falsetto that sounds like a marvelously mangled indie rock take on Chipmunk Soul. All. That. And. More. On Chunk of Change, the debut from Passion Pit. A stick of dynamite. A punch in the gut. A perfectly potent introduction to one of 2008’s most exciting young bands, Boston’s crown jewel, and the owners of the best song we’ve EVER HEARD THIS MONTH, “Sleepyhead.” The EP descended last week via Frenchkiss Records, and should serve as plenty more than a taste of what’s to come on next year’s full-length debut. The New York Times loves it. And so do we. And so should you.
The Raveonettes unveil the second installment in their digital-only EP series this week, with the release of Sometimes They Drop By . The Danish noir-rock duo made headlines earlier this month after surprising fans with a free remix EP to kick off the series, designed to follow up this year’s critical smash, Lust Lust Lust , with new perspectives and heretofore untouched aesthetics. Sometimes is streaming in full over on AOL Spinner.
Wu Tang Clan mastermind RZA released a video straight from Shaolin headquarters this month announcing that Wu Music Group is going digital. Thirteen classic Wu fam albums are already teed up to hit digital stores for the first time on September 23rd, including Wu Chronicles, The Swarm, The World According to RZA, and releases from Killarmy, Black Knights, and Shyheim. RZA also hinted at new material in the video. And if this message is any indication, he’ll be using the newly launched Wu Music Tube and Wu online headquarters to get the word out to fans first.
Sounding more like a band from the Carolina mountains than the Garden State, Ropeadope‘s latest indie offering Carlon doesn’t hesitate to take hints from the south’s folky Americana past. Their haunting reverb-soaked harmonies have a whisky-fueled energy that swells to a swaying pulse on debut LP Johari Window. Music like this can’t flow from a sterile high-priced studio; the lingering rawness found in songs such as these can only be born from youthful recklessness. The world suddenly looks like a place where lyric-inspiring stories bubble out of the river.
Produced by the band andRoss Petersen, and executive produced by Pete Francis of Dispatch in Carlon’s warehouse rehearsal space,Johari Window is filled with twangy rock and harmony-laden balladry that has won the band more than a few favorable comparisons to Band of Horses and My Morning Jacket. The long-player will be available across the web on September 30th, so lock up your daughters and keep an eye on this band as they make a sweep from Boston to Austin spreading their sound. Tour dates after the jump.
Currently supporting critical and commercial darling The Rhumb Line with a massive North American tour, the members of Syracuse’s Ra Ra Riot have been keeping busy since the album’s August 19th release. They recently stopped by Conan (video above), touched down at Daytrotter’s studios for a rousing session, and have whipped up an ecard featuring tons of Rhumb Line content: the 4-part attic video series the band unveiled earlier this month, the MTV2-premiered clip for “Ghost Under Rocks,” a free download of blog-fave “Dying Is Fine,” and a handful of extra goodies. So if you need to bone up on one of 2008’s finest records, now is your chance.