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Okkervil River - The Stand Ins in stores 9/9/08.

Okkervil River - The Stand Ins in stores 9/9/08.

Okkervil River has been busy; with three albums in the last four years, you may think there has to be a drop in quality, but alas, they deliver the goods again on their new album, The Stand Ins. I will not waste any of my trademark alliteration and clever quips on this modest description (hint: full album review soon), but do not expect another Black Sheep Boy, they bring more of the pseudo upbeat alt-country/rock of last years effort, The Stage Names, almost serving as an extension. Brash and brutally honest lyrics galore. Perhaps we can cross our fingers for a new 2009 release.

Brendan Canning - Something For All Of Us... is available now.

BSS Presents: Brendan Canning - Something For All Of Us... is available now.

Broken Social Scene is an oddity. They have had more branch-off solo albums than the Wu-Tang Clan. OK, we won’t be ridiculous, but the release of BSS Presents: Brendan Canning’s Something For All Of Us… marks the third album in two years released by one of the super-groups masterminds (see also: BSS Presents: Keven Drew – Spirit If…, also recommended, also loving the use of “…”, and breakout alum Feist – The Reminder). Brendan does not stray from what he knows, and you can expect more of the arrangements you would hear from a normal any BSS release. Now if only we could get a proper follow-up to BSS’ self-titled 2005 masterpiece.

The Avett Brothers - The Second Gleam EP is out now.

The Avett Brothers - The Second Gleam EP is out now.

Never being one for conventionalism, I am throwing in The Avett Brothers for the second time in this weeks Listen Up! They released The Second Gleam EP somewhat under the radar, with the brothers new album soon on the horizon. It is a stripped effort, most likely some B-sides from their critically acclaimed 2007 album Emotionalism. All of the songs here contain simple guitar/banjo and vocals only, beautiful ditties about lost childhood, murder of a loved one, and unbridled love (you know, the usual). Following these ‘gents has been a fantastic ride, to see how much they have grown since their humble beginnings; they have really found their stride.

– Ant

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The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers are coming off the best album of their career, Emotionalism in 2007, to having their highest commercial success yet with the release of their new EP, The Second Gleam. The EP debuted on the Billboard top 200 album chart at a respectable 82. Emotionalism was in my top 20 albums in 2007; of course they don’t need my endorsement now, recently signing a deal with a Sony affiliate. If you have not heard The Avett Brothers unique meld of folk and bluegrass, even if you don’t find those styles particularly appealing, they deserve a shot.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Real Emotional Trash is out now.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Real Emotional Trash is out now.

Stephen Malkmus, who is most known for his days as the front man for the critically acclaimed Pavement, does not get enough credit for his solo work. Stephen Malkmus – S/T is one of my favorite albums of all time, with his gentle mix of brash lyrics and the seemingly classic 90’s guitar of yore.

“Shepherds herd in real time
Sheep are barley-grazing on a field of green
Vines ripen to find
Troy will prevail
Trojan curfews prevail”

Stephen really captured me on this album, unlike anything he did with Pavement; it’s more refined, more polished, and more emotional.

Ryan Adams has seen his amount of success, as well as some failures, and that’s what makes this topically arrogant musician so endearing. Fact is, his style changes with almost every album, with the hearty riff-laden Rock-N-Roll, to almost single-handedly commandeering the “alternative-country” genre with his proper solo debut, Heartbreaker. He really caught his stride in 2004, with the release of Love is Hell; including one of THE best cover songs of all time, Wonderwall by Oasis, greatly surpassing the original (set down your nostalgia a bit and really listen). The fact that he is in his early 30’s and crunching out 4 albums and 2 EP’s in the last three years really speaks volumes for Adams’ talent. Do yourself a favor, unleash this beast of a musician into your repertoire; start with Heartbreaker, Love Is Hell, and Cold Roses.

– Ant

[Listen Up! is a weekly feature.]