Pixies, “Classic Masher”
Head Carrier (Pixiesmusic)
Recommended If You Like: Duh. It’s the freakin’ PIXIES!
You’d think that a band that’s been around for as long as the Pixies that they’d have more than six albums. Nope. Gotta factor in that long hiatus from 1993-2004 and the ten-year period when they were happy just to tour and release the occasional single. And while this is their second album in as many years, it’s only their second release of the 21st century. Still, it’s good have them around, innit? And whither Kim Deal? Could she be coming back soon?
The Killers, “Peace of Mind”
Sam’s Town 10th Anniversary Edition (Universal)
RIYL: The Vegas desert if it was filled with Morrissey fans and synths
Don’t get excited. There’s still no new album on the horizon for the Killers—but they do have this special 10th anniversary reissue of their second album. And it’s not so much a new song as it is a demo from the sessions that led up to that album. If you’re interested, a new two-disc vinyl version of the record is also in stores.
Royal Canoe, “Somersault”
Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit (MapleMusic/Nevado Records)
RIYL: Primus (but less whacked out), Alt-J (but less Scottish), Gotye (but less depressing)
Manitoba-bred (Winnipeg and the Mennonite stronghold of Steinbach; remember, too, that they are refugees from The Waking Eyes) musical mad scientists are back with original material (they recorded a version of Beck’s Song Reader sheet music album a while back). Dig the Les Claypool-like bass excursion, too. This might net them another Juno nomination for Alternative Album of the Year.
Scenic Route to Alaska, “Love Keeps”
Long Walk Home (Scenic Route to Alaska)
RIYL: Hey Rosetta!, Born Ruffians, Said the Whale
Three-piece indie pop from Vancouver (abbreviating their name as “SRtA” is okay by them) who started out playing R&B covers wherever they could get a gig. It’s worth going through the whole album on their Bandcamp page.
The Temper Trap, “Alive”
Thick As Thieves (The Temper Trap Album) (Glassnote)
RIYL: White Lies (I think…), Two Door Cinema Club (I suppose…), The Killers (I guess…)
Australia’s The Temper Trap (don’t forget the definite article; they hate when you call them just “Temper Trap”) are up to album number three, which has them rediscovering the guitar after trying something different with the last album. Maybe that has something to do with the fact that many of the songs were co-written with people outside the band.