Cage the Elephant, “Whole Wide World”
Recommended If You Like: Live records
Four studio albums into their career and about two years since the last record, Cage the Elephant has decided it’s time for a live record. Unpeeled—set for release on July 28—is a 21-track that features both original material and covers like this. Don’t feel bad if you don’t recognize this as a cover because it’s a 1977 song from English punker/new waver Wreckless Eric. He’s made some decent coin from this song because it’s also been covered by everyone from Elvis Costello to Paul Westerberg to the Monkees to Bahamas to the Wallflowers.
Before the World Was Big (Anti-Records)
RIYL: Breeders, Veruca Salt, Weezer
You gotta like the rawness of this recording by the LA duo of Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker who used to alternate on bass and guitar. Now, though, they have a bass player and drummer behind them so they can focus on performance. Pay attention to these people. They could be on to something.
Rooney, “Second Chances”
El Cortez EP (Geffen)
RIYL: Sloan, Cars, Weezer
Fine summer single from Robert Coppola Schwartzman, the California dude behind Rooney. And before you ask, yes, he’s the son of actress Talia Shire—Frances Ford Coppola’s sister—which means Jason Schwartzman is his brother and his uncle is Nicholas Cage. (There are more interesting Hollywood connections, but I’ll leave you to pull at those threads.) This song isn’t exactly new because it was included on his 2011 solo album.
St. Vincent, “New York”
RIYL: Unabashed quirkiness
It’s been almost three years since Annie Clark released her last album, so fans are hopeful that this song is a harbinger of a new full-length project. This is the most visible thing she’s done since she served as Record Store Day Ambassador earlier this year.
Whitehorse, “Pink Kimono”
Panther in the Dollhouse (Six Shooter)
RIYL: The New Pornographers, Arkells, Hollerado, Cage the Elephant
Hamilton husband-and-wife team Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland are now up to their fifth full album (this one came out just this past Friday) and plan a record release event Tuesday the 11th at Revival. What’s interesting about this party is that it will also acknowledge those in the sex industry who are fighting for positive change. That includes Terri-Jean Bedford, the famous Canadian dominatrix. Should be an interesting night…