On The Shelf: Tomorrow’s New Releases Revealed Today

Mar 19th, 2007 // 5 Comments

sink.jpgWelcome to On The Shelf, Idolator’s weekly look at select releases hitting store shelves on Tuesday. This week looks to be a big one for indiedom’s biggest artists, although there’s a Jerky Boys album coming out, too; after the jump, we look at new albums by Modest Mouse, El-P, Tracey Thorn, and LCD Soundsystem.

Modest Mouse, They Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
The artist: American Idol-ized Northwest rockers, who now have Johnny Marr in tow.
The sound: Big guitars, nautical overtones, and a few harmony lines from James Mercer.
The first in line: American Idol fans. Wait, why are you laughing?

El-P, I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead
The artist: Underground hip-hop pioneer, who has Chan Marshall and Trent Reznor in tow.
The sound: Bleak, furious, and summed up by the line, “The whole design got my mind crying.”
The first in line: Fatalist backpackers.

Tracey Thorn, Out Of The Woods
The artist: Everything But The Girl frontwoman goes solo for the first time since the ’80s.
The sound: A long, satisfying stroll through the past two decades of dance music.
The first in line: Us. (No, we’re not kidding.)

LCD Soundsystem, Sound Of Silver
The artist: World-weary Ultimate Fighter-slash-remixer-slash-blogger.
The sound: Cowbells and handclaps syncopating 21st-century dread.
The first in line: The chart-storming troops.

On The CD Front [Pause & Play]

  1. worldsfair

    El-P Album Release Party
    Tuesday March 20th
    9pm – Midnight
    Delancey Lounge
    168 Delancey Street btwn Norfolk and Attorney

    Open Beer Bar: 9-10pm
    Drink specials all night!
    RSVP ONLY – rsvp@definitivejux.net

    come one come all!

  2. Reidicus

    That Ted Leo record is asskicking and world-beating. Been spinning it constantly since getting my advance. Sometimes I swear the man is Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey (or perhaps Paul Weller) all rolled into one.

  3. Maura Johnston

    i am still in a post-sxsw haze and i skipped over the ted leo record being in that list. many apologies. but yes, it’s very good, too. tomorrow is a really strong day for indie/indie-related releases, and i’m very curious to see how the chart falls out next week.

  4. Anonymous

    I’m really amped for that El-P album, plus the J Dilla Ruff Draft re-issue.

  5. GiantPanda

    what about the new panda bear album?

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