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Sweet Release: New music from A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Erland & the Carnival, and ESG

Posted by Michael Brodeur  October 18, 2010 10:48 PM

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A Sunny Day In Glasgow, who self-release "Autumn, Again" today.

Another Tuesday, another heap o' new albums. After checking out our reviews of fresh releases from Sugarland, Dylan, Kings of Leon, Lil Wayne, and Omar Hakim & Rachel Z, click on through for three more promising picks, out today. Warning: Your earzes have a busy, busy day ahead of them.



"Calling It Love Isn't Love (Don't Fall In Love)" might have a bleak note built into its name, but it's like a beam of hard autumn sun cutting through a stubborn bank of cold clouds. "Autumn, Again" is a complimentary slab of pop songs, richly suffused with the ambient acid wash that gives the Philly band's less catchy (or catchable) fare its sheen. Anyone whose pining for the 90s is only matched by their longing for the future will dig this. Download with a donation of your choice, or nab the vinyl (do that) for $14.

A Sunny Day in Glasgow plays Great Scott on October 27.


I'm increasingly hooked on London's Erland & the Carnival, a new band featuring Simon Tong (formerly of the Verve, and partially of Blur, Gorillaz, and The Good, The Bad & The Queen). They made a name busting out surly versions of traditional Scottish and English folk tunes; and the debut finds the same gritty spirit they brought to "Love is A Killing Thing" put to different, poppier use in the form of ditties like the above, "Trouble in Mind." You can get the debut through the Full Time Hobby label -- and while you're there, cough up an email and get a free download of Timber Timbre's self-titled album.

Erland & the Carnival play Great Scott on November 4.



Often overshadowed by the "most sampled band in history" quasi-factoid that follows them around, the South Bronx family band ESG weren't the best dance band of the late 70s, early 80s, or at any of the other points over the last two decades when their unmistakable grooves found themselves in vogue. They didn't have to be. With their matter-of-fact minimalism and their knack for honing in on just what funky needs to be funky, ESG enshrined themselves in the party pantheon. This 2-disc set from Fire Records traces the whole story (which, honestly, has its best moments toward the beginning). Could be the most fun crash course you take all year. Take their evergreen hit "Moody" (below), I could listen to it all day; and thanks to YouTube, you can too!

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