Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Out Today: New A$AP Rocky, Christopher Owens, Yo La Tengo, Parquet Courts, Jessie Ware

By Whitney Phaneuf
Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 11:39 AM

It's Tuesday, which means new music releases. Here's what we're listening to:

A$AP Rocky — Long.Live.A$AP
The fact that I'm not yet tired of Long.Live.A$AP's second single “F**kin' Problems,” after hearing it for months, tells me A$AP Rocky has learned how to craft a hit. Pick up this week's Express starting tomorrow for a complete review of Long.Live.A$AP.

ASAP Rocky - Fuckin' Problems Feat. 2 Chainz, Drake, & Kendrick Lamar from STAYSNCR on Vimeo.

Christopher Owens — Lysandre
There's way too much saxophone and flute on Lysandre for my taste, but overall, critics seem to enjoy the former Girls' frontman Christopher Owens' solo debut. Stream it at The New York Times.

Yo La Tengo — Fade
Contemplative and melancholy, Yo La Tengo's thirteenth album and first in four years is drawing comparisons to its 1997 masterpiece I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One. Stream Fade on Pitchfork.

Yo La Tengo plays Amoeba Music (San Francisco) on Saturday, January 19. 3 p.m. Free.

Parquet Courts — Light Up Gold
Listening to all this new post-punk has made me revisit bands like Wire, The Modern Lovers, and even Interpol, which isn't a bad thing. New York's Parquet Courts nails the punchy, pissed-off sound of this late Seventies genre in a debut album packed with catchy songs. Light Up Gold has been out for awhile and you can stream it in full on Bandcamp, but it gets widely released today by label What’s Your Rupture?

Parquet Courts plays Hemlock Tavern on Wednesday, January 16. 9 p.m., $7.

Jessie Ware — If You're Never Gonna Move EP
UK pop/R&B singer Jessie Ware's album Devotion streamed widely when it was released in the UK last year, but now that she's signed to Interscope imprint Cherrytree, it's not available in the US until April 2. (Annoying.) Her new sampler EP is intended to whet our collective appetite and support her US tour.

Jessie Ware plays Rickshaw Stop on Thursday, January 24. 10 p.m., $15 (Sold Out).

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