July 18, 2006

Rack And Opinion: Release Date 7.18.06

Sex Pistols -- SpunkThere's no slam-dunk release that is going to drive a lot of indie sneakers through retail doors this week, but there are at least a couple records we think those with a yen for a new release should consider. First up is The French Kicks, whose Two Thousand arrived at our offices only yesterday. As such, we haven't heard the record, but we saw the band perform much of the material a couple weeks back when it opened for The Futureheads here in Boston [review, MP3s]. And what we heard was ace. Another record we have a good feeling about this week is the new Golden Smog set, Another Fine Day. No, we still haven't heard it, but we dig Gary Louris' Jayhawks material and find the prospect of his stewardship of much of this set pretty enticing.

We discussed Feist and Sinking Ships in detail in our Free Range Music piece from the other night, so we'll skip them and move on to our final recommendation for the week. If you are in the U.K. or have a domestic U.S. record shoppe with a good import section then you may be able to get your hands on an official release of the mythical Sex Pistols bootleg Spunk. The recording is notable because it precedes bassist Glen Matlock getting pushed out of the band in favor of the only vaguely competent anti-hero Sid Vicious, and as a result there is plenty of able bass playing to be found therein. Links to that and our other picks of this week's new releases are listed below, with links going to relevant commercial opportunities with our old skating partners over at Insound.

Feist -- Open Season -- Cherrytree/Interscope
The French Kicks -- Two Thousand -- Vagrant/StarTime International
Golden Smog -- Another Fine Day -- Lost Highway
Sex Pistols -- Spunk Bootleg -- Castle [U.K.]
Sinking Ships -- Disconnecting -- Revelation

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