Interesting CD releases for May 12 by uncdiversions
May 12, 2009, 9:03 pm
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Hey boys and girls. It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time to go to the record store and check out what’s new. To help you out a bit. Here’s Dive’s take on the most interesting CDs out there to check out.

First off we have the excellent new record from Chapel Hill/Nashville band Roman Candle.

Riding the unbelivibly intelligent wit of singer Skip Matheny, the band make Southern-tinged pop-rock that’s as charming as a front porch and a glass of lemonade.

The new record, Oh Tall Tree in the Ear, features more inventive arrangements and Matheny’s strongest songs to date. For a review, check out the weekly summer issue of the DTH available Thursday. A trio of EP singles for three of the album’s tracks are available at romancandlemusic.com

Next up, Chapel Hill’s Odessa Records is releasing a pair of treats for you today.

First is Pretzylvania, the debut from Chapel Hill’s sophisticated new punk band Americans In France. As those of you who came to see them at Dive party already know, they use caustically distorted arrangements and irresistible snobbery to cultivate a charming air of snot-nosed exclusivity.

Also coming out from Odessa is Ripped in No Time from Chapel Hill’s Impossible Arms. The band puts an interestingly off-kilter twist on modern and classic rock. Again, for full reviews of both records check out this week’s DTH.

The last record I have for you, you won’t actually be able to procure until Friday. Megastar punk rockers Green Day release their latest entitled 21st Century Breakdown at the end of the working week.

If what I’ve read has it correctly, the band has continued down the Who-inspired path of rock opera followed on 2004’s American Idiot, filling their arrangements with grand musical statements and pursuing a thematic analysis of the state of America divided into 3 acts.

So it would appear that once again they will either soar or fall flat on their face, depending on your opinion of such larger-than-life tactics.

– By Diversions Editor Jordan Lawrence


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