Diversions


Interesting CD releases for June 23 by uncdiversions
June 23, 2009, 8:48 pm
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Today is an absolutely packed release day, and it’s one that has two fairly large N.C. releases to boast as well.

The first release on today’s docket is Uncanny Valley, the new one from Raleigh’s Birds of Avalon.

Having finished their last record with ideas left on the back burner. the Birds grabbed some of their producer’s old-fangled equipment and recorded in lo-fi.

The result is a record that’s heavy on texture but low on substance. But regardless it’s a hard-hitting 30 minutes that’s sure to please some. Check out some tracks from the record on MySpace and read the full review in this week’s issue of the DTH.

Next up is the new disc from Wilmington hardcore group He Is Legend.

Judging by the two songs from the disc up on the band’s MySpace, this one looks to be as loud and room-filling as the band’s previous releases.

Both tracks are pounding affairs that allow Schuylar Croom’s roar to soar with rage.

Plus, I got to say that that ostrich on the cover is pretty cool.

This leaves us room to highlight one of this week’s many national releases. For my money, the one to get most excited about is Farm, the new record from riff-rock heavyweights Dinosaur Jr.

Returning after the success of 2007’s Beyond, J Mascis and crew are once again combining big riffs and powerful hooks to create rock that’s as large as it is catchy.

A few of the songs are available on the band’s MySpace, and judging by the great buzz this record’s been getting, it’s probably worth a listen.

Also hitting record store shelves this week are new ones from the Mars Volta, Regina Spektor, Deer Tick and the Lemonheads. So even if you’re not into my picks, there should be something out there for you this week anyway.

– By Diversions Editor Jordan Lawrence

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