Jerusalem and the Starbaskets
The new 7-inch single from Jerusalem and the Starbaskets is due February 23 on the awesome Destijl Records.
Songs of the Young Sinclairs is due March 30 via Kindercore.
Go, the solo debut from Jónsi (Sigur Rós), is due April 6 on XL Recordings.
For the third week in a row, Drag City is streaming a new Joanna Newsom track from the forthcoming triple LP Have One on Me. It’s called “Kingfisher” and lasts over nine minutes. Whoa.
Hear the rest of the 17 tracks on February 23.
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com
S. Piliso & His Super Seven
With Next Stop Soweto, Strut trace some of the amazing music that often only appeared on short run 45s at the time, including tracks by smaller and lesser known bands that plied their trade under apartheid during the years before the tumultuous Soweto uprising of 1976. Featuring music recorded primarily for the local market, the album takes the listener far beyond the accepted township jive template into fusions with jazz, gospel, rumba, funk and traditional mining songs, all under-pinned by a gritty, uncompromising edge.
Next Stop … Soweto: Township Sounds From The Golden Age of Mbaqanga is due February 2 via Strut. Expect VW’s next album to sound like it.