Smart ladies love rad music, November records


Last month, I took a look at October’s new releases, and I wanted to do the same for November.This is usually an exciting time of year for music–many records that will end up on best-of-2012 lists will be released in these final months. This partially due to the short-term memory of music fans, but also because there’s simply a glut of releases to push out before those lists come out. Unfortunately, this year, the list of November releases seems to be lacking. I have combed through Pitchfork’s list and found some gems. (Some of the records, like the new Big Boi, were pushed back and I could not include them. GRRR!)


I could not do this post without mentioning this amazing 12″ single (which I already ordered). You know I’m obsessed with lead track “Losing You” but “Sleep in the Park” is also a future classic.


The Babies

Their last record was a surprise for me, and Woodsist thought so too, since they’re putting out Our House on the Hill, another LP full of poppy garage jams, on November 13th.

The Weeknd

Abel Tesfaye self-released a series of three EPs for free last year (House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes, all of which I played to death last year). These three mixtapes are being released in physical form with three extra tracks under the title Trilogy on November 26th. Get it if you missed out last year.

The Evens

Unlike my husband and most men I know, I was never into Fugazi. I own a bunch of Dischord releases by The Make Up and Slant 6, among others, but I was never fond of the classic DC punk bands. However, I love The Evens, Ian MacKaye’s acoustic project with his wife Amy, who played drums in another of my Dischord favorites, The Warmers.


I had never heard of this experimental musician from Chicago until I picked her off Pitchfork’s list but I like her work. It’s quiet and warm, like a more musical Regina Spektor without all the affectations. Perfect late fall music. Year is out on 11/20.

Teen Daze

The Inner Mansions is Teen Daze’s second LP of 2012 and this song featuring Frankie Rose is so freaking good. I try to stay away from anything that people compare to Washed Out but I downloaded one of their EPs a while ago and kept picking it on my iPod at work.

Reissues: My Neighbor/My Creator by Wye Oak (Merge; previously unavailable on LP), Interpol’s Turn on the Bright Lights

I think early 2013 is going to be fantastic for music, particularly with the new Merge releases (Reigning Sound, William Tyler) and others (Weekend, Azalea Banks, Bleeding Rainbow, Lemonheads reissues, etc).

If there’s something I should hear, please let me know in the comments!

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