After the post-Xmas lull, the jams are finally back! Yay! Today, Tapes N’ Tapes take us outside; British Sea Power wants you to party like you’re in Norse mythology; Cake rises with some compassion; Cage The Elephant is reborn; Wire keeps growing like a big ol’ tree; and Bela Fleck’s wife, Abigail Washburn, finds refuge. So let’s get into the groove, after the jump!
Cake, Showroom Of Compassion
Still groove-driven poetry, but more frustrated than angry.
Cage The Elephant, Thank You Happy Birthday
Their sophomore record keeps things alternative, but adds some indie flava.
British Sea Power, Valhalla Dancehall
For their fourth record, BSP wanted to create a mythical space for the modern Norse to hang. But there’s only one, or maybe two, dance tracks.
Abigail Washburn, City Of Refuge
Folksy banjo music by a lady who thinks globally.
Wire, Red Barked Tree
The ’70s post-punk band still rocks!
Tapes N’ Tapes, Outside
Misery loves company, especially when the people there to give you sympathy are in this band.