Welcome to a new semi-regular feature on The Frisky in which we comb through all the new releases in books and music, and present you with our top picks. We’re calling it “Like This, Love That” — think of it as a human “Amazon Recommends,” or that friend of yours who’s always on top of the newest and the latest. Check out our picks for this week — including Rob Sheffield’s new karaoke-themed memoir and The Civil Wars’ sophomore album — after the jump!
The Civil Wars, The Civil Wars: The Civil Wars are kinda interchangeable with fellow chill folk rock bands like The Lumineers and Of Monsters & Men, distinguished by the fact that the two members no longer speak. So, did the falling out hurt their sophomore album? Nah. Rock on.
KT Tunstall, Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon: While the Scottish singer-songwriter’s was recording her latest album, her father died of Parkinson’s and her marriage ended, giving many of the tracks a somber, reflective quality. If you dig A Fine Frenzy and Ingrid Michaelson, give this album a shot.
The Polyphonic Spree, Yes, It’s True: Do you love giant choral arrangements, psychedelic strings and synth, and bands that are the size of a baseball team? How about CocoRosie or Phoenix? Great! The Polyphonic Spree’s new album is the perfect soundtrack for chilling on your porch swing.
Turn Around Bright Eyes by Rob Sheffield: If you haven’t read the hilarious Rolling Stone’s scribe’s other music-infused memoirs, DO. Sheffield’s latest is a deeply moving and funny account of falling in love, using his favorite karaoke songs as landmarks.
Necessary Errors by Caleb Crain: If you were riveted by The Unbearable Lightness Of Being or nearly bought a one-way ticket to Eastern Europe after reading Prague, then this debut coming-of-age novel, set in post-revolution Czechoslovakia, will reinvigorate that traveling spirit.
Very Recent History: An Entirely Factual Account of a Year (c. AD 2009) in a Large City by Choire Sicha: The founder of The Awl has released his first book, a hyper-realistic, slightly fantastical account of a fictional City and its inhabitants. If you liked Gary Shteyngart’s Absurdistan” or the deadpan meanderings of Tao Lin’s Taipei, then pick this up.