Exclusive First Listen Explosion!

As many of you know, NPR’s website contains a feature that previews albums for up to a week before their official release. It seems like the platform’s becoming more popular to artists, as this week there are several albums made ready for your streaming pleasure.

Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi‘s first solo album, Go is streamable here. Be warned: this is no Sigur Ros album. It sounds way too positive, energetic and hopeful to fit the band’s typical album mold.

Old style swingin’ funkers Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are previewing their forthcoming album I Learned the Hard Way right here. Get ready for horn-accompanied soul ballads.

Dr. Dog‘s new album- Shame, Shame is also streaming here. Plenty of hooks are woven throughout the group’s deep understanding of psychadelic 60’s pop.

To really mix things up, you can check out David Byrne & Fatboy Slim‘s collaboration, Here Lies Love, right here. Both artists’ influences are easily discernable on the two albums, creating nothing short of an interesting 70’s disco/pop amalgamation. The album’s back-story is about Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos’s rise to eminence, using 20 different female guest vocalists (Annie Clark, Sharon Jones, Shara Worden, Tori Amos, Cyndi Lauper, to name a few) to help tell the tale.

And finally, you can stream the folksy debut album from Black Prairie, Feast of the Hunter’s Moon, right here. The Portland-based group was started by two members of the Decemberists, Chris Funk and Nate Query. The group’s debut sounds like old-time music most likely heard at a barn or campfire.

With plenty of genres from which to choose, this should be an interesting, if not dynamic, Tuesday for everyone.

Enjoy! And as always, leave a comment with your opinions on the albums.

And remember to e-mail graphic/logo ideas to musicforthegods@gmail.com

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