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Two Records Worth Checking Out: Miniature Tigers & Jaill

It’s Tuesday!

For all music lovers, this means it’s a day of celebration, jubilation, and discovery. I’m sure some people will be a little disappointed I’m not talking about Best Coast‘s hazy summer-pop release today (sorry guys- really not much of a fan…), but don’t fear; there are still two notable releases that should tickle your respective fancies.

First, Brooklyn-based Miniature Tigers released Fortress today via Modern Art Records.

The album is a feel-good selection of tracks that’s perfect for this time of year, and it was co-produced by Chris Chu of The Morning Benders. If that co-production excites you, you’ll be interested to know that the single “Goldskull” was also produced by none other than Neon Indian (you can definitely hear the Chillwave influence in that track).

You can stream the entire album over at Spinner.

Next, Jaill released That’s How We Burn today via Sub Pop.

Somewhat close to the same stylistic spectrum as the aforementioned group, Milwaukee-based Jaill create pop-driven rock, but their Midwestern breed of garage rock delivers a much heavier dose of grit and drive.

Sadly I can’t find this album streaming anywhere, so you’ll have to settle for some samples at their Myspace.

Happy Tuesday!

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New Single: Ra Ra Riot- Boy

Ra Ra Riot is known for their supercharged pop, heavy with rich strings, driving beats and soaring melodies.

Their new single “Boy” has the same tendencies, but it sounds a bit more mature than their debut tracks from The Rhumb Line (2008); you can hear their growth and development.

To hear the song, head to their website, and play/download it from the top right of the page.

Yep, that’s one hell of a bassline.

Watch: Inlets- In Which I, Robert

Back when Inlets released their debut album Inter Arbiter, I officially deemed it an Ungodly Release (and it’s still in the running for one of the best albums of the year).

Now Sebastian Krueger’s project has released an awesome video for one of my favorite tracks, “In Which I, Robert.” (You’ve gotta love the funky prepared piano bass line.)

The video delves into different dimensions inside a box inside Krueger- very cool. Sadly I can’t embed the video yet due to copyright restrictions, so you’ll have to head to Stereogum to watch it.

It’s worth it.

Listen: Baths

I’ve posted about Will Wiesenfeld’s glitchy electronica project Baths a couple times already, and the anticipation of hearing the full album has been riding high for me. Truthfully, this is one of the albums I’ve been most excited about since FlyLo’s last release.

And today as I started my rounds on the blog-o-scene, I happened across the answer to my yearnings- you can listen to the entire album Cerulean right here.

Listen to it- it’s superb. This guy is carving out his niche, and that niche already sounds familiar, comfortable and inviting.

The album is due July 6 via Anticon.

Just Frenetic Enough: Maps & Atlases

Maps & Atlases have left some of their math-rock tendencies behind for their colorful debut full-length LP, Perch Patchwork, out today.

The Chicago-based group didn’t drop all of their layered, rigorous attention to syncopation, however, and what’s left is an album that sounds like a themed mural that’s been splatter-painted with sparkly guitar riffs.

With more space to breathe, Dave Davison’s voice is free to take charge of the melodies, and he delivers a confident performance on each track.

Stylistically speaking, Perch Patchwork ranges all the way from Afro-beat to indie pop rock, while remaining heavily percussive and using embellishments to maximum potential.

Listen to the full album at their Myspace.

Preview: The Roots

You can now listen to How I Got Over, the latest album from beloved hip-hop outfit The Roots, at their Myspace.

The LP features collaborations with Joanna Newsom, Jim James from My Morning Jacket and the female vocalists from Dirty Projectors, and it’s due June 22.

Must Hear Preview: Villagers

Once again, NPR has provided an incredible preview.

The latest album from Villagers, Becoming a Jackal, is absolutely outstanding. It might be one of the best of 2010, and you can hear the entire LP up until it’s official June 8 release.

One man, Conor O’Brien, plays nearly every instrument on this expansive album, and he’s the brains behind all of the innovative songwriting.

Enough of my babbling, you just have to hear this record.