#MusicMonday, Vol. 34: The Dodos, Fleet Foxes, Rush, and more!

The CL Music Team kicks off some jams to rocket launch us into the work week! Here’s what we’re spinning now; to check out previous entries, click here.

The Dodos, No Color (2011), TV on the Radio, Nine Types of Light (2011)

I wasn't so much a fan of The Dodos' last album, 2009's Time To Die — or really, it left so little of an impression that I never returned to it after the first few listens. Luckily, I experienced the opposite response to No Color, which got me hooked two beats in. No Color showcases what San Francisco two-piece Meric Long (vocals, guitar) and Logan Kroeber (drums, percussion) are best at: crafting tight, melody-infused and rhythmic-intense songs carried on Long's acoustic guitar strumming and Kroeber's strident drumming, the former adding classy finger-picking moments to the mix while the latter brings tasty percussive textures. They even got Neko Case on board for this album to sing backing vox on several tracks. It's simply stunning. As far as Nine Types of Light goes, I can pretty much count on enjoying anything TV on the Radio puts out; but their fifth has exceeded expectations. The official release date via Interscope/4AD is tomorrow. Stay tuned for a review on that one.

Taylor Xanadu Soundtrack (1980)

The movie was awful, to say the least, but the music is irresistible.

Infinite SkillzPusha T, Fear Of God Mixtape (2011)

Pusha T continues the Clipse tradition by weaving tales of cocaine drug sales around peerless wordplay. As staunchly anti-drug as I am, I can't help but enjoy this mixtape because of its poetry and honesty. "Open Your Eyes", "Cook It Down," and "My God" are all rewind button worthy.

Gabe Rush, Moving Pictures (1981/2011)

Brand-spanking new deluxe 5.1 surround sound edition of the Canadian power trio's landmark album. This edition was meticulously remastered and engineered for the best possible sound quality and it shows; the already great-sounding album jumps out of the speakers like never before. A hard rock classic just got a little better!

Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues (Sub Pop)

It may have seemed that there was nowhere to go but down after the Fleet Foxes' soaring and majestic debut, but Helplessness Blues is more of same harmonious vocals, polished production and sparkly acoustics FF fans fell in love with — but taken up a few notches. The vocals are high in the mix, and singer Robin Pecknold's own comes at us with melancholy and winsome emotion. Helplessness Blues further departs from the band's self-titled debut by way of its epic and proggy flourishes of experimentation and Wiccan-like theatricality — as if the band were ushering us out of the wintry forest and into a mythic land of floating castles and feathered-haired wizards. Thankfully, Pecknold takes us back down to earth with his intimate delivery, especially in the beautifully bare "Spotted Tail" and the sweet waltz, "Lorelai."

Ray Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues (2011)

The album doesn’t officially hit shelves until May 3, and while they do have a single coming out on Record Store Day, the Fleet Foxes’ sophomore LP is going to be everything that you would expect it to be.  It's bursting with lush harmonies, old-school (yeah, like Baroque) instrumentation, and Robin Pecknold’s ever-enchanting brand of storytelling.  They haven’t released new music in over three years, but this album makes the wait worth it for sure.

NicoleNinja Gun, Roman Nose EP (2011)

Although it's officially out April 12 (tomorrow), you can hear some of Ninja Gun's new four-song EP on a variety of websites — their myspace page, Fuse, Magnet, and The Onion's AV Club. To pick up the real deal, visit Sabot Production's website, click on the extra button and download the EP for free this week. What are you waiting for? Click away and get some new tunes to herald the emergence of spring... social commentary with equal measure of twang and pop and just a dash on punk attitude keep this EP rocking along.

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