This week’s best albums
– BFFs El-P and Killer Mike return as Run the Jewels, offering some of the best bangers of the summer.
– Pretty Lights lays down a massive and layered record, going orchestral by way of electronica and getting guest love from Talib Kweli.
– Singer-songwriter Mike Kinsella gets dynamic with solo project Owen, amping up and showing shades of his past.
Huntress: Starbound Beast (Napalm)
Myron & E with The Soul Investigators: Broadway (Stones Throw)
Zomby: With Love (4AD)
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Owen, AKA singer/songwriter Mike Kinsella, has a new track out entitled “Bad Blood.” It’s a reflection on the ways in which we’re formed by our family background. Check it out, read our cross-interview between Mike and his brother Tim (Joan of Arc), and then get ready for his new album, L’Ami du Peuple, out July 2 on Polyvinyl.
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Growing up in the northern Chicago suburbs, brothers Tim and Mike Kinsella began the indie-rock cult favorite Cap’n Jazz at the ripe young ages of 15 and 12, respectively. Though the idiosyncratic quintet didn’t garner most accolades until a few years after disbanding, its founders and cohorts all have gone onto productive, overlapping careers. Tim has been the force behind Joan of Arc; Mike has released six solo albums as Owen; and both regularly collaborate with a small army, including cousin Nate Kinsella (Birthmark), Sam Zurick (Owls), Bobby Burg (Make Believe), and Victor Villarreal.
Here the brothers take turns questioning each other about being musicians, coming off like an asshole, and feeling your age.
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Birthmark: Antibødies (Polyvinyl, 5/15/12)
The multi-talented Nate Kinsella (cousin of Tim and Mike Kinsella) has made a name for himself performing in or alongside a slew of out-there indie outfits, including December’s Architects, Joan of Arc, Make Believe, and Owen. As Birthmark, his densely layered solo project, he creates a sound all his own by experimenting with a variety of instruments to an effect that is whimsical and unusual.
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