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Taco Tuesday (8/30): Male Bonding, Jacuzzi Boys, Tinariwen, Juliana Hatfield, Beirut to release albums

28 Aug

Aug. 30 will be a particularly fruitful album-release Tuesday, bearing several noteworthy releases that should eek their way onto 2011 Best of lists.

Male Bonding’s sophomore album Endless Now should find its way into your hands, as the Sub Pop trio have left nude (though not completely) the jaunty melodies that were buried in fuzz on their first album.

 

Miami’s Jacuzzi Boys will be releasing its sophomore full-length Glazin’ via Seattle’s Sub Pop subsid Hardly Art. The free spirited rock trio released its debut through Orlando’s Florida’s Dying Records before releasing several 7″ (with Woven Bones, King Khan and nobunny) and a 12″ live vinyl through Jack White’s Third Man label. Check out Jordan’s interview with bassist Danny Gonzalez here.

 

Hailing faaaaar from Miami, Tinariwen will release Tassili, its fifth album since being discovered in the Sahara Desert by French musicians in 2001. The group of nomadic Tuareg rebel fighters, native to Mali, had been roaming in exile throughout Libya and Algeria since the 60s, forming a collective of musicians to pass the time between rebel uprisings. They’ll be back on the road soon with a major U.S. tour including Miami.

 

Juliana Hatfield is an indie rock. Like Jason Schwartzman said to the giant rock in I Heart Huckabees, “Nothing sits like this rock sits. You rock, rock.” Despite an insanely productive career, it’s hard to believe the iconic singer with the girlish voice is 44 years old. Juliana, who injected an edge into 90s female-led indie rock, is set to release There’s Always Another Girl, her 11th solo LP. That obviously excludes four LPs as lead singer of the Blake Babies, two LPs Some Girls and countless one-off collaborations with bands like Giant Sand, The Lemonheads, and Susanna Hoffs.

 

Four years removed from their last album, Beirut‘s Riptide was worth the wait. Zach Condon’s soulful boyish voice is noticeably less vulnerable, delivering commanding vocals over his most concise arrangements yet. Condon’s songwriting sits in its most mature phase yet, giving us 33 more minutes of reason not to doubt Condon’s insistence upon blending Western rock with the Balkans and Mediterranean. Guest vocals by Sharon Van Etten and Hawk and a Hacksaw’s Heather Trost.