10 Albums You Can Hear Now: Nick Cave, Pissed Jeans, Kool A.D., Can Offshoot, and More

Plus: Ulrich Schnauss, Sorcerer, the Bryan Ferry Orchestra, Joe Budden, Coheed and Cambria, and Curren$y

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Kyle McGovern WRITTEN BY
Kyle McGovern

It's Friday! Close out the work week with these 10 ready-to-stream albums.

1) Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Push the Sky Away. "Push The Sky Away is a world away from Grinderman's brutal sound. Instead it finds the Bad Seeds in stately mode, and contains some of their most beautiful melodies to date." (via the Guardian)

2) Cyclopean, Cyclopean EP. "Cyclopean [is] the debut collaborative EP from Can founder members Jaki Liebezeit and Irmin Schmidt, along with producer/musician Burnt Friedman and Jono Podmore (who plays in Metamono and was involved in curating Can's recent Lost Tapes collection)... features four tracks, in a dark, percussive and sub-bassy vein." (via the Quietus)

3) Pissed Jeans, Honeys. "In practice, ['adult angst'] might mean bitter but grown-ass lyrical themes — chucked against the cubicle wall in song titles like 'Chain Worker,' 'Male Gaze,' and, yup, 'Health Plan' — but musically it's at least as sludgy and rambunctious as when [frontman Matt] Korvette used to howl about his love for ice cream." (via SPIN)

4) Ulrich Schnauss, A Long Way to Fall. "The starry-eyed pop melodies are more subdued; the feathery guitars have blown out into a diffuse harmonic spray. But the music's outwardly ambient characteristics can be misleading; finely tooled machine rhythms ripple discreetly beneath the haze, and there are ominous undercurrents running through even the most blissed-out passages, as though to suggest that the illusion of weightlessness comes at a price." (via SPIN)

5) Sorcerer, Island Rescue EP. "[Opening track 'Island Rescue' is] a fuzz-soaked Afrobeat miniature filigreed with Durutti Column guitar leads and little pearls of dub delay; 'Cobra Coven' is an easy-going disco jam that's been singed by solar radiation, and 'Heartbreakers,' the sweetest of them all, takes the breezy-listening vibes to balmy new heights." (via SPIN)

6) The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, The Jazz Age. "[The Jazz Age is] an instrumental album which re-imagines Ferry's work and the songs of Roxy Music as if they were performed by a 1920s jazz band... sounds incredibly fresh, capturing both the eccentricity that has always been a part of Ferry's music and the romance conjured up by the vintage sound." (via NPR)

7) Joe Budden, No Love Lost. "No Love Lost... boasts 17 tracks full of features including the likes of Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and French Montana, as well as help from his Slaughterhouse cohort with Royce da 5’9", Crooked I and Joell Ortiz jumping on 'All In My Head' and 'Skeletons.'” — SoulCulture (via AOL Music)

8) Kool A.D., 63 and 19 mixtapes. "[Former Das Racist rapper Kool A.D.] has two new mixtapes... Lakutis, Busdriver, Meyhem Lauren, DaVinci, Spank Rock, Issue, Maffew Ragazino, and a ton of other guys make guest appearances, and Kool A.D. even brings out an old, unused Ad-Rock beat that the former Beastie Boy sent to Das Racist a few years ago." (via Stereogum)

9) Coheed and Cambria, The Afterman: Descension (Vol. 2). "[Frontman] Claudio Sanchez's jagged howl leads Coheed through thunderous, theatrical cuts like 'The Hard Sell' and 'Gravity's Union.' On the infectious 'Away We Go,' the band adopts a streamlined classic rock sound, while powerful closer '2's My Favorite 1' bursts with longing and pop-punk glory." (via Rolling Stone)

10) Curren$y, New Jet City. "New Jet City mixtape... features Rick Ross, Trinidad Jame$, Wiz Khalifa, and Jadakiss, alongside production by Harry Fraud, Lex Luger, and Statik Selektah." — Consequence of Sound (via DatPiff)

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