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Tuesday Reviewsday: Boards of Canada, Calexico, Fat Tony and more

Boards of Canada's latest album, Tomorrow's Harvest, released in June 2013.
Boards of Canada's latest album, Tomorrow's Harvest, released in June 2013.
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Now it's time for Tuesday Reviewsday, where we talk about what's new in music. Joining us today is Shirley Halperin, music editor at The Hollywood Reporter, and Chris Martins, senior writer for Spin magazine. 

Chris Martins' Picks:

Artist: Boards of Canada
Album: Tomorrow's Harvest
Release: June 11
Song: "New Seeds"
Scottish electronic duo — active since '86, releasing music since '95 — with a deep and well-deserved cult following. Part of the '90s Warp music IDM boom, known for recordings imbued with dense atmosphere and warmed by analog equipment. The sound of nostalgia for the world that was in a post-apocalyptic future. This is their first album in eight years and it came as a surprise. In order to announce the thing, the duo sent fans on a wild goose chase that involved secretly seeded vinyl, esoteric number cyphers and hidden messages via television, radio, music videos, and even website source code. 

Artist: Fat Tony
Album: Smart Ass Black Boy
Release Date: June 11
Song: "Hood Party" featuring Kool A.D. and Despot"
Buzzing 25-year-old rapper from Houston. His vibe is conversational, lighthearted, smart, stylish and a little wry though he's no cynic. His style isn't particularly regional — a hallmark of MCs his age with unfettered Internet access — but his concerns are local. 2010 album was called RABDARGAB, which is the acronym of a controversial Houston educational initiative (read a book, do a report, get a buck). 

Artist: Case Studies
Album: This Is Another Life
Release Date: June 11
Songs: "Everything," "Villain"eaturing Marissa Nadler"
Seattle's Jesse Lortz and whoever's around to lend a hand. Got start with duet, the Dutchess and the Duke, but broke away in 2010, transitioned from Mamas & Papas or Zombies garage rock to dark poetry and a Leonard Cohen-like drawl to match. He prefers capital letter subjects with an emphasis on duality: Life and Death, Love and Lust, God and the Devil. On his second album, I hear a whole lot of the dearly departed Jason Molina of Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Company. Sad Bastard music with a real sense of the beauty that comes with struggle. Don't know exactly what/who "Everything" is about, but I'm okay with that. Mystery is one of Case Studies' strong points. The second song features dream-folk singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler, is reminiscent of his earlier stuff. Would be a real pretty one to go out on.

Shirley Halperin's Picks: 

Artist: Andrew Stockdale
Album: Keep Movings
Release Date: June 11
Songs: "Long Way to Go," "Everyday Drone," "Woman"
Former frontman for Australian hard rock band Wolfmother (their 2005 hit "Woman" has been heard in countless TV commercials) takes his band's songs for himself.

Artist: Alex Pangman
Album: Have a Little Fun
Release Date: June 11
Songs: "The Panic is On," "Are You Having Any Fun?"Listen Here
Jazz singer from Toronto recreates swing era standards. Album features 87-year-old guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli who's played with everyone from Benny Goodman to Les Paul. Good timing as Gatsby fans looks for more period-appropriate fare to sink their teeth into.

Artist: Calexico
Album: Spiritoso
Release Date: June 11
Songs: "Para"
Tucson alt-country band perform has only gotten better with age. Case in point: this live album recorded in Germany where Calexico is backed by two orchestras - the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien) and the Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg. Simply beautiful.

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