Listening Stations – May 2011

These are a few of the more than 50 titles featured in our listening stations this month.

Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
Foo Fighters’ anxiously anticipated seventh album, Wasting Light, produced by Butch Vig and mixed by Alan Moulder, was recorded entirely on analog tape in the garage of Dave Grohl’s home in California’s San Fernando Valley. The first run of the Wasting Light CD will include a free piece of the album’s original master audio tape.  It’s just a small piece of tape, but it’s the actual master of the record – only available on the CD version!  Wasting Light is their first full length with Butch Vig, who previously produced two tracks on 2009’s Greatest Hits and produced Nirvana’s classic Nevermind.

Dengue Fever – Cannibal Courtship
Dengue Fever, with their exotic blend of Cambodian rock, Afro grooves, surf and garage psych, returns with Cannibal Courtship, the group’s first studio album since 2008’s Venus on Earth and their Fantasy Records/Concord Music Group debut.

Dirty Vegas – Electric Love
Electric Love marks the explosive return of Grammy award-winning Dirty Vegas. The group has had worldwide fame with their infectious and acclaimed hit track “Days Go By” (which was featured in the trailblazing Mitsubishi Eclipse commercial). The album finds that elusive sweet spot between the slickly polished electronic sounds of their past and a more decidedly rock edge, deftly balancing beats and guitar-led melodies.

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Fleet Foxes are from Seattle and the members of the band are Robin Pecknold, Skye Skjelset, Josh Tillman, Casey Wescott, Christian Wargo, and Morgan Henderson. The first Fleet Foxes album was released on Sub Pop in 2008 and earned glowing reviews in MOJO, Entertainment Weekly, Pitchfork, etc., and later that year the band appeared on Saturday Night Live. Helplessness Blues is one of the most anticipated releases of 2011.

The Airborne Toxic Event – All At Once
Produced by Dave Sardy (Oasis, Band of Horses, the Ting Tings), “Changing” is the first single from the Airborne Toxic Event’s long-awaited new album, All At Once. Through February and March the band played many shows in Europe, and the band will be touring the US all of May. Since their debut album’s release in 2008, The Airborne Toxic Event, has sold over 200,000 albums in the US.