New York City is in the midst of a weeklong heatwave, making electric bills soar and this writer drop some cheesy lines, but Indie Basement is just as hot with this week's very cool new albums: Ty Segall goes acoustic, The Sadies release their final album with the late Dallas Good, TRAAMS return after seven years with help from Protomartyr's Joe Casey, and Thor Harris invites a bunch of friends (including Zola Jesus and Marissa Nadler) to help make a dub album. Plus: relive the lofty heyday of '00s hipster Williamsburg with a reissue of Liars' 2001 debut.
If you need more new album reviews, Andrew has you covered in Notable Releases with Rico Nasty, Flo Milli, Joey Bada$$, and more. If you're an only child like me, you need more and more I shall give: Pulp might be reuniting; Robyn Hitchcock announced a new album with lots of cool guests; so did Engineers' Mark Peters; and Flaming Lips' are giving Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots' the deluxe box set treatment.
The Indie Basement corner of the BrooklynVegan shop is well stocked with hand-picked vinyl, books and merch, including new albums by Kevin Morby, Belle & Sebastian, Porridge Radio, Spiritualized, Wet Leg, Dry Cleaning, Yard Act, Mercury Rev, Aldous Harding, and King Hannah, not to mention classics from Kraftwerk, Sparks, Spoon, Stereolab, Broadcast, LIlys, Pylon, The Cribs, Goldfrapp, Oasis, Echo & The Bunnymen, Slowdive, Roxy Music, The Libertines, and more.