Listen to the new LCD Soundsystem album

The forthcoming album from James Murphy’s offbeat electro-dance-rock group LCD Soundsystem is called This Is Happening. NPR radio in the US is streaming the entire forthcoming album: listen to it here.

I’m a big fan of all previous things LCD, and this album is no different. It’s lo-fi but futuristic. It’s hilarious funny and deeply weird. It’s impossibly catchy and annoyingly self-aware. It’s repetitive and it’s innovative. This Is Happeningalso sounds a bit more retro New Wave compared to the other albums. And Murphy’s voice seems to have deepened and broadened a bit. It’s really, really good.

Listen above, and if you agree with me buy the album when it’s released on May 18.

New Weird Australia, volume 5

From Discontent, A Mixtape Blog (click the link for two qualities of download, and album notes):

New Weird Australia Volume Five, March 2010, NWA005

1. MOOKOID, Hex River Valley (3:32) from ‘Fishy’ (Pimalia)
2. DOT.AY, You Knight (5:25) previously unreleased
3. PEACE OUT!, Running On Sand, Walking On Water (4:29) from ‘Peace Out EP’ (self-released)
4. BURNING PALMS, Mockery (2:12) previously unreleased
5. THE ATLAS ROOM, Iris (5:18) previously unreleased
6. ///▲▲▲\\\, Spit Shine (2:00) previously unreleased
7. KATE CARR, Textopera (3:06) from ‘First Day Back’ (Retinascan)
8. RED PLUM & SNOW, I Would Die 4 U (2:21) previously unreleased
9. DUNS, Bad Rythm (sic) (5:47) from Cowardly Attack (c40 cassette, Willaston Tapes)
10. VORAD FILS, Temple Leak (2:42) from ‘The Warmest Static – POWWOW Ten’ (Feral Media)
11. JUSTICE YELDHAM, March Of The Bodypumpers (4:54) previously available as a Wire Magazine download
12. GAIL PRIEST, Etchings (3:22) previously unreleased
13. CAUGHT SHIP, BlackHole/SweatBeat (5:32) previously unreleased
14. CRAB SMASHER, Skin Destruction (3:58) previously unreleased
15. RIPPLES, False Mission (5:06) from ‘Ripples EP’ (self-released)
16. BLAKE FREELE, Inside There’s Expectations (8:59) previously unreleased

New Weird Australia is a not-for-profit initiative designed to promote and support new eclectic and experimental Australian music. Our current projects include a free compilation series (available to download every two months), a weekly show on Sydney’s FBi Radio and an irregular program of live events. Contributions from Australian artists are welcomed and encouraged -submission details and terms can be found at newweirdaustralia.com/about.