Tom Verlaine - Around (Thrill Jockey), Songs and Other Things (Thrill Jockey)
Not one, but two new records from the former Television leader. Songs and Other Things is a pop record with the "soaring guitar and poetic lyricism of his past efforts." Around is an instrumental record inspired by postwar noir film scores.
The Streets - The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living (Vice)
On his debut album, Mike Skinner boasted, "you won't find us on AltaVista...cult classic, not best seller." For better or worse, those days are long gone for this Birmingham geezer, and now comes the inevitable album about being famous. The Fork gave it a respectable 7.0, but The Guardian wasn't nearly as forgiving.
Also out this week...
Elf Power - Back to the Web (Rykodisc)
Rakes - Capture/Release (V2)
Starlight Mints - Drowaton (Barsuk)