Worth a listen: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Noah & The Whale, The Chemical Brothers

If you’re looking for something new to listen to this week, definitely start with Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears’ Scandalous: it’s a vital collection of blues, dirty funk, and soul that’ll have your head bobbin’ in no time. I directed you to “Booty City” yesterday, and because for some reason the band is not in much of a sharing mood (only minute-long promos with tastes of songs released via their YouTube channel? hard to sell an album just on song samples anymore, guys), I re-embed it here. Loads of fun and Amazon MP3 is selling the deluxe version of Scandalous for a few bucks less than iTunes:

Also making a welcome return are Twickenham’s own Noah & The Whale. After the Eels-like promise of their debut Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down, I was severely disappointed by the mopey follow-up The First Days of Spring, fearing that songs as good as “5 Years Time” were the exception, not the rule. They’ve allayed my fears and rediscovered their knack for great indie pop songs with the buoyant Last Night on Earth. Here’s the lead single, “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.”:

If you like what you hear, grab Last Night on Earth at Amazon MP3.

Also of interest is the score to the upcoming film Hanna by The Chemical Brothers. Seems that pre-release hype is a bit more tempered than it was for Daft Punk’s Tron: Legacy score, and that may serve it well. The trailer only features tiny bits of the score, but what I hear is electrifying. Check out a remix of “Container Park” that the Chems posted to their website:

Want to hear more? Head to iTunes, where it seems to be a digital exclusive right now. What’s rocking your headphones this week?

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