Some damn good releases this week, folks… Let’s take a look.

1. Pavement – Quarantine the Past

It’d be hard to do an album release post without including this one. Quarantine the Past, the Pavement greatest hits album, is out, and has already garnered Best New Release on Pitchfork with a 10.0 score. Featuring obvious favorites like “Cut Your Hair” and “Shady Lane,” as well as dark horses like “Unfair” and “Shoot the Singer,” this greatest hits album is headed in the right direction to do exactly what greatest hits albums are meant to do: open up a catalog to a new generation of listeners. So for those listeners, here’s one of the best introductions to Pavement:

2. Broken Bells – Broken Bells

What happens when James Mercer of The Shins and producer Danger Mouse team up? The new self-titled album by Broken Bells. Rather than pump out singles like “Crazy” and “New Slang,” the new album works best as a whole, and their two respective sounds mesh incredibly well on every track. For one of the better displays of how the two artists work together, check out “Vaporize:”

3. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach

It’s about time. The new Gorillaz album, Plastic Beach, drops today. After the Danger Mouse-fueled Demon Days, those who were looking for a solid album will not be disappointed. The album features a number of impressive guest artists (Lou Reed, Mos Def, Snoop Dogg) and continues to prove why Damon Albarn should stick with the Gorillaz project. But for one of my personal favorite guest appearance from Gorillaz days of old, check out De La Soul on the track “Superfast Jellyfish:”

Other notable album releases: Alberta Cross, Frightened Rabbit, The Morning Benders, Titus Andronicus

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