TMBG's new kids' album, Here Come the 123's, came out yesterday, but I haven't gotten it yet. I put in an order for it at Amazon, but I probably won't get it until everyone else is sick of it. Actually, though, I haven't seen any of the other TMBG fans on my friends list talking about it, so maybe I'm not as far out of the loop as you might think.
And now for a few thoughts on some albums that I DID get this week, although they're not new by any stretch of the imagination:
The Olivia Tremor Control albums that I've heard are somewhat odd mixes of psychedelic pop and and weird ambient noise kind of stuff. The Circulatory System's self-titled album is more consistent, with a style sort of in the middle of those two things. It's all quiet and dreamlike stuff, but it's usually melodic as well. It also has just as interesting a mix of instruments and sounds in the arrangements as the OTC's songs do. I probably won't listen to the album all that much, but I do like it. It's kind of hard to pick a favorite track, but if I did, I think it would have to be "Lovely Universe."
Utopia Parkway is a good pop album, although I don't know if I like it as much as Fountains of Wayne's self-titled album or Welcome Interstate Managers. I'm pretty far behind where FoW are concerned. Didn't they put out a new album last year?