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New Music Report: The Beauty of Art Brut, Plus Jarvis Cocker

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In this edition of Christian Rock — contributing editor Christian Hoard's weekly pick in the New Music Report — Hoard chats about English garage-pop band Art Brut, a group led by hilarious goofball Eddie Argos. The first single from their third album, Art Brut Vs. Satan, is called "Alcoholics Unanimous," and it tackles one of Argos' favorite subjects: drinking (the band's first album included a song where he admitted his fantasy of swilling Hennessey with Morrissey).

While the British rockers slipped a bit on their last album, they're back in form on this new LP, and Argos is still penning delightfully detailed lyrics. On the endearing "DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshakes," Argos sings about a 28-year-old guy who pines after a woman in his comic-book shop and finds solace in the aforementioned pleasures. The album was recorded in two weeks and produced by Pixies' Frank Black, and while the band's sound hasn't changed significantly — it's still a boozy post-punk mix — the songs are damn catchy. Argos' topics this time around include his fear of getting older and rock & roll — he loathes over-produced records (and calls out Brian Eno).

Also this week, Jarvis Cocker is putting himeslf on exhibition at a Paris art gallery, where he'll be holding rehearsals and bringing attention to his new album, which is due May 19th. For Hoard's commentary on Cocker's art project and more on Art Brut, check out the full video.

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