Essential Full-Length Releases
A$AP Rocky - At.Long.Last.A$AP
Lord Flacko is back with his sophomore album. A$AP Rocky is the most prominent member of one of the newest rap groups, A$AP Mob. He released his debut album, Long. Live. A$AP, in 2013 to quite a bit of fanfare. In the time between, he began to ingratiate himself into the worlds of fashion and film (he has a starring role in the film Dope), but is back to the music game this year.
Listen: "Everyday" (featuring Rod Stewart, Miguel, Mark Ronson)
Little Wings - Explains
Little Wings is the music project of musician Kyle Field. I started listening to his music a few years ago when I discovered his 2002 album, Light Green Leaves. I played the album on repeat for quite some time. Despite his talent, not many publications seem to know about him, or perhaps they are disinterested in his music. I missed announcements for his last two records, but thankfully I was able to catch this latest one!
Listen: "By Now"
Robert Pollard - Faulty Superheroes
Guided By Voices may be done as a band, but former lead singer Robert Pollard remains extremely prolific even as a solo artist. This is the second of three (so far) albums slated for this year, though it's the only one under his own name. He began a new solo project earlier this year, Ricked Wicky. He released I Sell the Circus in February and has one slated for next month under that name.
Listen: "Up and Up and Up"
Listen: "What a Man"
Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated at Last
Thee Oh Sees are also a fairly prolific act, though they stick to just one album per year, which they have done since their 2004 debut. Their latest album is the first to feature a pair of new members; Tim Hellman and Nick Murray, who were brought in as a rhythm section for the band's tour last year. The addition of these members, along with the return of some former collaborators, helps to round out the band's sound.
Listen: "Withered Hand"
The Vaccines - English Graffiti
The Vaccines started out on the tail-end of the British post-punk revival and their first album reflected that sound. They've challenged that style with each subsequent release, though I didn't like the results as much. While there's still some element of experimentation on this release, it seems to be a better return to form for the band.
Watch: "Minimal Affection"
Watch: "Dream Lover"
Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.
Carpark Sweet Sixteen Basketball Picture Disc
Listen: Skylar Pence - "Practice"
Listen: TEEN - "Dylan and Chong Playing Basketball"
Devinyl Splits No. 2
Listen: Meredith Graves - "Took the Ghost to the Movies"
Listen: Kevin Devine - "Geißen"
Mark Kozelek - Rock N' Roll Singer Reissue
Listen: "Rock N' Roll Singer"
Listen: "Metropole 47"
Listen: Sharon Van Etten - "Remembering Mountains"
Listen: Marissa Nadler - "So Long Ago and Far Away"
The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers Reissue
Watch: "Bitch" (Extended Version)
Listen: "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" (Alternate Version)
Sondre Lerche - Despite the Night EP
Listen: "Despite the Night"
Listen: "Despite the Night" (Fancy Colors Remix)
Songs of Aloha
Listen: Kurt Vile - "Take My Advice"
Listen: Jónsi & Alex - "Midnight Mix"
Swans - Filth Reissue
Listen: "Stay Here"