New Full-Length Releases
Desaparecidos - Payola
Conor Oberst has had a lot of projects. He's best known for his work as Bright Eyes, but has also been a member of the supergroup Monsters of Folk (with Mike Mogis, M. Ward, and Jim Jones), and guested on numerous artists' songs; he has been focused on a solo career lately. He was a member of Desaparecidos in the early-aughts, though the band was on hiatus throughout much of the 2000s. They reunited in 2012 and are releasing their first album in more than a decade this year.
Watch: "City on the Hill"
Everything Everything - Get to Heaven
This band with the kitchen-sink sound just get better and better with each album. Though they didn't have much praise for their sophomore album, Arc, is was one of my favorites in 2013. The quick turn-around on the new record is meant as a "fix" on something the band considered "broken," but I'm still excited for a new record.
Watch: "Distant Past"
Frank Zappa - Dance Me This
Frank Zappa may have passed away more than 20 years ago, he's been just as busy in death as he was in life. There have been over 30 albums released since his 1993 passing; sadly, this looks like it may be the last. The record comprises the last material he worked on before his death.
Listen: "Dance Me This"
Son Lux - Bones
2013's Lanterns was a beautiful, haunting, and overall incredible album from Son Lux. The album, which was the band's third, was recorded as a solo record for Ryan Lott. This time around, he gets some help from drummer Ian Chang and guitarist Rafiq Bhatia. He's a great collaborator (see his work as Sisyphus with Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti, as well as the rerecording of "Easy" with Lorde), so I hope that more musicians make things even better.
Watch: "Change Is Everything"
Watch: "You Don’t Know Me"
Other Full-Length Releases
Nicolas Jaar - Pomegranates
Richard Thompson - Still
Listen: "Broken Doll"
Listen: "Beatnik Walking"
Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.
Black Mountain - Black Mountain Reissue
Listen: "Black Mountain" (demo)
Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash - Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats
Listen: "I Walk the Line"
Class Actress - Movies
Watch: "More Than You"
Delorean - "Crystal"/"Bena"
Editors - "Marching Orders"
Watch: "Marching Orders"
HAERTS - "Everybody Here Wants You"
Listen: "Everybody Here Wants You"
Hellrazor/Spook the Herd Split
Joy Division - Still Reissue
Listen: "Walked in Line"
Less Win - Further
Listen: "As of Today"
The National - A Lot of Sorrow
Watch: MoMA Performance
One Hundred Thousand Voices
Listen: Marissa Nadler - "Carnival"
Listen: Lady Lamb - "Shoulders"
Ryan Adams - "Burn in the Night" 7"
Listen: "Cop City"
Listen: "Look in the Mirror"
Slow West: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Listen: Django Django - "Slow West"
Thundercat - The Beyond/Where Giants Roam
Watch: "Them Changes"
Listen: "Song for the Dead"