Essential Full-Length Releases
Beach House - Depression Cherry
Beach House's previous two records, Teen Dream and Bloom, brought the band to new levels of commercial acclaim and popularity. Despite this, they sought to return to the simpler sound employed on their first two albums. The effort came in part from frustration in trying to recreate live what had been accomplished on those records. The frustration led to creative stagnation for the duo, but they were able to build on past ideas to create another fantastic record.
Destroyer - Poison Season
Even if it weren't for the amazing-ness that is the New Pornographers, many of its members would still be among the most highly-celebrated modern musicians. Destroyer's Dan Bejar is one of those musicians. He started Destroyer three years before his more ubiquitous band formed, and has pushed the envelope ever since. On his latest, he adds lush string arrangements to his already unique brand of baroque-inspired pop.
Watch: "Times Square"
Watch: "Girl in a Sling"
Foals - What Went Down
Up until their last album, 2013's Holy Fire, Foals had felt a bit like a Bloc Party clone. Now, don't get me wrong; I did and still do really enjoy their debut album. Perhaps helped by the fact that Bloc Party had fallen off the radar a bit, Holy Fire was something very different, and even more amazing, from the band. What Went Down continues that progress and helps the band stand out even more in the crowded indie rock field.
Watch: "What Went Down"
Watch: "Mountain at My Gates"
Hamilton Leithauser & Paul Maroon - Dear God
My worry over The Walkmen's hiatus last year was extremely short-lived since three of the band's members quickly released incredible records to fill the void. Two of the members are back at it this year with a limited edition collaborative album; frontman Hamilton Leithauser and guitarist Paul Maroon. The album is the second post-hiatus outing for Leithauser, and the first for Maroon, though he did help out on Black Hours.
Listen: "How & Why"
Yo La Tengo - Stuff Like That There
Throughout their career, Yo La Tengo has become known for their unique takes on others' music. In 1990, they released an album, Fakebook, almost completely made up of covers. They return to that format for their latest album, with their own interpretations of songs originally by Hank Williams, The Lovin' Spoonful, The Cure, and many more!
Watch: "Friday I’m in Love"
Watch: "Automatic Doom"
Other Full-Length Releases
All Dogs - Kicking Every Day
Listen: "How Long"
Frog Eyes - Pickpocket’s Locket
Watch: "Joe with the Jam"
Listen: "Two Girls (One for Heaven and the Other for Rome)"
Gin Wigmore - Blood to Bone
Watch: "New Rush"
Watch: "Written in the Water - Die Regardless"
Ruby Amanfu - Standing Still
Watch: "Shadow on the Wall"
Tamaryn - Cranekiss
Watch: "Hands All Over Me"
The Weeknd - Beauty Before the Madness
Watch: "Tell Your Friends"
Watch: "I Can’t Feel My Face"
Willis Earl Beal - Noctunes
Listen: "Flying So Low"
Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.
Cee-Lo Green - "Sign of the Times"
Watch: "Sign of the Times"
Jamie xx - "Loud Places" Remix 12”
Listen: "Loud Places" (John Talabot Loud Synths Reconstruction)
Listen: "Loud Places" (Barnt E-Mix)
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Live at the Atlanta Pop Festival
Listen: "Purple Haze"
Listen: "Stone Free"
Listen: La Luz - "Believe My Eyes"
Listen: Scully - "Don’t Want That"
Mark Lanegan - Houston: Publishing Demos 2002
Listen: "No Cross"
Listen: "I’ll Go Where You Send Me"
Mos Def & Ski Beatz - "Sensei on the Block"
Listen: "Sensei on the Block"
Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds - "Lock All the Doors"
Watch: "Lock All the Doors"
Toro Y Moi - Samantha
Watch: "Dada Art"
Listen: "Want" (featuring Washed Out)