Essential Full-Length Releases
Baio - The Names
Chris Baio began his career in the music biz as bassist for Vampire Weekend; choosing his last name as a mononym when he began solo production work. He released his debut EP, Sunburn, three years ago. With this album, he becomes the second member of Vampire Weekend to release an album outside of the band; the first was Rostam Batmanglij with Discovery (a band formed with Ra Ra Riot's Wes Miles) in 2009. The style of his solo work differs from his main band's, drawing inspiration from electronic and dance music.
Watch: "Endless Rhythm"
Watch: "Sister of Pearl"
Darlene Love - Introducing Darlene Love
Though she had a few hits, including 1962's "He a Rebel", Darlene Love has become more known for her tradition of performing "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on David Letterman's show, which she did from 1986 until his final season just last year. Perhaps, with the show being over, it is the right time to remind fans that she can sing non-Christmas music just as well. This is her first non-holiday album since 1998's Unconditional Love.
Watch: "Forbidden Nights"
Listen: "Among the Believers"
Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon
My first exposure to Lana Del Rey was on her now-infamously bad 2012 Saturday Night Live performance. I wasn't impressed and didn't really pay her any mind until last year's Ultraviolence, which I liked a lot. She began working on this record very shortly after that record, but the sound is more similar to her earlier work, with influences ranging from trip hop to trap.
Watch: "High By the Beach"
Watch: "Music to Watch Boys To"
Mac Miller - GO:OD AM
Mac Miller is another artist who I have warmed up to recently. I ignored him at first; he rode in during a wave of white bro hip hop and I assumed he was just another one of those. I started to check him out when he realized that frequently collaborated with some of my favorite young rappers, like Earl Sweatshirt and Vince Staples. The first single from this album was impressive and my opinion of his music was changed.
Watch: "100 Grandkids"
Watch: "Brand Name"
Other Full-Length Releases
Air Waves - Parting Glances
Listen: "Horse Race" (featuring Jana Hunter)
Battles - La Di Da Di
Watch: "The Yabba"
Watch: "Dot Net"
David Gilmour - Rattle That Lock
Watch: "Rattle That Lock"
Duran Duran - Paper Gods
Watch: "Last Night in the City" (featuring Kiesza)
Watch: "What Are the Chances"
Glen Hansard - Didn’t He Ramble
Watch: "Winning Streak"
Watch: "Lowly Deserter"
HeCTA - The Diet
Watch: "The Concept"
Listen: "Till Someone Gets Hurt"
Hollywood Vampires - Hollywood Vampires
Listen: "School’s Out”/“Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2"
Listen: "Whole Lotta Love"
Homeshake - Midnight Snack
Watch: "Give It to Me"
Keith Richards - Crosseyed Heart
Listen: "Substantial Damage"
King Midas Sound & Fennesz - Edition One
Watch: "Lighthouse Version"
Le Butcherettes - A Raw Youth
Listen: "Shave the Pride"
Listen: "My Half" (featuring John Frusciante)
Mild High Club - Timeline
Natasha Kmeto - Inevitable
Watch: "I Thought You Had a Boyfriend"
Listen: "Grind" (featuring Tunde Adebimpe)
Ought - Sun Coming Down
Watch: "Sun’s Coming Down"
Listen: "Beautiful Blue Sky"
Primitive Parts - Parts Primitive
Listen: "Miracle Skin"
Saul Williams - MartyrLoserKing
Watch: "Burundi" (featuring Emily Kokal)
Say Hi - Bleeder’s Digest
Listen: "The Grass Is Always Greener"
Listen: "Creatures of the Night"
Skylar Spence - Prom King
Watch: "Can’t You See"
Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.
Angel Haze - Back to the Woods
Listen: "Babe Ruthless"
Listen: "Moonrise Kingdom"
Bob Dylan - Finjan Club Reissue
Listen: "Quit Your Low Down Ways"
Listen: "Let Me Die in My Footsteps"
CocoRosie - Heartache City
Watch: "Lost Girls"
Listen: "Heartache City"
Diet Cig - "Sleep Talk"/"Dinner Date"
Watch: "Dinner Date"
Watch: "Sleep Talk"
Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt - Live on KSWM: The 1999 Broadcast
Frankie Broyles - "Color Set"/"Capturer"
Listen: "Color Set"
My Brightest Diamond - I Had Grown Wild
Listen: "Say What"
Listen: "Bronze Head"
Stars - Lost & Found EP
Listen: "A Simple Song"
Yung - These Thoughts Are Like Mandatory Chores
Listen: "Blue Uniforms"
Zola Jesus - Nail EP