Essential Full-Length Releases
DIIV - Is the Is Are
Following their well-received debut, Oshin, in 2012, DIIV hit a rough patch. They had an unfruitful recording session with Chet White, their bassist said some really stupid things online, and two members of the band, frontman Zachary Cole Smith and drummer Colby Hewitt, struggled with drug addiction; leading to Smith's arrest and Hewitt's departure from the band. The experiences fed into the band's music, which earned them another praised record.
Listen: "Bent (Roi’s Song)"
Junior Boys - Big Black Coat
Following their previous album, 2011's It's All True, the two members of Junior Boys embarked on a series of side projects. They came back together with Yellow Magic Orchestra and Robert Hood as inspirations and wrote an album about the lonely guy downtown. The "big black coat" is a metaphor representing an escape from the bleakness of life.
Watch: "Over It"
Watch: "Big Black Coat"
Other Full-Length Releases
Field Music - Commontime
Watch: "The Noisy Days Are Over"
Future - EVOL
Listen: "In Her Mouth"
Listen: "Ain't No Time"
John Cale - M:FANS
Watch: "Close Watch" (featuring Amber Coffman)
Listen: "Thoughtless Kind"
Luther Dickinson - Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook Volumes I & II)
Listen: "Hurry Up Sunrise"
Listen: "Ain’t No Grave" (featuring Mavis Staples)
Majid Jordan - Majid Jordan
Watch: "King City"
Watch: "Something About You"
Mass Gothic - Mass Gothic
Watch: "Every Night You’ve Got to Save Me"
Watch: "Nice Night"
Nap Eyes - Thought Rock Fish Scale
Listen: "Lion in Chains"
Shirlette Ammons - Language Barrier
Listen: "Aviator" (featuring Amelia Meath)
Listen: "Earth Intro" (featuring Indigo Girls)
Trae Tha Truth - Tha Truth Pt. 2
Listen: "All Good"
Listen: "Spray" (featuring Jay'ton)
Working for a Nuclear Free City - What Do People Do All Day?
Listen: "New Day"
Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.
Holy Ghost! - "Crime Cutz"
Watch: "Crime Cutz"
Jherek Bischoff & Amanda Palmer - Strung out in Heaven
Listen: "Space Oddity"
Listen: "Ashes to Ashes"
Nick Grant - ‘88
Listen: "Royalty (Remix)" (featuring Killer Mike & Big K.R.I.T.)
Listen: "Somethin to Say"
The Soft Moon - Deeper Remixed Vol. 1
Listen: "Desertion" (Phase Fatale Remix)
Listen: "Being" (Ancient Methods Remix)