Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Kills Cover Rihanna

I never would have expected Tame Impala to be on Rihanna's radar, yet she covered "New Person, Same Mistakes" on her latest album, Anti. Similarly, I did not think The Kills would be paying much attention to Rihanna.

The duo covered one of her new tracks, "Desperado," on a SiriusXMU live session. Unlike Rihanna's almost-too-true-to-the-original Tame Impala cover, The Kills fully make the Rihanna track their own, turning it into a moody, blues rock tune.

Both artists had new music out earlier this year: Rihanna released Anti in January and The Kills put out Ash & Ice earlier this month.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

New Music Friday - May 13, 2016

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Corinne Bailey Rae - The Heart Speaks in Whispers

I was a pretty big fan of Corinne Bailey Rae when she released her self-titled debut album in 2006, but lost interest sometime after the 2010 follow-up, The Sea. I have a renewed interest with this third album, which comes after a long break for the artist and a shift in her sound. It's a welcome departure from guitar-driven pop; more upbeat and funky, garnering comparisons to other R&B greats like Erykah Badu.

Watch: "Green Aphrodisiac"
Watch: "Been to the Moon"

The Duke Spirit - KIN

It's been a little while since we last heard from The Duke Spirit; five years since the release of Bruiser. This album was announced way back in the fall of last year and was supported by a Pledge Music campaign to help fund its release. The welcome return from the band follows a side project, Roman Remains, from Toby Butler and Leila Moss.

Watch: "Hands"
Watch: "Wounded Wing"

Eagulls - Ullages

There's been a good post-punk resurgence in Europe over the past several years and Eagulls have been one of the pillars of that movement. They released their debut self-titled album in 2014 to acclaim. They take inspiration from The Smiths and Cocteau Twins on the follow-up, which was recorded in their hometown of Leeds with producer Craig Silvey.

Watch: "Skipping"
Listen: "Velvet"

Jessy Lanza - Oh No

Oh No is the sophomore album from this Canadian electronic and R&B performer. She's following up a well received debut, Pull My Hair Back, released three years ago, and is once again working with Junior Boys' Jeremy Greenspan.

Watch: "It Means I Love You"
Listen: "VV Violence"

Other Full-Length Releases

Adia Victoria - Beyond the Bloodhounds

Watch: "Dead Eyes"
Listen: "Stuck in the South"

Aerial East - Rooms

Watch: "Crazy Now"

Head Wound City - A New Wave of Violence

Watch: "Scraper"
Listen: "Born to Burn"

Karl Blau - Introducing Karl Blau

Watch: "Fallin’ Rain" (featuring Jim James)
Watch: "That’s How I Got to Memphis"

Mark Pritchard - Under the Sun

Watch: "Sad Alron"
Listen: "Beautiful People" (featuring Thom Yorke)

Michaela Anne - Bright Lights and the Fame

Listen: "Luisa" (featuring Rodney Crowell)
Listen: "Worrying Mind"

Nothing - Tired of Tomorrow

Watch: "Eaten by Worms"
Watch: "Vertigo Flowers"

Pinkwash - Collective Sigh

Watch: "Gumdrop"
Listen: "Sigh"

Sylvaine - Wistful

Listen: "Earthbound"
Listen: "A Ghost Trapped in Limbo"

Twin Peaks - Down in Heaven

Watch: "Walk to the One You Love"
Watch: "Butterfly"

Young Magic - Still Life

Watch: "Default Memory"
Watch: "Lucien"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book

Watch: "No Problem" (featuring 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne)
Watch: "Angels" (featuring Saba)

Colleen Green - Colleen Green EP

Listen: "Between the Lines"
Listen: "Green My Eyes"

Faye - Faye EP

Listen: "Yellow Canary"
Listen: "Ancient Bones"

Gordi - Clever Disguise EP

Watch: "Can We Work It Out"
Listen: "Nothing's As It Seems"

Lil Silva - Jimi

Watch: "De Ja" (featuring Kent Jamz)
Listen: "Caught Up" (featuring Cosima)

Miles Davis - The Complete Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection

Listen: "Miles Ahead"

New Order - Complete Music

Listen: "The Game" (Extended Mix)
Listen: "Plastic" (Extended Mix)

The Staves - Sleeping in a Car

Watch: "Sleeping in a Car"

Surfer Blood/Lil Bub - "Evil Cat"/"Bob the Builder"

Toothless - Terra

Watch: "Terra"
Listen: "Kairos"

Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary Reissue

Watch: "I’ll Believe in Anything"
Listen: "You Are a Runner and I Am My Father’s Son"

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending June 25)

Well, the concert list for the Ticketmaster lawsuit was released this week...and, it's underwhelming. Right now, I'm looking at one show that I'd be interested in, but it's in another city on a weekday, but I can make it work. Perhaps, as artists tour around some Upcoming Releases, more good shows will be added to the list!

This week, Venezuelan-American folk singer Devendra Banhart announced his ninth studio album, Ape in Pink Marble.

Banhart specializes in a brand of folk with heavy Latin influences. His previous album, Mala, was released in 2013, though my favorite of his was 2004's Rejoicing in the Hands.

He co-produced the album with previous collaborators Noah Georgeson and Josiah Steinbrink. The album marks an even further departure from the freak folk sound that was his signature early on. He released the album's first single, "Middle Names," along with the album's announcement on Friday.

Ape in Pink Marble is set to be released on September 23.

Also announced this week:

1-800 DINOSAUR - 1-800 DINOSAUR Presents Trim (July 29)
Belle and Sebastian - The Jeepster Singles Collection (October 21)
Brendan Canning - Home Wreaking Years (August 12)
The Childhood of a Leader Soundtrack (August 19)
Day of the Dead 12” (August 2)
Giraffe Tongue Orchestra - Broken Lines (September 23)
Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan - Take It, It’s Yours (August 26)
Mild High Club - Skiptracing (August 26)
New Order - “People on the High Line” (July 29)
New Order - Singles (September 9)
Nice as Fuck - Nice as Fuck (out now)
Nite-Funk - Nite-Funk EP (July 1)
Psychic Twin - Strange Diary (September 9)
Teenage Fanclub - Here (September 9)
Tyondai Braxton - Oranged Out EP (out now)
White Sea - “Ellipses” (out now)

Monday, June 20, 2016

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending June 18)

You may have heard about the class action lawsuit against Ticketmaster. Well, the rewards went into effect this week and I, for one, came out pretty nicely! Hopefully, with some of my favorite artists touring around recent and upcoming albums, I'll get to see many of them for free or at a discounted price. Check out some of those coming records here, at my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, El Perro del Mar (aka Sarah Assbring) announced her sixth album, KoKoro.

On her first album since 2012's Pale Fire, Assbring finds inspiration in Chinese and Japanese instrumentation, and Ethiopian rhythms. She touches upon a number of social issues in the lyrics, including capitalism and the environment.

Earlier this year, she released the album's first single "Breadandbutter." With the new album announcement, she also released the song's video.

KoKoro will be released on September 16.

Also announced this week:

Blonde Redhead - Masculin Féminin (September 30)
Boxed In - Melt (September 23)
Carl Broemel - 4th of July (August 19)
Clipping - Wriggle. (out now)
Dan Mangan - Unmake (out now)
Disclosure - Moog for Love (out now)
Frank Zappa - The Crux of the Biscuit (July 15)
Frank Zappa - Frank Zappa for President (July 15)
July Talk - Touch (September 9)
Phantogram - Three (September 16)
Preoccupations - Preoccupations (September 16)
ScHoolboy Q - Blank Face (July 8)
Soundwalk Collective, Jesse Paris Smith, Patti Smith - Killer Road (September 2)
Start Your Own Fucking Show Space (August 5)
Suicide Squad: The Album (August 5)
Two Door Cinema Club - Gameshow (October 14)

Thursday, June 16, 2016


Director: Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman
Writer: Charlie Kaufman
Stars: David Thewlis (Michael Stone), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Lisa Hesselman), Tom Noonan (Everyone else)

In Anomalisa, Michael Stone is a customer service expert and author in Cincinnati to promote his latest book. Unhappy in marriage and life, he begins to see everyone around him as having the same face and voice, regardless of age or gender. His first few hours in the city are disappointing, punctuated by an unsuccessful attempt to reunite with an old flame. He finds hope, however, when he hears a different voice, that belonging to Lisa Hesselman. It may just be a fling, but for a moment, she becomes to most important person in the world to him.

The animation in this was stunning, but the story itself was not my favorite. While I like the concept, I was never fully able to sympathize with the characters. It just felt that Michael was only taking advantage of Lisa, but Lisa was too simple and insecure for me to feel that bad for her.

However, I think it is an excellent film. Characters aren't always supposed to be likable or admirable, and the writers did a good job of developing Michael's temporary psychosis. I always appreciate animated films targeted to an older audience. It gives film-makers greater agility in their storytelling, and, in this film's case, allows for otherworldly touches that aren't immediately notable. The story and characters may have fallen a bit short for me, but as a whole, the movie is extremely well-done.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending June 11)

Bonnaroo was this past weekend and I'm starting to regret not maintaining it as my yearly tradition, especially now that they have flushable toilets (that was always my least favorite part of the festival). Regardless, there are many more fests to come over the summer that I will be making my way to in order to see some of my favorite artists, many of whom have albums coming out soon! Check those out over at my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, folk/indie chanteuse Angel Olsen announced her third album, My Woman.

Olsen first landed on my radar late in 2014, long after the release of her sophomore record, Burn Your Fire for No Witness, when she re-released the album and put out a music video for "Windows."

In ways, she reminded me of another of my favorites, Sharon Van Etten; similar enough to appeal to the same tastes, but unique enough to stand out on her own.

Earlier this month, she released a new song and video, "Intern," and followed that up on Monday with the announcement of the new album.

My Woman is set to be released on September 2.

Also announced this week:

Banks & Steelz - Anything But Words (August 26)
Blood Orange - Freetown Sound (July 1)
Deap Vally - Femejism (September 16)
Lisa Hannigan - At Swim (August 19)
Local Natives - Sunlit Youth (September 9)
Steven Tyler - We’re All Somebody from Somewhere (July 15)
Wye Oak - Tween (out now)

New Music Friday - May 6, 2016

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

ANOHNI - Hopelessness

ANOHNI has had a long career spanning more than fifteen years. She has previously performed as Antony and the Johnsons, releasing four albums over then years. Hopelessness is her first solo album, and first under a new name. The album covers a range of social and political issues, from drone strikes, to the environment, and the culture of masculinity.

Watch: "Drone Bomb Me"
Listen: "Crisis"

Death Grips - Bottomless Pit

You can't always believe a band when they say they're done. Even though they announced their "disbandment" in 2014, Death Grips has released an album, a soundtrack, and an EP since then. Now, they've released yet another album. The release follows their Interview 2016 EP, released with a strange long-form music video, earlier this year.

Listen: "Giving Bad People Good Ideas"
Listen: "Eh"

James Blake - The Colour in Anything

While I'm often annoyed by surprise releases, sometimes they're just about the best news I can get. That was the case when James Blake announced his third album for release just hours later. On the album, he continues his blend of ambient, post-dubstep, and soul, and he sounds better than ever. The record features old collaborators like Bon Iver and new, Frank Ocean, as well as artwork from Sir Quentin Blake.

Watch: "I Need a Forest Fire" (featuring Bon Iver)
Listen: "Radio Silence"

Julianna Barwick - Will

Julianna Barwick has made a career out of using her own voice as an orchestral instrument, looping and layering it in ways that make you forget that she doesn't use much traditional instrumentation. She continues this work on her third full-length, with contributions from Mas Ysa and Chairlift drummer Jamie Ingalls.

Watch: "Nebula"
Watch: "Same" (featuring Mas Ysa)

Little Scream - Cult Following

I really don't remember how or when I first heard of Little Scream, aka Laurel Sprengelmeyer, but I know that absolutely loved her debut album, The Golden Record. It's been quite a while since that album, five years to be exact. She strays a bit from the sound on that first album. She started with a fairly traditional folk style, but adds elements of pop, avant garde, and funk on Cult Following.

Watch: "Love as a Weapon"
Listen: "Someone Will Notice"

Other Full-Length Releases

Beverly - The Blue Swell

Watch: "South Collins"
Watch: "Victoria"

Carlos Niño - Flutes, Echoes, It’s All Happening!

Watch: "Calimayan"
Listen: "It’s All Happening!"

Chris Cohen - As If Apart

Watch: "As If Apart"
Listen: "Torrey Pine"

Dieterich & Barnes - The Coral Casino

Half Waif - Probably Depths

Watch: "Nest"
Listen: "Turn Me Around"

Jean-Michel Jarre - Electronica 2: The Heart of Noise

Watch: "What You Want" (featuring Peaches)
Watch: "Exit" (featuring Edward Snowden)

JMSN - It Is.

Watch: "Most of All"
Watch: "Cruel Intentions"/"Good Ol' Case of the Blues"

Kaytranada - 99.9%

Watch: "Glowed Up" (featuring Anderson .Paak)
Watch: "Lite Spots"

LUH - Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing

Watch: "Beneath the Concrete"
Watch: "I&I"

Shit Robot - What Follows

Watch: "End of the Trail"
Watch: "Lose Control" (featuring Nancy Whang)

Tourist - U

Watch: "To Have You Back"
Watch: "Run"

White Lung - Paradise

Watch: "Below"
Watch: "Hungry"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Beach Boys - Live at the Fillmore East

Bonnie “Prince” Billy - More Revery Reissue

Listen: "A Dream of the Sea"

Cream - Classic Album Selection
Listen: "Sunshine of Your Love"
Listen: "Spoonful"

D∆WN - Infrared EP

Listen: "How I Get"
Listen: "Paint It Blue"

Destroyer - My Mystery 12”

Watch: "My Mystery" (DJ remix)
Listen: "My Mystery"

Fir - "Summer Wasn’t There" 7”

Listen: "Summer Wasn’t There"
Listen: "Winter Doesn’t Care"

Frank Zappa - The New Maternity Reissue

J Dilla - Jay Love Japan Reissue

Listen: "Yesterday"
Listen: "Believe in God" (featuring Ma Dukes)

Michael Jackson - Bad Reissue

Watch: "Bad"
Watch: "Smooth Criminal"

Michael Jackson - Off the Wall Reissue

Watch: "Rock with You"
Watch: "Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough"

Michael Jackson - Thriller Reissue

Watch: "Thriller"
Watch: "Billie Jean"

Miles Davis - Chicago Jazz Festival 1990

Listen: "Hannibal"
Listen: "Human Nature"

Miles Davis and John Coltrane - Copenhagen March 24th 1960

Listen: "So What"

MUNA - The Loudspeaker EP

Watch: "Winterbreak"
Listen: "Loudspeaker"

Patience - "The Church"/"My Own Intervention"

Watch: "The Church"
Listen: "My Own Invention"

Rufus Wainwright - Poses Reissue

Watch: "Going to a Town"
Listen: "Poses"

Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker Deluxe Box Set

Listen: "Locked Away" (Outtake)