Saturday, July 23, 2016

Upcoming Release of the Week (Ending July 23)

The Republican National Convention was this week, which means another round of politicians using artists' music without permission or approval. This time, we got some Rolling Stones and George Harrison. I'm not convinced it's not done for any other reason than to generate more publicity for the politicians through the temporary outrage that it generates. But, it's the artists who deserve that publicity! So, check out some new music over at my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, rapper Mykki Blanco announced his debut album, Mykki.

Blanco has made a big name for himself over the past several years by defying the norms both of hip hop music and hip hop personas. He is openly gay and often plays with the idea of gender non-conformity.

He is both a musician and a poet, he released a book of poetry in 2011 before making his musical debut with his 2012 EP, Mykki Blanco and the Mutant Angels. He's released a variety of singles, EPs and mixtapes since, but seemed poised to retire from music to focus on activism and journalism.

For now, he's staying in the music biz. A couple of months prior to the album announcement, he released a new track and video for "High School Never Ends" and released another single, "The Plug Won't" this week, as well.

Mykki is set to be released on September 16.

Also announced this week:

Ablebody - Adult Contemporaries (October 14)
Alex Bleeker - Bet Your Ass (July 23)
Bright Eyes - The Studio Albums 2000-2011 (September 16)
David Bowie - Who Can I Be Now? (September 23)
Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam - "A 1000 Times" (out now)
I.L.y. - Scum with Boundaries (out now)
JEFF The Brotherhood - Zone (August 12)
Kestrels - Kestrels (September 30)
Led Zeppelin - Complete BBC Sessions (September 16)
Merchandise - A Corpse Wired for Sound (September 23)
Mono - Requiem for Hell (October 14)
Oasis - Be Here Now Reissue (October 7)
Partynextdoor - P3 (August 16)
Regina Spektor - Remember Us to Life (September 30)
Sun Kil Moon - Common as Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood (February 28)
Wilco - Schmilco (September 9)

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