Saturday, April 29, 2017

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending April 29)

I spent much of my morning following the unfolding fiasco that is the Fyre Festival. Basically, it's an overpriced "luxury" music festival in the Bahamas, sponsored by a company co-founded by Ja Rule, and heavily promoted by a bevy of young models... and it is not going well. Guests have been held hostage, fed cheese sandwiches (yay fancy food!), and those who haven't already headed to the festival are being told not to bother. Sounds like a great time!

As always, you can view a list of upcoming releases here!

This week the French band Phoenix announced their sixth album,  Ti Amo.

Not to sound like a hipster, but I was listening to this band before they were cool. A friend introduced me to their debut album, United, in college, a few years before they first charted in the US with their fourth album, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Though they generally fall under the broad banner of indie rock, their music has always been heavily indebted to electronic trends in France, something that made them unique when they started.

Their last album was 2014's Bankrupt!. There have been little hints and teasers for a new album since November, when the band's social media images were changed to pictures TV holding screens. Last week, a portion of a new song from the band appeared in a Calvin Klein underwear directed by Sofia Coppola (Coppola is married to Phoenix frontman Thomas Mars).

The band also released the full new song, "J-Boy," this week. Ti Amo is set to be released on June 9.

Also announced this week:

Algiers - The Underside of Power (June 23)
HAIM - Something to Tell You (July 7)
Iggy Pop - The Idiot Reissue (June 2)
Iggy Pop - Lust for Life Reissue (June 2)
Iggy Pop - TV Eye Reissue (June 2)
Kirin J Callinan - Bravado (June 9)
Mura Masa - Mura Masa (July 14)
Palm - Shadow Expert EP (June 16)
Sufjan Stevens - The Great Gift Mixtape—Outtakes, Remixes, & Demos from Carrie & Lowell (October 20)
Tori Amos - Native Invader (September 8)
Young Thug - E.B.B.T.G. (May 5)

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