Essential Full-Length Releases
The Afghan Whigs - In Spades
The Afghan Whigs returned from a 16-year break with 2014's Do to the Beast. The wait for the follow-up has been, thankfully, much shorter. Beast was a good album, but did not quite rise to the level of their previous work. They've spent the three years since their comeback reissuing their earlier work. Perhaps going back over their past work helped on this record, it's more of a return to form.
Watch: "Demon in Profile"
Blondie - Pollinator
Blondie had their own recent return in 2011 with Panic of Girls, their first album in eight years. Pollinator is their third record since that return. The album sees the band moving towards some interesting writing collaborations. Nic Valensi, Sia, Charli XCX, Dev Hynes, David Sitek, and Johnny Marr all contributed to tracks.
Watch: "Long Time"
Juana Molina - Halo
Juana Molina is an experimental artist from Argentina. She started her career as a sketch comedy actress, and achieved fame in the pursuit, but shifted to a music career in the mid-90s. Twenty-plus years into her music career, she has come to be regarded as one of the best of Argentine avant-garde music. Halo is her seventh album.
Watch: "Lentísimo halo"
Logic - Everybody
Logic is Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, a mixed-race rapper from Maryland. His music often touches on the dynamics of being biracial and his experiences moving between both worlds. His third studio album includes features from Juicy J, Chuck D, and Killer Mike, among many others.
Watch: "Black SpiderMan" (featuring Damian Lemar Hudson)
Perfume Genius - No Shape
Perfume Genius, aka Mike Hadreas, began his career making music that was often quiet and reserved. His third album, 2014's Too Bright, saw him become more defiant and bombastic. The follow-up is a bit less so, but still light years away from his early sound. In many ways, it sounds happier than his past work, perhaps inspired, at least in part, by his settling into a long-term relationship. None of this is to say that the output has suffered, this is another incredible album from the artist!
Watch: "Slip Away"
Watch: "Die 4 You"
Other Full-Length Releases
Amanda Palmer & Edward Ka-Spel - I Can Spin a Rainbow
Watch: "Beyond the Beach"
Watch: "The Clock at the Back of the Cage"
Big Walnuts Yonder - Big Walnuts Yonder
Listen: "Raise the Drawbridges?"
Listen: "Sponge Bath"
Black Lips - Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art?
Watch: "Can’t Hold On"
Listen: "Occidental Front" (featuring Yoko Ono)
Bonnie “Prince” Billy - Best Troubador
Watch: "Mama Tried"
Watch: "Bad Actor" (featuring Elsa Oldham)
Cayetana - New Kind of Normal
Watch: "Bus Ticket"
Day Wave - The Days We Had
Watch: "Something Here"
Hoops - Routines
Watch: "On Top"
Listen: "On Letting Go"
Joan Shelley - Joan Shelley
Listen: "Where I’ll Find You"
Listen: "Wild Indifference"
Mac DeMarco - This Old Dog
Watch: "One More Love Song"
Watch: "On the Level"
Nightlands - I Can Feel the Night Around Me
Watch: "Lost Moon"
Listen: "Depending on You"
NIIA - I
Watch: "Hurt You First"
Watch: "Sideline" (featuring Jazmine Sullivan)
Nite Jewel - Real High
Watch: "The Answer"
Watch: "2 Good 2 Be True"
Pond - The Weather
Watch: "30000 Megatons"
Watch: "Sweep Me Off My Feet"
Walter Martin - My Kinda Music
Listen: "Hey Matt" (featuring Matt Berninger)
Listen: "Trip on a Ship" (featuring Laura Gibson)
Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.
Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story — An Album to Benefit War Child
Watch: Dolly Parton - "The Story"
Listen: Pearl Jam - "Again Today"
DANGERDOOM - The Mouse & the Mask Reissue
Listen: "The Mask" (featuring Ghostface Killah)
Listen: "Mad Nice" (featuring Black Thought & Vinny Price)
Flasher - "Winnie"/"Burn Blue"
Listen: "Burn Blue"
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 1984-2014
Small Circle - melatonin EP Reissue
Listen: "We Belong Here"
Listen: "Please Don't Touch the Moon"
Southern Poverty Law Center
Listen: Bonnie “Prince” Billy - "Treasure Map"