Saturday, September 8, 2018

New Music Friday - May 4, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Eleanor Friedberger - Rebound

Fiery Furnaces may have gone on hiatus in 2011, but Eleanor Friedberger has been going strong in her solo career. Rebound is her fourth solo record, following 2016's New View. Fiery Furnaces' seminal Blueberry Boat also got reissued this year!

Watch: "In Between Stars"
Watch: "Make Me a Song"

FAN - Barton’s Den

FAN is the solo project of Meric Long, one-half of The Dodos. That band is far from done (they're actually releasing a new album in just a few weeks). Long introduced his solo career last November with the "Fire" single.

Watch: "Velour"
Watch: "What a Mistake"

Leon Bridges - Good Thing

Bridges started his career with a throwback sound reminiscent of 1960s soul (think Sam Cooke or Otis Redding). For his sophomore album, he sought to update his sound a bit, and mix some modern pop into his retro style.

Watch: "Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand"
Watch: "Bad Bad News"

Rae Sremmurd - SR3MM

Rae Sremmurd's latest is a triple album. The first is the true third album from the duo. The second part is Swae Lee's solo debut, Swaecation, and the third, Jxmtro, Slim Jxmmi's.

Watch: "Guatemala"
Watch: "Powerglide" (featuring Juicy J)

The Temptations - All the Time

Yes, they're still around, though Otis Williams is the only remaining original member. The new album from the band's current iteration is primarily a covers album, featuring songs originally performed by Sam Smith, Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, and others, as well as a few originals.

Watch: "Waitin’ on You"
Listen: "Earned It"

Other Full-Length Releases

DJ Koze - Knock Knock

Watch: "Pick Up"
Listen: "Illumination" (featuring Roísín Murphy)

Iceage - Beyondless

Watch: "Catch It"
Watch: "The Day the Music Dies"

Jon Hopkins - Singularity

Watch: "Emerald Rush"
Watch: "Everything Connected"

Killa Kyleon - Candy Paint N Texas Plates

Watch: "Fuck You"
Listen: "They Don’t Know" (featuring Bambino)

Matt and Kim - Almost Everyday

Watch: "Forever"
Watch: "Like I Used to Be"

Royce da 5’9” - The Book of Ryan

Watch: "Caterpillar" (featuring Eminem & King Green)
Watch: "Boblo Boat" (featuring J. Cole)

Simian Mobile Disco - Murmurations

Watch: "Caught in a Wave"
Watch: "Hey Sister"

Viva La Void - Viva La Void

Watch: "Red Rider"
Watch: "Death Money"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Amber Mark - Conexão

Watch: "Love Me Right"
Watch: "Love Is Stronger Than Pride"

Braids - "Collarbones"/"Burdock & Dandelions"

Listen: "Collarbones"
Listen: "Burdock & Dandelions"

Brian Eno - Music for Installations

Listen: "Kazakhstan"

Jenn Champion - "O.M.G. (I’m All Over It)"

Watch: "O.M.G. (I’m All Over It)"

Katie Von Schleicher - "Glad to Be Here" 7”

Listen: "Glad to Be Here"

Mass Gothic - "Dark Window"

Watch: "Dark Window"

Perera Elsewhere - Drive

Watch: "Drive"

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending September 8, 2018)

One of the unfortunate aspects of hip hop culture is the expectation of rivalry between artists, and the frequent delivery on that expectation. A long-brewing rivalry between Nicki Minaj and Cardi B came to a head last night with Cardi attacking Nicki at a Fashion Week event and then being kicked out of the event. Maybe they'll patch things up some day, but for now, I'm awaiting the inevitable barrage of diss tracks between the rappers.

Better things have happened in the music world recently, including a lot of new album announcements. One in particular that I am looking forward to is the upcoming posthumous album from soul man Charles Bradley, Black Velvet.

Though he had a long performing career, Bradley had a late age surge in popularity and released his first album, No Time for Dreaming, at age 62. He would release two more albums before his death last year.

His latest, and reportedly final, album was announced on September 6. It collects session recordings from all three of his records. The first single and video, "I Feel a Change," was also released.

Black Velvet is set for release on November.

Also announced recently:

27: The Most Perfect Album (September 18)
AlunaGeorge - Champagne Eyes (October 5)
Blondie - BLONDIE: Heart of Glass (October 26)
Bohemian Rhapsody: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (November 2)
D+ - Destroy Before Listening (out now)
Dave Davies - Decade (October 12)
Empress Of - Us (October 19)
First Aid Kit - Tender Offerings (September 14)
Four Tet - Live at Funkhaus Berlin, 10th May 2018 (out now)
Gabby’s World - Beast on Beast (November 2)
Geotic - Traversa (October 19)
Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore - Ghost Forests (November 9)
HAERTS - New Compassion (October 5)
J Mascis - Elastic Days (November 9)
Jerusalem in My Heart - Daqa’iq Tudaiq (October 5)
Joey Purp - QUARTERTHING (September 7)
John Lennon - Imagine - The Ultimate Collection (October 5)
Julia Holter - Aviary (October 26)
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - 12 Bar Bruise Reissue (November 2)
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Eyes Like the Sky Reissue (November 2)
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Float Along - Fill Your Lungs Reissue (November 2)
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Oddments Reissue (November 2)
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Willoughby’s Beach Reissue (November 2)
Liars - Titles with the Words Fountain (September 21)
Logic - Young Sinatra IV (September 28)
Loretta Lynn - Wouldn’t It Be Great (September 28)
LUH - Love Hates What You Become (January 18)
Marie Davidson - Working Class Woman (October 5)
Mark Kozelek with Donny McCaslin and Jim White - Mark Kozelek with Donny McCaslin and Jim White (March 2)
The Mountain Goats - Hex of Infinite Binding EP (out now)
NAO - Saturn (October 26)
Neneh Cherry - Broken Politics (October 19)
The Radio Dept. - “Going Down Swinging” (out now)
The Skiffle Players - Skiff (October 12)
Skylar Spence - “Carousel”/“Cry Wolf” (out now)
Thom Yorke - Suspiria (Music for the Luca Guadagnino Film) (October 26)
The Twilight Sad - It Won/t Be Like This All the Time (January 18)
Ty Segall - Fudge Sandwich (October 26)
The Watson Twins - DUO (October 12)
Will Oldham - Songs of Love and Horror (October 19)
Yumi Zouma - EP III (September 27)

You can also view a longer list of upcoming music at my Upcoming Releases page!

Sunday, September 2, 2018

New Music Friday - April 27, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Half Waif - Lavender

Synth-pop singer Nandi Rose Plunkett is a former member of Pinegrove and has been performing solo as Half Waif for six years. Lavender is her second album following last year's Probably Depths.

Watch: "Keep It Out"
Watch: "Torches"

Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer

Monáe steps away a bit from the thematic elements of her first two albums, though there's still some Cindi Mayweather around. In ways, it's a more typical pop album, but one only this artist could make. It's sexual, defiant, political, and (as she always is) amazing!

Watch: "Make Me Feel"
Watch: "Django Jane"

Okkervil River - In the Rainbow Rain

In the Rainbow Rain is the ninth album from this band fronted by Will Sheff. The album follows 2016's Away, in which Sheff unpacked major changes to his personal and professional lives. This album sees the band incorporating a wide variety of new styles.

Watch: "Don’t Move Back to LA"
Watch: "Pulled Up the Ribbon"

Speedy Ortiz - Twerp Verse

Twerp Verse is the third album from this Massachusetts band and follows 2015's amazing Foil Deer. The album and the videos that have accompanied it continue the DIY feel of their work.

Watch: "Lucky 88"
Watch: "Lean in When I Suffer"

Twin Shadow - Caer

This is the fourth album from George Lewis, Jr., who performs as Twin Shadow. The album features collaborations with Rainsford and HAIM.

Watch: "Little Woman"
Watch: "Brace" (featuring Rainsford)

Other Full-Length Releases

Forth Wanderers - Forth Wanderers

Watch: "Ages Ago"
Watch: "Nevermine"

Post Malone - beerbongs & bentleys

Watch: "Psycho" (featuring Ty Dolla $ign)
Watch: "rockstar" (featuring 21 Savage)

Van Morrison and Joey DeFrancesco - You’re Driving Me Crazy

Listen: "You’re Driving Me Crazy"
Listen: "Everyday I Have the Blues"

We Are Scientists - Megaplex

Watch: "One In, One Out"
Watch: "Your Light Has Changed"

Willie Nelson - Last Man Standing

Watch: "Me and You"
Watch: "Bad Breath"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Buzzy Lee - Facepaint EP

Watch: "Facepaint"
Watch: "Coolhand"

Grouper - Grid of Points

Listen: "Driving"
Listen: "Parking Lot"

Kings: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Listen: Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - "Saying Goodbye"
Listen: Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - "Waking Up"


Watch: "I Am a War Machine"

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending August 18, 2018)

Recently, Mountain Man, announced their sophomore album, Magic Ship.

Mountain Man is a folk trio made up of Amelia Meath, Molly Sarle, and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig who formed in 2009. They released their first album, Made the Harbor, the next year. While it's been a good while since that first album, they've been far from quiet. In 2011, they toured with Feist, providing backing vocals, and Meath has an additional project, Sylvan Esso, which released albums in 2014 and 2017.

They announced their return as a trio on August 9 with a trio of new songs.

Magic Ship is set to be released on September 21.

Also announced:

Adrianne Lenker - abysskiss (October 5)
Aminé - ONEPOINTFIVE (out now)
Aphex Twin - Collapse (September 14)
Cloud Nothings - Last Building Burning (October 19)
Cursive - Vitriola (October 5)
The Dodos - Certainty Waves (October 12)
Doe Paoro - Soft Power (October 19)
Eric Clapton - Happy Xmas (October 12)
Foxhole - Well Kept Thing (September 28)
Ghostface Killah - The Lost Tapes (October 5)
Justus Profift & Jay Som - Nothing’s Changed (September 28)
The Kinks - The Kinks are The Village Green Preservation Society 50th Anniversary Edition (October 26)
Kode9 & Burial - FabricLive 100 (September 28)
Leila Moss - My Name Is Safe in Your Mouth (November 9)
Lindsey Buckingham - Solo Anthology - The Best of Lindsey Buckingham (October 5)
Molly Nilsson - 2020 (October 21)
Mount Eerie - (after) (September 21)
Mount Kimbie - DJ-Kicks (September 28)
Paul Smith - Diagrams (October 26)
Peter Bjorn and John - Darker Days (October 19)
Richard Ashcroft - Natural Rebel (October 19)
Young Thug - Slime Language (out now)

Check out a full list of albums I'm looking forward to over at my Upcoming Releases page!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending August 4, 2018)

Be sure to check out a list of albums that I'm excited about over at my Upcoming Releases page!

Recently, Yoko Ono announced her 16th album, Warzone.

Ono, as we all should know, has had a long career. She released her first album, Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band, in 1970, though she really got her start years earlier as a conceptual and performance artist. She has hardly stepped away from that aspect of her career, most recently debuting a permanent art installation, Skylanding, in Chicago just two years ago.

That's more recent than her last album, 2013's Take Me to the Land of Hell. Her latest sees her reworking tracks from previous releases. She announced the album and released its title track on July 24.

Warzone is set to be released on October 19.

Also recently announced:

Calvin Johnson - A Wonderful Beast (October 13)
Dntel - Hate in My Heart (out now)
Elvis Costello - Look Now (October 12)
The Field - Infinite Moment (September 21)
Fucked Up - Dose Your Dreams (October 5)
GABI - Empty Me (October 5)
GØGGS - Pre Strike Sweep (September 28)
Helena Deland - From the Series of Songs "Altogether Unaccompanied" Vol. III (October 19)
Helena Deland - From the Series of Songs "Altogether Unaccompanied" Vol. IV (October 19)
Iron & Wine - Weed Garden (August 31)
Kikagaku Moyo - Masana Temples (October 5)
Moses Sumney - Black in Deep Red, 2014 (August 10)
Petite Noir - La Maison Noir / The Black House (October 5)
Phosphorescent - C’est La Vie (October 5)
Pixies - Come on Pilgram…It’s Surfer Rosa (September 28)
Pond - “Burnt Out Star” (out now)
Protomartyr & Spray Paint - Irony Prompts a Rat Party 7” (August 17)
Santigold - I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions (out now)
Silk City - “Feel About You” (out now)
Silk City - “Loud” (out now)
Sleaford Mods - Sleaford Mods EP (September 14)
Swearin’ - Fall into the Sun (October 5)
Tim Hecker - Konoyo (September 28)
Tom Morello - The Atlas Underground (October 12)
Travis Scott - Astroworld (out now)
We Were Promised Jetpacks - The More I Sleep the Less I Dream (September 14)

Saturday, August 4, 2018

New Music Friday - April 20, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

DRINKS - Hippo Lite

This is the second album from the duo comprised of Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley (aka White Fence) following 2015's Hermits on Holiday. It's named for where it was recorded, Saint-Hippolyte-du-Fort in France.

Watch: "Corner Shops"
Listen: "Real Outside"

Kimbra - Primal Heart

Maybe still best known for her feature on Gotye's "Someone That I Used to Know," Kimbra is a talented musician in her own right. Primal Heart is her third album. It sees her experimenting a bit with rap, and not doing too badly with it.

Watch: "Top of the World"
Watch: "Everybody Knows"

A Perfect Circle - Eat the Elephants

14 years after their last record, Emotive, and eight years after reforming, Maynard Keynes' other project has released their fourth album.

Watch: "TalkTalk"
Watch: "Disillusioned"

Other Full-Length Releases

Alexis Taylor - Beautiful Thing

Watch: "Oh Baby"
Watch: "Beautiful Thing"

Chilly Gonzales - Other People’s Pieces

Sweet Valley - Eternal Champ II

Watch: "Hit & Run"
Listen: "Tunnel Rat"

Thievery Corporation - Treasures from the Temple

Watch: "Voyage Libre"
Listen: "San San Rock"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

David Bowie - Aladdin Sane Reissue

Watch: "The Jean Genie"
Listen: "Watch That Man"

Denmark Vessey - Sun Go Nova

Watch: "Trustfall" (featuring Earl Sweatshirt)
Listen: "Halal Avocado Toast"

The Flaming Lips - Scratching the Door: The First Recordings of the Flaming Lips

Listen: "Scratching the Door"
Listen: "Forever Is a Long Time"

Gang of Four - Complicit

Watch: "Lucky"
Listen: "Ivanka (Things You Can’t Have)"

Linda Ronstadt - Mad Love Reissue

Watch: "Mad Love"
Listen: "Girls Talk"

Little Dragon - "Best Friends"/"Sway Daisy"

Listen: "Best Friends"
Listen: "Sway Daisy"

Omni - "Sunset Preacher"/"Confessional"

Listen: "Sunset Preacher"
Listen: "Confessional"

Pete Townshend - Who Came First Remastered and Expanded

Listen: "Let’s See Action"
Listen: "Pure and Easy"

Tokyo Police Club - "New Blues"

Watch: "New Blues"

The Who - Live at the Fillmore East 1968