Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending April 14)

I used to have the goal to hit every major music festival in the US, and maybe even a few abroad. Now, I prefer to stick with festivals hosted in my city (of which there are plenty!). Despite my change of priority, and my issues with the festival, Beyoncé makes a strong case for a future pilgrimage to Indio, CA for Coachella (provided she plays the fest again).

Praise is high for her recent performance there, so if a recording of it ever gets an official release, be sure to check it out on my Upcoming Releases page!

Last week, Arctic Monkeys announced their sixth album, Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino.

At their start, the band were a latter part of the post-punk revival of the mid-aughts, but have veered from that sound since their 2006 debut, Whatever People Say I Am, That Is What I Am Not. Their most recent record, 2013's AM, was the culmination of the change, with a psychedelic hard rock sound.

The band has been on hiatus since the end of their AM tour in 2014. During that time, we've gotten a second album from frontman Alex Turner's side project The Last Shadow Puppets, and drummer Matt Helders worked with Iggy Pop on his latest record.

The band announced their latest record on the fifth along with a trailer (no new songs, yet).

Also announced this week:

Arthur Buck - Arthur Buck (June 15)
Beak> - L.A. Playback (out now)
Bombino - Deran (May 18)
Chromeo - Head Over Heels (June 15)
Cold Cave - You & Me & Infinity EP (June 1)
Destroyer - City of Daughters Vinyl Reissue (May 25)
Destroyer - Thief Vinyl Reissue (May 25)
Dreams (June 15)
Gang Gang Dance - Kazuashita (June 22)
Gang of Four - Complicit (April 20)
Graceland - The Remixes (June 1)
The Horrors - “Fire Escape”/“Water Drop” (out now)
Jenny Hval - The Long Sleep (May 25)
Johnny Marr - Call the Comet (June 15)
Kamasi Washington - Heaven and Earth (June 22)
Kevin Krauter - Toss Up (June 15)
Knxwledge - Gladwement EP (out now)
Lion Babe - “The Wave” (out now)
Los Campesinos! - Hold on Now, Youngster… Vinyl Reissue (October 12)
Los Campesinos! - We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed Vinyl Reissue (October 12)
LUMP - LUMP (June 1)
Melody’s Echo Chamber - Bon Voyage (June 15)
Oneohtrix Point Never - Age Of (June 1)
Palberta - Roach Goin’ Down (June 15)
Patrick Paige II - Letters of Irrelevance (May 18)
Perera Elsewhere - Drive (May 4)
Stuart Staples - Arrhythmia (June 15)
Young Thug - Hear No Evil (out now)

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending March 31)

And the saga of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin continues! In the wake of news that Martin Shkreli has been ordered to relinquish his singular copy of the Wu-Tang Clan album, RZA revealed that he tried to buy the album back, but his original contract for the sale of the record prevented it. Oh well! Hopefully, the album finds its way into the hands of someone who can appreciate it and, if it ever gets a wide release, be sure to check it out on my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, Cardi B announced her long-awaited debut album, Invasion of Privacy.


Cardi B started her career in 2015, releasing a couple of mixtapes and scoring a few features spots. She earned her first number one single in June of last year with "Bodak Yellow". While that remains her highest charting track, each single and feature spot since its release has also charted.

She first announced her debut album while accepting iHeartRadio's Best New Artist award earlier this month, but this week, we got the title, artwork, and official release date. Invasion of Privacy will be released on April 6!

Also announced this week:

77:88 - Jellies (July 6)
Angelique Kidjo - Remain in Light (June 8)
Garbage - Version 2.0 Reissue (June 22)
John Parish - Bird Dog Dante (June 15)
Jonny Greenwood - Bodysong Reissue (May 18)
Michael Feuerstack - Natural Weather (May 25)
Mount Kimbie - Love What Survives Remixes Part 1 (May 4)
Mount Kimbie - Love What Survives Remixes Part 2 (May 11)
Paul McCartney - Chaos and Creation in the Backyard Reissue (May 18)
Paul McCartney - NEW Reissue (May 18)
Paul McCartney - Thrillington Reissue (May 18)
Paul McCartney and Wings - Wings Greatest Reissue (May 18)
Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks - Sparkle Hard (May 18)
Sweet Valley - Eternal Champ II (April 20)
The Weeknd - Dear Melancholy, (out now)

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending March 17)

Martin Shkreli has been ordered to relinquish his copy of the Wu-Tang Clan's Once Upon a Time in Shaolin; his was the only one in existence. We'll have to wait to see whether that may mean a wide release for the record (though I doubt it). It that happens, be sure to look for it on my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, Tinashe announced the release date of her long-awaited sophomore album, Joyride.


This pop songstress released her debut album, Aquarius, in 2014. The album way met with high praise from critics and performed decently on the charts.

She wasted no time in getting to work on the follow-up, announcing Joyride was back in late 2015. For some reason, the album itself has slow to materialize. Tinashe has been far from quiet in that time, releasing an EP,  two mixtapes, and a string of singles in the interim.

Finally, on Friday, she announced the album's release date. It will be released on April 13. Previously released singles "No Drama" and "Faded Love" will be included on the album.

Also announced this week:

Jess Williamson - Cosmic Wink (May 11)
Kali Uchis - Isolation (April 6)
Leon Bridges - Good Thing (May 4)
Roger Daltrey - As Long As I Have You (June 1)
Saba - Care for Me (April 5)

Saturday, March 17, 2018

New Music Friday - March 2, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Camp Cope - How to Socialise & Make Friends

This band from Melbourne, Australia formed in 2015 and released their self-titled debut in 2016. They are known for their DIY approach to indie rock, but take on a more stripped back approach for their sophomore record. The result is more in-line with their live shows, taking advantage of being a small band.

Listen: "The Face of God"
Listen: "How to Socialise & Make Friends"

Haley Heynderickx - I Need to Start a Garden

I Need to Start a Garden is the debut album for this artist from Oregon. Haley's music draws from a number of influences, from her own religious upbringing, to Bob Dylan, to more elusive female folk singers like Vashti Bunyan.

Watch: "Oom Sha La La"
Listen: "Drinking Song"

Lucy Dacus - Historian

I saw Lucy Dacus open for Hamilton Leithauser in early 2017. She mostly played from her first album, No Burden, but also performed at least one new song. I am not 100% sure if any of those songs made it onto this record, but they were the first indication that the follow-up to her 2016 record would be just as amazing!

Watch: "Addictions"
Listen: "Night Shift"

Suuns - Felt

I'm am still obsessed with the incredible debut album, Zeroes QC, from this band. While I don't think they've ever quite recaptured the work on that record on subsequent albums, but have remained excellent on each. They are already on their fourth album in just under ten years (fifth if you count the collaborative album with Jerusalem in My Heart).
Their latest still find that artsy groove, but aims for something more emotional.

Watch: "Watch You, Watch Me"
Watch: "Make It Real"

Tracey Thorn - Record

Tracey Thorn was one-half of Everything but the Girl until 2000. She released her first solo album in 1982, the same year that EBTG started, but did not return to her solo career until 2007 with Out of the Woods. Since that return, has released two more studio albums (including this one), a Christmas record, and 3 EPs.

Watch: "Queen"
Watch: "Sister" (featuring Corinne Bailey Rae)

Other Full-Length Releases

Barbagallo - Danse dans les ailleurs

Watch: "L’échappée"
Listen: "Longtemps possible"

The Breeders - All Nerve
Watch: "Wait in the Car"

Listen: "Nervous Mary"

Gwenno - Le Kov

Watch: "Tir Ha Mor"
Listen: "Hi A Skoellyas Liv A Dhagrow"

Jonathan Wilson - Rare Birds

Watch: "Loving You"
Watch: "Over the Midnight"

Jorge Elbrecht - Here Lies

Listen: "Guillotine" (featuring Geneva Jacuzzi)
Listen: "Here Lies" (featuring Tamaryn)

The Men - Drift

Listen: "Killed Someone"
Listen: "Maybe I’m Crazy"

Paddy Hanna - Frankly, I Mutate

Listen: "Bad Boys"
Listen: "Mario Lanza"

Sonny Smith - Rod for Your Love

Watch: "Burnin’ Up" (featuring Angel Olsen)
Watch: "Pictures of You"

Titus Andronicus - A Productive Cough

Watch: "Number One (In New York)"
Watch: "Above the Bodega (Local Business)"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Beach Boys - Sounds of Summer Vinyl Reissue

Listen: "California Girls"
Listen: "Surfin’ Safari"

Everything Everything - A Deeper Sea

Watch: "Breadwinner"
Watch: "The Mariana"

Helena Deland - From the Series of Songs “Altogether Unaccompanied” Vol. 1

Listen: "There Are a Thousand"

Lost Girls - Feeling

Lucius - NUDES

Watch: "Eventually"
Listen: "Woman"

Margaret Glaspy - Born Yesterday

Listen: "Before We Were Together"

Our Voltage

Listen: Damaged Bug - "Pilot’s Pipe"

Ryuichi Sakamoto - async remodels

Listen: "async" (Arca Remix)
Listen: "solari" (Fennesz Remix)

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending March 10)

David Byrne released a new album, American Utopia, this week and received some criticism for the complete lack of female collaborators. For his part, he issued a very sincere apology for the exclusion, noting that it doesn't fit with his past work (remember that amazing collaborative album with St. Vincent?) and recognizing his position to help uplift female voices.

Hopefully, he keeps this in mind with his future work; I, for one, would not mind a new album with St. Vincent! If that happens, look for it on my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, the glorious Neko Case announced her seventh solo album, Hell-On.


Case has had an over-two-decade long solo career, with amazing six albums. My favorite of hers remains the 2000 sophomore album Furnace Room Lullaby. She released her most recent solo record, The More I Love You... (the full title is much longer) in 2013, which landed at the number two spot for my favorite albums of that year.

She hasn't been quiet since that last record. Two years ago, she joined up with kd lang and Laura Veirs for case/lang/veirs and, last year, rejoined with The New Pornographers for Whiteout Conditions; both also incredible albums.

She announced her latest on Monday and released the title track the next day.

Hell-On is set to be released on June 1!

Also announced this week:

The Amazing - In Transit (April 6)
Beach House - 7 (May 11)
Ben Frost - All That You Love Will Be Eviscerated (March 23)
Buck Meek - Buck Meek (May 18)
Damien Jurado - The Horizon Just Laughed (July 6)
Grouper - Grid of Points (April 27)
Jon Hopkins - Singularity (May 4)
La Luz - Floating Features (May 11)
Lily Allen - No Shame (June 8)
Little Dragon - “Best Friends”/“Sway Daisy” (April 20)
Logic - Bobby Tarantino II (out now)
Maria Usbeck - “Bosque De Bambú” (out now)
Now, Now - Saved (May 18)
Quiet Slang - Everything Matters but No One Is Listening (May 18)
serpentwithfeet - soil (June 9)
Shamir - Resolution (out now)
TT - LoveLaws (May 18)
Van Morrison - You’re Driving Me Crazy (April 27)
Wand - Perfume (May 25)

Sunday, March 4, 2018

New Music Friday - February 23, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Renata Zeiguer - Old Ghost

Renata Zeiguer is a performer of Argentinean and Philippine descent, raised in New York City. Her music combines a variety of influences, from classical composers to more modern pop music. She released her first EP, 2013's Horizons, under the name Cantina. I hear a bit of Twin Sister in her music, an unsurprising link as she has worked with the band in the past.

Watch: "Wayside"
Watch: "Follow Me Down"

Screaming Females - All At Once

Screaming Females have been together for more than a decade and six previous albums. In that time, they've become known for their energy when performing live. For their sixth album, they sought to capture the spirit of their live shows. The result is more experimental than their past work, but the results prove the band is even better for it!

Watch: "Glass House"
Watch: "I’ll Make You Sorry"

Turnstile - Time & Space

Turnstile is a hardcore punk act out of Baltimore. They've previously released three EPs and one album, 2015's Nonstop Feeling. Their sophomore album features vocals from another rocker, Tina Halladay of the Philly band Sheer Mag.

Watch: "Moon" (featuring Tina Halladay)
Watch: "Real Thing"

Other Full-Length Releases

Dabrye - Three/Three

Listen: "The Appetite" (featuring Roc Marciano, Quelle Chris, & Danny Brown)
Listen: "Emancipated" (featuring Ghostface Killah)

Olden Yolk - Olden Yolk

Watch: "Cut to the Quick"
Watch: "Vital Sign"

S. Carey - Hundred Acres

Watch: "More I See"
Listen: "Fool’s Gold"

Young Scooter - Trippple Cross

Listen: "Trippple Cross" (featuring Young Thug & Future)
Listen: "Bail Out" (featuring NBA Youngboy)

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Charlotte Day Wilson - Stone Woman

Watch: "Stone Woman"
Listen: "Nothing New"

David Bowie - Heroes Vinyl Reissue

Watch: "Heroes"
Listen: "Beauty and the Beast"

David Bowie - Lodger Vinyl Reissue

Watch: "Look Back in Anger"
Listen: "Fantastic Voyage"

David Bowie - Low Vinyl Reissue

Listen: "Speed of Life"
Listen: "Breaking Glass"

David Bowie - Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) Vinyl Reissue

Listen: "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)"
Listen: "Up the Hill Backwards"

David Bowie - Stage Reissue

Listen: "Station to Station"
Listen: "Star"

Eric Clapton - Complete Clapton

Listen: Cream - "Sunshine of Your Love"
Listen: "After Midnight"

Father John Misty - "Mr. Tillman"

Listen: "Mr. Tillman"

Janis Joplin - Early California Sessions

Nina Simone - The Colpix Singles Reissue

Listen: "Willow Weep for Me"
Listen: "Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out"

Thurston Moore - "Mx Liberty"/"Panik"

Listen: "Mx Liberty"

YG - "Suu Whoop"

Listen: "Suu Whoop"

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending March 3)

The Oscars are tomorrow night! While I'm hoping that some of my favorite films of 2017 will get some love from the Academy, I am looking most forward to the performance of Sufjan Stevens, who is up for the Best Original Song Oscar for his contribution to Call Me By Your Name. He alone is amazing, but he will reportedly be joined by at least two other incredible artists, St. Vincent and Moses Sumney! Ooooooooh, wouldn't the three of them make for an amazing collaborative record? If that happens, look for it on my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, Natalie Prass announced her sophomore album, The Future and the Past.


Prass released her debut self-titled record in 2015, though she started her recording career in 2009 with her first EP, Small & Sweet, and had writing songs and playing in bands since she was a child. That debut was spectacular, earning her many well-deserved accolades.

She debuted the follow-up with the lead single "Short Court Style", showing that combination of modern indie pop, 70s folk, country, and even a bit of doo-wop that makes up her sound. She was featured on the most recent episode of Song Exploder (a great podcast if you like learning how songs come together), and broke apart the track.

The Future and the Past was announced on Monday and is set for release on the first Friday of June!

Also announced this week:

Burial and The Bug - Flame 1 (March 30)
Chvrches - Love Is Dead (May 25)
Everything Everything - A Deeper Sea (out now)
The Flaming Lips - Scratching the Door: The First Recordings of the Flaming Lips (April 20)
The Flaming Lips - Seeing the Unseeable: The Complete Studio Recordings of The Flaming Lips: 1986-1990 (May 25)
Iceage - Beyondless (May 4)
Margaret Glaspy - Born Yesterday (out now)
The Saxophones - Songs of the Saxophones (June 1)
Tracyanne & Danny - Tracyanne & Danny (May 25)
Wussy - What Heaven Is Like (May 18)

Monday, February 26, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending February 24)

I'm sure by now we've all seen Fergie's interesting rendition of the national anthem before the NBA All Star game. I probably don't have any thoughts on it that haven't been said before, just seems like an overly-stylistic performance that was not fully committed to. I don't think she's a bad singer, and she did release a few not-band singles last year for her Double Duchess album. If she sticks to the recorded stuff for a while and announces any new music, be sure to keep an eye out for it on my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, the incredible Janelle Monáe announced her fourth album, Dirty Computer.


Monáe came onto the scene in 2007 with the EP, Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase), debuting her highly-conceptual style and her alter ego, the ArchAndroid. She followed with her debut album in 2010, named for her alter ego, and another album in 2013.

Following her second album, she started to make moves in a new industry, starring in two films, Hidden Figures and Moonlight, which were both nominated for several Oscars. I thought that, with her quick success in the industry, she would shift her career focus, but was apparently already in the studio at work on her latest record.

She announced the new album on Thursday, along with two new songs and videos! Dirty Computer is set to be released on May 4.

Also announced this week:

Alexis Taylor - Beautiful Thing (April 20)
Buzzy Lee - Facepaint EP (April 27)
David Bowie - Aladdin Sane Reissue (April 20)
David Bowie - CHANGESTWOBOWIE Reissue (April 13)
Father John Misty - “Mr. Tillman” (out now)
Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour (March 30)
Matt & Kim - Almost Everyday (May)
Parquet Courts - Wide Awake! (May 18)
Remember Sports - Slow Buzz (May 18)
Shamir - “Room” 7” (March 9)
Simian Mobile Disco - Murmurations (May 11)
Sorority Noise - YNAAYT (March 16)
Speedy Ortiz - Twerp Verse (April 27)
Twin Shadow - Caer (April 27)
The Who - Live at the Fillmore East 1968 (April 20)
YG - “Suu Whoop” (out now)
You Were Never Really Here: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (March 9)
Zola Jesus - Okovi: Additions (April 6)

Saturday, February 24, 2018

New Music Friday - February 16, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Brandi Carlile - By the Way, I Forgive You

It just over a decade ago that Carlile was a new artist, and one of my first forays into Americana music. Now, on her sixth album, she has become a reliably-excellent figure in the genre. On her latest record, she tackles both personal subjects, like motherhood, and broader issues. Also, fun fact, the cover art was painted by Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers!

Watch: "The Joke"
Listen: "The Mother"

Fischerspooner - SIR

Fischerspooner is Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner, an electroclash duo formed two decades ago. Their first album in nearly a decade was self-produced, with some help from Michael Stipe and BOOTS (also with new music this week!, and features Holly Miranda, Andy LeMaster, and Caroline Polachek.

Watch: "Togetherness" (featuring Caroline Polachek)
Watch: "TopBrazil"

Loma - Loma

Loma is a new band, made up of Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg and both members of the duo Cross Record. The partnership began when Meiburg was sent Cross Record's debut album by Ben Goldberg of Badabing! Records, and brought them on tour with him soon after. While on tour, they found some common ground and decided to record together, creating this eponymous debut record.

Watch: "Black Willow"
Watch: "Relay Runner"

POLIÇA/s t a r g a z e - Music for the Long Emergency

This is another meeting of minds, this time the Minneapolis band joins forces with the Berlin-based orchestra. The album has some personal elements for the performers, but is anchored by more overtly political tracks. The political aspects of the record continues on POLIÇA's last album, United Crushers, reckoning with the current state of affairs, especially Trump's presidency.

Watch: "agree"
Listen: "How Is This Happening"

U.S. Girls - In a Poem Unlimited

If I had known about U.S. Girls' Half Free before the end of 2015, it easily would have been one of my favorite albums that year. But alas, I only first heard of Meg Remy in 2016, though I almost instantly fell in love with that previous record. She released a couple of amazing singles late last year before announcing this record. I've already listened to this a few times, and I must say, it's an early contender for my favorite of the year!

Watch: "Mad as Hell"
Watch: "Velvet 4 Sale"

Other Full-Length Releases

American Nightmare - American Nightmare

Watch: "The World Is Blue"
Watch: "Flowers Under Siege"

Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy

Watch: "Nervous Young Inhumans"
Listen: "Cute Thing"

Everything Is Recorded - Everything Is Recorded by Richard Russell

Watch: "Mountains of Gold"
Watch: "Close but Not Quite"

I’m with Her - See You Around

Watch: "Little Lies"
Watch: "Game to Lose"

Johanna Warren - Gemini II

Watch: "Here to Tell"
Watch: "inreverse"

Marlon Williams - Make Way for Love

Watch: "Vampire Again"
Watch: "Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore" (featuring Aldous Harding)

Nipsey Hussle - Victory Lap

Watch: "Been Down" (featuring Swizz Beatz)
Watch: "Last Time That I Checc’d" (featuring YG)

Ought - Room Inside the World

Watch: "These 3 Things"
Watch: "Disgraced in America"

Pianos Become the Teeth - Wait for Love

Watch: "Charisma"
Watch: "Love on Repea

Robert Earl Thomas - Another Age

Watch: "What Am I Gonna Do"
Listen: "Another Age"

Superchunk - What a Time to Be Alive

Watch: "What a Time to Be Alive"
Watch: "Erasure"

Walter Martin - Reminisce Bar & Grill

Listen: "I Can Run Now from the Hellhounds but I Can’t Hide"
Listen: "Me & McAlevey"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Beach Boys - Surfin’ Safari Vinyl Reissue

Listen: "Surfin’ Safari"
Listen: "409"

Belle and Sebastian - How to Solve Our Human Problems, Part 3

Björk Guðmundsdóttir & tríó Guðmundar Ingólfssonar - Gling-Gló Reissue

Listen: "Gling-Gló"
Listen: "Ruby Baby"

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago 10th Anniversary Reissue

Listen: "Flume"
Listen: "Skinny Love"


Watch: "Delete Delete" (featuring Run the Jewels & Cristin Milioti)
Listen: "#DARKDAZE"

Lion Babe - "Honey Dew"

Listen: "Honey Dew"

Nina Simone - At Town Hall Reissue

Listen: "Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair"
Listen: "Cotton Eyed Joe"

Ride - Tomorrow’s Shore

Watch: "Catch You Dreaming"
Listen: "Keep It Surreal"

Ryan Adams - "Baby I Love You"

Watch: "Baby I Love You"

Sun Kil Moon - Ghosts of the Great Highway Reissue

Listen: "Carry Me, Ohio"
Listen: "Pancho Villa"

Tanlines - Present

Teenage Fanclub - Grand Prix Reissue

Listen: "Don’t Look Back"
Listen: "About You"

Tinashe - "Faded Love"

Watch: "Faded Love"

Wild Beasts - Last Night All My Dreams Came True

Watch: "All the King’s Men"
Listen: "The Devil’s Palace"