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)
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.
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"
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: "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"
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"
Belle and Sebastian - How to Solve Our Human Problems, Part 3
Björk Guðmundsdóttir & tríó Guðmundar Ingólfssonar - Gling-Gló Reissue
Listen: "Ruby Baby"
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago 10th Anniversary Reissue
Listen: "Skinny Love"
BOOTS - #DARKDAZE
Watch: "Delete Delete" (featuring Run the Jewels & Cristin Milioti)
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"