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)