Sunday, June 24, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending June 23, 2018)

I've been watching a lot of Queer Eye on Netflix lately and noticed that the food and wine expert, Antoni, seems to be a pretty big fan of The National. So far, I've counted him rocking the band's shirts three times. Maybe in exchange for the publicity, the band should compile a soundtrack for the show! If that happens, I'll have it over at Upcoming Releases page!

This week, Beyoncé not only announced a new album, but went ahead a released it, as well. Her latest surprise release, EVERYTHING IS LOVE, was a collaboration with her husband, recorded as The Carters.

At this point, I would be more surprised if Beyoncé were to release an album on a more standard roll-out schedule, i.e. announce an album, release a few singles and perhaps videos, go on tour, then release the album. Her previous two records, Beyoncé and Lemonade, were also surprise releases.

This latest seems to serve as an end to a trilogy for the Carters, one that began with Lemonade and continued with Jay-Z's 4:44. Each record has referenced the couple's relationship. The record was released last Saturday, along with a video for the single "APESHIT".

Also announced last week:

Bermuda Triangle - “Till the End of Days” (out now)
Buddy - Harlan & Alonda (July 20)
DJ Muggs - Assassination Day (June 29)
DJ Shadow - Live in Manchester: The Mountain Has Fallen Tour (July 13)
Elvis Presley - Where No One Stands Alone (August 10)
Foxing - Nearer My God (August 10)
Freddie Gibbs - Freddie (out now)
KIN: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (August 31)
Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains the Same Reissue (September 7)
Mass Gothic - I’ve Tortured You Long Enough (August 31)
Menace Beach - Black Rainbow Sound (August 31)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Distant Sky - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Live in Copenhagen (September 28)
Paul McCartney - Egypt Station (September 7)
Purling Hiss - “Out Tonight” (out now)
Restorations - LP5000 (September 28)
Saintseneca - Pillar of Na (August 19)
Steve Hauschildt - Dissolve (August 3)
Underworld & Iggy Pop - Teatime Dub Encounters (July 27)

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending June 16, 2018)

It seems like Vampire Weekend has forever been almost done with their fourth album. The band announced that they will be going on tour soon, which may mean that the album will also be announced soon. If that happens, check it out over at my Upcoming Releases page!

I haven't had a weekend home since I last posted this list, so there's a lot to catch up on!

I'm looking forward to the third album, Hunter, from rock powerhouse Anna Calvi. That album is due out August 31.

Only a year Damon Albarn released the first Gorillaz album in seven years, he will be releasing The Now Now on June 29.

And we'll be getting a new album from Spiritualized, their first in six years. And Nothing Hurt will be out on September 7.

Also recently announced:

Bad Bad Hats - Lightning Round (August 3)
Best Coast - Best Kids (June 22)
Body/Head - The Switch (July 13)
Charli XCX - “5 in the Morning” (out now)
Chic - It’s About Time (September 7)
Chilly Gonzales - Solo Piano III (September 7)
Cullen Omori - The Diet (August 17)
Death Cab for Cutie - Thank You for Today (August 17)
Death Grips - Year of the Snitch (June 22)
Interpol - Marauder (August 24)
Jenn Champion - Single Rider (July 13)
Laurel Halo - Raw Silk Uncut Wood (July 13)
Low - Double Negative (September 13)
M. Ward - What a Wonderful Industry (out now)
Maggie Rogers - “Fallingwater” (out now)
Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood - With Animals (August 24)
Mirah - Understanding (September 7)
MNDR - “Gravity” (out now)
MorMor - Heaven’s Only Wishful (June 22)
Mutual Benefit - Thunder Follows the Light (September 21)
The National - Boxer (Live in Brussels) (July 13)
Nicki Minaj - Queen (August 10)
Nothing - Tired of Tomorrow (August 24)
Oh Sees - Smote Reverser (August 17)
Perfume Genius - Reshaped (out now)
Prince - Piano & a Microphone 1983 (September 21)
RL Grime - NOVA (July 27)
Thomas Fekete - Grow (out now)
Thou - Magus (August 31)
Thou - Rhea Sylvia (July 27)
Tim Hecker - Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again Reissue (July 6)
Tim Hecker - Radio Amor Reissue (July 6)
Trevor Powers - Mulberry Violence (August 17)
Wild Nothing - Indigo (August 31)

New Music Friday - March 30, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Frankie Cosmos - Vessel

Vessel is the third album for Cosmos and follows her relative break-out, 2016's Next Thing, which earned a few best-of spots for the year. Though Cosmos has served as the stage name for Greta Kline, this album serves as the first outing of Frankie Cosmos as a band, moving the project further away from its bedroom pop beginnings.

Watch: "Being Alive"
Watch: "Jesse"

Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour

On her third album, Musgraves makes a combination work that I never would imagined together, disco country! It's not the entire album, but the stand-out track "High Horse" beautifully combines two genres that haven't traditionally been my favorites. The rest of the album is a great listen, as well, though is far more beholden to country sounds from bygone decades.

Watch: "High Horse"
Watch: "Butterflies"

Kate Nash - Yesterday Was Forever

Yesterday Was Forever sees Nash again taking on a crowdfunding approach to recording and releasing her music. 2013's Girl Talk was funded through PledgeMusic, this latest was a Kickstarter campaign. She returns more to her early career sound on this latest record, and tackles subjects like mental illness.

Watch: "Drink About You"
Watch: "Life in Pink"

MF Doom & Czarface - Czarface Meets Metal Face!

MF DOOM has become well-known for his collaborations, which have included work with Danger Mouse, Madlib, and Bishop Nehru. He's back with yet another collab, this time with Czarface, itself a collaboration between Wu-Tang's Inspectah Deck and the duo 7L & Esoteric.

Watch: "Bomb Thrown"
Listen: "Nautical Depth"

Other Full-Length Releases

Amen Dunes - Freedom

Watch: "Miki Dora"
Watch: "Blue Rose"

Trace Mountains - A Partner to Lean On

Listen: "Cary’s Dream"
Listen: "Turn Twice"

The Vaccines - Combat Sports

Watch: "I Can’t Quit"
Listen: "Nightclub"

The Voidz - Virtue

Watch: "QYURRUS"
Watch: "All Wordz Are Made Up"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Flame 1 - "Fog"/"Shrine"

Listen: "Fog"
Listen: "Shrine"

Frou Frou - Details Reissue

Watch: "Must Be Dreaming"
Listen: "Let Go"

Future Islands - In the Fall Reissue

Listen: "In the Fall" (featuring Katrina Ford)

Joan Shelley - Rivers and Vessels EP

Listen: "Time Has Told Me"
Listen: "Magnolia"

No Joy/Sonic Boom - No Joy/Sonic Boom

Watch: "Triangle Probably"
Watch: "Obsession"

Pink Floyd - London 1966/1967

The Weeknd - My Dear Melancholy,

Watch: "Call Out My Name"
Listen: "I Was Never There" (featuring Gesaffelstein)