Sunday, July 22, 2018

New Music Friday - April 13, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Brazilian Girls - Let’s Make Love

This is the fourth album from this dance and punk band, who are not from Brazil, but from New York...and have only one female member. It's also their first album in a decade.

Watch: "Pirates"
Listen: "Karaköy"

John Prine - The Tree of Forgiveness

The latest album from this legendary singer features collaborations with a number of musicians influenced by him. This includes songwriting from Dan Auerbach, and guest vocals from Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, and Brandi Carlile.

Watch: "Summer’s End"
Watch: "Knockin’ on Your Screen Door"

Say Sue Me - Where We Were Together

This is the third album from the South Korean indie rock band. They've mastered a jangly, sunny sound more expected from a southern California band than one from across the ocean.

Listen: "After Falling Asleep"
Listen: "Coming to the End"

Tinashe - Joyride

This long-awaited third album from Tinashe was first announced back in 2015. The delay reflects the difficulty she'd had in breaking through to mainstream stardom, but she remains a unique alternative to much of the pop that's out there.

Watch: "Faded Love" (featuring Future)
Watch: "Me So Bad" (featuring Ty Dolla $ign & French Montana)

Other Full-Length Releases

Jessie Stein and Pietro Amato - After Language

Listen: "I"
Listen: "II"

King Tuff - The Other

Watch: "The Other"
Watch: "Psycho Star"

Laura Veirs - The Lookout

Watch: "Everybody Needs You"
Watch: "Watch Fire" (featuring Sufjan Stevens)

Mouse on Mars - Dimensional People

Listen: "Dimensional People III" (featuring Bon Iver)
Listen: "Foul Mouth" (featuring Amanda Blank & Zach Condon)

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Beak> - L.A. Playback

Listen: "Pij"
Listen: "Mono"

David Bowie - CHANGESTWOBOWIE Reissue

Listen: "Aladdin Sane"
Listen: "Oh! You Pretty Things"

Knxwledge - Gladwemet EP

Listen: "Relapse"
Listen: "rton"

Lou Barlow - "Love Intervene"/"Don’t Like Changes"

Watch: "Love Intervene"

Young Thug - Hear No Evil

Watch: "Anybody" (featuring Nicki Minaj)
Watch: "Up" (featuring Lil Uzi Vert)

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending June 21, 2018)

My boyfriend and I recently watched the movie Hostiles, a movie we were both thoroughly unimpressed by, but there was an interesting tidbit in the IMDb trivia. Lead actress Rosamund Pike was apparently cast, in part, based on her performance in the music video for Massive Attack's "Voodoo in My Blood". It is one of the more memorable videos in recent memory.

"Voodoo in My Blood" came from the Ritual Spirit EP, but it's been eight years since their last album, Heligoland. If they announce a follow-up, look for it on my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, Cat Power announced her tenth album, Wanderer.

Cat Power has a career spanning back more than two decades and numerous critically-acclaimed records. Her style has moved between folk and punk, to even electronica on her last album, Sun.

That last record was a particular favorite of mine, one of my top records for 2012. She's been fairly quiet, at least musically, in the years since. She reported some health problems later that same year, and had a child sometime in 2015.

I figured the hiatus was in part to focus on her family and that it may be a long while before getting new music, but on July 18, she announced the new album. No songs from the album have been unveiled yet, but we did get a snippet of music in the trailer for the album.

Wanderer is set for release on October 5.

Also announced recently:

The 1975 - “Love It If We Made It” (out now)
Alt-J - Reduxer (September 28)
Animal Collective - Tangerine Reef (August 17)
Beak> - >>> (September 21)
Big Red Machine - Big Red Machine (August 31)
Billie Eilish - “you should see me in a crown” (out now)
Blood Orange - Negro Swan (August 24)
Childish Gambino - Summer Pack (out now)
Cornelius - Ripple Waves (September 19)
D.R.A.M. - That’s a Girl’s Name (out now)
Devon Welsh - Dream Songs (August 24)
Frontperson - Frontrunner (September 21)
Guerilla Toss - Twisted Crystal (September 14)
Guided By Voices - “You Own the Night”/“Your Cricket Is Rather Unique” 7” (July 20)
JEFF the Brotherhood - Magick Songs (September 7)
Jorge Elbrecht - Happiness (August 7)
LCD Soundsystem - American Dream Remixes (August 10)
Lemon Twigs - Go to School (August 24)
Lonnie Holley - MITH (September 21)
Mac Miller - Swimming (August 3)
Madeline Kenney - Perfect Shapes (October 5)
Metric - TBN (September 21)
MØ - Forever Neverland (October 19)
Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds - “If Love Is the Law” (September 14)
Oneohtrix Point Never - The Station EP (July 27)
Parquet Courts - Wide Awake Remixes EP (September 28)
Paul Simon - In the Blue Light (September 7)
Richard Reed Parry - Quiet River of Dust Vol. 1 (September 21)
Richard Reed Parry - Quiet River of Dust Vol. 2 (March 20)
Roy Montgomery - Suffuse (August 14)
Sarah Davachi - Gave in Rest (September 14)
Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche Vinyl Reissue (August 31)
Tokyo Police Club - TPC (October 5)
Waxahatchee - Great Thunder EP (September 7)
Westerman - “Edison”/“Easy Money” (August 17)
Willie Nelson - My Way (September 14)

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending July 7, 2018)

We were in Montréal recently, and managed to catch a bit of the their jazz festival. The event is a massive yearly music festival where most of the shows are free. We got to see a number of amazing acts, including !!!, who put on incredible live show!

If they happen to release a recording of their show, check it out at my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, French musician Christine and the Queens announced their sophomore album, Chris.

Christine and the Queens is fronted by Héloïse Letissier, who got her start in 2010 working with a backing band of drag queens, hence "the Queens". She released her debut album, Chaleur humaine, in 2014.

The first single from the new album, the Dâm-Funk featuring "Girlfriend", was released in mid-May in both English and French ("Dam, dis-moi"). The album containing that single was announced on July 5.

Chris is set to be released on September 21.

Also announced this week:

The Chills - Snow Bound (September 14)
Emma Ruth Rundle - On Dark Horses (September 14)
Eric Bachmann - No Recover (September 7)
Hater - Siesta (September 28)
How to Dress Well - Land of the Overflowing Urn (out now)
Marissa Nadler - For My Crimes (September 28)
Sheryl Crow - “Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You” (out now)
Slothrust - The Pact (September 14)
Sun Kil Moon - This Is My Dinner (November 1)
YG - Stay Dangerous (August 3)