Sunday, September 30, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending September 29, 2018)

St. Vincent released a second alternate version of "Slow Disco," one of the tracks from Masseduction. The new version is titled "Slow Slow Disco." Maybe we'll get an entire album of reworks of the song, I wouldn't be against it. If that happens, check it out over at my Upcoming Releases page!

Almost 50 years ago, The Beatles released their ninth album. It was technically self-titled, but became known as The White Album. The 50th anniversary reissue edition of the album was announced last week.

As with most anniversary reissues, the release will mostly consist of new mixes of the original tracks, along with demo versions the tracks, along with a plethora of other session outtakes.

The 50th anniversary edition of The Beatles' White Album will be released on November 9.

Also announced recently:

The 1975 - A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships (November 30)
Bloc Party - Silent Alarm Live (February 22)
Bob Dylan - More Blood, More Tracks (November 2)
Clean Bandit - What Is Love (November 30)
Climax: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (October 5)
Dan Mangan - More or Less (November 2)
Deerhoof - Deerhoof Plays the Music of the Shining (October 26)
Django Django - Winter’s Beach (October 12)
Dumplin’: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (November 30)
Ella Mai - Ella Mai (October 12)
Erika Spring - Scars (October 5)
Esperanza Spalding - 12 Little Spells (October 19)
Fleet Foxes - First Collection 2006 - 2009 (November 9)
Frog Eyes - Live at the Moroccan Lounge (September 28)
Georgia Anne Muldrow - Overload (October 26)
Goshen Electric Co. - “The Gray Tower”/“Ring the Bell” (November 2)
Hiss Golden Messenger - Devotion: Songs About Rivers and Spirits and Children (November 2)
How to Dress Well - The Anteroom (October 19)
Jeff Tweedy - WARM (November 30)
Kelela - TAKE ME A_PART, THE REMIXES (October 5)
Kurt Vile - Bottle It In (October 12)
Laura Carbone & The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - “The Flowers Beneath Our Feet” (out now)
Massive Attack - Mezzanine Reissue (November 16)
The Men - Hated: 2008-2011 (November 9)
Monkees - Christmas Party (October 12)
Mumford & Sons - Delta (November 16)
The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (November 2)
Nana Adjoa - A Tale So Familiar (November 7)
The Natvral - Know Me More (October 5)
Noname - Room 25 (out now)
Robyn - Honey (October 26)
Ryuichi Sakamoto - BTTB Reissue (November 9)
Smashing Pumpkins - Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1/LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun (November 16)
Stephen Steinbrink - Utopia Teased (November 9)
Stove - ’s Favorite Friend (October 31)
Sufjan Stevens - Songs for Christmas Vinyl Reissue (November 9)
T.I. - Dime Trap (October 5)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - IC-01 Hanoi (October 26)
Wale - Free Lunch (out now)
Westerman - Ark (November 9)
William Shatner - Shatner Claus (October 25)

Saturday, September 8, 2018

New Music Friday - May 4, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Eleanor Friedberger - Rebound

Fiery Furnaces may have gone on hiatus in 2011, but Eleanor Friedberger has been going strong in her solo career. Rebound is her fourth solo record, following 2016's New View. Fiery Furnaces' seminal Blueberry Boat also got reissued this year!

Watch: "In Between Stars"
Watch: "Make Me a Song"

FAN - Barton’s Den

FAN is the solo project of Meric Long, one-half of The Dodos. That band is far from done (they're actually releasing a new album in just a few weeks). Long introduced his solo career last November with the "Fire" single.

Watch: "Velour"
Watch: "What a Mistake"

Leon Bridges - Good Thing

Bridges started his career with a throwback sound reminiscent of 1960s soul (think Sam Cooke or Otis Redding). For his sophomore album, he sought to update his sound a bit, and mix some modern pop into his retro style.

Watch: "Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand"
Watch: "Bad Bad News"

Rae Sremmurd - SR3MM

Rae Sremmurd's latest is a triple album. The first is the true third album from the duo. The second part is Swae Lee's solo debut, Swaecation, and the third, Jxmtro, Slim Jxmmi's.

Watch: "Guatemala"
Watch: "Powerglide" (featuring Juicy J)

The Temptations - All the Time

Yes, they're still around, though Otis Williams is the only remaining original member. The new album from the band's current iteration is primarily a covers album, featuring songs originally performed by Sam Smith, Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, and others, as well as a few originals.

Watch: "Waitin’ on You"
Listen: "Earned It"

Other Full-Length Releases

DJ Koze - Knock Knock

Watch: "Pick Up"
Listen: "Illumination" (featuring Roísín Murphy)

Iceage - Beyondless

Watch: "Catch It"
Watch: "The Day the Music Dies"

Jon Hopkins - Singularity

Watch: "Emerald Rush"
Watch: "Everything Connected"

Killa Kyleon - Candy Paint N Texas Plates

Watch: "Fuck You"
Listen: "They Don’t Know" (featuring Bambino)

Matt and Kim - Almost Everyday

Watch: "Forever"
Watch: "Like I Used to Be"

Royce da 5’9” - The Book of Ryan

Watch: "Caterpillar" (featuring Eminem & King Green)
Watch: "Boblo Boat" (featuring J. Cole)

Simian Mobile Disco - Murmurations

Watch: "Caught in a Wave"
Watch: "Hey Sister"

Viva La Void - Viva La Void

Watch: "Red Rider"
Watch: "Death Money"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Amber Mark - Conexão

Watch: "Love Me Right"
Watch: "Love Is Stronger Than Pride"

Braids - "Collarbones"/"Burdock & Dandelions"

Listen: "Collarbones"
Listen: "Burdock & Dandelions"

Brian Eno - Music for Installations

Listen: "Kazakhstan"

Jenn Champion - "O.M.G. (I’m All Over It)"

Watch: "O.M.G. (I’m All Over It)"

Katie Von Schleicher - "Glad to Be Here" 7”

Listen: "Glad to Be Here"

Mass Gothic - "Dark Window"

Watch: "Dark Window"

Perera Elsewhere - Drive

Watch: "Drive"

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending September 8, 2018)

One of the unfortunate aspects of hip hop culture is the expectation of rivalry between artists, and the frequent delivery on that expectation. A long-brewing rivalry between Nicki Minaj and Cardi B came to a head last night with Cardi attacking Nicki at a Fashion Week event and then being kicked out of the event. Maybe they'll patch things up some day, but for now, I'm awaiting the inevitable barrage of diss tracks between the rappers.

Better things have happened in the music world recently, including a lot of new album announcements. One in particular that I am looking forward to is the upcoming posthumous album from soul man Charles Bradley, Black Velvet.

Though he had a long performing career, Bradley had a late age surge in popularity and released his first album, No Time for Dreaming, at age 62. He would release two more albums before his death last year.

His latest, and reportedly final, album was announced on September 6. It collects session recordings from all three of his records. The first single and video, "I Feel a Change," was also released.

Black Velvet is set for release on November.

Also announced recently:

27: The Most Perfect Album (September 18)
AlunaGeorge - Champagne Eyes (October 5)
Blondie - BLONDIE: Heart of Glass (October 26)
Bohemian Rhapsody: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (November 2)
D+ - Destroy Before Listening (out now)
Dave Davies - Decade (October 12)
Empress Of - Us (October 19)
First Aid Kit - Tender Offerings (September 14)
Four Tet - Live at Funkhaus Berlin, 10th May 2018 (out now)
Gabby’s World - Beast on Beast (November 2)
Geotic - Traversa (October 19)
Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore - Ghost Forests (November 9)
HAERTS - New Compassion (October 5)
J Mascis - Elastic Days (November 9)
Jerusalem in My Heart - Daqa’iq Tudaiq (October 5)
Joey Purp - QUARTERTHING (September 7)
John Lennon - Imagine - The Ultimate Collection (October 5)
Julia Holter - Aviary (October 26)
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - 12 Bar Bruise Reissue (November 2)
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Eyes Like the Sky Reissue (November 2)
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Float Along - Fill Your Lungs Reissue (November 2)
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Oddments Reissue (November 2)
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Willoughby’s Beach Reissue (November 2)
Liars - Titles with the Words Fountain (September 21)
Logic - Young Sinatra IV (September 28)
Loretta Lynn - Wouldn’t It Be Great (September 28)
LUH - Love Hates What You Become (January 18)
Marie Davidson - Working Class Woman (October 5)
Mark Kozelek with Donny McCaslin and Jim White - Mark Kozelek with Donny McCaslin and Jim White (March 2)
The Mountain Goats - Hex of Infinite Binding EP (out now)
NAO - Saturn (October 26)
Neneh Cherry - Broken Politics (October 19)
The Radio Dept. - “Going Down Swinging” (out now)
The Skiffle Players - Skiff (October 12)
Skylar Spence - “Carousel”/“Cry Wolf” (out now)
Thom Yorke - Suspiria (Music for the Luca Guadagnino Film) (October 26)
The Twilight Sad - It Won/t Be Like This All the Time (January 18)
Ty Segall - Fudge Sandwich (October 26)
The Watson Twins - DUO (October 12)
Will Oldham - Songs of Love and Horror (October 19)
Yumi Zouma - EP III (September 27)

You can also view a longer list of upcoming music at my Upcoming Releases page!

Sunday, September 2, 2018

New Music Friday - April 27, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Half Waif - Lavender

Synth-pop singer Nandi Rose Plunkett is a former member of Pinegrove and has been performing solo as Half Waif for six years. Lavender is her second album following last year's Probably Depths.

Watch: "Keep It Out"
Watch: "Torches"

Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer

Monáe steps away a bit from the thematic elements of her first two albums, though there's still some Cindi Mayweather around. In ways, it's a more typical pop album, but one only this artist could make. It's sexual, defiant, political, and (as she always is) amazing!

Watch: "Make Me Feel"
Watch: "Django Jane"

Okkervil River - In the Rainbow Rain

In the Rainbow Rain is the ninth album from this band fronted by Will Sheff. The album follows 2016's Away, in which Sheff unpacked major changes to his personal and professional lives. This album sees the band incorporating a wide variety of new styles.

Watch: "Don’t Move Back to LA"
Watch: "Pulled Up the Ribbon"

Speedy Ortiz - Twerp Verse

Twerp Verse is the third album from this Massachusetts band and follows 2015's amazing Foil Deer. The album and the videos that have accompanied it continue the DIY feel of their work.

Watch: "Lucky 88"
Watch: "Lean in When I Suffer"

Twin Shadow - Caer

This is the fourth album from George Lewis, Jr., who performs as Twin Shadow. The album features collaborations with Rainsford and HAIM.

Watch: "Little Woman"
Watch: "Brace" (featuring Rainsford)

Other Full-Length Releases

Forth Wanderers - Forth Wanderers

Watch: "Ages Ago"
Watch: "Nevermine"

Post Malone - beerbongs & bentleys

Watch: "Psycho" (featuring Ty Dolla $ign)
Watch: "rockstar" (featuring 21 Savage)

Van Morrison and Joey DeFrancesco - You’re Driving Me Crazy

Listen: "You’re Driving Me Crazy"
Listen: "Everyday I Have the Blues"

We Are Scientists - Megaplex

Watch: "One In, One Out"
Watch: "Your Light Has Changed"

Willie Nelson - Last Man Standing

Watch: "Me and You"
Watch: "Bad Breath"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Buzzy Lee - Facepaint EP

Watch: "Facepaint"
Watch: "Coolhand"

Grouper - Grid of Points

Listen: "Driving"
Listen: "Parking Lot"

Kings: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Listen: Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - "Saying Goodbye"
Listen: Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - "Waking Up"


Watch: "I Am a War Machine"