Sunday, October 21, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending October 20, 2018)

Massive Attack are reissuing their third album, Mezzanine, to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The reissue will be available in the standard formats, CD and vinyl, but has been encoded into DNA which will be available in spray point. Someone may have finally one-upped the Flaming Lips' gummy releases. If they find an even stranger way to release their next record, be sure to check it out over at my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, Mariah Carey announced her 15th album, Caution.

I was obsessed with Carey as a child. I had all of her albums, on cassette, which I would listen to and sing along to on a daily basis. Any talent show that I participated in, I was singing one of her songs. My feelings on her music began to sour around the release of Rainbow. As I began to lose my interest in pop music, I largely stopped listening to her music.

You may have noticed a renewed interest in pop music from me. I've also had a surge of nostalgia around the music I've listened to as a child and am rediscovering my love for Mariah Carey.

She announced the latest record on Monday. The announcement was preceded by singles "GTFO" and "With You." She also released a third single, "The Distance," this week.

Caution will be released on November 16.

Also announced this week:

Adia Victoria - Silences (February 22)
The Good, the Bad, & the Queen - Merrie Land (November 16)
Future & JUICE WRLD - WRLD ON DRUGS (out now)
Jacques Greene - Fever Focus (November 16)
My Brightest Diamond - A Million and One (November 23)
Rhye - Blood Remixed (November 16)
You Tell Me - You Tell Me (January 11)

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending October 13, 2018)

My blurb on St. Vincent in this post from a couple of weeks ago now seems a little prescient. The artist announced and released a collection of reworked songs from MASSEDUCTION, title MassEducation, this week! It's not make up exclusively of reworkings of "Slow Disco," so I was wrong about that, but, YAY, new music from St. Vincent!

Last week, Sharon Van Etten announced a long-awaited follow-up to 2014's Are We There, Remind Me Tomorrow.

Van Etten is a singer and songwriter from New Jersey who released her debut studio album, Because I Was in Love, in 2009 after a string of self-recorded and self-released albums. I've loved everything she's put out (and seen her live at any opportunity I got). Her music is personal and emotional, underlied by a strong voice with a melancholic bent... a bit more flowery than I try to get here, but I do love her so much.

She's taken the last few years off (other than reissuing that first album) and started pursuing a degree in psychology, started acting (you can catch her on Netflix's The OA), and had a child. It hasn't been a long absence, but a very welcome return none-the-less.

She announced Remind Me Tomorrow on October 2 and released the first single, "Comeback Kid."

The album is scheduled for released on January 18 of next year!

Also announced recently:

Anderson .Paak - Oxnard (November 16)
Art Brut - Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out! (November 23)
Belly - Immigrant (out now)
Dave Keuning - Prismism (January 25)
Deer Tick - Mayonnaise (February 1)
DJ MUGGS x ROC MARCI - KAOS (October 19)
Du Blonde - Lung Bread for Daddy (February 22)
FIDLAR - Almost Free (January 25)
Joe Jackson - Fool (January 18)
John Legend - A Legendary Christmas (October 26)
Kanye West - Yandhi (November 23)
Khalid - Suncity (October 19)
Little Dragon - Lover Chanting (November 9)
Maggie Rogers - Heard It in a Past Life (January 18)
Moonface - This One’s for the Dancer & This One’s for the Dancer’s Bouquet (November 2)
Mr Twin Sister - Salt (October 25)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Full Moon Fever (October 25)
Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Request 50th Anniversary Reissue (November 16)
St. Vincent - MassEducation (out now)
Titus Andronicus - Home Alone on Halloween (out now)
Van Morrison - You’re Driving Me Crazy (December 7)
XXL - Puff O’Gigio (December 7)

Saturday, October 6, 2018

New Music Friday - May 11, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

Though the Arctic Monkeys were one of the core bands of the post-punk revival movement of the early-to-mid aughts, they've changed their sound with nearly every record. Their last, AM, recalled psychedelic and blues rocks sounds. This one, as best as I can describe it, is skeezy 70s lounge singer. It's the band at their least immediate, but the sound has grown on me since the record was released.

Watch: "Four out of Five"
Watch: "Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino"

Beach House - 7

The seventh album from this duo follows a closet-cleaning B-sides release and a departure from their longtime producer, Chris Coady. While still identifiably a Beach House record, it does see them progressing their sound and making a more adventurous album than any of their previous work.

Watch: "Lemon Glow"
Watch: "Dark Spring"

Jess Williamson - Cosmic Wink

Coming just a couple of years after her sophomore album, Heart Song, Williamson's third covers an unlikely trio of life events. On the album, she sings of new love, moving cross country, and the aging of her canine friend.

Watch: "I See the White"
Watch: "Wild Rain"

La Luz - Floating Points

Floating Points is the third album from this LA-based band. A prominent theme of the album is dreams, subtly inferred by the album's title. They combine this with the "surf noir" sound they've already become known for.

Watch: "Cicada"
Watch: "Mean Dream"


SSION is the project of Cody Critcheloe and covers music, as well as visual and live performance. His more than 20 year career includes artwork design and direction for artists ranging from Charli XCX and the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs. O is his third solo record.

Watch: "At Least the Sky Is Blue" (featuring Ariel Pink)
Watch: "Comeback"

Other Full-Length Releases

Ament - Heaven/Hell

Watch: "Safe in the Car"
Listen: "The Noise, the Noise"

The Body - I Have Fought Against It, but I Can’t Any Longer

Listen: "Can Carry No Weight"
Listen: "Nothing Stirs"

Mark Kozelek - Mark Kozelek

Listen: "The Mark Kozelek Museum"
Listen: "My Love for You Is Undying"

The Sea and Cake - Any Day

Listen: "Any Day"
Listen: "These Falling Arms"

Simian Mobile Disco - Hey Sister

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

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Mount Kimbie - Love What Survives Remixes Part 1

Listen: "Blue Train Lines" (Nina Kraviz Main Mix)

Mount Kimbie - Love What Survives Remixes Part 2

Listen: "Four Years and One Day" (Marcel Dettmann Remix)
Listen: "Four Years and One Day" (Gerd Janson Remix)

Ty Dolla $ign - "Clout"

Watch: "Clout" (featuring 21 Savage)