Sunday, December 16, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending December 15, 2018)

Grammy nominations were announced this week. There was, of course, the usual spate of disappointments, but they'll never please everyone. While there are certainly things I think were overlooked, I'm excited about nods to St. Vincent for Alternative Album of the Year, about half of the best new artist field, and Janelle Monáe and Brandi Carlile for Album of the Year!

As always, be sure to check out albums I'm excited about over at my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, Ben Shemie announced his solo debut, A Skeleton.

Shemie is better known as the frontman for the Montreal band Suuns. With Suuns, he has released four albums of avant-garde, progressive rock, including this year's Felt. The band also released a collaborative album with fellow Montréalais Jerusalem in My Heart in 2015.

As described, Shemie's solo album sounds like it will have a similar overall style to his work with him band, but a little more stripped back. The new album was announced on Wednesday along with the title track.

A Skeleton is scheduled for release on February 15.

Also announced recently:

Amanda Palmer - There Will Be No Intermission (March 8)
American Football - American Football (LP3) (March 22)
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Take 2 (out now)
Chewing - Pacific Ocean Blue (December 21)
Czarface & Ghostface Killah - Czarface Meets Ghostface (February 15)
Dave Harrington Group - Pure Imagination, No Country (February 1)
Greg Dulli - “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (out now)
Jonny Greenwood - There Will Be Blood Vinyl Reissue (January 18)
Lambchop - This (is what I wanted to tell you) (March 22)
Linda Ronstadt - Live in Hollywood (February 1)
Mark Morton - Anesthetic (March 1)
Matmos - Plastic Anniversary (March 15)
Our Native Daughters - Songs of Our Native Daughters (February 22)
Prince - 3121 Reissue (February 8)
Prince - Musicology Reissue (February 8)
Prince - Planet Earth Reissue (February 8)
Queens of the Stone Age - “Silent Night” (out now)
Thelma - The Only Thing (February 22)
Woman’s Hour - Ephyra (February 15)
Xiu Xiu - Girl with Basket of Fruit (February 9)

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