Monday, January 28, 2019

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending January 26, 2019)

A friend of mine recently joked that a Las Vegas residency signaled the end of an artist's career. At only one album into her career, it's been reported that Cardi B will be getting her own residency later this year. Hopefully this is not the end of hers, but we'll have to wait for a follow-up record to find out for sure. Keep an eye on my Upcoming Releases page if she announces a new record to defy the odds.

This week, Stephen Malkmus announced a follow-up to his May 2018 album (with The Jicks), Sparkle Hard, with Groove Denied.

Malkmus is perhaps best known for the 1990s indie rock band Pavement. Following the end of that band, he started Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, which has a similar sound, though maybe with a "dad rock" bent.

His newest record promises to be a significant departure from his past work; it is apparently an electronica record. The album was long teased and had been worked on for over a decade, but was initially rejected by his label.

The label eventually came around on the record, and it was announced this week along with the lead single "Viktor Borgia." My favorite take on the song came from a comment on You-Tube (from user Kevin Archanjo), that it heralded the birth of "dad electronica."

Groove Denied is scheduled for release on March 15.

Also announced recently:

The Antlers - Hospice Reissue (March 8)
Ariana Grande - thank u, next (February 8)
Apparat - LP5 (March 22)
Broken Social Scene - Let’s Try the After - Vol 1 (February 15)
C Duncan - Health (March 29)
Chris Cohen - Chris Cohen (March 29)
Delicate Steve - Till I Burn Up (March 1)
The Drums - Brutalism (April 5)
Glen Hansard - This Wild Willing (April 12)
Fennesz - Agora (March 29)
Florence + The Machine - “Moderation” (out now)
Foals - Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (March 8)
Jenny Lewis - On the Line (March 22)
Keith Richards - Talk Is Cheap Reissue (March 29)
Leggy - Let Me Know Your Moon (March 8)
Light Conductor - Sequence One (March 8)
Lion Babe - Cosmic Wind (March 29)
Mary Lattimore - Hundreds of Days Remixes (out now)
Mdou Moctar - Ilana (March 29)
Music Inspired By the Film Roma (February 8)
Nilüfer Yanya - Miss Universe (March 22)
Peter Bjorn and John - EPBJ (February 22)
Phoebe Bridgers & Conor Oberst - Better Oblivion Community Center (out now)
Rose Elinor Dougall - A New Illusion (April 5)
Shana Cleveland - Night of the Worm Moon (April 5)
Sonny & The Sunsets - Hairdressers from Heaven (April 1)
Spiral Stairs - We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized (March 22)
Strand of Oaks - Eraserland (March 22)
STUMM433 (May)
Tamaryn - Dreaming the Dark (March 22)
Tanya Tagaq - Toothsayer (March 1)
Thom Yorke - Suspiria Unreleased Material EP (February 22)
Ty Segall - Deforming Lobes (March 29)
Weezer - Weezer (Teal Album) (out now)

Saturday, January 19, 2019

New Music Friday - January 11, 2019

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Other Full-Length Releases

You Tell Me - You Tell Me

Listen: "Invisible Ink"
Listen: "Water Cooler"

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending January 12, 2019)

There was a bit of a lull in new music announcements through the holidays, but a new year is upon us and they are starting to roll in! Check out my Upcoming Releases page to see a full list of albums that I am looking forward to!

This week, James Blake announced his fourth album, Assume Form.

Blake started his career with a looser electronic style (at one time referred to as "post-dubstep"... the term did not stick), which he demonstrated through his early EPs and his debut album. He's progressively gotten further away from the style that defined his early work. Subsequent albums, 2013's Overgrown and 2016's The Colour in Anything, combined the electronic with R&B.

He promises his next record will be even poppier than anything he's done before, and it's certainly more feature-heavy. The album will include both other experimental artists, like Moses Sumney and Rosalía, and more mainstream artists with Travis Scott on a track.

Though no new songs were released along with the album announcement, it will include the previously-released "Don't Miss It."

Assume Form is coming very soon; on January 18!

Also announced recently:

The Coathangers - The Devil You Know (March 8)
Cochemea - All My Relations (February 22)
Ex Hex - It’s Real (March 22)
Future - The WIZRD (January 18)
Hannah Georgas - Imprints (March 8)
Hand Habits - placeholder (March 1)
LCD Soundsystem - Electric Lady Sessions (February 8)
New Order - Movement Definitive Edition (April 5)
Pond - Tasmania (March 1)
Priests - The Seduction of Kansas (April 5)
PUP - Morbid Stuff (April 5)
Ryan Adams - Big Colors (April 19)
SOAK - Grim Town (April 26)

Sunday, January 6, 2019

New Music Friday - June 15, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Buddy Guy - The Blues Is Alive and Well

At 82, Buddy Guy is proving that it's not just the blues that is alive and well. This is 18th album from the legendary blues man, coming just three years after the Grammy-winning Born to Play Guitar.

Listen: "Cognac" (featuring Jeff Beck & Keith Richards)
Listen: "You Did the Crime" (featuring Mick Jagger)

Christina Aguilera - Liberation

Aguilera was a ubiquitous figure in late '90s and early 2000s pop. She's taken a bit of a break since 2012's Lotus, focusing on her television duties (hosting and acting). She's back with her eighth album, with features from Demi Lovato, GoldLink, Ty Dolla $ign, and 2 Chainz.

Watch: "Fall in Line" (featuring Demi Lovato)
Watch: "Accelerate" (featuring Ty Dolla $ign, & 2 Chainz)

MOURN - Sorpresa Familia

MOURN is a four-piece from Barcelona, Spain. Sorpresa Familia is their third album and follows 2014's Ha, Ha, He!. The album covers a recent difficult time for the band, during which they made mismanagement  accusations towards their previous label. Thankfully, they were able to get out and continue making music!

Watch: "Fun at the Geysers"
Watch: "Barcelona City Tour"

serpentwithfeet - soil

This is the first album from serpentwithfeet, following his 2016 EP blisters. His music is hard to perfectly categorize. He started with a desire to become a classical singer, but fell into neo-soul scenes in Philadelphia. His classical leanings are still prevalent in his style, but with more contemporary instrumentation and more than a little experimentation.

Watch: "bless ur heart"
Watch: "cherubim"


SOPHIE is a Scottish musician and producer. She has produced for a wide variety of pop musicians including MØ, Charli XCX, and Madonna, as well as Let's Eat Grandma, Vince Staples, and Cashmere Cat. She's also been an active artist in her own right with a number of singles over the past few years. This is her first studio album.

Watch: "Faceshopping"
Listen: "Immaterial"

Other Full-Length Releases

Arthur Buck - Arthur Buck

Watch: "I Am the Moment"
Watch: "Are You Electrified?"

Chromeo - Head Over Heels

Watch: "Must’ve Been" (featuring DRAM)
Watch: "Juice"

Jay Rock - Redemption

Watch: "The Bloodiest"
Watch: "WIN"

John Parish - Bird Dog Dante

Listen: "Sorry for Your Loss" (featuring PJ Harvey)
Listen: "Rachel" (featuring Aldous Harding)

Johnny Marr - Call the Comet

Watch: "Hi Hello"
Listen: "Rise"

Kevin Krauter - Toss Up

Watch: "Keep Falling in Love"
Listen: "Rollerskate"

Matty - Déjàvu

Listen: "Clear"
Listen: "Déjàvu"

Melody’s Echo Chamber - Bon Voyage

Watch: "Breathe In, Breathe Out"
Watch: "Desert Horse"


Listen: "Adam and Eve"
Listen: "Bonjour"

Palberta - Roach Goin’ Down

Listen: "Roach Goin’ Down"
Listen: "Ziddy"

R+R=NOW - Colagically Speaking

Listen: "Colors in the Dark"
Listen: "Change of Tone"

stuart A. staples - Arrythmia
Watch: "A New Real"

Watch: "Memories of Love"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Fucked Up - High Rise 7”

Listen: "High Rise"

The Gaslight Anthem - The ’59 Sound Sessions

Listen: "The ’59 Sound"
Listen: "Placeholder"

The Killers - Career Box

Watch: "Somebody Told Me"
Watch: "The Man"

Protomartyr - Consolation E.P.

Watch: "Wheel of Fortune" (featuring Kelley Deal)
Listen: "You Always Win" (featuring Kelley Deal)

The Rolling Stones - Studio Albums Collection 1971 - 2016

Listen: "Brown Sugar"
Listen: "Blue and Lonesome"

S&S Presents: Dreams

Watch: Yumi Zouma - "France (Grand Boulevards)"
Watch: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - "Yugoslavia"

Trentemøller - The Last Resort Reissue

Watch: "Take Me into Your Skin"
Watch: "Vamp"

Uncle Drew: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Watch: A$AP Ferg - "Harlem Anthem"
Listen: A$AP Rocky, Gucci Mane, 21 Savage - "Cocky" (featuring London On Da Track)