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)

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