Saturday, October 12, 2019

My Favorite Things of the Week

Another decade is coming to a close, which means music sites are posting lists of the best music of the decade. Pitchfork posted their 200 best albums of the 2010s this week. There's still a lot of music to come this year, so check out my Upcoming Releases page to see some of the potentially overlooked records!

Caroline Polachek has an album coming out in just over a week, and released several singles from it well before announcing the record. She released another last week, "So Hot You're Hurting My Feelings," another great showcase for her otherworldly vocals.



Last week, NPR shared video snippets of their Turning the Tables concert, which sought to honor eight influential women who helped shaped popular music. The women recognized were Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Maybelle Carter, Marion Anderson, Ella Fitzgerald, Mary Lou Williams, Celia Cruz, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Contemporary females musicians were brought in to cover some of their most notable songs, including an incredible cover of "Strange Fruit" from Lizz Wright.



Finally, when he passed in 2016, Leonard Cohen was working on an album with his son, Adam. Last week, the resulting record, Thanks for the Dance, was announced. The album will include a number of guest musicians, including Beck, Damien Rice, and Feist. The first single, "The Goal," was also released.



Also announced recently:

Anna of the North - Dream Girl (October 25)
The Band - The Band 50th Anniversary Edition (November 15)
Bob Dylan - Travelin' Thru, 1967–1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15 (November 1)
Brooke Candy - SEXORCISM (October 25)
Bryce Dessner - Tenebre (October 11)
Caroline Polachek - Pang (October 18)
Cate Le Bon & Bradford Cox - Myths 004 (November 1)
CUP - Spinning Creature (November 1)
Cursive - Get Fixed (October 11)
DaBaby - KIRK (out now)
DJ Shadow - Our Pathetic Age (November 15)
Dry Cleaning - Boundary Road Snakes and Drinks (October 25)
Field Music - Making a New World (January 10)
Frozen 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (November 15)
Georgia - Seeking Thrills (January 10)
Harry Nilsson - Losst and Founnd (November 22)
Hemlock Ernst & Kenny Segal - Back at the House (October 26)
Holy Fuck - Deleter (January 17)
Jimmy Eat World - Surviving (October 18)
Johnny Marr - Single Life (December 6)
Jonathan Fire*Eater - Tremble Under Boom Lights Reissue (October 18)
Josienne Clarke - In All Weather (November 8)
Josh Homme - Desert Sessions Vol. 11 (October 25)
Josh Homme - Desert Sessions Vol. 12 (October 25)
Lee Scratch Perry - Life of the Plants (October 25)
Leonard Cohen - Thanks for the Dance (November 22)
Little Wings - Wonderue Reissue (November 29)
LOOR - Nightland (November 22)
Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas (Deluxe Anniversary Edition) (November 1)
Mount Eerie - Lost Wisdom pt. 2 (November 8)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Ghosteen (out now)
Nirvana - MTV Unplugged in New York (November 1)
Pick a Piper - Sight (October 18)
Pink Floyd - The Later Years (November 29)
Pluralone - To Be One with You (November 22)
Poppy - I Disagree (January 10)
Robert Glasper - Fuck Yo Feelings (out now)
Robert Plant - Digging Deep (December 13)
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Thousands Knives Of Reissue (November 8)
Smoke Fairies - Darkness Brings the Wonders Home (January 31)
Stars - LaGuardia (December 6)
Sufjan Stevens - The Decalogue (October 18)
Teebs - Anicca (October 25)
Tei Shi - La Linda (November 15)
Ty Segall - Pig Man Lives Volume 1 (November 1)
Van Morrison - Three Chords and the Truth (October 25)
Wished Bone - Sap Season (November 1)

Saturday, October 5, 2019

New Music Friday - September 27, 2019

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases



Emel Mathlouthi - Everywhere We Looked Was Burning

Everywhere We Looked Was Burning is the third album from the Tunisian artist. Mathlouthi spent time in Woodstock to write this album, which is inspired both by nature and the current state of the world.

Watch: "Footsteps"
Watch: "Rescuer"




The New Pornographers - In the Morse Code of Brake Lights

This is the eighth album from the incredible (mostly) Canadian indie supergroup, following 2017's Whiteout Conditions. Having sat out for that album, Dan Bejar is unfortunately still not back for this outing. Neko Case is here, though, and that's all I really need in life!

Watch: "The Surprise Knock"
Watch: "Falling Down the Stairs of Your Smile"




Tegan and Sara - Hey, I’m Just Like You

While this the latest record from the twin artists, the songs are some of their oldest, mostly written and demoed when the pair were teenagers. Having delved into a poppier sound on recent records, this one brings them closer to their rock beginnings.

Watch: "I’ll Be Back Someday"
Watch: "Hey, I’m Just Like You"




Trentemøller - Obverse

This new album from the Danish producer follows 2016's Fixion. He brings in some vocal help from the likes of Lina Tullgren, Lisbet Fritze, Rachel Goswell, and jennylee.

Watch: "In the Garden"
Watch: "Blue September"


Other Full-Length Releases



DaBaby - KIRK

Watch: "Intro"
Listen: "iPHONE" (featuring Nicki Minaj)


Girl Band - The Talkies

Watch: "Shoulderblades"
Watch: "Going Norway"


Michaela Anne - Desert Love

Watch: "By Our Design"
Listen: "Child of the Wind"


Sturgill Simpson - Sound & Fury

Watch: "Sing Along"
Listen: "Make Art Not Friends"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.



The Beatles - Abbey Road 50

Watch: "Here Comes the Sun" (2019 Mix)
Listen: "Come Together" (2019 Mix)


Dinosaur Jr. - Green Mind Reissue

Listen: "The Wagon"
Listen: "Green Mind"


Dinosaur Jr. - Hand It Over Reissue

Listen: "Never Bought It"
Listen: "I’m Insane"


Dinosaur Jr. - Where You Been Reissue

Listen: "Out There"
Listen: "Start Choppin'"


Dinosaur Jr. - Without a Sound Reissue

Listen: "On the Brink"
Listen: "Feel the Pain"


Judy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Listen: Renée Zellweger - "Get Happy" (featuring Sam Smith)
Listen: "For Once in My Life"


Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds - This Is the Place

Watch: "This Is the Place"
Watch: "Sail On"


The Roots - Things Fall Apart Reissue

Listen: "Ain’t Sayin’ Nothin’ New"
Listen: "Dynamite!"


Sporting Life - Black Diamond

Watch: "Crux" (featuring Mike, & Wiki)
Listen: "Black Diamond" (featuring Deem Spencer)


Wild Nothing - Live from Brooklyn Steel

Watch: "Canyon on Fire"
Listen: "Live in Dreams"