Sunday, November 17, 2019

My Favorite Things of the Week

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The soundtrack for Peaky Blinders was released this past Friday and includes new songs from a number of amazing musicians, including Laura Marling, PJ Harvey, and Queens of the Stone Age. It also features a new song from Anna Calvi, "You're Not God." The song doesn't feature her vocals much, aside from audible breaths and growls, but instead focuses on her incredible guitar work.



FKA twigs recently appeared on BBC 1 to perform songs from her new album, Magdalene. In addition to "home with you," and "cellophane," she also performed a cover of Gershwin's jazz classic "Summertime." Despite the song's 85 years as a jazz standard, she manages to bring something new with her distinctive breathy vocals.



Every music video released by Rosalía has been amazing, usually featuring colorful costumes and well-choreographed dance sequences. These don't feel like typical pop videos, though. There's something to the camera work and cinematography, and of course her music, that elevates her videos above the fray.



This week, Moses Sumney announced a two-part album, græ.

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He released an incredible debut album, Aromanticism, in 2017, followed up by the Black in Deep Red EP last year. Based on the first track from the album, "Virile," he is only building on the loose song structure and jazz-influenced vocals that made his earlier work so amazing. Part one of the album will be released in February, and part two and the physical release coming on May 15.



Also announced this week:

Action Bronson - Lamb Over Rice (November 22)
Andrew Bird - HARK! (out now)
Andy Stott - It Should Be Us (out now)
Animal Collective - Ballet Slippers (November 22)
Annie Hart - A Softer Offering (December 13)
Black Lips - Sing in a World That’s Falling Apart (January 24)
C.Y.M. - C.Y.M. (out now)
Camila Cabello - Romance (December 6)
Grimes - Miss Anthropocene (February 21)
Free Nationals - The Free Nationals (December 13)
Hamerkop - Remote (February 7)
The Homesick - The Big Exercise (February 7)
Katie Gately - Loom (February 14)
Lee Ranaldo & Raül Refree - Names of North End Women (February 21)
Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds - Blue Moon Rising (March 6)
Of Montreal - UR FUN (January 17)
Okay Kaya - Watch This Liquid Pour Itself (January 24)
The Rentals - Q36 (June 2)
Rose Cousins - Bravado (February 21)
The Secret Sisters - Saturn Return (February 28)
Tinashe - Songs for You (November 22)
Walter Martin - The World at Night (January 31)
Wiki - OOFIE (out now)
Wolf Parade - Thin Mind (January 24)
Yorkston/Thorne/Khan - Navarasa: Nine Emotion (January 24)

Sunday, November 3, 2019

My Favorite Things of the Week

Sudan Archives, aka Brittney Denise Parks, released her debut album, Athena, this week. Also this week, the artist, who I found out is from Cincinnati, sat down with Stereogum to discuss the story behind each of the album's 14 songs.

Vince Staples has a new show, aptly called "The Vince Staples Show," which has served as his vehicle for new music. This week, he released the second single tied to the project, "Sheet Music." As always, his lyrics are amazing.



Sleigh Bells got their start making blown-out, high-octane music, but have reigned it in considerably since their 2008 debut. Their latest song takes on a blues feel, large due to it being a cover of Leadbelly's classic, "Where Did You Sleep Last Night." The song was recorded for The Rhythm Section's soundtrack.



I am somewhat fascinated by Igor, the character Tyler, The Creator, created for his latest album of the same name. The characters has shown up in a couple of interesting music videos already, and last week, Tyler released another video for a track from the album, "I THINK," featuring the character.



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The New Pornographers released a new album just a couple of short months ago. That album was the second that did not feature long-time member Dan Bejar. I assumed his absence was due to him working on the latest album from his other major project, Destroyer, and this week that seems to be confirmed. He announced Have We Met, due on January 31 of next year.



Check out my Upcoming Releases page for more new music to come and see a list of other newly-announced albums below:

Algiers - There Is No Year (January 17)
Amy Klein - Winter/Time (November 22)
Andy Shauf - The Neon Skyline (January 24)
Banoffee - Look At Us Now Dad (February 21)
Ben Watt - Storm Damage (January 31)
Billy Corgan - Cotillions (November 22)
Burial - Tunes 2011-2019 (December 6)
Clams Casino - Moon Trip Radio (November 7)
CocoRosie - Put the Shine On (March 6)
Coldplay - Everyday Life (November 22)
Dan Deacon - Mystic Familiar (January 31)
Dan Mangan - Nice, Nice, Very Nice 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (November 15)
Earl Sweatshirt - Feet of Clay (out now)
Empty Country - Empty Country (February 14)
Frances Quinlan - Likewise (January 31)
Hannah Diamond - Reflections (November 22)
The Innocence Mission - See You Tomorrow (January 17)
Juana Molina - Forfun (out now)
Kesha - High Road (January 10)
Mura Masa - R.Y.C. (January 17)
Pinegrove - Marigold (January 17)
Squirrel Flower - I Was Born Swimming (January 31)
Tame Impala - The Slow Rush (February 14)
TNGHT - II (November 12)
Torres - Silver Tongue (January 31)
Uncut Gems (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (December 13)
Wire - Mind Hive (January 24)