Saturday, November 21, 2020

New Music Friday - October 30, 2020

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Ariana Grande - positions

positions is the sixth album from Grande, and her third in just over two years. The new album, which is primarily focused on the theme of sex, features contributions from the Weeknd, Doja Cat, and Ty Dolla $ign.

Watch: "positions"
Watch: "34+35"

Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou - May Our Chambers Be Full

This is an interesting combination, Thou's sludge metal meeting ERR's ambient folk. Together, they present something beyond just Thou with a different lead singer, but a new style that combines them both and brings in elements of 90s-era alternative rock.

Listen: "Ancestral Recall"
Listen: "The Valley"

Mourn - Self Worth

This has been a pretty good year for female-led indie rock out of Spain. We got a new album from Melenas in May and one from Hinds in June. Now, Catalonian Mourn is releasing their fourth album, following 2018's Sorpresa Familia.

Watch: "This Feeling Is Disgusting"
Watch: "Men"

Sam Smith - Love Goes

Smith's follow-up to 2017's The Thrill of It All was originally supposed to be released in June, but COVID changed a lot of album release plans. Now, they are releasing the record with a new title and new cover art, but still a record that aims to drive them away from the ballad-driven work of prior records and in more of a pop-focused direction.

Watch: "How Do You Sleep?"
Watch: "Dancing with a Stranger" (featuring Normani)

War on Women - Wonderful Hell

War on Women is a band about as political as one may assume from their name. They often tackle subjects like abortion, rape, and misogyny. Wonderful Hell is their third album, released in what may be a turning point of a year relative to women's rights.

Watch: "Wonderful Hell"
Watch: "White Lies"

Other Full-Length Releases

Autechre - PLUS

Listen: "DekDre Scap B"
Listen: "ecol4"

Elvis Costello - Hey Clockface

Watch: "We Are All Cowards Now"
Watch: "Hetty O’Hara Confidential"

Jim-E Stack - EPHEMERA

Watch: "Note to Self" (featuring Empress Of)
Watch: "Can We" (featuring Kacy Hill)

MadeInTYO - Never Forgotten
Watch: "BET Uncut" (featuring Chance The Rapper & Smino)
Listen: "Money Up" (featuring Toro Y Moi)

Nothing - The Great Dismal

Watch: "Say Less"
Watch: "Bernie Sanders"

Oneohtrix Point Never - Magic Oneohtrix Point Never

Watch: "Long Road Home"
Listen: "Auto & Allo"

Puscifer - Existential Reckoning

Watch: "Apocalyptical"
Watch: "Theorem"

Sinai Vessel - Ground Aswim

Watch: "Shameplant"
Watch: "Guest in Your Life"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Joni Mitchell - Joni Mitchell Archives Vol 1.: The Early Years (1963 to 1967)

Watch: "House of the Rising Sun"
Watch: "Urge for Going"

Okkervil River - A Dream in the Dark: Two Decades of Okkervil River

OutKast - Stankonia 20th Anniversary Reissue

Watch: "B.O.B."
Watch: "So Fresh, So Clean"

Stevie Nicks - Live in Concert: The 24 Karat Gold Tour

Watch: "Gypsy"
Watch: "Rhiannon"


Watch: "Pray"
Watch: "FICTION"

Yumi Zouma - Truth or Consequences (Alternate Versions)

Watch: "Lie Like You Want Me Back"
Watch: "My Palms Are Your Reference to Hold to Your Heart"

Saturday, August 29, 2020

New Music Friday - August 14, 2020

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Black Noi$e - Oblivion

Producer Black Noi$e's latest project is also the first on Earl Sweatshirt's Tan Cressida imprint that is not an Earl Sweatshirt release. Sweatshirt still features on the record, alongside contributions from bbymutha, Pink Siifu, and Danny Brown.

Watch: "Oblivion" (featuring Pink Siifu)
Watch: "Mo(u)rning" (featuring Earl Sweatshirt)

Bruce Hornsby - Non-Secure Connection

Former Grateful Dead member Bruce Hornsby may be best known for his 1986 hit "The Way It Is." The past few years have seen him collaborating with a variety of relatively newer artists. This includes work with Bon Iver for a tribute to his former band, and contributions from The Shins' James Mercer and poet/artist Jamila Woods on this record.

Listen: "Bright Star Cast" (featuring Jamila Woods)
Listen: "My Resolve" (featuring James Mercer)

Other Full-Length Releases

A. G. Cook - 7G

Listen: "Dust"
Listen: "Mad Max"

Robby Krieger - The Ritual Begins at Sundown

Watch: "The Drift"
Watch: "Chunga’s Revenge"

Young Jesus - Welcome to Conceptual Beach

Watch: "Root and Crown"
Watch: "(un)knowing"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Black Marble - I Must Be Living Twice

Watch: "In Manchester"
Listen: "Johnny and Mary"

Breathing Instruments

Listen: Cool Maritime - "Daybreak"
Listen: Geotic - "Uncaught"

Perlee - Half Seen Figure

Watch: "Bird and the Statue"
Listen: "Slow Your Eyes"

Poppy - I Disagree (more)

Watch: "KHAOS X4"
Watch: "If It Bleeds"

Whitney - Candid

Listen: "Hammond Song"
Listen: "Crying, Laughing, Loving, Lying"

Saturday, June 20, 2020

New Music Friday - May 29, 2020

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Deerhoof - Future Teenage Cave Artists

Deerhoof went in a different direction with their last album. 2017's Mountain Moves, bringing a large number of collaborators. The follow-up hearkens back to earlier work, with a title that indicates the band's isolationist approach and their conceptual view towards the future.

Watch: "Future Teenage Cave Artists"
Watch: "“Farewell” Symphony"

Lady Gaga - Chromatica

Lady Gaga's sixth album was one of many that were delayed due to the coronavirus epidemic, originally scheduled for an April release. The album includes features from several other pop icons, including Ariana Grande and Elton John.

Watch: "Rain on Me" (featuring Ariana Grande)
Watch: "Stupid Love"

Mrs. Piss - Self-Surgery

Mrs. Piss is a new project from Jess Gowrie and Chelsea Wolfe. The project started while the pair were touring for Wolfe's 2017 album, Hiss Spun. The project has given them a new opportunity to work together and a platform on which to bring in other female performers.

Watch: "Knelt"
Watch: "Downer Surrounded by Uppers"

Nicole Atkins - Italian Ice

Italian Ice is the fifth album from this New Jersey artist, following 2017's Goodnight Rhonda Lee. On the album, Atkins collaborates with a number of her contemporaries, including McKenzie Smith (of Midlake), bassist David Hood, and Britt Daniel (of Spoon).

Watch: "Captain" (featuring Britt Daniel)
Watch: "Domino"

PINS - Hot Slick

PINS became a fast favorite of mine after the release of their 2015 sophomore album, Wild Nights. I waited dutifully for a follow-up and gobbled up every interim project released, including the 2017 EP, Bad Thing, and frontwoman Faith Vern's collaborations with Iggy Pop. Finally, their third album is here, and I am beyond excited!

Watch: "Hot Slick"
Watch: "Bad Girls Forever"

Other Full-Length Releases

Christian Lee Hutson - Beginners

Watch: "Lose This Number"
Watch: "Talk"

Jade Hairpins - Harmony Avenue

Watch: "J Terrapin"
Watch: "(Don’t Break My) Devotion"

Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist - Alfredo

Watch: "Frank Lucas" (featuring Benny the Butcher)
Watch: "1985"

The Memories - Pickles & Pies

Listen: "Second Try"
Listen: "The Sign" (featuring Colleen Green)

Painted Zeros - When You Found Forever

Watch: "Break"
Watch: "Commuter Rage"

Thomas Wesley - Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley Chapter 1: Snake Oil

Watch: "On Mine" (featuring Noah Cyrus)
Watch: "Real Life Stuff" (featuring Julia Michaels, & Clever)

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Alex Lahey - Between the Kitchen and the Living Room

Watch: "Let’s Go Out" (Bedroom Version)
Listen: "Every Day’s the Weekend" (Laundry Version)

Baths - Pop Music / False B-Sides II

Watch: "Mikaela Corridor"
Watch: "Wistful (Fata Morgana)"

Capone: Original Motion Picture Score

Listen: "mama’s hurt"
Listen: "this is Al that’s left"

Esther Rose - My Favorite Mistakes

Listen: "Blue on Blue"
Listen: "My Favorite Mistake"

Flying Lotus - Flamagra (Instrumentals)

Listen: "Black Balloons Reprise" (Instrumental)
Listen: "Yellow Belly" (Instrumental)

Iggy Pop - The Idiot/Lust for Life Reissue

Watch: "Lust for Life"
Listen: "Neighborhood Threat"

K-os - Boshido

Listen: "Crucial" (Kaytranada Remix)
Listen: "Free Style"

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Chunky Shrapnel

Watch: "This Thing"
Watch: "Mars for the Rich"

Lily & Horn Horse - Republicans for Bernie

Watch: "Balloon"
Listen: "Crosby, Stills and Nash"

The Soft Pink Truth - Am I Free to Go?