Saturday, May 9, 2020

My Favorite Things of the Week

SXSW 2020 was, unsurprisingly, canceled, but many of the films that would have been screened are making their way online. For a few more days, some features, pilots, documentaries, and shorts will be available to stream for free on Amazon. Another documentary, Have a Good Trp: Adventures in Psychedelics, will arrive on Netflix next week. The documentary features interviews with a number of celebrities, including A$AP Rocky, Kathleen Hanna, and Ad-Rock, about their experiences with psychedelic drugs.

Such an eclectic group of musicians is involved in the documentary that it could lead to a great soundtrack. If that happens, check it out on my Upcoming Releases page!

Before he passed earlier this year, producer Hal Willner curated AngelHeaded Hipster, a tribute album to the late Marc Bolan of T. Rex. The album includes covers from Elton John, Devendra Banhart, and Father John Misty, among many others. A spectacular cover of T. Rex's "Cosmic Dancer" from Nick Cave was released this past week!

Faye Webster is an artist I've slept on to my own detriment. She released an album last year, Atlanta Millionaire's Club. It made numerous year-end lists and also was recommended to me by some good friends with the same music obsession that I have. She recently released another amazing song and video, "In a Good Way."

HAIM initially announced their third album, Women in Music Pt. III, back in March, but the release of the record was put on indefinite hold after COVID hit. They recently announced a new release date of June 26 for the album. They have previously released "Summer Girl," "Now I'm In It," "Hallelujah," and "The Steps." Along with the new date announcement, they released another single from the album, "I Know Alone."

Also announced this week:

AngelHeaded Hipster (September 4)
Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks - Orange Crate Art Reissue (June 19)
Brigid Dawson & Mothers Network - Battle of Apes (May 22)
Darkstar - Civic Jams (June 19)
Deerhoof - Surprise Symphonies (out now)
Drake - The Dark Lane Demo Tapes (out now)
Flying Lotus - Flamagra (Instrumentals) (May 29)
Gia Margaret - Mia Gargaret (June 12)
Jessy Lanza - All the Time (July 24)
Khruangbin - Mordechai (June 26)
NAV - Good Intentions (May 8)
Sylvan Esso - WITH (out now)
Yo La Tengo - Electr-o-pura Deluxe Reissue (September 4)
Zola Jesus - Live at Roadburn 2018 (May 8)

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