Sunday, February 21, 2021

New Music Friday - February 19, 2021

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Cassandra Jenkins - An Overview of Phenomenal Nature

Sophomore album from New York-based songwriter, full of observations from the world around her.

Watch: "Michelangelo"
Watch: "Hard Drive"
Watch: "Crosshairs"
Ghetts - Conflict of Interest

Latest album from British grime artist features other mainstays of the scene.

Watch: "Skengman" (Stormzy & Ghetto)
Watch: "No Mercy" (Pa Salieu & BackRoad Gee)
Indigo Sparke - Echo

Debut album from Australian folk artist, with production from fellow folkster Adrianne Lenker.

Watch: "Colourblind"
Watch: "Everything Everything"
Katy Kirby - Cool Dry Place

Another debut album, this one from this Nashville-by-way-of-Texas indie rocker.

Watch: "Traffic!"
Watch: "Portals"
Lael Neale - Acquainted With Night

Though recorded in Los Angeles, last year brought this artist back to her native Virginia for the supporting videos for her Sub Pop debut.

Watch: "For No One Now"
Watch: "Every Star Shivers in the Dark"
Watch: "Blue Vein"

Other Full-Length Releases

Adeline Hotel - Good Timing

Listen: "I Have Found It"
Listen: "Photographic Memory"

Another Michael - New Music and Big Pop

Watch: "Big Pop"
Watch: "I Know You’re Wrong"

The Hold Steady - Open Door Policy

Listen: "Family Farm"
Listen: "Heavy Covenant"

Mister Goblin - Four People in an Elevator and One of Them Is the Devil

Listen: "Hook in the Eye"
Listen: "Six Flags America"

Mogwai - As the Love Continues

Watch: "Dry Fantasy"
Watch: "Ritchie Sacramento"

Nun Gun - Mondo Decay

Watch: "Stealth Empire" (featuring Mark Stewart)
Watch: "Gold Mine" (featuring ONO)

Oscar Scheller - Boys Cry

Watch: "Boys Cry"
Listen: "I’m Enough" (featuring Katie Gavin)

Wild Pink - A Billion Little Lights

Watch: "The Shining but Tropical"
Watch: "You Can Have It Back"
Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Ariana Grande - Positions (Deluxe)

Watch: "34+35" (Remix)  (featuring Doja Cat & Megan Thee Stallion)
Watch: "Positions"

Hand Habits - dirt

Watch: "4th of july"
Listen: "i believe in you"

New Music Friday - February 12, 2021

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Claud - Super Monster

Watch: "Gold"
Watch: "Soft Spot"
slowthai - TYRON

Watch: "feel away" (featuring James Blake & Mount Kimbie)
Watch: "nhs"
Steady Holiday - Take the Corners Gently

Watch: "Tangerine"
Watch: "Love Me When I Go to Sleep"

Other Full-Length Releases

Anika Pyle - Wild River

Watch: "Prayer for Lonely People"
Listen: "Wild River"

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - New Fragility

Listen: "CYHSY, 2005"
Listen: "Hesitating Nation"

Django Django - Glowing in the Dark

Watch: "Spirals"
Watch: "Glowing in the Dark"
Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

The Band - Stage Fright

Listen: "The Shape I’m In" (Remix 2020)
Listen: "Stage Fright" (Remix 2020)


Watch: "LAST DANCE!"
Watch: "FIX URSELF!"

The Obsessives - Monastery

Watch: "Lala"
Listen: "I’ll Always Love You"

Sia - Music: Songs from and Inspired By the Motion Picture

Watch: "Hey Boy"
Watch: "Hey Boy" (featuring Burna Boy)

Saturday, February 6, 2021

New Music Friday - February 5, 2021

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Black Coffee - Subconsciously

Fifth album from South African DJ Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo includes features from Sabrina Claudio, Cassie, and Pharrell Williams.

Watch: "10 Missed Calls" (featuring Pharrell Williams & Jozzy)
Watch: "SBCNCSLY" (featuring Sabrina Claudio)
Hayley Williams - FLOWERS for VASES / descansos

A surprise new album from an artist who unexpectedly released one of my favorite albums of 2020.

Watch: "Descansos"
Watch: "Trigger"
Jane Birkin - Oh! Pardon tu dormais...

This French-British former model, actress and singer is still going strong after a 50+ year career.

Watch: "A marée haute"

Watch: "Ta sentinelle"
Nana Yamato - Before Sunrise

Debut album from this new Japanese artist and law student.

Watch: "Do You Wanna"
Watch: "If"
The Weather Station - Ignorance

Another amazing album from Tamara Lindeman, on which she tackles the subject of climate change.

Watch: "Robber"
Watch: "Tried to Tell You"

Other Full-Length Releases

Black Country, New Road - For the first time

Watch: "Track X"
Watch: "Science Fair"

Dark Time Sunshine - LORE

Watch: "Familiars"
Watch: "Ritalin"

Editrix - Tell Me I’m Bad

Watch: "Tell Me I’m Bad"
Listen: "Chelsea"

The Staves - Good Woman

Watch: "Good Woman"
Watch: "Satisfied"

Sun June - Somewhere

Watch: "Karen O"
Watch: "Everything I Had"

Thurston Moore - screen time

TV Priest - Uppers

Watch: "Press Gang"
Watch: "Decoration"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Badge Époque Ensemble - Past, Present & Future

Listen: "Future, Past & Present"
Listen: "Unity (It’s Up to You)"

Miss Grit - The Imposter

Listen: "Blonde"
Listen: "Dark Side of the Party"

The Weeknd - The Highlights

Watch: "Blinding Lights"
Listen: "The Morning"

Thursday, January 28, 2021

My Favorite Albums of 2020

25. Destroyer - Have We Met
24. Fontaines D.C. - A Hero's Death
23. Jehnny Beth - To Love Is to Live
22. Car Seat Headrest - Making a Door Less Open
21. Tame Impala - The Slow Rush

20. Man Man - Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between

Watch: "Future Peg"
Watch: "Cloud Nein"

19. Matt Berninger - Serpentine Prison

Watch: "One More Second"
Watch: "Distant Axis"
Watch: "Serpentine Prison"

18. Thundercat - It Is What It Is

Watch: "Dragonball Durag"
Watch: "Black Qualls" (featuring Steve Lacy & Steve Arrington)

17. Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia

Watch: "Break My Heart"
Watch: "Hallucinate"
Watch: "Physical"
Watch: "Don't Start Now"

16. U.S. Girls - Heavy Light

Watch: "IOU"
Watch: "And Yet It Moves / Y Se Mueve"
Watch: "4 American Dollars"
Watch: "Overtime"

15. Fleet Foxes - Shore

Watch: "Can I Believe You"
Watch: "Sunblind"

14. Helena Deland - Someone New

Watch: "Pale"
Watch: "Comfort, Edge"
Watch: "Truth Nugget"
Watch: "Someone New"

13. Sufjan Stevens - The Ascension

Watch: "Sugar"
Watch: "Video Game"
Watch: "America"

12. Woods - Strange to Explain

Watch: "Strange to Explain"
Watch: "Where Do You Go When You Dream?"

11. Laura Marling - Song for Our Daughter

Watch: "Fortune"
Watch: "Song for Our Daughter"

10. Perfume Genius - Set My Heart on Fire Immediately

Always personal, Mike Hadreas brings in all of the genres for his fifth, and maybe best, record.

Watch: "Some Dream"
Watch: "Without You"
Watch: "On the Floor"
Watch: "Describe"
9. HAIM - Women in Music Pt. III

As these sisters expand their influences, they get better with every album.

Watch: "Man from the Magazine"
Watch: "Don't Wanna"
Watch: "I Know Alone"
Watch: "The Steps"
Watch: "Hallelujah"
Watch: "Now I'm in It" 
Watch: "Summer Girl"
8. Lido Pimienta - Miss Colombia

This Colombian-Canadian singer makes me wish I had stuck with Spanish lessons.

Watch: "Te Quería
Watch: "Nada" (featuring Li Saumet)
Watch: "
Eso Que Tu Haces"
7. Andy Shauf - The Neon Skyline

Obama likes it, too! This album feels like reading a good book.

Watch: "Neon Skyline"
Watch: "Living Room"
Watch: "Try Again"
6. Run the Jewels - RTJ4

Few albums have felt more timely, Jaime and Mike reflect our frustrations of 2020 and sound so damned good doing it.

Watch: "Walking in the Snow"
Watch: "yankee and the brace (ep. 4)"
Watch: "Out of Sight" (featuring 2 Chainz)
Watch: "
JU$T" (featuring Pharrell Williams & Zack de la Rocha)
Watch: "Ooh LA LA" (featuring Greg Nice & DJ Premier)
5. Hayley Williams - Petals for Armor

This is my surprise for the year. I've not been much in Paramore, but Hayley Williams' first solo outing is too good to pass up!

Watch: "Sugar on the Rim"
Watch: "Watch Me While I Bloom"
Watch: "Dead Horse"
Watch: "My Friend"
Watch: "Why We Ever"
Watch: "Over Yet"
Watch: "
Watch: "Cinnamon"
4. Moses Sumney - græ

Just gorgeous, spectacular debuts are rarely followed by something even better, and Moses did so in two parts.

Watch: "Me in 20 Years"
Watch: "and so I come to isolation"
Watch: "Bystanders"
Watch: "Bless Me"
Watch: "Cut Me"
Watch: "Polly"
Watch: "Virile"
3. Hamilton Leithauser - The Loves of Your Life

This is my not surprise for the year. I love everything that this former frontman for the Walkmen does.

Watch: "Isabella"
Watch: "Here They Come"
2. Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters

I mean...this woman is amazing. She makes the waits between her records well worth it.

Watch: "Shameika"

1. Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud

This was one of those rare albums that immediately hits. Waxahatchee had been on my radar for quite a few years, mainly following the love of her 2013 sophomore album Cerulean Salt. Like many of my favorites this year, she's an artist I consider to get better with every album. 

Watch: "Lilacs"
Watch: "Fire"