Category Archives: Recommended New Music

Mixes By Year: Best of 2019 Volume 2 (1/11/20)

  1. Polo G (Feat. Lil Tjay)- Pop Out
  2. Dababy- Suge
  3. J Cole- Middle Child
  4. Rosalia- Millionairia
  5. Sahweetie- My Type
  6. Billie Eilish- Bad Guy
  7. Ariana Grande- Fake Smile
  8. Normani- Motivation
  9. Vampire Weekend- This Life
  10. Chai- Curly Adventure
  11. Caribou- Home
  12. Sharon Van Etten- Comeback Kid
  13. Jamila Woods- Zora
  14. Solange- Binz
  15. FKA Twigs- Sad Day
  16. James Blake- Don’t Miss It
  17. Lana Del Rey- Mariner’s Apartment Complex
  18. Big Thief- Cattails
  19. Weyes Blood- A Lot’s Gotta Change
  20. Fontaines D.C.- Too Real
  21. Diiv- Skin Game
  22. Black Midi- Near Dt, MI
  23. Purple Mountains- All My Happiness Is Gone

Mixes By Year: Best of 2019 Volume 4 (1/12/20)

  1. Lana Del Rey- Norman Fucking Rockwell!
  2. Angel Olsen- What It Is
  3. Big Thief- Forgotten Eyes
  4. Ariana Grande- thank u, next
  5. Lizzo- Juice
  6. Koffee- Throne
  7. Young Thug (Feat. J. Cole & Travis Scott)- The London
  8. Tyler, The Creator- A Boy Is A Gun
  9. Denzel Curry (Feat. Kiddo Marv)- Wish
  10. Toro Y Moi- Who I Am
  11. Charly Bliss- Blown To Bits
  12. Baroness- Broken Halo
  13. Sturgill Simpson- Sing Along
  14. Tyler Childers- All Your’N
  15. Purple Mountains- That’s Just The Way I Feel
  16. Jenny Lewis- Wasted Youth
  17. FKA Twigs- Fallen Alien
  18. Thom Yorke- Runwayaway
  19. Cater le Bon- Daylight Matters
  20. Weyes Blood- Andromeda
  21. Vampire Weekend (Feat, Danielle Haim)- Hold You Now

Recommended New Music: January/February, 2019

SHARON VAN ETTEN- REMIND ME TOMORROW

Singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten delivers her best album yet with her fifth full-length release “Remind Me Tomorrow”.  On previous albums she was grappling with an abusive relationship which happened in her twenties, while here she more optimistically seems to reach back toward her teen years, especially on standout tracks like “Comeback Kid” and “Seventeen”.  It is also her most accessible album to date with focused songwriting, big choruses and synth flourishes.  One of the best albums of the year so far.

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DEERHUNTER- WHY HASN’T EVERYTHING ALREADY DISAPPEARED

Deerhunter’s eighth album is perhaps their best since 2010’s brilliant “Halcyon Digest”.  While remaining experimental, this is also one of Deerhunter’s most catchy and “pop” offerings yet.  Leader and songwriter Bradford Cox looks at the bleak and encroaching concerns of the day such as ecological damage and right-wing extremism through a realistic but empathetic lens.  Deerhunter have quietly become one of the most consistently great indie rock bands of the past decade and a half.

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GIRLPOOL- WHAT CHAOS IS IMAGINARY

Girlpool’s third album sounds like a different band all together.  On 2017’s “Powerplant” the most distinct part of Girlpool were the group’s two singer’s beautiful female harmonies.  Recently Cleo Tuckers, one of the two singers, came out as trans and began taking tester one pills which significantly lowered her voice making the two vocalists noticeably different.  The group also has added more fuzz and distortion to its sound and “What Chaos Is Imaginary” frankly rocks more than its predecessor. Girlpool’s debut was a very stripped down affair, where the group added drums and bass on its second album.  Only three albums in, the group seem to be musical chameleons making them one of the most interesting groups in the current landscape.

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JESSICA PRATT- QUIET SIGNS

Third full-length release from L.A. singer-songwriter, Jessica Pratt, whose eccentric voice brings to mind Joanna Newsom and whose hushed, pastoral tone recalls early seventies female artists like Vashti Bunyon.  The majority of the album is just Pratt’s vocal and fingerpicked acoustic guitar, with occasional organ and flute added.  Its nine songs are gentle but arresting and absolutely gorgeous.  “This Time Around” is the real standout.

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ARIANA GRANDE- THANK U, NEXT

 

Over the past few years, Ariana Grande has become one of the biggest music stars in the world.  Though she has a huge, gorgeous voice, her music is pure pop though she takes much influence from hip-hop & R&B.  Like her favorite rappers, Grande wants to release music quickly and not be adherent to the traditional 2-3 years in between albums of most of music’s biggest artists.  “thank u, next” comes right on the heels of Grande’s huge blockbuster “Sweetener”, released last summer, and grapples with Grande’s break-up with SNL comedian Pete Davidson.  The title track has already been a smash hit for months and follow up singles “7 Rings” and “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” are catchy earworms as well.  With other potential singles like “Bloodline” and “Needy” waiting in the wings, Grande may just have a second straight blockbuster on her hands, though this one may be slower burning.

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Mixes By Year: Best of 2018 Volume 5 (2/11/20)

  1. Shame- One Rizla
  2. Iceage- Hurrah
  3. Idles- Television
  4. Arctic Monkeys- Four Out Of Five
  5. MGMT- Little Dark Age
  6. U.S. Girls- M.A.H.
  7. Kamasi Washington- Street Fighter Mas
  8. Blood Orange- Nappy Wonder
  9. Yves Tumor- Lifetime
  10. Mormor- Heavens Only Wishful
  11. Drake- In My Feelings
  12. Migos- Stir Fry
  13. Rae Sreummurd & Swae Lee & SlimJxmmi- Powerglide
  14. Troye Silvan- My My My!
  15. Westerman- Confirmation
  16. Beach House- Black Car
  17. Low- Always Trying To Work It Out
  18. Lucy Dacus- Nightshift
  19. Parquet Courts- Tenderness

Mixes By Year: Best of 2018 Volume 6 (2/1/20)

  1. Lizzo- Boys
  2. Megan Thee Stallion- Big Ole Freak
  3. CupCaKKE- Duck Duck Goose
  4. Cardi B (Feat. SZA)- I Do
  5. Charli XCX- No Angel
  6. Janelle Monae- I Like That
  7. Ariana Grande- Breathin
  8. Kacey Musgraves- Butterflies
  9. Mitski- Me And My Husband
  10. DJ Koze- Baby (How Much I LFO You)
  11. Dirty Projectors (Feat. Amber Mark)- I Feel Energy
  12. Viagra Boys- Sports
  13. Parquet Courts- Total Football
  14. Superchunk- I Got Cut
  15. No Age- Secret Swamp
  16. Yves Tumor- Licking An Orchid
  17. Earl Sweatshirt (Feat. Standing On The Corner)- On The Way!
  18. Kid Cudi & Kanye West (Feat. Yasiin Bey)- Kids See Ghosts
  19. Travis Scott- Stargazer
  20. Noname- Ace
  21. Soccer Momy- Last Girl
  22. Robyn- Missing U

Mixes By Year: Best of 2018 Volume 7 (2/2/20)

  1. Camp Cope- The Opener
  2. Rolling Blackouts Costal Fever- Talking Straight
  3. The Beths- Future Me Hates Me
  4. Beach House- Dark Spring
  5. Deafheaven- Honeycomb
  6. No Age- Cruise Control
  7. The Internet- Roll (Burbank Funk)
  8. Anderson .Paak- Bubblin’
  9. Vaali (Feat. Jeremiah)- Womp Womp
  10. Sophie- Is it Cold In The Water?
  11. Azealia Banks- Anna Wintour
  12. Pusha T- The Games That We Play
  13. SOB X RBE- Anti-Social
  14. Blood Orange- Charcoal Baby
  15. Joey Purp- Hallelujah
  16. Ella Mai- Boo’d Up
  17. Soccer Mommy- Skin
  18. Kacey Musgraves- Love Is A Wild Thing
  19. The 1975- Give Yourself A Try
  20. Lil Peep- Life Is Beautiful

Mixes By Year: Best of 2018 Volume 8 (2/2/20)

  1. Charli XCX & Troye Silvan- 1999
  2. Marie Davidson- Work It
  3. Ariana Grande- Sweetener
  4. U.S. Girls- Time
  5. Hop Along- Prior Things
  6. No Age- Stuck In The Changer
  7. Flasher- Pressure
  8. High On Fire- Freebooter
  9. Ty Segall- She
  10. Ought- Take Everything
  11. Tyler, The Creator- Okra
  12. A$AP Rocky- A$AP Forever
  13. Leon Bridges- Shy
  14. Father John Misty- Disappointing Diamonds Are The Rarest Of Them All
  15. Hatchie- Sleep
  16. Kacey Musgraves- Space Cowboy
  17. Kamasi Washington- Will You Sing

Recommended New Music: October 2018

THE INTERNET- HIVE MIND

Hive Mind [Explicit]

 

 

 

Second album by talented R&B/Soul outfit featuring lead vocalist and solo act, Syd, which offers are rock solid array of songs that vary from upbeat pop to slinky funk to sultry slow jams.  There are no obvious standout tracks here but no filler either and “Hive Mind” gets better with each listen.

 

 

 

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TOMBERLIN- AT WEDDINGS

 

At Weddings

 

 

 

 

Debut album from Kentucky-based singer songwriter Sarah Beth Tomberlin.  Raised in a suffocatingly strict southern Baptist home, Tomberlin grapples with the loss of her religious faith and “At Weddings” celebrates the beauty of every day mundanity resulting in intimate music which is devastatingly beautiful and heart wrenching.  Key tracks are “Any Other Way” and “I’m Not Scared”.

 

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HIGH ON FIRE- ELECTRIC MESSIAHElectric Messiah

 

Though I have heard of “High On Fire” for years, “Electric Messiah” is the first time I actually got around to listening to them and boy had I been missing out.  Though I hear “Electric Messiah” is just another very good album in a long career marked by consistent output, to me this is new and therefore comes highly recommended.  High On Fire combine early thrash with proggy doom metal, taking from early Metallica, Sabbath and especially Motorhead.  “Electric Messiah” is a great listen all the way through with the Lemmy-saluting title track being my highlight.  If any of the aforementioned bands is your bag, you need to check these guys out.  Cool album cover, too!

 

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FUCKED UP- DOSE YOUR DREAMSDose Your Dreams [Explicit]

 

 

Surprisingly great double album and while only the band’s fifth full-length release, they are almost fifteen years into their recording career and had been left for dead by many.  “Dose Your Dreams” is the Canadian hardcore band’s most diverse and one of their best album’s yet.  Though its 82 minute running time is a ton to swallow in one sitting, it doesn’t really drag much until the last twenty minutes or so and even there they deliver one of the best tracks on the album “Came Down Wrong”, with J. Mascis on vocals.  Lead screamer Damian Abraham only appears as the vocalist on about 2/3’s of the tracks, deferring to guest singers on the remainder. That along with new musical elements alluding to dub, disco, prog, hair metal & alternative rock make “Dose Your Dreams” Fucked Up’s most varied album.

 

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ROBYN- HONEY

Honey

 

 

First album in eight years, the the beloved Swedish alternative pop chanteuse is a very welcome return and one of the better albums of the year.  No one does downbeat dance pop like Robyn, combining groove with heartfelt lyrics.  In the last eight years Robyn dealt with a breakup of her longtime boyfriend (they have since gotten back together) as well as the death of her longtime producer and friend Christian Falk and “Honey” reflects that.  “Honey” works as a whole, there are no weak tracks but especially the title track, “Missing U”, “Ever Again” and “Between The Lines” should go down as instant Robyn classics in her incredible discography.

 

 

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Recommended New Music: September 2018

SLEEP- THE SCIENCES

 

First album by Stoner-metal pioneers in almost twenty years is a sludgy blast for those of you who like this sort of thing.  Sleep is the side project of High On Fire guitarist Matt Pike and Om’s lead singer Al Cicneros.  I don’t know Om’s music, but Sleep is considerably slowed down and less political than High On Fire.  They are close as can be to a modern day Black Sabbath, and it’s Sabbath and their most stretched out and jammiest.  “The Sciences” has a grand total of six songs with half of them over ten minutes.  All are worthwhile with key track being “Marijuanaut’s Theme”

 

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JOEY PURP- QUARTERTHING

 

Underrated Chicago rapper Joey Purp delivers a worthy follow-up to 2016’s excellent mixtape “iiiDrops”.  Purp toes the line between conscious rap and hard, street tough modern gangsta rap.  “Quarterthing” contains bangers that will also make you think and the dextrous Purp is able to dance around among styles and voices, creating an exciting, varied album.  Standout tracks are “Hallelujah”, “Godbody” and “Lebron James”.

 

 

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LOW- DOUBLE NEGATIVE

 

One of the absolute standout albums during one of the most tumultuous years of the past century.  Incredibly, Low, 12 albums & 25+ years into their career, has delivered it’s best and most relevant release yet, while almost totally changing up their sound.  Known as one of the pioneers of the early-mid nineties slow core movement, “Double Negative” deals often in glitchy electronic noise whereas the group through most of its career was traditional guitars, bass & drums.  It brings to mind Radiohead’s “Kid A” and like that album sounds downbeat, paranoid & oftentimes downright upsetting.  It is a perfect release during our society’s great unraveling.

 

 

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NONAME- ROOM 25

 

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Second self-released album by Chicago rapper and spoken word artist Noname even betters her debut “Telefone”.  Noname throws in jazz & neo-soul beats creating a vibe, which is simultaneously relaxed and confrontational.  Always thought provoking- Noname talks love, career, violence, death & racial and gender politics.  Of the moment and encouraging all of us to be better, including herself.  Fellow Chicagoan guest stars like Ravyn Lenae, Saba & Smino further enhance the music.

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YVES TUMOR- SAFE IN THE HANDS OF LOVE

 

 

A great leap forward for genre-bending group who hugs the line between experimental music and pop music in most of its forms.  This is only Yves Tumor’s second full length and it’s surprisingly accessible tracks like “Licking An Orchid”, “Lifetime”, and the standout “Noid”.  “Safe In The Hands Of Love” contains elements of noise-rock, 90’s R&B & alternative rock, dream-pop, glitchy electronic music & ambient and it’s one of the year’s better and certainly most unique albums.

 

 

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