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Sam Prekop - Comma

Sam Prekop - Comma (Thrill Jockey)

10 July 2020

Sam Prekop the jazz rock frontman and Sam Prekop the modular synth artist are two very different people and Comma is the freshest, most spirited work either has shared in years.

SPYGENIUS - Man On The Sea (Big Stir Records)

7 July 2020

On July 10th, SPYGENIUS release Man On The Sea, a beautiful piece of work that blends together effortlessly, experimenting with sounds and nailing an idea spectacularly well

Staples Family Tree

The Staple Singers/The Staples – Let’s Do It Again, Pass It On, Family Tree, Unlock Your Mind (Omnivore)

6 July 2020

The first family of gospel rolls with the times on four secular ‘70s albums.

Neil Young, Homegrown

Neil Young – Homegrown (Reprise)

5 July 2020

Neil Young’s never-before-seen 1970’s album Homegrown features tunes reminiscent of his early classics.

Lisa Mychols & SUPER 8 - Lisa Mychols & SUPER 8 (The Beautiful Music)

5 July 2020

Super 8 and Lisa Mychols have created an adventurous piece of work that is truly cinematic in scale. 

BMX Bandits - Razorblades & Honey ft Anton Newcombe (Hifi Sean Revisions) 

4 July 2020

Scottish legends the BMX Bandits release a hat trick single based on their 2017 cracker Razorblades & Honey

Cesarians - Pig In The Mattress (Glass Records Modern)

1 July 2020

The London-based Cesarians return with a new single and news of their third long player Rachel Freida

Kimberley Rew And Lee Cave-Berry - Sunshine Walkers (Self-Released)

1 July 2020

The legendary Kimberley Rew and Lee Cave-Berry release an essential ‘best of’ in Sunshine Walkers

Maceo Parker – Soul Food: Cooking with Maceo (The Funk Garage)

29 June 2020

Seasoned bandleader and saxophonist Maceo Parker pays tribute to a couple of his titanic funk bosses alongside songs by favorite collaborators and original material on Soul Food: Cooking with Maceo. The album is infused with the sound of New Orleans.

The Choir – Last Call: Live at the Music Box (Omnivore)

29 June 2020

“Sometimes, band reunions remind you of what initially went wrong,” writes drummer Jim Bonfanti. “In this case, I am reminded of what went right!” This live set caps the career of Cleveland garage-pop heroes the Choir.

The Foreign Films – Ocean Moon (Sonic Envy)

29 June 2020

Ocean Moon’s crafty retro-pop confections are intended as companions for the summer season, and the Foreign Films shine much-needed light in dark times.

Nana Grizol - South Somewhere Else

Nana Grizol - South Somewhere Else (Arrowhawk/Don Giovanni Records)

26 June 2020

While Nana Grizol’s latest is rife with sociopolitical columnist wit, Theo Hilton still weaves in plenty of the personal beauty he’s spent a few albums proving matters so much.

Bell Witch/Aerial Ruin - Stygian Bough Volume 1 (Profound Lore)

25 June 2020

Metal fans know Bell Witch as one of the genre’s most interesting and experimental acts, a battleship-heavy funeral doom duo whose music has gotten more crushing, sonically and emotionally, with every release. Aerial Ruin is the solo project from Erik Moggridge, frontman for San Francisco stoner doom outfit Old Grandad. Originally intended to be a split LP with each act covering a favorite song by the other, Stygian Bough Volume 1 inevitably evolved into a full-blown collaboration.

Partition-Prodigal Gun

Partition – Prodigal Gun (MPLS Ltd)

22 June 2020

Like their similarly discordant label and city mates Sass, Partition is another cogent and youthful Minneapolis band, whose first album’s pummeling, convulsive queercore mines a different side of the noisy rock coin.

The Swagger - Loaded Gun (Self-Released)

22 June 2020

London based The Swagger follow-up last years “Chin Up Boy” with an excellent outing titled “Loaded Gun”.

Pale Blue Moon - It's Not Real (Dark Eye Records)

22 June 2020

On June 30, Pale Blue Moon release the second single from their upcoming The Pleasure Of Finding Things Out

Sass-Chew Toy

Sass – Chew Toy (MPLS Ltd)

21 June 2020

Originally released as a limited edition cassette in May 2019 by Heavy Meadow Records, the debut full-length by this youthful Minneapolis noise-rock quintet gets a welcome vinyl issue from MPLS Ltd.

album cover for Any Which Way But Here

Presents for Sally - Any Which Way But There (Self-Released)

20 June 2020

“Suddenly you are swept up in a buzzing maelstrom, a multitude of layers swirling about your ears and lulling you into sonic submission.”

Owen - The Avalanche

Owen - The Avalanche (Polyvinyl Records)

19 June 2020

The Avalanche explores the doubt one can harbor as a father and husband set to a pure and endlessly beauteous void.

Micah Thomas - Tide (self-released)

15 June 2020

Recorded live at the Kitano Hotel in his adopted home of New York, the record turns Thomas loose on a program of originals that lets him stretch his wings while staying true to jazz tradition.

Matt Caflisch-Runaway

Matt Caflisch – Runaway (Fat Oak)

14 June 2020

Singer/guitarist Caflisch (AKA Matt Young) was previously in Eau Claire, WI’s Venison, Minneapolis’s ÜberScenester and J.U.L.P., and L.A.’s Hard Luck Country Club; his sincere, affable folk-pop is enlivened by his vivid words.

Chris Root-Wind Made of Kisses

Chris Root – Wind Made of Kisses (Team Love)

13 June 2020

Those unfamiliar with NYC-based Root’s seven albums with his bossa nova/Brazilian pop bands A.M. Sixty (or AM-60) and The Mosquitos might be taken aback by his whimsical, guileless lyrics on his first solo LP.

Whit Dickey Trio - Expanding Light (Tao Forms)

10 June 2020

Drummer/composer Whit Dickey has quite a resumé as an essential rhythm partner for pianist Matthew Shipp, saxophonist David S. Ware and guitarist Joe Morris. But he’s also led several groups of his own, the latest of which is his eponymous trio.

Brigid Mae Power

Brigid Mae Power – Head Above the Water (Fire)

8 June 2020

A transfixing Irish singer crafts modern folk tales of vulnerability and strength.

The Harmed Brothers – Across the Waves (Fluff and Gravy Records)

8 June 2020

The Harmed Brothers deliver a knockout with Across the Waves.

Rogers & Butler-Poets & Sinners

Rogers & Butler – Poets & Sinners (Zip)

7 June 2020

Rogers & Butler is Birmingham, UK-born, NYC-based Edward Rogers, who has released seven top-notch solo albums, and Stephen Butler, frontman for New Jersey power-pop bands Smash Palace and Quincy.

Husbands-After the Gold Rush Party

Husbands – After the Gold Rush Party (Cowboy 2.0/Clerestory AV)

6 June 2020

Based in Oklahoma City and Seattle, former college buddies Wil Norton and Danny Davis crafted this second LP (following 2015’s Golden Year) remotely, in between their attorney and software engineer day jobs.

Peter Baldrachi-Slow Recovery

Peter Baldrachi – Slow Recovery (Peter Baldrachi)

1 June 2020

On his third LP, Boston-based singer/drummer Baldrachi moves away from the power-pop that dominated 2012’s Back to the Start – first released in 2011 as Tomorrow Never Knows – and 2006’s Solid Ground.

Recalculating-All Talk

Recalculating – All Talk (Recalculating)

31 May 2020

Those familiar with this Queens/Brooklyn post-punk trio’s 2018 debut No Banter will instantly notice the tenfold upgrade in their attack’s tightness, speed, and muscle on this sophomore effort.

Erroll Garner – Magician (Octave/Mack Avenue)

27 May 2020

Attention: Keyboard genius at work.

Teddy Thompson - Heartbreaker Please (Thirty Tigers)

27 May 2020

In part inspired by the dissolution of a romantic relationship, Heartbreaker Please finds the British native/American resident presenting a set of songs equally inspired by real life and artistic co-option of same.

Bloodshot Bill – Get Loose or Get Lost (Goner)

26 May 2020

Montreal’s Bloodshot Bill returns with second album for Goner Records.

Underwater Kites-Hot Feet

Underwater Kites – Hot Feet (RBM)

25 May 2020

Along with RBM, Johanna’s House of Glamour, and Neurotic Cage, Underwater Kites is another of Boston-based experimentalist Bruce MacLeod’s guises, with one prior LP and six EPs going back to 1999.

Duncan Reid and the Big Heads -Don't Blame Yourself (LBH Records)

25 May 2020

Duncan Reid and the Big Heads return with a new album Don’t Blame Yourself, it is a good time album that blends power pop and punk

Voice of Doom-Saint Blaise

Voice of Doom – Saint Blaise (Pyrrhic Victory)

24 May 2020

Along with gruff, Glenn Danzig/Dave Vanian-evoking bellower Evil Heim, and anchored by formidable 65’s guitarist/bassist Joe Pugsley and Ryan Struck (who play bass and drums here), it’s no surprise this New Jersey horror-punk quintet sound like a Misfits and Damned lovechild.

Winfield-Winfield EP

Winfield – Winfield EP (Winfield)

23 May 2020

Fans of this three-year-old Chapel Hill, NC quartet’s 2018 debut mini-album Giant will immediately notice the silkier, more incandescent stylistic shift on this follow-up four-song EP’s first two tracks.

Beauty in Chaos - The Storm Before The Calm (33.3 Music Collective)

23 May 2020

The third album from Los Angeles based Beauty In Chaos is their finest outing, The Storm Before The Calm is the inevitable slice of brilliance fans have been waiting for.

Full Counts-Next Up

The Full Counts – Next Up (Phratry)

18 May 2020

The second LP by Pittsburgh’s Full Counts – formed by 1990-94 Gumball bassist/singer Eric Vermillion and Cynics drummer Mike Quinlan, who were both also in FOOD – is even better than their otherwise superb 2017 debut, First Out.

Watch Clark-Backscatter Effect EP

Watch Clark – Backscatter Effect EP (Watch Clark)

17 May 2020

As he did on his 2019 debut LP Couch, Seattle’s one-man EDM virtuoso Paul Furio rotates between Depeche Mode/OMD/New Order synth-pop/new wave and tougher, Front 242/Nitzer Ebb techno/industrial on this follow-up five-songer.

Various Artists - The Sixth Wave & The Quarantine Sessions (Big Stir Records)

16 May 2020

Kevin Burke looks at two key releases from Big Stir Records, both of which donate funds to the Sweet Relief’s Musician Assistance Fund

Mark Lanegan - Straight Songs of Sorrow (Heavenly/[PIAS])

15 May 2020

Singer and songwriter Mark Lanegan has, in his long career, moved through psychedelic grunge, gothic folk rock, stark balladry and electronica-infused alternative rock. Given his eclecticism, noting that Straight Songs of Sorrow is different than anything else he’s ever done is really saying something.

Tyler Keith – The Last Drag (Black & Wyatt)

13 May 2020

Mississippi’s Tyler Keith is back with a solo album on the Memphis label Black & Wyatt.

Today is the Day - No Good To Anyone (BMG)

13 May 2020

No Good to Anyone doesn’t make anything easy for anyone venturing into its realm, but it’s also an album suffused with hope.

Lara Driscoll - Woven Dreams (Firm Roots)

12 May 2020

Pianist Lara Driscoll reveals a magic touch on Woven Dreams, her first album as a leader.

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Viscerals (Rocket Recordings)

11 May 2020

With one hoof in the heavier end of the stoner rock pool a la Electric Wizard, and the other in the realm of postpunk headbangers like Killing Joke, the Newcastle upon Tyne outfit channels aggression into a tight-fisted series of disciplined explosions that are more punch than splatter.

High on Stress-Hold Me In

High on Stress – Hold Me In (High on Stress)

9 May 2020

Having backed Slim Dunlap, and opened for Tommy Stinson, it’s no wonder High on Stress evoke the rootsier side of hometown legends The Replacements; frontman Nick Leet’s emphatic, twangy drawl even conjures Paul Westerberg.

65's-Never Say Never

The 65’s – Never Say Never EP (Mint 400/Pyrrhic Victory)

8 May 2020

This three-songer blasts even harder than their 2017 “Wolves and Men” 7”, enhanced by the addition of second guitarist Ed Roessler to an already intimidating lineup of Joe Pugsley, Ryan Struck, and John Steele.

Lori Sims/Andrew Rathbun/Jeremy Siskind - Impressions of Debussy (Centaur)

8 May 2020

While the line between classical music and jazz seems to look more and more faded as the decades go by, Impressions of Debussy is still an unusual project.

It's Karma It's Cool - Woke Up In Hollywood (Kool Kat Music)

6 May 2020

On May 15th comes the debut long-player Woke Up In Hollywood by the UK’s It’s Karma It’s Cool. A stylish, and enjoyable piece of work.