Kitten's self-titled debut has a lot of gloss to it but I like the mixture of that Prince/Janet Jackson/Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis R&B with the more standard new wave. "Devotion" is my personal favorite, I could play that for days.
Ty Segall's Manipulator is a bit of a curve ball in nearly the exact way Drop from Thee Oh Sees was earlier this year - both feel very intentionally subdued and groove-based in comparison to their much rowdier past material. I liked the album, and will surely wear it out for the rest of the summer the way I have all of Ty's albums, but this didn't make nearly as good of a first impression as his past albums have.
Has anyone mentioned the new Iceage single? Holy fuck me I'm loving that song. Some kind of cow punk with Nick Cave swagger in the video. Gonna be special.
"Mr. Toad's Wild Aidz."
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9/22 The Mekons @ Pappy & Harriet's
it just sounds silly the first time hearing it
I understand why it has this name now
I probably never would have bothered to put it on had Icey not mentioned it, but Tom Petty's new one is the best collection of songs he's put out since Echo way back in '99. His albums between now and then have only gotten a cursory listen, so maybe there was some great stuff there, but a lot of it felt pretty uninspired. And not everything on the new one clicks, but there are some really good songs on it.
Also, Spoon's new one seems really good after one listen. Their albums usually take some time, though. The only song I didn't care much for was "Outlier"..."Rainy Taxi" and "Let Me Be Mine" were the standouts.
If you like Prins Thomas or space disco in general, you'll probably like his new one. It's light and fluffy, overlong, pretty aimless, and doesn't really break with anything that came before it, but it's perfectly enjoyable all around. It's the kind of thing I'd be glad to have on my mp3 player if I was having a bad trip and wanted something to help me come down a bit. Also, he saves the best stuff for the back half of the album. If you're not really into this kind of stuff, you can skip it.
The new Caribou is good. It is unmistakably him. I don't think it lives up to the ridiculously high standards of Swim, but there's a lot to enjoy. It's a more low key, melancholy album throughout, the dance music influence is even more explicit this time, and there are shades of r&b all over the place (in the case of one song that I'm a little iffy on after one listen, it's just straight up r&b). I feel like he focused more on textures and rhythms than songs this time around. Not that there aren't songs, but nothing as immediately gripping as "Odessa" or "Leave House" or stuff from previous albums like "Melody Day." It seems like the kind of album that's going to very gradually reveal itself, but it's plenty enjoyable on first listen.
This is definitely an album that rewards repeated listens. Once you give it a chance and open yourself up to it, you will find it reveals something new on each listen. The album is definitely making moves to be one of my favourite albums of the year.
Happy with the new Caribou as an album but interested how it will translate live. May be a little sleepy but hopefully I'm way off. "Mars" and "Our Love" are the standout tracks so far for me.
I have never previously heard of Lab Partners, and this new album is really a fun listen for me. I can't tell if it reminds me of the early/mid-90s or the early '00s, but I guess it doesn't really matter. Are they any good live? I would love to try and catch them live. It looks like they played St. Louis a couple times in 2010, but they don't really seem to play outside of Ohio much now.
I have listened to the Spoon album once, and I really really liked it. I never really got into Transference, so hopefully this one brings me back on board. I will be seeing them in September, so that will probably solidify these new songs for me.
As I was going back through to think about my favorite albums of the first half of the year, I was sad to realize the new The Men album just hasn't held up the way I wanted it to. I know it's kind of a silly criticism, considering the band and the album in particular, but I wish they had put some tighter performance to record for this one. Several of them really sound like sub-par takes, in retrospect. There are several spots where beats are missed and the tempo lags or speeds ahead (and not in a good way). I kind of feel this way about New Moon, too, and it is making me reconsider my position on this band, which makes me sad, too.
I really like the Fujiya & Miyagi album and I am mad at myself previously ignoring this band. I have always known ABOUT them, but for some reason never found an occasion to actually listen to them.
The Haley Bonar album is a real grower for me. Digging it.
I heard the new Fujiya and Miyagi album, and it's their best one since the first album, by far. They went kind of blah for awhile, but that first record is so much fun.
I don't have the same complaint about the Men record, but I have found that I don't have any particular drive to listen to it now.
Sleeping on that new Fujiya & Miyagi. I remember hearing a song and thinking it sounded good in the way their first album did, which was super fantastic, so I'll get on that.
Been catching up on listening, including some stuff from the Quietus mid year list. Bong - Stoner Rock is a pretty good drone metal (or even just straight up drone in a lot of places) album, two fairly long tracks. It gets a bit samey, but it's drone, so that happens. Still really enjoyable. John Harle & Marc Almond - The Tyburn Tree (Dark London) is fairly interesting if you can dig a little bit of theatricality, which hey, it's Marc Almond, that should be expected. That dude doesn't quite get the respect he deserves, he's done so much outside of just Soft Cell. The Laibach album sounds dated in many different ways depending on which song you're on. Ab-Soul's album had some good beats and moments, but I don't know, I feel like hip-hop has gone super bro-ed out lately and it rubs me the wrong way. Finally got all the way through Agalloch's The Serpent & The Sphere, and aside from my own personal failing of kind of mentally checking out a bit half way through metal albums, it's really impressive and well done, definitely a highlight of the genre that I've heard this year.
Been really getting into the new Shabazz Palaces, FKA twigs, and Caribou records.
He's been kind of a prick as of late, but the new Thurston Moore record featuring Debbie Googe and Steve Shelley sounds exciting.
Has anyone listened to the "new" Lewis record Romantic Times? I've haven't found it anywhere, but I've been loving L'Amour.
2/21: Weyes Blood, Half Waif, 20 Minute Loop, Young Moon @ Swedish American Hall
2/22: Uniform, Black Marble, Mall Walk, Blank Square @ Starline Social Club
2/23: Hot Toddies, Great Apes, Brasil
2/23: Japanese Breakfast, Miya Folick, Dante Elephante, Flying Circles @ Rickshaw Stop
2/23: Julien Baker @GAMH
2/24: OCD, Trash Vampire, Phosphene
2/24: This Will Destroy You, Emma Ruth Rundle @ The Independent
2/24: Dr. Rubenstein, Erika, Christina Chatfield @ Monarch
Ooh yeah, I really like the Strand of Oaks album, too. There are a couple clunkers (like the unlistenable title track), but the good ones really soar. It doesn't help that they lead with the three best songs as pre-release singles (JM, Goshen 97 and Shut In), so expectations were set ridiculously high.
^ I love it. One of the best releases this year for me. I also think it's really accessible for the people here that don't normally listen to metal.
March 2 - Deafheaven
March 3 - Against Me!
March 31 - Eric Prydz
April 14-16 - Coachella
April 22-23 - Decibel Metal & Beer Festival
May 4 - The Weeknd
May 20 - Mastodon/EODM/Russian Circles
May 30 - Conan/North
June 9 - Sigur Rós
July 3 - Roger Waters
July 30 - Panorama Festival
August 17-20 - Psycho Las Vegas
September 9 - Green Day
October 6-8 - ACL wknd. 1
Tomorrow's Hits isn't as strong as New Moon or Open Your Heart, but I still enjoy it, and still really dig three or four of it's tracks, esp. Another Day, Pearly Gates, and Settle Me Down.
Radiohead - The Xx - Father John Misty - Bonobo - DJ Shadow - Guided By Voices - Preservation Hall Jazz Band - King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - The Interrupters - Klangstof
Beyonce - Bon Iver - Nicholas Jarr - Tycho - Four Tet - The Avalanches - Banks & Steelz - Car Seat Headrest - Mitski - Floating Points
Kendrick Lamar - New Order - Future Islands - Hans Zimmer - Toots & The Maytals - Devendra Banhart - Lee Fields & The Expresions - Whitney - Preoccupations - Hinds - Ezra Furman - Pond
I am really, really loving Imogen Heaps' new album, Sparks. It's lush and layered and just beautiful.
Also, Mark Lanegan's No Bells On Sunday EP is really good. it is mostly minimalist electronic production, which is interesting for Lanegan, though the songwriting itself is pretty standard fare for him, which is good.