Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Songs of 2020: Q2

As we close out the second quarter and first half of a troubling year, I've compiled another playlist of essential songs from the past three months.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Widowspeak - "Money"

Widowspeak have shared a new track and announced their fifth album, Plum, out in August via Captured Tracks.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Beyoncé - "BLACK PARADE"

Leave it to Queen Bey to throw down the mic at the last minute and cement today as a major milestone in this new Civil Rights Movement.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Sault - "Wildfires"

Not much is known about the UK group Sault, but after sharing two releasess last year, they've returned with their debut full-length album. Untitled (Black Is) couldn't be more of the moment and leaves a truly stunning first impression.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Noname - "Song 33"

Noname has shared her first solo track of 2020 and it's a song that demands all of our attention, now.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Shamir - "On My Own"

Shamir has shared a new song called "On My Own" from an upcoming, untitled record, due later this year.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Neil Young - "Vacancy"

Neil Young's "lost" album Homegrown is still on track to be released June 19, years after being a shelved. A week before its expected release, Neil has shared another "new" track from the record.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Blitzen Trapper - "Masonic Temple Microdose #1"

Portland, Oregon's Blitzen Trapper are set to release a new record in September and have shared the second single from the album.

Monday, June 08, 2020

Leon Bridges - "Sweeter"

Leon Bridges has shared a new single that speaks to the current times. It features Terrace Martin and is worth your attention.

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Run the Jewels - "walking in the snow"

Killer Mike and El-P, the duo known as Run the Jewels, have released their fourth record a few days early. Stream it and obtain your copy for free now.

Monday, June 01, 2020

10 Years | 10 Shows in Brooklyn

Today marks ten years since I became a resident of Brooklyn and even though this blog started when I moved to Manhattan in 2006, this still feels like a monumental time in my life. Sharing new music and talking about the live music scene in New York has been one of my favorite hobbies for over a decade and had brought me such a strong connection to my community. Writing about live music halted for me (and everyone else) in March and, I'll admit it, posting a list of my favorite shows feels a bit strange. However, as Lana Del Ray said, "I miss New York and I miss the music. Me and my friends, we miss rock and roll. I want shit to feel just like it used to." The disappearance of live music has been extremely tough for me over the past few months and thinking about a concert-less future can at times seem unbearably depressing. While I recognize that is very much a first world problem, the impacts on my mental health feel real. Nothing could turn around a bad day like seeing live music. The world is changing drastically, but I still hold on to these memories and will cherish them all forever. Here are ten shows from the past ten years that all happened in the borough I now call home.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Widowspeak - "Breadwinner"

Dream-folk group Widowspeak are back with their first new song in three years, "Breadwinner."

Monday, May 25, 2020

Nicolas Jaar - "All One"

Nicolas Jaar has announced another new record for 2020 and shared the first part of the album and an additional brand new song call "All One."

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Haim - "Don't Wanna"

Haim have shared yet another new track ahead of their slightly delayed, but highly anticipated new record which is now due in June.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Julianna Barwick - "Inspirit"

Julianna Barwick has announced her first full-length of new, original material since 2016. The aptly titled Healing is a Miracle is out in July.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Phoebe Bridgers - "I See You"

Phoebe Bridgers has shared another new song off her forthcoming record, Punisher, out this summer via Dead Oceans.

Monday, May 18, 2020

No Age - "Head Sport Full Face"

LA noise-punks No Age are set to release their new record on June 5 via Drag City and have shared the fourth single leading up to the album's release.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Neil Young - "Try"

Neil Young is set to release his long lost album Homegrown this coming June and he's shared the track "Try" over on his Archives.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The Beths - "I'm Not Getting Excited"

Hear another new single from The Beths ahead of their new album, Jump Rope Gazers, out this summer via Car Park.

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Blitzen Trapper - "Magical Thinking"

Blitzen Trapper is back with a new record, Holy Smokes Future Jokes, due in September via Yep Roc. Today they also shared a new single called "Magical Thinking."

Monday, May 04, 2020

Ka - "Solitude of Enoch"

Brownsville rapper and veteran FDNY captain Ka has released a new record, Descendants of Cain. The first single is called "Solitude of Enoch" and the record hits streaming services on May 7.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Big Thief - "Love in Mine"

Big Thief have shared a standalone single, "Love in Mine," available now via 4AD.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Westerman - "Your Hero Is Not Dead"

Westerman has shared the title track to his upcoming debut record, Your Hero Is Not Dead, out this June via Partisan.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Bon Iver - "PDLIF"

Bon Iver shared a new song last week titled "PDLIF" with a subtle accompanying message that reads: Bon Iver: Season 5 Episode 1 Pilot.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Fiona Apple - "Fetch the Bolt Cutters"

Well it's here. After 8 long years, Fiona Apple has released her highly anticipated fifth album, Fetch the Bolt Cutters. The result? A truly sublime and exquisite record. One for the ages.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Jamie xx - "Idontknow"

It's been a while since we heard new music from Jamie xx, but today the electronic wunderkind has shared his first new track since his incredible 2015 debut, In Colour. It's called "Idontknow" and it's out now (with a 12" release to follow)!

Monday, April 13, 2020

Washed Out - "Too Late"

Last week, Washed Out dropped a new single called "Too Late" via Sub Pop. The stand alone track is basking in the warm, tropical vibes you've come to expect from Ernest Greene.

Friday, April 10, 2020

The Beths - "Dying To Believe"

The Beths are back! The New Zealand rockers have announced their sophomore record, Jump Rope Gazers, and shared the first single from the album, "Dying To Believe."

Thursday, April 09, 2020

Phoebe Bridgers - "Kyoto"

Phoebe Bridgers has announced her sophomore solo record, Punisher, and shared a video for her new song "Kyoto."

Cindy Lee - "I Don't Want to Fall in Love Again"

Cindy Lee is set to release their second record of 2020, Cat O' Nine Tails this week and have shared a new single and preview of the album.

Monday, April 06, 2020

The Strokes - "Brooklyn Bridge to Chorus"

This Friday, the Strokes will release their first new record in seven years. Today, they've shared the latest single.

Friday, April 03, 2020

Frank Ocean - "Dear April" / "Cayendo"

Last October, Frank Ocean played two new songs as part of his PrEP+ club night in New York. They're now available on streaming services.

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Songs of 2020: Q1

I've put together a playlist of my essential new music from the first quarter of 2020.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - "She's There"

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have announced their sophomore record, Sideways to New Italy, and have shared a new single “She’s There.”

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Bob Dylan - "Murder Most Foul"

Bob Dylan shares his first new song in eight years. "Murder Most Foul" is an epic tale for a grieving nation.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Shabazz Palaces - "Chocolate Souffle"

The second single from Shabazz Palace's new record, The Don of Diamond Dreams, has arrived.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Run the Jewels - "Yankee and the Brave"

El-P and Killer Mike are back with the first taste of their long-awaited record, Run the Jewels 4.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Hiroshi Yoshimura - GREEN

The wonderful folks at Light in the Attic have shared a new reissue from Japanese ambient pioneer Hiroshi Yoshimura. GREEN is set for its first-ever reissue and first-ever release outside of Japan this coming summer, but is available now to stream.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Julia Holter - "Stealing Money"

Julia Holter has soundtracked the new film Never Rarely Sometime Always, and it's her first release since 2018's Aviary.

Friday, March 13, 2020

KOKOROKO - "Carry Me Home"

Rising Afrobeat-Jazz collective KOKOROKO shared a new single earlier this month and it's another groovy gem in their catalogue.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Westerman - "Think I'll Stay"

Westerman has announced his debut album, Your Hero Is Not Dead, and it's out June 5 via Partisan. Along with the announcement of the new record, Westerman has also shared a new song.

Sunday, March 08, 2020

Sannhet played Rough Trade

It was a hometown show for Brooklyn's Sannhet as the post-metal band headlined Rough Trade for their first show of the year.

Friday, March 06, 2020

CupcakKe - "Lawd Jesus"

Last fall, rapper CupcakKe announced her retirement from the music business. Today, however, she's back with a new track called "Lawd Jesus."

Thursday, March 05, 2020

Real Estate played Rough Trade

Last week, Real Estate released their fifth record, The Main Thing, and to promote the album, the band did a Q&A and a "laid back" performance at Brooklyn's Rough Trade.

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Haim - "The Steps"

The Haim sisters are back with their third record and first since 2017. Women in Music Pt III arrives April 24 via Columbia and you can checkout the latest single, "The Steps," now!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Shabazz Palaces - "Fast Learner" (ft. Purple Tape Nate)

Enigmatic rap group Shabazz Palaces, led by Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler, has announced a new record. The Don of Diamond Dreams follows 2017's dual releases of Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star and Quazarz vs. The Double Machines and drops this April via Sub Pop.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

No Age - "Turned to String"

Noise-punks No Age are back with a new album, the follow-up to 2018's Snares Like a Haircut. The new record, Goons Be Gone, is out June 5 via Drag City. Listen to the first single, "Turned to String," below.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Real Estate - "The Main Thing"

New Jersey's Real Estate are set to release their next record this coming Friday (February 28) and today they've shared the album's title track, "The Main Thing."

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Yumi Zouma - "Southwark"

New Zealand dream-poppers Yumi Zouma are set to release their new record, Truth or Consequences, on March 13 via Polyvinyl. Hear a new track, "Southwark," now in anticipation.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Strokes - "At the Door"

The Strokes have announced a new record! The New Abnormal is out April 10 and was produced by Rick Rubin. The band has also shared the record's first single, "At the Door."