ALTERNATIVE

Radiohead – Burn The Witch (Single)

Radiohead knows How To Disappear Completely – and return with a new single.

01Puns aside, last week Radiohead wiped their entire web presence. In their typically playful and enigmatic way, this signaled “Burn The Witch.” Thom Yorke’s lyrics offer up social commentary, while the music deviates from The King Of Limbs sparse electronica, and instead incorporates strings and a strong melody.

by Mat Bates


PSYCHEDELIC / PROG / HARD ROCK

Curator’s Pick: Purson – Desire’s Magic Theater

Second full length from these retro-psych revivalists.

02Strutting and swaggering through some wildly grooving, hard rocking prog rock pageantry; London based Purson return in a flurry of paisley bell-bottoms, silk scarves, fringed jackets, feathered headbands and beaded moccasins. Psychedelic cabaret collides with glittery stomp and pomp, balancing lysergic sonic swirls and folky freak-outs with distorted fuzz and dizzyingly carnivalesque arrangements.

by Andee Connors


AMBIENT

Brian Eno – The Ship (Single)

Eno’s long shadow blessedly continues to grace us.

03Brian Eno, a living wizard of modern music if ever there was one, gives us his 25th solo album. Lead single “The Ship” clocks in at over 20 minutes of glorious textures of slowly building sounds with some haunting low male vocals (possibly thanks to British actor-turned-singer Peter Serafinowicz?!). Gorgeous stuff.

by Diego Gonzalez.


AMERICANA

John Doe – The Westerner 

X marks the thought.

04The first thing you’ll notice about John Doe’s new solo album is how thoughtful the lyrics are. Graced with Southwestern flavors (Doug Sahm haunts “Get On Board”) and timeless production from Giant Sand’s Howe GelbThe Westerner overflows with poetic lyricism and locomotive Americana. Blondie’s Debbie Harry and Cat Power’s Chan Marshall provide backing vocal cameos.

by Eric Shea


LATIN JAZZ

The Pedrito Martínez Group – Habana Dreams (Single)

La Habana Te Envuelve

05Pedrito Martínez and Issac Delgado exchange verses in a sincerely heartfelt homage a La Habana, from two of her most prodigious expats. The intro synths, keyboard and rhythms evoke some of the iconic timba recordings of the early ‘90s. Within this nostalgic framework, there is great optimism in the face of seemingly imminent and unstoppable change.

by Marcos Juarez


ELECTRONIC / HIP HOP

KAYTRANADA – 99.9%

99.9% Effective

06Young Montreal producer KAYTRANADA may still be living at home, but he exemplifies a profound cultural nexus: the merging of EDMsoulrap and house, smashing genre (and racial) barriers. 99.9% is one of the most thrilling albums of 2016, merging J Dilla’s organic style with sunny dance grooves and a tremendous guestlist (AlunaGeorgeLittle DragonAnderson .Paak).

by Party Ben


COMEDY

Geoff Tate – Again

Lose your phone charger, pretend it’s the ‘90s and buy this album.

07Cincinnati-based comic Geoff Tate is back after 2014’s Just Another Clown. An opener for Doug Stanhope and Doug Benson, Tate holds his own here, applying his sleepy-yet-incisive delivery to the existence of Deer Jesus, being fat in Ohio and handling traffic stops in the age of social media.

by Kelly Anneken


POP

Mike Posner – At Night, Alone.

Mike Posner is finally comfortable, with or without you. 

08Two years ago, Mike Posner ditched Hollywood, lived in a van and sought truth while reflecting on his fading celebrity. Ironically, Posner’s new songs catapulted him back into the spotlight. His confessional lyrics paint an introspective, beautifully honest picture of an artist in transition, guiding his most impressive songwriting to date.

by Jordan Davidoff


PSYCHEDELIC

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity

Melbourne septet goes hard!

09Nonagon Infinity is an almost metal-ish nine-song continuous-loop, adding to the legacy of this boundary-crushing band. What may initially seem dispiriting starts sucking you in. It’s accelerated and riff heavy like Motörhead, yet sophisticated and spacey like Yes, rounding out the odd time signatures of King Crimson. The album is a master-class in passionately compelling music.

by Michelle Solomon


PSYCH FOLK

Indie Sub of the Week: Nic Evennett  Jagged Boy (Single)

Love, Death And The Lady

10A stunning new single from this UK songbird, “Jagged Boy” is a haunted, moonlit threnody, evoking the golden era of British folk. Evennett’s voice is a delicate mystery, warm and lustrous, yet fragile and crystalline – a bewitching blend of Kate Bush and Linda Perhacs, surrounded here by dolorous, reverb-drenched piano and woven into brokenhearted balladry.

by Andee Connors

Comments

  1. Seikos
    May 21, 2016 at 3:21pm
    Very Nice
    Reply

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