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new music 2020

 

Adobe Collective, the – All the Space That There Is : ambling, fun and airy country-folk-pop
Alexandra Savior – The Archer : so so very very serious
Algiers – There Is No Year : serious “gospel post-punk”, enjoyable by half; #difficult
And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – X The Godless Void and Other Stories : solid adventures in punk/pop/prog-rock
Beach Slang – The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City : resolutely ho-hum 80’s power-pop; #notaripoffifyouownit
Black Lips – Sing In A World That’s Falling Apart : less (no) garage rock, smooth country crooning; #decent
Bombay Bicycle Club – Everything Else Has Gone Wrong : very well done and really dull
Circa Waves – Happy : very well done, super-catchy indie-rockers
Counterconformity – Skyline Drive : lilting mid-fi psychedelic surf
Vagina Lips, the – Outsider Forever : interesting lo-fi indie; #unfortunatename


Whyte Horses – Hard TImes : expertly cultivated and executed cover set
Wolf Parade – Thin Mind : dense and heavy lyricism, with a compelling synth-rock face
Caspian – On Circles : very solid atmospheric post-rock; #mostlyinstrumental
Courteeners, the – More. Again. Forever. : moderately successful rock band aims for stars, misses.
Drive-By Truckers – The Unraveling : another good set of “four minute soap operas of social commentary”
En Attendant Ana – Juillet : well-crafted and energetic indie/post-rock/pop
Ezra Furman – Sex Education Original Soundtrack : typically quirky (and compelling) indie-pop from EF
Field Music – Making a New World : clever and mature pop; #justdoesnotconnect
Floral Tattoo – You Can Never Have a Long Enough Head Start : exuberantly emotional SEA rock (post-emo?)
Futurebirds – Teamwork : mostly interesting psych-country-rock


G. Love & Special Sauce – The Juice : fun party starter
Haden Triplets, the – The Family Songbook : lovely
Holy Fuck – Deleter : delishiously adventurous, “pleasantly anonymous groove-driven” cross between beat-forward pop and noise
Las Cobras – Selva : spacy, hypnotic psych-gaze rock; #uruguay
Marcus King – El Dorado : good blue-eyed-soul via the Auerbach rubber stamp factory
Nada Surf – Never Not Together : haven’t they already released this album a couple times?
of Montreal – UR FUN : giddy 80’s synth-rock sprinkled with calamitous E6 adventure
OOIOO – nijimusi : whoa
Pia Fraus – Empty Parks : lush and compelling dream/indie/gaze-pop; #estonia
Soccer Mommy – Color Theory : very good, emotionally-forward indie-rock


Audrey Ochoa – Frankenhorn : interesting; #TBone
Basic Plumbing – Keeping Up Appearances : simple indie-rock/pop; #RIP #wellnamed
Ben Watt – Storm Damage : interesting adult-indie-pop; #EBTG
Blossoms – Foolish Loving Spaces : very nice, uncomplicated, stylistically diverse indie-pop
Calibro 35 – Momentum : freaking cool “cinematic funk”
Destroyer – Have We Met
Dune Rats – Hurry Up And Wait : the ecstatic sounds of a young rock band cranking out ripping sing-along party tunes
Dustbowl Revival – Is It You, Is It Me : very eclectic roots-rock/soul; #radioready #moremodern
Frights, the – Everything Seems Like Yesterday : gently acoustic indie; #wtf? #newbandsamename?
Gengahr – Sanctuary : very well executed indie-pop, vibrant and textured


Isobel Campbell – There is No Other : gorgeously executed, diverse indie/country/folk/psych
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – Presto : a groovy, funky jam-band outing
Poliça – When We Stay Alive : interesting (and deep) indie-pop; #doesnotconnect
Polock – Romance : groovy and swinging indie-rock from #Spain
Possessed by Paul James – As We Go Wandering : such nice
Postcards – The Good Soldier : lovely psych/dream-pop via #Lebanon
Rose City Band – Rose City Band : lush “Cosmic Americana”, excellently psych!
Smoke Fairies – Darkness Brings The Wonders Home : sensuous and lush bit-folk/indie-pop; #thrillingbutthin
Soul Motivators, the – Do the Damn Thing : uncomplicated and thoroughly enjoyable old-school funk; #Canada
Sufis, the – Double Exposure : groovy, diverse psych/rock/pop; #burger


Tame Impala – The Slow Rush : lush yet understated psych-prog festival/dance tunes
Wire – Mind Hive : 40-years-on and Wire are still the leaders in intelligent punk/post-rock
Wood Brothers, the – Kingdom in My Mind : straightforward and compelling roots/rock/blues/jazz/jam
Xetas – The Cypher : blistering and anthemic hardcore; #atx
Alfie – If She Could Only Remember My Name : very diverse, country-influenced, indie-pop/rock; #Italy
Antibalas – Fu Chronicles : killer Afrobeat; #kungfu
Arbor Labor Union – New Petal Instants : stoned hippie indie
Bambara – Stray : fascinatingly dark and dour soundscapes
Beach Bunny – Honeymoon : fun energetic garage pop; #wellwrittensongs
Budokan Boys – Dad Is Bad : very weird yet compelling broken pop tunes/structures


Cadillac Three, the – Country Fuzz : somewhat stereotypical “outlaw country” attempt; #cornyinmyears
Caroline Rose – Superstar : arty indie-pop with a fun vibe and open neuroses; #nomoreguitar
Elephant Stone – Hollow : solid modern psych-rock; #sitarstyle
Eyelids – The Accidental Falls : exceptionally well-executed power-pop
Green Day – Father Of All Motherfuckers : roaring-fun short pro-punk belters
Guru Guru, the – Point Fingers : very weird and genre-bending version of garage/indie rock; #Belgium
HMLTD – West of Eden : quirky genre-fluid art-rock/pop
Julian Cope – Self Civil War : quirky, catchy and very interesting pop-rock
King Krule – Man Alive! : smokey, jazzy and arty hip-hip/pop/rock/etc, but so dark…
La Roux – Supervision : retro 80s synth-pop/dance; #soundslikeanagel


Lone Bellow, the – Half Moon Light : expansive and fun rock/blues/folk/pop easy-listening for the masses
Loose Buttons – Something Better : propulsive rockers; #keepworkingboys
Men, the – Mercy : wide-screen rockers, mostly with a ‘roots’ bent; #sameband?
Out – Billie : cracking Midwestern guitar/indie-rock
Shadow Show – Silhouettes : really fun girl-group/garage-rock
Spanish Love Songs – Brave Faces Everyone : shouty and enthusiastic emo/punk
Stone Temple Pilots – Perdida : curious acoustic rock
Summer Camp – Romantic Comedy : sweetly sensitive indie-pop; #sortofasoundtrack
Sunflowers – Endless Voyage : guitar-forward psych/garage sounds wrapped around an odd sci-fi theme; #Portugal
Supersuckers – Play That Rock n’ Roll : aggressively balls-out idgaf rock


Tami Neilson – Chickaboom! : great barroom country/rockabilly; #awesomevoice
Tennis – Swimmer : fun, dynamic collection of indie-pop; #romance #onenote
Bastards Of Soul – Spinnin’ : groove-driven throwback r&b/soul
Beauts – Dalliance : glossy, atmospheric, and tense indie pop/rock
Best Coast – Always Tomorrow : all-growed-up indie-rock; #ipreferitmessier
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys – Night Tide : fun rockabilly/western swing sound, but terrible songs…
Brooklyn Funk Essentials – Stay Good : very fun and groovy party-atmosphere modern funk
Califone – Echo Mine : pure genius
Close Lobsters – Post Neo Anti: Arte Povera in the Forest of Symbols : extremely lovely C86-style pop-rock
Elkhorn – The Storm Sessions : noodle-y guitar adventures


Flame Parade – Cosmic Gathering : well-executed atmospheric rock/pop via #Italy
Greg Dulli – Random Desire : solidly noir; “guitar-slashing catharsis and candelabra-lit elegance”
GRMLN – Goodbye, World : great little indie pop/rock gems
Guided By Voices – Surrender Your Poppy Field : yet ANOTHER excellent GbV album; #likeafinewine
Habibi – Anywhere But Here : surf + 60’s girl group + mid-east influence = Habibi
Heart Bones – Hot Dish : synth-driven 80s-ish pop/rock, excellently done. Intentionally goofy?
Heliocentrics, the – Infinity Of Now : incredible chilled out psychedelic jazz/funk/krautrock
Hotel Mira – Perfectionism : hooky charismatic pop-rock
Jagguar – Jagguar : absolutely delightful jangly pop-rock
Johnossi – Torch // Flame : super-fun big guitar rock


Juniore – Un, Deux, Trois : incredibly groovy garage-psych-pop via #France; “yéyé noir”
Kelly Finnigan – The Tales People Tell : big, open, modern-but-sounds-old r&b; #monophonics
Kytes – Good Luck : bouncy big-sound pop; #suchdumb
Lanterns on the Lake – Spook The Herd : rich and lush atmospheric rock/folk/pop
Mo Troper – Natural Beauty : glossy power-pop, sweet tunes sour lyrics
Moaning – Uneasy Laughter : synth-heavy, “arena ready” indie-rock; #inducesnomoaning
New Threads – Free Rock : very adventurous funky and fun loose rock jams
Northeast Party House – Shelf Life : clever and well-executed dance bangers; #notforme
Nova Twins – Who Are The Girls? : raging, and bombastic punk-funk, in-your-face; #fun
Pictish Trail – Thumb World : wackily whimsical and weird psych-pop; “electro-acoustic psych-pop wonder”


Ratboys – Printer’s Devil : lively, confident and well-executed indie-rockers; #mildlycountry
Real Estate – The Main Thing : very beige; #FFF8E7
Ringo Deathstarr – Ringo Deathstarr : woozy and fuzzy shoegaze mixed with some pop(-ish) elements
Ritual King – Ritual King : knuckle-dragging riff-heavy blues/metal/prog
Six Organs of Admittance – Companion Rises : acoustic-prog and noise-rock wrapped in exotic structures; #airplane
Thundercat – It Is What It Is : unique modern take on jazz (+r&b+funk+pop+…)
Toy – Happy in the Hollow : super-compelling trip across many styles and sounds resulting in a cosmic rock party
Tycho – Simulcast : gently-nothing electronic instrumentals
U.S. Girls – Heavy Light : interesting and arty “Radio pop-rock”; #idontlikeit
Öresund Space Collective – Experiments In The Subconscious : devilishly choogling space-prog-psych-weird


Lee Ranaldo And Raül Refree – Names Of North End Women : wonderfully weird and artful, this is why I “deep dive” into new releases every year
Bacchae – Pleasure Vision
Blomma – Blomma : fun listen – ambient electro vibes
Boomtown Rats, the – Citizens of Boomtown : diverse and (mostly) interesting, some unfortunate choices were made…
Chet Faker – Music For Silence : sshhh, ambient piano music ahead; #icouldntfindit
Cornershop – England is a Garden : endlessly inventive in reinterpreting and updating past sounds
Deap Lips – Deap Lips : more wacky than interesting
DISQ – Collector : very (too?) diverse rockers, the power-pop parts are best…
Districts, the – You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere : solid and entertaining atmospheric indie rock
Dogleg – Melee : viscerally attack-minded post-hardcore punk


Early Thirties, the – People Are Going To Be So Impressed : shouty, aggressive punk/rock; #unimpressed
Four Tet – Sixteen Oceans : good for a late-night chilly-chill
Grouplove – Healer : bubbly and energetic indie-pop, buttressed by some interesting genre mixing
Honey Cutt – Coasting : soaring lightly-surf indie with extra-90s vocal tricks galore
James Hunter Six, the – Nick of Time : silky smooth, suave R&B throwback (50s-60s); #daptone
James Taylor – American Standard : sure, why not
Killer Barbies, the – Vive Le Punk : groovy garage-rock/punk via #Spain; #femvox
Lovetones, the – Myriad : paisley-tinted (barely) psych-pop for adults; #soboring
Luke Haines & Peter Buck – Beat Poetry For Survivalists : super interesting, well-titled adventure in indie-rock sounds; #relistensrewarded
Mandy Moore – Silver Landings : (surprisingly) beautiful CA pop songs


Mastersons, the – No Time for Love Songs : perfectly nice adult-pop/alt-country/70s FM radio; #overwrought
Natural Child – Natural Child : fun party boogie-rock; #isthisarealrealeasedalbum?
New Regime, the – Heart Mind Body & Soul : big, bombastic arena rock; #nothankyou #NINadjacent
North by North – Get Weird : fun, quirky, and angsty indie-rock
Nudie Mag – Our Milk : teenage (presuably) idiot-punk/rock
Orchards – Lovecore : bright, fun indie-pop; #mathpop
Pantha du Prince – Conference of Trees : incredibly intriguing ‘electronic music’ performed in nature with (mostly) wooden instruments
Parlor Walls – Heavy Tongue : quite ‘avant’ no-wave drone-synth; #crazybutquitegood
Peter Bjorn and John – Endless Dream : very well-executed people-pleaser indie-rock/pop via #Sweden
Phantogram – Ceremony : heavily melancholy radio-ready alt-pop


Ratboys, the – Click : fun, fast bursts of straightforward power-pop/indie
Snarls – Burst : well-executed indie-pop; #someonesjamnotmine
Stephen Malkmus – Traditional Techniques : psych-country/folk meanderings
Then Comes Silence – Machine : powerful and dark goth-rock
Thick – 5 Years Behind : shouty, energetic, punk-inflected rock; #femvox
Vundabar – Either Light : more-annoying-than-fun throwaway indie-rock;#ibid
Album Leaf, the – OST : delightfully relaxing ambient/instrumental soundscapes; #soundtracktolife
Cable Ties – Far Enough : manic, politically-charged proto-punk/rock; #femvox
Catholic Action – Celebrated By Strangers : very fun art-rock/garage/pop/etc, great mix of joy and serious
Chats, the – High Risk Behaviour : high-energy “dorkish fun from Aussie pub poets” punk blasts


Childish Gambino – Donald Glover Presents (aka 3.15.20) : i clearly do not understand what is going on
Circles Around The Sun – Circles Around the Sun : hippy disco #notinabadway
Cravats, the – Hoorahland : original Brit-punks from the 70s update their scronky missives for today
Exbats, the – Kicks, Hits and Fits : fun(!), hook-filled, bubblegum/garage/pop-punk; #familyaffair #Burger
Flytraps, the – Wild Card : wild (sic), powerful punk-rock; #femvox
Halloweens – Morning Kiss at the Acropolis : simple indie-pop; #stupidname
John Vanderslice – Dollar Hits : weird glitchy song slices
L.A. Takedown – Our Feeling of Natural High : pastoral top-down-cruising indie muzak
Las Kellies – Suck This Tangerine : high-energy dance-punk via #Argentina; #femvox
Melt Yourself Down – 100% Yes : semi-crazed but fully funky weirdo jazz/funk/afrobeat/rock/pop


Missing Persons – Dreaming : mostly terrible
Nap Eyes – Snapshot of a Beginner : interesting short stories put to interesting indie/psych/pop/rock/s-s; #promising
Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts VI: Locusts : very easy to listen to while still being interesting; #covidtunez
Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts V: Together : very easy to listen to while still being interesting; #covidtunez
No Ones, the – The Great Lost No Ones Album : really great power-pop; #McCaughey #Buck
Oldsoul – You Were Overwhelmed : well-done and emotive – but very cookie-cutter; #keeptrying
Pearl Jam – Gigaton : PJ have absolutely nailed the sound of a previously huge band hanging on with familiar-sounding riffs and arena-singalong-ready choruses
Roger Eno and Brian Eno – Mixing Colours : immersive and thought-provoking tranquillity; #lovely #airplane
Sea Wolf – Through A Dark Wood : professional indie, just missing some great songs
Sorcerers, the – In Search Of The Lost City Of The Monkey God : Super groovy instrumental funk soundtrack-to-a-fake-movie


Sorry – 925 : meandering and eclectic take on modern music, super-well executed
Sufjan Stevens – Aporia : super-well envisioned and executed (‘natch), a jammy “New Age” travelogue of life
Sunset Doctrine, the – Lost & Left Behind : perfectly decent young-man-learning-about-life-and-music
Triángulo de Amor Bizarro – Triángulo de Amor Bizarro : high-energy rock via #Spain
Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud : excellent Americana/folk/country songs with depth and cleverness; #sundaydrivetunes #femvox
Weeknd, the – After Hours : pretty-darn-good, smart, and odd r&b art-pop
Anna Burch – If You’re Dreaming : the parts I could stay awake through seemed kinda nice
Black Watch, the – Brilliant Failures : well-done mix of post-punk, indie-rock, and power-pop; #nicenotgreat #80svox
Bloodwitch – I Am Not Okay With This (Music from the Netflix Original Series) : fun fake/real teen-indie rockers; #Blur
Bonnie Nettles, the – The Bonnie Nettles : adventurous and fun psych/blues/indie rockers via #Greece


Buttertones, the – Jazzhound : jazzy, surf-y, energetic post-punk with an 80s new-wave vibe
Charmer – Ivy : standard “Midwest emo”; #beentheredonethat
Claudettes, the – High Times in the Dark : very fun “garage cabaret” mix of NOLA jazz, blues, burlesque, and chantreus-pop
Clem Snide – Forever Just Beyond : so nice; like an old friend whispering in your ear
Cmon – Confusing Mix of Nations : intriguing pop-inflected indie-dance
Cowboys, the – Room of Clons : fun, short, easy-to-listen-to blend of garage/indie/pop/psych/…
Dream Syndicate, the – The Universe Inside : trippy psychedelic jams laid on groovy structures and expert playing; #huzza
Es – Less of Everything : synth-heavy post-punk
Flat Worms – Antarctica : aggressive and abrasive post-punk/psych; #inyourface!
Former Utopia – Magnetar : bruising post-punk; #unmelodic


Hamilton Leithauser – The Loves of Your Life : well-crafted s/s indie; #istillhatehisvoice
Lovely Eggs, the – I Am Moron : eccentric, over-the-top psych-punk via #England
M. Ward – Migration Stories : “reliably languid” Americana w/ offbeat lyrics and rolling melodies
Monophonics – It’s Only Us : very fun retro psychedelic-soul
Mumrunner – Valeriana : atmospheric showgaze+dream-pop; #funhighspots
Mystery Jets – A Billion Heartbeats : epic, rock-ish pop songs; #halfdecent
Once and Future Band – Deleted Scenes : warmly space-age prog/pop meanderings; #mildly70s
Peel Dream Magazine – Agitprop Alterna : gauzy motorik/dream-pop/shoegaze done extremely well
Pokey LaFarge – Rock Bottom Rhapsody : fun, warm, and super-enjoyable old-school-American music
Seazoo – Joy : simple, infectious indie-pop


Speedometer – Our Kind Of Movement : jazzy, horn-forward UK R&B/funk
Strokes, the – The New Abnormal : classic Strokes – mumbled and laid-back indie-rock slacking
Tops – I Feel Alive : perfectly nice vintage-sounding indie-pop
Trace Mountains – Lost in the Country : pastoral and heartfelt indie-rock soundscapes from the road; #LvlUp
Warlocks, the – The Chain : great, lysergic, LA psych-rock, moments of pure genius
Warm Digits – Flight of Ideas : “motorik space-disco”
BC Camplight – Shortly After Takeoff : interesting psych/pop/avant/art/etc, very serious.
Black Magick SS – Rainbow Nights : 80s-space-fantasy-metal; #hardpass
Black Watch, the – Brilliant Failures
Blushh – R.I.P. Apathy : sharp and quick indie-rock/pop; #goodstart #femvox


Bobby Bare – Great American Saturday Night : very fun party record, unreleased since the 70s
Brendan Benson – Dear Life : fun and entertaining soft-rock/power-pop; #experimentsinfun
Brett Newski – Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down : intriguing grab-bag alt-rock; #lotsofinfluences
Cassowary – Cassowary : fun and funkified SoCal jazz+; #moodsetter
Crisman – Crisman : ho-hum bedroom dreampop
Dryjacket – Going Out of Business : alt/indie/powerpop via #SouthJersey; #benfoldsesquevox
Enter Shikari – Nothing is True & Everything is Possible : this-that-and-the-other
EoB – Earth : goofy experimental “not Radiohead”-Radiohead
Extraa – Baked : lovely, gauzy, mildly psychedelic indie-pop; #femvox
Fiona Apple – Fetch The Bolt Cutters : BOLD and brash here-it-is album, highly unique and personal


Good Looking Friends – The Light of the Well : standard-fare shouty emo
Great News – Now and Them : big sunny indie-pop tunes via #Norway; #hatethefalsetto
Harkin – Harkin : mid-tempo bedroom-ish electro/pop
Hazel English – Wake Up! : delightfully breezy dream-pop; #fortheroad
Howling Hex, the – Knuckleball Express : eclectic blues-rock fueled by chaotic energy; #royaltrux
Joe Ely – Love In The Midst Of Mayhem : lovely and direct american folk/rock
John ‘Papa’ Gros – Central City : fun and jumping NOLA-style jazz/funk
Lucinda Williams – Good Souls Better Angels
March – Set Loose : loud and fast punk-rock
Meno – Make A Funk Noise Here : very fun experimental funk via #Spain


Moby – All Visible Objects : a big chaotic EDM nope
Mountain Goats, the – Songs For Pierre Chuvin : fun lo-fi throwback-style JD; #Covid #allhail
Other Lives – For Their Love : cinematic and theatrical indie-rock/folk; #soundsgoodbutisnt
Pack A.D., the – It Was Fun While It Lasted : sophisticated garage-rock, stripped down with a great feeling of “space”; #hopeitsnottheend
Psychedelic Suns – Hide From The Sun : pastoral psych/folk/prog-rock; #retroish
Pure X – Pure X : “soft-focus psychedelic roots rock”; #Austin #return
RJD2 – The Fun Ones : very fun retro-ish hip-hop heritage take; #egadtheinterludes
Ron Sexsmith – Hermitage : pastoral and harmonious s/s outing
Roy – Peace Love And Outer Space : woozy psychedelic “space music”
RVG – Feral : great #Aussie power-pop/jangle/indie


Savak – Rotting Teeth in the Horse’s Mouth : well-done indie/powerpop/post-rock
Soul Asylum – Hurry Up and Wait : good for them still making the music they want
Sparta – Trust the River : very-broadscreen post-hardcore
Sweet Serenades, the – City Lights : dark (not dour) synth-rock/pop via #Sweden
Ultimate Fakebook – The Preserving Machine : paint-by-numbers power-punk-emo-pop
White Denim – World As A Waiting Room : fun, jammy, and engaging project; #30dayproject
White Poppy – Paradise Gardens : gentle, airy dreampop
Blank Spaces – A Home Away from Home : enjoyable bubbling dance-able indie-rock/pop
Boat – Tread Lightly : delightfully fun PNW indie-rock/power-pop
Caleb Landry Jones – The Mother Stone : SUPER-weird baroque vaudevillian psych-pop rock; #agoodkindofweird


Car Seat Headrest – Making A Door Less Open : great sounding experimental rock-genre-shapeshifter; #fun
Cherie Currie – Blvds Of Splendor : fun rocking tunez, killer vox; #originalbadassbitch
Chicano Batman – Invisible People : sadly everything I wanted has been polished out of their sound
Coloured Clocks – Flora : vocal-driven dream-pop via #Australia
Damien Jurado – What’s New, Tomboy? : subtle and delicate tales of humanity
Diet Cig – Do You Wonder About Me? : garage-ish coming-of-age pop-punk; #femvox
Fratellis, the – Half Drunk Under A Full Moon : where’s-the-arena pop-rock w/horns, strings, choirs, etc
Frogs, the – 1st : pop/punk/rock wackiness that’s been left to brew for 30+ years
Ghostpoet – I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep : brooding slacker-rap; #superchill
Happyness – Floatr : very good ‘slacker rock’ crossed with breezy 90s indie-pop/rock


Joan As Police Woman – Cover Two : very very serious very somber rock covers
Kánaán – Double Sun : stoney psych-rock jams via #Norway
Lovedrug – Turning into Something You Were Never Meant to Be : easy, beige, indie-pop/rock
Man Man – Dream Hunting In The Valley Of The In-Between : vividly cinematic art-rock extravagaza
Mark Lanegan – Straight Songs Of Sorrow : dark and war celebration of life, that voice…
Mogwai – ZeroZeroZero : intriguing and smart ‘ambient’ soundtrack
Music Band – Celebration : very very fun genre-busting power-pop/indie blasts
Ramin Djawadi – Westworld Season 3 OST : very interesting, a few great covers
Ride – Clouds In The Mirror (This Is Not A Safe Place Reimagined By Pêtr Aleksänder) : extravagantly and dynamically recreated album
Surf Rock Is Dead – Existential Playboy : over-reaching dream-pop; #arenagoals


Toner – Silk Road : perfectly decent fuzzy guitar-forward indie rock; #keepworking #handclaps
Animal Noise – Fever Dream : decently thumping post/alt-rock
Arson Daily – Late Reflections : intriguing, hooky indie-pop/rock; #keepworking
Charli XCX – How I’m Feeling Now : i have no idea; #andihateit
Chemtrails – The Peculiar Smell of the Inevitable : big-swing garage(nee arena)-rock; #solidsingle #femvox
Cleaners From Venus, the – Dolly Birds And Spies : very, very Brit indie-pop/rock
Dears, the – Lovers Rock : boring AND depressing
Dope Body – Home Body : loud, noisy, funky, crunchy, chaotic, hooky, manic
Funki Porcini – Boredom Never Looked So Good : impressive downtempo-electro-ambient; #airplane
Hanni El Khatib – Flight : not terrible beats album; #vanityproject


Hexvessel – Kindred : goofy ‘mystic’ psych-folk with a hint of ‘metal’
Ist Ist – Architecture : well-executed, dark, and tightly-wound Manchester post-rock
Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit – Reunions : professional and easy-to-hear americana/rock
Lettuce – Resonate : jam-tastic psychedelic boogie funk
Ludovico Einaudi – 12 Songs From Home
Magnetic Fields, the – Quickies : witty, quirky, clever, delightful
Masaki Batoh – Smile Jesus Loves You : interesting and calming psych-folk via #Japan
Melenas – Días Raros : shimmering and flowery pop/rock via #Spain; #femvox
Moviola – Scrape And Cuss : nicely engaging Americana/roots-rock/pop
Partisan – Savage Peace : tight post-punk aiming big via #Belgium


Peaking Lights – Escape : pleasant enough synth-based psych pop
Perfume Genius – Set My Heart On Fire Immediately : expertly crafted and executed ‘adult-comedown’ pop
Public Practice – Gentle Grip : fun bass-driven NYC dance-punk
Retirement Party – Runaway Dog : very enjoyable energetic and bombastic power-pop/indie-rock/emo(?)
Rose City Band – Summerlong : great Laurel-canyon-country psychedelia
Same – Plastic Western : very 90s slacker rock
Sex Swing – Type II : dark and noisy psych-punk freak outs
Sinclairs, the – Sparkle : ambling country-rock/rockabilly with a punk heart
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – Temple : terrible radio “indie” dance shit
Airborne Toxic Event, the – Hollywood Park : Springsteen-esque heartland rock wrapped in darkly literate topics


Animalingo – Babble On : jammy psych rock
Archive – Versions
Badly Drawn Boy – Banana Skin Shoes : lively s/s-pop full of momentum and vibrancy
Brigid Dawson & the Mothers Network – Ballet of Apes : super weird, wobbly and oddly interesting acid-folk/jazz-rock/neo-jazz
Dunes Day – News Flash : delightfully jangly indie/power-pop
Emily Wells – In The Dark Moving
Indigo Girls – Look Long
Jeff Rosenstock – No Dream : fun, spastic, pogoing punk blasts
Katie Von Schleicher – Consummation : arty and well-executed indie pop/rock songs
Kidbug – Kidbug : “cuddlebug sludge” is too perfect


Lesley Barth – Big Time Baby : lovely simple and poignant s-s/folk/pop
Ludvig Moon – Vanilla : peppy radio-ready alt-pop/rock
Maita – Best Wishes : diverse mid-tempo folk/rock/pop delights
Michelle Gurevich – Ecstasy in the Shadow of Ecstasy : sexy and lush deluxe-pop incorporating chanson, electro, chamber, and avant stylings
Owen Pallett – Island : intriguing, lush and dynamic ‘pop’
Pete Astor – You Made Me : some neat-o covers
Silver Sun – Switzerland : big riffs and sweet melodies pogo to happiness; #powerpop
Skuldpadda – Commitment : fun, energetic and entertaining indie-rock via #Sweden
Steve Earle & The Dukes – Ghosts of West Virginia : thematically harmonious (coal mining sux) revival-americana
Tella Viv – i : super-fun, arty indie-pop via #sweden


Tim Burgess – I Love The New Sky : fantastic indie-pop spanning lots of cool sounds and textures
Tissues, the – Blue Film : aggressive punk featuring angular guitars and ‘spastic polemics’; #femvox
Twin Sister – Twin Sister : gloom/doom/drone – on repeat
Wailin Storms – Rattle : propulsive doom/metal; #almostinteresting
Woods – Strange to Explain : gently, lovely, lightly psychedelic, lo-fi indie/rock/pop
2nd Grade – Hit to Hit : super-fun little power-pop blasts
Deerhoof – Future Teenage Cave Artists : art-rock chaos
Ex Norwegian – Spotting Hues : groovy psychedelic covers of very obscure tracks
First To Eleven – Covers, Vol. 6
High Waisted – Sick of Saying Sorry : energetic yet simplistic indie-rock/pop; #femvox #needsmorehooks


Hinds – The Prettiest Curse : the “growing” phase; #alllove
Honest Men – I’m Okay : earnest radio-ready pop/rock
Jazz Sabbath – Jazz Sabbath
Kape Yeel – Reptyle Party S01E07 : a little bit of everything; #supercool #Swedennatch
Machinegum – Conduit : synth-pop history tour; #strokes
Memories, the – Pickles & Pies : awesomely fun Cali-sunshine pop delights; #weirdashell
Momma – Two of Me : intriguing early-band indie outing
Muzz – Muzz : enjoyable, if maudlin, Americana/classic rock
Nicole Atkins – Italian Ice : lovely, sophisticated and radio-ready indie-pop
No Age – Goons Be Gone : fun, energetic, lo-fi noise-rock


Painted Zeros – When You Found Forever : quite lovely indie-pop/rock/folk
Pins – Hot Slick : metronomic 80s synth-pop/rock; #coulddiscobeback
Psychic Markers – Psychic Markers : really great psychedelic electro-motorik fun
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Sideways to New Italy : easy-to-listen-to 70s-AM-radio pop/rock via #Australia
Run The Jewels – RTJ4
Sébastien Tellier – Domesticated : kooky electro-pop; #autotunedtodeath
Shaman Elephant – Wide Awake but Still Asleep : choogling Norwegian prog-rock
Sondre Lerche – Patience : sophisticated and ocasionally clever indie-pop; #crooner
Sonic Boom – All Things Being Equal : synth-driven psychedelic meditations on pop/rock
Sports Team – Deep Down Happy : classic snot-nose Brit-pop/rock


Sweet Spirit – Trinidad : bouncy summer-fun indie-pop/rock; #ATX
Varsity – Fine Forever : fun indie-pop; #somegems
Vistas – Everything Changes in the End : punchy and hooky summer-indie-rock
Apparat – Soundtracks: Dämonen
Bad Moves – Untenable : catchy, smart and fun indie/power-pop/garage/punk
Black Orchid Empire – Semaphore : loud and heavy rock/post-rock; #notveryinteresting
Bob Dylan – Rough and Rowdy Ways
Built to Spill – Built to Spill Plays the Songs of Daniel Johnston : super fun
CeeLo Green – CeeLo Green Is Thomas Callaway : ho-hum ‘Nashville soul’
Clavicule – Garage Is Dead : modern (CA-style) garage rockers via #France; #nevermindthealbumname #kickintheballs


Coriky – Coriky : punk with a brain
Disheveled Cuss – Disheveled Cuss : very fun power-pop/90s-rock/alt
Drab City – Good Songs for Bad People : hypnotic blend of dark pop, trip-hop, and skittering instrumentation
Explorers Club, the – To Sing And Be Born Again : super fun power-pop cover set
Four Tet – Sixteen Oceans
Gia Margaret – Mia Gargaret : intriguing ambient movements; #interestingbackstory
Gum – Out In The World : Fun, engaging, and super-groovy festival-psych-pop; #onbrand #tameimpalaadjacent
Haim – Women In Music Pt. III : ready-for-radio indie-pop/rock; #toothless
JJ Wilde – Ruthless : ROCK AND ROLL
Khruangbin – Mordechai : very mellow (elevator-ish even) chilled rock/folk/jazz/dub


LáGoon – Maa Kali Trip : really fun freakout heavy-psych; #inspiredby
Larkin Poe – Self Made Man : fun rollicking blues-rock; #femvox
Luka State, the – Real Thing : high-energy guitar-forward indie rock
Magick Brother & Mystic Sister – Magick Brother & Mystic Sister : groovy, flute-forward psychedelic ‘cosmic-jazz’
Mansions – Big Bad : sensitive and minimalistic mdoern alt-rock
Mondo Cozmo – New Medicine : intriguing-but-not-really-engaging indie rock; #keepworkingatit #ostrander
Nadine Shah – Kitchen Sink : slinky, shadowy, and surreal post-punk stories…
Nat Vazer – Is This Offensive And Loud? : really exciting mixed-genre fun; #artistfindingtheirvoice #iliketherockers
Neil Young – Homegrown : fun “new” release, very refreshingly different than the normal 2020 release
Omar Rodríguez-López – The Clouds Hill Tapes, Pt. I : quite intriguing, nearly trip-hop


Phantom Planet – Devastator : entertaining, very-radio-ready, indie-rock return
Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher : very, very, very serious and sad, not fun in any way at all
Pottery – Welcome To Bobby’s Motel : rambling, energetic, indie-funk/rock
Rentals, the – Q36 : bombastic indie-rockers; #overblown #overproduced
Richard Walters – Golden Veins : emotionally overboard adult s/s
Sammy Brue – Crash Test Kid : really fun rock, one to watch
Sounds, the – Things We Do For Love : guitar+synth 80s radio pop via #Sweden
Spacey Jane – Sunlight : breezy and pleasant pop-rock via #Australia
Spitfires, the – Life Worth Living : very fun Brit-pop/indie-rock; #derivative
Team Picture – The Menace Of Mechanical Music : first half is genius, could use some focus…


ATA Records – The Library Archive, Vol. 1 : fun soul/funk instrumentals ala 70s “blacksploitation” soundtracks
Bananagun – The True Story of Bananagun : very very fun eclectic psych/soul/jazz/rock/funk/pop via #Australia
Beths, the – Jump Rope Gazers : needlessly subdued imo, but the upbeat power-pop is great
Big Black Delta – 4 : every style of 80s synth, plus one 80s hard rock tune.
Bloodshot Bill – Get Loose Or Get Lost : fun, raw, and loose barroom hollerin’ an’ stompin’ rockabilly
Brownout – Berlin Sessions : fun and funky latin-psychedelic-soul
Cloud Nothings – The Black Hole Understands : anthemic hysteria turned down into power-pop joy
Country Westerns – Country Westerns : fun, stomping, hook-filled, barroom rockers; #Nashville
DMA’s – The Glow : ‘Brit Pop revivalists’, sanded down to sound sooooo mundane
Dream Wife – So When You Gonna… : adventurous punk/rock; finding their way


Greyboy Allstars, the – Como De Allstars : propulsive and groovy funk with a hint of Latin zest
Holy Wave – Interloper : cool experimental psych/dream-pop; #ATX
Honey Radar – Ruby Puff of Dust : short, hooky, super-lo-fi snippets of glorious 90s garage+ 60s psych; #VeryGBV
Jayhawks, the – XOXO : very enjoyable straightforward ‘Americana’; #veryJayhawks
Jonatha Brooke – The Sweetwater Sessions : lovely rerecordings full of life and happiness
Kestrels – Dream or Don’t Dream : pretty good 90’s guitar rock; #enjoyable
Kooba Tercu – Proto Tekno : motorik electro/noise bangers
Love Fame Tragedy – Wherever I Go, I Want To Leave : purposefully unassuming indie-pop; #sodull
Mr. Ben & the Bens – Life Drawing : gentle, lilting s-s/pop/rock
My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall II : solidly bland


Paint – Spiritual Vegas : groovy sit-on-the-couch-and-think psych-pop/rock
Park National – The Big Glad : earnestly emo
Paul Weller – On Sunset : thoroughly enjoyable diverse tour of the sounds of PW
Rufus Wainwright – Unfollow The Rules : clever and stylish s/s style pop
Streets, the – None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive
Vacant Lots, the – Interzone : psych drone married to 80s synth goth, some glorious moments
Wargirl – Dancing Gold : fun, if pedestrian, retro-pop/soul
Willie Nelson – First Rose of Spring : lovely sentimental Willie
Winter Passing, the – New Ways of Living : high-energy emo/indie
Wray – Stream of Youth/Blank World : hazy, ‘neo-noir’ synth-based (and mildly psych) pop


Bacon Brothers, the – The Way We Love : why not
Bobby Lees, the – Skin Suit : robust garage/blues-punk via a very young band; #JonSpencer
Bush – The Kingdom : big, stupid, riff-driven heavy rawk
Chicks, the – Gaslighter : glossy, shiny, very well executed – and pretty good – radio pop built on sensible guitar and brash harmonies
Cold Years – Paradise : pop-punk via #Scotland
Creed Bratton – Slightly Altered : clever little ditties; #thatswhatshesaid
Damaged Bug – Bug on Yonkers : synth-driven psych-insanity powered by Michael Yonkers tunes; #fuckingbonkers
Easy Love – Wander Feeler : charming DIY bedroom indie-rock; #femvox
Flower – None is (But Once Was) : indie rock
Horrid Red – Radiant Life : tough-to-describe German post-rock/synth/art-psych/pop


Illuminati Hotties – Free I.H. This Is Not The One You’ve Been Waiting For : quite the art-rock brain dump; #fireandfury
JARV IS… Jarvis Cocker – Beyond the Pale : vibrant and diverse mish-mash of energetic Brit-pop
John Foxx & The Maths – Howl : solid 80s-synth-rock; #hintofgoth #lotsofBowie
Keleketla! – Keleketla! : adventurous cross-cultural electro/soul/world-beat/fun; #coldcutmeetsSA
Lawrence Arms, the – Skeleton Coast : hard-charging, old school melodic punkers
Los Estanques – IV : solid and enjoyable psych-pop/rock via #Spain
Naked And Famous, the – Recover : earnest synth-pop via #NewZealand
Nation of Language – Introduction, Presence : droning synth-pop; #onesongtentimes
Neon Trees – I Can Feel You Forgetting Me : bright, peppy arena-ready pop-rock; #sodull
Pretenders – Hate for Sale : solidly fun rock


Protomartyr – Ultimate Success Today : expansive post-rock reveling in sounds; #grimasfuck
Seasick Steve – Love And Peace : simple, mildly infectious, lo-fi ‘garbage blues’
Silver Scrolls – Music for Walks : interesting post-rock ‘meditations’
Texas Gentlemen, the – Floor It!!! : super-enjoyable, well-constructed 70s-rock sounding joy
Alex Izenberg – Caravan Château : very off-kilter chamber-pop/folk; #ihavethewrongkindofdepressioniguess
Coronas, the – True Love Waits : straightforward radio-rock/pop; #unfortunatenamein2020
Fontaines D.C. – A Hero’s Death : adventurous post-punk via #Ireland; #uneven #hotspotsanddullspots
FSQ – Reprise Tonight : awesomely fun disco-funk-soul-psych party-starters
Hockey Dad – Brain Candy : serviceable guitar-forward indie-rock
Land of Talk – Indistinct Conversations : wonderfully crafted and executed indie-rock/pop; #femvox #superconsistent


Madeline Kenney – Sucker’s Lunch : lovely soft-rock/indie-pop extremely well put together and executed; #huzzah #WyeOak
No Joy – Motherhood : dynamic and boring
NOFX And Frank Turner – West Coast vs. Wessex
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez – The Clouds Hill Tapes Pt. III
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez – The Clouds Hill Tapes, Pt. II
Psychedelic Furs, the – Made of Rain : mostly good post-punk revival; #sardonicpersonified
Psychic Markers – Blue Dreams, Or Sucre De La Pasteque : simple, gentle, atmospheric and lightly-psychedelic pop songs; #airplane #2for2
Quinn XCII – A Letter To My Younger Self
Taylor Swift – Folklore : if this is the beginning of something, that thing could be good…
Tedo Stone – Same Old Kid : occasionally outstanding indie-pop/rock; #justenoughpsych


Vintage Crop – Serve to Serve Again : spastic, high-energy Aussie punk; #fun
Biffy Clyro – A Celebration Of Endings : apparently a lot of people like this
Bill Callahan – Gold Record : “dark plumes of caustic wit” is 100% on the money
Bill Frisell – Valentine
Creeper – Sex, Death & The Infinite Void : ambitious, highly-polished, theatrical rock
Crown Lands – Crown Lands : classic-rock-aping done reasonably well; loud, brash blues-rock that would not exist without LedZep
Dean And Britta – Quarantine Tapes : lovely, stripped-down, version and covers; #quarantine
Dog Day – Present : hooky, fuzzy, mildly twee, indie-synth-pop-gaze (?)
Double Grave – Goodbye, Nowhere! : straightforward indie-emo-grunge guitar rock
Fantastic Negrito – Have You Lost Your Mind Yet : funky mix of r&b/soul/hiphop/blues


Fast Romantics – Pick It Up : energetic, rootsy, and dynamic indie-rock, some great high spots
Great Gable – Tracing Faces : nice, simple indie-pop/rock
Jenny O. – New Truth : lovely and very well done indie-rock/pop tunes, full of emotion
Jeremy Tuplin – Violet Waves : conversational folk/rock s/s via outer space
King Clement – Lasso! : high-energy, propulsive alt-rock; love the “Noise folk in spirit of James K. Polk.” tag
Levellers – Peace : energized folk/rock/punk bar rockers; #jiggity
Louder Than Death – Stop Und Fick Dich! : insane-genius punk rock mania; #kingkhan
Louisiana’s Le Roux – One of These Days : fun southern/bar-boogie rock
Medicine Boy – Take Me With You When You Disappear : goth-pop? dream-noise?; quite odd but strangely interesting
Meg Birch – Jazz Covers Pop 2 : no. not even in an elevator.


Microphones, the – Microphones in 2020 : interesting.; #onelongtrackwtf
Rob Crow – Everybody’s Got Damage : interesting and obscure, all-acoustic-covers; #extramathy
Stay Voiceless – Lies To Tell Your Children : amped-up heavy rock (UK) political raging; #smellslikeanarchy
Tanya Donelly And The Parkington Sisters – Tanya Donelly And The Parkington Sisters : fun reimagined covers
Tobacco – Hot Wet And Sassy : noisy and messy psychedelic rhythms and feels
Washed Out – Purple Noon : this is a Sade album, #changemymind
Weeks, the – Gutter Gaunt Gangster : big, brash, full-throated arena-ready rock
Whitney – Candid : gently AM-radio obscure-cover tunes
Broken Hands – Split In Two : nondescript, straight-ahead indie/pub-rockers
Cut Copy – Freeze, Melt : ‘chill’ electro-vibes


Dan Croll – Grand Plan : really great 70s LA soft rock
Dent May – Late Checkout : wood-paneled, lilting melody, soft-rock s/s
Division Of Laura Lee – Apartment : exciting, heavy, buzzing noise/garage/indie-rock via #Sweden
Front Bottoms, the – In Sickness & in Flames : occasionally great, juvenile indie-rock; #lostthesynths(thx)
Guided by Voices – Mirrored Aztec : yet ANOTHER release any band would be proud of
Hoops – Halo : enjoyable indie/synth-rock
Killers, the – Imploding The Mirage : shiny arena/radio rock; #wellexecutedverybland
L.A. Witch – Play With Fire : glammy, rocking fun ‘desert punk’ garage rock; #femvox
Lemon Twigs, the – Songs for the General Public : highly-theatrical indie-rock turn; #thin
Mavericks, the – En Español


Old 97’s – Twelfth : very easy and enjoyable alt-country listen
Open Eyes The Boy Phoenix – Open Eyes The Boy Phoenix : manic, jammed-with-ideas punk-jazz(?)
Secret Machines – Awake In The Brain Chamber : enjoyable space-rock/krautrock with some dream-pop and prog mixed in
Sparta – Trust the River : aggressive and very interesting rockers; #ATDI
Spun Out – Touch The Sound : spunky and bubbling indie-rock/synth-pop; #mildlypsych
Throwing Muses – Sun Racket : that familiar vocal rasp and guitar tone; #thetunesleavemeflat
All Them Witches – Nothing As The Ideal : robust (semi-)heavy psych/rock/indie meandering
Angel Olsen – Whole New Mess : people say this is
a “dark masterpiece of baroque pop”, I say it’s super boring

Avett Brothers, the – The Third Gleam : “Americana muzak”; #dullascanbe #givingbeigeabadname
Bright Light Social Hour, the – Jude Vol. II : enjoyable, uptempo (dancey?) psych-rock/pop


Clt Drp – Without The Eyes : crazy electro/noise/punk
Colter Wall – Western Swing And Waltzes And Other Punchy Songs : classic c/w songcraft
Empty Hearts, the – The Second Album : fun, catchy, power-pop/rockers; #goaheadcallitacomeback #supergroup
Flaming Lips, the – American Head
Harmonious Thelonious – Plong : incredible afro-funk/electro/krautrock/noise; #somekindofbrilliance
International Teachers of Pop – Pop Gossip : clever-goofy disco synth-pop; #touchofthe80s
Katy Perry – Smile : 99% stupidity, 1% genius
Magic Gang, the – Death Of The Party : ho-hum mid-tempo summer pop/rock
Matt Mays – Dog City : very clever and quite fun tunes from a dog’s perspective
Moon Attendant – One Last Summer : interesting, elaborate gently-psych synth-driven shoegaze-y rock


Odd Nosdam – Home : high-genius broken beats and mystery melodies
Silverbacks – Fad : really fun, 90s-inspired (Fall+Pavement) rockers
Thomas Molander – The Walk : lovely Beatles/Kinks-esque psych/soft rock
Widowspeak – Plum : well-executed and compelling ‘gentle-rock’, some real gems…
Alicia Keys – Alicia : nice mix of new and old R&B styles
Annie Taylor – Sweet Mortality : great classic/psych/indie-rockers via #Switzerland
Aua – I Don’t Want It Darker : eclectic and moody synth/indie-pop; #mildlymotorik
Barringtone – Bonanza Plan : angular math-rock; #yawn
Baseball Gregg – Calendar : interesting, warm and diverse electro-pop; #songamonth
Cults – Host : easy-breezy comedown indie-pop/rock


Delta Spirit – What Is There : sounds mostly like a shit Dawes record.
Don Pie Pie – The Life Of Pie : chugging math/post-rock
Doseone – G Is For Job
Doves – The Universal Want : decent middle-age rock; #existingfansswillloveit
Dukes Of Chutney – Hazel : loose dubby art/folk/tropical sound waves
El Ten Eleven – Tautology III : delightful near-ambient post-rock swells
Everything Everything – Re-Animator : arty indie-pop/rock; #sowhiny #wannabecrapRadiohead
Hayes Carll – Alone Together Sessions : #Austin
Into It. Over It. – Figure : cleverly instrumented emo; #hohum
Lemonade Stand – On The Rocks : mostly sad-sack bedroom pop/indie


Matt Johnson – With the Music : funky keys; #jamiroquai
Metz – Atlas Vending : melodic pop rolled in dystopic noise-rock
New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers – New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers Vol. 1 : super fun blues party
Osees – Protean Threat : funky, hook-filled, borderline-chaos punk rawk
Sara Bareilles – More Love: Songs from Little Voice Season One : lovely, generic, adult-pop
Seth Bogart – Men on the Verge of Nothing : loose, irreverent fun indie-pop/rock; #rockingalittledisco
Spliff Jacksun – Sanctuary : gorgeous, weird, and hypnotic; “a reverie in a gentle mist of rain”; #airplane
Tobin Sprout – Empty Horses : nice fireside rock/folk jams
Tricky – Fall to Pieces : dark and varied soul baring; #damnthatsdark
Band Of Heathens, the – Stranger : decent heart-on-the-sleeve austin-cana


Bette Smith – The Good, The Bad And The Bette : big, swingin’ southern-rock/r&b
Blitzen Trapper – Holy Smokes Future Jokes : excellent, warm, tuneful folk-rock
Bob Mould – Blue Hearts : rage, rage against the dying of the light
Brass Phantoms – Holding Out for Horrors : adventurous indie/post-rock blasts, young but promising
Cabbage – Amanita Pantherina : fuzzy, unruly and loud punk-rock from #UK
Cayucas – Blue Summer : very fun bubbling summer-party pop/rock
Crumble Factory, the – Darling Limonade : interesting little indie-pop/rock ditties
Deftones – Ohms : fucking absolutely horrible nu-metal
El Ten Eleven – Tautology I : mildly-underwhelming post-pop meanderings; #agemortwo
El Ten Eleven – Tautology II : excellent, intricate and engaging post-punk


Fleet Foxes – Shore : very solid golden-beard avant-garde soft-rock
German Army – Animals Remember Human : super-interesting headphone “nature-doc electro”; #airplane #cassette
Idles – Ultra Mono : bombastic, abrasive, political and in-your-face post-punk
Just Like Honey – Into The Wild : shoegaze/dream-pop; #sweetasthedrivenhoney
Kaskadeur – Uncanny Valley : feverish blend of stoner/prog/metal/mathrock
Lydia Loveless – Daughter : open-hearted americana
Man of Moon – Dark Sea : big, brash and crunchy psychedelic-rock via #Scotland
Man Rei – Cusp : very experimental and mildly psychedelic ambient soundscapes; #airplane
Plant Lab – Plant Lab : gorgeous and engaging psychedelic textures played out variously in ambient-esque pop forms; #airplane
Psychic Temple – Houses of the Holy : trippy adventure in loose, rustbelt-y, psych/folk/space-rock


Public Enemy – What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down : spittin’ truth over jet-powered beats and rhythms
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox – OK Crooner : cute, clever; next.
Spiritczualic Enhancement Center – Transporting Salt : spiraling psychedelic free-jazz soundscapes; #airplane
Sufjan Stevens – The Ascension : delicate, intricate indie-pop; #mildlyfey
Surfer Blood – Carefree Theatre : clever summer pop/rock; #nomysterynodanger
Thurston Moore – By The Fire : cool mélange of melodic rock gems and noisy sound experiments
Will Butler – Generations : admirable energy, anxious and innovative, but the songs lack…
Steve Arrington – Down to the Lowest Terms: The Soul Sessions : super-modern funk pretending to be old-school-soul; #somegreatsomeblah
4411, the – W I L D
Andy Bell – The View From Halfway Down : thoroughly enjoyable brit-pop/-gaze/groove psych/…


Bartees Strange – Live Forever : super interesting and diverse mix of rock/rap/punk/avant/…
Bon Jovi – 2020 : egad
Budos Band, the – Long In The Tooth : excellent afro-beat funk
Cut Worms – Nobody Lives Here Anymore : worm and inviting retro/classic folk/rock; #EverlyBrossoundalike
Dawes – Good Luck With Whatever : incredibly dull middle-aged ‘rock’
Death Valley Girls – Under the Spell of Joy : fun and rauckus psych-rock; #skronkingsax
Drive-By Truckers – The New OK : defiant, fun, storytelling southern rock; #funlisten
Garcia Peoples – Nightcap at Wits’ End : enjoyable and notably non-jammy rockers
Goodbye Party, the – Beautiful Motors : delicate bedroom indie rock/pop
Gooms, the – Laugh : solid, easy-listening indie-rock/pop


Great Peacock – Forever Worse Better : nice, tight, and professional Nashville rock
Groove Armada – Edge of the Horizon : extremely beige ‘dance’ music; #dulllasdirt
Hunna, the – I’d Rather Die Than Let You In : dull emo/electro/snooze -rock
Jaded Hearts Club, the – You’ve Always Been Here : hacky rock covers; #shockinglybyrealmusicians
Jessie Wagner – Shoes Droppin : great voice, tepid-at-best songs
Kim Salmon and the Surrealists – Rantings From The Book Of Swamp : avant-garde improvisational rock
Low Cut Connie – Private Lives : messy, emotionally charged roots/boogie/modern-rockers; #quarantinefeels
Nude Party, the – Midnight Manor : awesomely fun boog/choogle/swamp/boogie rockers; #sovery70s
Shem Sharples – Strange Sounds From The Wreckage : very interesting rootsy folk-rock
Shit & Shine – Malibu Liquor Store : anarchic krautrock-rhythms and noise electronics


Sidonie – El Regreso de Abba : fun Spanish pop/rock; #bookcompanion
Sløtface – The Slumber Tapes : intriguing and interesting acoustic rock
Snarlin’ Yarns, the – Break Your Heart : country/bluegrass/americana + improv poetry
Squirrel Nut Zippers – Lost Songs of Doc Souchon : fun energetic and unique take on new orleans jazz
Supercrush – SODO Pop : jaunty, summery power-pop
Travis – 10 Songs : subtle, understated indie-pop/rock #foroldpeople
Whitney – Candid
Work Drugs – A Matter of Degrees : exhaustingly peppy yacht/synth-pop
Arrested Development – Don’t Fight Your Demons
Ball Park Music – Ball Park Music


Bastien Keb – The Killing of Eugene Peeps : “beautifully soulful, avant garde and psychedelic music”; #airplane
Ben Harper – Winter Is For Lovers
Bird and The Bee, the – Put up the Lights
Bruce Springsteen – Letter To You
Cherry Pickles – The Juice That’s Worth the Squeeze
Deep Sea Diver – Impossible Weight
Elwins, the – IV
Frank Turner And Jon Snodgrass – Buddies II: Still Buddies
Frankie and The Witch Fingers – Monsters Eating People Eating Monsters
Fuzz – III


Fuzztones, the – NYC
Gorillaz – Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez
Gulfer – Gulfer
Health – Disco4::Part I
Holy Motors – Horse
Hypnodrone Ensemble – Gets Polyamorous
Jeff Tweedy – Love Is The King
Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School Of Medicine – Tea Party Revenge Porn
Kaki King – Modern Yesterdays : acoustic guitar compositions expertly constructed and executed
Kevin Morby – Sundowner


Luxembourg Signal, the – The Long Now
Magik Markers – 2020
Mammut – Ride the Fire
Moons, the – Pocket Melodies
Mountain Goats, the – Getting Into Knives
Nothing – The Great Dismal : heavy and dense misery-gaze
Osees – Metamorphosed
Phoenix Foundation, the – Friend Ship
Sam Roberts Band – All of Us : emotive & groovy canadian/roots-rock
Sturgill Simpson – Cuttin’ Grass : energetic recasting of tunes into bluegrass


Tower of Power – Step Up
Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown – Pressure
Vulfpeck – The Joy of Music, The Job of Real Estate
Wagon Christ – Recepticon
Woodkid – S16



 



-live-


Broken Social Scene – Live at Third Man Records
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Live In Adelaide ’19
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Live In Paris ’19
Sonic Youth – Live in Moscow ’89
Green Leaf Rustlers – From Within Marin
Sonic Youth – Live At CBGB’s 13 Dec 1988
Charlie Mars – Live At The Saxon Pub
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – Chunky Shrapnel
Talking Heads – Falling Upwards [Live 1979]
Superchunk – Clambakes Vol. 10: Only in My Dreams – Live In Tokyo 2009


Pete Yorn – Live At The Troubadour
Matthew Sweet – The Blue Sky On Mars Tour [Live At Pleasure Island, FLA 17June1997]
Sonic Youth – All Tomorrow’s Parties 2000
Sonic Youth – Live at Brixton Academy 1992
Sonic Youth – Live in Yugoslavia 1985-1987
Japandroids – Massey Fucking Hall
Elbow – elbowrooms
Fruit Bats – Found A Round Stone Live In Portland
KVB, the – Live At La Cigale
Liam Gallagher – MTV Unplugged (Live At Hull City Hall)


Shopping – Live At KEXP
Ringo DeathStarr – Levitation Sessions
Sonic Youth – Live In Bremen 1991
Sonic Youth – Perspectives Musicales Live At Cat’s Cradle 2000
William Fitzsimmons – Live from the Livestream
Matt Nathanson – Live In Paradise Boston
Metallica And The San Francisco Symphony – S&M2
Sonic Youth – Live in Denver 1986
Stooges, the – Live at Goose Lake: August 8th 1970
Nirvana – Live In Brasil, 1993 [FM remastered]


Raconteurs, the – Live In Tulsa
David Bowie – I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour ’74)
Hollywood Symphony Orchestra – The Music of Ennio Morricone [reissue]
Hives, the – Live at Third Man Records
Billy Strings – Exit In, Nashville, TN (7-25-2020)
Sonic Youth – Live in Torino 1987
Sonic Youth – World Trade Center Benefit 2001
Eagles – Live From The Forum MMXVIII
Johnny Cash – A Night To Remember May 5th, 1973 At The Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, CA


MV & EE – Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn NY 01-19


 

-re-release/comps/mixes-


Royal Trux – Quantum Entanglement
va – Tributes Or Not Tributes Vol 14
Supergrass – The Strange Ones 1994-2008
va – MOJO Presents: Atmospheres, Post-Punk 2020
Rosie Flores – Rockabilly Filly (reissue)
These New Puritans – The Cut (2016-2019)
va – The Pop Genius of Mickie Most
Graham Dee – Carnaby Street Soul West Coast Vibes
Waco Brothers – Resist!
Kelis – Kaleidoscope (expanded reissue)


Dale Watson – Best Of The Hightone Years
va – Eccentric Soul: The Renfro Label
va – ELO-ISH
va – Glam & Glitter
Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs – Under the Covers: The Best of Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs
Rowland S. Howard – Teenage Snuff Film (reissue)
va – Disco Demands Part Six
va – MOJO Presents: Heavy Soul vol. 2 (15 Hits of Psychedelic Funk, Black Rock and Cosmic Slop…)
Ezra Furman – To Them We’ll Always Be Freaks
va – Garland Records: Pacific Northwest Juke Box


va – MOJO Presents: This Is a Call! (15 Brainmelting Dispatches from the Golden Age of U.S. Alt-Rock)
va – Stone Crush: Memphis Modern Soul 1977-1987
va – Velvet Desert Music Vol. 2
Thievery Corporation – Symphonik
David Bowie – ChangesNowBowie (RSD 2020)
Ty Segall – Pig Man Lives Volume 1
Brian Auger – Introspection
va – MOJO Presents: The Good Songs: A Tribute to Nick Cave
va – Tributes Or Not Tributes Vol 15
Brant Bjork – Gods And Goddesses (remaster)


Brant Bjork – Punk Rock Guilt (remaster)
Mariachi El Bronx – Musica Muerta, Vols 1&2
Moviola – The Year You Were Born (reissue)
Roger C. Reale & Rue Morgue – The Collection
Sleaford Mods – All That Glue
Burrito Brothers, the – The Notorious Burrito Brothers
va – Pacific Breeze 2: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1972-1986
Amusement Parks On Fire – Thankyou Violin Radiopunk
Golden Daze – Simpatico Demos
va – MOJO Presents: Music for Homes (New Sounds for New Times)


va – Tales of Wonder: A Jazz Celebration of Stevie
Blue Nile, the – High [deluxe reissue]
Mac Demarco – Here Comes The Cowboy Demos
Blomst – Blomst IL + Ekstraomgang : 2019 release i missed + 2 tracks; super-duper garage-punk fun; #soundslikeburgersaturday
Flying Burrito Brothers, the – Burrito Deluxe [remaster]
Mikal Cronin – Switched-On Seeker
Orange Peels, the – Square Cubed (reissue)
Norman Weeks & The Revelations – Miracles
Joseph Arthur – Come to Where I’m From [Anniv ed]
PJ Harvey – Dry Demos


Soul Asylum – Made To Be Broken [reissue]
T. Rex – Electric Warrior [MFSL remaster]
va – New York Dance Music
va – New York Dance Music II
va – New York Dance Music III
va – New York Dance Music IV
Pulsallama – Pulsallama : “13 girls fighting over a cowbell.”; #annmagnuson
Bobbie Gentry – The Delta Sweete [deluxe ed]
Honey Radar – Sing The Snow Away: The Chunklet Years
Lou Barlow – Emoh [reissue]


Redd Kross – Red Cross EP [reissue]
va – Love Saves the Day : A History Of American Dance Music Culture 1970-1979 Part 1
va – MOJO Presents: The Mojo Festival 2020: 15 Rare and Unreleased Live Tracks
va – Mojo Rising 2019: The Best New Music of the Year
va – Music To Watch Girls By: Easy Listening Classics
va – Radio Uncut: 15 Tracks of The Month’s Best New Music
va – Raiders Of The Lost Hook Vol 5
va – Summertime
va – We Were Living In Cincinnati
Waylon Jennings – A Man Called Hoss [reissue]


13th Floor Elevators, the – You and I and Me
Sonic Youth – Rarities 1
va – Dirty Work Going On: Kent & Modern Records Blues Into the 60s Vol. 1
va – Indie Alternative
va – More Songs To Remember: An Ode To Their Heroes Vol 2
Alison Mosshart – Sound Wheel
Mark Lanegan Band & Iyeara – Another Knock At The Door [Iyeara Remixes]
va – 100 Greatest 50s
va – NWOBHM Thunder: New Wave of British Heavy Metal 1978-1986
va – Peephole in My Brain: British Progressive Pop Sound of 1971


Andrew Gold – Lonely Boy: Asylum Years Anthology : so much 70s radio “Gold”
Moon Duo – Escape: Expanded Edition [reissue]
Spacemen 3 – Threebie 3 [reissue]
va – 1978: The Year The UK Turned Day-Glo
va – A Slight Disturbance in My Mind: The British Proto-Psychedelic Sounds of 1966
va – Ghettoraid Vol. 1
va – Psyche Oh! A Go Go: Lost Gems of Malaysia/Singapore Pop Music ’64-’74
va – Saint Etienne Present Songs for the Fountain Coffee Room
va – Soul Love Now The Black Fire Records Story 1975-1993
va – Those Byrds Outta The Nest ! (A Byrdsian Tribute Vol 2)


White Stripes, the – De Stijl XX [reissue]
His Name Is Alive – Return Versions
Holy Fuck – Deleter Remixed
Ozzy Osbourne – Blizzard Of Ozz [40th Anniv Ed]
PJ Harvey – To Bring You My Love Demos
Sonic Youth – Rarities 2
Spiral Starecase – The Essential Spiral Starecase
Stray Cats, the – Rocked This Town: From LA to London
Haim – The Summer Girl Remixes Volume 1
Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets – Walkabout : very fun AUS-tour-only release


Craig Finn – All These Perfect Crosses [RSD2020]
Avalon Emerson – DJ-Kicks
Bill Haley & His Comets – Rocks, Clocks & Alligators All The Hits & More 1953-1961
C.J. McKnight – Stinker Lets Loose! OST [reissue]
Champs, the – Anthology: The Definitive Collection [reissue]
Charlatans, the – Some Friendly Demos
Dolly Parton’s America podcast
Kidz Bop Kids – Kidz Bop Christmas Party!
Mr. Scruff – DJ-Kicks
Nightmares on Wax – Smokers Delight [digital deluxe reissue]


Replacements, the – Pleased To Meet Me [deluxe reissue]
Robert Plant – Digging Deep: Subterranea
Sonic Youth – Rarities 3
Tears for Fears – The Seeds of Love [super deluxe ed]
va – Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs Of Marc Bolan And T. Rex
va – Bands On The Rerun: Tribute To Paul McCartney & Wings
va – Give Me the Funk! (The Best Funky-Flavored Music)
va – Metal Hammer: A Tribute To Metallica
Townes Van Zandt – Somebody Had To Write It
Beastie Boys – Beastie Boys Music


Calibro 35 – Calibro 35 [deluxe reissue]
Harry Nilsson – Nilsson Schmilsson [MFSL remaster]
Pure X – Rare Ecstasy 2009-2019
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Rendition Was In)
va – Blue Note Re:imagined
va – Les Inrocks: 0bjectif vol.1 (Jan 2020)
va – Les Inrocks: 0bjectif vol.2 (Feb 2020)
va – Les Inrocks: La Bande-Son De L’Automne (Oct 2020)
va – Les Inrocks: La Bande-Son De La Rentrée (Sep 2020)
va – Les Inrocks: La Bande-Son Du Printemps (Mar 2020)


va – MOJO Presents: Kidology: A Radiohead Companion
va – No Future: Complete Singles Collection: The Sounds of UK 82
va – Private Beach
va – Studio One 007: Licensed to Ska (RSD 2020)
va – The Last Shall Be First: The JCR Records Story, Vol. 1
va – Tribute To Paul & Linda McCartney: A Ram Memory
Woods – Reflections Vol. 1 (Bumble Bee Crown King)


 

-singles/EPs-


Foo Fighters – 00959525 EP
Nico Paulo – Wave Call EP
Rat Boy – Government Vacation EP
Herman Düne – Incredible Vice EP
Wild Nothing – Laughing Gas EP
Anoushka Shankar – Love Letters EP
Dry Cleaning – Sweet Princess EP
Khruangbin & Leon Bridges – Texas Sun EP
Revivalists, the – Made In Muscle Shoals EP
Le Butcherettes – Don’t Bleed EP


Lucia And The Best Boys – Eternity EP
Stone Foxes, the – Gold EP
Viagra Boys – Common Sense EP
Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – Re-Facto EP
Green Day – Otis Big Guitar Mix EP
Snuts, the – Mixtape EP
Born Ruffians – Breathe single
Magic Waters – Pinky Swear EP
Pet Shop Boys – My Beautiful Laundrette EP
TV Party – Dark Heart EP


King Khan – Blue Film Woman OST EP
Fu Manchu – Fu30, Pt.1 10″
Marissa Nadler – Covers 3 EP
Sunwatchers – Brave Rats EP
Beauty Pill – Please Advise EP
Kooks, the – Unshelved Pt. II EP
Mowgli’s, the – Dizzyonatightrope EP
Archers Of Loaf – Street Fighting Man single
Bloods – Seattle EP
Eiko Ishibashi – Memory of Future/Cellist Under The Influence EP


Ray Remington – Texas Rose EP
Circus Cannon – Drink Of Sleep EP
Michael Franti And Spearhead – I Got You single
Stroppies, the – Look Alive! EP
Blackberry Smoke – Live from Capricorn Sound Studios EP
Death Valley Girls – Breakthrough EP
Melvins And Mudhoney – White Lazy Boy EP
Chromeo – Quarantine Casanova EP
Animal Collective – Bridge to Quiet EP
Arrested Youth – Arrested Youth And The Quarantiners EP


Dirty Projectors – Flight Tower EP
Gang Of Four – Anti Hero EP
Magik Markers – Isolated from Exterior Time: 2020 EP
Yo La Tengo – We Have Amnesia Sometimes EP
Isobel Campbell – Voices In The Sky EP
Lightning Dust – Material Life EP
Ninth Wave, the – Happy Days! EP
Wye Oak – No Horizon EP
!!! – Certified Heavy Kats EP
Orville Peck – Show Pony EP


Sufjan Stevens – Video Game single
Surfer Blood – Hard-Boiled EP
Heliocentrics, the – Telemetric Sounds EP
Chuck Prophet – Love Doesn’t Come From The Barrel Of A Gun singles
Roger Eno And Brian Eno – Luminous EP
Matt Pond PA – Songs Of Disquiet EP
Future Teens – Sensitive Sessions EP
Los Straitjackets – In My Room single
Tame Impala – Is It True (Four Tet Remix) single
Tape Loop Orchestra – Offerings single


Brontë Fall – Finishing School EP
El Ten Eleven – Shimmered EP
American Authors – Counting Down EP
Arre! Arre! – Heavy Breathing EP
Beachdust – Gloom Grooves EP
Best Coast – Live At World Cafe EP
Cut Worms – Every Once In A While single
Cut Worms – Sold My Soul single
Funki Porcini – Motorway EP
JunkBunny – Down the Rabbit Hole EP


Richard Thompson – Bloody Noses EP
Ty Segall – Segall Smeagol EP
William Tyler – New Vanitas EP : #airplane
Pete Yorn – Day I Forgot Live From LA 2003 EP
Smashing Pumpkins, the – Confessions Of A Dopamine Addict EP
First Aid Kit – Come Give Me Love single
Ghost Of Vroom – Ghost Of Vroom 2 EP
Kurt Vile – Speed, Sound, Lonely KV EP
Yo La Tengo – Sleepless Night EP
Teen Daze – Reality Refresh 3 EP


Deerhoof – Love-Lore EP
Kakkmaddafakka – Ontas: EP
Neil Young – The Times EP
Post Animal – Worried About You EP
Pup – This Place Sucks Ass EP
Zero 7 – Shadows EP



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