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new music 2021


Barry Gibb – Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers’ Songbook vol. 1 : decent pop, calling this country is a way stretch
Ben Kweller – Circuit Boredom : glad to have BK back; searching for a sound
Codist – A Dream Is Just a Big Thought : very ho-hum rockers
Dirty Nil, the – Fuck Art : riffy pop-punk
Henrik Appel – Humanity : bedroom indie with a streak of garage
Kate Davis – Strange Boy : clever and heart-felt takes on Daniel Johnston
Matthew Sweet – Catspaw : warm and open guitar rock, if a bit flat
Neøv – Picture Of A Good Life : melancholy indie-pop/rock via #Finland
Passenger – Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted : some lovely melodies wrapped into woe-is-me folk
Pom Poko – Cheater : unconventional pop/punk/rock/oddities via #Norway

Shame – Drunk Tank Pink : skittering, tense and rabid post-punk
Sleaford Mods – Spare Ribs : sparce, ascerbic and jittery post-punk evaluation of modernity
Steve Earle & The Dukes – J.T : rollicking
Viagra Boys – Welfare Jazz : skronky, gritty post-punk; #attimesgenius
Vicious Blossom – You Breathe Inside of Me : hazy/-gazey/fuzzy/dreamy
Wax Tailor – The Shadow of Their Suns
Foo Fighters – Medicine At Midnight : occasionally brilliant, mostly good arena-singalongs
Moon Taxi – Silver Dream : pro-level bland
Fox Face – End of Man : aggressive (not aggro) garage-punk; #femvox
Blackout Problems – Dark : tortured emo; not all terrible

Kiwi Jr. – Cooler Returns : very very fun jangly-guitar-rock/power-pop
Palberta – Palberta5000 : loose and sardonic diy garage-punk/art-pop; #femvox
Teen Creeps – Forever : fast paced, melodic rock, 90s-alt-rock-inspired
Yung – Ongoing Dispute : mildly cringy rockers
Farmer Dave & the Wizards of the West – Farmer Dave & the Wizards of the West : smooth, dusty Cali-psych-rock; #nonsitarpsych
Lambs And Wolves – Not A Party At All : lovely and pastoral melancholy folk-rock via #Germany
Baio – Dead Hand Control : well executed electro-pop/rock; #notmything

Goat Girl – On All Fours : very interesting and well-executed melodic indie-pop/rock; #impressive #femvox
Langhorne Slim – Strawberry Mansion : loose and enjoyable folk-rock

Lucero – When You Found Me : loose country-punk pivoting to moody southern-gothic rock
Weezer – OK Human : so now we’re an orchestral-pop group?
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio – I Told You So : super groovy soul-jazz
Black Pistol Fire – Look Alive : vibrant and diverse modern blues-rock-misc
Emancipator & Asher Fulero – Dab Records Volume One
Ghalia Volt – One Woman Band : straightforward fun; #ifihadabaridplaythis
Black Country, New Road – For the First Time : dazzling and dynamic musical interplay in-and-around post-rock; #NinjaTune
Cheekface – Emphatically No : clever and witty spoke-sung slacker pop-punk-rock
LNZNDRF – II : very fun and very diverse rockers; “shamanistic jam sessions”
Madlib – Sound Ancestors : fun jumble of beats, sampled soul, and vox compellingly presented

Danny Kroha – Detroit Blues : killer minimalist blues-rock
Motorama – Before The Road : moody, intriguing post-rock via #Russia
Rats On Rafts – Excerpts From Chapter 3 The Mind Runs A Net Of Rabbit Paths : art-psych-punk-pop-scapes?
Tamar Aphek – All Bets Are Off : skittish and ambiguous, flowing and at times sensual via #Israel
Besnard Lakes, the – The Besnard Lakes Are The Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings : epic, soaring, psych-pop/rock; #deathandlife
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – SHYGA! The Sunlight Mound : spastic psych-garage-punk, “cornucopia of multi-coloured, high-speed sound”
A.J. Croce – By Request : really fun, open-hearted covers
Aaron Lee Tasjan – Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan! : lovely modern pop/soft-rock
DeWolff – Wolffpack : feel-good classic/psych-rock via #Netherlands
Barlow, the – Horseshoe Lounge : dull and reductive “country rock”

Black Swan – Repetition Hymns : gorgeously recursive auditory meditations; #airplane
Corey Ledet – Corey Ledet Zydeco : fun, super-legit Creole Zydeco
Death By Unga Bunga – Heavy Male Insecurity : gloriously fun powerpop/NWBHM/rock via #Norway
Dinosaur Jr. – Sweep It Into Space : nice enough late-career DinoJr
Editrix – Tell Me I’m Bad : noisily chaotic post-hardcore; #femvox
Heavy Relic – The Apparition Of The Great Cabala : heavy psych, real heavy
Hounds – Cattle In The Sky : nice pleasant indie, full stop
Luka State, the – Fall In Fall Out : ho-hum indie-rock; #theressomethingthere
Never Come Down – Better Late Than Never : country/bgrass pop
Pale Waves – Who Am I : goofy, pandering indie; #femvox

Paul Leary – Born Stupid : freak-flag deluxe
Pom Poko – Cheater : very fun yet complex art/punk/fuzz/noise/pop via #Norway; #femvox
Prefuse 73 – The Failing Institute of Drums & Other Percussion : downtempo beats and such; #huh?
Sun June – Somewhere : lovely, country-tinged indie-pop; #femvox
Telescopes, the – Songs of Love and Revolution : dreamy, shadowy, drone-fi psych+pop
TV Priest – Uppers : noisy, reverent and mildly-psych post-punk via #England
Typhoon – Sympathetic Magic : lovely melancholic pandemic indie
Cloud Nothings – The Shadow I Remember : some interesting bits, but the mix sounds terrible…
Fritz – Pastel : fuzz&reverb-filled dream-pop/alt-rock/-gaze; #femvox
Gathered Ghosts – Wordless Ones : filmic instrumentals, lovely

Hold Steady, the – Open Door Policy : ‘workingman’ sad-sack guitar-rock; #imoverit
Lael Neale – Acquainted with Night : very lovely bedroom-pop (is this baroque?) ; #omnichordandvox
Mogwai – As the Love Continues : super-solid atmospheric post-rock; #uneven
Pony Bradshaw – Calico Jim : thoughtful s/s ‘mericana; #gothicsouth #songstories
Sam Coffey & the Iron Lungs – Real One : super-solid mix of roots/heartland/power-pop/arena/etc … ; #wouldbegreatlive
Tarotplane – Horizontology : very mellow ‘kosmiche’ outing
Tash Sultana – Terra Firma : diverse, interesting, and occasionally great soul-jazz-r&b
Teenage Fanclub – Endless Arcade : jangly mellow rockers, ‘natch
Tindersticks – Distractions : nice. odd. unique. #pandemic
Valley Maker – When the Day Leaves : nice, easy-to-listen-to folk

Violet Road – A New Day Begins : 80s synth-rock via #Norway; #mostlynotgreat
Whitney K – Two Years : lo-fi weirdo slices of s/s life; #noisefolk
Wild Pink – A Billion Little Lights : sprawling heartland synth/rock/70s AM radio/folk
William Loveday Intention, the – Blud Under The Bridge : very enjoyable; #BillyChildish
Willie Nelson – That’s Life : willie does frank. nice
A Day to Remember – You’re Welcome : dumb shouting until tired then dumb strumming
Alex Bleeker – Heaven On the Faultline : jangly, diverse, and emotive beach/rock/folk/pop
Arab Strap – As Days Get Dark : very dark, very serious, very british
Balthazar – Sand : well done, thoughtful and playful pop-rock

Black Nash – Black Nash : an odd, personal, and often claustrophobic 25 mins of psych-pop
Dale Watson – Dale Watson Presents The Memphians : instrumentals
Django Django – Glowing in the Dark : ebbulent radio-ready apré-beach indie-pop
Elizabeth And The Catapult – Sincerely, E : lovely emotive living-room-pop; #pandemic
Entrepreneurs, the – Wrestler : v interesting indie rock smash-up
Flyying Colours – Fantasy Country : occasionally excellent dream/psych/gaze/drone
Freelove Fenner – The Punishment Zone : clever and lazy/hazy art-pop/rock
Fruit Bats – The Pet Parade : lovely and fun indie-pop
Jimbo Mathus & Andrew Bird – These 13 : honest, open, collaboratively innovative take on ‘roots’ forms and sounds; #lovely
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – L.W. : fucking genius psych-rock adventures

Kings of Leon – When You See Yourself : sad to report it sounds like a bunch of old rockers trying to be relevant
Libras, the – Faded : enjoyable and thoroughly professional rock/americana
Lost Horizons – In Quiet Moments : sinuous and lush pop/rock, very adult-radio ready; #boringasshit
Maxïmo Park – Nature Always Wins : glossy radio-pop/rock with post-punk inflections; #forthemasses
Melvins – Working with God : big dumb riffs
Menahan Street Band – The Exciting Sounds of Menahan Street Band : ‘horny’ fun
Muckers, the – Endeavor : lots of fun rock riffs
Nick Cave And Warren Ellis – Carnage : dark, sensitive, emotive, and largely gorgeous
of Montreal – I Feel Safe With You, Trash : kooky/compelling psych-pop; #oticandadelic
Quinn XCII – Change Of Scenery II : runs out of steam pretty quickly

Ron Gallo – Peacemeal : lo-fi art-pop/rock/whatev; #morestupidthaninspired
Run River North – Creatures In Your Head : fun and energetic indie pop-rock
William the Conqueror – Maverick Thinker : vibrant bluesy rock, touched by country and folk
XIXA – Genesis : galloping cinematic Tuscon/latin/psych/goth/spaghetti-western/+ ; #baritone
Yoshimi – 11 Pieces Of Fragmented Memories : awesome, dreamy, and delicate ambient/modern-class; #dreampunk #airplane
AJR – OK Orchestra : not-unpleasant pop music; #kiddiefare
American Culture – For My Animals : jagged and fun very-DIY indie/punk/pop/sawdust/noise/dub
Anthony Graziano – Noise Floor : lightly interesting bedroom indie/s-s
Black Honey – Written & Directed : nascent arena pop-rock; #femvox
Blue Stones, the – Hidden Gems : enjoyable, polished blues-rock

Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness, the – Songs From Another Life : chiming, jangly power-pop; #shortbutsweet
Chad VanGaalen – World’s Most Stressed Out Gardener : adventurous electro-pop
City Champs, the – Luna ’68 : energetic instrumental jazz/funk/soul via #Memphis
Cool Ghouls – At George’s Zoo : very enjoyable lo-fi 60s-ish pop/rock; #sanfrancisco #E6inspired
Coral – Spoon : enigmatic mélange of indie-rock; #femvox
Death from Above 1979 – Is 4 Lovers : overblown, overproduced “we used to sound like this” release
Fake Fruit – Fake Fruit : jittery, tense and energetic punk diatribes; #femvox
Ghost of Vroom – Ghost of Vroom 1 : “jazz-rap” with an old-school hip-hop vibe; #mikedoughty
Grouplove – This Is This : rambunctious, energetic, guitar-forward indie-rock
Har Mar Superstar – Roseville : fun, if ho-hum, original r&b; #themagicislive

James Levy – Soldier : enjoyable, straightforward indie-rock
Jay-Jay Johanson – Rorschach Test : “Swedish Trip Hop Crooner” captures it well…
Lana Del Rey – Chemtrails Over the Country Club : max-effort-melancholy indie-folk; #sappyashell #tryingsohardtobesad
Lodger, the – Cul-De-Sac of Love : very fun dance-indie-pop; #80sprom
Loretta Lynn – Still Woman Enough : nicely modern’d up a bit for the y’ungins
Middle Kids – Today We’re The Greatest : nice enough Sunday-drive indie; #femvox
Mint Julep – In A Deep And Dreamless Sleep : dreamy and kaleidoscopic ‘gaze-pop
Nervous Dater – Call in the Mess : really fun guitar pop-punk; #touchofcountry #collegerock
New Bums – Last Time I Saw Grace : mellow, hazy bedroom-psych-folk
New Raemon, the – A los Que Nazcan Más Tarde : nice

Nubiyan Twist – Freedom Fables : groovy UK funk-jazz highlighting guest vox
Paul Stanley’s Soul Station – Now And Then : cheesy but not all bad; #likeballparknachos
Pop Levi – Juicy Diamond : groovy bedroom glam-rock; #thegoodisrealgood
Ragtime Frank & The Drivers – Hambone’s Got It! / In the Spirit : distortion-fueled primitive rock
Ryley Walker – Course In Fable : peacefully laconic indie-folk/rock
Ryley Walker And Kikagaku Moyo – Deep Fried Grandeur : cerebral and trippy psych-jazz-prog jamz; #2tracks36minutes
Southern Culture On The Skids – At Home With : fun
Tim Cohen – You Are Still Here : extremely well-done sf psych-pop
Tobacco – Fucked Up Friends 3 : gloriously broken-down electro-psych
Too Much Joy – Mistakes Were Made : goofy-fun; #doesnotconnectwithme

Triptides – Alter Echoes : chill, groovy, 70s-inspired psych-space-pop/rock
Tune-Yards – sketchy : skittering oddball pop, strangely compelling
Whitehorse – Modern Love : perfectly nice lightly-country-pop/rock; #comedown
William Loveday Intention, the – The Bearded Lady Also Sells The Candy Floss : lo-fi rootsy rock/folk; #BillyChildish
’68 – Give One Take One : noisy, frenetic, and “barely-together” blues-punk-noise; #twopiece
69 Cats, the – Seven Year Itch : goth’o’billy
Adult Books – Grecian Urn : jangly little surf-rock; #touchoftthe80s
Black Sunday – Gimme Back My Dog : bleck
Briston Maroney – Sunflower : interesting pop-leaning indie-rock
Bull – Discover Effortless Living : effervescent, jangly 90’s-indie-esque guitar rockers

Cheap Trick – In Another World : fine. nice. ok.
Dry Cleaning – New Long Leg : angular, trippy, surreal, and not-so-serious post-punk
Du Blonde – Homecoming : tasty not-too-serious indie-rock; #femvox
Dust Coda, the – Mojo Skyline : muscular retro/classic bluesy rock
Fishboy – Waitsgiving : fun, diverse, storytelling indie-pop
Ghostland Observatory – Vultures : easy-going dance-pop/post-rock; #spacetheme
Glasvegas – Godspeed : grandiose arena-ready Scottish pop/rock; #sooverdone
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – G_d’s Pee At State’s End! : very good instrumental post-rock
Greta Van Fleet – The Battle at Garden’s Gate : not-half-bad considering it’s completely ridiculous; #stillflattery?
Groupie – Ephemeral : nice, simple, quiet-loud indie-rock; #promising

Hey, King! – Hey, King! : resoundingly ho-hum. Prob sounds good on the radio tho
Jackson Ryland – A Million Questions : too tekno-y for my tastes
Jay Gonzalez – Back To The Hive : straightforward 60s-70s folk/pop/radio-rock; #DBT
Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal – Natural Born Hustler : intriguing rootsy soul/funk via #Nebraska
Julia Stone – Sixty Summers : sounds great, but there’s no there-there
Justin Bieber – Justice [Triple Chucks deluxe] : I expected garbage, was surprised how thoroughly stinky it was
Kevin Devine – Out in the Ether : quiet, introspective bedroom indie-pop/rock; #pandemic
Love Of Lesbian – V.E.H.N. (Viaje épico hacia la nada) : lush #Spanish pop-rock; #wtfname
Matthew E. White And Lonnie Holley – Broken Mirror A Selfie Reflection : incredibly interesting (and weird) melange of feelings and sounds
Mythic Sunship – Wildfire : fun, loose, jamm-y psych-rock

Natvral, the – Tethers : very pleasant indie-folk/rock
New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers – New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers Vol. 2 : super-duper-legit classic blues
Nick Waterhouse – Promenade Blue : subdued classic/retro-soul
Nils Frahm – Graz : excellent classical piano with jazz undertones; #airplane
Orielles, the – La Vita Olistica : super-cool “lysergic smudged atmospheres and hazy psychedelic groove”; #soundtrack
Orions Belte – Villa Amorini : engaging instrumental rock; #gentlypsych
Polyphonic Spree, the – Afflatus : super-fun over-the-top cover versions
Pony – TV Baby : sparkly, bright power-pop/punk-pop teenage blasts; #femvox
Prefuse 73 – The Failing Institute Of Season No.2 : lovely modern classical/electronic; #airplane
Reds, Pinks And Purples, the – Uncommon Weather : a very lovely 80s-indie-pop-sound; #darngood

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, the – Dance Songs For Hard Times : lively, back-porch americana/blues-roots
Saccades – Flowing Fades : ‘escapist psychedelic pop, with blissed-out synths and languid carefree guitars’; #lazyhazypsych
Snuts, the – W.L. : boldly anthemic #Scottish pop-rock
Special Friend – Ennemi Commun : lively he/she fuzz-guit indie-pop
Spencer Krug – Fading Graffiti : ever-interesting and mildly-epic
Sufjan Stevens – Lamentations
Sufjan Stevens – Meditations
Winds – Look At The Sky : very nice 70s-SoCal-esque breezy indie-rock
Wurld Series – What’s Growing : fun and adventurous 90s-influenced indie-rock
Ashe – Ashlyn : soaring teenage pop anthems

Balaphonics – Spicy Boom Boom : Afro-beat jazz; #livelynlovely
Bamboos, the – Hard Up : fun, easy soul-funk
Beachy Head – Beachy Head : fuzzy, dreamy acousti-gaze; #niceenough
Big Scary – Daisy : percolatin’ indie-pop
Biosphere – Angel’s Flight : at it’s best, glitchy modern-class/ambient
Blips, the – The Blips : loose, fun retro-rock-n-roll; #uneven
Bowerbirds – becalmyounglovers : *very serious* indie-folk/pop
Broken Links – ConflictStates : dumb hard-rock; #pretendhorror #notterrible
Catch Prichard – I Still Miss Theresa Benoit : somber and serious #baritone
Clever Girls – Constellations : ‘new quiet/loud band searches for their sound’

Coral, the – Coral Island : super-well-executed adult indie-pop/rock
Derby Motoreta’s Burrito Kachimba – Hilo Negro : propulsive, euphoric, driving rock via #Spain
Electric Cactus, the – The Electric Cactus : heavy, near-gothic, blues rock
Friends of Clay – Friends of Clay : sensitive, delicate, (boring), indie/alt-rock
Fucked Up – Year of the Horse : art-punk with a capital fucking A
Grave Flowers Bongo Band – Strength of Spring : super-groovy mildly-glammy heavy-psych-rock
Guided by Voices – Earth Man Blues : high-end-GBV #nuffsaid
Joe Kaplow – Sending Money And Stems : nice, ambling indie-rock with a folky ‘edge’
John Dwyer – Endless Garbage : extra-strength-weird psych; #jazzthefuck
John Zorn featuring Bill Frisell, Julian Lage, Gyan Riley – Teresa de Ávila : very lovely

Jonas Munk & Ulrich Schnauss – Eight Fragments of an Illusion : layer-o-layer of wobbly, humming, ambient electro-psych; #airplane
Juliana Hatfield – Blood : nice late-career pop-rock
Kaleo – Surface Sounds : adventurous and diverse rootsy folk-rock with plenty of soul
Lo Talker – A Comedy Of Errors : very excellent, gently-psych, lysergic indie-pop/rock via #ATL
Magic Castles – Sun Reign : lush and very-very-mellow psychedelic rock
Manchester Orchestra – The Million Masks Of God : brooding indie-folk/rock; #zzzzzzzz
New Madrid – New Madrid : very lovely, dreamy psychedelia rooted in a Southern-gothic feel
No-No Boy – 1975 : excellently executed modern folk with a message; #PhD
Papir – Jams : deeply textured psych jamz
Peacers, the – Blexxed Rec : jammy, loose garage-psych with great songs

Remember Sports – Like a Stone : tight and crisp indie-rock, super well-done; #femvox
Rosie Tucker – Sucker Supreme : goofy diverse indie-pop-whatevs
Routes, the – Mesmerised : fuzzed-to-the-max Nuggets/garage rock
Royal Blood – Typhoons : bold, swaggering dance-inflected two-man-rock
Squid – Bright Green Field : brightly propulsive art-punk with through lines of krautrock, dub, jazz, math-rock, …
Sufjan Stevens – Celebrations
Sufjan Stevens – Revelations
Sven Hammond – Sphere : expressive and soulful jazz-funk
Teke::Teke – Shirushi : weirdly instrumented art-rock via #Japan; #flute #trombone
Toki Fuko – Human Design : techno-ambient?

Tom Jones – Surrounded By Time : master crooner covers miscellany
Weezer – Van Weezer : heavier-rocking, still mediocre
Yellow Ostrich – Soft : gentle, reflective indie-pop; #superboring
A.A. Williams – Songs From Isolation : interesting takes, but so darn serious
Billy F Gibbons – Hardware : well-done dusty blues; #familiarvoice
Black Keys, the – Delta Kream : excellent gritty blues covers
Blackberry Smoke – You Hear Georgia : stupid cuntry songs with some interesting guitar work
BLK JKS – Abantu/Before Humans : really-great afro-psych-funk/rock/soul jamz
Chai – Wink : A fun listen. Once.
Cheval Sombre – Days Go By : “Delicate druggy slowcore folk”; #sonicboom

Chills, the – Scatterbrain : lovely NZ singer-songwriter-indie-pop
Chrissie Hynde – Standing in the Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan
Damien Jurado – The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania : very excellently executed s/s; #lovelydeep
Datsuns, the – Eye To Eye : heavy rock
Fiddlehead – Between the Richness : shouty post-hardcore/emo/punk
Fightmilk – Contender : some super-high-points, uneven overall; #soclosetospectacular
Flaming Sideburns, the – Silver Flames : honest rock-and-rollah
Gary Numan – Intruder : forward-looking goth/dark-synth; #morerelevantthanmostnewacts
Gruff Rhys – Seeking New Gods : fun, adventurous, and uniquely GR
Holiday Ghosts – North Street Air : pleasantly meandering lo-fi-ish indie-rock

Moon Drenched (John Dwyer) – Moon Drenched : crazy, psychedelic, free-jazz/rock
Lambchop – Showtunes : ever adventuring
Lord Huron – Long Lost : delicate, artistic and sensitive modern indie-folk; #greatnapmusic
Lou Barlow – Reason To Live : nice, heartfelt, indie-folk/rock; #wherewenttheslacker
Maika Makovski – MKMK : very cool art-rock via #Spain
Matt Berry – The Blue Elephant : very fun adventure in psych/prog/moog/rock sounds
Mdou Moctar – Afrique Victime : really great Nigerian psychedelic rock
Monster Magnet – A Better Dystopia : big, occasionally interesting, heavy rock covers
Morcheeba – Blackest Blue : chill, adventurous, couch-party-energy
Night Beats – Outlaw R&B : raw, visceral, psych-rock – just unhinged enough; #ifuckingloveit

Olivia Rodrigo – Sour : brilliant teenage-flavored indie-rock
Packs – Take the Cake : nice (promising) indie-rock debut; #openheart
Pardoner – Came Down Different : flowing punk-influenced noise-rockers
Patax – Patax Plays The Beatles : the cheeze is the point, I assume…
Paul Weller – Fat Pop (Volume 1) : rock-solid soulful tunes, fun live disc [deluxe ed]; #youmakeIlisten
Radio Days – Rave On! : fun, bouncy power-pop via #Italy
Redtenbacher’s Funkestra – Big Funk Band : party-time instrumental funk!
Reigning Sound – A Little More Time with Reigning Sound : easy-going, ambling ‘modern’ classic-rock
Sidewalk Surfers – Growing Up Is A Mess : enthusiastic heavy skate-punk via #Germany; #messisright
Sons of Kemet – Black to the Future : wacky jazz

St. Vincent – Daddy’s Home : highly unique retro 70s jams, topped by ace songs
Sufjan Stevens – Incantation
Trapper Schoepp – May Day : lovely, thematically-linked indie-rock with max feeling
UV-TV – Always Something : solid, guitar-forward, indie-rock; #touchof90s #femvox
Danny Elfman – Big Mess : a wild ride; #worthit
Delving – Hirschbrunnen : great experimental instrumentals spanning rock/jazz/prog/ambient/…; #airplane
Garbage – No Gods No Masters : the music world has caught up and passed them; #decent
Jim Ward – Daggers : enjoyable, diverse, insistent rock/punk/alt
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Butterfly 3000 : a wild psychedelic ride, powered by synths
Liz Phair – Soberish : clever, solid, relevant meddle-age indie-rock; #thoroughlyenjoyable

Marina – Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land : theatrical electro-pop
Mountain Goats, the – Dark In Here : swinging jazzy ditties, deep characters
New Candys – Vyvyd : solid ‘wall of sound’ psychedelic rock; #unmemorable
Paris Pick – Hope for the Best : very, very lovely indie-pop

Ryan Adams – Big Colors : nice enough
Scientists, the – Negativity : chaotic post-punk/noise; #derangedswamprock
ShitKid – Sort Stjerne! : lo-fi, punky noise-rock via #Sweden
Sleater-Kinney – Path of Wellness : solid modern rock; #nottheoldheights
Sly Withers – Gardens : emo-y pop-punk; #socringe

Tape Waves – Bright : very lovely dream pop
Tune-Yards – sketchy
Whispering Sons – Several Others : dark ‘new-wave’/post-punk via #Belgium
Yellow Pills – Space Age Inferno : very weird|compelling|unusual|diverse tunes
Athletic Progression – Cloud High in Dreams But Heavy in the Air : hip jazzy electro beats
Cola Boyy – Prosthetic Boombox : from-the-heart outsider pop/disco/rock/art
Hiss Golden Messenger – Quietly Blowing It : very nice soulful Americana/country; a real s/s’s s/s
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – A Few Stars Apart : honest, earnest, and well-executed country/rock
Modest Mouse – The Golden Casket : some interesting diversions, but mostly nonsense; #WAYovercompressed
Mother Mother – Inside : goth/synth-pop

Mountain Movers – World What World : cosmic-fuzz-psych-noise rock
Pom Pom Squad – Death of a Cheerleader : energetic teen indie-rock/punk; #femvox
Real Tuesday Weld, the – Blood : “cinematic swing noir”; #greatbackgroundmusic
T. Hardy Morris – The Digital Age of Rome : a songwriter searches for a home
We Hate You Please Die – Can’t Wait to Be Fine : dischordant ‘edgy’ punk; #comicbookpunkers
4411, the – Somehow This Is Paradise
Acid Dad – Take It From The Dead : delightfully chill indie/psych/pop
Boy Golden – Church Of Better Daze : super-fun west-coast-y laconic indie-rock
Bros – Vol. 2 : very fun and interesting stylistic mashup, most at home on 70s AM radio; #akaSheepdogs
Chet Faker – Hotel Surrender : ho-hum beat-forward indie-pop

Connan Mockasin – It’s Just Wind : weird psych-at-rock-jamz
Cub Scout Bowling Pins – Clang Clang Ho : excellent more-pop-oriented GBV offshoot
David Holmes – No Sudden Move OST
Dawn Brothers – Dusk : soothing, chiming, roots-rock
Desperate Journalist – Maximum Sorrow! : okay goth-pop/indie outing
Ducktails – Impressions : very well composed and executed ‘hypnagogic pop’
Eliza Shaddad – The Woman You Want : extremely well done, open and personal indie-pop/rock; #onerealbanger
Eugene Chadbourne & Jim McHugh – Bad Scene : enjoyable porch-folk/rock
Free Throw – Piecing It Together : rough-yet-melodic (scream-o) emo
Go! Team, the – Get Up Sequences Part One : psychedelic hyperbolic cheerleader blasts

Goon Sax, the – Mirror II : diverse experimental pop-rock; #funmoments
Holy Family, the – The Holy Family : a wild psychedelic ride; “an auditory Rorschach test”
Inhaler – It Won’t Always Be Like This : radio/arena-ready Irish pop-rock; #abitlikeU2butdefinitelynotU2
Lords Of Altamont, the – Tune In Turn On Electrify : hard-hitting heavy-psych; #stoogespunktoo
Mike Zito – Resurrection : barroom boogie rock…
Museum Of Love – Life of Mammals : quite fun, arty, ‘dance rock’; #LCDSoundsystem
No Kill – Gold Chorus : hazy, fuzzy, reverb-y, dream-pop-gaze
Orange Peels, the – Celebrate the Moments of Your Life : thoroughly interesting and very enjoyable mélange-of-90s-styles pop-rock
Jungle Giants, the – Love Signs : good dance-pop/rock; #lessrockmoredance
Leon Bridges – Gold-Diggers Sound : very safe radio-R&B; #boringashell

Rose City Band – Earth Trip : gently lysergic country-rock psychedelia
Silvertwin – Silvertwin : 60-70s british s/s’s come to life; #unexpected!
Small Reactions – New Age Soul : orderly and thoughtful indie/post-rock/pop; #afewbangers
Snapped Ankles – Forest of Your Problems : really compelling art-punk/post-rock/electronic/kosmische
Stone Giants – West Coast Love Stories : warm psychedelic folk/pop/ambient/noise; #AmonTobin #airplane
Suburbs, the – Poets Party : a groovy, funky, poppy indie-rock party; #roxymusicalike
T-Tops – Staring at a Static Screen : aggressive, brutish noise-rock/punk
Wallflowers, the – Exit Wounds : solid roots-rock; #uninteresting
Wavves – Hideaway : diverse, fuzzed pop-rock; #solidok
Zolas, the – Come Back to Life : pretty good mid-90s Britpop

Alice Skye – I Feel Better But I Don’t Feel Good : lovely, great-sounding indie-rock-s/s; #femvox
Amusement Parks On Fire – An Archaea
Bala – Maleza : very cool alt-metal via #Spain
Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever : mostly successful second album; #samey #onapath
Bleachers – Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night : LCD pop; #pass
Durand Jones & The Indications – Private Space : classic/retro r&b sprinkled with funk and disco
Dusted – III : staying with: “lo-fi haze with a backbone of laconic indie-folk/rock/soul”; #holyfuck #airplane
Flunk – History Of Everything Ever : acousti-tronic Nordic pop
Freindz – High Times in Babylon : catchy, clever & fun diverse alt/indie-rock via #Germany
Geoff Palmer – Charts & Graphs : hooky, catchy, straightforward fun power-pop

Horsey – Debonair : abrasive/smooth art-rock via #London
Jelani Aryeh – I’ve Got Some Living To Do : exciting artist finding a sound
John Zorn – Parables : guitar adventures. Fun Hill Country drivin’ tunes
Karate – Some Boots : maybe ‘adult-punk-jazz’?; #worthalisten
Kris Rodgers and the Dirty Gems – Still Dirty : very fun and diverse 60s-70s rock; #partytime
Laura Stevenson – Laura Stevenson : quite lovely emotive s/s; #sundaydrive
Liars – The Apple Drop : compelling, weird and psychedelic art-rock
Los Lobos – Native Sons : lively LL-ized covers
Luvmenauts, the – In Space : fun instrumentals, ” a psychotropic mosaic of grooves and synthesized eruption”; #esquivel-esque
Molly Burch – Romantic Images : lush, thoughtful, and spacious dream-/indie-pop

Obits – Die at the Zoo
Piroshka – Love Drips And Gathers : entertaining and adventurous art-pop/gaze
Son Volt – Electro Melodier : “pensive sing-along alt-country”
Sonny & The Sunsets – New Day with New Possibilities : lovely indie-pop/rock wrapped in a fun country pastiche
Torres – Thirstier : well composed, extremely ‘modern’ indie-pop/rock
Ty Segall – Harmonizer : really adventurous and really great
Vacation – Existential Risks and Returns : straightforward emotional garage-rock/post-punk via #Canada; #veryJapandroids
Vial – Loudmouth : energetic femme-pop-punk, collection of riot grrrrl influences
Wild Billy Childish & CTMF – Where The Wild Purple Iris Grows : fuzzed-out garage punk from the prolific(!) British master
Yola – Stand for Myself : very, very fun and lively r&b adventures

Alien Boy – Don’t Know What I Am : energetic from-the-heart buzzy indie-rock; #femvox
Angus And Julia Stone – Life Is Strange : very very ho-hum ‘adult’ music
April March – In Cinerama : lovely, sophisticated, and very interesting pop
Armed, the – Ultrapop : WOW, extreme noise-pop to overwhelm
Bob Schneider – In a Roomful of Blood with a Sleeping Tiger : hooky, professional, adult pop-rock
Brad Sucks – A New Low in Hi-Fi : very fun, very diverse, very loose indie-rockers
Brent Windler – New Morning Howl : perfectly nice indie/pop/rock
Brian Setzer – Gotta Have The Rumble : very fun Americana-inspired rockabilly
Bronx, the – Bronx VI : reliably high-quality guitar-punk

Caveman – Smash : delicate indie pop
Dakota Jones – Black Light : slinky pop/soul/funk; #veryuneven
Damon And Naomi – A Sky Record
David Duchovny – Gestureland : more interesting and polished than expected from a vanity project
Death Of Pop, the – Seconds : very easy-to-hear synth pop; #thin
Eddie Vedder, Glen Hansard, & Cat Power – Flag Day OST : #serious
Eric Hilton – Ceremony : trippy psych/space/mellow; #airplane
Eyedress – Mulholland Drive : chiming, delicate bedroom-pop
F.S. Blumm And Nils Frahm – 2X1=4 : excellent, chilled-out ambient/dub; #airplane
Gloo – How Not to Be Happy : energetic, grungy, and rollicking rockers

Goose – Shenanigans Nite Club : mellow (dull), mostly instrumental rock
Halsey – If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power : noisily overblown pop bangers; #trentreznor
Jim Bob – Who Do We Hate Today : fuckyeahsmartasspunkrock
John Zorn – Nostradamus: The Death of Satan : crazed jazz/classical/rock cacophony
Joy Formidable, the – Into the Blue : fun and pulsing guitar-first indie-rock
Juka Trashy – Auto Fiction : lo-fi, gritty indie; #ala50footwave
Justus Proffit – Speedstar : catchy, diverse and fun bedroom/indie-rock
Killers, the – Pressure Machine : seems to actually think he’s Springsteen
Killers, the – Pressure Machine (Abridged) : ibid
Liz Cooper – Hot Sass : almost-interesting (when glammed-up) rock

Maggie Rose – Have a Seat : fun, smart, diverse folk-rock/pop
Manic Street Preachers – The Ultra Vivid Lament : softest of soft rock; #ifkmarthadelevators
Marisa Anderson & William Tyler – Lost Futures : lovely breezy guitar fun
Noga Erez – Kids : incredible hip-hop/pop
Oscar Lang – Chew The Scenery : uneven, but very promising, indie-rock
Quicksand – Distant Populations : decent thumpity-thump heavy-indie; #nottheoldstuff
Robert Jon & the Wreck – Shine a Light on Me Brother : for-the-people energetic roots/blues rock with some very high points
Shadracks, the – From Human Like Forms : mostly great exposition in ‘classic garage-rock/punk’; #BillyChildish
Shannon & the Clams – Year of the Spider : 60’s Motown + surf-punk; #polishedpros
Shinyribs – Late Night TV Gold : party-starter blues/rock/soul/country/swamp; #ATX

Sturgill Simpson – The Ballad of Dood & Juanita : killer old-school country stories+danger+humor+reality
SuperState – Superstate (feat. Graham Coxon) : fun prog-disco sci-fi adventures
SUUNS – The Witness : darkly textured synth-(rock) soundscapes
Toad the Wet Sprocket – Starting Now : solid zzzzzzzzzzzzz
Trampolene – Love No Less Than A Queen : interesting and highly unique take on indie rock
Tropical Fuck Storm – Deep States : crazed noise/art-rock
Umbrellas, the – The Umbrellas : delightful jangle/garage/twee-pop via #SF
William Loveday Intention, the – They Wanted the Devil But I Sang of God : quite excellent garage-rock/folk/blues; #BillyChildish
10 000 Russos – Superinertia : delightfully disorienting motorik fuzz-psych
Allergies, the – Promised Land : super-fun old-school dance-floor/break-beats hip-hop

Amon Tobin – How Do You Live : odd, broad and very compelling
Amyl and The Sniffers – Comfort To Me : chaotic, contradictory, complicit and confident (!) punk-rock via #Australia
Andrew W.K. – God Is Partying : screeching ‘party’ rock; #sofuckingstupid
Apartamentos Acapulco – El Año del Tigre : great-sounding Spanish pop-rock
Asleep At The Wheel – Half a Hundred Years
Bad Bad Hats – Walkman : interesting and well executed radio-ready guitar-pop
Band Camino, the – The Band Camino : very milquetoast aiming-for-the-radio pop-rock
Black Light Animals – Playboys of the Western World : chilled out psychedelic soul
Blunt Bangs – Proper Smoker : power-pop + retro-garage, fun listen
Bomba Estéreo – Deja : fun electro-cumbia; #kitchendanceparty

Bots, the – 2 Seater : very enjoyable bedroom-indie
Caleb Landry Jones – Gadzooks Vol. 1 : fun, influence-driven a view into one man’s psychedelic brain…
Colleen Green – Cool : the Queen of slacker-cool (sic)
Colorist Orchestra, the & Howe Gelb – Not On the Map : very, very interesting ageless chamber pop
Coral Moons – Fieldcrest : well-executed straightforward mellow-rock
Cosmic Mellow, the – The Cosmic Mellow : safe, gentle and mellow 70s-radio-rock-psych
Daniel Romano – Cobra Poems : groovy & light indie-rock
David Grubbs & Ryley Walker – A Tap On the Shoulder : wildly experimental ‘freak folk’
Deafheaven – Infinite Granite : very, very interesting indie-gaze; #nomoremetal
Deerhoof – Actually, You Can : Beefheart-esque experimental art-rock outing; #agoodone

Dragon Rapide – Mumbo Jumbo : fun, experimental, indie-pop via #France
Ducks Ltd. – Modern Fiction : plaintive, jangly indie-pop-rock
Elvis Costello – Spanish Model : fun!
Erin McKeown – Kiss Off Kiss : well-done, personal, genre-expansive ‘rock’; #breakuptherapy
Face To Face – No Way out but Through : arena-punk?
Felice Brothers, the – From Dreams To Dust : quite enjoyable and adventurous/experimental folk/rock
Fischer-Z – Til The Oceans Overflow : retro revived; #berlin
Get Up Kids, the – There Are Rules : trying to sonically move past #emo, but the songs are still there…
Green Pajamas, the – Sunlight Might Weigh Even More : retro-sounding pop-rock pschedelia
Hayden Pedigo – Letting Go : emotionally exposing instrumental guitar; #quitefuckingweird

Heartless Bastards – A Beautiful Life : thoughtfully composed and excellently executed easy-rock
Hovvdy – True Love : very lovely pop-rock ditties via #ATX
Howlin Rain – The Dharma Wheel : easy-going, jammy, mildly psychedelic rock
I Was A King – Grand Hotel : at times really excellent 90s-inspired indie-rock/power-pop
Illuminati Hotties – Let Me Do One More : really great, adventurous indie-rock, punchy, clever, and rambunctous
Isla – The Mediterranean Gardener : breezy chilled-out electro-pop; #spain #joshrouse
Langkamer – West Country : #UK version of alt-country?
Lathums, the – How Beautiful Life Can Be : nicely jangly (very) Brit-pop/rock
Limiñanas, the & Laurent Garnier – De Película : awesomely adventurous avant/noir/rock/groove
Low – Hey What : very interesting experimental extension of their ‘slowcore’ style

Mac McCaughan – The Sound of Yourself : experimental guitar pop-rock tunes from a master
Magic Roundabout – Up : very weird pre/post noisy new-age/blues(?)
Martina Topley-Bird – Forever I Wait : interesting, intriguing and innovative
Matthew E. White – K Bay : widescreen, soulful rock experiments
Ministry – Moral Hygiene : mostly-very-good industrial metal; #stillbringingit
Molly Payton – Slack : indie/garage-pop/rock full of youthful reflection
Mono – Pilgrimage of the Soul : expansive professional post-rock via #Japan
Morsel – Morsel : lovely local-bar americana/folk/grass
Motorists – Surrounded : mostly ho-hum mid-fi indie rock
Muslims, the – Fuck These Fuckin Fascists : young punkers against the world; #hottopicpunk

Niña Polaca – Asumiré la Muerte de Mufasa : compelling indie rock via #Spain
Pist Idiots – Idiocracy : shouty, pogo-y pub rock; #aussies
Pond – 9 : lovely little blend of pop/rock/psych/prog/adventure…
Poppermost, the – Hits To Spare : fun, original Beatles-sound-alike album
Public Service Broadcasting – Bright Magic : gorgeous, subtle and brainy tribute to Berlin, #sheerbrilliance
Record Company, the – Play Loud : excellently executed radio-ready bar-rockin’ collecion
Saint Etienne – I’ve Been Trying to Tell You : interesting nostalgia pop
Shelter Boy – Failure Familiar : decidedly ho-hum jazzy britpop; #whingeing
Shivas, the – Feels So Good // Feels So Bad : swinging, hooky, huge-reverb retro garage rockers
Sleigh Bells – Texis : grew right out of any interesting sounds…

Smiling – Devour : quite interesting ramshackle and diverse indie buzz
Spearmint – Holland Park : lively, exploratory and interesting ‘adult’-pop
Spencer. – Are U Down? : groovy bedroom funk/soul
St. Vincent – The Nowhere Inn
Stranglers, the – Dark Matters : veterans; #veryBritish
Sufjan Stevens And Angelo De Augustine – A Beginner’s Mind : excellently executed (baroque-ish) pop
Sugar Candy Mountain – Impression : psychedelic retro bachelor pad music
Surfaces – Pacifico : near-decent, very-mainstream, pop-soul; #milquetoast
Tigress – Pura Vida : theatrical post-grunge/pop-punk; #femvox #sunsetstrip
Turnstile – Glow On : ripping hardcore punk!

Ulrich Schnauss – Destiny Waiving : ever-lovely electro-ambient-chill; #airplane
Vaccines, the – Back In Love City : upbeat (dance-y?) diverse pop-rock; #mildlyconcept
We Are Scientists – Huffy : ‘blah’ radio pop-rock
We Were Promised Jetpacks – Enjoy the View : smart, listenable and mellow post-rock
Weedie Braimah – The Hands Of Time : amazingly inventive funk explorations
Whitehorse – Strike Me Down : spaced-out atmospheres tinting light rockers; #2of2
Who What When Why & Werewolves – Hard Feelings : lighthearted and loose ‘mericana/b’grass
Wild Feathers, the – Alvarado : manicured ‘radio Americana’
Alavedra – Uf Venga : energetic Spanish-language pop-rock
Angel Du$t – YAK: A Collection Of Truck Songs : playfully propulsive power-pop/indie

Bigott – Spiders Sing : quite nice pop-rock via #Spain; #englishvocals
Black Swan Lane – Hide In View : “darkly atmospheric post-alt-rock”
Broken Baby – Late Stage Optimism : ‘edgy’ social/political statements wrapped in rock chaos; #occasionallygreat
Cápsula – Phantasmaville : very excellent and massively underrated post-punk/psych/heavy-rock
Clinic – Fantasy Island : unnerving and jittery psych/post-punk organ-driven rock; #promask
Coloured Clocks – The Floral Emblem : dreamy psych-pop, somewhat ho-hum here…
Dean Wareham – I Have Nothing To Say To The Mayor Of L.A : witty, mildly-political, melodic and guitar-driven = very ‘Dean’
DePedro – Máquina de Piedad
Elton John – The Lockdown Sessions : simple fun via various collabs; #superuneven
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – Sticky : smarty-pants Brit lockdown punk; #bishbashbosh

Good Morning – Barnyard : very nice blend of acousti-folk-indie and pop-rock; #veryenjoyable
Guided By Voices – It’s Not Them. It Couldn’t Be Them. It Is Them! : straightforward rock/power-pop; #arealgoodone
La Luz – La Luz : sultry reverb-retro indie
Lana Del Rey – Blue Banisters : stripped-down lonely melancholy; #prosad
Liily – TV or Not TV : angular post-punk powered by chaos energy
My Morning Jacket – My Morning Jacket : super-well-executed professional rock
Parquet Courts – Sympathy for Life : excellently alternating between jagged punk and Talking Heads aping
Pokey LaFarge – In The Blossom of Their Shade : lovely and alluring ‘old timey’ American music
Postcards – After The Fire, Before The End : vibrant dream-pop/shoegaze
Sarah And The Sundays – The Living End : laid-back Brit pub/pop-rock

Screensaver – Expressions of Interest : intriguing (dour-ish) post-punk variants
TK & The Holy Know-Nothings – The Incredible Heat Machine : twangy, open-hearted ‘Country Gothic’?
Together Pangea – Dye : very compelling mid-aughts garage-rock/indie
Tonstartssbandht – Petunia : intriguing folk-psych mixed with pop melodies and harmonies
Vanishing Twin – Ookii Gekkou : adventurous and interesting blend of glitch electronics, experimental percussion and odd hooks
Velveteers, the – Nightmare Daydream : fun rhythm-front rockers
War On Drugs, the – I Don’t Live Here Anymore : the continued up-glossing of a heartland sound toward pure pop
Wilderado – Wilderado : promising light and engaging indie-rock; #debut
Abba – Voyage : come for the nostalgic magic, leave disappointed
Arctic Flow, the – Lost You Long Ago : delicate and sensitive dream-pop

Buttshakers, the – Arcadia : raw party-starter funk fun
Connan Mockasin – Jassbusters Two : jazzy noodling; #amimissingsomething
Courtney Barnett – Things Take Time, Take Time : well-done singsong indie-rock/folk
Curtis Harding – If Words Were Flowers : intriguingly diverse modern-soul; #lovethepsychinfluence
Dave Gahan And Soulsavers – Imposter : ‘late night’ darkly interpreted covers
Dummy – Mandatory Enjoyment : churning drone-influenced motorik-pop
Fur – When You Walk Away : very enjoyable sing-along-pop/dance-rock/powerpop hybrid
Geese – Projector : lovely, well-done rock — but it doesn’t really go anywhere…
Gnod – La Mort Du Sens : dark and dense noise-rock
Goodbye Honolulu – Goodbye Honolulu : nice, pleasant, straightforward indie/folk/powerpop/…

Hayes Carll – You Get It All : diverse widescreen country-rock
Houndmouth – Good For You : mellow/melancholy Americana
Idles – Crawler : bye-bye-brutality, hello-passion-and-pathos, all to great effect; #stillpunkasfuck
Matt The Electrician – We Imagined An Ending : lovely personal alt-folk
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – The Future : listener-friendly radio-ready soul/r&b/pop/rock
Nightmares on Wax – Shout Out! To Freedom : enjoyable throwback to the ol’ “downtempo days”
Parrots, the – Dos : great party-starter indie-rock via #Madrid; #sxswheroes
Pip Blom – Welcome Break : super-fun jangly indie-rock via #Amsterdam; #classicindierock #femvox
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak) – An Evening With Silk Sonic : goofy/groovy nostalgia/retro-funk
Snail Mail – Valentine : sensitive indie-rock broken by heartache

They Might Be Giants – Book
Wine Lips – Mushroom Death Sex Bummer Party : loose and dirty garage/psych
Wolfmother – Rock Out : sounds like a 9th-gen cass tape of early 80s metal; #notterrible
Adele – 30
Black Veils, the – Carnage : solid, updated post-punk via #Italy
Cutthroat Brothers, the and Mike Watt – Devil in Berlin : fun and gritty garage rock; #needsbooze!
Dan Sartain – Arise, Dan Sartain, Arise : great mid-fi ***-a’billy; #RIP
Deap Vally – Marriage : glammed-up and grungy blues rock
Delta Sleep – Spring Island : contemplative and melodic ‘math-rock’
Diamond Hands – Thank You : very nice indie/psych-pop

Dodos, the – Grizzly Peak : nice mid-career outing
Failure – Wild Type Droid : mostly interesting indie; #somewhatmuddled
Floating Points And Pharaoh Sanders – Promises
Jhelisa – 7 Keys V.2 : interesting and serious. Sounds like a college-course syllabus
John Dwyer – Gong Splat : psychedelic jazz jams
Joshua Powell – Skeleton Party : very diverse – and quite good – indie/psych-rock
JP Saxe – Dangerous Levels of Introspection : modern s/s pop; #liketheversionsthroughthewallbetter
Loose Buttons – What’s On Outside : bright and melodic guitar-forward indie-rock
Madmess – Rebirth : intense, heavy and thrilling instrumental rock via #Portugal
Marc E. Bassy – Little Men : (middling beat & sad autotune) F-I-N-Eeeeeeeeeeee

Matt Nathanson – Achtung Matty : sounds like it was super-fun to record
Meatbodies – 333 : diverse forms of drone/indie/metal/noise/pop
Mike and the Moonpies – One to Grow On : everyman true country goodness
Nils Frahm – Old Friends New Friends : delightful minimalist modern classical(-ish)
Norah Jones – I Dream Of Christmas
Oberhofer – Smothered : diverse and unique indie pop/rock
Pipe-Eye – Dream Themes : very interesting daydream soundscapes
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raise the Roof : thoroughly enjoyable folk-pop-rock
Trees Speak – Vertigo Of Flaws: Emancipation Of The Dissonance And Temperaments In Irrational Waveforms : excellent motorik “spy movie soundtrack”



Jayhawks, the – Slamhammer, Minneapolis MN 01-10
Juliana Hatfield – Q Division Studios, Somerville MA 01-23 (Bed)

Juliana Hatfield – Q Division Studios, Somerville MA 02-21 (Only Everything)

Juliana Hatfield- Q Division Studios, Somerville, MA 03-20 (How To Walk Away)

Juliana Hatfield – Q Division Studios, Somerville, MA 04-24 (In Exile Deo)

Juliana Hatfield – Q Division Studios, Somerville, MA 05-08 (Blood)

Juliana Hatfield – Q Division Studios, Somerville MA 06-19 (Beautiful Creature)
Birds of Maya – Sunflower Philly, Philadelphia PA 06-24

Metallica – Metro, Chicago, IL 09-20

Los Lobos – Una Noche En Tokio (Live 1985)
Dr. Dog – Live 2
Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul – Macca To Mecca!
Decemberists, the – Live Home Library Vol. I: Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak MI August 11 2009
Boz Scaggs – Without A Care (Live Los Angeles 1994)
DMA’S – Live At Brixton
Jose James – Jose James New York 2020 : jammin’ live jazz/r&b
Black Angels, the – Live at Levitation
Brand New Heavies, the – Shibuya 357 (Live In Tokyo 1992)
Death Cab For Cutie – Live At The Showbox 2020

Bruce Springsteen – The Live Series Songs Under Cover Vol. 2
Dead Meadow – Levitation Sessions
First Aid Kit – Who By Fire
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Live In Melbourne ’21
U2 – The Virtual Road: Live At Red Rocks: Under A Blood Red Sky
Jaded Hearts Club, the – Live At The 100 Club
James Gang – Stoned Moses (Live Ohio ’76)
Osees – Levitation Sessions Vol. 2
Portugal. The Man – Oregon City Sessions
Alex Maas – Levitation Sessions

Elvis Presley – Las Vegas International Presents Elvis (The First Engagements 1969-70)
Acid Dad – Levitation Sessions
Fuzz – Levitation Sessions
Jack White – Live At The Masonic Temple
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – Live In Sydney ’21
Low Cut Connie – Tough Cookies Best Of The Quarantine Broadcasts
Nirvana – Del Mar Fairground CA 12-28-1991 [FM Broadcast]
Osees – The Chapel, SF 10-02-2019
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley CA 07-01-1978
Drive-By Truckers – Live at Plan 9, July 13 2006

Moon Hooch – Live In Nashville
Deer Tick – Live From Fort Adams
Nathaniel Rateliff – Red Rocks 2020 (live)
American Aquarium – Daytrotter Sessions (live)
Aretha Franklin – Oh Me Oh My Live In Philly, 1972
Fontaines D.C. – Live At Kilmainham Gaol
Funkadelic – Ready To Launch (Live 1978)
Nirvana – Jam On Sunset (Live 1990)
Pixies – Live From The Warfield, SF CA May 30th, 2005
Acid Mothers Temple – Levitation Sessions

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Live In Milwaukee ’19
Mike Zito – Jam In The Van Mike Zito (Live Mammoth Lakes, CA)
Night Beats – Levitation Sessions
Olivia Tremor Control, the – A Sleepy Company (live)
R.E.M. – Stampede [Live 1989]
King Krule – You Heat Me Up, You Cool Me Down
Kevin Devine And The Goddamn Band – Matter Of Time II
Billy Joe Shaver & Kinky Friedman – Live Down Under
Bartees Strange – Live at Studio 4
La’s, the – The La’s Live! (1986-1987)

Pearl Jam – Deep: Vote Live
Fleet Foxes – A Very Lonely Solstice
Green Day – BBC Sessions
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Live at Levitation ’14
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Live at Levitation ’16
Pavement – We Need Secrets (Live 1994)
Night Beats – Outlaw R&B Acoustic Versions
Motorhead – The Lost Tapes Vol. 1 (Live in Madrid 1995)
Mountain Goats, the – The Jordan Lake Sessions: Volumes 3 and 4



Mud – Mud Rock (expanded ed)
va – Tributes Or Not Tributes Vol 16 (70’s-80’s)
Richard Hell & The Voidoids – Destiny Street Complete
Buzzcocks – Late for the Train: Live and in Session 1989-2016
John Prine – John Prine (reissue, orig 1977)
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On The Detroit Mix
Pete Yorn – Pete Yorn Sings The Classics
PJ Harvey – Is This Desire – Demos
Mudhoney – Real Low Vibe The Reprise Recordings 1992-1998
Ariel Pink – Odditties Sodomies Vol. 3

Ariel Pink – Sit n’ Spin
va – Two Synths, A Guitar (and) A Drum Machine: Soul Jazz Records #1 Post Punk Dance
J Mascis – Fed Up and Feeling Strange
Deaf School – Parigi My Dear
Ghostpoet – I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep (Again)
Rod Stewart – Cupid
Weeknd, the – The Highlights
Macrocosmica – God Bless Macrocosmica
Andra Day – The United States vs. Billie Holiday OST
Ike & Tina Turner – River Deep / Mountain High (reissue, orig 1969)

va – MOJO Presents: Steve Marriott, Small Faces, Humble Pie: Afterglow (Rare! Live! Unreleased!)
va – MOJO Presents: Why Can’t I Be You: A Tribute to The Cure
Dodgy – The Dodgy Album (reissue, orig 1993)
Herman Dune – The Cassette Tapes from Vinegar Hill
Howe Gelb & A Band of Gypsies – Alegrías [10th Anniv Ed]
Jim Capaldi – Short Cut Draw Blood (reissue, orig 1975)
PJ Harvey – Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea – Demos
Stereolab – Electrically Possessed [Switched On Volume 4]
Wallows – Remote EP (deluxe, orig 2020)
Wedding Present, the – Locked Down and Stripped Back

Arcade Fire and Owen Pallett – Her OST
Beck – Hyperspace [JA deluxe vinyl, orig 2019]
Black Crowes, the – Shake Your Money Maker [30th anniv ed]
Black Pumas – Black Pumas (expanded deluxe, orig 2019)
Glass Beach – Alchemist Rats Beg Bashful (Remixes)
Green Day – Insomniac (25th anniv deluxe ed)
Joe Strummer – Assembly
Raul Malo – Quarantunes Vol. 1
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble – Couldn’t Stand the Weather (1984, MFSL 2021)
Sting – Duets

UNKLE – Rōnin I
va – Bills & Aches & Blues EP3 (40 Years of 4AD)
va – Birth of Soul: Los Angeles Special
va – Oh! You Pretty Things: Glam Queens And Street Urchins 1970-76
va – Riot City: Complete Singles Collection: The Sound of UK 82
Willie Nelson – Rainbow Connection [reissue, orig 2001]
Paul McCartney – McCartney III Imagined
va – Bills & Aches & Blues (40 Years of 4AD)
va – Do You Have the Force? Jon Savage’s Alternate History of Electronica 1978-82
Vitamin – Recordings 1981

Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud +3 [deluxe ed] (orig 2020)
Theo Parrish – Smile (reissue)
Ratboys – Happy Birthday, Ratboy
Boise Cover Band – Unoriginal Artists (reissue)
Drums, the – Mommy Don’t Spank Me
Gnod – Easy To Build, Hard To Destroy
Alan Vega – Mutator
Bob Mould – Distortion: The Best of 1989-2019
L7 – Wargasm: The Slash Years 1992-1997
Love Depression, the – The Love Depression (reissue, orig 1968)

PJ Harvey – Uh Huh Her -Demos
Spiritualized – Lazer Guided Melodies (remaster, orig 1992)
Tame Impala – InnerSpeaker (10th anniv ed)
Sonic Boom – Almost Nothing Is Nearly Enough
Blitzen Trapper – Holy Demos Future Demos
David Bowie – The Width of a Circle
Ducktails – Ramapo River Anthology
Jayda G – DJ-Kicks
KVB, the – The Early Tapes

va – For the Good Times: The Songs of Kris Kristofferson
va – Higher Than a Mountain The Songs of Andy Gibb
va – I Can See Through You: 60s Psychedelic Rock & Garage Beat Rarities, Vol. 4
va – Modern Love
va – MOJO Presents: Heroes (The Best Of 2020) [Jan 2021]
va – MOJO Presents: Into Tomorrow (15 Tracks Hand-picked By Weller) [June 2021]
va – MOJO: The Black Keys Present The Hill Country Blues
va – Murder Ballads
va – Nina Simone Remixed EP
Violent Femmes – Add It Up (1981-1993)

Triángulo de Amor Bizarro – Detrás del Espejo: Variaciones y Ecos : damn good in spots
Moby – Reprise
Flaming Lips, the – The Soft Bulletin Companion [RSD reissue]
Mark Lanegan Band – Here Comes That Weird Chill (Methamphetamine Blues, Extras & Oddities)
Mercury Rev – Snowflake Midnight (deluxe ed)
Pete Yorn – musicforthemorningafter (10th anniv ed.)
Shins, the – Oh, Inverted World [20th anniv remaster]
T. Rex – Star King
va – The Book Of Summer Love
Johnny Cash – Classic Original Singles 1955-1959 (remaster, orig 2010)

PJ Harvey – White Chalk [demos]
va – Punk-Blues and Modern Garage
va – Riding the Rock Machine: British Seventies Classic Rock
va – Still Wish You Were Here: A Tribute to Pink Floyd
va – Tribute To Big Star: #1 Recorded
va – Tribute To George Harrison: All Things Must Pass Again
va – Tribute To John Lennon: Re-Imagined
va – Tribute To T.Rex: Electric Warrior Eclectic
va – Tribute To The Byrds: Mr Tambourine Man Covered
va – Tribute To The Byrds: Turn! Turn! Turn! Returned!

va – Tributes Or Not Tributes Vol 17
va – Uncut: Ambient Americana (A Road Trip Across Psychic State Lines) [May 2021]
va – Uncut: Dylan …Revisited (14 of His Greatest Songs Reinterpreted)
va – Uncut: Stories Of The Street [March 2021]
Delta Spirit – What (Else) Is There
Belly – Bees
Berries, the – Throne of Ivory (Singles and B-Sides)
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band – Trout Mask Replica [2021 reissue, orig 1969]
Dee Gees/Foo Fighters – Hail Satin
Descendents – 9th & Walnut : who doesn’t love classic/retro punk; 18 tracks, 25 mins

Elton John – Regimental Sgt. Zippo [RSD21]
Ike & Tina Turner – The Bolic Sound Sessions
va – Adam Schlesinger Tribute: A Music Celebration : RIP; #powerpopremembers
va – May The Circle Remain Unbroken A Tribute To Roky Erickson
va – MOJO Presents: You Gotta Move! (The Rock & Soul Sounds Of Muscle Shoals, Alabama) [August 2021]
White Stripes, the – White Blood Cells XX Demos, Outtakes and Alternate Mixes [20th anniv ed]
Alan Vega – After Dark
Bad Brains – Bad Brains (remaster) (orig 1982)
Iggy and the Stooges – Born In A Trailer The Session & Rehearsal Tapes ’72-’73
Khruangbin – Mordechai Remixes

Mudhoney – Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge [30th anniv deluxe ed]
R. Stevie Moore – On Earth [RSD21]
Robert Johnson – Crossroad: The Legendary Recordings (remaster)
Robert Palmer – Sneakin’ Salley Through The Alley (reissue)
va – Almost Famous [20th anniv ed]
va – Habibi Funk: An Eclectic Selection of Music from the Arab World, Part 2
va – Jem Records Celebrates Brian Wilson
va – MOJO Presents: Oh! You Pretty Things [Sept 2021]
va – Soul On Fire (The Detroit Soul Story 1957-1977)
va – The Rough Guide to the Best Country Blues You’ve Never Heard (Vol. 2)

va – Tribute To The Beatles: The PPC Collection Of Oldies
Wax Tailor – The Shadow of Their Suns (Instrumental Version)
Woods – Strange To Explain [More Strange (deluxe ed)]
Fruit Bats – Siamese Dream : fun reimagining; (physical-only 2020 release)
Clem Snide – Beyond Forever Just Beyond
R.L. Burnside – Well, Well, Well
Crocodiles – The Complete Shitty Times
Delmonas, the – Hello, We Love You! The Big Beat EPs (orig 1984)
George Harrison – All Things Must Pass [50th anniv ed] (orig 1970)
Supergrass – In It for the Money [deluxe expanded ed]

va – MOJO Presents: Sand Blasters (A Raising Sand Companion)
va – Rockets Of Love: Power Pop Gems From The 70s, 80s & 90s
Vaccines, the – The Hits
Killers, the – Imploding the Mirage (deluxe ed)
Poets of Rhythm, the – Discern/Define (reissue)
Fink – IIUII
Goat – Headsoup
Andrew Lloyd Webber – Jesus Christ Superstar [50th anniv deluxe ed]
George Thorogood & The Destroyers – Essential Recordings: One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer (reissue, orig 2009)
Monochrome Set, the – Compendium ’75-’95

They Might Be Giants – Secret Music, Vol. 2
va – 40 Years A Special Tribute To Depeche Mode
va – Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, Vol. 2
va – Can I Be A Witness: Stax Southern Groove
va – Country Funk III 1975-1982
va – Disco 75 [box]
va – I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute To The Velvet Underground And Nico
va – Mighty Fine: An Austin City Limits Tribute to Walter Hyatt
va – MOJO: Fab Gear! (15 Customised Beatles Covers) [nov 2021]

va – Now That’s What I Call Music! Outlaw Country
va – The Daptone Super Soul Revue Live At the Apollo
va – The Metallica Blacklist
va – The Rough Guide to the Roots of Jazz
va – Tomorrow’s Sounds Today: Uncut 293 [oct 2021]
va – Tribute To T.Rex: The Sliders
va – Unplugged Women
va – What Goes On (The Songs Of Lou Reed)
va – I’m A Freak Baby 3
va – Jon Savage’s 1972-1976: All Our Times Have Come

Charlatans, the – A Head Full Of Ideas And Trust Is For Believers (Live)
Charlatans, the – Pleased To Meet You (Demos)
dB’s, the – I Thought You Wanted to Know: 1978-1981
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – B-Sides And Rarities (Part II)
Primal Scream – Demodelica
Richard Ashcroft – Acoustic Hymns Vol. 1
Black Keys, the – El Camino (10th Anniv Deluxe Ed, orig 2011)
Nirvana – Nevermind [30th Anniv Deluxe Ed] (orig 1991)
Suburban Lawns – Suburban Lawns (reissue, orig 1981)

Swampy – Just Passin’ Thru [Mixtape]
Alan Parsons Project, the – Eye in the Sky (MFSL remaster, orig 1982)
Eagles – Eagles (MFSL remaster, orig 1972)
Local Natives – Music From The Pen Gala 1983 (RSD21)
Lucinda Williams – You Are Cordially Invited… A Tribute to the Rolling Stones
Herman Dune – Santa Cruz Gold And Gold Nuggets
Andy Bell – Another View
Tricky Woo – The Enemy Is Real



Beach Bunny – Blame Game EP
Taylor Swift – The Dropped Your Hand While Dancing Chapter EP
Widowspeak – Honeychurch EP
Cub Scout Bowling Pins – Heaven Beats Iowa EP
BoBo – Pt. II Hope I Experience It EP
Lucy Daydream – Infinite Quest For The Rainbow Butthole EP
Lumerians – Fuzz Club Session EP
Taylor Swift – The Forever Is The Sweetest Con Chapter EP
Louis Dunford – The Morland EP
Musiq Soulchild – Loveyoumore EP

Sports – Get a Good Look Pt. 1 EP
Taylor Swift – The Ladies Lunching Chapter EP
Treemer – Storm EP
Talkboy – Wrapped In Blue EP
Deap Vally – Digital Dream EP
Vaccines, the – Cosy Karaoke, Vol. 1 EP
Boozoo Bajou – Lambique EP
Cloud Nothings – January 2021 EP
Knocks, the – Melody & Silence EP
Elvis Costello – La Face de Pendule à Coucou EP

Ludovico Einaudi – The Dawn EP
SNFU – A Blessing But With It A Curse EP
Traxman – Off The Streets EP
Blanketman – National Trust EP
Born Ruffians – Pulp EP
Durand Jones & The Indications – Cruisin’ To The Parque single
Juan MacLean – Panic In Fort Greene Park EP
Noga Erez – Story EP
Sorry – Twixtustwain EP
Stone Foundation – Radio Sessions EP

Teen Daze – Breathing Tides EP
April March & Olivia Jean – Palladium EP : fun garage rock; A/B=English/French
Bastille – Drink EP
Hannah Jadagu – What Is Going On? EP
Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds – Swing from the Sean Delear EP
Miss Grit – Impostor EP
Pete Yorn – Rooftop EP (20 Years of MusicForTheMorningAfter)
Regal Lily – The World EP
Ronna Reason – Ronna Reason EP
Sprints – Manifesto EP

Why Elephant – Today EP
Andy Bell – See My Friends EP
BC Camplight – I’m Alright In The World single
Beaches, the – Future Lovers EP
Cloud Nothings – April 2021 EP
Cloud Nothings – February 2021 EP
Cloud Nothings – March 2021 EP
Cloud Nothings – May 2021 EP
Counting Crows – Butter Miracle Suite One EP
Rodrigo y Gabriela – The Jazz EP

Sheepdogs, the – No Simple Thing EP
Dad Sports – I Am Just A Boy Leave Me Alone !!! EP
Los Campesinos! – Whole Damn Body EP
Mannequin Pussy – Perfect EP
No Joy – Can My Daughter See Me From Heaven EP
Cloud Nothings – June 2021 EP
Academic, the – Community Spirit EP
Beabadoobee – Our Extended Play EP
Cloud Nothings – July 2021 EP
Kurt Vile – Run Run Run single

Son Volt – Living in the USA single
Timber Timbre – Dissociation Tapes, Volume 1 EP
Timber Timbre – I Am Coming To Paris EP
William Tyler – Understand EP
A Place to Bury Strangers – Hologram EP
Angel Dust – Bigger House EP
Dan Croll – On Top EP
Dizzy – Separate Places EP
Federico Albanese – The Moments We Keep EP
Margot & The Midnight Tenants – I Will Make Some Noise EP

Nothing But Thieves – Moral Panic II EP
Traxman – Da Look EP
Clem Snide – Smothered And Covered Vol. 1 EP
DMA’S – I Love You Unconditionally, Sure Am Going To Miss You EP
Garbayo – Garbayizator EP
Gorillaz – Meanwhile EP
Gwen Stefani – Just A Girl EP
Lazy Eyes, the – EP2
Paper Relics – Emersion EP
Patti Smith – Live At Electric Lady EP

Strange, the – Not Now Not Ever EP
Swim School – Making Sense of It All EP
Alpha Moon – Alpha Moon EP
Boo Radleys, the – A Full Syringe And Memories Of You EP
Guster – Lazy Love Songs EP
Jeremy Loops – Souvenirs EP
Kero Kero Bonito – Civilisation EPs
Lorde – Te Ao Marama EP
Mogwai – Take Sides EP
My Idea – That’s My Idea EP

Portugal. The Man – Steal My Sunshine/Novocaine For The Soul single
Public Service Broadcasting – Lichtspiel III: Symphonie Diagonale EP
Primal Scream – The Screamadelica 12 Singles
Spiderbait – Songs For Fast Driving EP
Doug Tuttle – Pinecone EP
Girl K – Girl K Is For The People EP
Johnny Marr – Fever Dreams Pt. 1 EP
Michael Kiwanuka – Beautiful Life EP
Beach House – Once Twice Melody: Chapter 1 EP
Black Pumas – Colors (Hypnotic Brass) bw Sugar Man single

Hellp, the – Enemy EP
Ducks Ltd. – Get Bleak EP : beachy bouncy indie-pop/rock; #verystraightforward
Beach House – Once Twice Melody Chapter 2 EP
Bonobo – Shadows EP
Johnny Marr – Fever Dreams, Pt. 2 EP
Robin Guthrie – Mockingbird Love EP
U2 – I Believe In Father Christmas EP