Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts
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Thursday, June 21, 2018

2018 Summer Preview



For a couple straight years I did not do a Most Anticipated list for my upcoming music round up post because I was finding it hard to come up with five albums to get remotely excited about. So last spring I was excited to actually have five worth talking about. I thought this may be a turning point for the music industry who had been decimated by low revenues for years. But streaming was finally starting to turn a profit which in turn record labels were spending more money on diverse artist. Then I started to compire my summer preview... and the album outlook is pretty dire again. Seriously, there are only five albums that I will even give one listen two listed listed to be released in July right now and even then one of them is a live album by a two hit wonder from the eighties. Even January is not that dire for music.

Granted we did get some surprise late spring releases. For the past month Kanye West has put out an album each week with little notice. Sure if you cherry picked the best tracks from each of the for albums and you would still get a pretty mediocre compilation. I do not even care for the last one coming this week. Then Saturday, Jay-Z and Beyonce released a joint album under the name The Carters stealing a little of Kanye's thunder. Granted that album was received only slightly better than the G.O.O.D. albums. So maybe we will get a few more surprised albums this summer though after Kanye, Jay-Z, and Beyonce, there are very few artist that most people could get excited for a surprise release. But here are the albums I will at the very least give one spin on Spotify this summer. Click on the album for an Amazon pre order or click on the band's name to be taken to their iTunes page.


June 22
Passwords - Dawes
Bad Witch - Nine Inch Nails
All o This Life -The Record Company

June 29
High as Hope - Florence + The Machine
The Now Now - Gorillaz
Greetings from the Neon Frontier - The Wild Feathers
Uniform Distortion - Jim James
Our Country: Americana Act II - Ray Davies

July 6
Ascension - A Flock of Seagulls

July 13
Wide Awake - Rayland Baxter
Love Monster - Amy Shark

July 20
Take Me to the Disco - Meg Myers
All Ashore - Punch Brothers

August 10
Know. - Jason Mraz

August 17
Thank You for Today - Death Cab for Cutie

Agust 24
Parallel Universe - Plain White T's

August 31
My New Moon - Amos Lee
Runaway - Passenger
Villains - Emma Blackery

August 17
Sweetener - Ariana Grande

September 7
Raise Vibration - Lenny Kravitz
Egypt Station - Paul McCartney
Ruby - Macy Gray

September 14
Cry Pretty - Carrie Underwood

September 21
Piano and A Microphone: 1983 - Prince

TBA
Sweetener - Ariana Grande
Weezer (The Black Album) - Weezer
The 1975
Avril Lavigne
blink-182
The Doobie Brothers
Grimes
Robyn
Slick Rick
Taylor Swift
Tenacious D

And of course this could be the quarter that Dr. Dre releases Detox.



Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Five Most Anticipated Albums of Spring 2018


Someone pointed out to me that my list of the 100 Best Songs of 2017 was very chick heavy. Looking back at previous year end lists, it looked like a bit of an anomaly with the fairer sex lucky to make up a quter of previous list. But looking at my most anticipated music of this spring, maybe it was not an anomaly but a trend because most albums I am looking forward to are by female singer. Here are five albums I am really looking forward to over the next couple months

1. Love Is Dead - Chvrches (May 25) - There used to be a sophomore slump, but I wonder if maybe the third album is the hardest. If you have a great sound, you can just duplicate that on your second album and still have it sound good. But it is hard to stretch it into three albums without sounding tired. Chvrches released two very good album based around melodic electronic sounds. From the first single they did not sound like they were switching things up but things got a little more interesting with the second single where they brought into the singer from The National whos voice is a start difference to that of the Chvrches singer. Hopefully the album takes more chances.

2. No Shame - Lily Allen (June 8) - Speaking of third albums, Sheesuz was a turning point for Lily Allen. It seemed like half of the songs were he same snotty songs that she sculpted to perfection of her first two albums, but the other showed huge growth with a more mature Lily. I am actually hoping for more maturity from her fourth outing.

3. Dirty Computer - Janelle Monáe (April 28) - Janelle Monoe started out as this weird alt-RnB songstress but her latest Prince inspired song, Make Me Feel, may be the catchiest pop song you hear this year but still does not lose that coolness from her early work.

4. Golden Hour - Kacey Musgraves (March 30) - Musgraves is also on that tricky third album. Except her second album was a bit rougher. But both singles released from the new album definitely do not sound anything like the down home songs from the first two albums.

5. When My Heart Felt Volcanic - The Aces (April 6) - Rock's demised has been discussed for a while now, but one causality that does not really get talked about is that pop rock or power pop is pretty dead. Whether you consider it pop with a little edge or rock with a heavy dose of sugar, you just do not hear that anymore. Here are four friends from Utah, just a guitar, bass, and drums, and no weird computer sounds to be heard. Very familiar but very refreshing since no one does it anymore.

Here are a bunch of album that will at the very least be worth a spin on Spotify including the first album from a nineties one hit wonder, their first since that decades, and a bizarre collaboration from an eighties New Wave singer and nineties reggae artist.


March 23
Boarding House Reach - Jack White
Staying at Tamara's - George Ezra
The Two of Us - Chloe x Halle
Paradox (Original Music from the Film) - Neil Young & Promise of the Real
Castles - Lissie
Sex and Cigarettes - Toni Braxton

March 30
Yesterday Was Forever - Kate Nash
Liberty - Lindi Ortega
Electric Café - En Vogue
No Mercy in This Land - Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite

April 6
The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs - Wye Oak
Revamp: The Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin

April 20
44/876 - Sting & Shaggy
Vide Noir - Lord Huron
Primal Heart - Kimbra
Sparrow - Ashley Monroe
Volunteer - Old Crow Medicine Show

April 27
Last Man Standing - Willie Nelson

May 4
Good Thing - Leon Bridges
Free Yourself Up - Lake Street Dive
Lost Friends - Middle Kids
Dove - Belly

May 18
Electric Light - James Bay
Wide Awake! - Parquet Courts
Tell Me How You Really Feel - Courtney Barnett

May 25
Wildness - Snow Patrol

June 1
The Future And The Past - Natalie Prass
Hell-On - Neko Case

TBA
Ariana Grande
Black Star
Busta Rhymes
Chic
Christina Aguilera
Grimes
Herbie Hancock
Kanye West
Robyn
Smashing Pumpkins

And of course this could be the quarter that Dr. Dre releases Detox.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

2018 Winter Music Preview


It is the usual ho hum nothing too much to get excited about winter music preview. The most interesting artists are all listed in the TBA section which probably means we will not actually get any new music from them until summer. Then I read an article with Dr. Dre saying Detox is not entirely dead. To catch people up, after releasing 2001 in 1999, Dre started working on Detox, which he claimed to be his last album. And it kept being pushed back. Even Guns 'n Roses managed to release Chinese Democracy first. Then Dre popped up in a Dr. Pepper commercial in 2009 (ironically the same brand that said every person in America would get a free can if Chinese Democracy came out the previous year; granted I never got my free can because the website was down and have not Dr. Pepper since out of spite) making everyone think this was the start of the Detox campaign. Kush was then release the following to general meh. Same with I Need a Doctor the next year. And once again Detox was shelved. Word then broke that Dre was releasing music inspired by the biopic Straight Outta Compton in 2015, except that was all new music and not Detox. And it seemed Detox was dead. Until last week when Dre dropped by a Golden State Warrior practice and an ESPN reporter asked if Detox is permanently shelved to which the producer replied, "I’m working on a couple songs right now. We’ll see." We have been waiting for Detox fifteen years now, and there is a chance we will hear it someday. Sure it may not be until after he is dead and his next of kin needs more money, but someday. Never give up hope. But here are that we will definitely (probably) get to hear this year. Click on the album name to pre-order on Amazon and the artist's name to go to their iTunes page.


Last Week
Phases - Caroline Pennell
Encore - Anderson East

Tomorrow
Ruins - First Aid Kit
Primal Heart - Kimbra
M A N I A - Fall Out Boy
Between Two Shores - Glen Hansard
I can feel you creep into my private life - Tune-Yards
Fleetwood Mac (Deluxe) - Fleetwood Mac

January 26
The Snake King - Rick Springfield
The Brown Tape - Ghostface Killah and Apollo Brown

February 2
Strawberry Moon - Amy Vachal
Walk Between Worlds - Simple Minds

February 9
Sleepwalkers - Brian Fallon
Always Ascending - Franz Ferdinand
Black Panther: The Album

February 16
See You Around - I'm With Her
Uncle, Duke and The Chief - Born Ruffians
By the Way, I Forgive You - Brandi Carlile

February 23
Nation of Two - Vance Joy

March 2
Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt - Moby
A Productive Cough - Titus Andronicus
You're Not Alone - Andrew W.K.
All Nerve - The Breeders

March 9
Both Sides of the Sky - Jimi Hendrix

March 16
I'll Be Your Girl - The Decemberists

March 23
Castles - Lissie
Ivory - Gin Wigmore
Beasts of Burgundy - Squirrel Nut Zippers

TBA
Golden Hour - Kacey Musgraves
Boarding House Reach - Jack White
Music for Cars - The 1975
Masochism - Sky Ferreira
Forever - Phife Dawg
Stanger Songs - Ingrid Michaelson
Ariana Grande
Bruce Springsteen
Butthole Surfers
Carly Rae Jepsen
Dave Matthews Band
Frank Ocean
Gnarls Barkley
Gorillaz
Kanye West
Paul McCartney
Selena Gomez
Vampire Weekend

And of course, this could be the year we hear Detox.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

2017 Fall Music Preview


Two things that really stood out to this nineties child when giving a once over to the list of albums coming out this fall. First off we are getting dueling Gallagher albums! Okay, this would have been much more exciting if this were 1997 not 2017. And the other thing was an album being released by some guy named William Patrick Corgan. If you have not figured it out yet, that is Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan. Apparently he thought Deborah Gibsn's name change was not silly enough so he also added the middle name. In other ninties news, Beck is coming out with a fun album after his super depressing Album of the Year one, Wu-Tang Clan is back with an album anyone can buy, while U2 is also back to making people buying albums again. Oh, and Hootie of the Blowfish fame is still putting out country music while Primus is back with their original lineup since 1995. And of course Weezer is back with their bi-yearly release of disapointing tracks. In other artists you probably did not realize were still releasing music news, oh, hey, Barenaked Ladies, Boyz II Men, and Seal.

 I spent so much time on the nineties because as usually I am mostly meh on current music. I have enjoyed what I have heard from the upcoming Jessie Ware album and Jillian Jaqcqueline and Carly Pearce are a breath of fresh air in country pop music along with Danielle Bradbery who put out a track I kind of like (though weird to release a song called Hello Summer on the first day of fall) but that is about it. I will give at least a Spotify stream to these albums. You can pre-order the albums by clicking the album title or go to their iTunes page by clicking on the artists name.


Last Week
Wonderful Wonderful - The Killers
Side A - Jillian Jacqueline

Friday
Sorry Is Gone - Jessica Lea Mayfield
The Desaturating Seven - Primus
Now - Shania Twain
The Attractions of Youth - Barns Courtney
Let's Play Two (Live) - Pearl Jam
Core (Super Deluxe Edition) - Stone Temple Pilots

October 6
As You Were - Liam Gallagher
Offering - Cults

October 13
Colors - Beck
Every Little Thing - Carly Pearce
The Saga Continues - Wu-Tang
There is No Love in Fluorescent Light - Stars
Carry Fire - Robert Plant
Ogilala - William Patrick Corgan
The Con X: Covers - Tegan and Sara
Holiday's Rule Vol. 2

October 20
Glasshouse - Jessie Ware
When Was the Last Time - Darius Rucker
Under the Streetlight - Boyz II Men
All American Made - Margo Price
Southern Gothic - Tyminski
Fever to Tell (Deluxe Remastered) - Yeah Yeah Yeahs

October 27
Pacific Daydream - Weezer
World Wide Funk - Bootsy Collins

November 3
Unapologetically - Kelsea Ballerini
Wild and Reckless - Blitzen Trapper

November 10
Reputation - Taylor Swift
Synthesis - Evanescence
What If Nothing - Walk the Moon
Phases - Angel Olsen
Standards - Seal
Automatic for the People (25th Anniversary Edition) - R.E.M.

November 17
Fake Nudes - Barenaked Ladies
If All I Was Was Black - Mavis Staples

November 24
Who Built the Moon? - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

December 1
Songs of Experience - U2
I Don't Believe We Met - Danielle Bradbery

January 19
M A  N   I    A - Fall Out Boy

March 2
TBD - Andrew W.K.



TBA
Pitch Perfect 3 Soundtrack
Inside a Dream - Echosmith
Untitled Christmas Album - Sia
The All-American Rejects
Arctic Monkeys
Ariana Grande
Bob Seger
Cat Power
Father John Misty
Kid Rock
Paul McCartney
Pistol Annies
Sheryl Crow
Vampire Weekend

And of course this could be the quarter Dr. Dre releases Detox.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer 2017 Music Preview


To curate a list of albums coming out this summer I headed over to the Pre-Order page on Google Play and on the top line was an album by Goldfinger. That pretty much sums up music these days that one of the albums coming out over the next couple months that Google is hyping the most is by a band who it would be kind of generous to call them a One Hit Wonder. There is not much else to say about this crop of albums so lets just get to the list of albums that should at very least a stream on Spotify.

June 23
Purple Rain Deluxe (Expanded Edition) - Prince
Evolve - Imagine Dragons
Mosaic - 311
New Waves - Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
Despicable Me 3 Soundtrack

June 30
The Storm - ZZ Ward
TLC - TLC

July 7
Something to Tell You - HAIM

July 14
Low Blows - Meg Mac
Ultralife - Oh Wonder
Kaleidoscope EP - Coldplay
Something's Changing - Lucy Rose
Hitchhiker - Neil Young

July 21
Lust for Life - Lana Del Rey
Sacred Hearts Club - Foster the People
Barefoot In the Head - Chris Robinson Brotherhood
The Knife - Goldfinger
Defying Gravity - Mr. Big

July 28
All I Ever See In You Is Me - Jillette Johnson
Everything Now - Arcade Fire
Powers of Piece - Santana and The Isley Brothers
Paranormal - Alice Cooper

August 11
Anchors - Will Hoge

August 25
A Deeper Understanding - The War on Drugs
Beast Epic - Iron & Wine
Villains - Queens of the Stone Age

September 8
Shade - Living Colour
Sleep Well Beast - The National

September 15
Prophets of Rage - Prophets of Rage
Concrete and Gold - Foo Fighters
Walk into a Storm - The Lone Bellow
M A N I A - Fall Out Boy

September 29
Shania Now - Shania Twain

TBA
Music For Cars - The 1975
From A Room: Volume 2 - Chris Stapleton
Aretha Franklin
Nas
Paul McCartney
Steve Perry
U2

And of course this could be the quarter that Dr. Dre drops Detox.



Thursday, March 23, 2017

2017 Spring Music Preview


Oh wow, looking over the list of albums coming out this spring that I am kind of excited about. Sure not enough to make a most anticipated list, but it is inching that way. I already went on about the return of Michelle Branch dung the winter preview, then add to that Lorde and Fleet Foxes. It has been four years since Lorde debuted and changed the pop landscape and it sound like it has changed her too with two big piano based songs replacing her drum heavy sound of her first album. I has been six years since Fleet Foxes put out the excellent Helplessness Blues and it does not sound like they have chance much. Of course both albums are supposed to drop on the same day. Here is a list of other albums coming out in the next couple months that will at least be worthy of a spin on Spotify. Click on the album title to pre-order on Amazon, click the artists name to be taken to their iTunes page.


Tomorrow
The Wild - Raekwon
WildHorse - RaeLynn
We All Want the Same Things - Craig Finn
Souvenir - Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
Damage and Joy - The Jesus and Mary Chain

March 31
Triplicate - Bob Dylan
The Ride - Nelly Furtado
Emperor of Sand - Mastodon
Bloodlust - Body Count

April 7
Hopeless Romantic - Michelle Branch
L.A. Divine - Cold War Kids
Pure Comedy - Father John Misty
Whiteout Conditions - The New Pornographers

April 14
Ladies & Gentlemen - Barenaked Ladies & The Persuasions
The Seven - Talib Kweli & Styles P

April 21
Sad Clowns & Hillbillies - John Mellencamp
Be Myself - Sheryl Crow
8 - Incubus
Americana - Ray Davies
Wrangled - Angaleena Presley

April 28
God's Problem Child - Willie Nelson
Pleasure - Feist
Something Else - The Cranberries
Pussycat - Juliana Hatfield

May 5
Pollinator - Blondie
In Spades - The Afghan Whigs

May 12
Welcome Home - Zac Brown Band

May 19
One More Light - Linkin Park

June 2
Kaleidoscope EP - Coldplay

June 9
Relaxer - alt-J

June 16
Melodrama - Lorde
Crack-Up - Fleet Foxes
The Nashville Sound - Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit

TBD
Forever - Phife Dawg
Fake Nudes - Barenaked Ladies
Mosaic - 311
As You Were - Liam Gallagher
Beck
Pat Benatar
Aretha Franklin
Shania Twain

And of course this could be the quarter Dr. Dre finally releases Detox

Friday, January 27, 2017

2017 Winter Music Preview


This is usually the time where I decry the death of the music industry and the lack of any marquee albums coming out in the near future, but I am not going to do that this time (well, I guess I kind of did) because I am actually kind of excited for something (supposedly) coming out soon: the new album by Michelle Branch. Her debut album Teh Spirit Room was one of the greatest pop-rock albums of all time and number five on my list of The 100 Greatest Albums of the 00's. Her sophomore was pretty good (#39) then she went country with her duo The Wreckers who released one album... then nothing. That album was 2006, Hotel Paper was 2003. Okay there was an EP seven years ago but there were also two aborted albums. Now she is on a new label and it seems like the album, produced by The Black Keys Patrick Carney, may actually be released. But hey, fourteen years my sound like a long time to wait for a third album, Bell Biv DeVoe is dropping their third today, twenty-four after their second. Wait, Spotify is saying they actually on their fourth and released an album in 2001... who knew. But anyway. Here is a list of albums coming out the next couple months that will at least be worthy of a listen on Spotify. Click on the album titles to be taken to Amazon or the artist name to be taken to their iTunes page.


Today
Three Stripes - Bell Biv DeVoe
A Girl a Bottle a Boat - Train
Stitch of the World - Tift Merritt
Red Sea Road - Ellie Holcomb
Near To The Wild Heart Of Life - Japandroids

February 3
J'ouvert - Wyclef Jean
Snowdonia - Surfer Blood

February 10
Zombies on Broadway - Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness
DROGAS Light - Lupe Fiasco

February 17
Prisoner - Ryan Adams
Now That the Light Is Fading - Maggie Rogers
Highway Queen - Nikki Lane
Notes of Blue - Son Volt
In it to Win It - Charlie Wilson

February 24
Graveyard Whistling - Old 97's
Freedom Highway - Rhiannon Giddens
The Breaker - Little Big Town

March 3
÷ - Ed Sheeran
Bruises - Dia Frampton
Voids - Minus the Bear

March 10
The Wild - Raekwon
Heartworms - The Shins
The Navigator - Hurray for the Riff Raff
Semper Femina - Laura Marling
Tango in the Night (Reissue) - Fleetwood Mac

March 17
Hot Thoughts - Spoon

March 24
Damage and Joy - The Jesus and Mary Chain
We All Want the Same Things - Craig Finn

March 31
The Ride - Nelly Furtado
Mental Illness - Aimee Mann

April 7
Hopeless Romantic - Michelle Branch
Pure Comedy - Father John Misty

May 12
Welcome Home - Zac Brown Band

May 19
Singles Soundtrack (Reissue)


TBD
Kaleidoscope EP - Coldplay
Buckingham McVie - Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham
Be Myself - Sheryl Crow
Ariana Grande
Big Boi
Chuck Berry
Dan Auerbach
Foo Fighters
Kid Rock
The Killers
LIVE
Liz Phair
The Oak Ridge Boys
Phife Dawg
ScHoolboy Q
U2

And of course this could be the quarter when Dr. Dre releases Detox.