Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts

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.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall 2016 Music Preview


This is usually the time when I bemoan the lack of marquee releases being released over the next couple month, even in the fourth quarter when tent-poles were usually released. Except there are a couple of albums coming out soon. Metallica released a first single that was straight fire. The new Green Day song is better than anything off their last trio of albums. The mellower side of me is also excited for new Norah Jones and Regina Spektor whose last albums were really good. Okay, that is about it, of those with solid release dates so far, Sting may come in at number five most interesting album coming out before Christmas. But here are a couple more albums that will at least b worth a spin on Spotify when they are released. Click on the album title to pre-order on Amazon. Click the artist's name to be take to their iTunes page.


Last Week
We're All Gonna Die - Dawes
Braver Than We Are - Meat Loaf
Three - Phantogram

Tomorrow
Chapter and Verse - Bruce Springsteen
Tightrope Walker - Rachael Yamagata
Natural Causes - Skylar Grey
Young as the Morning Old as the Sea - Passenger
Leap of Faith - Timothy B. Schmit
A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings - Beach Slang
The Art of Elegance - Kristin Chenoweth
The Prelude Implicit - Kansas

September 30
Remember Us To Life - Regina Spektor
The Alter - Banks
American Band - Drive-By Truckers
22, A Million - Bon Iver
Following My Intuition - Craig David
Atrocity Exhibition - Danny Brown
Keep Me Singing - Van Morrison
Dream too Much - Amy Lee
New City Blues - Aubrie Sellers

October 7
Day Breaks - Norah Jones
Revolution Radio - Green Day
The Malibu Sessions - Colbie Caillat
Swallowed by the New - Glen Phillips
13 Voices - Sum 41
50 - Rick Astley

October 14
Walls - Kings of Leon
The Heart Watches While The Brain Burns - Mike Doughty
Ruminations - Conor Oberst

October 21
saintmotelevision - Saint Motel

November 4
Being No One, Going Nowhere - STRFKR
Eternally Even - Jim James

November 11
57th and 9th - Sting
Jessica Rabbit - Sleigh Bells
Goodnight City - Martha Wainwright

November 18
Hardwired…To Self-Destruct - Metallica
Amateurs - Royal Teeth

TBD
Beck
Dia Frampton
Jimmy Eat World
Liam Gallagher
Lorde
Gorillaz
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Ryan Adams
The Shins
Wu-Tang Clan
Zac Brown Band

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

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

2016 Summer Music Preview


As it seems like every time I do a quarterly round up of albums coming soon, things just seem to be getting more and more dire. These are supposed to be the albums that will be the soundtrack to out collective summer, but most everything is a resounding meh to me. The only album I can even get a little excited for is the new Avett Brothers album. Everything else I will at least give a spin on Spotify hopping for a gem. In the past, at the "TBD" section was where a bulk of the anticipated albums landed before airdropping with little to no notice, but even that is getting thin. If you want to pre-order the album on Amazon, click on the album title, click the artist's name to be taken to their iTunes page.


Last Week
The Getaway - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Johannesburg - Mumford & Sons
Undercurrent - Sarah Jarosz
The Joker Live - Steve Miller Band

This Week
True Sadness - The Avett Brothers
Moving Day - Meiko
Conscious - Broods
Caroline Glaser - Caroline Glaser

July 1
blackSUMMERS'night - Maxwell
Young In All The Wrong Ways - Sara Watkins
The Bride - Bat for Lashes
California - blink-182
King Paten - Holly Henry

July 8
Where the Light Shines Through - Switchfoot
Blank Face LP - ScHoolboy Q
Wildflower - The Avalanches

July 15
H A R D L O V E - Needtobreathe
Love and Hate - Michael Kiwanuka

July 22
Dress to Impress - Keith Sweat

August 5
Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not - Dinosaur Jr.
XX - O.A.R.

August 12
Home of the Strange - Young the Giant

August 26
and the Anonymous Nobody... - De La Soul
Stay Gold - Butch Walker
I'm Alone, No You're Not - Joseph

September 2
My Women - Angel Olsen

September 9
Signs of Light - The Head and the Heart
Away - Okkervil River

September 16
Three - Phantogram

October 7
50 - Rick Astley
12 Voices - Sum 41

TBD
Songs of Experience - U2
Cool Aid - Snoop Dogg
LP2 - Bastille
Echosmith
HAIM
The Rolling Stones
The Stone Roses
The Shins
Tears for Fears

And this may be the quarter when Dr. Dre releases Detox.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Spring 2016 Music Preview



Before I get into the upcoming releases, let m first acknowledge the passing of Phife Dawg. A Tribe Called quest have always been my favorite rap group and of course Phife was a large part of that. Back in the early days of the 9th Green, when I still made mixtapes, I released a Best of A Tribe Called Quest list which you can check out by following the link. But really, if you have not done so already, definitely head over to Spotify or your favorite streaming site to listen to their whole catalouge, especially their first three album which were all five mic albums.

Since my last music preview, two high profile albums finally dropped, both kind of disastrously. Rihanna's ANTI was released prematurely on Tidal before it was rushed released. Kanye West's The Life of Pablo also had some glitches with the streaming site and then Kanye bizarrely decided to not make it available anywhere else and declared physical releases dead. But hey, supossedly there is another Knye album or two coming this year, no word if those will be Tidal exclusives too. Here are the other albums you can get this spring on more than jussts Tidal. Click on the album title to pre-order on Amazon and click the artist's name to be taken to iTunes.

Tomorrow
Beautiful Lies - Birdy
What I'm Feelin' - Anthony Hamilton
Radius - Allen Stone

April 1
Weezer (White Album) - Weezer
Super - Pet Shop Boys
Are You Serious - Andrew Bird
Hurt & The Merciless - The Heavy
Changes - Charles Bradley
The Wilderness - Explosions In the Sky
Bang, Zoom, Crazy...Hello - Cheap Trick

April 8
Cleopatra - The Lumineers
Man About Town - Mayer Hawthorne
Painting Of A Panic Attack - Frightened Rabbit
Call It What It Is - Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Distortland - The Dandy Warhols
Crazy Eyes - Filter
A Cure For Loneliness - Peter Wolf

April 15
The Diary - J Dilla
PersonA - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Santana IV - Santana
This Path Tonight - Graham Nash
Live - That Hot Pink Blues Album - Keb' Mo'

April 22
Hope - The Strumbellas

April 29
Paging Mr. Proust - The Jayhawks

May 6
Detour - Cyndi Lauper
Divides - The Virginmarys

May 20
Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande
I Still Do - Eric Clapton
Fallen Angels - Bob Dylan
Por Favor - Brett Dennen

June 3
Love You to Death - Tegan and Sara
Hero - Maren Morris

June 10
Strange Little Birds - Garbage
Breakin' Point. - Peter Bjorn and John
Good Times! - The Monkees
Big Day in a Small Town - Brandy Clark

June 17

On My One - Jake Bugg

June 24
True Sadness - The Avett Brothers

July 1
The Bride - Bat for Lashes

TBD
Turbo Grafx 16 - Kanye West
Moving Day -Meiko
Golden State - KT Tunstall
Stanger tto Stanger - Paul Simon
G.O.A.T. 2 - LL Cool J
Down in a Hole - Kiefer Sutherland
Delta Rae
Green Day
Linkin Park
Paramore
Pearl Jam

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

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Winter 2016 Music Preview


2013 was dubbed the year of the comeback with Daft Punk, Nickel Creek, and Black Sabbath all releasing new albums after a lengthy hiatus, and in the latter case, an album with Ozzie Osbourne that no one thought would ever happen after almost four decades at odds. But reunion albums are now the norm with last year seeing decade long hatchets buried by Jodeci, Veruca Salt, and New Order except non of those really caught fire. Many suggest the uptick in reunions is the proliferation in festivals Stateside that are looking for big names to set themselves apart. Cochella just announced the reunion of the original Guns N' Roses after two decades of vitriol and LCD Soundsystem (which is not much of a reunion because it is just one dude who decided to "disband" just five years ago). Then usually an album comes so they have something to promote than just their catalog. So already this year we are getting comeback albums from Violent Femmes (15 years) and The English Beat (33 years). I have a feeling those will be more like last year's comeback albums and less Get Lucky. But those are really the only albums worth talking about that are coming out in the first quarter as all the big names are in the TBA section. But here are the few new albums to look out for over the next couple months (and though you may not have heard from Primal Scream since the nineties, I did not bring them up in the comeback album talk because they have both been constantly putting out albums this century).


January 1

Wildflower - Rachel Platten

January 8
Blackstar - David Bowie

January 15
Not To Disappear - Daughter
Sweven - Brooke Waggoner

January 22
New View - Eleanor Friedberger
Dystopia - Megadeth
Adore Life - Savages

January 29
This Is Acting - Sia
Have a Nice Day - Reagan James

February 5
Wonderful Crazy Night - Elton John
The Psychedelic Swamp - Dr. Dog
Ghosts of Highway 20 - Lucinda Williams

February 12
Swish - Kanye West
My Wild West - Lissie

February 19
Side Pony - Lake Street Dive
Painting With - Animal Collective
Need Your Light - Ra Ra Riot
Victorious - Wolfmother

February 26
Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin - Willie Nelson
I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it - The 1975
Keep It Together - Lily and Madeleine
For All Kings - Anthrax

March 4
We Can Do Anything - Violent Femmes
Full Circle - Loretta Lynn
iii - Miike Snow

March 11
ArrangingTime - Pete Yorn
Good Grief - Lucius
Painkillers - Brian Fallon

March 18
Chaosmosis - Primal Scream

April 1
Weezer (White Album) - Weezer
Changes - Charles Bradley
The Wilderness - Explosions In the Sky

April 15
This Path Tonight - Graham Nash

TBA
Moonlight - Ariana Grande
Boys Don't Cry - Frank Ocean
Anti - Rihanna
Mascochism - Sky Ferreira
RTJ3 - Run The Jewels
Detore - Cyndi Lauper
Meart + Beat - The Band Perry
Drogas - Lupe Fiasco
Skulls - Lupe Fiasco
Roy - Lupe Fiasco (which he claims to be his final album)
Shine - Wale
Here We Go Love - The English Beat
Anna Nalick
Beck
Bleachers
Blink-182
Bruno Mars
Charli XCX
Christina Aguilera
Ed Sheeran
Gorillaz
Haim
The Killers
Kings of Leon
Lorde
The Lumineers
Metallica
My Morning Jacket
Nine Inch Nails
Pearl Jam
Radiohead
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Sleigh Bells
Soundgarden
U2
Vampire Weekend

And this could be the year we finally get Detox from Dr. Dre.