So many great albums came out these past few months to close out the year it’s hard to keep up! This year’s Best List is going to be especially hard.
But before that chaos ensues, let’s take a look at who’s coming to town.
JPEGMAFIA drooped a new album and hits us with 2 shows. His last album was on my top 10 of 2018 and excited to see him live. I’ll be at the Williamsburg show.
Black Midi hits Warsaw with their incredible new album.
Guerilla Toss has a wild & wacky new EP record release at Trans-Pecos.
Alex Cameron plays Webster Hall and it is going to be awesome.
An intense double bill of Daughters & Health at Brooklyn Steel. I caught both bands already this year with Daughters playing one of the best shows and Health playing one of the worst shows, so I guess I’m 50/50 on this one.
Looking ahead to 2020, Caroline Polachek continues to tour under her new album Pang that is getting better on every listen. I was lucky to catch her last week and I might have to see her again.
Michael Kiwanuka’s album released a few days ago and it’s pretty wonderful so far.
I vividly remember hearing the opening guitar riff on What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? on Mtv. Back then that platform was one of the main ways I found out about new releases. By this time, I was already a huge R.E.M. fan and eager to see where their 9th record was going to go. The video encapsulated a new direction for the band while also making a commentary to their fame. Monster came out during an interesting age of media and music and its analysis is sprinkled throughout the album. Despite it’s negative reception I immediately embraced its uniqueness and listening to it again, the songs hold up pretty strong. Definitely worth revisiting these songs again and the re-issue is physically beautiful.
It’s been 13 years. Finally a new album and although it is a quintessential Tool release, Fear Inoculum could have been a so much more. I’ll never say no to a Tool album as their releases have been pillars of music but the band could have pushed in a new direction. Very underwhelming…
The beginning of 2019 has started quite strong.
Lots of good songs dropped in anticipation for new releases.
Excited for the following albums: Aldous Harding, Big Thief, Vampire Weekend, Tim Hecker, The National, Operators, Sky Ferreira, Tool
The months after April are always my busiest as the bands from SXSW make their way up the east coast. A mix of old & new bands are on my calendar, including a bunch from my top 100 list. Some highlights:
The Coathangers come back with a new release. Although not that crazy about what I’ve heard so far on it, their live shows are super fun.
The double bill of Black Belt Eagle Scout,Julia Jacklin is a must go show.
Three bands on my 2018 top 10 lists playing at the same time 🙁 Camp Cope & Health w/ Youth Code.
I’ll be opting for the Health show so if anyone wants tix for Camp Code, hit me up.
Other top 2018 list bands playing live. JPEGMAFIA, Idles, Tierra Whack, MGMT
and Versus is coming back with a show and a new release.
I’ve added some up & comers to the concert list from SXSW bands that caught my ear, so that list will be constantly updated in the next few days. Currently working on my SXSW playlist.
Woohoo what a start to 2019. I have been eagerly awaiting this new release from HEALTH. They have been dropping these incredible collaboration singles all last year. Their song Innocence with Youth Code was my pick for #1 of 2018, so you know I’m hyped for even more new stuff. Just got my preorder and upon 1st listen it’s dark and beautiful. Not sure if I like it more than Death Magic but it is different enough to mark some new territories for the band to explore. The title track is a hooky gem and on constant repeat over here. And if you haven’t seem them live, get tickets NOW.