Sleater-Kinney The Center Won’t Hold

[Mom + Pop; 2019]

Styles: what if One Beat were MassEduction?
Others: St. Vincent

When Sleater-Kinney released No Cities To Love in January 2015, it was the ass-kicking jumpstart the year needed. The iconic trio’s first album after a nearly decade-long hiatus, it was welcomed with open arms across the board. Critics and diehards alike linked hands across America to sing “Price Tag” and sway gently under the afternoon sun.

RIP: Daniel Johnston

RIP: Daniel Johnston

“Everybody, it’s gonna happen. You know it’s gonna happen. It happens every day. Billions and billions of people have already died. You too will die. Sing along with us, won’t you?”
– Daniel Johnston, “Funeral Home”

From The Austin Chronicle:

Bonnie “Prince” Billy announces first album for Drag City in eight years, shares song and video

Bonnie "Prince" Billy announces first album for Drag City in eight years, shares song and video
Photo: Christian Hansen

Between 2003 and 2011, Will Oldham signed off on a run of seven albums under the Bonnie “Prince” Billy guise for Chicago’s Drag City; since then, almost the same amount of time has passed without one.

That’s going to change soon: the songwriter has announced I Made a Place, a new collection of originals co-released by the label and his own Palace Records. The LP will be out on November 15, and is now ushered in by a single called “At the Back of the Pit.”

Belle and Sebastian Days of the Bagnold Summer

[Matador; 2019]

Rating: 2.5/5

Styles: mumblecore revival, twee muzak, adolescence
Others: Real Estate, If You’re Feeling Sinister, the good parts of The Graduate OST

If it weren’t for the film’s IMDb page and a single teaser clip posted to YouTube, it’d be easy to mistake Days of the Bagnold Summer for another proper full-length entry in Belle and Sebastian’s discography. Even the monochrome, vacant-eyed portraiture on its sleeve fits uniformly into the Scottish band’s catalogue, while the forthcoming indie flick’s synopsis reads like one of the short stories frontman Stuart Murdoch slips into his liner notes.

Kali Malone The Sacrificial Code

[iDEAL; 2019]

Rating: 4/5

Styles: organ
Others: Eva-Maria Houben, Ellen Arkbro

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FKA twigs returns with new album MAGDALENE, out next month on Young Turks

FKA twigs returns with new album MAGDALENE, out next month on Young Turks

As Bob Dylan would probably say if he were alive today, “the times, they are a-changin” “it’s been a minute” since FKA twigs hit us with “Cellophane,” her first new song since 2016, and the first hint of new “major” work nearing completion since 2015’s M3LL155X EP.

Face Reveal Face Reveal

[Basement Corner Emissions; 2019]

Rating: 2.5/5

Styles: noï-Z
Others: Bigfoot, Stark’s Vacuum Museum

The child’s face, converted by a few strokes, had vanished but in the notched teeth and gaping orbits, large enough to hold a car, we could still see an echo of its infant features. The spectre moved past us, the spectators frowning at this weeping skull whose rain fell upon their faces.

DJ Spinn announces first release in four years, Da Life EP on Hyperdub, shares “U Ain’t Really Bout Dat Life”

DJ Spinn announces first release in four years, Da Life EP on Hyperdub, shares “U Ain’t Really Bout Dat Life”

DJ Spinn has announced his return to new release shelves and trending playlists everywhere. His latest project is called Da Life EP, and it’s out through Hyperdub on October 18.

Dean Blunt’s World Music label takes over NTS in September, premieres with Panda Bear, Mica Levi, and DJ Escrow

Dean Blunt's World Music label takes over NTS in September, premieres with Panda Bear, Mica Levi, and DJ Escrow
From Panda Bear's "Token" video

What’s your favorite thing about September? Grandparent’s Day? Labor Day? That it’s also National Potato Month? Well, fuck all of the above (fuck you too, while I’m at it!), because Dean Blunt’s label World Music has just kicked off a month-long residency at NTS Radio.

Jay Som Anak Ko

[Polyvinyl; 2019]

Styles: indie rock, guitar music, highway at sunset, sidewalk mid-day, driveway in the suburbs, alone in my room
Others: Hand Habits, Palehound, Mitski, Stephen Steinbrink

In case you missed it, Everybody Works was the brilliant and tender 2017 breakthrough for Jay Som. It traversed a bevy of genres and moods, putting Melina Mae Duterte’s songwriting, arrangement, performance, and production talents on display. This made for a dynamic if slightly scattershot album. It showed a wide palette (and some serious jams), but it left me hungry for a more unified work.

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