Release Radar: Death From Above

New releases continue to blossom as September wraps up – this has definitely been the biggest release month of the year.  New releases I will be checking out include (there are 10!) the 4th album from J Roddy Walston & the Business “Destroyers of the Soft Life” who are now based in Richmond after starting in Tennessee and time […]

Release Radar

August has been redeemed this week by more noteworthy releases than you can shake a stick at!  Iron & Wine (Sam Beam) gives us his first new material in 4 years as Iron & Wine with “Beast Epic”, the debut album “Invitation” from supergroup Filthy Friends (Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney), plus friends), Bay Area garage/psych rockers Thee Oh Sees (now just Oh Sees)give us maybe their 16th? Album […]

Get Gone by Seratones

Notable new releases this week include an epic loose concept album by emerging indie singer/songwriter Car Seat Headrest “Teens of Denial”, the second album from the pre-Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers band Mudcrutch (with Petty on bass instead of guitar) “2”, new “supergroup” (featuring members from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Blood Brothers) Head Wound […]

Teens of Denial by Car Seat Headrest

Car Seat Headrest is a pretty stupid name for a band, but there’s a story behind it that makes more sense.  They actually started not as a band, but the work of a single artist, Will Toledo.  Toledo hails from Virginia, and first started recording music on his computer with the built in mic and […]

Nonagon Infinity by Bottomless Pit

Notable new releases this week include new albums from noise/rap innovators Death Grips “Bottomless Pit”, a punkish yet very focused effort from White Lung “Paradise”, and an interesting collaboration-filled release from Montreal-based producer Kaytranada “99%”.  There were also new singles released this past week by both Radiohead and the Red Hot Chili Peppers – I […]

Imani, Vol. 1 (Favorites) by Blackalicious

Blackalicious are a Bay Area rap act that got their start back in ’87 when founding members rapper Gift of Gab and DJ/producer Chief Xcel met when they were students at John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento.  When they graduated in ’89 they went their separate ways but were reunited 3 years later in […]

Fifth Harmony – Work from Home ft. Ty Dolla $ign

Great bass line on this track, no doubt. Catchy beat carries the lyrics on this fun track. The video is nothing short of eye candy for the ladies. It is pretty simple to get lost in the beat and forget about the lyrics. The message visually is that the lead vocalist is in charge. Fifth […]

Rise Up by Andre Day

Andra Day owes her success to YouTube, thanks to a cover of Jessie J’s “Mamma Knows Best” in 2012. This cover reached number 2 on the YouTube Music Charts and lead to Andra signing a record deal with Warner Bros. Records. Prior to the release of her debut album, Andra was featured in Rolling Stones […]

Do You Remember by Jarryd James

Jarryd comes to us from Australia, where he began playing in a band called Holland in 2012. The band recorded a debut album, but it was never released and this led Jarryd to fall into depression and quit making music. In late 2014, he was asked to accompany some friends on a tour as their […]

My love is cool (Favorites) by Wolf Alice

I’m tapping into another London-based band this week, not all-female but led by a female vocalist.  Wolf Alice formed back in 2010 as a duo and released an EP, but grew to their current quartet in 2012.  The band released a number of singles before releasing an EP in 2013 which got a lot of […]