Jams: Week of February 2nd, 2018

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So much great music was released today and throughout the week. We wanted to acknowledge some of our favorite albums, songs, and music videos. Anything that doesn't make the top 5 can still be found in the playlist. Don't take the ratings too serious, they're mostly a way to stay organized. If there's an artist on the playlist they are worth listening to, but there are a few we wanted to call out specifically.


Albums


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HookWorms
Microshift

Leeds band Hookworms' third album is full of songs that surprise. Dancey jams in the vein of LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip are countered with soaring melodic ballads. The third album is a milestone in every band's career, where they reach new heights and come into their own. This album shows a band that is so comfortable in a their style that it comes across as effortless, when it's actually extremely complex. If you want to hear expertly crafted compositions, catchy melodies, and powerful lyrics this album checks all those boxes. This is the first album I've heard from this band and I'm blown away at how cohesive they are. 


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#2


Rae Morris
Someone Out There

On her sophomore album British singer Rae Morris delivers angelic synth-pop with enormous pop hooks, inventive percussion and electronics. However, while the music is creative, effective, and extremely well crafted I feel like this album's strengths are the basic tenants of songwriting. If you stripped away all the flashy electronics, these songs would still be engaging and powerful. Not to mention Morris' vocal performance adds that final 1-2 punch to just knock you on your ass. This what pop music is supposed to sound like. Hey Mr. Grammy president dude women have been "stepping up" since the music industry existed but if you need current example here she is. If Rae Morris' music isn't an example of what accessible and palatable pop can be I don't know what is.


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#3


Rich brian
amen

18 Year old Indonesian rapper makes his debut and I was surprised by how much I loved this album. With a laid back yet lightning fast flow, Brain demonstrates his abilities both in the style of more classic rhythmic rap as well as the modern trap sound. This album is full of smooth melodic cuts and braggadocios trap bangers. You could draw connections to artists like Drake, Chance or Tyler, but Brian's really has a unique sound. He also discusses things that you wouldn't usually hear in rap music, like asking his dad for advice and being homeschooled. The production on this album really sets it apart, Brian spits over dense, and ever-changing compositions that don't sound like any other hip hop out there. This is an odd yet infectious debut album. 


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Rhye
Blood

On the second album as Rhye, Mike Milosh once again delivers soft and smokey R&B tunes, only this time adds a bit of a funky edge. While these songs are compositionally dense, everything is understated and carefully placed that it never feels like there is too much going on. Groovy guitars, horns and piano come and go as the song requires, a perfect counterweight to Milosh's low key vocal style. This is album is pretty low energy but never gets boring. We've been waiting 5 years for a follow up to 2013's Woman and this album delivered the best possible outcome, subtle growth over the existing style that works so well. 


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#5


Anna Burch
Quit The Curse

The Michigan native turned Chicagoan singer/songwriter delivers a shimmering debut album. Burch delivers dreamy tunes with undertones of surf-rock and jangle pop in the vein of Wavves and Alvvays.


Songs


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The Voidz
QYURRYUS

Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas released an album with his band The Voidz in 2014 and now they're back with a surprising new sound that is both super catchy and a bit unsettling. Screeching guitars and bassy industrial synths create a driving rhythm as Julian's chopped vocals are reminiscent of Bollywood pop, before the song shifts into a twinkling outro with heavily auto-tuned vocals. Casablancas is always doing something interesting whether it's his solo work, The Strokes, or a Lonely Island feature. I'm looking forward to hearing what he's got cooking this time. 

From Virtue out March 30th on Cult Records


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Lord Huron
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In 2015, folk-rock outfit Lord Huron released Strange Trails, an eerie and epic saga about the strange places life takes us. Now their following up their finest album to date with Vide Noir, an album that share that misty mysteriousness, this time inspired by Ben Schnider wandering around LA, "through downtown’s neon canyons and way out to the darksome ocean." They released this single in two parts. Part 1 is a lush 6 minute banger on it's own, but part two pushes it even further. They've taken the sound they established on Strange Trails  and pushed it even further, with dense yet tempered compositions that reach an explosive peak in the second part of the song. This seems like a fitting follow up to their last amazing album, both examining the spectrum of human experience. 

From Vide Noir out April 20th on Whispering Pines/Republic Records


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#3


The weekend feat. kendrick lamar
pray for me

The most racist president we've ever seen sits in the white house. Meanwhile, 2018's Black History Month will see the release of Marvel's Black Panther,  which looks like it may be the best MCU film yet. What a strange time to be alive. The films soundtrack will be released next Friday and boasts an all-star lineup of rappers, singers, and producers like SZA, Anderson Paak, Khalid, Schoolboy Q , Vince Staples, and James Blake to name a few. On this song, we get some classic Weekend hooks, a badass verse from Kendrick (what else is new) examining what makes a hero. I can't wait until this movie comes out, it has one of the strongest casts of any Marvel movie, we get our first solo Black superhero, and it has some awesome music to add to the experience. I can't wait to see T'Challa kick ass to this song.  

From Black Panther: The Album out February 9th


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#4


Soccer Mommy
Cool

Sophie Allison has been making music as Soccer Mommy since 2015,  one of Nashville's most promising DIY upstarts. This song starts with hazy guitar before busting into a breezy groove, as Sophie compares herself to another girl wishing, "I could be that cool." This song shows us what we can look forward to on the debut, demonstrating Allison's songwriting skills and compositional prowess. 

From Clean out March 2nd on Fat Possum


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#5


Ultimate Painting
Not gonna burn myself anymore

Last year The Proper Ornaments made my year end list with their album Foxhole, and now it looks like James Hoare might make the list again this year with his other band Ultimate Painting. Co-led by Jack Cooper, this new single finds them further honing their and it seems like this may be their best album yet. Creamy guitar licks bounce off each other in a bouncy understated groove as James states, "I turn myself inside out to give them something to talk about," and declaring "I'm not gonna burn myself anymore." This seems like the precipice for the sound that UP has been developing over the past few albums.

From Up! out April 6th on Bella Union


Music Videos



#1


Migos
Stir Fry

Directors: Sing J. Lee + Quavo
Taken from Culture II out now on Quality Control



#2


Andrew W.K. 
Ever Again

Directors: Mario Dane and Frank Vierti
Writers: Andrew W.K. and Doug Anson
Taken from You're Not Alone out March 2nd on RED/Sony



#3


TOKiMONSTA feat. Selah Sue
I Wish I Could

Director: Mitchell deQuilettes
Story: TOKiMONSTA & Mitchell deQuilettes
Taken from Lune Rouge



#4


King Tuff
The Other

Director: Cameron Dutra



#5


Justin Timberlake
Man of the Woods

Director: Paul Hunter


Jams: Week of January 26th, 2018

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So much great music was released today and throughout the week. We wanted to acknowledge some of our favorite albums, songs, and music videos. Anything that doesn't make the top 5 can still be found in the playlist. Don't take the ratings too serious, they're mostly a way to stay organized. If there's an artist on the playlist they are worth listening to, but there are a few we wanted to call out specifically.


Albums


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#1


Long Neck
Will This Do?

Jersey native Lily Mastrodimos used to be in the band Jawbreaker Reunion and now makes music under the name Long Neck. She wrote this album during 2016, we all know too well how shitty that year was, not only was there a lot of loss on a cultural level but Lily also experienced personal loss. From sludgy and explosive rock songs to tender folk ballads, these songs grow and change in surprising ways. Though Lily is only 24, you would think she's been writing songs for decades. Her writing is deft and clever, like on "Hive Collapse" comparing the natural phenomenon to her own personal collapse. The climax of the album comes on "Milky Way" with the frustration and anxiety building, Lily exclaims, "I sat to watch the sunset," and she's joined by a chorus of voices shouting, "AND I JUST FUCKING LOST IT!" It's unfair how awesome this album is, these songs won't leave me alone they keep pulling me back and I can't get enough.


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#2


Migos
Culture II

"This real rap, no mumble." Early in their sophomore full length, Quavo makes this statement establishing that this trio stands apart from the cavalcade of fuckboys who try to do what they do. These days any dickhead can mumble some garbage over a boring beat and say it's for the culture, neglecting musical concepts and focusing only on the lifestyle represented in the music. On this album they make it clear they respect musical concepts, while doing their own thing and representing their culture. Aptly name "Migos Flow," the boys signature style is in full force here. While Offset shows off his skills as a classic rapper, while Quavo and Takeoff exemplify the trap sound, with auto-tuned harmonies and melodic hooks. They deliver inventive verses over well crafted compositions created by an all-star team of producers that include Pharrell Williams and  Kanye West, not to mention features from Drake, Gucci, Cardi B, and many more. Though I prefer more socailly consious hip hop, this is some good escapist entertainment when I don't worry about the world's problems I can just listen to Migos talk about their crazy life. When I'm sick of a certain musical style, all it takes i one artist to do it right and get me back on board. I trust the trap sound in the hands of the Migos more than anyone else.


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#3


Leyya
Sauna

The sophomore album from Austrian electro-pop duo Leyya is a tricky little number. Singer Sophie Lindinger's voice could be suited for some generic hazy synth-pop, yet the duo outfits her smoky vocals with all manner of electronic innovation that change the feel of the song completely. These two dissimilar forces work insanely well together. Depending on what sounds make appearance, the musical style can shift in-songs. I don't even want to spend much longer describing the songs because you just have to hear all the elements come together to appreciate it. This is a masterfully composed, understated electro-pop album that sneaks up on you with how good it is.


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The Spook School
Could It Be Different?

The new album from Scottish pop punk band The Spook School is bright and delightful. Their songs deal with "gender, sexuality and queer issues." They explore the diversity of the human spirit with jangly guitars and catchy power pop hooks. I feel like if this band were around ion the early 2000's they would be played on the radio constantly, as their positive pop punk sound song is reminiscent of that era. There is a sort of coming of age feel to this album, especially on the album closer wondering how life would have been different, "if I played sports in high school." This is a sort of feel good album that deals with heavy topics, but does it with a light foot and a sure hand.


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#5


Dream Wife

This band started as an art school project, then continued on to deliver this awesome punk debut. The band's name in itself is a comment on sexism, so you know they're going to give you some insightful lyrics, relevant subject matter, and badass punk instrumentals. They don't dissappoint, on "Somebody" Rakel Mjöll sings, "I am not my body, I am somebody." In the age of a new sexual misconduct scandal every day, it seems us men are in desperate need of this obvious yet powerful reminder. However, not all the subject matter is all heavy there's sweet loves songs, furious punk jams, and infectious guitar riffs throughout. This album is the perfect blend of hard-hitting rock and breezy pop punk, making powerful statements while remembering to have some fun.


Songs


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#1


Bonny Doon 
I Am Here (I Am Alive)

Detroit band Bonny Doon released their debut last year and it was one of the best records of the year, hazy folk rock with relatable lyrics. Last spring the band bunked at a house on Mystic Lake in Michigan with the intention of honing their sound. The result was more expansive jams, with repetitive rhythms that inspired the guys to improvise and be creative. On this song you hear them exemplify this new sound with measured guitars delivering a smooth, steady groove. This guitar riff will get stuck in your head eternally. The lyrics deal with the frustration of feeling like your alive but not living. This single promises that the band's sophomore effort will be as effective as their debut.

Longwave is out March 23rd on Woodsist
Hear on Best Song Ever

 


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Hop Along
How Simple

Philly band Hop Along came on my radar in 2015 with their album Painted Shut. That album rocked super hard so I was expecting their new one to be full force rocking out, but instead this song takes it's time with different guitar sounds and harmonies coming in and out. Francis Quinlan's voice is strong and smooth with little falsetto cracks at just the right moment. She becomes frightened by, "how simple my heart can be," as she sings about how people change and relationships change stating, "Don't worry we will both find out just not together." This is an extremely well crafted work of music and  I can't wait to hear what Hop Along has planned for this next album.

Bark Your Head Off, Dog is out April 6th on Saddle Creek.
Hear on Best Song Ever
 


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#3


Hinds
New For You

Spanish band Hinds debuted in 2015 with a fantastic album and now they're back with a tighter sound and more introspective lyrics. Two of the members date musicians and saw it as a boy's thing until they decided to give it a try themselves, then created one of the best all female rock bands around. These sort of moments of relationships and self-discovery are what they explore on the albums. On this song they sing about finding your best self over crunchy and rubbery guitar riffs. This song is a perfect poster child for the revitalized sound you'll hear on the album

I Don't Run is out April 6th on Mom +Pop
Hear on Best Song Ever


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Camp Cope
How To Socialise and Make Friends

Australian band Camp Cope have a knack for writing crunchy rock songs with heart-wrenching lyrics and Georgia Maq's gorgeous vocals build to the a powerful bellow. She sings about trying to get out into the world as she deals with an ex who's married among other things. Every song from Camp Cope just kills me and I can wait for their sophomore album.

How To Socialise & Make Friends is out March 2nd on Run For Cover Records


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#5


Night Flowers
Losing The Light

This song was my introduction to the London band Night Flowers and based on this song I just might be their newest fan. Shimmering synths create a dreamy pad for a quickly picked guitar part that creates an epic and inspiring pop song about moving on. In the chorus Sophia Pettit sings, "Darling I see you falling and I do nothing," and also called the person she's speaking to, "my yesterday." The melancholy lyrics and blooming instrumentals create an interesting dichotomy, like a hopeful morning after a bad storm. Hopefully we'll get a new album from this band, either way I'm gonna keep spinnin' this song.


Music Videos



#1


Cornelius
Dear Future Person

Dir: groovisions
Taken from Mellow Waves out now on Rostrum Records



#2


Kali Uchis feat. Bootsy Collins & Tyler, The Creator
After The Storm



#3


Ravyn Lenae
Sticky

Dir: Weird Life



#4


Alice Boman
End of Time

Dir: Jeanne Lula Chauveau



#5


James Blake
If The Car Beside You Moves Ahead

Dir: Alexander Brown

Jams: Week of January 19th, 2018

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Albums


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#1


Porches
The House

On his third album as Porches, Aaron Maine deconstructs the rich synth-pop of his 2016 gem Pool, and outfits brooding house compositions with glorious horns and pristine piano. This album is emotional, experimental, and extremely entertaining. Entitled The House, Maine tackles the seemly innocuous but sometimes overwhelming idea, “I just want to leave the house.” This idea of freeing yourself from the comforts of your dwelling to go out and do something productive in the world. The music illustrates the bare desaturated isolation and counters it with building, bright flourishes. Maine masterfully layers his vocals, harmonizes with himself, adds auto tune and manipulates his voice and instruments in too many interesting ways to name. Though he created these songs alone, this album features contributions from his friends and fellow musicians like Alex G, Dev Hynes of Blood Orange, and Cende’s Cameron Wisch. On this album, sounds that would be at home in a cheesy 90’s R&B ballad or an 80’s pop song create a mesmerizing atmosphere at add to emotional power the songs in surprising ways. Maine fearlessly plays with odd electronics and it just fucking works. He made a record about letting go of fear and taking new chances by doing just that.


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#2


tUnE-yArDs
I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life

Merril Garbus' fourth record as tUnE-yArDs is as wacky and wonderful as you would expect, with her most elaborate production to date. Her sound has evolved into a fuller more polished sound, yet the odd and innovative choices that has always set her music apart are still in full force. She brings a goofy sense of humor to her music that doesn't undercut there seriousness of the subject matter. On “Colonizer” she checks her privilege saying, “I use my white woman voice to tell stories about African men,”  and comments on wealth inequality on Hammer saying, “Living in a dream while the whole world drowns.” I'm deeply sentimental about the early tUne-yArDs records so I'm still adjusting to the new sound, but anything that Merill Garbus does is worth paying attention to.


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#3


First Aid Kit
Ruins

In 2014 Swedish sister folk duo First Aid Kit contributed to albums for indie-rock legends Conor Oberst and Jenny Lewis in addition to putting out Stay Gold, one of the best records of the year. I've been waiting four years for another album and the Söderberg sisters did not disappoint, In fact this album may have even surpassed it's predecessor. They tell grand stories and pen classic folk lyrics in the style of their musical ancestors like Cat Stevens and Emmylou Harris, with simple succinct wit and wisdom that captures relatable emotions. The girls put a modern pop sheen on the nostalgic folk style, equal parts Loretta Lynn and Lana Del Rey. They give rich vocal performances, harmonizing over acoustic guitars and rising strings with flawless, crisp production. All of it outfitted with everything from subtle synth flourishes and handclaps, to epic horn arrangements and gang vocals. 


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#4


Shopping
The Official Body

When I saw English trio Shopping described as post-punk I had a wildly different image of them in my mind. This album is a post-punk / funk hybrid with bouncy bass lines, punchy guitar riffs, and grooves you can't help but tap your toe to. For how catchy and danceable this album is, the lyrical content carries weight, tackling social and political issues with party punk, full with chants and handclaps reminiscent of Le Tigre. This is an album with an interesting sound that feels familiar yet fresh.  


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St. Beauty
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The debut EP from singers Alexe Belle and Isis Valentino feels like a full length. This duo is part of Janelle Monae's Wondaland collective, so it's no surprise that this album is full of gorgeous vocals and bright melodies over shimmering compositions built on hip hop beats. The ladies sing powerful songs about love, loss, and overcoming obstacles. They've had their music featured on HBO's Insecure, they have Janelle Monae on their side, and they just released one of the strongest debuts you could ask for. I think these two have a wonderful career ahead of them.


Songs


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#1


Young Fathers
In My View

Unclassifiable Scottish trio Young Fathers made their mark in 2015 with White Men Are Black Men To. My cousin and co-host Brian played their song "Lord" on our podcast and it blew my mind. Now they've done it again with a song that examines perception. Alloysious Massaquoi delivers some powerful vocals that oddly but awesomely remind me of Tracy Chapman. Kayus Bankole and G. Hastings trade off rap verses stating, "I want to be king until I am." Establishing the theme of this song, that things are not always what they seem as Alloysious paints the cold and haunting perspective, "In my view love will never come my way, so when I leave you'll be dancing on my grave." This is one of the albums I'm looking forward to the most. These guys dip their toes into gospel, indie-rock, and hip hop without letting one style dominate, and it makes for a one of a kind brand of amazing music. 

Cocoa Sugar is out March 9th on Ninja Tune
Hear "Lord" on Best Song Ever

 


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#2


Lucy Dacus
Addictions

My favorite song from singer/songwriter Lucy Dacus' 2016 debut is "Strange Torpedo" in which she perfectly describes the experience of caring about someone who deals with addiction. On her new song, she looks at a different sort of addiction and the dynamic is flipped as she clings to a former love. She adds epic horn arrangements to her crunchy guitar sound, add that extra punch to an song that's already quite potent. Her sophomore album is shaping up to be her best yet, and this song may be the best one she's ever written.

Historian is out February 16th on Matador
 


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Lando Chill
Yo Luv

Rapper/singer Lando Chill debuted in 2016 with the fantastic For Mark, Your Son. Then, last year he released the philosophical and political album, The Boy Who Spoke To The Wind. Now he brings with philosophical wisdom, connection to the earth, and social consciousness to this smooth love song. Over gooey synths Lando croons, "I know you're never gonna need me but I'm addicted to your love." Not sure if this is a one off or part of an upcoming album but come on Lando may as well go the hattrick.

 


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#4


Dr. Dog
Listening In

Indie-rock mainstay Dr. Dog have pushed their folk rock sound into many different iterations, sometimes on the same album. The band also has two lead singers so you never know what your going to get. This time it's an eerie, expansive bluesy jam, with a few rhythmic shifts. Scott McMicken captures the helpless anxiety of hearing so many people and things talking, but none of them "are talking to me." On this song we become an outsider and eavesdropper, listening in to try and hear something that speaks to them. This is an unexpected but welcomed stylistic shift for a band who always delivers solid tunes.

Critical Equation is out April 27th on Thirty Tigers Records 


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#5


Yo La Tengo
Shades of Blue

Indie-rock veterans Yo La Tengo just announced their fifteenth album with the release of four singles that are all very different but each good in their own way. This is probably the best standalone track. This bouncy acoustic jangle pop tune is exactly what you would hope for with new Yo La Tengo. I've never really gotten into this band like I should've so I'm excited to spend some time with this new album and get to know the long-estranged indie-rock legend I've been sleeping on. 

There's A Riot Going On is out March 16th on Matador


Music Videos



#1


Young Fathers
In My View

Dir: Jack Whiteley
Taken from Cocoa Sugar out March 9th on Ninja Tune



#2


Lucy Dacus
Addictions

Dir: Lucy Dacus
Taken from Historian out February 16th on Matador



#3


First Aid Kit
Rebel Heart (Live From The Rebel Heart's Club)

Dir: Mats Udd
Taken from Ruins out now on Columbia Records



#4


St. Beauty
Not Discussing It

Taken from Running To The Sun out now on The Wondaland Arts Society/EMPIRE



#5


U2
Get Out Of Your Own Way

Dir: Broken Fingaz Crew
Taken from Songs of Experience out now on your iPhone probably

Jams: Week of January 5th, 2018

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It's a new year, music has slowly begun to trickle in, and 2018 looks like it will be a great year for music. On this mini jams you'll find some musical staples as well as some newcomers. So let's take a look at some of the best new music of 2018.


Albums


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Jeff Rosenstock
POST-

DIY punk master Jeff Rosenstock's fourth solo album was a New Year's Day surprise, earning the obligatory title of "The First Great Album of 2018." Following up his sarcastic, self-deprecating 2016 album Worry, Jeff ventures into political territory. Though many of the lyrics are melancholic and powerful, it plays like a dark comedy when paired with infectious guitar riffs and Jeff's frenzied vocals. 


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Daniel Romano
Human Touch

Last year Daniel Romano released Modern Pressure, one of my favorite albums of 2017. Four days into 2018 he released two albums. This first new album could not be more different than it's predecessor. Modern Pressure channeled 70's rock and Human Touch channels 60's folk, driven by Daniel's creaky voice and an expertly picked acoustic guitar, and outfitted with gorgeous orchestration and glorious harmonies. He tells beautiful, sometimes brutal stories that feel like echoes of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. 


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#3


Daniel Romano
Nerveless

The Canadian singer/songwriter's second album of 2018 finds Daniel shifting from the bare folk of Human Touch to bigger folk-rock anthems. The title track opener "Nerveless" is my favorite song out of all songs on both albums, yet Human Touch is a stronger albums overall. I'm just excited to have so much Daniel Romano music to get to know throughout the year. His album helped me get through last year so I think I'm set for 2018.


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#4


cupcakke
Ephorize

Chicago native Elizabeth Eden Harris has been making music under the name cupcakke for the past few years, garnering some recognition via YouTube and World Star for her lightning-fast, hyper-sexual, sharp-witted brand of hip hop. On her new album she reaches a new level, with killer wordplay and references delivered with exceptional speed and confidence.  She's only 20 years old but has handful of mixtapes under her belt. This rook could rap circles around most of the rappers out there.


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#5


Francis and the Lights
Just For Us

Francis Farewell Starlite earns the obligatory title of "Last Great Album of 2017." Though this album does feature any big names like Bon Iver or Chance The Rapper, Francis delivers his signature brand of heartfelt pop, with epic athems full of big shiny synths and warm ballads. This album is so bouncy and danceable, you can't help but feel good while listening.


Songs


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#1


Titus Andronicus
A Productive Cough

The first single from the New Jersey punk band's fifth album, A Productive Cough, promises their best album since their groundbreaking 2010 album The Monitor. Where the band would usually come in guns blazing, this song sustains it's greatness over 8 minutes, led by an infectious piano part this song rises and falls with epic swells of strings, sleigh bells, flutes, and more. Patrick Stickles opens a vein, venting about the political climate and the "obnoxious process" that we're all trapped in, while pushing his voice to it's brink to convey our anxiety and frustration. His own personal struggles are inseparable from the political insights, with each line bleeding into the next yet forming a consistent and relatable stream of consiousness. This song feels like the modern punk equivalent of American Pie. It's a goddamn masterpiece. A Productive Cough is out March 2nd on Merge


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#2


Superorganism
Everybody Wants To BE Famous

Superorganism is a many limbed beast, with eight members in both London and Maine. Last January the group debuted their amazing song, "Something For Your M.I.N.D." and this January they've delivered another great single. The style they've established is in full force, teenage frontwoman Orono delivers some delightfully deadpan vocals, commenting on social media sensasionalization, over some very interesting compositions with gurgling synths, pitch shifts, and audio samples. The self-titled debut is out March 2nd on Domino Recording Co.


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#3


The Go! Team
All the way live

The Go! Team is a sort of superorganism itself, with many members coming and going over the years. Their sound has always been big and bright and fun, but on the new album they attempt to capture the energy of a marching band and condense it for an indie-rock project. This new single does not disappoint, with big horns, schoolyard chants, and a poppy chorus. This is some feel good music to make you pumped for the coming year. Semicircle is out January 19th on Memphis Industries.


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Mgmt
Hand it over

It's been 5 years since MGMT's last release and these new songs find the duo venturing into interesting new territory. They delivered eerily unsettling yet unescapable catchy indie-pop with "Little Dark Age" and "When You Die." This new song is more a spacious ballad, with instrumentals reminiscent of 70's pop. The orchestration on all of these new songs is equal parts comforting nostalgia and innovative experimentation. 


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#5


Dream Wife
Hey HeartBreaker

What began as a college art school project has developed into one of the most exciting new punk bands. They comment on social and feminist issues with killer guitar riffs and clever lyricism. They channel Le Tigre on this new single, full with handclaps and "hey hey"s. The band's self-titled debut is out January 26th on Lucky Number.


Music Videos