Wednesday, April 11, 2018

First Listen: New Releases for April 6

23 new releases plus Wrestling Christmas equals a quick hit version this week.

Album of the Week:

* Jodee Lewis - Buzzard's Bluff: This is some high-quality roots music from someone who has been under the radar far too long. Maybe her best effort yet.

Top Listens:

* No Thank You - All It Takes to Ruin It All: Don’t let the super independent-looking cover fool you, this is a solid surprise of an album with some great songwriting and many sneaky moments.
* Winter - Ethereality: A solid, sometimes dreamy, always fuzzy alt-rock effort. One of the best of the week.
* Eels - The Deconstruction: Eels have been up and down as of late, but this is easily Everett’s best and most accessible effort since Souljacker.
* Hop Along - Bark Your Head Off, Dog: Hop Along does their indie rock thing really well, and this is surprisingly infectious. You will be singing some of these songs later.
* Sarah Shook and the Disarmers - Years: We love Sarah Shook here, and this album tones down a lot of what might not have worked in the first album while turning up what did. The opposite of a sophomore slump.
* Caitlin Canty - Motel Bouquet: Another underrated folky artist who hasn’t gotten her proper due.

Other Highlights:

* Dusted - Blackout Summer
* Fenne Lily - On Hold
* Hinds - I Don't Run
* Sloan - 12
* Dreamend - S/T
* Belle of the Fall - Rise Up
* Goat Girl - Goat Girl
* Wye Oak - The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs
* Dr. Octagon - Moosebumps
* Flatbush Zombies - Vacation in Hell
* Clever Girls - Luck
* Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Sex & Food

Be Wary:

* Rainbow Kitten Surprise - How To: Friend, Love, Freefall
* The Aces - When My Heart Felt Volcanic
* Alison Wonderland - Awake


* Cate Le Bon - Rock Pool
* Little Boots - Burn
* Zola Jesus - Okovi: Additions
* Owl City - Reel 3

Also Out:

* Gin Wigmore - Ivory
* Various Artists - I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats: All Hail West Texas
* Various Artists - Revamp: The Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin
* Kylie Minogue - Golden
* Johnny Cash - Forever Words

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