Wednesday, July 5, 2023

First Listen: New Releases and Missed Music for 30 June 2023

Artist: Salvia
Album: 001011
Quick Thoughts: If you've kept up with my weekly breakdowns at all, you know I'm a fan of off-kilter pop music, and especially when the idea itself is wholly deconstructed. Salvia is perhaps the latest iteration in that area, with an album of confusingly compelling anti-pop that sounds like it comes from a robot that loves you. Whether it's the title track or her cover of "Money" (that's what I want), it's a truly strange and wonderful album that I've already gone back to a few times. Give this a shot - it might not be your thing, but that's okay.
Songs of Note: "001011," "Stargirl," "Lunchbox," "Posthuman," "Money," "Tera Toma"

Artist: The Baseball Project
Album: Grand Salami Time!
Quick Thoughts: The Baseball Project exists to write rock songs about baseball. They're at their best when they're having fun, and this latest record is as fun as their first. Scott McCoughey and Steve Wynn handle a lot of the duties here, and the result is songs like "New Oh In Town" (about Shohei Ohtani) and "Disco Demolition" (about the infamous night at Tigers Stadium), with R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and Mike Mills alongside Linda Pitman to bring it all together. The songs are good enough where even non-baseball fans can find something to like, but if you're a big baseball nerd there are a ton of gems here.
Songs of Note: "Grand Salami Time," "The Yips," "New Oh In Town," "Disco Demolition," "Fantasy Baseball Widow," "The Voice of Baseball"

Artist: Muddy Ruckus
Album: Vacationland
Quick Thoughts: If you ever wondered if Shovels and Rope should become more punk, Muddy Ruckus might want your attention. It's folky and rootsy, but with a sharp edge that makes it something a little more special along the way. The duo knows how to craft a great song, and if you like the raw roots stuff, this is worth your time.
Songs of Note: "Desert Neptune," "Up to Here," "Adeline"

Artist: bdrmm
Album: I Don't Know
Quick Thoughts: I don't know a ton about bdrmm, but this album from some UK musicians provides a shoegaze-meets-early-Radiohead sound that grabbed my attention this week. "It's Just a Bit of Blood" in particular is probably my favorite song this week, so check it out.
Songs of Note: "It's Just a Bit of Blood," "Pulling Stitches"

Artist: grouptherapy.
Album: i was mature for my age, but i was still a child
Quick Thoughts: grouptherapy. consists of three Los Angeles musicians who worked their way through the Hollywood wringer as child actors and have now made the most essential and interesting rap album of the summer. As one can tell from the title, the group pulls approximately zero punches, and the catharsis that comes with the delivery turns this into something so different and compelling that it demands you pay attention. Do not miss out on this, it's far and away my favorite rap album of late.
Songs of Note: "American Psycho," "Nasty," "HOT!.," "Help Pt. 1," "FUNKFEST," "DYSBF!"

Of note:

* The Body - I Shall Die Here / Earth Triumphant (I don't know if post-doom metal is a thing, but if it is, The Body is it.)
* Pete International Airport - It Felt Like the End of the World (Solid effort from a Dandy Warhols side project.)
* Cornelius - Dream in Dream
* Dorisburg and Sebastian Mullaert - That Who Remembers
* death's dynamic shroud - After Angel
* The Pink Stones - You Know Who
* Demob Happy - Divine Machines
* Martha Ffion - The Wringer
* Lake Haze - Yokai Rhythmic Alchemy
* The Minus 5 - Calling Cortez
* The Japanese House - In the End It Always Does
* Klara Lewis and Nik Colk Void - Full-On
* Do Nothing - Snake Sideways
* Brigid Mae Power - Dream from the Deep Well
* Erin K - Sink to Swim
* Divide and Dissolve - Systemic
* Joanna Sternberg - I've Got Me
* Bamboon - Jungle Tactics 2
* TV Girl - Grapes Upon the Vine
* Sweeping Promises - Good Living is Coming for You
* Blue Lake - Sun Arcs
* Lovina Falls - Calculating the Angle of Our Descent
* Grian Chatten - Chaos for the Fly


* Saltwater Hank - Galiuunx Wil Lu Holtga Liimi (Indigeonous country music, it's great.)
* Oddysseys - Misremember
* Brian Eno - 77 Million Paintings
* Amy Dabbs and Athlete Whippet - Into You
* Tiberius b - DIN
* Ellen Allien - Dance and Kill
* Big Clown - Beatdown

Live albums/Compilations/Reissues:

* Anna Ash - The Love You Leave (demos)

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