Tuesday, December 14, 2021

First Listen: New Releases and Missed Music for 10 December

More deck clearing, more late-year releases...

Artist: Palm Ghosts
Album: The Lost Frequency
Quick Thoughts: This came out a couple weeks back and I somehow missed it, and I wish I hadn't. It's a solid indie rock album with some good grooves and multiple highlights. It's a great listen in a busy week, but is especially worth your time as you catch up.
Songs of Note: "But Under the Tenuous Ether Rest Soundly," "In Monochrome," "The Painful Truth"

Artist: The Cutthroat Brothers and Mike Watt
Album: Devil in Berlin
Quick Thoughts: I can't say that sludgey punk rock is really my thing, but The Cutthroat Brothers have created a nice little exception for me. This is a really great listen - a little heavy, feels like it's got a grimy bar feel to it, and it's kind of the perfect listen right now.
Songs of Note: "Bad Candy Girl," "Love, Drugs, Etc.," "Cold Dead Night," "Like a Zombie"

Artist: Mumble Tide
Album: Everything Ugly
Quick Thoughts: I tripped up on Mumble Tide once upon a time, and their new album popped up on the release schedule and I kind of fell in love. This is indie-alt stuff at its core, but some of the songs are a little quieter and melodic while others aren't afraid of getting a little louder. Definitely my favorite this week, looking forward to more time with it.
Songs of Note: "Good 4 Me,""Noodle," "Sucker"

Artist: Nick Shoulders
Album: Home on the Rage
Quick Thoughts: Wanted to highlight this one as well. It's very rootsy and hits more than a few of my favorite bluegrassy notes. If you want a solid Americana record this week, check this one out.
Songs of Note: "Turn on the Dark," "John Brown's Nightmare"

Of note:

* Half Past Two - Half Past Two (Ska-tastic!)
* Citified - Lie Like a Painter
* Bill Callahan and Bonnie Prince Billy - Blind Date Party
* Aeon Station - Observatory
* DJ Sabrina the Teenage DJ - The Makin' Magick II Album/The Makin' Magick II Singles Album
* Bat Fangs - Queen of My World
* Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Barn
* Kitten - Personal Hotspots
* Old Moon - Altars
* Brian Wilson - Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road


* Half Past Two - Holidays (Ska-tastic covers of "Holiday" songs.)
* Gorillaz - Meanwhile EP
* Hilary Woods - Federal Hymns
* Ok Cowgirl - Not My First Rodeo
* NYX - Mutualism Remixed
* Elohim - Journey to the Center of Myself, Vol. 3
* Tierra Whack - Pop?
* Chrome Sparks and Reo Cragun - Void
* Clear Mortifee - Fairies: Act II
* Alex Smers and Aska Matsumiya - Light Past Blue
* San Fermin - In This House
* Jlin - Embryo
* Coucou Chloe - ONE
* Saint Etienne - Her Winter Coat

Live albums/Compilations/Reissues/Christmas:

* Green Day - BBC Sessions (Green Day is better than you remember.)
* Julia Stone - Everything is Christmas
* Kylie Minogue - Disco (Extended Mixes)
* Nicole Atkins - Memphis Ice
* Jeff Tweedy - Live is the King
* Hundredth - Welcome to 'Somewhere Nowhere'
* Oasis - Knebworth 1996
* Crooked Still - Shaken by a Low Sound (Deluxe)
* Travis - The Invisible Band (Deluxe Edition)
* Ivan and Alyosha with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra - Live at Benaroya Hall
* Various Artists - It's Hard to Dance When It's Cold and There's No Music: The Kill Rock Stars Winter Holiday Album Volume 2
* Fleet Foxes - A Very Lonely Solstice

Also out:

* Big Boi and Sleepy Brown - Big Sleepover

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