I frequently get asked about new music so here’s a thread of everything that’s come out in 2019 that I’ve listened to. I suppose live albums and reissues will live here too. It being here doesn’t mean I love it, but I seldom check things out I don’t think I’ll at least kinda like
— Marco Esquandolas (@MrcoEsquandolas) January 18, 2019
While we’re fond of creating lists with music recommendations by various individual followers, its always fun to step and do something outside of the tried and true. Such opportunity recently presented itself with a long-running thread created by our follower Marco Esquandolas in which he compiled favorite records from the first quarter of 2019.
Marco’s list is a mix of familiar (Bob Mould, Panda Bear, Deerhunter, Julianna Hatfield) and not-so-familiar/new names (Eleni Karaindrou, Better Oblivion Community Center). Dive in!
009. V/A – Splixtape
015. Fidlar – Almost Free
017. Beirut – Gallipoli
Masaki Batoh is the former bandleader of the (sadly) now defunct Ghost (not the Swedish metal band, but the much older Japanese psych band.) This is more psych-folk than psych rock, but it’s been something I’ve really been digging on the last 2-3 days.
Wasn’t familiar with this band, but someone recommended I give it a spin and I’m glad I did. These songs are catchy as hell and guitarist/lead singer Clementine Creevy has a cool sounding voice.
Decided to check this out since this band is coming to my favorite venue in town later this year. It’s fine, but it didn’t move the needle enough to make me want to buy a ticket.
This 1977 concert features the debuts of “Terrapin Station” and “Estimated Prophet.” Really great show.
022. Panda Bear – Buoys
I’ve never held back on being a total Noah Lennox/Animal Collective fanboy. Really like it after one listen. It’s a little more dense than what one expects from his solo releases. Can’t wait to dig in more.
The acclaimed film director on electric guitar and Van Wissem on lute. Saw these guys in concert a few years back and it was a mesmerizing combo of ancient and modern.
Thanks to the multiple people that prodded me to listen to this album. I guess I had McCombs mixed up with someone else that I wasn’t crazy about this, but I really dug it.
Pratt is another name I’ve seen floating out there for a while but never took the time to investigate. Thanks to
@willhstewart for nudging me to listen. Definitely coming back to this one for sure.
026. Ladytron – S/T
The triumphant return of Ladytron! Their first album in eight years has soundtracked my entire weekend. If you need dark Euro synth in your life, go forth and partake. “Far From Home” is my favorite track.
I don’t know how these two joined forces, but I’m glad they did. They often sound more like lifelong music partners and not two people thatve played less than five years together. Super excited to see them in April.
These guys just keep cranking out super high quality stuff. This is one of my favorites of the year so far.
Trying to do a better job of keeping up with metal releases this year. This is the debut album of a death metal band from Portland and it rips. Will definitely be returning to this record.
Absolutely LOVED this on first listen. Great great stuff from the former Sugar and Hüsker Dü man.