Looking Ahead: 1/11/2019

First albums of the year are trickling out (exciting!). My year end list has been instagram for a lil’ while.  Follow me there if you want more up-to-the-minute posts from me than my quasi-weekly newsletter format here.

but anyways here’s it listed:

1. SOPHIE-Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides

2. Kacey Musgraves-Golden Hour

3. Earl Sweatshirt-Some Rap Songs

4. Mitski-Be the Cowboy

5. Snail Mail-Lush

6. Wild Pink-Yoke in the Fur ‘

7. Low-Double Negative

8. DJ Koze-Knock Knock

9. Noname-Room 25

10. Dear Nora-Skulls Example

11. kero kero bonito-Time ‘n’ Place

12. Parquet Courts-Wide Awake

13. Cardi B-Invasion of Privacy

14. Julia Holter-Aviary

15. Soccer Mommy-Clean

16. Denzel Curry-TA1300

17. Ariana Grande-Sweetener

18. Travis Scott-Astroworld

19. Janelle Monae-Dirty Computer

20. Sidney Gish-No Dogs Allowed

honorary mention: Vince Staples (both his twitter account and FM!) Also Carter V


1. Laurel Halo performs Dust

2. Mitski/Sidney Gish double header

3. Low does Low

4. Nicole Mitchell/Mary Halvorson @NJF

Pedro the Lion-Phoenix

Lead singer David Bazan has never ~really~ stopped recording music.

However! Phoenix marks the first proper PTL release in 15 years and with it’s straightforward renditions of nostalgia it feels like a specific type of return to his roots moment (it’s called Phoenix for christ’s sake).

Between Bazan, American Football, Mineral (and hell even this new Sharon Van Etten single) 2019 seems prepared to hear a lot of full-blown adults draw upon the open-hearted vigor of emo’s past to deal with aging, parenting, and the like.  Phoenix seems like a good start!

Toro y Moi-Outer Peace

Considering that emo found a way to grow up, perhaps the same can be true for chillwave?  If anyone can do it it’s likely Chaz Bear who’s drawn acclaim from everyone ranging from Tyler, the Creator to Travis Scott to Nosaj Thing.  The album is lush and more forward than the chillwave haze, sounding somewhat in line with the likes of Lil Uzi Vert, Tame Impala, and Daft Punk, who’ve all remained relevant despite the overcrowdedness of their respective genres.

-Donovan Burtan


Looking Ahead: 11/2.

Vince Staples-FM!

Surprise release from the adventurous west coast rapper sees him tackle more straightforward club moods to follow last year’s electronic opus.

Kelly Moran-Ultraviolet

Associated with Oneohtrix Point Never, and having found success in the contemporary classical community, Kelly Moran continues her solo career with her Warp! debut, making music that pushes piano into a completely new context.

Jessica Moss-Entanglement

Moss made my year-end list last year and Entanglement sees her again molding tiny ideas into massive events.

Looking Ahead: 10/29

Hello! sorrY thIs is LATE but here’s what I’m listemimg to this week.

Julie Holter makes a wildly adventurous blend of experimental baroque and art pop and her new album Aviary is utterly MASSIVE.  90-Minutes, huge swells of vocals, and cavernous instrumental cacophony; it’s a wild ride.

Robyn remains singularly enthralling after an eight year hiatus.