Release Date Buffet: 06/01/18

Quick Impressions:

Albin Lee Meldau – About You
Producer: Albin Lee Meldau
Label: Astralwerks
Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Folktronica
Quick Impressions:
Y’know what I hate? When artists make it hard to find out who produced the damn thing. Y’know what I love that snare on “The Weight Is Gone” and just about everything else on About You when Albin Lee Meldau isn’t trying to Dylan it up à la Blood on the Tracks. Dylan is a curmudgeon bent out of shape by his own generation and faded like his interest in a better future and Meldau’s acting like his broken heart is a one-way ticket to cynicism while I stand conflicted at the station, enjoying the sound of passing trains yet despairing that, alas, I cannot board.

Beach Skulls – Las Dunas
Producer: Beach Skulls
Genre: Garage Rock, Pop Psychedelic Rock
Quick Impressions: Here’s lookin’ at you, “Sun,” “Sacred Citrus,” “Soma Holiday” and, equal parts because of its title and because it’s actually worth more salt than the rest of the second half of the record, “Interlude” slink along with jangling guitars and cowabunga rhythms, it’s equal parts shaken by and shaka with recent events. Las Dunas rides the waves of sand at the scene of crime, smelling blood like a shark. It’s LA Noir Surf Rock… from Liverpool?!? That’s insane, incensed, impossible—almost as crazy as four midland lads reinventing rockabilly and blues and saying it was good—damn, time really is a flat circle.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Something Else
Producer: Anton Newcombe
Label: a
Genre: Neo-Psychedelia
Quick Impressions:
The Brian Jonestown Massacre are perhaps a band of such productivity only parallel to King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard—except they’ve been doing this much longer. Much, much longer. And across their latest effort they fall into a state of grace—good or bad, cult listeners should expect The Brian Jonestown Massacre to make a solid record—with Something Else.

Cœur de pirate – En cas de tempête, ce jardin sera fermé
Producer: Tristan Salvati
Label: Dare to Care
Genre: French Pop, Pop Piano Rock
Quick Impressions:
Baise ouais. Cœur de pirate est de retour ! Beatrice Martin is back with far more solemn piano melodies and denser texture work. The clap beats ensconced in the back of the mix, as if coming from the opposite end of the chamber hall detailing… another break up. Oof, this is nearly Taylor Swift-levels of boy-drama. However rock-solid her piano stylings are, sometimes you gotta just move on, filter the heartbreak through a creative sieve among other experiences. Solid? Yes. Better than Roses? Nope! C’est une beauté manquant des nouveautés.

Dharmasoul – Lightning Kid
Producer: Dharmasoul, Jonah Tolchin
Label: Self-Released
Genre: Alternative Rock, Blues Rock
Quick Impressions:
Well it’s about damn time that someone follow-up the Black Keys and their post-Attack & Release-selves. Add in the same R&B, slowburn soul keyboards and some skirmishes with an organ that has sent Alex Turner on a sex-a-billy romp in the jazz lounge and Dharmasoul has the foundations for a good record. No Danger Mouse, and as much as I love Brian Burton, he would only bring dollops of melancholy (something which Lightning Kid has in generous portions) and hip-hop beats (something he has yet to swing in a blues arena, which means all bets are off). Point to this record if you think Danger Mouse-type production would bloat a piece, point to this record if you think Brian Burton’s influence is becoming a thing. But most importantly, point to this record if you need some good modern soul and blues.

Freedom Fry – Classic
Producer: Freedom Fry
Label: Caveman Arts Society
Genre: Indie Rock, Folk Rock
Quick Impressions:
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and Of Monsters and Men without the excessive quirkiness of a hippy-clique—except, that means Edward Sharpe and Of Monsters and Men had much more going for them than Freedom Fry does. This record is tight, well-produced and deftly self-produced… but utterly soulless. And they even have horn sections… that fall flat even with nonverbal vibrato.  It’s a great product… that feels mediocre.

Golden Dawn Arkestra – Children of the Sun
Producer: Erik Wofford
Label: Nine Mile
Genre: Afrobeat, Afro-Jazz, Psychedelic Rock
Quick Impressions:
A combination of Sun Ra, Fela Kuti and Talking Heads with a dash of Funkadelic. Prepare for density, and if density is something to be loved than love it, enjoy it, run wild with it, but don’t trip too hard on it—or you might start liking jazz and funk (gasp!).

Lev Snowe – Faded Blue EP
Producer: Lev Snowe
Label: Self-Released
Genre: Pop Psych, Dreampop, Shoegaze
Quick Impressions:
Lev Snowe twinkle not unlike Ducktails or Real Estate, but I’m not going to get excited. They may know how to string together a solid ethereal dreamscape EP, but I’m still waiting to know if they can play like their lives depend upon it. Faded Blue is contenting and rich, but if it strikes with a yawning reflex, then well, I guess it is dreampop—but at least they entertain

LUMP (Laura Marling & Mike Lindsay) – LUMP
Producer: LUMP, Laura Marling, Mike Lindsay
Label: Dead Oceans
Genre: Indie Folk
Quick Impressions:
Laura Marling is the woman of the folk world right now. Forget about your Neko Cases and your First Aid Kits, kill your idols of Joni Mitchell and Judy Collins and burn your fetishes to Carole King and Emmylou Harris. Marling’s topped ‘em all. And on LUMP she pairs up with acid folker Mike Lindsay to deliver a minimalist folk record in unspectacular fashion; it’s good, it’s different, but it doesn’t tighten and loosen heart strings like Alas, I Cannot Swim or I Speak Because I Can nor does it haunt the phantom soldiers on the nape of the neck like Once I Was an Eagle or Semper Femina. And honestly, that’s just a bummer for the summer.

Natalie Prass – The Future and the Past
Producer: Matthew E. White
Label: ATO
Genre: Pop Soul
Quick Impressions:
Moving past the nimble delicacy of her pop chamber band debut, Prass recruited Matthew E. White and Spacebomb to help her muscle up the funk and soul on her sophomore effort. It pops for a good part of the record, before petering out on the latter half. It’s less adventurous than Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer but no less fun and danceable and just as consistent, all while sounding like a love letter to Prince.

Tigress – Who Cares EP
Producer: Peter Miles
Label: LAB
Genre: Alternative Rock
Quick Impressions:
Tigress’ newest EP Who Cares should have you caring about them. It goes straight for the throat, cutting past the blood of moaning pop-punk and ripping out the spine. It’s equal parts Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and PJ Harvey and it works fabulously. Careening out of the gate, it’s a teapot at boiling point at “Paranoid” before exploding on “Bring Me Down” and then steaming pieces on the stovetop by “The Cycle.”

Other Releases:


Agent blå – Medium Rare EP
Label: Luxury
Genre: Indie Rock

American Pleasure Club (formerly Teen Suicide) – Tour Tape
Label: Self Released
Genre: lo-fi, Indie Rock

The Coathangers – Live
Label: Suicide Squeeze
Genre: Alternative Rock, Garage Rock

Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore – Downey to Lubbock
Label: Yep Roc
Genre: Folk Rock, Americana

Gatherers – We Are Alive Beyond Repair
Label: Equal Vision
Genre: Punk, Screamo

Kara Grainger – Living With Your Ghost
Label: Station House
Genre: Blues Rock 

Lachlan Denton – Two Months in Ben Woolley’s Room
Label: Osborn Again
Genre: Indie Rock

Laura Carbone – Empty Sea
Label : Aporia
Genre: Alternative Rock, Noise Rock 

MANIAC – Dead Dance Club
Label: Dirt Cult
Genre: Punk, Garage Punk

Maps & Atlases – Lightlessness is Nothing New
Label: Barsuk
Genre: Pop Indie Rock

Monowhales – Control Freak EP
Label: 563530 Records DK2
Genre: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock

Ghost – Prequelle
Label: Spinefarm, Reaktor, Loma Vista
Genre: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal

Okay Kaya – Both
Label: Heavy Body
Genre: Pop Indie Rock

Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson – Apart EP
Label: Capitol
Genre: Pop Indie Rock, Pop Rock

Richard Edwards (Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s) – Verdugo
Label: Mariel, Joyful Noise
Genre: Indie Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Roger Daltrey – As Long As I Have You
Label: Polydor
Genre: Pop Rock, Blues Rock

Sam Evian – You, Forever
Label: Saddle Creek
Genre: Indie Rock

Scrunchies – Stunner
Label: Forged Artifacts
Genre: Grunge, riot grrrl 

Slapshot – Make America Hate Again
Label: Bridge 9
Genre: Punk 

SM Wolf – Bad Ocean
Label: People In A Position To Know
Genre: Indie Rock 

Sons Of An Illustrious Father – Deus Sex Machina: Or, Moving Slowly Beyond Nikola Tesla
Label: Self-Released
Genre: Alternative Rock

Tami Neilson – Sassafrass!
Label: Outside
Genre: Rockabilly, Pop Soul

Tancred – Nightstand
Label: Polyvinyl
Genre: Indie Rock

Tiny Stills – Laughing Into the Void
Label: Self-Released
Genre: Garage Rock 

Warmdüscher (Fat White Family) – Whale City
Label: The Leaf Label
Genre: Psychedelic Rock, Garage Punk


Cold Cave – You & Me & Infinity EP
Label: Heartworm Press
Genre: New Wave, Darkwave 

Joan of Arc – 1984
Label: Joyful Noise
Genre: Post-Rock, A cappella

Kataklysm – Meditations
Label: Nuclear Blast
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Vital Idles – Left Hand
Label: Upset! The Rhythm
Genre: Post-Punk


American Aquarium – Things Change
Label: New West
Genre: Alt-Country

Anthony Green (Circa Survive) – Would You Still Be In Love
Label: Memory
Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Acoustic Rock

Barbarisms – West in the Head
Label: A Modest Proposal
Genre: Alternative Folk, Singer-Songwriter

Ben Howard – Noonday Dream
Label: Island
Genre: Indie Folk, Singer-Songwriter

Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore – Downey to Lubbock
Label: Yep Roc
Genre: Folk Rock, Americana

Father John Misty – God’s Favorite Customer
Label: Sub Pop, Bella Union
Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Chamber Pop

Gabriella Cohen – Pink is the Colour of Unconditional Love
Label: Captured Tracks, Remote Control
Genre: Indie Rock, Singer-Songwriter

Juliana Daugherty – Light
Label: Western Vinyl
Genre: Indie Folk

Kris Dane – UNSUI
Label: Mongrel Brothers
Genre: Singer-Songwriter

Nicholas Merz – The Limits of Men
Label: Aagoo
Genre: Country, Singer-Songwriter

Nicki Bluhm – To Rise You Gotta Fall
Label: Compass
Genre: Folk

Neko Case – Hell-On
Label: Anti-
Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Alt-Country

Paul McDonald – Modern Hearts
Label: Self-Released
Genre: Americana, Alternative R&B

Phil Cook – People Are My Drug
Label: Psychic Hotline, Thirty Tigers
Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Folk Rock

The Saxophones – Songs of the Saxophones
Label: Fulll TIme Hobby
Genre: Indie Folk


Littlebabyangel – GADA Mixtape
Label: Lucky Me
Genre: Alternative R&B, Industrial Hip Hop


Âme – Dream House
Label: Innerversions
Genre: Electronic, Tech House

Ant’lrd & Benoît Pioulard – Deck Amber
Label: Sounds et al
Genre: Ambient

Bruno Pronsato & L.A. Teen – A Face Wasted on the Theatre
Label: Foom
Genre: Downtempo

Dahlia Sleeps – After It All EP
Label: Olympia
Genre: Indietronica, Alternative

DJ Paypal – 174​.​2​.​2 Mixtape
Label: Mall
Genre: Footwork

Jamie Isaac – (04:30) Idler
Label: Marathon Artists
Genre: Downtempo

Joanne Forman – Cave Vaults of the Moon
Label: Seance Centre
Genre: New Age 

Kitten – Pink Champagne EP
Label: Century Family
Genre: Synthpop

Mazzy Star – Still EP
Label: Rhymes of an Hour
Genre: Dreampop

Modeselektor – Modeselektion Vol. 04
Label: Monkeytown Records
Genre: Electronic

Morcheeba – Blaze Away
Label: Fly Agaric
Genre: Trip Hop, Electronic

Oneohtrix Point Never – Age Of
Label: Warp
Genre: Experimental, IDM, Glitch

Patrick Higgins (Zs) – Dossier
Label: Other People
Genre: Post-Minimalism, Glitch

The Presets – Hi Viz
Label: Modular
Genre: Electropop, Electro House

Soft Science – Maps
Label: Test Pattern
Genre: Dreampop, Shoegaze


Benny The Butcher – A Friend of Ours EP
Label: Griselda, BSF
Genre: East Coast Hip Hop, Hardcore Hip Hop

Big Freedia – 3rd Ward Bounce EP
Label: Asylum
Genre: Bounce

Black Thought & 9th Wonder – Streams of Though, Vol. 1 EP
Label: Human Re Sources
Genre: East Coast Hip Hop, Hardcore Hip Hop

Curren$y & Harry Fraud – The Marina EP
Label: Jet Life
Genre: Southern Hip Hop, Cloud Rap

DJ Paypal – 174​.​2​.​2 Mixtape
Label: Mall
Genre: Footwork

Kanye West – ye
Label: G.O.O.D., Def Jam
Genre: Pop Rap, Experimental Hip Hop

Odd Nosdam (cLOUDDEAD) – Lost Wigs Of Ohio
Label: Burnco
Genre: Instrumental Hip Hop 

Purpose & BBZ Darney – The Quintessential
Label: Tragic Allies
Genre: Hip-Hop

Sami Baha – Free For All
Label: Planet Mu
Genre: Trap

Tierra Whack – Whack World
Label: Self Released
Genre: Pop Rap, Alternative R&B

Waka Flocka Flame – Big Homie Flocka
Label: Brick Squad Monopoly
Genre: Trap, Southern Hip Hop


Nils Frahm – Encores 1 EP
Label: Erased Tapes
Genre: Modern Classical

Compilations and Reissues:

Cheap Trick – The Epic Archive Vol. 2 (1980-1983) (Reissue)
Label: Epic/Legacy
Genre: Hair Metal

Damien Rice – O (Vinyl Reissue)
Label: Self-Released, 14th Floor Records
Genre: Folk-Rock

Def Leppard – Volume One (Compilation)
Label: Mercury
Genre: Hair Metal

Emmylou Harris – The Ballad of Sally Rose (Expanded Reissue)
Label: Warner Bros.
Genre: Country

The Flaming Lips – Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (Compilation)
Label: Warner Bros
Genre: Psychedelic Rock

The Quick – Mondo Deco (Reissue)
Label: Mercury
Genre: Glam Rock

Whitechapel – This Is Exile (Reissue)
Label: Metal Blade
Genre: Hardcore, Death Metal

ZZ Top – Cinco No. 2: The Second Five LPs (Reissue)
Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
Genre: Classic Rock

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About BenJamsToo

A young dude with an old soul from Portland, OR but currently teaching and writing in rural France. A lover of rock n roll since his mother first spun The Police’s “Roxanne,” he’s also dabbler in soul, funk, jazz, blues, electronic and hip-hop. Perhaps it’s easier to list what he doesn’t like; most gangster rap, country-western and modern metal disagrees with his stomach. Spends all day wondering what Ruban Nielson eats for breakfast, why Danger Mouse hasn't made a through and through GOOD record since St. Elsewhere, if Kamasi Washington is the Kanye West of jazz and just what the hell people hear in mumble rap. Between those things he writes for Atwood and his own blog, Come here for the nice clean thoughts; go there for the ramblings of an insane man.