Hey, look! Prompt for once.
A ridiculously incomplete, highly subjective selection of stuff I've been enjoying this year that didn't already appear on my previous quarterly report.
My number one album snuck up on me. I'd been anticipating Washed Out's full-length debut for months and months. But I wasn't reviewing it anywhere, so I didn't get a promo copy. And it didn't leak until fairly close to the release date, at which point I was busy with other stuff and only gave it kind of a cursory listen. But it's exactly what Ernest Greene needed right now: an album that refines on and expands the sound of his previous releases, proving that whatever happens with chillwave, he's no fluke. Time to give the dude some of that Moby money.
Washed Out: Within and Without
Fucked Up: David Comes to Life
Iceage: New Brigade (live review)
John Maus: We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks: Mirror Traffic
Gang Gang Dance: Eye Contact
Pure X: Pleasure
Lydia Loveless: Indestructible Machine
Marissa Nadler: Marissa Nadler
Arctic Monkeys: Suck It and See
Next tier (no real order):
Killer Mike: Pl3dge, Curren$y: Weekend at Burnies, Shabazz Palaces: Black Up, ARAABMUZIK: Electronic Dream, Various Artists: Blow Your Head Vol. 2: Dave Nada Presents Moombahton, P.S. Eliot: Sadie (download), Thurston Moore: Demolished Thoughts, Various Artists: Benefit for the Recovery in Japan, Various Artists: Rave on Buddy Holly, Death Cab for Cutie: Codes and Keys (interview), Blue Sky Black Death: NOIR, DJ Quik: The Book of David, Comet Gain: Howl of the Lonely Crowd, Richard Buckner: Our Blood, Little Dragon: Ritual Union, Braid Paisley: This Is Music, the High Llamas: Talahomi Way
Apologies are also due to:
Apache Dropout, Okkervil River, Chad Valley, Austra, Big Spider's Back, Crystal Stilts, Beastie Boys, Pitbull, Thee Oh Sees, David Bazan, Beyonce, EMA, Seapony, Alela Diane, Ponytail, Hooray for Earth, My Morning Jacket, Pete Rock and Smif-N-Wessun, MMG Presents: Self Made Vol. 1, Ty Segall, Raphael Saadiq, the Black Lips, Richard Youngs, the Men, Wu Lyf, Teddybears, Blitzen Trapper, Memory Tapes
Holy Other: With U EP [stream]
Clams Casino: Rainforest EP
Shlohmo: Places EP
Mayer Hawthorne: Impressions - The Covers EP [download]
Jadakiss: I Love You (A Dedication to My Fans): The Mixtape EP
Fabolous: The Soul Tape [download]
Young Jeezy: The Real Is Back [download]
Young Dro: Equestrian Dro [download]
LOCAL RELEASES OF NOTE
William Elliott Whitmore: Field Songs (July 14, pre-order at Zzz Records)
Mumford's: Triple Trinities (July 1, Maximum Ames)
Love Songs for Lonely Monsters: CD-R
The Poison Control Center: Running Back EP
The Envy Corps: It Culls You (forthcoming; download "Make It Stop" now)
Wolves in the Attic: Electronic Hearts cassette reissue (new album forthcoming)
Christopher the Conquered: forthcoming?
Derek Lambert and the Prairie Fires: forthcoming EP
New Member Charles: CD release party tonight at Carl's Place
Modern Day Satire: Vacant Seas EP (July 1)
Mantis Pincers: forthcoming
(Please help me out here with what I'm missing!)
(limit one per artist-- this time let's allow for guest spots and stuff, though)
Lil Wayne: "How to Love"
Chris Brown [ft. Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes]: "Look At Me Now"
M.I.A.: "Generation N.E.Y."
Lloyd [ft. Andre 3000 and Lil Wayne]: "Dedication to My Ex (Miss That)"
Nicki Minaj [ft. Ester Dean]: "Super Bass"
Britney Spears [ft. Nicki Minaj and Ke$ha]: "Till the World Ends (Remix)"
Lydia Loveless: "How Many Women" (no link)
Soulja Boy: "Zan With That Lean"
Big Freedia: "Y'all Get Back Now"
Fucked Up: "A Little Death"
Adele & Jamie xx vs. Cecile, Mr. Lexx & Timberlee: Rolling in the Heat (The Heatwave Refix)
Arctic Monkeys: "Love Is a Laserquest"
Thurston Moore: "Benediction"
Marissa Nadler: "Baby, I Will Leave You in the Morning"
Drake: "Dreams Money Can Buy"
Jens Lekman: "Cowboy Boots"
Beirut: "East Harlem"
Bill Callahan: "Riding for the Feeling"
Fabolous [ft. Lil Wayne]: "That's Not Love"
Balam Acab: "Oh, Why"
Atlas Sound: "Cherry Incognito" (Live at Animal Collective ATP)
Apache Dropout: "Teenager"
Zola Jesus: "Vessel"
Morrissey: "Action Is My Middle Name" (BBC Session)
Austra: "Lose It"
The Men: "Bataille"
White Town: "Cut Out My Heart"
ARAABMUZIK: "Streetz Tonight"
Shabazz Palaces: "Swerve... The reeping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding)"
Jamie xx: "Far Nearer"
DJ Khaled [ft. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne]: "I'm on One"
Bleached: "Think of You"
Hotel Mexico: "Dear Les Friends"
Memory Tapes: "Wait in the Dark"
Thundercat: "For Love I Come"
13 & God: "Its Own Sun"
Todd Terje: "Snooze 4 Love"
Jonathan Richman, Orpheum Stage Door (Madison, Wisc.)
John Vanderslice with Damien Jurado, Vaudeville Mews
The Poison Control Center Stranger Ballet release party, Vaudeville Mews
Mantis Pincers, Vaudeville Mews and People's
Lydia Loveless, Vaudeville Mews
Iron and Wine, People's
Wheels on Fire, Vaudeville Mews
Derek Lambert and the Prairie Fires, Vaudeville Mews
Love Songs for Lonely Monsters, Vaudeville Mews and PBR Bar
Anni Rossi, Vaudeville Mews
Blue Angel Lounge, Vaudeville Mews
Party Party, every Sunday at Hessen Haus
Do I have to sound like a broken record?
The Television Personalities: "How I Learned to Love the Bomb"