I’m super excited to share this edition with you all. There is so much new music out to choose from that this just had to be a great one. I did wonder at some points how I’d fit it all in, but somehow here it is. There are collaborations, some long-serving legends, and one fond farewell.
After 18 yrs, Minus the Bear have announced they are bringing the band to a close. Fans will get one more EP from the band before they wrap things up completely, and this single, Fair Enough, is the first track released from that upcoming farewell release. Always a talented group, it has been quite a journey seeing them go from a quirky band with crazy song titles (Monkey!!!Knife!!!Fight!!!, I Lost all My Money At The Cock Fights, and Hey, Wanna Throw Up? Get Me Naked) to the mature veterans they are now.
A year of following the Doomtree crew means a surprising number of releases in a year. Of course, I highlighted Dessa’s Chime early on this year, and Lazerbeak’s collaboration with Longshot was featured last month as well. This edition features 3 new Doomtree releases. P.O.S. and Astronautalis are back with a new Four Fists single, and are teasing a full-length release all over social media. I know they are busy with all kinds of other projects, but this project is too good to be limited to 2 songs every 5 years! Sims has a new album coming as well with Air Credits and ICETEP, and the singles released so far sound amazing. Cecil Otter has a new track released on the Power of Love benefit album. There are a ton of great artists featured on that project, so definitely check it out.
This new Soft Science record, Maps, is an impressive one. I decided to include the opening track, “Undone”, on this edition, but there are so many good ones here. I don’t really think that it has a weak track on it! It covers a good amount of ground, and is well worth checking out.
I have so many favorites in this list. Son Lux, Marlowe, IDLES, The Coup, Durand Jones & The Indications, The Coup, Mark Lanegan… and definitely this amazing collaborative track with Bryce Dessner, Justin Vernon, S. Carey, and So Percussion.
Cat Power – Wanderer
Gang Gang Dance – J Tree
Minus the Bear – Fair Enough
IDLES – Danny Nedelko
The Hold Steady – Star 18
Soft Science – Undone
Son Lux – Dream State
Simian Mobile Disco – Defender
Sims, Air Credits, ICETEP – Octadant, Eye in the Sky
Four Fists – Nobody’s Biz
Phonte – Euphorium (Back to the Light)
Marlowe – Lost Arts
Durand Jones & The Indications – Make a Change
Jorja Smith – Lost & Found
Wajatta – Runnin’
The Coup – Level It Up
Cecil Otter, Solid Gold, Aero Flynn – Power of Love
Bryce Dessner, Justin Vernon, So Percussion, S. Carey – Music for Wood and Strings
Wild Pink – Lake Erie
Black Belt Eagle Scout – Soft Stud
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Cross My Heart
Knife Knights – Give You Game
Mark Lanegan – With Animals
Joy Formidable – The Wrong Side