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New Music for Friday, October 23

Fall is a great time to discover new music. Why not grab a mug of apple cider this weekend and check out one or more of the following albums that were just released today?

  • Sounds Good Feels Good by 5 Seconds of Summer
    Teen Pop. The Aussie outfit's sophomore album of playfully irreverent, '90s-style punk-pop and earnest emo balladry.
  • Liberman by Vanessa Carlton

New Music from Friday, October 2, 2015

Every Friday new music is released and we make lots and lots of it available for you to listen to immediately. Check out the top picks from this past Friday:

  • Unbreakable by Janet Jackson
    Contemporary R&B. A clean-cut and satisfying return after a seven-year absence, created with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
  • New Bermuda by Deafheaven

New Music Friday - September 25, 2015

What a Friday! Here are the most critically acclaimed albums released today that you can listen to right now - just follow the links from the titles. Hope you have a great weekend!

  • Dodge And Burn by The Dead Weather
    Alternative / Indie Rock. Another album from this Jack White-related supergroup with White on drums and featuring members of the Kills and Queens of the Stone Age.
  • Caracal by Disclosure

Beirut

I’m eagerly awaiting Beirut’s next album No No No that comes out next month, but in the meantime re-absorbing all of Beirut’s older albums has been the perfect soundtrack to ending a summer day. Beirut’s leading man Zach Condon’s talent for various instruments, melodic compositions and soulful crooning makes each album delightfully rich and complex. Beirut’s debut album Gulag Orkestar remains one of my favorites, and it’s tracks like “Postcards from Italy” and “Elephant Gun” that inspires many a fan to pick up the ukulele.

In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel

"When you were young you were the king of carrot flowers." With these very words Jeff Mangum introduced the album that initiated a mass conversion of curmudgeony music critics into wide-eyed believers. In my opinion, what rests inside each and every one of the work's eleven tracks is nothing less than magic. Exactly what that magic is I do not know, but I wholeheartedly invite anyone willing to suspend their own cynicism to find out for themselves.

Golden Age by Woodkid

Woodkid’s Yoann Lemoine's sad, rich vocals are oh so soothing against a backdrop of dramatic orchestral storming. The swelling strings and crashing drums cultivate an atmosphere of urgency but not haste, and all at once his songs give a sense of deep adventure, nostalgia and longing.  A track that I can’t stop listening to is “Conquest of Spaces”. Equally as worthwhile is “Run boy run”, I love you”, and “Iron”. Something not to be missed while discovering the wizardry of Woodkid is the aesthetic of Woodkid’s music videos that complement the dramatic, cinematic essence of this album.

Hot Chip

Hot Chip’s albums keep falling into my lap ever since the first time I unexpectedly came across them in high school.  The British electronic group hasn’t changed too much though- if anything, they’ve gotten even more confident in their quirkiness and comfortable in their own skin.  Their newest album Why Make Sense?, released in May, illustrates just how these skilled these blokes are with synthesizers and emotive lyrics with songs like “White Wine and Fried Chicken”, “Huarache Lights” and “Love is the Future”.

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