20 Vinyl LPs to Look For in Late Spring

Posted by Billy Gil, April 19, 2016 05:00pm | Post a Comment


Aesop RockThe Impossible Kid
Out April 29

Aesop Rock’s follow-up to 2012’s Skelethon is produced by the rapper himself. If you’ve ever wondered what’s going through the motor-mouthed MC’s head, watch the video for “Rings” below.


Brian EnoThe Ship
Out April 29

Legendary producer and artist Brian Eno’s latest is an ambient work inspired in part by the sinking of the Titanic and World War I. It also includes a cover of The Velvet Underground’s “I’m Set Free.” Hear the title track below.


King Gizzard and the Lizard WizardNonagon Infinity
Out April 29

Just five months after their last release and we already get a new album from Aussie psych-rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard? Fine by us. Their last record readily combined fuzzy riffs with touches of whiskey-sippin’ lounge rock, so we can’t wait to hear what the next one has in store. Stream the fast-paced "People-Vultures" below.

Out May 6

Formerly known as the chamber-pop artist Antony/Antony & the Johnsons, ANOHNI reveals a new electro-pop sound on her latest release, which is co-produced by Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke. Hear “Drone Bomb Me” below. The album also includes the previously released “4 Degrees.”


Robert PollardOf Course You Are
Out May 6

Lo-fi fans, rejoice: Robert Pollard is coming out with a new solo album in addition to a new Guided By Voices album (which is sort of a Pollard solo album anyhow). “Long Live Instant Pandemonium” could be the M.O. for Pollard’s career, but it’s also the rad first song from his new album.


The CureKiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
Out May 13

The Cure’s first big pop album was released in 1987 and made the band stars, featuring songs like “Just Like Heaven” and “Why Can’t I Be You?” The eclectic album spreads 18 tracks over two LPs.


Modern BaseballHoly Ghost
Out May 13

Modern Baseball keep the emo flag flying on their latest. The Philadelphia four-piece continue to prove that before that genre tag got tarnished, emo provided us with some damn fine music. Hear the songs “Everyday” and “Apple Cider, I Don’t Mind” as proof.


NothingTired of Tomorrow
Out May 13

Nothing seriously need to get their due. The shoegazey indie rockers from Philadelphia just might on their sophomore release, which is preceded by catchy first single “Vertigo Flowers.”


Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Denial
Out May 20

Will Toledo’s first release of all new material for Matador, following last year’s compilation Teens of Style. The self-made indie hero, who came to prominence after releasing albums he partially recorded in his family automobile online, recalls stalwarts like Guided By Voices with the heart of a young Conor Oberst. "Vincent," the first song we've heard from his upcoming album, is heavier and slightly cleaner, with touches of horns and a Strokesy strut, but still fiercely genuine.


Methyl EthelOh Inhuman Spectacle
Out May 20

Remember that great Shins album Oh, Inverted World? That’s what this title reminds me of. Methyl Ethel are a new band of dream poppers from Down Under. So I, along with half of Amoeba’s employees, will probably be all over this. Hear the grandiose "Idee Fixe" below.


Kristin KontrolX-Communicate
Out May 27

Kristin Welchez (aka Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls) recalls ’80 cult pop stars like Christina and Strawberry Switchblade and Italo disco on her solo synth-pop debut.


Kendrick Lamaruntitled unmastered.
Out May 27

The surprise album of outtakes from To Pimp a Butterfly that acclaimed rapper Kendrick Lamar surprise released earlier this year is finally coming out on vinyl. Rather than an album of songs that weren’t good enough, untitled unmastered. plays like an album with a logic of its own. Let’s put it another way: Lamar’s outtakes amount to one of the best albums of the year so far.


My Morning Jacket It Still Moves [Deluxe Edition]
Out May 27
My Morning Jacket's Souther Rock epic gets a vinyl re-release, packed with a second disc of demos and outtakes and an alternate cover.

Beth Orton Kidsticks
Out May 27

Singer/songwriter Beth Orton likes to keep us guessing. Her latest is produced by Andrew Hung of electro-noise outfit Fuck Buttons and Orton herself. Curious about how Orton’s husky drawl and heady songwriting style will mix with Hung’s aesthetic? Listen to the throbbing disco-inflected track “Moon” below.


Sonny & the Sunsets - Moods Baby Moods
Out May 27

Sonny Smith brings his prolific, conversational, oddball garage-rock thing to us once again. Hear the deliciously warped "Well But Strangely Hung Man" below.

The KillsAsh & Ice
Out June 3

It’s been five years since we’ve heard from decadently trashy rock duo The Kills. Part of that has to do with guitarist Jamie Hince having to undergo five surgeries to mend an injured finger. Alison Mosshart has meanwhile been working with The Dead Weather. Hear the gothy “Doing It To Death” and watch the party-at-the-funeral video below.


Psychic IllsInner Journey Out
Out June 3

Psychedelic wanderers Psychic Ills get out there again on their latest. Features a collaboration with Mazzy Stars Hope Sandoval that brings back memories of her turn on “Sometimes Always” with The Jesus and Mary Chain.


WhitneyLight Upon the Lake
Out June 3

Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich, both formerly of power-pop band Smith Westerns, go a little country on their debut, like an update on The Byrds doing Sweetheart of the Rodeo.


Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney
Out June 10

This four-LP set collects many of Paul McCartney’s post Beatles singles solo and with Wings.

Mogwai - Atomic [OST]
Out June 17

Post-rock greats Mogwai fittingly lace their epic sound onto a documentary about the goods and evils of the atomic age.

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