This Month's Picks

Sailor (LP)

Rich Brian
Indonesian rapper Rich Brian continues to evolve his artistic persona on The Sailo r, his sophomore release. Leaving behind the harder edges of his initial tracks and replacing them with a more personal and sonically malleable palate influenced by Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, and Tyler, The Creator, Brian shows he is making the right strides to grow not only as an artist but as an adult (in a foreign country no less). While he may not may not be completely ready for world domination, The Sailor adequately displays he's developing the skills to continue his upward ascent. More
Genre: Hip Hop

Womb (CD)

Purity Ring
Social distancing may be the M.O. of 2020 (and beyond?), but Purity Ring are as well-equipped as anyone to deal with it. After all, the electronic duo’s songwriting process evolved out of emailing files to each other over thousands of miles away, with Corin Roddick handling production duties and Megan James writing and recording the lyrics. For the group who once dubbed themselves as “future pop,” their third album arrives in the most dystopic of circumstances -- a milieu that would seem fittingly soundtracked by Purity Ring’s otherworldly, clashing textures. Yet  Womb  finds the duo bringing their sound back down to earth a bit. Songs such as “peacefall” and “stardew” are almost straightforward electro pop, the latter especially sounding like a dancefloor favorite that was specifically designed to mellow a whole crowd of revelers peaking on MDMA. If the sounds are unfamiliarly warm and welcoming, the lyrics still delve into the same eerie, often bloody imagery that James has made her calling card, delivered with the same cooing voice to lullaby effect. No matter how sweet and inviting these hooks may be, a sense of digital abstraction pervades the emotion behind  Womb . Pop music for a brave new world. More
Genre: Rock

I Disagree (CD)

Poppy
Enigmatic internet phenomenon Poppy goes metal for the deeply weird, boundary-pushing  I Disagree . Poppy’s vocals are still sweet as candy, but her sonic toolkit has gotten quite a bit darker, more aggressive, and louder. That’s right -- this is Poppy’s metal record. Imagine bubblegum vocals over furious riffs, where sugary melodic moments turn unexpectedly into horrifying screams. That’s  I Disagree ! Poppy’s always been a distinctive figure in the world of pop and this time she demonstrates her ability to bring surprise and strangeness to the well-trodden realm of heavy metal. Interesting and unexpected. More
Genre: Rock

The Rick And Morty [OST] (CD)

Rick & Morty
This is the first official collection of music from the critically acclaimed, half-hour animated hit comedy series Rick and Morty . The soundtrack features original and exclusive artwork, 26 songs, 24 of which are from the first 3 seasons of the show, and 18 of which were composed by Ryan Elder specifically for the show. The album also includes songs by Mazzy Star, Chaos Chaos, Blonde Redhead, and Belly, all of which have been featured in the show, as well as two new tunes from Chad VanGaalen and Clipping inspired by the show. More
Genre: Soundtracks

Set My Heart On Fire Immediately (CD)

Perfume Genius
The fifth studio album from Perfume Genius explores masculinity through themes of love, sex, memory, and the body. Mike Hadreas channels American pop music history on this journey with nods to everyone from Cyndi Lauper to Elvis. This stylistically diverse release features contributions from musicians Jim Keltner, Pino Palladino, and Matt Chamberlin. More
Genre: Rock

Marigold (CD)

Pinegrove
Pinegrove’s Marigold feels like coming home. The tracks comprising the album are easy to love: they’re warm, earnest, and lived-in affairs that sound like classic Pinegrove. The band effortlessly fuses elements of emo, acoustic rock, indie, and Americana, which feels like a natural sonic progression for the band. Guaranteed to appeal to fans of now-classic ‘90s college rock as well as fans of introspective, rawly vulnerable guitar crooners. More
Genre: Rock

Dead Man [OST] (CD)

Neil Young
When Neil Young improvised the score to Jim Jarmusch's hallucinatory, revisionist-western did he know it would become the revered cult classic it is now? One can hardly bring up the '90s indie film without mentioning its introspective, sparse, sometimes violent guitar and lonely organ rumblings, which create textures both tense and serene. Finally, after over twenty years, Neil Young's  Dead Man  soundtrack is being reissued on vinyl and CD. Though the score is purely instrumental, interspersed throughout the record are short bits of dialogue from the film's stars, Johnny Depp and Gary Farmer. Let yourself drift off with this moody, pure, one of a kind recording, and keep your ears open for a cameo of Iggy Pop's scene from the film. More
Genre: Rock, Soundtracks

R.Y.C. (CD)

Mura Masa
British artist Mura Masa (A.k.a. Alex Crossan) presents a conceptual sophomore album focusing on nostalgia and regression, namely the longing to recapture past excitement and innocence…even if it never existed in the first place. Musically, Alex sources from influences of his childhood, including upbeat club music and other late ‘90’s sounds. More

All Visible Objects (CD)

Moby
Moby’s new dance-heavy album was made in the legendary EastWest Studios in Studio 3 where Pet Sounds was recorded, using the same board that was used in the making of  Ziggy Stardust  and the same piano that Sinatra used to record some of his most notable hits. With a pedigree as royal (and diverse) as that, and including a collaboration with Dead Kennedys’ drummer D. H. Peligro and rapper Boogie, Moby’s 17th studio album is as unique as he is. More

I Am Not A Dog On A Chain (CD)

Morrissey
Morrissey's 13th solo album is also his first album of original material since 2017's  Low in High School . Despite his unpopular opinions and pain-in-the-assness, this album is a bold departure, going places he has yet to go musically. Namely, the world of synths and electronica. More
Genre: Rock