Album of the Week

Album of the Week – 19-06-20

Album of the Week – 19-06-20

Apologies to Mr. Neil Young, but I don’t think he needs any more praise from these parts for his new (ish) album Homegrown which we reviewed here. Other releases this week include the much loved Eric Hilton (of Thievery Corporation ‘Infinite Everywhere’) along with Drab City (Good Songs For Bad People).

In the end, we went for a collection of new songs by Phoebe, who is known for her collaborations such as Boygenius (with Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus), and Better Oblivion Community Center (with Conor Oberst). This time she’s on her own and it’s still quite lovely. Her second album Punisher is released today.

Album of the Week — Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher

“Bridgers is a singular talent, and also the rare artist with enough humour to deconstruct the tired heuristics of a meteoric rise. Punisher, written and recorded between the summer of 2018 and the fall of 2019, cements her as one of the most irresistibly clever and tenderly prolific songwriters of our era. Returning to work with her Stranger In The Alpscollaborators Tony Bergand Ethan Gruska, Bridgers -who co-produced the boygenius EP andBetter Oblivion Community Center album -stepped into the role of co-producer for Punisher andhas drawn from the same tight-knit group of musicians who appeared on her debut as well as those she has worked with since. The album includes Bridgers’ band of Marshall Vore(drums), Harrison Whitford(guitar), Emily Retsas(bass) and Nick White (piano) as well as performances from Conor Oberst (“Halloween”, “I Know The End”), Lucy Dacus (“Graceland Too”, “I Know The End”), Julien Baker(“Graceland Too”, “I Know The End”), Blake Mills(“Halloween”, “Savior Complex” and “I Know The End”), Jenny Lee Lindberg (“Kyoto”, “ICU”), Christian Lee Hutson(“Garden Song”, “Halloween”, “Savior Complex”, “I Know The End”), Nick Zinner(“I Know The End”), legendary drummer Jim Keltner (“Halloween” and “Savior Complex”) and Bright Eyes’ Nathaniel Walcotton horns (“Kyoto” and “I Know The End”). Punisher was mixed by Mike Mogis, who also mixed Stranger In The Alps.”

Releases of Note:

— Mac DeMarco – Other Here Comes the Cowboy Demos

— Eric Hilton (of Thievery Corporation) – Infinite Everywhere

— Neil Young – Homegrown

— Drab City – Good Songs For Bad People

— Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher

June 19th:

— A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie – Artist 2.0 (Deluxe)

— Align in Time – On a Spiral

— Alva Noto – Xerrox Vol. 4

— Amo Amo – Canta EP

— Angela Muñoz – Introspection

— Apollo Hill – VIVID WORLD XPRS PT. 1 EP

— Atavist – III: Absolution

— Babehoven – Yellow has a pretty good reputation

— Bad Touch – Kiss the Sky

— Becca Mancari – The Greatest Part

— Beyond the Black – Hørizøns

— Black Eyed Peas – Translation

— Blackberry Smoke – Live From Capricorn Sound Studios EP

— Bob Dylan – Rough and Rowdy Ways

— Braids – Shadow Offering

— Carrion Vael – God Killer

— Cat Clyde – Good Bones

— Chew – Darque Tan

— Circle of Sighs – Salo

— Clint Black – Out of Sane

— Commonwealth Choir – No End EP

— Constant Smiles – Control

— Cro-Mags – In the Begining

— Dead Posey – Malfunction EP

— Deleo – Mythomania EP

— Diana Burgess – You Run

— Dog Unit – Gospel to Barking EP

— Don Bryant – You Make Me Feel

— Drab City – Good Songs For Bad People

— Drift. – Symbiosis

— Ed Askew – London

— Edward “Kidd” Jordan, Joel Futterman, William Parker, and Hamid Drake – A Tribute to Alvin Fielder, Live at Vision Festival XXIV

— eleven7four – What’s The 1174? (Side 1)

— Elliot Moss – A Change In Diet – Live Blackbox Recordings

— Eric Hilton (of Thievery Corporation) – Infinite Everywhere

— Escaper – Apotheosis

— Etuk Ubong – Africa Today

— Filter Dread – Trickster

— Fierro Ex Machina – Processions

— Fran Lobo – Brave EP

— Francis of Delirium – All Change EP

— Gabby Barrett – Goldmine

— Gordi – Two Skins

— Grayson Capps – South Front Street: A Retrospective 1997-2019

— Gum Country (feat. members of The Courtneys) – Somewhere

— Hail Spirit Noir – Eden In Reverse

— Harry Kimball – Driftless

— Huanastone – Third Stone From the Sun

— Imaginary Tricks – Art Flakey EP

— Iron Maiden – The Live Collection – Remastered

— Jake Reynolds – Any Kind of Angel

— Jamws – Toronto EP

— Jarreau Vandal – Suburb Superhero: The Villain Within EP

— Jeb Loy Nichols – Season of Decline EP

— Jenny O. – Truth – New release of August 7th

— Jeremy Fetzer – Phases EP

— Jo James – Back Home

— John Legend – Bigger Love

— John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch – John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch OST (Physical Release)

— Jonah Yano – souvenir

— Juke Ross – Chapter 2

— Kacy Hill – Is It Selfish If We Talk About Me Again

— Kidsmoke – A Vision in the Dark

— The Koreatown Oddity – Little Dominques Nosebleed

— Kyros – Celexa Dreams

— Lamb of God – Lamb of God

— Leni Stern – 4

— Limousine Beach – Stealin’ Wine + 2 EP

— Loke Rahbek – All in the Same Breath

— Mac DeMarco – Other Here Comes the Cowboy Demos

— Matt Lovell – Nobody Cries Today

— Maya Hawke – Blush

— Melt – The Secret Teaching of Sorrow

— Mendoza Line – We’re All In This Alone

— Michael Franti & Spearhead – Work Hard and Be Nice

— The Microdance – Our Love Noire

— Mong Tong 夢東 – Mystery 秘神

— Moon Panda – Make Well EP

— Monte Warden – Monte Warden & The Dangerous Few

— Mounika. – I Need Space

— Mushroomhead – A Wonderful Life

— Nana Grizol – South Somewhere Else

— Nasty Cherry – Season 2 EP

— The National – High Violet 10th Anniversary Expanded Edition (Vinyl Release)

— The National Parks – Wildflower

— Neil Young – Homegrown

— Notable Oak – Horizonlo

— Ocean Alley – Lonely Diamond

— Omar Rodríguez-Lopez- The Cloud Hill Tapes Vol. I

— ORGÖNE – MOS/FET

— Oumou Sangaré – Acoustic (Digital Release)

— Owen (American Football’s Mike Kinsella) – The Avalanche

— Pabst – Deuce Ex Machina

— Pandrador – Ov Rituals, Ov Ancestors, Ov Destiny

— Parcels – Live Vol. 1 (Vinyl Release)

— The Path of Memory – Hell is Other People

— Permanent Collection – Nothing Good Is Normal

— Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher

— Pinch – Reality Tunnels

— Postcard Boy – Limbo EP

— Protest the Hero – Palimpsest

— r beny – Seafoam & Dust

— Randy Porter – Porter Plays Frishberg – Unsung

— Riches of the Poor – The Long Way Down

— Robert Francis – Vol. 1

— Rolie Polie Guacamole – Avoacado

— Roy Ayers, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad – Jazz Is Dead 002

— Ryan Langdon – Lit in the Sticks EP

— Scarlet Pleasure – Garden

— Shadowflag – In Asylum Requiem

— Shakira – Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Shakira

— Shantell Ogden – Song Sampler vol. 1 & 2

— Shingai – Only the Brave…

— Skinshape – Umoja

— Shirley King – Blues For A King

— Simona Castricum – Panic/Desire

— Sindy – First Cut EP

— Sinister – Deformation of the Holy Realm

— Skyzoo – Milestones

— Slomosa – In My Mind’s Desert

— The Soft Pink Truth (Drew Daniel of Matmos) – Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase? (Physical Release)

— Solaris – Un Paese di Musichette Mentre Fuori c’è la Morte

— Speed – 2020 Flex

— Sports Team – Deep Down Happy

— Switchfoot – Covers EP

— Tee Grizzley – The Smartest

— Teyana Taylor – The Album

— Tones (AraabMuzik, Plays & Neem) – Tones

— Torchlight Parade – Torchlight Parade

— Trapt – Shadow Work

— Underer (Cleric’s Nick Shellenberger) – The Code

— Vance Provey, Bob Gorry, and Paul Gunsberg – Collective Expression

— Various Artists – Imaginal Soundtracking Vol. 1: There Will Come Soft Rains

— Various Artists – The Longest Day – A Benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association

— Veio – Vitruvian

— Vile Creature – Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm!

— Ward White – Leonard at the Audit

— We Versus the Shark – Goodbye Guitar

— Whitesnake – The ROCK Album

— Willaris. K – Full Noise EP

— Wire – 10:20

— Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile – Not Our First Goat Rodeo

— Zoon – Bleached Waves

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