Album of the Week

Album of the Week – 03/06/22

Album of the Week – 03/06/22

Some lovely new sounds to delight you this week, with a new release from Al Riggs (Themselves), along with Andrew Bird (Inside Problems), Drive-By Truckers (Welcome 2 Club XIII) and even Jens Lekman (the physical release of The Cherry Trees Are Still in Blossom). I haven’t listened to the full album from Michael Franti & Spearhead (Follow Your Heart) but the lead single is surprisingly dull! Fingers crossed the full album is better. He’s come a long way from The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy days. I suspect he’s still great live though.

We tried to resist the many allures of Angel Olsen, but it proved to be impossible! Just sit back and enjoy her new slice of country, with a (not really) Peter Gabriel inspired album title of Big Time. So much larger than life.

Album of the Week – Angel Olsen – Big Time

Fresh grief, like fresh love, has a way of sharpening our vision and bringing on painful clarifications. No matter how temporary we know these states to be, the vulnerability and transformation they demand can overpower the strongest among us. Then there are the rare, fertile moments when both occur, when mourning and limerence heighten, complicate and explain each other; the songs that comprise Angel Olsen’s Big Time were forged in such a whiplash.

Big Time is an album about the expansive power of new love, but this brightness and optimism is tempered by a profound and layered sense of loss. During Olsen’s process of coming to terms with her queerness and confronting the traumas that had been keeping her from fully accepting herself, she felt it was time to come out to her parents, a hurdle she’d been avoiding for some time. “Finally, at the ripe age of 34, I was free to be me,” she said. Three days later, her father died and shortly after her mother passed away. The shards of this grief—the shortening of her chance to finally be seen more fully by her parents—are scattered throughout the album.

Albums of Note — 

— Al Riggs – Themselves

— Andrew Bird – Inside Problems

— Drive-By Truckers – Welcome 2 Club XIII

— Jens Lekman – The Cherry Trees Are Still in Blossom (Physical Release)

— Michael Franti & Spearhead – Follow Your Heart

— Post Malone – twelve carat toothache

Albums Released on June 3rd:

— 070 Shake – You Can’t Kill Me

— A.M. Boys – Distance Decay

— Adrian Quesada (of Black Pumas) – Boleros Psicodélicos

— Al Riggs – Themselves

— Al Stewart – The Admiralty Lights (Box Set)

— Alan Vega – Saturn Strip (Vinyl Reissue)

— Amy Winehouse – Live in Glastonbury 2007 (Vinyl Reissue)

— Andrew Bird – Inside Problems

— Angel Olsen – Big Time

— Anna Bates – Here’s To The End EP

— Arlie – Break The Curse

— Astronoid – Radiant Bloom

— Barenaked Ladies – Detour De Force (Deluxe Edition)

— Ben Zaidi – Acre of Salt

— Big Drink – It Was Supposed To Be Easy EP

— THE BLACK MOODS – Into The Night

— Bo Burnham – Inside (The Songs) (Deluxe)

— Bob Marston & The Credible Sources – So Long

— The Bombadils – Dear Friend

— Carl Douglas – Kung Fu Fighting: The Best Of Carl Douglas

— Chelsea Rose – Truth or Consequences

— CyHi – EGOT The EP

— Dampf – The Arrival

— Defiatory – Apokalyps

— Drive-By Truckers – Welcome 2 Club XIII

— DRUIDS – Shadow Work

— East Coast – East Coast (Vinyl Reissue)

— Editrix – Editrix II: Editrix Goes To Hell

— Erica Dawn Lyle & Vice Cooler – LAND TRUST: Benefit For North East Farmers of Color

— Fantastic Negrito – White Jesus Black Problems

— Farees – Galactic Africa

— The Fixx – Every Five Seconds

— Flaccid Mojo – Flaccid Mojo

— Forgiveness – Next Time Could Be Your Last Time

— Frank Sinatra – Watertown (Reissue)

— Frank Zappa – Zappa/Erie

— Gene On Earth – Time On The Vine

— Grateful Dead – Dick’s Picks Vol. 3 — Pembroke Pines, Florida 5/22/77 (Reissue)

— Grateful Dead – Dick’s Picks Vol. 12 — Providence Civic Center 6/26/74 & Boston Garden 6/28/74 (Reissue)

— Grateful Dead – Road Trips Vol. 1 No. 3 — Summer ’71

— T. Gowdy – Miracles

— Guy Blue – Arms Wide EP

— GWAR– The New Dark Ages

— Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? – Maine Coon

— High Castle Teleorkestra – The Egg That Never Opened

— Horsegirl – Versions of Modern Performance

— iamamiwhoami – Be Here Soon

— Jasmyn (of Weaves) – In the Wild

— Jelly Crystal – ILY EP

— Jens Lekman – The Cherry Trees Are Still in Blossom (Physical Release)

— Jens Lekman – The Linden Trees Are Still in Blossom (Physical Release)

— Kamikaze Nurse – Stimuloso

— Ken Yates – Cerulean

— The Kills – No Wow (Deluxe Reissue)

— Killswitch Engage – Live At The Palladium

— Kreator – Hate Über Alles

— L’Objectif – We Aren’t Getting Out But Tonight We Might EP

— Las Cruces – Cosmic Tears

— Lettuce – Unify

— Locust Grove – Battle of Locust

— Lucianblomkamp – Where in The World Is Lucianblomkamp?

— Marta Knight – Strange Times Forever

— Mary Gauthier – Dark Enough To See The Stars

— Max Roach – Members, Don’t Git Weary (Vinyl Reissue)

— Memphis May Fire – Remade in Misery

— Merzbow & Lawrence English – Eternal Stalker

— Michael Franti & Spearhead – Follow Your Heart

— Michael Shaw – He Rode On

— Mr Little Jeans – Better Days

— Namir Blade – Metropolis

— Nataly Dawn – Gardenview

— Naira Marley – God’s Timing’s The Best

— Neil Young – Official Bootleg Series 3: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

— Neil Young – Official Bootleg Series 4: Royce Hall

— Neil Young – Official Bootleg Series 5: Citizen Kane Jr. Blues (Live The Bottom Line)

— Oklahoma Kid – Tangerine Tragic

— ORIGIN – Chaosmos

— Pastel Blank – Pastel Blanc EP

— Poliça – Madness

— Post Malone – twelve carat toothache

— Prince and the Revolution – Prince and The Revolution: Live (Reissue)

— Purity Ring – Graves EP

— Queen of Jeans – Hiding in Place EP

— Remi Wolf – Juno (Deluxe Edition)

— S.G. Goodman – Teeth Marks

— Saajtak – For the Makers

— Shintaro Sakamoto – Like A Fable

— SOMNUS THRONE – Nemesis Later

— Sub Urban – Hive

— The Suffers – It Starts with Love

— Tedeschi Trucks Band – I Am The Moon: I. Crescent

— theWorst – Yes Regrets

— Thronhill – Heroine

— Tove Styrke – Hard

— Tuff Bear – Tuff Bear’s Picnic

— Ural Thomas and The Pain – Dancing Dimensions

— The Venomous Pink – Vita Mors

— The Zells – Ant Farm


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