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Pitchfork’s Guide To 2019 Albums – Jenny Hval, Sampa The Great, Battles and SebastiAn and more

September 8th, 2019

Four times a year, we round up a list of albums that the Pitchfork staff is looking forward to in the upcoming season. These 30 releases, by everyone from Angel Olsen to Octo Octa to FKA twigs, are either officially scheduled to come out between this Friday, September 6 and the end of October, or are likely to arrive at some point over the course of the next three months. (Please note that release dates may change.) Here are 30 albums—listed in chronological order—worth waiting for this fall. – Read More Via Pitchfork

LISTEN – Danny Brown “Dirty Laundry” + New Album

September 5th, 2019

A new dose of coy lyrical “comedy”. A few months back, Danny Brown teased some details of a forthcoming album uknowhatimsayin¿, the Detroit rapper’s fifth studio record and first since 2016’s Atrocity Exhibition. WARP has now confirmed that uknowhatimsayin¿ is set to be released on October 4th and will feature production from the iconic likes of A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip, Flying Lotus and JPEGMAFIA. Appearances from Run The Jewels, Obongjayar and Blood Orange are also scattered among the album’s 10 tracks.

Brown is well-known for his ingeniously bizarre lyrical play and explains that this record is “my version of a stand-up comedy album. Most of my close friends now aren’t rappers-they’re comedians and actors. So I wanted to create something that mixed humor with music. Something that was funny but not parody.” – Read More Via Fact

LISTEN – CityFM – New York Songs + Stories

September 5th, 2019

Last week on CityFM our staff gathered a typically excellent cast of musical colleagues, veterans and smarties to guide us thru their personal NewYork songs, what theirs mean to them, the one-time aspirations and hopes still unfolding. It’s up to you New York, concrete jungle of ways and means – we’re standing on yr corner (suitcase in our hand), and forever talking about what makes you special to us. Thank you for tuning in.

Guests This week = Ariel Palitz, Hasan Insane, HoneyChild Coleman, Statik Selektah, Marisa Brown, DJ Eclipse, Miles Francis, Julie James, Sucio Smash, Emily Panic, The Mighty Quinn, Trevor Morrison, D-Stroy Melendez, Navani Otero, Piotr Orlov + Jessica Weber

Music from Antibalas, Sonora Poncena, Lou Reed, Blondie, Nas, Jay-Z, Billy Strayhorn, Donwill, DJ Skizz, Marco Polo, Audio Two, Greatful Dead, Big L, Veronica, Kemba, Avalanches, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious 5, and Jigmastas.

LISTEN – TSHA “Moon” + new EP on Ninja Tune

September 4th, 2019

Nothing is quite as bewitching as a full moon, and Tsha’s titular single from an upcoming sophomore EP! This track catches all the mysterious charm of a 3:00 AM dance in the milky light of a cosmic sky. The London-based producer debuted a rich, warm, techno-tribal sound on 2018’s Dawn; it caught the ear of Bonobo and George FitzGerald, who included Tsha’s work on their “Fabric Presents” release and BBC radio1 residency show, respectively. She casts a spell on our hearts this week with this Counter Records release, and we’re eagerly awaiting more. -Read More Via Billboard

ICYMI – Plaid US Tour + Skee Mask & John Tejada Remixes

September 2nd, 2019

UK electronic vets Plaid released their 10th album, Polymer, back in June, with Andy Turner and Ed Handley exploring themes of “polyphony, pollution and politics” with their typically sophisticated, melodic beats. You can stream the whole album below. This month they’ve released killer remixes of “Maru” from Skee Mask and John Tejada! Listen below, or grab it off the co-sign download site!

Plaid will be touring North America in December, with stops in Miami, Atlanta, Detroit, the Boston area, DC, Brooklyn, Chicago, Denver, Portland, Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco. The Brooklyn show takes place at Elsewhere Hall on 12/13 and tickets are on sale. – Read More via Brooklyn Vegan

WED 4 DECEMBER – The Ground Miami, FL, US
THU 5 DECEMBER – Aisle 5 Atlanta, GA, US
FRI 6 DECEMBER – Marble Bar Detroit, MI, US
SAT 7 DECEMBER – Fairmont Theatre Montreal, QC, Canada
WED 11 DECEMBER – ONCE Ballroom Somerville, MA, US
THU 12 DECEMBER – U Street Music Hall Washington, DC, US
FRI 13 DECEMBER – Elsewhere Brooklyn, NY, US
SAT 14 DECEMBER – Sleeping Village Chicago, IL, US
SUN 15 DECEMBER – Larimer Lounge Denver, CO, US
WED 18 DECEMBER – Holocene Portland, OR, US
THU 19 DECEMBER – 1720 Los Angeles, CA, US
FRI 20 DECEMBER – The Crocodile Seattle, WA, US
SAT 21 DECEMBER – Gray Area Art & Technology Theater San Francisco, CA, US

Read More: Plaid touring North America for new album ‘Polymer’ |

LISTEN – Anamanaguchi “Lorem Ipsum (Arctic Anthem)”

August 30th, 2019

OUT TODAY – Foundational indie electronic group Anamanaguchi have signed to Polyvinyl Records to release their new album [USA], their first in over six years, coming October 25th. The first single, “Lorem Ipsum (Arctic Anthem)” has been a live highlight for years. Anamanaguchi is a four-piece band from New York and Los Angeles made up of Peter Berkman, Ary Warnaar, James DeVito, and Luke Silas. They program and perform intensely emotional digital music, and also once sent a slice of pizza into space.

Since forming in the mid-2000s, Anamanaguchi have been revered as pioneers in the homemade, video game world of chiptune music: combining energetic indie rock with hyper-melodic squarewaves from hacked Nintendo hardware. Their earliest releases were distributed on old school Nintendo cartridges you can actually play, and in 2010 they created the official soundtrack to the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World game. Since the release of their 2013 Kickstarter fan-funded ($275K cough cough) album, Endless Fantasy, the band has been hard at work touring the world and writing their much anticipated follow-up, which brings us to today.

Oct. 30 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
Oct. 31 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Nov. 2 – Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room*
Nov. 3 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
Nov. 5 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
Nov. 6 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
Nov. 7 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Citadel
Nov. 8 – Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s
Nov. 10 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge*
Nov. 12 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
Nov. 13 – Detroit, MI @ The Magic Stick

* = Expo – hours of programmed activities hosted by the band before show.