New Music Friday – January 25, 2019


What a crazy exciting music week it has been! It’s been one full of surprise drops, long-awaited comebacks, and an overall great collection of new releases.

The first surprise drop is a secret collaboration from indie darlings Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers called Better Oblivion Community Center. If you’re a fan of either artist, you’ll love this new collection. Next, despite the release of their Black Album on the horizon, Weezer have presented us with the Teal Album, a collection of covers, including their hit cover of “Africa”. UK hip-hop punk Rat Boy has released his Tim Armstrong-produced new album, as have California punks Fidlar. There’s also a new one from instrumental guitarist William Tyler.

In singles, there’s a smorgasbord of great tracks you need to hear. First is Ryan Adam‘s first official single release of 2019 (where he plans to release 3 albums), “Fuck the Rain”, which contains a guitar solo from John Mayer. Vampire Weekend released their first tracks from the pending double-album, Father of the Bride. They’ll be dropping two songs each month until the album’s release. Florence + the Machine also released two unexpected new songs.

Jenny Lewis is back with her first solo single in years, and The Specials have released a special second song from their comeback album. Blink 182‘s Mark Hoppus has a new collaborative project with All Time Low‘s Alex Gaskarth called Simple Creatures, and they’ve released their first single today. These, on top of soulful new music from Durand Jones & the Indications, pop from Dido, ethereal emo from American Football (featuring Paramore‘s Hayley Williams), and a new track from Beck (inspired by the film Roma), makes for a pretty tasty weekend of new tunes to listen to.

And if you didn’t hear, The Indy Review now has a Spotify account, and we’ll be providing playlists every week containing all of the new music listed below. Follow this week’s list here.


Better Oblivion Community CenterBetter Oblivion Community Center

WeezerWeezer (Teal Album)

Rat BoyInternationally Unknown

William TylerGoes West

FidlarAlmost Free


SantanaIn Search of Mona Lisa


The Bouncing Souls – Crucial Moments

American Football – Uncomfortably Numb (feat. Hayley Williams)

Durand Jones & The Indications – Morning in America

Foals – Exits

Dido – Give You Up

Broken Social Scene – All I Want

Ryan Adams – Fuck the Rain (feat. John Mayer)

The Specials – 10 Commandments

Beck – Tarantula

Jenny Lewis – Red Bull & Hennessy

Vampire Weekend – Harmony Hall/2021

Simple Creature – Drug

Florence + the Machine – Moderation / Haunted House

X Ambassadors – Boom

Hayes Carll – Times Like These / Be There

Kevin Devine – Only Yourself

The Parrots – Cigarette Burns

Dirty Heads – Listen to Me

Ozomatli – Libertad

Robert Ellis – Nobody Smokes Anymore

Dan Mangan – Losing My Religion

Grizfolk – Heavy Crown

King Princess – I Know (feat. Fiona Apple)

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