New Music Friday – January 25, 2019

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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.

ALBUMS:

Better Oblivion Community CenterBetter Oblivion Community Center

WeezerWeezer (Teal Album)

Rat BoyInternationally Unknown

William TylerGoes West

FidlarAlmost Free

EPS:

SantanaIn Search of Mona Lisa

SONGS:

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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