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.
Better Oblivion Community Center – Better Oblivion Community Center
Weezer – Weezer (Teal Album)
Rat Boy – Internationally Unknown
William Tyler – Goes West
Fidlar – Almost Free
Santana – In 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)