It’s May, and this first Friday brings us not one, but two of our Most Anticipated Albums of 2019. First, the long-awaited new album from indie rock stars Vampire Weekend. We’ve heard six songs from the album already, two of which I very much love. Next is from punk godfathers Bad Religion, who I’ve been a fan of since high school. Songwriter Passenger is back with a new collection of mellow folk. Topping it off is the latest album from Judah & The Lion, whose song “Forever, Always” played at my wedding ceremony, so I have a special place for them in my heart and playlists.
In singles, I have to say getting a new one from Tom Delonge’s band Angels & Airwaves was more welcome than I would have guessed. There are solid new tunes from Hot Water Music and The National, a return from Ten Foot Pole and two new songs from some of our favorite up-and-coming punk bands, Spanish Love Songs and Fang Fang.
Icelandic folk rockers Of Monsters and Men are back with a new one, Logic dropped a track with Eminem, Bad Books make a triumphant return with two new songs…I could go on. My best recommendation – listen to all the great new stuff yourself.
Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride
Bad Religion – The Age of Unreason
Judah & the Lion – Pep Talks
Passenger – Sometimes It’s Something, Sometimes It’s Nothing At All
Angels & Airwaves – Rebel Girl
Spanish Love Songs – (No) Reason to Believe
Violent Femmes – Hotel Last Resort
Fang Fang – Dreamy Cowboy
Hot Water Music – Rebellion Story
The National – Hairpin Turns
Titus Andronicus – Tumult Around the World
Ten Foot Pole – Forever Road
Bastille – Joy
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Black Star Dancing
Bad Books – I Love You, I’m Sorry, Please Help Me, Thank You
Bad Books – Lake House
Calexico & Iron & Wine – Midnight Sun
Logic – Homicide (feat. Eminem)
Deer Tick – Rough Around the Edges
The Kooks – Got Your Number
Fitz and the Tantrums – I Need Help!
Of Monsters and Men – Alligator
The Get Up Kids – Waking Up Alone
Fitness – AMEN!!
The Head and the Heart – People Need a Melody