Todd’s Two Too! – January 5, 2018
Written by Todd Wahoske on January 21, 2018
Father John Misty – Pure Comedy – Sub-Pop
Pure Comedy is the third studio album released by American folk musician Josh Tillman under his pseudonym Father John Misty. Released on April 7, 2017, on Sub Pop. This is Tillman's third studio album since his departure from Fleet Foxes. It has been produced by Josh Tillman in collaboration with Jonathan Wilson, sound engineer Trevor Spencer and composer/double-bassist Gavin Bryars.
Most of Pure Comedy was written in 2015. It touches on themes of progress, technology, fame, the environment, politics, aging, social media, human nature, human connection and his own role in it all. Tillman included an 1800-word-long essay about its symbolism and meaning in the release announcement email to his fan club.
Pure Comedy is the story of a species born with a half-formed brain. The species’ only hope for survival, finding itself on a cruel, unpredictable rock surrounded by other species who seem far more adept at this whole thing (and to whom they are delicious), is the reliance on other, slightly older, half-formed brains. This reliance takes on a few different names as their story unfolds, like “love,” “culture,” “family,” etc. Over time, and as their brains prove to be remarkably good at inventing meaning where there is none, the species becomes the purveyor of increasingly bizarre and sophisticated ironies. These ironies are designed to help cope with the species’ loathsome vulnerability and to try and reconcile how disproportionate their imagination is to the monotony of their existence.
Perfume Genius – No Shape – Matador
No Shape was produced by Blake Mills (Fiona Apple. John Legend, Alabama Shakes). The album was praised by critics. Pitchfork awarded it an 8.8 and named it "Best New Album", deeming it "his most realized album yet, a tender and transcendental protest record of love and devotion." The Guardian commented that "No Shape sounds like a unique talent coming into full bloom."
Hadreas will embark on a headline tour in the U.S. and Canada this spring and summer. He will also be performing at a number of the major European and British music festivals this summer.
The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding – Atlantic Records
The band released their fourth album, A Deeper Understanding August 25, 2017. According to Marcy Donelson of AllMusic, A Deeper Understanding "reclaims and explores the distinctive soundscapes, vastness, and haunted psyche of Lost in the Dream, and that in itself is significant." Mark Richardson of Pitchfork noted similarities with mid-80's rock, stating it is "also a fascinating study in influence; it’s hard to think of a band with more obvious touchstones that also sounds so original."
LCD Soundsytem – american dream – DFA Columbia
american dream is the fourth studio album by American rock band LCD Soundsystem. It was released on September 1, 2017 through DFA Records and Columbia Records. It was first announced on January 5, 2016, the day after it was revealed that the band was reuniting after a disbandment lasting nearly five years. American Dream acts as the band's first album in seven years, following This Is Happening (2010). Prior to the album's release, LCD Soundsystem performed at large music festivals as well as smaller shows to promote their reunion.
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