New Music Monday

Spoon Heads Down New Sonic Paths on its Ninth Album

Spoon’s ninth album, Hot Thoughts, finds the band expanding its sound more than any other time in its two decade-long career.

Fleet Foxes First Song From the Forthcoming ‘Crack-Up’ Finds the Band in Fine Form

On March 7th, Fleet Foxes announced its long-awaited and highly anticipated third album, Crack-Up, which releases in mid-June. The band also unveiled its first piece of new music since 2011’s Helplessness Blues. Titled “Third of May / Ōdaigahara,” the track finds…

Jay Som’s ‘Everybody Works’ Is a Brilliant Piece of Bedroom Pop

Everybody Works, which follows her 2016 compilation Turn Into, is Jay Som’s first album as such. Melina Duterte, who records and performs under the Jay Som moniker, recorded the album in her bedroom over the course of three weeks in…

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Japandroids Release Their Triumphant Third Album, ‘Near to the Wild Heart of Life’

The title of Japandroids third album, “Near to the Wild Heart of Life”, comes indirectly from a passage in James Joyce’s “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.”

Best Records of 2016: Japanese Breakfast’s ‘Psychopomp’

With the new year approaching, we’re taking a look back through the past 11 months at records that did not get coverage in New Music Monday when they were first released earlier.

Best Records of 2016: Swet Shop Boys’ ‘Cashmere’

For all the brightness and energy in its music, Cashmere is a charged album.

Agnes Obel’s New LP, ‘Citizen of Glass’

“There’s an increasing sense in this world that you have to make yourself a bit of glass.”

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Weyes Blood Experiments With Singer-Songwriter Traditions on ‘Front Row Seat to Earth’

Much of Weyes Blood’s output has an experimental bent to it.