Love Yourself: Answer by BTS Big Hit Entertainment 2018 The new BTS compilation album (with 7 new tracks!) dropped August 24, and if you know even one person who’s a BTS fan, you knew about it probably a couple of weeks in advance because BTSers could not shut up. I can’t say for sure, but I’m pretty sure anticipation of the new album even brought one of my friends out of Twitter hibernation. Fake love […] Continue »
Six Evolutions — Bach: Cello Suites by Yo-Yo Ma Sony Classical, 2018 And cello to you, too Yo-Yo Ma’s latest album dropped August 17, and it would have been great to review it then, but you know. Crazy Rich Asians. And then Mitski. The master cellist writes on his website: Bach’s Cello Suites have been my constant musical companions. For almost six decades, they have given me sustenance, comfort, and joy during times of stress, […] Continue »
Be the Cowboy by Mitski Dead Oceans, 2018 I haven’t told anyone Mitzki (Miyawaki)’s new album dropped August 17 and I planned to review it last week, but you know. Crazy Rich Asians. This one got a ton of advance buzz, partly because of a couple of advance singles but also because it feels like it’s time for everyone who doesn’t know Mitski to get on. That pretty friend is finally yours Geyser (2:23) Why […] Continue »
Crazy Rich Asians (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) WaterTower Music, 2018 (no movie spoilers) Look how they shine for you Almost nobody discusses Crazy Rich Asians (the film) without mentioning the movie’s soundtrack, which is pretty cool, because how often does this happen anymore? Soundtrack albums used to be huge marketing tools for films, but unless the film is a musical, nowadays you seldom hear people talk about soundtracks. I suspect the persistent conversation means the soundtrack […] Continue »
Expectations by Hayley Kiyoko Atlantic Records, 2018 Breathe her in Hayley Kiyoko’s debut album dropped March 30. I’ve been vaguely aware of her for a long time, knew she was an actress but haven’t seen her work, knew she was a singer but haven’t heard her music. It’s mostly because my tastes just don’t lean this way, so please keep this in mind here. She said on Facebook: MY DEBUT ALBUM. OUT NOW EVERYWHERE. Promise […] Continue »
Steve Aoki’s new EP 5OKI dropped April 27. I’m only getting to it now because I’m pretty clueless about EDM. Tracks Anthem (featuring Kriss Kiss); Hardwell and Steve Aoki (2:43) Mayhem; Steve Aoki & Quintino (2:37) It’s Time (featuring Bruce Buffer); Steve Aoki & Laidback Luke (3:18) Pika Pika; Steve Aoki & LOOPERS (2:24) Moshi Moshi (featuring Mama Aoki); Steve Aoki & Vini Vici (4:17) Thoughts If my look-back at the Jets last week didn’t convict […] Continue »
I was a junior in high school when the Jets hit the pop FM stations in my town. Pop radio was different in the mid 1980s. Pop was still pop—generally speaking, music aimed at mass (typically young) audiences, usually less challenging versions of various genres whose goal was accessibility more than artistry—but on a good top 40 station, you were likely to hear Def Leppard (pop metal), the Fat Boys (pop rap), Kenny Rogers (pop […] Continue »
Melding by Marika Takeuchi Bigo and Twigetti, 2018 Dawning Marika Takeuchi’s new album Melding dropped July 19. I first discovered her three years ago when she crowdfunded her fourth studio album, Colors in the Diary, while I looked for something interesting on PledgeMusic. I love how that sometimes happens; the crowdfunding platforms are such a great way to get into something new. “This is a mixture of classical and electronic music, eastern and western influences,” she says […] Continue »
Strawberry Moon by Amy Vachal (Independent, 2018) I’ve waited too long, baby Until a few weeks ago, the only thing I knew about Amy Vachal was that she was a contestant on The Voice, a show I hate. Don’t be mad. I just think these singer contest shows on network television seek musicians who appeal to very large audiences, and if something appeals to the masses, it is most likely bland, unoriginal, boring, or crap. Am […] Continue »
Before we knew it, we were flying Amy Ahn’s three-song EP dropped June 1. The classical harpist with harp performance degrees from UCLA and the Boston Conservatory at Berklee blends genres in a poppy-jazzy-r&b style. In an interview with & Strings, she says, If I’m going through something and feel like there are truths that need to be heard in this world, I like putting it in the form of a song. I put together […] Continue »
In the Waiting by Kina Grannis KG Records (2018) There was a time when there seemed to be something new to talk about from Kina Grannis just about every week. While she has remained engaged with her rabid fanbase on seemingly a daily basis, these last few years have seemed pretty close to event-free. So it was something of a surprise when her new album, In the Waiting, was finally available for preorders, despite regular […] Continue »
It’s amazing how you can speak right to my heart Marié Digby released an album of pop covers this week. I’m pretty sure these were all recorded before and are only collected and put into sequence here for the first time. I just released an albums worth of my favorite pop covers I’ve recorded over the years! If you’d like to listen, you can check it out here 🙂 https://t.co/MdcglJIeTa — Marie Digby (@mariedigby) June […] Continue »
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