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Here are the albums that came out this past week-my thoughts on some, and my Top 8 albums of the week playlist which you can listen to here.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the DarkBauhaus Staircase-14th album from one of my favorite bands who I collect intensely. I consider them one of the great synth pioneers-and then they became a great pop band. This album is a little bit of both of those eras, but also nostalgic in a modern way. Bands such as Duran Duran, Depeche Mode and Tears For Fears are making albums that late among their best work (not this new Duran Duran Halloween throwaway, but Future Past). Some acts from that era (Simple Minds, A-Ha not so much). This album is in the prior category and the duo sounds great vocally and really have a lot of stand out songs here. Especially the title track, “Veruscka” and “Look At You Now”. It leans more towards the “If You Leave” OMD, but tracks like “Anthropocene” should thrill early OMD fans. 

Black PumasChronicles of a Diamond-When the first Black Pumas album came out I would plug my phone in at gathering and parties and make people listen to it. There were plenty of bands and artists making classic sounding sour, but most were copying and paying tribute in their sound and this band actually had a feel, a power, it felt as genuine as it could. They of course blew up pretty big. Here is that second album, which is hard because a band has pressure to meet or exceed the previous work and offer something different. The first couple listens of this record I felt like this was going to be a nice follow up to the first, but will always be an afterthought and people will just always put on that first album. The  first half of the album I still feel that a bit, it’s solid AF, but kind of the same and since that first album even more acts have come out that do all of that. Now, the second half of the album they shske things up. It starts with “Hello” a shimmering track where he weirdly sings “hello” a lot. It’s odd, but cool, and not too odd. The fuzzy electric guitars at the end of the excellent “Tommorow” bring that song home and the kind of trippy and repetitive “Rock & Roll” I find more interesting than the Marvin Gaye sounding tracks, but those are there also. We will see where this album ends up…but it’s good and I hear new things every listen. 

DJ ShadowAction Adventure-this new DJ Shadow is very synth heavy, he is getting some new things happening here, for him. Synth music is my current favorite thing right now, and has been at other points in my life-so this has major appeal.  I am not sure fans of Shadow will dig this, the last album was so hip-hop centric (and awesome) “Rocket Fuel” was the jam, and this is not really at all. Well it is, old school synth hip hop and soul. If you like synth though-dive in! 

Sundara KarmaBetter Luck Next Time-hooky rock music that probably has more current influences, but I hear some Bono vocally and the Killers pop in my head. Quite good, and not a thinker or something you need to spend a lot of time letting deep in. 

The Mountain GoatsJenny From Thebes-supposedly this is a sequel to All Hail West Texas and follows a long string of hit or miss theme albums. This is a big pop album (unlike hail) with piano, horns, strings and drama. Kind of cheesy and fun, and certainly different. The  sequel part revolves around a character named Jenny, yeah, me either. I like that John keeps trying new things. This album will either be one fun listen or grow on me.  I am undecided on where I think it leans. There is a track with Nebraska in the title. Sadly it is not about how he wouldn’t let Donovan sing on his stage at Sokol Hall. Not sure what the Nebraska reference is about at all. 

Golden ApplesBananasugarfire-More of a classic guitar rock indie rock album with a lot of pop overtones, but in the power pop vein. Nice listen, not sure if it will stick beyond enjoying a nice slice of what I consider nostalgic music. 

Rett MadisonOne for Jackie-second album from indie singer-songwriter who gets has some big sounds happen in her songs. Powerful vocals, honest emotion, good songwriting and one that can avoid the Phoebe/boygenius tag in comparisons. 

Angie McMahon Light, Dark, Light Again-we finally get a follow up to Angie’s debut album Salt from 2019, which was a favorite. Solid songwriter from Australia with a little bit of a Florence and the Machine vibe and drama to it, but more authentic. Looking forward to digging deeper into this. 

Here are other albums I have enjoyed this week

The SerfsHalf Eaten By Dogs

 American Analog Set The Know By Heart

 AuditoriumLife Changer

Declan Welsh & The Decadent West2

 Egyptian BlueA Living Commodity

KojaquePhantom of the Afters

Lydia Luce Florida Girl

Mariah the ScientistTo Be Eaten Alive

Mayer HawthorneFor All Time

Nora Jane StruthersBack to Cast Iron


Shabazz PalacesRobbed in Rareness

SIPHO.Prayers & Paranoia

VijiSo Vanilla

Sofia KourtesisMadres

CASISDEADFamous Last Words

The KillsGod Games

Circus Devils Squeeze the Needle


Gregg KowalskyEso Es

Hinako Omoristillness, softness…

HXLTOriginal Crazy

Jessi ColterEdge of Forever

Lucky LoThe Big Feel

Mike ReedThe Separatist Party

Robert FinleyBlack Bayou

Pony GirlLaff It Off

SWMRSSonic Tonic

Here are albums that were not for me, but might be for you

Baby TateBaby Tate Presents – Sexploration: The Musical

 Caleb Lee HutchinsonSouthern Galactic

DokkenHeaven Comes Down

ENDThe Sin of Human Frailty

The Gaslight AnthemHistory Books

In This MomentGodmode

 James BluntWho We Used To Be

King Gizzard and the Lizard WizardThe Silver Cord

Mark TremontiChristmas Classics New & Old

The StreetsThe Darker The Shadow, The Brighter The Light

Taking Back Sunday152

Closure in MoscowSoft Hell

Crime in StereoHouse & Trance


Dollar SignLegend Tripping

Flatland CavalryWandering Star

Grave SecretsTill Your Lungs Fall Out…

IgnitedCradle of the Wicked

JuggerPuppet Master

katie deynever falter hero girl


 Mass HysteriaTenace – Part 2

 Mavro GalaTenderness

Mr EaziThe Evil Genius

 NYOSWaterfall Cave Fantasy, Forever

 Pattern-Seeking AnimalsSpooky Action at a Distance


Shordie Shordie & Murda BeatzMemory Lane 2

RaganaDesolation’s Flower

Red AxesOne More City

Tar OfConfidence Freaks Me Out

The Third MindThe Third Mind 2


 Video Age Away From the Castle


 V V BrownAm I British Yet?

Warhol3200 Vol 2

Wild NothingHold 

Year of the KnifeNo Love Lost

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