Random stuff, no particular order.
GZA – Liquid Swords (Get On Down)
Certainly one of top 20 hip-hop releases of the last 20 years, the re-release actually manages to improve upon the original. It come with a mini-chess board, complete with mini pieces but, most importantly, a second disc of just the instrumental tracks is included.
Susanna Hoffs – Someday (Baroque Folk)
What a pleasant surprise this album is from the once and future Bangle.
Bare Mutants – Without You 7” (HoZac)
Not for nothing but this is my favorite single of the year. This is the band at one of the 3 best venues in Chicago, maybe top 2. The b-side, “Inside My Head”, is equally amazing.
D.O.A. – We Come In Peace (Sudden Death)
What you come to expect from D.O.A. after 35 years but with a few wrinkles, especially the excellent departure, “Lost Souls,”.
Jen Schande – 19: Songs For & Inspired By Valencia Chapter 19 (Self-Released)
Nineties female indie pop time capsule opened. Check out my review for more and MP3s.
Wild Nothing – Nocturne (Captured Tracks)
Check out my upcoming review for a preview.
Tomahawk – Tomahawk (Ipecac)
With word of Tomahawk’s return, I have been refreshing on the discography.
Tomahawk – Mit Gas (Ipecac)
White Zombie – Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (Geffen)
And now for some schlock. This is the nearly entire Zombie discography, for better or worse.
Koko Beware – Something About The Summer (Self-Released)
And now, my choice for the ultimate summer album of the year.