Mitski

Mitski Miyawaki, known simply as Mitski, is an iconoclastic Japanese-American singer/songwriter.

Be the Cowboy will be her 5th album including her unusual love song “Geyser”.

“Geyser”

Arctic Monkeys

5 years later we now have a new Arctic Monkeys album.

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is a gorgeous new direction for the band and to my ear a very Bowiesque turn.

Listen here to the first track “Star Treatment” (with a classic line “I just wanted to be one of the Stokes, now look at the mess you made me make…”) and the new single “Four Out of Five”.

“Star Treatment”

“Four Out of Five”

Nina K

Nina Kinert is a Swedish singer/songwriter not yet well-known in America.

On her lovely new song “Chapped Lips” she teams up with Samuel T. Herring, the distinctive voice of the band Future Islands.

“Chapped Lips”

(Jonathan L is on vacation this Monday.)

Childish Gambino

Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, has just given us one of the most chilling videos in years.

Truly, “This is America”.

PJ Harvey/Jon Parish

Longtime collaborators PJ Harvey and Jon Parish duet together on Parish’s forthcoming solo album Big Dog Dante.

“Sorry For Your Loss” is a mournfully lovely tribute to their mutual friend, the late Sparklehorse frontman Mark Linkous.

“Sorry For Your Loss”

Snail Mail

Snail Mail will release her debut album, Lush, in June.

The solo project of Baltimore’s Lindsey Jordan, we have 2 songs in anticipation.

“Heat Wave”

“Pristine”

Lykke Li

One of my faves, Lykke Li, has shared 2 new songs in anticipation of her 4th album, So Sad So Sexy.

Enjoy here “Deep End” and “Hard Rain”.

“Deep End”

“Hard Rain”

LUMP

Off the road for a month so back to posting music that is worthy.

And what better way to begin than with the exquisite Laura Marling.

She has collaborated with the Mercury prize-winning producer Mike Lindsay and together they call themselves LUMP.

“Curse of the Contemporary” is their first offering.

Hatis Noit

I’m off to wander Japan, so today’s artist is avant-garde Hatis Noit.

She hails from Hokkaido but now lives in London.

Her name from Japanese folklore means the stem of a lotus flower, connecting the living world of the flower and the spirit world of the root.

On her new EP, Illogical Dance, she collaborated with electronic duo Matmos.

“Illogical Lullaby”

Yuno

Yuno is a young DIY musician out of Jacksonville, FLA.

We’ll be hearing more about him with the song “No Going Back”, his first release on Sub Pop.

“No Going back”

Soccer Mommy

Soccer Mommy, this wonderful nom de plume, is Sophie Allison from Nashville.

Her debut album Clean leads with the song “Your Dog”.

“Your Dog”

La Luz

More bands you should know:

La Luz, a female surf-rock quartet from Seattle now based in Los Angeles.

Their 3rd album, Floating Features, comes out in May.

“California Finally”

“Cicada”

Stella Donnelly

Stella Donnelly, a young singer/songwriter from Australia, takes on sexual assault on her debut EP, Thrush Metal.

Powerful!

“Boys Will Be Boys”

“Mechanical Bull”

Shopping

The tongue in cheek irony of the quasi-political band Shopping is self-evident.

The 3rd album, The Official Body, from this British trio, has pure post-punk bite.

“Suddenly Gone”

“The Hype”

Lily Allen

Lily Allen’s 4th album No Shame is expected in June.

During the four years since Sheezus her marriage ended and she suffered an identity crisis, not relating to her musical choices.

Her are two from No Shame.

“Trigger Bang” (feat. Giggs) and the song “Three”, written from the point of view of a three-year old.

Missed her.

“Trigger Bang”

“Three”

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