Julia Holter

Julia Holter is a most intriguing artist; she continues to enthrall me.

Now a new double-sided single.

On one side her unique cover of “Don’t Make Me Over” made famous by Dionne Warwick in her debut in 1962, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

And “Hello Stranger”, a hit for Barbara Lewis and included on Julia’s album from 2013 Loud City Song.

Julia Holter

“Don’t Make Me Over”

“Hello Stranger”

FKA Twigs

After two Eps we finally have an album from the wonderful R&B singer FKA twigs.

Simply entitled LP1, “Two Weeks” is one of the singles.

FKA twigs

Spoon

Britt Daniel has of late been involved with his new band Divine Fits, but he just couldn’t stay away from his mates in Spoon.

They Want My Soul is the 8th Spoon album.

Spoon

Here are two from their latest:

“Inside Out”

“Outlier”

Beck Song Reader

In 2012 Beck released Song Reader, an album of only sheet music with the hope that musicians would perform and record their own interpretations of his songs.

We now have a recording of these 20 songs from the likes of Tweedy, Norah Jones, Lord Huron, Jack White, Laura Marling, Jarvis Cocker, David Johansen, Eleanor Friedberger, Sparks, Jack Black, and Beck himself.

Listen here to Laura Marling singing “Sorry” followed by Jarvis Cocker’s contribution “Eyes That Say ‘I Love You’”.

Beck

Laura Marling “Sorry”

Jarvis Cocker “Eyes That Say ‘I Love You’”

Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis, a young child-actress, moved on to a music career, best known with her band Rilo Kiley.

Her 3rd solo album and her first in 5 years is The Voyager.

Produced primarily by Ryan Adams, “She’s Not Me” is a standout as is the song “Just One of the Guys” recorded with Beck who also provides backing vocals.

Jenny Lewis

“She’s Not Me”

“Just One of the Guys”

Daniel Bachman

Daniel Bachman is a young guitar virtuoso of note.

Hailing from Virginia, his new album is entitled Orange Co. Serenade.

I’m fond of “Little Lady Blues.”

Daniel Bachman

The War on Drugs

The War on Drugs hail from Philadelphia.

Initially formed by Kurt Vile and Adam Granduciel, Vile moved on to a solo career and the band carries on as a 4-piece.

The ethereal gorgeous “Under the Pressure” is from their latest album Lost in a Dream.

The War on Drugs

Owen Pallett

Owen Pallet is a renowned Canadian composer and producer.

His 4th solo album In Conflict features contribution from Brian Eno on guitar, synthesizer and some vocals.

“The Riverbed” is one of his many absorbing songs.

Owen Pallett

Die Antwoord

If you take a South African hip-hop band and add a dose of Ministry you have Die Antwoord.

Donker Mag (translation: Dark Power) is their new 3rd album.

“Pitbull Terrier” leads the way.

Die Antwoord

Grimes

As we await Grimes’ new album, her follow-up to the stellar Visions from 2012, she has given us a new song with the help of young producer Blood Diamonds.

Listen here to “Go”.

Grimes

Alt-J

Alt-J, the Leeds-based band who won the Mercury Music Prize for their debut album An Awesome Wave, will give us their sophomore disc in September.

“Hunger of the Pine” is from the forthcoming This Is All Yours.

Alt-J

The Antlers

The Antlers have a new album.

Familiars is the 5th from this quiet late-night Brooklyn trio with the distinctive voice of lyricist Peter Silberman.

“Palace” and “Hotel” are the first two singles.

The Antlers

“Palace”

“Hotel”

Perfect Pussy

Perfect Pussy is not for the faint of heart.

This powerful punk band from Syracuse features the frenetic vocals of Meredith Graves.

“Driver” is from their debut album Say Yes to Love.

Perfect Pussy

Jack White

Formidable musician Jack White has released his 2nd solo album Lazaretto.

The vinyl album itself creates an actual hologram when played.

“Three Women” is the first track.

Jack White

Babes

Babes is a new 5-piece out of L.A. featuring siblings Aaron, Zach and Sarah.

Their impressive first EP came out a few days ago.

Babes

“ATMO”

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