Nobody was more surprised than I that this dancy-Blondie sound was what Mitski picked for her next big release after the personal-angsty-volatile hit album Puberty 2 (including one of my top fave songs that year, “Your Best American Girl”) but add to that surprise, delight. I love it like nobody’s business.
I discovered BROCKAHMPTON just a few months ago and I’ve been jamming their extensive catalog often ever since. They hail from just down the road from Austin—San Marcos—and will be playing here at ACL this Friday. They’re one of the acts I’m most looking forward to this year. They’ve got a new album out, iridescence, and while I’m not digging it as much as some of their older stuff, or the few “throwback” singles they put out over the summer, it’s still very solid.
The first two cuts from Restorations upcoming album LP5000 are pure post-rock Americana gold. Today’s Most Important, “The Red Door”, is a well painted and compelling look into the inexorable gentrification of American cities and “Nonbeliever” another side to that coin; a tale of work, family and growing up in America. I’ve spent a bit of time lately looking into their back catalog and it’s also terrific. Their new album is out soon, on Tiny Engines, of course.