It’s hard to talk about Buck Meek without referring to him as “Big Thief’s Buck Meek”. But his solo work – with a little help from some of our favorite handymen of indie music such as Mat Davidson (Twain) and Adam Brisbin – is its own thing, with Meek’s characteristic voice paving the way to beautifully arranged songs. Songs that we’re definitely going to use as an argument when, come November, you’ll say, as always, that “this wasn’t a very good year for music”.
Pop punk will never die, but you will. The Moore Family Band‘s debut album “Missy” is only 22 minutes long but has more hooks than a fancy React application (sorry, no more front-end jokes in this space). That would be easy to explain with Jeff Rosenstock’s presence in a couple of tracks, but the Californian trio consistently delivers the goods elsewhere in the record.
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Purling Hiss frontman Mike Polizze has gone solo, and the result is our album of the week, “Long Lost Solace Find”. With a little help from buddy Kurt Vile and engineer Jeff Zeigler (KV, the War on Drugs, etc), he’s crafted one of the nicest feel-good folk-pop records of the season. Go get it while it’s hot.
+: new tracks by Robert Forster, Cool Sounds, Cayucas, S.G. Goodman, Le Ren, Laura Veirs, Hen Ogledd, Sorry, The Lemon Twigs, Surfer Blood (with Pip Blom), Fontaines D.C., Hockey Dad, Thee Oh Sees, Katie Dey, David Bruno , Luka Kuplowsky, Madeline Kenney, Heartless Bastards, Angel Olsen, Land of Talk, Lomelda, Thomas Bartlett, Jerry David DeCicca, Blitzen Trapper, Cut Worms, and The Slim Kings.
We’re not writing anything about our album of the week, not because we’re lazy, but because we’re talking about the new Willie Nelson record and if you need an introduction to him you need to be pulled from that cave first. Plus: new tracks by Sufjan Stevens, Ed Askew Band, James Elkington, The Dead Tongues, Cut Worms, Cool Sounds, Tommy Alexander, Grady Strange, Trummors, Nathan Ma, Jason Molina Music, Send Medicine, This Is The Kit, Porridge Radio, Madeline Kenney, SAMIA, Ron Gallo, Delta Spirit, Fontaines D.C., Les Big Byrd, Bananagun, Mulatu Astatke (Official Artist Page) & Black Jesus Experience (BJX), Ezra Feinberg, and Jeremy Cunningham & Dustin Laurenzi.