Summer is on the door step. It’s time for road trips, camping excursions, backyard barbecues, long bike rides, and mowing the lawn. Spring is the time to start solidifying summer anthems. There are a lot of great new albums that either recently hit or will be hitting between now and June. Get your playlists set now and prepare to fully enjoy the warmer summer months.
Aesop Rock, The Impossible Kid
Aesop Rock, the rapper with the largest vocabulary in the game, is back. What’s new here is the story-telling. I’ve long loved Aesop Rock, but for the most part he paid the bills with wordplay, not with lyrical sense. This release holds on to the five dollar words and offers great narrative as well. Out Now.
The Last Shadow Puppets, Everything You’ve Come to Expect
Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkey’s and the Rascal’s Miles Kane get back together, after eight years, for a follow-up album. A lot of range here from punky-rock anthems to crooning ballads. Out Now.
Weezer, White Album
White Album is the band’s 10th studio album, as well as their fourth self-title release. Despite their longevity, Weezer continues to pump out the goods. This is classic Weezer and is full of summer anthems I’ll be tuning into until fall. Out Now.
A Giant Dog, Pile
Pile, the third album from A Giant Dog, is the most 1970s thing I’ve heard in 2016. Be sure to check out the party-hardy anthem, “Sex & Drugs” for its tales of rock n’ roll excess. Out Now.
Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Call It What It Is
This is Ben Harper’s first album with his band, the Innocent Criminals, in nine years. It’s 11 tracks of classic Ben Harper; politics, poetic lyricism, somewhat awkward intimacy and grit. Out Now.
SBTRKT, Save Yourself
SBTRKT is as mysterious as his aversion to vowels. The lone producer performs behind a witch-doctor-esque mask and seems to have conjured some of the sickest beats around straight from the ether. It’s calming at times, makes you want to move at others, but is catchy throughout. Out Now.
A$AP Ferg, Always Strive and Prosper
Rocky might be the marquee name of Harlem’s A$AP Mob, but Ferg’s second official album is proof that Darold Ferguson, Jr. is second to none. A lot of great, hard hitting tracks here that will be joining my workout playlist. Out Now.
Eric Clapton, I Still Do
I Still Do, is slated to be Clapton’s 23rd studio album. It was produced by Glyn Johns who Clapton fans will recognize as having produced Clapton’s Slowhand album. May 20.
Deerhoof, The Magic
San Francisco’s Deerhoof recorded The Magic over a single weekend in a rented office space in New Mexico. Crank the volume for all 15 tracks and enjoy the frenetic pacing. June 24.
Paul Simon, Stranger to Stranger
Stranger to Stranger, Simon’s 13th solo record, stems from experimental origins, including sessions channeling 20th century composer and theorist Harry Partch who made custom instruments in microtonal tunings, while working with a group of Flamenco musicians and Italian electronic dance music artist Clap! Clap! June 3.
Goat, I Sing In Silence
Goat is an experimental Swedish band, this small release features mostly acoustic music that has a hypnotic feel to it. Best enjoyed in Colorado. May 27.
Bob Dylan, Fallen Angels
Fallen Angels is Dylan’s 37th studio. 12 tracks of Americana from songwriters, like Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Sammy Cahn and Carolyn Leigh.
J Dilla, The Diary
The Diary was originally slated for release in 2002, I was a freshman in high school, but was shelved by MCA. The Diary is the sixth posthumous album of J Dilla’s music and features Snoop Dogg, Madlib and others. Out Now.