By: Philip Moreno
It feels like just yesterday we were celebrating the calender turning over to 2013. Now we wake up and its June; where did the time go? Lots of time was spent digging out from a long hard winter, which means you might have missed some good music releases. Well I am here to help you get caught up, so your summer can be filled with the best of what this year has to offer. Also, I will be sharing some upcoming new releases and concerts to look out for.
Rhye “Woman” (9.8/10)
My favorite album of the year so far, by a wide margin. The production is second to none, and it also contains my favorite opening line to an album in a long time “I’m a fool for that shake of your thighs…”
Yes this guy sounds like a male Sade, but that’s a great thing. Perfect album to listen with that someone special in your life. “Verse” is my favorite track on the album and also on my short list for songs of the year.
Palma Violets “180” (9.3/10)
One of the best debuts of the last five years. It was brought to my attention by fellow WMI contributor John Verburg, and is one of my favorite records of the year. This bit of British rock is one of those albums that sounds timeless and modern at the same time. Hopefully this band makes adds more North American tour dates, because right now its just Lollapalooza and a date in Los Angeles in August and that’s it.
Mikal Cronin’s “MCII” (8.0/10)
Mikal was in an early band with Ty Segal so the Indy roots are strong, but instead of fuzzed out guitars Mikal chooses a more folk approach to his album. Yet on songs like “Shout it Out” and “Change” he still brings the heat.
Phosphorescent “Muchacho” (7.9/10)
Lead single “Song for Zulu” is a 6 minute reminder that good pop/rock music doesn’t have to be edited down to a 3 minute single. For fans of MGMT and the Flaming Lips
Thao and the Get Down Stay Down “We the Common” (8.1/10)
A very Moldy Peaches sound. I caught the single and title track “We the Common (For Valerie Bordon)” on Sirius XMU and immediately downloaded the album, and never regretted it. Great walking the dog music, it will put a smile on your face
Chance the Rapper “Acid Rap” (8.3/10)
Coming out of Chicago’s south side, 20 year old Chance the Rapper released his second mix tape this year. By far one of the best rap releases of the year. Songs like “Cocoa Butter Kisses” and “Chain Smoker” let me know that rap doesn’t have to be all posturing but can be vulnerable and accessible.
Caitlin Rose “The Stand In” (7.6/10)
My first country album review. This is the kind of “country” music I was brought up with. Its for fans of Linda Rondstandt. The steel pedal guitar and vocals reminded me so much of her it was eerie. Good album by a up and coming artist
We have upcoming releases from Kanye West, Beady Eye, Black Sabbath, Surfer Blood, Sigur Ros, Smith Westerns, No Age and Ty Segall all coming out by the end of Summer.
Concerts coming near by are:
June 12th Silversun Pickups w/The Joy Formidable The Intersection Grand Rapids,
July 2nd The Polyphonic Spree West Coast Fest Muskegon
July 7th David Byrne & St. Vincent Fredrick Meijer Gardens Grand Rapids
August 3rd Grizzly Bear Fredrick Meijer Gardens Grand Rapids