The Friday Refrain: Your Weekly New Music Digest

It's a short refrain today, like a tralala than a full on American PIe type refrain. So let's hit it:

Foo Fighters are back today with Concrete and Gold. Ariel Pink releases Dedicated to Bobby Jameson. Ringo Starr has a new album entitled Give More Love. Prophets of Rage, a combo of Rage Against the Machine and Public Enemy, have an album album now and it's self titled. Michael Mcdonald returns after years with Wide Open. For Madonna fans, she has a live album out today. Wyclef Jean releases Carnival III and completely different but linked by my conjunction Angus & Julia Stone 's new album is Snow.

Snowing lists! That didn't really make sense but it's last week's list of releases that I aggregated and genrefied as much as I listened to.

And here are a couple albums I liked from last week:

  • Fred Hersch, Open Book - beautiful instrumental piano
  • Flora Matos, Eletrocardiograma - I don't know what they're saying but this such a gritty poppy Brazilian rap/hip-hop album.
  • Melissa Manchester, The Fellas - nice renditions of standards. Makes me think of the opening evening party in the modern Sabrina
  • Melaena Cadiz, Deep Below Heaven - singer-songwriter with instrumentation and bordering on a bit country or folky? I don't know. Just a hint.
  • Superfood, Bambino - kinda MGMT and Django Django
  • Kedr Livanskiy, Ariadna - long-time readers know that I don't pick an electronica album often but this one is a good fit for me.
  • El Goodo, By Order of the Moose - kinda surfy rock
  • Dinner, New Work- Not my usual cup of alt rock with it's dreamy pop and 80s sounds but I think it's just this line of that for me.
  • Bill Charlap Trio, Uptown, Downtown - a nice jazz album to throw on

And that is the refrain for this week. I'll tweet out a playlist if I get one together but we have a busy weekend we are gearing up for and I need to finish the dishes. So check out one of the ones above for yourself and Happy Listening!