The Friday Refrain: Your Weekly New Music Digest

What's new this week you may wonder? Well I'll tell you! Grunge rockers Bully are back with the excellent album Losing. Margo Price with her outlaw like country released All American Made. Destroyer, aka Dan Bejar from New Pornographers, released Ken. The metal band from another planet, Gwar, return with The Blood of Gods. And then we turn a corner to find Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn with Echo in the Valley. Darius Rucker brought us When Was The Last Time and Niall Horan released Flicker. NRBQ released an ep Happy Talk and Europe return with Walk the Earth. Then we've got quite an interesting slew of Christmas albums: Placido Domingo, Placido Domingo & Friends Celebrate Christmas in Vienna; Pentatonix, A Pentatonix Christmas; Casting Crowns, It's Finally Christmas; and Cheap Trick, Christmas Christmas. So this holiday season is shaping up to be another fun one release-wise that is.

And here's last week's releases genrefied by moi if I listened to it.

So you'll notice things have gotten sporadic around the Refrain. So I'm going to work on figuring out a way to get myself back on schedule. In the meantime, here's a brief overview of last week major releases: Beck, Colors; Billy Corgan, Ogilala; Araabmuzik, One of One; St. Vincent, Masseduction; Robert Plant, Carry Fire; Gucci Mane, Mr. Davis; Pink, Beautiful Trauma; Tech N9ne, Strange Reign; Kidz Bop Kidz, Kidz Bop 36; Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice.

I'll get back on the horse, things will be on schedule (as much as they can be for a hobby) and your funny list making bunkamade refrain will be better than ever. Well, let's hit up one list and then my 5 from last week.


  • Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice
  • L.A. Guns, Missing Peace
  • The Moms, Doing Asbestos We Can

Okay, so maybe I didn't have the greatest lists - a bunch of twos and threes that didn't add up to much- but that is more on the week than on me.

The To Listen 5

  1. Girli, Hot Mess - I don't know. It's kinda peppy and odd and playful
  2. Angèle David-Guillou, En Mouvement - this instrumental album is enticing and intriguing.
  3. Melkbelly, Nothing Valley - this is everything I love. It's noisy and it's just this side of metal and punk at times. They're from Chicago and starting a tour - and dudes, why are you not making it up to St. Paul? Humph.
  4. The Plan, Nervous Energy - As the days get shorter and the world gets colder, I really like my noise, my metal, some edge. And this is just jagged lo fi rock.
  5. Byron Westbrook, Body Consonance - Just as much as I like my noise, I also like to zone in and recalibrate. This is great for that.

Well friends, that's all for this week. Happy Listening!