This Week’s New Releases: Mandy Moore, Megan Thee Stallion And Ani Glass

Not that we need a reason to give women in music the credit they deserve, but in honour of International Women’s Day this weekend we’re going to use our limited time and word count to put the spotlight on releases by ladies this week.

Mandy Moore is back with her first new album in over 10 years, while Megan Thee Stallion and Ani Glass have both put out their debut LPs. We’ve also been treated to ‘Hunted’ from Anna Calvi, a reworking of her 2018 album ‘Hunter’ featuring collaborations with Courtney Barnett, Joe Talbot of Idles, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Julia Holter.

More? MORE? Fill your boots below.

Ani Glass – ‘Mirores’ (Recordiau Neb)

Anna Calvi – ‘Hunted’ (Domino Records)

Cornershop – ‘England Is  A Garden’ (Ample Play)

Deacon Blue – ‘City Of Love’ (EarMusic)

Disq – ‘Collector’ (Saddle Creek Records)

Esmé Patterson – ‘There Will Come Soft Rains’ (BMG)

Jonathan Wilson – ‘Dixie Blur’ (Bella Union)

Kleerup – ‘2’ (U OK?)

Lauv – ‘How I’m Feeling’ (Lauv (Kobalt))

Lil Uzi Vert – ‘Eternal Atake’ (Atlantic)

Mandy Moore – ‘Silver Landings’ (Verve)

The Mastersons – ‘No Time For Love Songs’ (Red House Records)

Megan Thee Stallion – ‘Suga’ (300 Entertainment)

Military Genius – ‘Deep Web’ (Unheard of Hope)

The New Regime – ‘Heart Mind Body & Soul’ (Elitist Enterprises LLC)

Overcoats – ‘The Fight’ (Loma Vista)

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott – ‘Manchester Calling’ (Virgin EMI)

Rory Gallagher – ‘Check Shirt Wizard – Live In ’77’ (Chess/UMC)

The Saxophones – ‘Eternity Bay’ (Full Time Hobby)

Stephen Malkmus – ‘Traditional Techniques’ (Domino Records)

Thick – ‘5 Years Behind’ (Epitaph)

U.S. Girls – ‘Heavy Light’ (4AD)

Worriers – ‘You or Someone You Know’ (6131 Records)

X Ambassadors – ‘Belong’ EP (KidinaKorner/Interscope)

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Things We Love This Week: Big Scary Monsters Pop-Up, Nervus, Father John Misty

Following the fun of our Work Day Out on Sunday, it’s been a fairly quiet week here at Stereoboard…we have listened to a lot of things and have eaten a lot of cake. Head below to check out a few cool things that arrived in our inbox this week. Or don’t. It’s up to you.

Big Scary Monsters Pop-Up Event

Laura, Huw and I headed down to Cardiff’s Duke Street Arcade on Sunday to catch a pop-up event run by the indie-punk label Big Scary Monsters. It was awesome.

We caught Lauren playing Worriers songs first, before they hot-footed it off to Bristol to support Tigers Jaw on their UK tour. Then, on came Em from Nervus, who filled the room with renditions of our favourite pop-punk songs from their latest album. Despite the nerves of playing in such an intimate fashion to a crowd of perhaps 20, both musicians built up nicely for Slaughter Beach, Dog (ex-Modern Baseball co-frontman Jake Ewald), whose quiet, heartfelt performance of narrative lyrics and finger-picked guitar we watched sat cross-legged on the wooden floor. Magical.

Nervus – Fall Apart

To continue in a similar vein, Nervus have also shared a new video. Fresh off last month’s bleakly-titled sophomore album ‘Everything Dies’, the video for Fall Apart dropped on Wednesday, created by the film company Theatre on Wax.

The video narrates the Flight Of Icarus tale in stop-motion light-box form. The DIY style gives it a humble and endearing quality as we follow the little cut-out fellow on his endeavours. The director of the company, Mark Crane, said of Theatre on Wax’s work: ”Desire, dereliction and a sense of just being outside, on the fringe of something beautiful or dark that echoes in our lives… Sometimes we peek through the crack, and sometimes we dive in”

There’s something alluring about this sentiment that really strikes a chord within the video.

Father John Misty’s Self-Deprecating Meme

First of all, a disclaimer: I don’t think I could ever enjoy the music of a man who describes his genre as a “post-modern self-reflexive semi-ironic renunciation of originality”. Father John Misty announced a new album, ‘God’s Favorite Customer’ on Wednesday morning, which was previewed by two brand new tracks and an accidental album leak by Apple Music. The whole record was briefly available to stream by fans until being removed by the proper authorities. The sardonic singer-songwriter responded by changing his Facebook profile picture to a meme. Lol.

‘God’s Favorite Customer’ is actually due for release on  June 1 through Sub Pop/Bella Union.

Morrissey’s Cat

I could flesh this out with some context about the controversial Morrissey interview that exploded onto our interweb earlier this week, but I won’t bore you with him. Instead, here’s a lovely image of his cat. What a cutie.

As always, thanks for the attention of your eyes and ears. See ya next week.

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Staff Picks: Huw Baines

Hello. My favourite thing about end of year lists is finding stuff that I missed out on the first time around. In that spirit, here’s a massive stack of records I enjoyed this year (and some wibble that I wrote about some of them) in no particular order.

I hope that this time next year my list will consist of a single album by Dillinger Four.

  • The Menzingers – After The Party [Listen] [Read]
  • Open City – Open City [Listen]
  • The New Lows – All Our Roads [Listen]
  • Priests – Nothing Feels Natural [Listen]
  • Craig Finn – We All Want The Same Things [Listen] [Read]
  • Lorde – Melodrama [Listen]
  • Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs – Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs [Listen]
  • Vacation – Southern Grass: The Continuation of Rock ‘n’ Roll Vol 1 & 2 [Listen]
  • Propagandhi – Victory Lap [Listen] [Read]
  • Worriers – Survival Pop [Listen] [Read]
  • Upper Wilds – Guitar Module 2017 [Listen]
  • Katie Von Schleicher – Shitty Hits [Listen] [Read]
  • AFI – The Blood Album [Listen]
  • Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory [Listen]
  • Daddy Issues – Deep Dream [Listen]
  • The Hold Steady – Entitlement Crew b​/​w A Snake In The Shower [Listen]
  • The Smith Street Band – More Scared of You Than You Are of Me [Listen] [Read]
  • Cayetana – New Kind of Normal [Listen]
  • SZA – CTRL [Listen]
  • Direct Hit/Pears – Human Movement [Listen]
  • The Dopamines – Tales of Interest [Listen]
  • Mobina Galore – Feeling Disconnected [Listen]
  • Crusades – This is a Sickness and Sickness Will End [Listen]
  • The Lillingtons – Stella Sapiente [Listen]
  • Daniel Romano – Modern Pressure [Listen]
  • The Eradicator – The Eradicator [Listen]
  • Starter Jackets – Preferred Stock 7” [Listen]
  • Pillow Queens – Calm Girls 7” [Listen] [Read]
  • Radiator Hospital – Play The Songs You Like [Listen]
  • Torres – Three Futures [Listen]
  • Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds From Another Planet [Listen]
  • Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm [Listen]
  • Sheer Mag – Need To Feel Your Love [Listen]
  • Perfume Genius – No Shape [Listen]
  • Thunder Dreamer – Capture [Listen]
  • Charly Bliss – Guppy [Listen] [Read]
  • Allison Crutchfield – Tourist in This Town [Listen]
  • Wax Bottles – Wax Bottles [Listen]
  • Algiers – The Underside of Power [Listen] [Read]
  • Kendrick Lamar – DAMN [Listen]
  • Big Thief – Capacity [Listen]
  • Princess Nokia – 1992 Deluxe [Listen]
  • White Reaper – The World’s Best American Band [Listen]
  • Onsind – We Wilt, We Bloom [Listen]
  • Alvvays – Antisocialites [Listen]
  • Great Grandpa – Plastic Cough [Listen]
  • The Flatliners – Inviting Light [Listen] [Read]
  • Converge – The Dusk in Us [Listen]
  • Julien Baker – Turn Out The Lights [Listen] [Read]
  • The Bronx – V [Listen] [Read]
  • Capitalist Kids – Brand Damage [Listen]
  • Katie Ellen – Cowgirl Blues [Listen]
  • Jessie Ware – Glasshouse [Listen]
  • Caves – Always Why [Listen]
  • The Preatures – Girlhood [Listen] [Read]
  • Girl Ray – Earl Grey [Listen] [Read]
  • Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms [Listen]
  • The National – Sleep Well, Beast [Listen]
  • Makthaverskan – III [Listen]
  • Wolf Parade – Cry Cry Cry [Listen]
  • A Giant Dog  -Toy [Listen]
  • The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding [Listen]
  • The Yawpers – Boy in a Well [Listen]
  • Feist – Pleasure [Listen]
  • The New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions [Listen]
  • Aimee Mann – Mental Illness [Listen]
  • Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked At Me [Listen]
  • Hurray For The Riff Raff – The Navigator [Listen]
  • The Shins – Heartworms [Listen]
  • Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone [Listen]
  • Career Suicide – Machine Response [Listen]
  • Tim Darcy – Saturday Night [Listen]
  • Telethon – The Grand Spontanean [Listen]
  • Future Virgins – Dirty Smiles 7″ Anthology [Listen]
  • Needles // Pins – Good Night, Tomorrow [Listen]
  • Lemuria – Recreational Hate [Listen]

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Staff Picks: Laura ‘Riot Goth’ Johnson

I’ve survived another year! In the process I’ve gained a few pounds and new friends, lost my voice after screeching along at numerous gigs and a shedload of money by spending way more than I should on fantastic records and merch.

It may be a sombre subject, but I didn’t feel I could reflect on the year without commenting on how I’ve been inspired by the strength of the victims who have stood up against their abusers within the music industry, and elsewhere, throughout this year, and many more prior. It is heartbreaking that we cannot go a day on Twitter without another instance surfacing, but I am glad that the true extent of the problem is finally beginning to be seen and challenged.

That being said, I refuse to let those awful humans detract from what has been an otherwise great year for new music. Check out what caused my ears to prick and heart to swell, Grinch-like, below.

ALBUMS

Alex Lahey – ‘I Love You Like A Brother’

Beth Ditto – ‘Fake Sugar’

Bully – ‘Losing’

Diet Cig – ‘I Swear I’m Good At This’

Downtown Boys – ‘Cost Of Living’

Idles – ‘Brutalism’

Japandroids – ‘Near To The Wild Heart Of Life’

Kamikaze Girls – ‘Seafoam’

Sacred Paws – ‘Strike A Match’

Weaves – ‘Wide Open’

Worriers – ‘Survival Pop’

GIGS

Beach Slang – The Exchange, Bristol – January 20

Petrol Girls – Le Pub, Newport – March 16

Idles – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff – April 5

Meat Wave – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff – April 24 (pictured at the top of the page)

Japandroids – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London – May 6

Kamikaze Girls (supporting Gnarwolves) – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff – May 17

HCBP (debut headline show) – The Moon, Cardiff – June 1

Sad13 – The Big Top, Cardiff – June 25

Ho99o9 (ArcTanGent Set) – Fernhill Farm, Compton Martin – August 18

HCBP (ArcTanGent Set) – Fernhill Farm, Compton Martin – August 19

Asphalt (Japan) – Le Public Space, Newport – August 28

Dead Arms/Twisted Ankle/ Eva Bartok/ Salt Bath – The Moon, Cardiff – September 15

Sacred Paws – Transport Club, Cardiff – September 22

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Bournemouth International Centre – September 24

Baby In Vain – The Moon, Cardiff – October 13

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – O2 Academy Bristol – December 1

Marilyn Manson – Newport Centre, Newport (Wales) – December 8

DIY Cardiff’s Third Birthday feat Apologies, I Have None/Kamikaze Girls/The Doublecross/Masts/Esuna- Cathays Community Centre, Cardiff – December 16

THE WORST OF ALL THE AWFUL BAND NAMES I’VE HEARD THIS YEAR

Yes Lad

Elephant Stone

Evil Triplet

Mr Irish Bastard

Bum Freak In Egypt

Exactly Violent Style

Rat In  A Bucket

Spunk Volcano and the Eruptors

Hello Moth

The Buttery Trio

Warcrab

Incontinence

Cocaine Piss

Mexican Chili Funeral Party

Drug Honky

Prosthetic Cunt

Corpsefucking Art

Egomunk

Henry Metal

Soul Enema

Terror Pigeon

Glory Hole Guillotine

Spiritual Bat

Teen Mortgage

Dildo’s Panda Fight

Bed Wettin Bad Boys

Infected

Torso Murder

Septic Flesh

Pile Of Priests

Cyanide Sundae

Infected Syren

Fistula

THE BEST OF THE AMAZING BAND NAMES I’VE HEARD THIS YEAR

Foetal Juice

Tyrannosorceress

Hallouminati

OTHER STUFF I’VE ENJOYED THIS YEAR

SONG: First Aid Kit – You Are The Problem Here

TV: Big Mouth

PODCAST: My Brother, My Brother And Me – I don’t listen to nearly enough podcasts so feel free to send me recommendations!

MERCH: Kamikaze Girls’ ‘Nervous Millennials’ t-shirt and ‘I’m not your fucking sweetheart mate’ tote bag.

FOOD: Red’s Devil Wing BBQ Sauce

DRINK: Almond Butter Crunch Shake from Anna Loka in Cardiff

COMEBACK: Me: “Dad, when you die if we cremate you we can put your ashes into a vinyl record of your favourite song if you want? A band called Idles did it recently!”

Dad: “Are you joking? I don’t want to be going around in circles forever!”

**You can find Laura on Twitter and Instagram

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Staff Picks: Huw Baines

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The whole end of year list thing is stressful. I set some basic rules for these blogs to make sure we got the big things covered, but I’ve broken pretty much all of them because I’m a nightmare and can’t make decisions. One thing that’s certain, though, is that all of the lists below contain great music that I’ve revisited time and time again throughout 2015.

So, that’s something at least. They’re not in any real order because that would mean another set of (arbitrary) decisions altogether and fuck that.

You can shout at me about any of this on Twitter here.

Albums:

  • Grimes – ‘Art Angels’ [Listen] [Read]
  • Worriers – ‘Imaginary Life’ [Listen]
  • Torres – ‘Sprinter’ [Listen]
  • Hop Along – ‘Painted Shut’ [Listen]
  • The Wonder Years – ‘No Closer To Heaven’ [Listen]
  • Trust Fund – ‘Seems Unfair’ [Listen]
  • Vacation – ‘Non Person’ [Listen]
  • Terrible Feelings – ‘Tremors’ [Listen]
  • Kendrick Lamar – ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ [Listen]
  • Deafheaven – ‘New Bermuda’ [Listen]
  • Joanna Gruesome – ‘Peanut Butter’ [Listen]
  • Ghostpoet – ‘Shedding Skin’ [Listen]
  • Waxahatchee – ‘Ivy Tripp’ [Listen]
  • Rolo Tomassi – ‘Grievances’ [Listen]
  • California X – ‘Nights in the Dark’ [Listen]
  • Loma Prieta – ‘Self Portrait’ [Listen]
  • Young Guv – ‘Ripe 4 Luv’ [Listen]
  • Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room – ‘Party Adjacent’ [Listen]
  • Laura Stevenson – ‘Cocksure’ [Listen]
  • Screaming Females – ‘Rose Mountain’ [Listen]

Albums due out after this list is published that rule:

  • Baroness – ‘Purple’ [Listen]

EPs and Splits:

  • Martha x Radiator Hospital – Split [Listen]
  • Sheer Mag – ‘II’ [Listen]
  • Touché Amore x Self Defense Family – ‘Self Love’ [Listen]
  • Low Culture x Iron Chic – Split [Listen]
  • FKA Twigs – ‘M3LL155X’ [Listen]
  • Martha x Benny The Jet Rodriguez – Split [Listen]
  • Shit Present – ‘Shit Present’ [Listen]
  • G.L.O.S.S – Demo [Listen]
  • Basement Benders – ‘Basement Benders’ [Listen]
  • Drug Church – ‘Swell’ [Listen]
  • The All Brights – ‘Wild for the Night’ [Listen]
  • Fake Problems – ‘Strange Emotions: Holy Attitude’ [Listen]
  • Sharon Van Etten – ‘I Don’t Want To Let You Down’ [Listen]

Songs:

  • Vacation – Yin-Yang Smile [Listen]
  • Waxahatchee – Under a Rock [Listen]
  • Martha – Chekhov’s Hangnail [Listen]
  • Shearwater – Quiet Americans [Listen]
  • Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room – Plain Old Whiskey [Listen]
  • Trust Fund – Big Asda  [Listen]
  • Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta [Listen]
  • Grimes – REALiTi [Listen]
  • Chvrches – Leave A Trace [Listen]
  • Worriers – Most Space [Listen]
  • Rolo Tomassi – The Embers [Listen]
  • Ghostpoet – X Marks The Spot [Listen]
  • The Wonder Years – I Don’t Like Who I Was Then [Listen]
  • Hop Along – Powerful Man [Listen]
  • Young Guv – Crawling Back To You [Listen]
  • Years & Years – Shine [Listen]
  • Donnie Trumpet/Chance The Rapper/The Social Experiment – Sunday Candy [Listen]

Live:

  • The Menzingers – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
  • Craig Finn – Slaughtered Lamb, London
  • Torres – Rough Trade East, London
  • The Hotelier – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
  • Rolo Tomassi – The Waiting Room, London
  • Faith No More – Roundhouse, London
  • La Roux – KOKO, London
  • Alkaline Trio – O2 Academy, Bristol
  • The Sidekicks – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
  • Sweet Baboo – St. Giles’, Wrexham

Labels that have had a good year:

  • Don Giovanni (Worriers, Vacation, Screaming Females, Tenement) [Listen]
  • Dirt Cult (Earth Girls/Iron Chic/Crow Bait) [Listen]
  • Specialist Subject (Martha/Shit Present/Bangers/Twisted/Personal Best) [Listen]
  • Tiny Engines (Adult Mom/Annabel/Runaway Brother) [Listen]
  • Fortuna Pop! (Joanna Gruesome/The Spook School) [Listen]
  • Partisan (Torres/Pure Bathing Culture/Craig Finn) [Listen]

Moments:

Stuff that I missed the first time around but have worn out this year:

  • This Billy Thermal album [Listen]
  • Kylesa in general [Listen]
  • Pears – ‘Go To Prison’ [Listen]
  • One Reason in general [Listen]
  • Feral Trash – ‘Trashfiction’ [Listen]

Fond farewells:

Distros that I’d be fucking miserable without:

Next year will be tolerable due to:

  • Possible new Dillinger Four
  • A new Falcon record
  • This band (Paint it Black x Bridge and Tunnel)
  • That Barnett Brothers tour
  • New Savages
  • Grimes at Brixton Academy

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Staff Picks: Laura ‘Riot Goth’ Johnson

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This was my first year with Stereoboard and I think it’s fair to say it’s been my best yet. Professionally that is, I don’t want to shortchange 1996, the year D3: The Mighty Ducks came out. I’ve met bands I’ve idolised since my teens, new artists that have gone on to grace magazine covers and watched some of my favourite artists reform and perform shows I never thought I would have the privilege to see. Below is just a snapshot of my favourite things from the past year.

ALBUMS

‘23 Live Sex Acts’ – Against Me!

‘Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit’- Courtney Barnett

‘Welcome Back To Milk’ – Du Blonde

‘Perpetual Motion People’ – Ezra Furman

‘Blossom’ – Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

‘Get A Witness’ – Queen Kwong

‘No Cities To Love’ – Sleater Kinney

‘Imaginary Life’ – Worriers

SONGS

Pedestrian At Best – Courtney Barnett

The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive – Death Cab For Cutie

Ordinary Life – Ezra Furman

Devil Inside Me – Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Broken Hands – Fraser. A. Gorman

Raising The Skate – Speedy Ortiz

Under A Rock – Waxahatchee

Glutton For Distance – Worriers

GIGS

Courtney Barnett (supported by Spring King and Fraser A. Gorman) – The Fleece, Bristol – March 28

FrnkIero AndThe Cellabration – The Globe, Cardiff- April 22

Babes In Toyland (supported by Skating Polly) – Trinity Centre, Bristol – May 24

Julie Ruin – Electric Ballroom, London – May 26

L7 – Electric Ballroom, London – June 16

Against Me! (Reading Set) – Richfield Avenue, Reading Festival – August 30

Jack Off Jill – Electric Ballroom, London – October 21

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (supported by Blackhole and Creeper) – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff – October 28

THE WORST OF ALL THE AWFUL BAND NAMES I’VE HEARD THIS YEAR

Arse Full Of Chips

Barren Womb

Cock And Ball Torture

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard

Pissgrave

Prostitute Disfigurement

Shaving The Werewolf

Sodomized Cadaver

MY STOCK OF SHAMELESS SELFIES

Courtney Barnett

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The Used

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Queen Kwong (Wes Borland and Carré Callaway)

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Nick Oliveri

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Ginger Wildheart

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Frank Iero

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Dallas Green (City & Colour/ Alexisonfire)

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Against Me! (Laura Jane Grace and Atom Willard)

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OTHER STUFF I’VE ENJOYED THIS YEAR

BOOK: Girl In A Band by Kim Gordon

VIDEO: New Wave – Sleater Kinney

FILM: The Voices

MERCH: Fraser A.Gorman – Tea Towel

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DRINK:Punk IPA by Brewdog

FOOD: Peanut Butter (this was the same last year and will probably feature next year)

INSULT: “I envy people that don’t know you!”

STUPIDEST COMMENT OF THE YEAR

Me: “Who’s that guy on Brooklyn Nine-Nine that looks like Andy Samberg?”

Huw Baines: “Andy Samberg.”

 

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This Week’s New Releases: Chelsea Wolfe, Public Enemy And Mac DeMarco

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This is an exciting week for new music. We’ve got Chelsea Wolfe offering up her fifth studio album, ‘Abyss’, Public Enemy releasing their thirteenth, ‘Man Plans God Laughs’, and in contrast Mac DeMarco with his mini album ‘Another One’. Make sure to take a look at the rest of this week’s new releases below.

Chelsea Wolfe – ‘Abyss’ (Sargent House)

Health – ‘Death Magic’ (Fiction Records)

Mac DeMarco – ‘Another One’ (Captured Tracks)

The Mynabirds – ‘Lovers Know’ (Saddle Creek)

Public Enemy – ‘Man Plans God Laughs’ (Spit Digital)

Sweat Lodge – ‘Talismana’ (Ripple Music)

Titus Andronicus – ‘The Most Lamentable Tragedy’ (Merge Records)

Worriers – ‘Imaginary Life’ (Don Giovanni Records)

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