Here's what to listen to this weekend.
If you're anything like us, you're probably overwhelmed by the sheer number of albums being released on a weekly basis.
Popdust's weekly column, Indie Roundup, finds the five best albums coming out each week so that you don't have to. Every Friday, we'll tell you what's worth listening to that might not already be on your radar.
If you're of the "it's never too early to listen to Christmas music" camp, look no further than the new holiday album from indie folk veteran Andrew Bird. Just a year after his last proper record, My Finest Work Yet, Bird's latest album is a hodgepodge of original material as well as re0imaginations and covers of both Christmas classics and deep cuts.
The 13-track album features Bird's interpretations of John Cale's "Andalucia," John Prine's "Souvenirs," and the Handsome Family's "So Much Wine" remade as "Greenwine." Allow Bird to help dig you out of your seasonal depression with ethereal harmonies, peaceful guitar and banjo plucks, and of course, his trademark whistle.
For fans of Fleet Foxes, Beirut, and Grizzly Bear.
Blending the abrasive tendencies of metal with glimmering shoegaze melodies, four-piece rock band Nothing are rounding out their first decade together with their fourth studio album, The Great Dismal. A fitting title for the relentless storm that is 2020, The Great Dismal finds itself at the crossroads of a looming apocalypse and the band's real-life hometown of Philadelphia.
"The Great Dismal refers to a swamp, a brilliant natural trap where survival is custom fit to its inhabitants," frontman Domenic Palermo says of the record's origins. "The nature of its beautiful, but taxing environment and harsh conditions can't ever really be shaken or forgotten too easily." Featuring contributions from beloved singer-songwriter Alex G and contemporary harpist Mary Lattimore, The Great Dismal drowns out the noise of the world with both horror and beauty.
For fans of Hum and Ovlov.
Daniel Lopatin, the electronic musician and producer best known as Oneohtrix Point Never, returns today with Magic Oneohtrix Point Never. This record follows a jam-packed past few years, with Lopatin releasing two EPs and a full-length album as Oneohtrix Point Never in 2018 and scoring the Safdie Brothers' cult-favorite drama Uncut Gems last year.
Taking inspiration from classic American radio formats and quirks, Magic Oneohtrix Point Never is a slightly more conventional side of Lopatin; standouts on the album include the melodic "I Don't Love Me Anymore" and "Long Road Home," the latter of which features vocals from Caroline Polachek. But even among its poppier moments, Magic Oneohtrix Point Never is a sprawling project that's sure to please fans of OPN's ambient work.
For fans of Tim Hecker, John Maus, and Grouper.
Caleb Cordes recorded his latest album in rural Texas, after his project Sinai Vessel pared down from a trio back to just a solo project. With these circumstances, Ground Aswim sees Cordes shift from melodic emo of Sinai Vessel's 2017 breakout Brokenlegged to rootsy folk-rock. This album was recorded live and uses minimal overdubs, with the resulting rawness allowing Cordes's vocals and songwriting to take the spotlight.
For fans of LVL UP and Slaughter Beach, Dog.
After landing a feature on Chance the Rapper's Coloring Book track "All Night," Knox Fortune has become an exciting underground figure in Chicago's music scene. The producer and songwriter born Kevin Rhomberg returns with Stock Child Wonder, another collection of Knox Fortune's idiosyncratic electronic pop. Combining conventional melodies with off-kilter production and a retro appeal, Stock Child Wonder is a feel-good record to fend off the upcoming winter gloom.
For fans of Grapetooth and Gus Dapperton.
A comedy legend passes the torch to the next generation.
2020 has been a huge year in the career of comedy veteran Rudy Giuliani.
He began his career in comedy back in 1997, when he supplemented his part-time gig as mayor of New York City with hosting duties at Saturday Night Live. Unfortunately, he hadn't yet refined his craft to become the hilarious avant-garde performance artist we know today.
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It was 2002, and Mariah Carey wanted a bath. Now we'll never be clean.
Before TikTok, before Snapchat, and before YouTube, there was MTV in the early aughts: a lawless land of velour tracksuits and diamond grillz, tiny dogs and spray tans.
And then there was Mariah Carey, who had barely survived 2001 after channeling her lifeforce into the beloved film disaster Glitter, along with the critically panned soundtrack of the same name. And yet, Carey persisted–and took a bath in front of millions of viewers on MTV's Cribs.
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Snoop Dogg, Triller, and Fight Club sounds like a strange mad libs combo, but it's real life.
When the Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. boxing match aired, fans were treated to hearing Snoop Dogg on the commentary team. Drawing in over a million viewers on pay-per-view, the boxing match was fodder for many a meme and much internet commentary — from Nate Robinson's knockout at the hands of Jake Paul to Mike Tyson's cannabis company.
But the star of the show was Snoop Dogg's commentary.
The rapper kept up a steady stream of jokes throughout the fight, even singing hymns for Nate Robinson, in what fans are calling the best sports commentary they've heard in years — maybe ever.
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New releases from Baby Smoove, Yung Baby Tate & more
Many of you are waking up to a good amount of mainstream releases this morning. With new releases from YUNGBLUD and Shawn Mendes, pop fans are having a good day today.
"After The Rain" – Yung Baby Tate<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="7cf66c3c1e1c304ba3a7385dc7152511"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KeR0GRHiOdM?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>Yung Baby Tate is through with comparisons. The ATL emcee and vocalist finally released her <em>After the Rain </em>EP today, her mother's birthday (the legendary Dionne Farris). It's her first release on Issa Rae's Raedio label, which she was signed to earlier this year. </p><p>The braggadocious EP is filled with both audacious bubble-gum rhymes and brooding soulful crooning. Building off the versatile momentum of last year's confident debut, <em>Girls</em>, Tate has begun to distance herself from the Nicki Minaj comparisons that overshadowed her last project. </p><p>Her honeyed voice glides on "Baecation" and cracks like a whip on melodic trap offerings like "Bounce." Overall, it's her charisma that gives the project its distinctive flair. "Oh damn, I just outdid b*tches again," she snaps on "Rainbow Cadillac." "If they wasn't hating so hard, we probably could've been friends." </p>
"Waiting to Die" – Working on Dying<iframe src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:album:2SbgyrDcbsPnuBEeg2amNK" id="3b0cb" frameborder="0" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="cf438e0b18496e0264a98dca40a6a295" expand="1" height="480" width="100%"></iframe><p>The debut project from the platinum-selling production collective Working on Dying, <em>Waiting to Die</em> is a haunting collection of woozy instrumentals and quippy rhymes from indie emcees like Key!, Robb Banks, Lucki, and Father.</p><p>The project is an all-consuming experience. Tracks like "Cedric Benson" and "Loose Screw" are muddied and fast-paced, building on the collective's signature "tread" subgenre. Meanwhile, tracks like "Off the Lead" and "FYB" find newcomers Hula and Lancey Foux casually slinking alongside a distorted gurgle of synths and high hats. WOD's debut will scratch the itch for anyone who loved their grimy work on <em>Eternal Atake</em>.<br></p>
"Belair Baby 2" – LBS Kee'vin<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="57762b0729001b95cfdfd02db25c8fb8"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RV4EtSiI1_s?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>LBS Kee'vin's melodic spitfire has earned him a significant amount of buzz in 2020. In January, the Florida emcee <a href="https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/8548072/florida-rapper-lbs-keevin-signs-visionary-records" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">signed with Visionary Records</a>, which had just announced a massive partnership with Sony Music. LBS then started cranking out work in 2020, releasing <em>Belair Baby</em> earlier this year, only to quickly follow up with its sequel today. </p><p>With features from 42 Dugg, Juicy J, <a href="https://www.popdust.com/interview-2647880210.html" target="_self">and Luh Kel</a>, <em>Belair Baby 2</em> is a captivating ride that rolls along with confidence. Kee'vin bounces hand-in-hand with Dugg's choppy flow on "Shining," before exhaling a turbulent freestyle on "John Doe" and howling with earnestness on "Toxic" and "Mixed Emotions." Kee'vin covers a lot of melodic ground in the project's half-hour runtime, and it makes for a captivating listen.</p>
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Sometimes you've just got to get yourself that Winter Candy Apple and Iced Gingerbread.
I hope Jen from Appleton, Wisconsin is doing well these days.
As for Angela, the star of the best Bath & Body Works rant of all time (and there are surprisingly many on YouTube), I hope she's living a Winter Candy Apple-scented life to the fullest.
In 2012, the aspiring vlogger posted a rant about her dire mission to acquire two coveted candles from Bath & Body Works: Winter Candy Apple and Iced Gingerbread. The outstanding 11-minute video recounts her harrowing journey to the store in APPLETON, WISCONSIN (it's very important the store is called out for their heinous treatment of Angela).
After the video was discovered and spread across Tumblr, it was recognized as a cultural masterpiece of our time, a treatise on the frailty of the human condition and our undying perseverance to end our own suffering at any cost.
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