NPR May 2018


Damien Jurado - The Horizon Just Laughed - A beautiful and optimistic breakup record between a man and his home.

Ray LaMontagne - Part of the Light - This really threatens to be dad-rock a lot of the time, but somehow I’m cool with it.


Dream Pop 

Beach House - 7 - The best Dream Pop record by a band who started in this century. 


Art Rock

Tropical Fuck Storm - A Laughing Death in Meatspace - Basically another Drones record in most ways, including the high overall quality. 

Parquet Courts - Wide Awake! - Savage and Brown are writing really different kinds of songs but they’re both getting better at writing them.


Indie Rock

Stephen Malkmus + The Jicks - Sparkle Hard - Malkmus and his band as good as they’ve ever been. 

Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel - Courtney returns with an even more rocking set.

La Luz - Floating Features - The garage surf girl group torch carriers are writing more distinct songs and having more fun at the same time.




Skee Mask - Compro - a breadth of ideas and technical perfection from one of the best techno producers.

Fluxion - Ripple Effect - Cinematic ambient techno for late nights.



Jon Hopkins - Singularity - Sometimes too indulgent, but big and beautiful ambient tech house.

DJ Healer - Nothing 2 Loose - As personal and affecting as a house record could be - stick with it for a couple listens. 

Ross From Friends - Aphelion - fun and funky big room outsider house jams, whatever that could mean.

LNS - Recons One - a fun combination of outsider house and electro.