2. Hudson Mohawke - Lantern
by Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsch
A good song to start your day with.
2. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - S/T
by Anna Hurley
This record is ridiculously fun. It's rock & roll combined with swing, gospel, R&B, and soul. And all of the horns. I Need Never Get Old starts off strong, but my favorite is S. O. B., with all of its clapping, snapping, and foot-stomping. And when the chorus and horns come in, I defy you not to tap your feet and bop around.
2. Beach House - Depression Cherry
by Tara McCullough
Haunting and ethereal.
2. Dan Deacon - Gliss Riffer
by Eric R. Mortensen
So many sweaty Portland summer-afternoons with this album on in the truck, driving out to the Washougal river. One drive back in particular I was suffering from a concussion, caused earlier by slamming the bridge of my nose on a rock underwater. I had Learning to Relax on and I recall struggling to grasp the concept of time. It's just a construct I reminded myself. I drove to Denny's and had a Grand Slam™. My waitress told me I gave off a serious Egon Spangler vibe.
2. Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free
by Sasha Barr
I may not be Southern by blood but being born and raised there gives me an affinity for Southern Rock I can’t shake. Isbell’s songs with the Drive By Truckers stand the test of time for fantastic Southern Rock storytelling, and the same can be said about his solo material. This album didn’t really do it for me at first, but after some time I came to really love it. Less rock and more slow burning on this album, with lyrics and storytelling you can’t really deny.
2. Best Coast - California Nights
by Jen DeRosa
Good for: Tough times or sunsets
2. Deerhunter - Fading Frontier
by Damien Correll
Bradford Cox can do no wrong.
2. CFCF - The Colours of Life
by Nate Utesch
CFCF (aka Mike Silver) wrote a single song building on themes from Phil Collins' "Hand in Hand" and milestones from the 70's new age label, Windham Hill Records. It's a smooth, yet wildly rhythmic, instrumental pop adventure. A single 40-min song broken into 12 tracks. Reminiscent of moments in Steve Reich's catalog or Edgar Froese/Tangerine Dream's "Virgin Era." Here's the first 3:43—
2. The Mountain Goats - Beat The Champ
by Jez Burrows
'All soaked in blood like a newborn babe, sharp thing hidden in my hand shaped like an astrolabe'. John Darnielle is a miraculous gift from the universe, Foreign Object is the song of the year, and I have a three-point stance clothesline on deck if you wish to suggest otherwise.
2. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
by Richard Perez
Keep movin'. Keep movin'.