27 key tracks and new albums to hear and read about

A couple of big headline albums arrived this week, to make a fuss about: Hurray For The Riff Raff’s “The Navigator” and Six Organs Of Admittance’s “Burning The Threshold”. Very strong lead tracks from both of them embedded below.

Also, we’ve listened to all 50 of Stephin Merritt’s new songs, very much enjoyed an all-new Chris Forsyth and Solar Motel Band live set, loved William Basinski’s tribute to David Bowie, and spent some time deep in a live set by an exceptionally good Grateful Dead tribute band (with a walk-on part from Bob Weir). Here you go…

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1 Glenn Jones – This Is The Wind That Blows It Out (Thrill Jockey)

2 Michael Chapman – 50 (Paradise Of Bachelors)

3 The Magnetic Fields – 50 Song Memoir (Nonesuch)

4 Brian Eno – Reflection (Warp)

5 Nadia Reid – Preservation (Basin Rock)

6 A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service (Epic)

7 Hurray For The Riff Raff – The Navigator (ATO)

8 The Dead Tongues – Montana (Self-Released)

9 Tift Merritt – Stitch Of The World (Yep Roc)

10 Six Organs Of Admittance – Burning The Threshold (Drag City)

11 Laura Marling – Semper Femina (More Alarming/Kobalt)

12 Wes Tirey – Black Wind (Scissor Tail)

13 Elbow – Little Fictions (Fiction)

14 Visible Cloaks – Reassemblage (RVNG INTL)

15 Graeme Miller & Steve Shill – The Moomins (Finders Keepers)

16 Various Artists – The Hired Hands: A Tribute To Bruce Langhorne (Scissor Tail)

17 Mike Oldfield – Return To Ommadawn (Virgin)

18 Mike Oldfield – Hergest Ridge (Virgin)

19 Mose Allison – I’m Not Talkin’: The Song Stylings Of Mose Allison 1957-1971 (BGP)

20 Jeff Parker – Slight Freedom (Eremite)

21 Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band – Live At Union Pool, New York 03/12/2016 (nyctaper.com)

22 Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – Live At Fox Theater, Oakland, 12/11/2016 (archive.org)

23 William Basinski – A Shadow In Time (Temporary Residence)

24 The xx – I See You (Young Turks)

25 Aurelio – Darandi (Real World)

26 Ty Segall – Ty Segall (Drag City)

27 High Plains – Cinderland (Kranky)

 

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