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    • Deerhoof Announce New Album, Share “I Will Spite Survive” Feat. Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner
      Deerhoof have announced a new album, Mountain Moves, and shared its first single, "I Will Spite Survive" (which features Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak and Flock of Dimes). 
    • Temples
      On "Certainty," the euphorically yearning opening track of Temples' sophomore album,Volcano, lead vocalist and guitarist James Bagshaw's voice reaches heavenly notes.
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    • Watch: The Killers - “The Man” Video
      The Killers recently shared a brand new song, "The Man," and announced that their new album will be entitled Wonderful Wonderful. Now they have shared a video for "The Man." 
    • The Horrors Announce New Album for This Fall
      British five-piece The Horrors have announced their fifth album, the fittingly titled V. It's due out September 22 via Wolftone/Caroline and includes the recently released single "Machine."
    • Bedouine
      Great albums originate from fortuitous circumstances. Bedouine's Azniv Korkejian, the Aleppo-born Armenian singer/songwriter by way of Boston, Houston, and eventually Los Angeles, went to Gus Seyffert's studio in hopes of purchasing a reel-to-reel tape machine. 
    • The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog
      During the 1920s, Alfred Hitchcock worked as a title designer, assistant director, writer and co-director on dozens of features at the peak of the silent era. 
    • Cannonball EP
      It's usually a bad sign when the best song on your new EP is a cover tune. And it's even worse if that song is the opening track. But Amber Arcades' version of Nick Drake's "Which Will" fits so well within their archetypical dream twee sound that there is no drop off with the four tracks that follow.
    • Okja
      The newest film from Korean writer/director Bong Joon-ho bears some key resemblances to his previous effort, the 2013 sci-fi adventure Snowpiercer. 
    • HAIM Announce “HAIM: Behind the Album” Documentary on Their New Album, Share Trailer
      Los Angeles sister trio HAIM are releasing a new album, Something to Tell You, on July 7 via Columbia. Now they have announced a documentary on the making of the album. 
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    • Travis Scott Is The Third Face of Issue 104 June 28, 2017
      Order your copy now!Yesterday it was revealed that Shawn Mendes was the first face of Clash 104 and now, in the second of a double drop today, we are proud to announce that Travis Scott is its third. “I’m taking you on a ride through the city!” Inviting Clash to Houston, Texas, we met the 25-year-old rapper and producer as he showed us the sights and sounds […]
    • Jamz Supernova On The New Sounds Of Lisbon June 28, 2017
      1Xtra selector shines a light on the city's underground scene...Jamz Supernova has never been someone to let borders get in her way. Playing sets across the globe, the Xtra selector has always sought to pick out sounds that no one else has found, regardless of their origin. The always on-point selector is set to play the Clash Summer Issue Launch party […]
    • Wolves In The Throne Room Preview New Album June 28, 2017
      'Thrice Woven' will be released on September 22nd...Wolves In The Throne Room have previewed new album 'Thrice Woven'. The band's journey from black metal to synth abstraction have produced some stunningly intense noises, and their new album promises further voyages. 'Thrive Woven' will be released on September 22nd, with t […]
    • SZA - CTRL June 28, 2017
      A bold, daring album that pushes against the borders of convention...SZA has finally blessed the world with her long-awaited debut label release, ‘CTRL’. With the release of her mixtapes in 2012 and 2014, which occupied realms of wistful, gauzy atmospherics, and loosely-formed ideas on identity, there was a justified buzz around her, and her skill as a purve […]
    • Embark On A Glacial Journey With Spirit Valley's 'TNNLVSSN' June 28, 2017
      Forthcoming on Fuzz Club Records...Spirit Valley are an Amsterdam based duo whose psychedelic pirouettes are a thing of wonder. A two-piece adventure into the realms of sound, each aural construction is laced with different layers, reaching into unusual spaces as a result. Working with London imprint Fuzz Club Recordings, new album 'Negatives' is s […]
    • Premiere: Tungevaag & Raaban - 'Cold Blood' ft. Jeffrey James June 28, 2017
      Check out the video now...Tungevaag & Raaban know how to create an anthem. The Scandinavian pair have been there often enough - huge festival crowds, lights, and song after joyous song. So when the duo sat down with American vocalist Jeffrey James they knew what they wanted. Eager to move in a different direction but still retain that essential Tungevaag […]
    • Billionaire Boys Club EU Pre-Fall 2017 Lookbook June 28, 2017
      Featuring Swoosh Gold...Shot against the kind of brightly coloured townhouses Notting Hill is famed for, Billionaire Boys Club’s new Pre-fall imagery, reads like an ideal guide to Carnival outfit options. Yes, we may still be a couple of months off, but where’s the harm in being prepared? Showing us the way, A$AP Mob affiliate Swoosh Gold, has been captured […]
    • Princess Nokia Signs To Rough Trade, Drops 'G.O.A.T.' June 28, 2017
      Check it out now...Princess Nokia has dropped new cut 'G.O.A.T.' - check it out now. The rap talent is a stellar live force, with her sheer energy seeming to turn each performance into an event. Snapped up by Rough Trade, new material is said to be incoming led by seismic new cut 'G.O.A.T.'. Online now, the crisp production is matched to […]
    • Next Wave #783: Abra Cadabra June 28, 2017
      One of the hottest voices in UK rap...It’s hard to believe Abra Cadabra when he says he hadn’t always intended on making music, such is the intensity of his focus. “When I was like 15 or 16, my bredrin used to play beats and I just used to freestyle,” he says, “but I didn’t pursue it. I didn’t think I would do anything.” Fast-forward a few years and he’s fea […]
    • Premiere: Hero Fisher - 'Sylvie' June 28, 2017
      An eerie, atmospheric video...Hero Fisher seems to imbue every song she places her name against with a rare sense of atmosphere. French-born and British-raised - and yes, that's her real name - Hero released debut album 'Delivery' back in 2015. New album 'Glue Moon' is incoming, with Clash able to share a real highlight from her upco […]
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The Best Albums of 2017 (So Far)

Posted by falconi5 on June 5, 2017


BestAlbums-633x356Unbelievably so, the year is almost half over and there is no time like the present to lay out the best records we have listened to so far.  The best according to the Falcon’s Nest staff that is.

The year is already a scorcher on the new album front with old reliable Americana Bands like The Old ’97s and Band of Heathens releasing more than solid efforts, Stellar Folk Rock stars in the making Brent Cobb and John Moreland showing real sustainability with their efforts this year, and even old school crows Blondie and Procol Harum showed up to make a guest appearance appearing in the new release rodeo.

In short, it has been a very good half-year, and the best is probably to come.  Here are ten records we have chosen as the best so far.  More to follow.

1.)  The Weeks – Easy

From the same hotbed that brought you the Drive by Truckers, this one floats around  between the Truckers, The Replacements, and The Bodeans.  Fine company indeed.

2.)  Justin Townes Earle – Kids in the Street

Justin Townes Earle, son of Steve, is back with the third installment of his Single Mothers/Absent Father/Kids in the Street trilogy.

3.) John Moreland – Big Bad Luv

This really quick follow-up to High on Tulsa Heat was a welcome surprise. His voice will remind you of Bruce, but his songrwriting stands on its own.

4.) Bash & Pop – Anything Could Happen

If The Replacements and The Old 97’s had a baby, it would be named Bash & Pop.  Ex Replacement Tommy Stinson keeps the Power Pop fires burning.

5.) Nikki Lane – Highway Queen

Not a real surprise here since hers last record All or Nothin’ was a stellar release, what is cool is that this one is even better.  Highway Queen and Jackpot will probably battle it out for Roots Rock song of the year.

6.)  BNQT – Vol. 1

This Indie Supergroup features members of Band of Horses, Franz Ferdinand, and Grandaddy. If you like these bands, you will like this record that has touches of E.L.O., Poco, and CSN along with a dusting of Todd Rundgren.  We do, and we do.

7.) Goldray – Rising

If the back of the barroom pipes of Leah Rasmussen don’t grab you, the late 60’s Psychedelic vibe will. Enhance your listening with a stimulant of your choice.

8.)  White Reaper – The Worlds Best American Band

Truth in advertising, the jury is still out.  But if you like your Rock a little on the Roll side, this one might be for you. The title track is great, and “Judy French” is infectious as hell.

9.) Coco Hames – Coco Hames

If Dusty Springfield fronted an Alt-Country band that was produced by Phil Spector, it probably would sound a lot like Coco Hames debut record.  Vibes of Jenny Lewis and Belinda Carlisle are thrown in for good measure.

10.  Sheer Mag – Compilation

A compilation of their first three E.P.s Sheer Mag channels all of your favorite 70’s bands including T Rex, Thin Lizzy, and the New York Dolls all on the shoulders of Rock Chick Tina Halliday.

11.  Spoon – Hot Thoughts

A seductive, free flowing set that stands among the best of their career.

12.  Biters – The Future Ain’t What it Used to Be

Bringing back the Glam to Rock and Roll. A Touch of T-Rex here, The Sweet there, and a lot of cool fun along the way.  Gypsy Rose might be the “Rock and Roll” song of the year.

 

13.  Colter Wall – Colter Wall

A throwback to the glory days of Outlaw Country, his debut record is as good as it gets. Colter Wall is the new Sturgill Simpson.

 

 

 

 

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