The Best Day - Thurston Moore
After the epic implosion of Sonic Youth and its bandmembers’ marriage,Thurston Moore has emerged with a new album. Filled with nervy guitar-driven precision, it’s the nearest thing to consolation that Youth fans can get their hands on at the moment. Stream it on NPR First Listen and buy it here.
Tough Love - Jessie Ware
When it comes to finishing an album, Ones To Watch alum Jessie Ware will pull out every last stop. With every new single she’s released over the last several months, Ware continues to one-up herself with searing ballads and a host of in-demand collaborators. The result is an album where every track is extra sensitive to that fact that it was intended to be nothing less than sensational. Stream it here and buy it here.
Under Pressure - Logic
Ones To Watch alum Logic has finally released his debut album. The Maryland-based rapper overcame a youth filled with abuse and drug addiction by turning to hip-hop, eventually signing with Def Jam Records for his first release. You can watch the mini documentary behind Under Pressure here, stream it here, and buy the album here.
With A Little Help From My Fwends - The Flaming Lips
With a little help from The Flaming Lips, we get to experience what The Beatles’ famous Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band sounds like when performed by Wayne Coyne and his odd posse. With guest appearances by My Morning Jacket and Coyne’s BFF Miley Cyrus (but of course), the team tackles the near impossible. What’s more, benefits from album sales go to The Bella Foundation, which provides financial support to pet owners to help them care for their animals. Stream the album on NPR First Listen and buy it here.