Welcome back and hope everyone had a good new year's! (Or, as good as possible.) This is the first Notable Releases since before Christmas, but music did come out since then, so there's some stuff in here from the past couple weeks as well. (Find even more in our lists of the best punk songs and rap albums of December, our favorite songs of late December/early January, and the two new music roundups we ran over the holidays.)
Also, in case you missed it, check out our list of the 55 best albums of 2020, plus our lists of rap, punk/hardcore/emo/etc, metal, screamo, ska, reggae, jazz, and "lost" classic rock that we loved in 2020, and the Indie Basement list.
I highlight seven new albums below, but first, some honorable mentions: Viagra Boys (which Bill reviews in Bill's Indie Basement), Modern Hut, Steve Earle, Barry Gibb, The Dirty Nil, Playboi Carti, Lil Durk, Flee Lord, Four Tet, Slaughter Beach Dog, Cicala, Casper Clausen, Skillibeng, Wax Tailor, the Marley brothers' Set Up Shop, Vol. 4 compilation, the Cienfuegos / De Carne e Flor split, and the Holy Figures EP.
Read on for my picks. What's your favorite release of the (past couple) week(s)?