The music world was shaken this week by the deaths of legends Eddie Van Halen, Johnny Nash, and Bunny Lee, and things weren't looking so hot outside of the music world either, thanks to a vice presidential debate marred by lies, noncommittal responses, and a reminder that the current VP is a pro-lifer who thinks systemic racism is a myth. (P.S., today is the last day to register to vote in New York. Vote! Vote early! And vote blue!)
Meanwhile, life in 2020 somehow goes on and there's a lot of new music out this week. I highlight seven new albums below, and here are some honorable mentions: Future Islands, METZ, Jay Electronica, Dinner Party (ft. Snoop Dogg, Rapsody, Herbie Hancock, Cordae, Buddy & more), BlocBoy JB, Fielded, Get Dead, Yatra, Dizzee Rascal, Machinedrum, Greg Puciato, Reason, Papoose, Gunn-Truscinski Duo, Seized Up (mem B'LAST, Good Riddance, Distillers), Travis, Budos Band, Kronos Quartet, The Green Child (Total Control, Grass Widow), Sun Ra Arkestra, The Goodbye Party, Hundredth, DFMK, Mina Tindle, Slow Pulp, Garcia Peoples, Josh Johnson, Jon Snodgrass, Gargoyl (Revocation), R.I.P., Coastlands, Crippled Black Phoenix, Emmy the Great, Drew Citron, Supercrush, Peach Kelli Pop, the Yo La Tengo EP, Zao's compilation of early recordings, The Replacements' Pleased to Meet Me deluxe edition, Linkin Park's massive Hybrid Theory 20th anniversary reissue, and the Sade box set (which we happen to be giving away a copy of).
Read on for my seven picks. What's your favorite release of the week?