It's been another busy week in the music world, full of virtual Porno For Pyros reunions and not-so-socially-distant concerts and all kinds of other stuff. We've had some very sad deaths -- Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green, The Roots' Malik B, Primal Scream/New Order collaborator Denise Johnson, and not music but Regis Philbin. If you haven't already been doing so, maybe revisit some of their work this weekend. If you're looking for some suggestions on what Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac to dive into, we made a list of 16 essential early Fleetwood Mac songs, including several by Green.
As for new music, I highlight eight new albums below, but first, here are some honorable mentions: the Beyonce visual album/deluxe edition of The Gift, Land of Talk (who also spoke to us about the music that influenced the album), Makaya McCraven, Alanis Morissette, Thanya Iyer, Madeline Kenney, Gillian Welch, Mike Polizze (of Purling Hiss, ft. Kurt Vile), Brandy, Shezmu, Question, Charles Tolliver, Charley Crockett, Daniel Blumberg, Ghetto Kumbé, Shoreline Mafia, City Morgue, Chris Crack, the Wicca Phase Springs Eternal & Darcy Baylis EP, the Wye Oak EP, the !!! EP, the Moon Tooth acoustic EP, the HURAÑA EP, the Backxwash EP, the Sleepy Hallow EP, and the Nyck Caution EP. (Update: the lost Thelonious Monk live album was due out today but its release has been postponed.)
For even more, Bill reviews the first Psychedelic Furs album in 29 years (and more) in Bill's Indie Basement.
Read on for my eight picks. What was your favorite release of the week?