This has truly been one of the worst weeks of an all-around terrible year. We're all still stunned by the death of Power Trip frontman Riley Gale, and we're horrified not just by the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, WI but also by the 17-year-old white supremacist who then shot and killed two protesters and the right wing media personalities who not only defended but at times applauded him for doing so.
That said, it's also been heartwarming to see the countless tributes pouring in to Riley from all over the metal and hardcore communities, and to see the world of professional sports band together to protest Jacob Blake's shooting. Sometimes shitty times like these also remind us that there's so much good in the world too.
If you're looking for something to listen to this weekend, I'd strongly recommend a Power Trip album or one of the many great live videos of them. There's also a lot of great new music to listen to this week, and honestly, Riley would probably want you to check out something new. He was constantly putting on for new bands and introducing deserving older ones to new audiences.
I highlight eight new albums below, and here are some honorable mentions: the first Soulside 7" in 31 years, the first Shades Apart album in 19 years, Disclosure (ft. Mick Jenkins, Channel Tres, Aminé, slowthai, Common, Kelis, Kehlani, Syd, Fatoumata Diawara), Josephine Foster, Protoje, Tiwa Savage, Colter Wall, Ulver, Samia, Bettye LaVette, Aluna, Knot (ex-Krill), Narrow Head, The LOX, Toots and the Maytals, GAG, Cavern, Wedding Dress (ex-Maps & Atlases), The Mommyheads, Oceanator, Jonathan Personne (of Corridor), Internet Money, Spook the Horses, Psychososmatic, The Atomic Bitchwax, Widowspeak, the Brain Corrosion/Ripped to Shreds split, the Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah live album, the Ellott Smith reissue + live album, the Mouthing EP, and the Funeral Fires EP.
Also, the BbyMutha album comes out on Saturday (8/29).
Also rest in peace Justin Townes Earle, Walter Lure, Jack Sherman (RHCP), and Mike Noga.
Read on for my eight picks. What's your favorite release of the week?