Sunday, June 30, 2019

2019 In New Music: Half Time Report

It's that time of year again - a half time round-up of all the albums I've heard that I think are at least worthy of your time.

75 Dollar BillI Was RealTak:til 
Adia VictoriaSilencesAtlantic 
Aki Takase’s JapanicThema PrimaBMC
AldorandeAldorandeFavorite Recordings
Alejandro CoelloPercussion TheoryAlejandro Coello
Alex RexOtterburnTin Angel
Alexander HawkinsInto The Wind Intakt 
Allison Miller’s Boom Tic BoomGlitter WolfRoyal Potato Family
Altin GunGeceGlitterbeat 
American FootballLP3Big Scary Monsters 
Anderson.PaakVenturaAftermath Entertainment
Andrew McCormack’s GravitonThe CallingUbuntu
Angel Bat DawidThe OracleInternational Anthem
Angelique KidjoCeliaDecca France
Anton EgerAEEdition
Art Ensemble Of ChicagoWe Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary CelebrationPI Recordings
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni BaMiriOut Here
BedouineBird Songs Of A KilljoySpacebomb
Beth Gibbons & Polish National Radio Symphony OrchestraHenryk Gorecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs)Domino
Better Oblivion Community CentreBetter Oblivion Community CentreDead Oceans 
Big Thief U.F.O.F.4AD
Bill CallahanShepherd In A Sheepskin VestDrag City
Bill Frisell & Thomas MorganEpistrophyECM
Bill MackayFountain FireDrag City
Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?Interscope
black midiSchlagenheimRough Trade
BoogarinsSombrou DuvidaOAR
Brad MehldauFinding GabrielNonesuch
Branford MarsalisThe Secret Between The Shadow and the SoulSony 
Brian KrockliddleBrian Krock
Bruce HornsbyAbsolute ZeroThirty Tigers
Bruce SpringsteenWestern StarsColumbia
Burnt FriedmanMusical Traditions in Central Europe - Explorer SeriesNonplace
Calexico and Iron & WineYears To BurnCity Slang
Cass McCombsTip Of The SphereANTI-
CassiusDreemsToilet Paper/Miko Miko/Caroline International 
Caterina BarbieriEcstatic ComputationEditions Mego
Chaka KhanHello HappinessDiary/Island
Chemical BrothersNo GeographyVirgin EMI
Chris ForsythAll Time PresentNo Quarter
Chris PotterCircuitsEdition
Chris Robinson BrotherhoodServants Of The SunSilver Arrow
Christian Scott aTunde AdjuahAncestral RecallStretch Music/Ropeadope
Cinematic OrchestraTo BelieveNinja Tune
Clever AustinPareidoliaTouching Bass 
CochemeaAll My RelationsDaptone
Damon Locks/Black Monument EnsembleWhere Future UnfoldsInternational Anthem
Daughter Of SwordsDawnbreakerBella Union
Dave Douglas, Uri Caine, Andrew CyrilleDevotionGreenleaf
Dave Harrington GroupPure Imagination, No CountryYeggs
David DeRose’s Agile ExperimentsThe Ultimate Guide To Avant-Garde-StepAgile Experiments
David Torn, Tim Berne, Ches SmithSon Of GoldfingerECM 
Death and VanillaAre You A Dreamer?Fire
DeerhunterWhy Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?4AD
Dominic Miller AbsintheECM
Duncan EaglesCitizenWhirlwind
Durand Jones and the IndicationsAmerican Love CallDead Oceans 
EarthFull Upon Her Burning LipsSargent House
Ebi SodaBedroom TapesSola Terra
Elena SetienAnother Kind Of RevolutionThrill Jockey
Eli WinterThe Time To ComeBlue Hole Recordings
ElkhornSun Cycle/Elk JamFeeding Tube 
Elliott GalvinModern TimesEdition
Elliott Galvin & Binker GoldingEx NihiloByrd Out 
Ex HexIt’s RealMerge 
Ezra CollectiveYou Can’t Steal My JoyEnter The Jungle
Faye WebsterAtlanta Millionaires ClubSecretly Canadian
FenneszAgoraEditions Mego
Filthy FriendsEmerald ValleyKill Rock Stars
Fire! Orchestra ArrivalRune Grammofon
Firefly BurningBreathe ShallowFirefly Burning 
Flying LotusFlamagraWarp
Forest ManagementPassagewaysWhited Sepulchre
Garcia PeoplesNatural FactsBeyond Beyond Is Beyond
Georgia Anne MuldrowVWETO IIMello Music Group
Girl UnitSong FeelNight Slugs
Guided By VoicesZeppelin Over ChinaGBV Inc
Gwilym SimcockNear and NowACT
Hayden ThorpeDivinerDomino
Hedvig Mollestad TrioSmells FunnyRune Gramofon
HejiraThread Of GoldLima Limo
Helado NegroThis Is How You SmileRVNG Intl. 
High Aura’d and Josh MasonLower Yr Voices/r
Hildur GudnadottirChernobyl (Music From The Original TV Series)HBO/Touch Music
Holly HerndonPROTO4AD
Hot ChipA Bathfull Of EcstasyDomino
House and LandAcross The FieldThrill Jockey
Ibibio Sound MachineDoko MienMerge
Ishmael EnsembleA State Of FlowSevern Songs
Jai PaulLeak 04-13 (Bait Ones)XL
Jake Xerxes FussellOut Of SightParadise Of Bachelors
James BlakeAssume FormPolydor
Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!Jagjaguwar
Jeff BallardFairgroundsEdition 
Jenny LewisOn The LineWarner 
Jessica PrattQuiet SignsCity Slang
JJ CaleStay AroundBecause Music
Joe JacksonFoolEarmusic
John TurvilleHead FirstWhirlwind 
Jon CollinWater & Rock Music Volumes 3 - 6Early Music
Jonny MansfieldElftetEdition
Jonny NashMake A WildernessMusic From Memory
Joshua Abrams & Natural Information SocietyMandatory RealityEremite
Julia JacklinCrushingTransgressive
Julia Kent TemporalThe Leaf Label
Julian LageLove HurtsMack Avenue 
KehlaniWhile We WaitWEA International 
Kel AssoufBlack TenereGlitterbeat 
Kelly FinneganThe Tales People TellColemine
Kelsey LuBloodColumbia
Kevin MorbyOh My GodDead Oceans 
King Midas SoundSolitudeCosmo Rhythmatic 
Kyle Bobby DunnFrom Here To EternityPast Inside The Present 
LafawndahAncestor BoyConcordia
LambchopThis (Is What I Wanted To Tell You)City Slang
LauMidnight and CelebrationReveal
Laura CannellThe Sky UntunedBrawl
Laurence PikeHoly SpringLeaf
Lee Fields & The ExpressionsIt Rains LoveBig Crown
LeifLoom DreamWhities
Liam HayesMirage GarageWeird Vacation
Liam NobleThe Long GameEdition
Little Steven & The Disciples Of SoulSummer Of SorceryWicked Cool/Universal
Luke AbbottMusic From The Edge Of An IslandFLOAT
Maggie RogersHeard It In A Past LifePolydor
Makasi BatohNowhereDrag City
Mariee SiouxGrief In ExileNight Bloom
Marilyn Mazur’s ShamaniaMarilyn Mazur’s ShamaniaRareNoise 
Mark LockheartDays On EarthEdition
Mary Lattimore & Mac McCaughanNew Rain DuetsThree Lobed 
MatmosPlastic AnniversaryThrill Jockey
Matthew Herbert Big BandThe State Between UsAccidental
Maurice LoucaElephantineNorthern Spy
Mavis StaplesLive In LondonANTI-
Mavis StaplesWe’ll Get ByANTI-
Mdou MoctarIlana (The Creator)Sahel Sounds
Mega BogDolphineParadise Of Bachelors
Mercury RevBobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete RevisitedBella Union
Michael ChapmanTrue NorthParadise Of Bachelors
Miguel Gorodi NonetApopheniaUbuntu
Mike WalkerRopesMarket Square
Mr. TophatDusk To DawnTwilight Enterprise
NakhaneYou Will Not DieBMG France
Nick Walters & Paradox EnsembleAwakening 22a
Nils LofgrenBlue With LouCattle Track Road 
NivhekAfter its own death/walking in a spiral towards houseYELLOWELECTRIC
Nkisi7 DirectionsUIQ/NON Worldwide
Nubiyan TwistJungle Run!K7
Oren Ambarchi, Mark Fell, Will Guthrie, Sam ShalabiOglon Day33 33 
Orville PeckPonySub Pop
Our Native DaughtersSongs Of Our Native DaughtersSmithsonian Folkways
Padang Food TigersWake Up, Mr. PancakeBlue Hole Recordings
Panda BearBuoysDomino
Paper TigerRogue PlanetWah Wah 45s
Park JihaPhilosTak:til 
PartisansNit De NitWhirlwind
Patchwork Jazz OrchestraThe Adventures of Mr. PottercakesSpark
PelicanNightime StoriesSouthern Lord
PileGreen and GrayExploding In Sound
PondTasmaniaMarathon Artists
Pure Bathing CultureNight PassInfinite Companion
Puto TitoCarregando A Vida Atras Das CostasPrincipe Discos
Pye Corner Audio Hollow EarthGhost Box
Quelle ChrisGunsMello Music Group
Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco TurrisiThere Is No OtherNonesuch
Rian TreanorAtaxiaPlanet Mu
Richard SkeltonBorder BalladsCorbel Stone Press
Rickie Lee JonesKicksThe Other Side Of Desire/Thirty Tigers
Robert EllisTexas Piano ManNew West
Robert ForsterInfernoTapete
Ron GalloStardust Birthday PartyNew West
Royal TruxWhite StuffFat Possum
Rustin ManDrift CodeDomino
Sacred PawsRun Around The SunRock Action!
Salif KeitaUn Autre BlancNaive/Believe
Sarah DavachiPale BloomW. 25th/Superior Viaduct
Sarah LouiseNightime Birds and Morning StarsThrill Jockey
Sarah TandyInflection In The Sentence Jazz re:freshed
School Of Language45Memphis Industries
Seamus BlakeGuardians of the Heart MachineWhirlwind 
SebadohAct SurprisedDomino
Seed EnsembleDriftglassJazz re:freshed
Sharon Van Etten Remind Me TomorrowJagjaguwar
Shiva FesharekiNew FormsResist
Slauson MaloneA Quiet Farwell, Twenty Sixteen to Twenty EighteenGrand Closing
slowthaiNothing Great About BritainMethod
smileswithteethCareNever Content
SneaksHighway HypnosisMerge 
SolangeWhen I Get HomeColumbia
Steve GunnThe Unseen In BetweenMatador
Steve LacyApollo XXI3qtr/AWOL
Stuart A. StaplesMusic For Claire Denis’ High LifeLucky Dog/City Slang
Sunn O)))Life MetalSouthern Lord
SunwatchersIllegal MovesTrouble In Mind 
Susanna & The Brotherhood Of Our LadyGarden Of Earthly DelightsSusannaSonata
SwervedriverFuture RuinsRock Action!
Teeth Of The SeaWraithRocket
The Budos BandVDaptone
The Comet Is ComingTrust In The Life Force Of The UniverseImpulse!/UMG
The DelinesThe ImperialDecor
The Dream SyndicateThese TimesANTI-
The GloamingThe Gloaming 3Real World 
The Long RydersPsychedelic Country SoulCherry Red
The O’JaysThe Last WordS-Curve
The UnthanksLinesRabble Rouser
Theon CrossFyahGearbox
These New Puritans Inside The RoseInfectious/BMG
Thom YorkeAnimaXL
Tim HeckerAnoyosunblind music
Tom CawleyCatenaccioUbuntu
Tori Freestone TrioEl Mar de NubesWhirlwind
Trish ClowesNinety Degrees GravityBasho
Vampire WeekendFather Of The BrideColumbia
Vanishing TwinThe Age Of ImmunologyFire
VEIN TrioSymphonic BopDouble Moon
Vijay Iyer & Craig TabornThe Transitory PoemsECM 
Vula Viel Do Not Be AfraidVula Viel (s/r)
Wadada Leo SmithRosa Parks: Pure LoveTum
Weyes BloodTitanicSub Pop
White DenimSide EffectsCity Slang
William BasinskiOn Time Out Of TimeTemporary Residence
William BrittelleSpiritual AmericaNonesuch
William TylerGoes WestMerge
Willie NelsonRide Me Back HomeSony 
Y La BambaMujeresTender Loving Empire