Not only will Moby’s new album make you want to dance, it will also make you feel better about yourself knowing that 100% of the profits from All Visible Objects (Mute) are being donated to 11 different charities, one for each song on the LP. They are: the ACLU, Animal Equality, Brighter Green, Extinction Rebellion, Good Food Institute, Humane League, Indivisible Project, International Anti-Poaching Foundation, Mercy For Animals, Physicians Committee and Rainforest Action Network.
We’re proud the Districts hail from our hometown of Philadelphia. While the Rob Grote-led foursome spent its first three albums refining and defining its indie-rock sound, the new You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere (Fat Possum) shows a band looking to branch out, try news things and, well, go somewhere different. A lesser outfit might’ve lost its identity while doing so, but Grote and Co. have managed to hold on to what’s made the band so reliable while breaking new sonic ground. We’re already anxious to hear what flourishes and spoils come next.
OMAGAH! Guster With The Omaha Symphony is the latest release from Ryan Miller and Co. The digital-only album features 11 songs from Guster’s performance with the symphony on Feb. 8, 2019. In this interview, Miller calls the concert “otherworldly” and “magical,” naming it the best show he’s ever participated in, though he has yet to listen to the recording of it. We have, and it’s pretty amazing.
We became big fans of Joan Wasser around the time MAGNET started back in 1993 via her work with the Dambuilders (which also featured Kevin March, who went on to become Guided By Voices’ longtime drummer). We’ve followed her career closely ever since, first with the underrated Those Bastard Souls, then Antony And The Johnsons, along with collaborations with the likes of Lou Reed, John Cale, Laurie Anderson, Rufus Wainwright, Joseph Arthur, Sparklehorse and Lloyd Cole. In 2002, Wasser introduced the world to her most-excellent alter ego Joan As Police Woman, and she’s been Wasser’s main gig ever since. JAPW has just released eighth album Cover Two (PIAS), a collection of Wasser covering songs by Prince, Neil Young, Blur, the Strokes, OutKast, Talk Talk and more.
Peter Bjorn And John have entered their third decade of making music together with ninth album Endless Dream (Ingrid). While all three Swedish musicians continue to work solo and with others (including fab females such as Robyn, Neko Case, Pretenders and Lykke Li), Peter Morén, Björn Yttling and John Eriksson dig a little deeper as their namesake trio. Aside from Endless Dream, PB&J have also made some early singles and EPs available digitally for the first time via Bandcamp.