Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do
It’s Fiona Apple, of course it’s going to be great. At times painfully, heart-wrenchingly, cathartically brutal, but great nonetheless. Listen to “Every Single Night” below and don’t forget to check out our favourite ten lyrics from an album packed full of incredible imagery.
Bon Iver – iTunes Session
I want to talk about the EP, but really all I can think about is that ridiculous cover picture above. Is Bon Iver a 90’s rap crew now? Anyway, the EP rolls seven songs deep, five being from their most recent album, one being a cover of Björk’s ‘Who Is It?’, from 2004’s Medulla, and the final track, being a supremely laid back, jazzy version of “Beth/Rest”. Listen below.
The Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania
So this is a new record from alt-rock giants The Smashing Pumpkins, but with only one of the original members left. Of course that one man is Billy Corgan, who always was the band, but still, it’s a kind of bizarre situation. The album is ambitious and widescreen but, as every good hipster knows, his old stuff was better. Listen to the whole album on the band’s website.
Album Stream: The Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania
Del Tha Funky Homosapien & Parallel Thought – Attractive Sin
You can listen to all of this collaboration between sample loving beatsmiths Parallel Thought and underground legend Del Tha Funky Homosapien over at Spin – just hit the link below. For a little taste of the boom-bap plus raw wordplay and sing-song mix, you can also listen to “If Ya Don’t”.