This week’s newsletter has my thoughts on new music from Hayley Williams, All Time Low, and a tremendous new pop-punk band not many have heard of. I also share my favorite app discovery in a while and my usual media diet rundown. Then, there’s a playlist of ten songs I enjoyed this week, and this week’s supporter Q&A post can be found here.
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Kaya Wilkins is just like you. Well, sort of. She enjoys Netflix and vegan peanut butter chocolate ice cream; she fights jet lag, experiences yeast infections, and she summons introverts such as myself to her “Zero Interaction Ramen Bar.” All of these facets are wrapped up in Wilkins’ penchant for light, luminous melodies. The Norwegian-born, New York-raised artist is fully realized on Watch This Liquid Pour Itself, her Jagjaguwar debut and second album under the Okay Kaya moniker. Recorded mostly by Wilkins herself, she collaborated with producers Jacob Portrait (Whitney, (Sandy) Alex G) and John Carroll Kirby (Solange, Kali Uchis) in order to further her vision. Inside its 39-minute runtime, Watch This Liquid Pour Itself presents forms of wetness through the lens of oceans, rivers, and ponds. The water in this universe is not of rebirth or revitalization, though, even when Wilkins misleads you so.
The Frights have released their fourth studio album, Everything Seems Like Yesterday, and announced a spring headline tour. The album is now out on all streaming services and available for order.
One of my favorite features every year is Federico Viticci’s “Must-Have Apps” over at MacStories. I always end up finding something I didn’t know about and put into my workflow. This year I’ll be looking into moving my bookmarks over into Raindrop.io because the current state of native apps for Pinboard is awful.
This entire story features a collection of the 50 apps I consider my must-haves on the iPhone and iPad, organized in seven categories; whenever possible, I included links to original reviews and past coverage on MacStories.
If you’re looking for great new apps, this is a must read.
Noah Gundersen will release A Raven and a Dove – Acoustic Selections from Lover on February 14th. Today he’s put up “Lose You” and “Kamikaze” on Apple Music and Spotify.
Hayley Williams interview with Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 is now up for your listening pleasure.
Chromatics have released the new single “Toy” to all streaming services.
Four Tet have released the new song “Baby” featuring Ellie Goulding.
Caspian’s new album is out today and it features the song “Nostalgist” with Pianos Become the Teeth’s Kyle Durfey.
New Found Glory have shared a new acoustic rendition of “My Friends Over You.”
Billy Talent have shared the new song “Reckless Paradise.”
The Interrupters will be heading into the studio with Tim Armstrong in February to record a new album:
While touring we’ve also been writing non-stop. That means we have a lot of material to get down. We can’t wait to bring everything together to complete the puzzle.
My Chemical Romance have announced a second UK show after the first sold out.
If you hit read more you can see all the releases we have in our calendar for the week. Hit the quote bubble to access our forums and talk about what came out today, what albums you picked up, and to make mention of anything we may have missed.
What is a politically-charged punk rock band to do as the world crumbles around them? Fight back. Anti-Flag have made their most immediate record in quite some time on 20/20 Vision, one directly has the POTUS in mind with of all of the fist-pumping anthems to be found here. On their 12th studio album, the band has little left to prove, yet they continue to deliver some of the most consistently excellent punk rock found in music.
Opening up with the current single “Hate Conquers All,” one that intersperses Trump-dialogue about protesters, Anti-Flag waste little time getting down to the business at hand. With lyrics such as, “Hate conquers all / In the ashes of the fall / With our backs against the wall / Watch the empire fall / Watch the nation dissolve,” the band makes it crystal clear of the urgency of the political situation going on in DC. The song feels like a call to arms for people to wake the fuck up on all of the terror taking place in our very own country.
Addy have signed with Topshelf Records.
Parkway Drive will release Viva The Underdogs, the soundtrack to the band’s documentary film by the same name, on March 27th.
Oso Oso has recorded a four song set with Punks in Vegas.