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December 28, 2019

A show about opinions about Pitchfork's opinions about new music.

We try to guess how they'll rate upcoming releases. We are rarely successful.



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All aboard Lou Reed's Time Travelin' Dirigible! It's time to invent The Beatles!

DEEP DIVES:

Bob Dylan – Rough and Rowdy Ways

Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher

LIGHTNING ROUND:

Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure?

Maya Hawke – Blush

Arca – KiCk i

MIKE – Weight of the World

Lamb of God, – Lamb of God

CeeLo Green – CeeLo Green Is Thomas Callaway

LINKS:

Community Justice Exchange — Donate via AB Charities

Stereogum – The 50 Best Albums Of 2020 So Far

Paste – The 25 Best Albums of 2020 (So Far)

Bob Dylan in the 2004 Victoria's Secret ad, "Angels in Venice"

Bob Dylan: Modern Times Album Review | Pitchfork

“Murder Most Foul” by Bob Dylan Review | Pitchfork

Phoebe Bridgers in a 2015 Apple Watch ad

Phoebe Bridgers’s Frank, Anxious Music | The New Yorker

“Garden Song” by Phoebe Bridgers Review | Pitchfork

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Do you have a personal relationship with Stephen Malkmus?

DEEP DIVES:

Moses Sumney – græ

Perfume Genius – Set My Heart on Fire Immediately

Car Seat Headrest – Making a Door Less Open

LIGHTNING ROUND:

Built To Spill – Built To Spill Plays The Songs Of Daniel Johnston

Kelly Lee Owens – Inner Song

Man Man – Dream Hunting In The Valley Of The In-Between

Surfer Blood – Carefree Theatre

The Psychedelic Furs – Made Of Rain

The Sounds – Things We Do For Love

Alanis Morissette – Such Pretty Forks In The Road

The Killers – Imploding the Mirage

Woods – Strange To Explain

Badly Drawn Boy – Banana Skin Shoes

Weezer – Van Weezer

Bon Jovi – Bon Jovi 2020

Charli XCX – How I'm Feeling Now

Magnetic Fields – Quickies

Hayley Williams – Petals For Armor

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Reunions

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Mosaic Of Transformation

Drake – Dark Lane Demo Tapes

LINKS:

XTC: Skylarking Album Review | Pitchfork

Fiona Apple: Fetch the Bolt Cutters Album Review | Pitchfork

Moses Sumney Is Ready to Claim His Spotlight | Pitchfork

Moses Sumney - Cut Me (Official Video) - YouTube

Moses Sumney - Virile (Official Video) - YouTube

Moses Sumney - Polly - YouTube

KEXP: Perfume Genius on Dance, Hyper-Physicality, and Upcoming Album Set My Heart On Fire Immediately

Perfume Genius - "On The Floor" (Official Music Video) - YouTube

Perfume Genius - "Describe" (Official Music Video) - YouTube

P4K: Car Seat Headrest Share New Song “Hollywood”: Listen

Car Seat Headrest – Statement from Will Toledo/Trait

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25: The Taco Bell Concert Hole

In retrospect, a lot of the concerts we've been to could or should have been live streams.

Note: You may notice that Mike's audio in the final segment is...weird. We hate to lean on the old "technical difficulties" crutch, so let's just say that his laptop spontaneously became haunted and we'll do our best to arrange for a priest or other clergy member to look into the matter before the next episode.

DEEP DIVES:

The 1975 – Notes on a Conditional Form

Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters

LIGHTNING ROUND:

DaBaby – Blame It On Baby

dvsn – A Muse In Her Feelings

Willie Nelson – First Rose Of Spring

RJD2 – The Fun Ones

Other Lives – For Their Love

LINKS:

P4K: Kid Cudi “Leader of the Delinquents” Track Review

The 1975 – "The Birthday Party" Music Video

The New Yorker – Fiona Apple’s Art of Radical Sensitivity

Fiona Apple at the 1997 MTV VMAs

Best New Podcast Dot Com

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In which we discuss how very concerned music journalists are about artists being derivative. Sometimes. Except when they aren't at all.


Deep Dives

  • HAIM - Women in Music Pt. III

  • The Strokes - The New Abnormal

Lightning Round

  • Hamilton Leithauser - The Loves Of Your Life

  • Laura Marling - Song for Our Daughter

  • Shabazz Palaces - The Don of Diamond Dreams

  • Rufus Wainwright - Unfollow The Rule

  • Braids - Shadow Offering

Links

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Your Best New Hosts blow off some Super Tuesday steam and then proceed to spend about ninety percent of the show unraveling the mystery of why one would title an album Kiss Land.

DEEP DIVES:

  • U.S. Girls - Heavy Light

  • The Weeknd - After Hours

  • Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud

LIGHTNING ROUND:

  • Megan Thee Stallion - Suga

  • Mandy Moore - Silver Landings

  • 21 Savage & Metro Boomin - Savage Mode 2

  • Big Freedia - Louder EP

  • Lil Uzi Vert - Eternal Atake

  • Porches - Ricky Music

  • Various Artists - TROLLS World Tour (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

  • Yumi Zouma - Truth or Consequences

  • Alicia Keys - ALICIA

  • Morrissey - I Am Not A Dog On A Chain

  • Half Waif - The Caretaker

  • Pearl Jam - Gigaton

  • J Balvin - Colores

  • J Electronica - A Written Testimony

  • Little Dragon - New Me, Same Us

  • Stephen Malkmus - Traditional Techniques

  • Four Tet - Sixteen Oceans


Best New Podcast: The Website

Rolling Stone - Waxahatchee Interview

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As we once sang on our now-legendary 2014 performance on The Late Show with David Letterman: "Podcasts change / But you know some podcasts never do."

So, anyway, here's another episode.

DEEP DIVES
King Krule - Man Alive!
Real Estate - The Main Thing
Tame Impala - The Slow Rush
Grimes - Miss Anthropocene

LIGHTNING ROUND
Green Day - Father of All…
La Roux - Supervision
Huey Lewis & the News - Weather
Justin Bieber - Changes
Tennis - Swimmer
Best Coast - Always Tomorrow
BTS - Map of the Soul: 7
Guided by Voices - Surrender Your Poppy Field
Soccer Mommy - Color Theory
Caribou - Suddenly


Pitchfork: The Explosive Grammys 2020 CEO Scandal, Explained
King Krule - "(Don't Let the Dragon) Draag On" (Music Video)
Allegations of Sexual Misconduct by Ex-Real Estate Guitarist Matt Mondanile Detailed by Seven Women | SPIN
Real Estate - "Paper Cup" (Music Video)

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Breaking in the (still somewhat) new year by getting back to basics with some deep dives. Also discussed: some of your hosts' most eagerly awaited albums of 2020 and Duffy's nuanced take on the announcement of a new Bright Eyes record.

Deep Dives

  • Wolf Parade - Thin Mind
  • Torres - SIlver Tongue
  • Destroyer - Have We Met

Lightning Round

  • Halsey - Manic
  • Mac Miller - Circles
  • Of Montreal - UR FUN
  • Pinegrove - Marigold
  • Andy Shauf - The Neon Skyline
  • Frances Quinlan - Likewise
  • Kesha - High Road
  • Squarepusher - Be Up A Hell
  • Polica - When We Stay Alive
  • ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - X: The Godless Void and Other Stories

Hyperlinks of Interest

We have a website!

“Life Is Good” by Future / Drake Review | Pitchfork

Destroyer: Destroyer's Rubies Album Review | Pitchfork

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20: LIVE READING - The 50 Best Albums of 2019

After a brief delay due to wintertime sniffles, your Best New Hosts have emerged from their NyQuil haze to finish what they started and read The Website's long-anticipated year-end best albums list. More importantly, the winner of the previous episode's draft is revealed! "Revealed" makes it sound like it was some kinda secret though. We just didn't know until we read the list, obvs. Anyway, enjoy!

HYPERLINKS OF INTEREST

Pitchfork | The 50 Best Albums of 2019

Best New Podcast: The Website

Send Us a Note

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The Season of Lists cannot be stopped. The Season of Lists soldiers on with another draft. The Season of Lists will soon provide The Website's Top 50 Albums of 2019, one presumes. Listen as your Best New Hosts scramble and bicker in preparation for this.

Also, another rousing round of "Do We Give a Shit?"

HYPERLINKS OF INTEREST

Pitchfork | Real Estate Unveil Signature Wine

Pitchfork | Watch David Byrne Perform and Teach Jimmy a Dance on Fallon

Pitchfork | Janet Weiss Opens Up About Leaving Sleater-Kinney

Pitchfork | Drake Booed Off Stage at Camp Flog Gnaw by Fans Expecting Frank Ocean as Surprise Headliner

Good Housekeeping | 18 Amazing Albums From the 2010s That People Will Still Love in 50 Years

Best New Podcast: The Website

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A lovely, classic Deep Dives episode before we round out the year by diving back into the Season of Lists. We discuss two artists with similarly lengthy discographies and...well, the similarities pretty much end there! Plus, the return of a classic fan-favorite segment: Bowers or Burroughs.

HYPERLINKS OF INTEREST

Also, email exists! bestnewpodcast [at] gmail [dot] com

 

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Your Best New Podcasters read through the The Website’s list of the Best Albums of the 2010s and find out the winner of the previous episode’s draft. Much, much yelling ensues.

HYPERLINKS OF INTEREST

Also, email exists! bestnewpodcast [at] gmail [dot] com

 

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The Season of Lists kicks into high gear with perhaps the biggest list of them all. Join us for a good old fashioned draft in anticipation of The Website's ranking of the Best Albums of the 2010s.

HYPERLINKS OF INTEREST

Also, email exists! bestnewpodcast [at] gmail [dot] com

 

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Better late than never? I sure hope so because, while we recorded this one over a week ago, The Website beat us to the punch, reviewing one of our Deep Dives while our all-star post production team was still hard at work fine-tuning the episode. Ah, such is life in podcasting’s fast lane.

Beep, beep.

DEEP DIVES

  • FKA twigs - MAGDALENE
  • Angel Olsen - All Mirrors

LIGHTNING ROUND

  • Devon Walsh - True Love
  • Swans - Leaving Meaning
  • Big Thief - Two Hands
  • SUNN O)))- Pyroclasts
  • Mikal Cronin - Seeker
  • Danny Brown - uknowhatimasaying?
  • That Dog - Old LP
  • Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka
  • DIIV - Deceiver
  • Anna Meredith - FIBS
  • Rex Orange County - Pony
  • Jeff Goldblum - The Capital Studios Sessions

 

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It’s all Lucy with the football with diamonds all over again.

 

DEEP DIVES

  • M83 - DSVII
  • The New Pornographers - In the Morse Code of Brake Lights
  • Vagabon - Vagabon

 

LIGHTNING ROUND

  • Frankie Cosmos - Close It Quietly
  • Vivian Girls - Memory
  • Chelsea Wolfe - Birth of Violence
  • Pixies - Beneath the Eyrie
  • Devendra Banhart - Ma
  • Tegan And Sara - Hey, I’m Just Like You
  • Kanye West - Jesus is King

HYPERLINKS OF INTEREST

Also, email exists! bestnewpodcast [at] gmail [dot] com

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Part seven of a twelve-episode special investigation into Whitney's beer hacks.

DEEP DIVES

  • Charli XCX - Charli
  • Bat For Lashes - Lost Girls
  • (Sandy) Alex G - House of Sugar

LIGHTNING ROUND

  • Jenny Hval - The Practice Of Love
  • Lower Dens - The Competition
  • Death Cab - The Blue EP
  • Laurie Anderson - Songs from the Bardo
  • Blink-182 - Nine

HYPERLINKS OF INTEREST

Also, email exists! bestnewpodcast [at] gmail [dot] com

 

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This month we were so excited about our one year anniversary that we didn’t actually check when it was.

 

DEEP DIVES

  • Bon Iver - i,i
  • Taylor Swift - Lover
  • Clairo - IMMUNITY
  • Sleater-Kinney - The Center Won’t Hold

 

LIGHTNING ROUND

  • Tool - Fear Inoculum
  • Jay Som - Anak Ko
  • G Flip - About Us
  • !!! - Wallop
  • Ride - This Is Not a Safe Place
  • The Hold Steady - Thrashing Thru The Passion
  • Whitney - Forever Turned Around

 

HYPERLINKS OF INTEREST

Also, email exists! bestnewpodcast [at] gmail [dot] com

 

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This month two artists move on from the mixtape and two more move into new band names. But first, your hosts take you on a tour of the 2013 BNM that almost was, as they spend about 20 minutes probably mispronouncing Jai Paul’s name.

 

DEEP DIVES

  • Chance the Rapper - TBA
  • Cuco - Para Mí
  • The Soft Cavalry - s/t
  • Purple Mountains - s/t

 

LIGHTNING ROUND

  • Maxo Kream - Brandon Banks
  • BJ the Chicago Kid - 1123
  • Big K.R.I.T. - K.R.I.T. Iz Here
  • Ed Sheeran - No. 6 Collaborations Project

 

HYPERLINKS OF INTEREST

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Join us this month in dissecting the music careers of a big ol' pack of aging dudes. How does one age gracefully in dance music? How does one age gracefully in rock music? How long can we go without referencing either Chillwave or Sandinista! by The Clash? Some say we’ll never know….

DEEP DIVES

  • Bruce Springsteen - Western Stars
  • Titus Andronicus - An Obelisk
  • Bill Callahan - Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest
  • Hot Chip - A Bath Full of Ecstasy

LIGHTNING ROUND

  • Baroness - Gold & Grey
  • The Raconteurs - Help Us Stranger
  • The Black Keys - Let’s Rock
  • Hatchie - Keepsake

HYPERLINKS OF INTEREST

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How much consistency is too much? Are capital letters inherently more effective than lowercase? Should an artist’s non-musical antics influence their album reviews?

Who knows. Here’s another episode of Best New Podcast!

 

DEEP DIVES

  • Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated
  • Holly Herndon - PROTO
  • Jamila Woods - LEGACY! LEGACY!
  • Mac DeMarco - Here Comes The Cowboy

 

LIGHTNING ROUND

  • The National - I Am Easy to Find
  • Tim Hecker - Anoyo
  • Lil Kim - 9
  • Flying Lotus - Flamagra

 

HYPERLINKS OF INTEREST

Feel free to send us words at best new podcast at geeeeemail.

 

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Duffy is off tending to his very own best new small human child, so Mike and Mack take the opportunity to really stretch out and luxuriate in the sound of their own voices. Will they successfully keep on track? Will they even attempt to? Don’t look at the episode runtime, JUST HIT PLAY.

DEEP DIVES

  • Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
  • The Mountain Goats - In League With Dragons
  • Anderson .Paak - Ventura
  • Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride

LIGHTNING ROUND

  • The Flaming Lips - King’s Mouth
  • Khalid - Free Spirit
  • Kevin Morby - Oh My God
  • Kelsey Lu - Blood

HYPERLINKS OF INTEREST

Feel free to send us words at bestnewpodcast@gmail.com

 

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How many synths must a Malkmus use, before you stop talking about his old band? How many vocals must be autotuned, in order to Chop & screw a Lamb?

These questions and more will go unanswered in this action-packed edition of Best New Podcast!

Deep Dives

Stephen Malkmus - Groove Denied

American Football - S/T

Jenny Lewis - On The Line

Lambchop - This (is what I wanted to tell you)

Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell

Lightning Round

These New Puritans - Inside The Rose

Avey Tare - Cows on Hourglass Pond

Andrew Bird - My Finest Work Yet

Karen O & Danger Mouse - Lux Prima

Hyperlinks of Interest


Scoring Criteria Reference

As you all know by now, Best New Podcast isn’t about fun. It’s about beating each other at a made-up game. For fun.

We award ourselves points based on the accuracy of our predictions. Those points are awarded as follows.

Deep Dives

Closest to the actual rating gets 3 points, unless it’s a tie – then each get 1.5 points. In the event of a 3-way tie, each player receives 1 point.

A Perfect Pitch (a guess that ends up exactly matching Pitchfork’s rating) awards the winner an additional 4 points. If, on the other hand, there is a tied Perfect Pitch each pitcher gets 2 points, or 1.33 points each for a triple Perfect Pitch.

Finally, an accurately guessed “Best New Music” designation yields an additional 1.5 points, while an inaccurately guessed BNP removes 1.5 points from the player’s total.

Lightning Round

Same as above, but all point values are cut in half.

Note: This scoring criteria will eventually reside in an assumedly much more pleasing-to-the-eye form on an honest-to-goodness Internet Web Site. At some point soon. The haunted Roomba that writes these show notes simply hasn’t gotten around to the task of building it yet. (It’s caught in a corner.)

 

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A large, content-rich episode awaits you this month, featuring Deep Dives into new releases from Ariana Grande, Jessica Pratt, Panda Bear, HEALTH, and Cass McCombs.

Up top we discuss the recent dry spell in Best New Tracks and what it might mean in terms of the 'Fork’s evolving digital strategery. (Then, a few days after recording, they posted a new BNT, ending said dry spell. Is this all part of a larger conspiracy on the part of The Website to foil our segments? Likely. We’re looking into it. Meanwhile we’re confident that our larger points still stand.)

Hyperlinks of interest

Recorded Thursday, January 24th, 2019

 

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New year, new BNP! We kick off 2019 discussing a host of old favorites, as well as a newer soon-to-be-favorite. Plus, a brand new hit segment is born. What a time to be alive!

Deep Dives:
Girlpool - What Chaos is Imaginary
Deerhunter - Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?
Toro Y Moi - Outer Peace
Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow
Beirut - Gallipoli

Lightning Round:
FIDLAR - Almost Free
Pedro the Lion - Phoenix
Maggie Rogers - Heard It in a Past Life

Behold our Instagram!

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We couldn't wait a whole month this time! In this very special episode your valued hosts gather to count down Pitchfork's 50 Best Albums of 2018 and reveal the winner of last episode's fantasy draft. We hope you're not averse to a healthy dose of gloating, 'cause the draft champ sure wasn't.

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The holiday season is well underway and we are in a celebratory mood as we prepare for what is unquestionably the most important event of the year: Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2018! And there is of course no better way to prepare than a good old fashioned fantasy draft. In this episode we choose from a pool of the year's most highly-rated albums and each try to put together a roster that best reflects the themes of 2018. Oh, and yell. We yell quite a bit.

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In this episode we discuss upcoming releases from Sun Kil Moon, Kanye West, Jeff Tweedy, Moonface, and Smashing Pumpkins. Also discussed: clunky album titles, our poor pronunciation skills, and the varying states of Mack's kimono. 

 

Current standings, as of this recording:

1st - Michael, 3 points

2nd - Mack, 1.5 points

3rd - Duffy, -1.5 points

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In this, our inaugural episode, we discuss upcoming albums for October 2018. Other topics include: guitar solos, string quartet tributes, and Australians talking over music.

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