💿 Ben Kweller – “Circuit Boredom”

It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from Austin-based musician Ben Kweller. Well, the singer-songwriter is back with an incredibly cohesive new album and after just one play, we’re hooked. Now, it’s time for you to check it out.

Listen to Circuit Boredom in its entirety below, and be prepared for a musical journey you won’t soon forget. And, while we have your attention, hit up his socials links for more going forward.

📀 Best Of 2020 – Albums (Part 2)

Well, here we are. The Top 20 albums of the year, according to The iM. It’s been so much fun compiling this list, and we’re stoked to be sharing it with you today. If you missed Part 1 yesterday, you can check it out before you go any further.

That being said, here are the records that defined our year below. So much talent on these recordings; artists who inspired us in what was otherwise a pretty dismal 2020. Isn’t that what music is all about? We think so.

20. Venus Furs – Self-Titled

19. Destroyer – Have We Met

18. Nation Of Language – Introduction, Presence

17. Bully – SUGAREGG

16. elvis depressedly – depressedelica

15. Prince Josh – The Joy

14. Gum Country – Somewhere

13. Jon Mckiel – Bobby Joe Hope

12. Falcon Jane – Faith

11. TOPS – I Feel Alive

10. Helena Deland – Someone New

9. Radical Dads – Paved Mountain

8. Freak Heat Waves – Zap The Planet

7. Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher

6. Lee Paradise – The Fink

5. Skyway Man – The World Only Ends When You Die

4. LOMA – Don’t Shy Away

3. Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud

2. Zoon – Bleached Wavves

1. Fellow Hollow – Violet Paper Wings

If you dig this, be sure to check out our Best Of 2020 – CoversBest Of 2020 – Songs … and Best Of 2020 – Albums (Part 1).

📀 Best Of 2020 – Albums (Part 1)

So many talented artists out there and so many incredible albums released this year. Much like the Songs Of 2020, it was tough to pick all of our favourites in just one list.

Believe it or not, more records could’ve been added. Originally, we were going to include only 20, but there were so many great albums dropped in the last twelve months, we had to up the ante.

Below, you’ll find the first half of our “Best Of 2020” albums list for your listening pleasure. Tomorrow, we’ll be releasing the second half. We can’t wait to share it with you, but until then, sink your teeth into all this amazing music.

40. Wolf Parade – Thin Mind

39. Girlhood – Self-Titled

38. No Joy – Motherhood

37. Andy Shauf – The Neon Skyline

36. Braids – Shadow Offering

35. Slow Pulp – Moveys

34. Dizzy – The Sun And Her Scorch

33. Caribou – Suddenly

32. snarls – Burst

31. Mav Karlo – Strangers Like Us

30. TEENANGER – Good Time

29. Romshii – Headroom Window

28. Ellis – Born Again

27. Gulfer – Self-Titled

26. SAULT – UNTITLED (Black Is)

25. Riches – Fantasy Chapel

24. Pottery – Welcome To Bobby’s Motel

23. U.S. Girls – Heavy Light

22. Mary – Die Before Death

21. Luka Kuplowsky – Stardust

If you dig this, be sure to check out our Best Of 2020 – CoversBest Of 2020 – Songs … Best Of 2020 – EPs … the Best Of 2020 – Albums (Part 2) is coming tomorrow, so stay tuned!

💿 Mothland – “Sounds From Mothland Volume I”

Mothland is an artist management company and record label (among other things) out of Montreal, Quebec. We recently came across their new Sounds From The Mothland compilation, and we can’t get enough here at The iM. The album contains artists from Canada, the US, France, Belgium and Israel. Now, it’s time for you to check out it.

Listen in the embed below and be sure to hit up our favourite album cuts, Money Tree by Birds Of Paradise, Marche Pt. 3 (Feat. Jasmine Trails) by Yoo Doo Right, and Near Life Experience from Montreal indie-rock veterans The High Dials. You’ll be glad you did.

💿 Cedric Noel – “Patterning”

Montreal songwriter and musician Cedric Noel has been making music for some time now. We just came across his latest offering, Patterning, and couldn’t be more stoked to share the album with you. It’s an epic, ambient musical journey you won’t soon forget; perfect for a rainy afternoon.

Check out the record in the embed and be sure to hit up our favourite album cut, the 14-minute long, Accept The Swirl. And, while you’re at it, click on the socials below for more going forward. This guy deserves your attention.

💿 Izaak Opatz – ‘Hot & Heavy-Handed’

A collection of nine covers and two originals make up the latest effort from Montana-based alt-country rocker Izaak Opatz. We just came across the record this weekend and it’s been on heavy rotation ever since. Now, it’s time to share it with you.

Check it out in the embed, and be sure to hit up his socials to show your support. The album is out now on Mama Bird Recordings.

💿 PREMIERE: Fellow Hollow – ‘Violet Paper Wings’

To say that we’re excited about the new record from Columbus indie-folk outfit Fellow Hollow would be the understatement of this very unusual year. We’ve already heard three unforgettable singles over the last few months … Where Can I Buy Fresh Berries At Night?, Dog Fence Weeds and Counting Deer … songs that leave the listener begging for more.

Just today, the boys dropped Violet Paper Wings on the masses, and we couldn’t be more stoked to be premiering it here at The iM. If you’ve had the opportunity to listen to the aforementioned tracks, get ready for a musical journey you won’t soon forget; with dreamy, piano-driven songs like Mud Hens, Anvil, and True Aquatic Empathy now in the mix, the duo have really outdone themselves on this one.

Now that we have your attention, listen to the album in the embed below, and hit up their socials for more going forward. As far as we’re concerned, Fellow Hollow might very well be the greatest thing since sliced bread.

💿 Glue Gun Records – ‘Stick It To ‘Em Vol. 2’

A ton of great music has emerged from the Brampton music scene over the years … Moneen, Alexis On Fire and The Junction all come to mind. Back in April of 2018, Glue Gun Records showed up on the scene with their very first release, Little Hand by Ned Flangers. Fast forward a couple of years, and almost fifteen releases later, enter Stick It To ‘Em Vol. 2 from the rising independent record label. We’ve had this thing on heavy rotation all week long, and now, it’s your turn to take a listen.

Check out the compilation in the embed, and be sure to hit up our favourite album tracks, Busted by Sea Of Troubles, Weather from FORMING and Gnar Gnar Binks, courtesy of Romshii … you can even grab your very own scratch-and-sniff cassette if that’s your thing. And, while we have your attention, make sure you hit up their socials below to stay tuned going forward.

💿 Ghost Woman – ‘Anne, If’

If you haven’t been introduced to California indie-rock outfit Ghost Woman, you’re definitely missing out. We recently came across their sophomore effort, Anne, If, and it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t share it with you. It’s an incredible musical journey from front to back, and now it’s time for you to take a listen.

Check it out in the embed, and make sure you hit up our favourite album tracks, The End Of A Gun and Down Again. And, while you’re at it, hit up their socials below for more going forward.

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