It's been a shorter, quieter week due to the Fourth of July, and since summer is here and we're roughly at the midyear mark, we put together a list of our 40 favorite albums of 2023 so far and 42 albums we're anticipating this summer. We also rounded up the best punk, rap, and indie (basement) of June. The holiday also means less new albums out this week than usual, but there are some heavy hitters among the shorter list, including three of the albums we've been most anticipating.
I highlight a total of seven below, Bill tackles the star-studded Nick Drake tribute and the latest from Chris Stamey of The dB's in Indie Basement, and this week's honorable mentions include Little Dragon, Local Natives, 12 Rods, Will Haven, AJ Suede, Tony Allen, Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Aluna, Gus Dapperton, Dominic Fike, A$AP Twelvyy, African Head Charge, World Peace, Longings (ex-Ampere/Orchid), Sad Park, Snuffed On Sight, Anti-Sapien, Lucki, Reese Laflare, Video Dave + Controller 7, Crisis Sigil (Ada Rook), Lauren Bousfield, K-Lone, Martyr Group, Froglord, The Pink Spiders, Butcher Babies, Grouplove, the Hazing Over EP, the Mercury EP, the Alienator EP, the KennyHoopla EP, the Cult Fiend EP, the Bad History Month EP, the Ivonne Galaz EP, Conway the Machine's Drumwork comp, the Never Broke Again comp, Jim O'Rourke's Hands That Bind score, and the Taylor's Version of Taylor Swift's Speak Now.
Read on for my picks. What's your favorite release of the week?