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JID’s new album is called The Eternal Story.

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JID’s new album is called The Eternal Story.

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Atlanta rapper JID has enjoyed huge success, both as a member of the Spillage Village collective and as a solo artist on J. Cole’s Dreamville label. He even had ubiquitous success with “Enemy,” his collaboration with the band Imagine Dragons. But he still seems like a rising star – and his new album, The Eternal Story, still looks like an attempt to introduce it to an even wider audience. This new album kicks off this week’s discussion, as the panel raves about its prickly and evocative lyricism.

We also have new albums from cutting-edge Australian singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly, saxophonist and bandleader Miguel Zenón and wildly experimental electronic musician Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, plus a new box set covering the original series of Blondie from 1974 to 1982. This week New Music FridayKeanna Faircloth (host of the Artimity podcast), contributor Christina Lee (co-host of the Bottom of the map podcast) and NPR Music’s Hazel Cills join guest host Stephen Thompson.

Featured Albums:

  1. JID— The Eternal Story
    Featured Songs: “Dance Now”, “Better Days”, “Raydar”
  2. Stella Donnelly— Flood
    Songs Featured: “Lungs”, “Morning Silence”, “How Was Your Day?”
  3. Miguel Zenon — Music of the Americas
    Featured Songs: “Opresion Y Revolucion”, “Tainos Y Caribes”
  4. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith — Let’s turn it into sound
    Featured Songs: “Locate”, “Have You Felt Lately?”
  5. Blonde — Against the odds: 1974-1982
    Featured Songs: “Rapture”, “The Tide Is High (Demo Version)”, “Heart of Glass”

Flash round:

  • Meechy Darko — Gothic Luxury
    • Caroline Malachi Counter-narratives PE
    • Julia Jacklin— Pre pleasure
    • Regina Spektor — 11:11 + Papa’s Smugglers
    • Valerie June — Sheltered

    Other notable August 26 releases:

    • black bear – In sweet memory
    • Bret McKenzie— songs without jokes
    • Calypso Pink— Still
    • Chris Forsyth – Evolution here we come
    • Diamond Galas — Broken Gargoyles
    • Kiss – How to be a person like the others
    • Eyeglasses – full time lover
    • Ezra Furman – We all Flames
    • Ingrid Andress Good person
    • Marcus King— new blood
    • Muse— will of the people
    • Pantha of the Prince — Gaia Garden
    • The pianos become the teeth — Derivative
    • Selebeyone — Xaybu: the invisible
    • Guillaume Orbit — The painter
    • Yellow jackets – Parallel movement

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