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Back in June we listed out some of the best albums of the year so far. But these lists always tend to include a handful of superstars, who, due to their higher profiles, extensive resources, or tabloid narratives sometimes just eclipse local performers. Those local musicians deserve some shine too, though, so here is a list of 20 of the best records to come out of our fair borough so far this year. Hopefully you'll...
Look, it's practically impossible to select the best songs in a year. First of all, the single is so rarely the best song an album that using that categorization as criteria does not generally yield accurate results. Second of all, music critics are probably the people on the planet who listen to the greatest number of albums and songs per year, and even most of us have our niches and specializations we tend to...
Jordan Lee’s music possesses a glimmering gentleness that we identify most readily in the natural world, sounds that feel like they are blooming innocence. His style incorporates field recording-style expanses, and evoke spaciousness in looped harps, wind chimes, and open-hearted lyrics. Lee’s 2013 breakout album Love’s Crushing Diamond far outstripped his tiny label Soft Eyes Record’s expectations, and was almost immediately reissued by the larger label Other Music. After touring for almost a year...
Mutual Benefit is the very good pastoral-folk project of Jordan Lee, a current resident of Brooklyn's own Bedstuy neighborhood. (Fun fact, I saw Lee walking down the block while I was riding the bus to work this morning). Anyway, Mutual Benefit have a fantastic new album called Skip A Sinking Stone that will be out 5/20. In advance of that, they've shared a video for one of the best tracks on the record called...

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