Hüsker Dü "Savage Young Dü (Numero Group)"
The release of Numero’s essential Hüsker Dü box set Savage Young Dü is a bittersweet affair. It’s release cosmically coincided with the passing of drummer Grant Hart, yet signifies the almost cordial business agreement that the three dudes whose breakup was legendary had landed upon. That tenuous agreement is a blessing, as this expansive collection of early Dü tunes is great. Rarities, live tracks, and other ephemera have never sounded better. From a band that started out vital and great, this is for anyone with even a passing interest in the legendary band. As influential as bands get, the best place to start with Hüsker Dü is the beginning. I could literally spin a wheel of Dü and land on anything to tell you to check out and it would be great, but let’s go with “Everything Falls Apart.”
Fever Ray "Plunge (Mute)"
Could a new Fever Ray record have surprised the world at any better a time? There we were, the Friday before Halloween, depressed as everyone else is in 2017 when we got word that the new Fever Ray record had just dropped (people still say records dropped, right?). Before we even had time to fully digest this experimental piece of pop mastery, Pitchfork had named the record “Best New Music.” Best new music indeed! On Plunge (Mute), her second album as Fever Ray, the Knife’s Karin Dreijer is as experimental, frank, and more transparent than ever. Gone is the vocal pitch-shifting of her first release, as her Bjork meets Annie Lennox vocals mix with the most modern of beats and heady, atmospheric soundscapes. Check out the first single from the album, the bubbly “To The Moon And Back.”