Thurston Moore’s By The Fire Tops Today’s Album Announcements

The former Sonic Youth frontman will deliver his latest solo release on Sept. 25.

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When it rains, it pours. And over the past couple of days, the new release announcements have been coming like cats and dogs.

It doesn’t help that I’ve been busy trying to review as many of this week’s bajillion albums as possible. So let’s get caught up on all the upcoming goods — including the disc I’m most looking forward to: Former Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore’s latest solo disc By The Fire, due Sept. 25. “By The Fire is music in flames,” says a press release from Moore’s self-owned label. “2020 is our time for radical change and collective awareness and Thurston Moore has written nine songs of enlightenment, released to a world on fire. Taking a cue from Albert Ayler’s ‘music is the healing force of the universe’, this recording offers songs as flames of rainbow energy, where the power of love becomes our call. These are love songs in a time where creativity is our dignity, our demonstration against the forces of oppression. By The Fire is a gathering, a party of peace — songs in the heat of the moment.” Take a moment to check out the first single Hashish above. Then scroll down to see the rest of the recent additions — including new offerings from Bruce Hornsby, Soundwalk Collective & Patti Smith and more — and visit the Upcoming Releases page to see the big picture.


June 26

Tyler Carter | Moonshine Acoustic EP
Tim Hicks | Wreck This EP
Toro y Moi | Causers of This Instrumental

July 3

Deerhoof & Wadada Leo Smith | To Be Surrounded By Beautiful, Curious, Breathing, Laughing Flesh Is Enough
The Speedways | Radio Sounds

July 10

Mother Sun | Sips
TJO (Tara Jane O’Neil) | Songs for Peacock

July 17

Bahama Soul Club | Bohemia After Dark
Nohokai | Mixed Emotions

July 31

Mirah | You Think It’s Like This… But Really It’s Like This 20th Anniversary
Thelonious Monk | Palo Alto

August 7

Suzanne Ciana | Music For Denali
Pixies | Bossanova 30th Anniversary Vinyl
Young, Planetary | Locations I Can’t Place EP

August 14

0171 | Change Nothing EP
Bruce Hornsby | Non-Secure Connection
Jim Bob | Pop Up Jim Bob
Gordon Koang | Unity
Landon McNamara and Mickey Avalon | Highs And Lows
Midnight Garden | Blue Tomorrows
The Oracle | Hypogeum
Primitive Man | Immersion

August 21

Brimstone Coven | The Woes Of A Mortal Earth
Expander | Neuropunk Boostergang
Next Life | Guru Meditation
Sandness | Enter Please
Turning Jewels Into Water | Our Reflection Adorned by Newly Formed Stars
Various Artists | Willie Nile Uncovered

August 28

Tim Bowness | Late Night Lamemts
The Happy Fits | What Could Be Better
Private World | Aleph
Spook The Horses | Empty Body
Yellow | Point

September 4

The Pineapple Thief | Versions Of The Truth
Soundwalk Collective & Patti Smith | Peradam
Válvera | Cycle of Disaster
Winter’s Verge | The Ballad of James Tig

September 11

Babymetal | Legend: Metal Galaxy
Elizabeth Cook | Aftermath
Waylon Payne | Blue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher & Me

September 18

Dutch Schultz | Friends Like Brutus
Fleetwood Mac | Then Play On Celebration Edition
Knuckle Puck | 20/20
Mint Fields | Sentimiento Mundial

September 25

Thurston Moore | By The Fire

October 16

Annie | Dark Hearts

November 6

Tiña | Positive Mental Health Music