What with many Minnesota rap artists like Lazerbeak and Astronautalis turning out to party with Jesse’s beloved Minnesota United FC’s party at CHS field to announce when and where the team will begin play in MLS it is particularly fitting that Atmosphere’s new album tops our list of new music recommendations this week. Of course, the most Minnesota image to celebrate this is a picture of a peep diorama of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald submitted to a Star Tribune contest. If you get tired of celebrating Minnesota with Jesse, we have some other old friends of Audio Bonsai like Pfarmers and of Montreal to titillate your ears with. We also have some lovely new faces like Dog Orchestra and Melissa Goodwin Shepherd. Commence rejoicing.
Want to discover what we missed? Listen to the full list of Fresh Cuts and tell us what we got wrong. Or, if one of us more closely aligns with your personal tastes, check out the ballots of Jesse, or Moksha to listen to only their favorites.The top seven in the combined scoring and also get included in our Songs of the Day playlist on Spotify. Honorable Mentions are songs that also get votes, but don’t quite make the songs of the day.
If you would like to keep up to date on our weekly recommendations without having to look for each week’s new playlists, we have a couple for you to subscribe to. The Curator Picks: ReFresh playlist will be reloaded with our selections as soon as we finish voting. If you’re too impatient for that, or just like to explore on your own, the Fresh Cuts: ReFresh list is the one for you. The Fresh Cuts list is our selection of 60+ tracks from new EPs and LPs on Spotify that we review to pick our favorites. You can also keep track of the songs of the day for the whole year here, or revisit our picks from 2015 and 2014.