And we're back! It's been a long and fruitful break, but it's finally time to start digging into 2014 for magnificent music. We already have some promising releases lined up from established artists like Liars, St. Vincent and Black Lips, but who knows what new acts will emerge from the shadows to capture our whimsy this year? Only time will tell, but for now, let's jump into the magical releases we've gotten so far this year!

Fresh off the success of his spectacular debut under the Rhye moniker, Milosh has released his fourth album, Jetlag, as a collaboration with his wife, Alexa Nicolas, and the results are just as sensual as expected. Milosh's brand of R&B is familiar, but his attention to detail when it comes to production is completely singular and helps to give Jetlag the soothing edge to place it ahead of its contemporaries.

Damien Jurado has released more than 10 albums, but he's still finding ways to imbue a strange, paranoid mentality to gorgeous folk ballads. His newest release, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, fits in the same warped Americana world of Califone; it feels traditional yet forward-thinking all at once.

Out on Polyvinyl Records, the compilation album I Need You Bad collections various garage acts across Portland, San Francisco and the like give a sense of where the West Coast scene is at right now. With tracks by Warm Soda, Chris Cohen and Sonny & the Sunsets, I Need You Bad is undeniably good time music to help thaw through the cold.

Other additions include:


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Painted Palms, Forever

Pixies, EP-2

Thee Oh Sees, Singles Collection Vol. 3

Sam Goldner is the music director at Radio 1190. Email him at sam@radio1190.org.