Black Thought. His latest, Streams of Thought Vol. 3: Cane & Able, tops our shortlist of the best albums out on Oct. 16. Joshua Woods/Courtesy of the artist
Joshua Woods/Courtesy of the artist
Black Thought — the rapper, MC for The Roots and freestyle genius — goes all-in on the latest installment of his stunning Streams of Thought trilogy. The new album, Streams of Thought Vol. 3: Cane and Abel, is a powerful treatise on the dehumanizing of Black people, white privilege, police violence and corruption, the scourge of social media (and more) — and how we’ve all become numb to this endless cycle of daily horrors. We open this week’s show with the song “State Prisoner” from Streams of Thought Vol. 3 and talk about Black Thought’s unflinching look at the state of things.
We’ve also got new music from the electronic duo Autechre, a debut solo album from The National’s Matt Berninger, the highly anticipated debut full-length from an artist known as Beabadoobee and more. NPR Music contributor Christina Lee joins NPR Music’s Marissa Lorusso, WXPN’s John Morrison, NPR Music’s Ann Powers and host Robin Hilton as they share their picks for the best new albums out on Oct. 16.
- Black Thought — Streams Of Thought Vol. 3: Cane & Abel
Featured Song: “State Prisoner”
- Autechre — Sign
Featured Song: “M4 Lema”
- SPAZA — Uprize!
Featured Song: “Bantu Education”
- Beabadoobee — Fake It Flowers
Featured Song: “Care”
- Matt Berninger — Serpentine Prison
Featured Song: “Distant Axis”
- Open Mike Eagle — Anime, Trauma And Divorce
Featured Song: “Asa’s Bop”
- Good Sad Happy Bad — Shade
Featured Song: “Blessed”
- Deep Sea Diver — Impossible Weight
Featured Song: “Impossible Weight”
- Helena Deland — Someone New
Featured Song: “Dog”
- Mipso — Mipso
Featured Song: “Big Star”
- Bonus Album: Sturgill Simpson — Cuttin’ Grass – Vol. 1: (Butcher Shoppe Sessions)
Featured Song: “I Don’t Mind”
Other notable Oct. 16 releases: Annie — Dark Hearts; Cordovas — Destiny Hotel; Growing Concerns Poetery Collective — Big Dark Bright Futures; Gulfer — Gulfer; Goldmund — The Time It Takes; Homeboy Sandman & Quelle Chris — Don’t Feed the Monster; Jennifer Castle — Monarch Season; James Blake — Before; Kevin Morby — Sundowner; Low Cut Connie — Private Lives; Manu Grace — No Room for Error; Mr. Gnome — The Day You Flew Away; Pete Josef — I Rise With the Birds; Quintron & Pussycat — Goblin Alert; Resistance Revival Chorus — This Joy; Sam Roberts Band — All of Us; The Steep Canyon Rangers — Arm in Arm.