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St. Vincent, Beck (finally), Wu-Tang, and more albums to expect this October

Every Friday, dozens of new records are released into the wild. Some make big splashes, and others sink almost immediately. For most music consumers, it’s almost too much information, and save for those precious few who spend their hours glued to review sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out

What are you listening to this week? 

The defining quality of the A$AP Mob, the Harlem-based crew of rap-world stylists, is a sort of louche effervescence. This year’s debut by A$AP associate Playboi Carti is the perfect example, breezy and insubstantive and just swelteringly hot. The new A$AP Ferg mixtape Still Striving operates on the same principles,…

Sitting in a tin can: 12 songs sung by orbiting astronauts

In case anyone should confuse it with being a metaphor for a breakup (which would make total sense in a Blink-182 song), Tom DeLonge had this to say about “Asthenia” in the liner notes for the band’s 2003 self-titled album: “This song is about one thing only, an astronaut sitting in a space capsule about the size of a…