Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago LP
Pronounced "bohn eevair; French for "good winter" and spelled wrong deliberately. This debut is centered around a particular aesthetic; Justin Vernon, the primary force behind Bon Iver, moved to a remote cabin in the woods of Northwestern Wisconsin at the
Woods, Jamila - HEAVN LP (black vinyl)
Jamila Woods's cultural lineage - from her love of Lucille Clifton's poetry to letters from her grandmother and the late '80s post-punk of The Cure - helped structure the progressive, delicate and minimalist soul of HEAVN, her debut solo album. HEAVN was
Van Etten, Sharon - Are We There LP
Sharon Van Etten writes from free-flowing emotional honesty and vulnerability, creating a bond with the listener that few contemporary musicians can match. It's a self-produced album of exceptional intimacy, sublime generosity, and immense breadth.
Dinosaur Jr. - (self-titled debut) LP
Dinosaur (later to be renamed Dinosaur Jr.) recorded their debut album in 1985 for $500 at a home studio in the woods outside Northampton, Massachusetts. On the strength of that album, they begin to play shows down south in NYC. There they met Sonic Youth