New Music Friday: The 5 albums you should check out today : All Songs Considered NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week, including the highly anticipated third album by Atlanta rapper J.I.D. and a massive Blondie box set.

Featured Albums:
1. J.I.D — The Forever Story
Featured Songs: "Dance Now," "Better Days," "Raydar"

2. Stella Donnelly — Flood
Featured Songs: "Lungs," "Morning Silence," "How Was Your Day?"

3. Miguel Zenón — Müsica De Las Americas
Featured Songs: "Opresion Y Revolucion," "Tainos Y Caribes"

4. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith — Let's Turn It Into Sound
Featured Songs: "Locate," "Have You Felt Lately?"

5. Blondie — Against the Odds: 1974-1982
Featured Songs: "Rapture" "The Tide Is High (Demo Version)," "Heart of Glass"

Lightning Round:

Carolyn Malachi — Counter Narratives
Julia Jacklin — Pre Pleasure
Regina Spektor — 11:11 + Papa's Bootlegs
Valerie June — Under Cover
Meechy Darko — Gothic Luxury

Other notable releases for August 26:
blackbear — In Loving Memory
Bret McKenzie — Songs Without Jokes
Chris Forsyth — Evolution Here We Come
Diamanda Galás — Broken Gargoyles
Embrace — How To Be a Person Like Other People
Eyedress — Full Time Lover
Ezra Furman — All of Us Flames
Ingrid Andress — Good Person
Marcus King — Young Blood
Muse — Will Of The People
Pantha du Prince — Garden Gaia
Pianos Become the Teeth — Drift
Sélébéyone — Xaybu: The Unseen
Spice Emancipated
William Orbit — The Painter
Yellowjackets — Parallel Motion

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Aug. 26

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Aug. 26

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Atlanta rapper J.I.D has enjoyed huge success, both as a member of the collective Spillage Village and as a solo artist on J. Cole's Dreamville label. He's even enjoyed an ubiquitous hit with "Enemy," his collaboration with the band Imagine Dragons. But he still seems like a rising star — and his new album, The Forever Story, still feels like an attempt to introduce him to an even-wider audience. That new LP kicks off this week's discussion, as the panel enthuses over his thorny and evocative lyricism.

We've also got new albums from the sharp Australian singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly, decorated saxophonist and bandleader Miguel Zenón and wildly experimental electronic musician Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, as well as a new box set covering Blondie's original 1974-82 run. On this week's New Music Friday, Keanna Faircloth (host of the Artimacy podcast), contributor Christina Lee (co-host of the Bottom of the Map podcast) and NPR Music's Hazel Cills join guest host Stephen Thompson.

Featured Albums:

  1. J.I.D — The Forever Story
    Featured Songs: "Dance Now," "Better Days," "Raydar"
  2. Stella Donnelly — Flood
    Featured Songs: "Lungs," "Morning Silence," "How Was Your Day?"
  3. Miguel Zenón — Müsica De Las Americas
    Featured Songs: "Opresion Y Revolucion," "Tainos Y Caribes"
  4. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith — Let's Turn It Into Sound
    Featured Songs: "Locate," "Have You Felt Lately?"
  5. Blondie — Against the Odds: 1974-1982
    Featured Songs: "Rapture" "The Tide Is High (Demo Version)," "Heart of Glass"

Lightning Round:

  • Meechy Darko — Gothic Luxury
    • Carolyn Malachi — Counter Narratives EP
    • Julia Jacklin — Pre Pleasure
    • Regina Spektor — 11:11 + Papa's Bootlegs
    • Valerie June — Under Cover

    Other notable releases for Aug. 26:

    • blackbear — In Loving Memory
    • Bret McKenzie — Songs Without Jokes
    • Calypso Rose — Forever
    • Chris Forsyth — Evolution Here We Come
    • Diamanda Galás — Broken Gargoyles
    • Embrace — How To Be a Person Like Other People
    • Eyedress — Full Time Lover
    • Ezra Furman — All of Us Flames
    • Ingrid Andress — Good Person
    • Marcus King — Young Blood
    • Muse — Will of the People
    • Pantha du Prince — Garden Gaia
    • Pianos Become the Teeth — Drift
    • Sélébéyone — Xaybu: The Unseen
    • William Orbit — The Painter
    • Yellowjackets — Parallel Motion