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14 Best Songs of the Week: Nilüfer Yanya, Moses Sumney, Cassandra Jenkins, and More

Plus IAN SWEET and Porridge Radio, Soccer Mommy, Confidence Man, Cola, and a Wrap-up of the Last Two Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jun 14, 2024

Welcome to the 19th Songs of the Week of 2024. We didn’t do a Songs of the Week last week for various reasons, so this list covers the best songs released in the last two weeks. This week Andy Von Pip, Caleb Campbell, Scott Dransfield, and Stephen Humphries helped me decide what should make the list. We seriously considered over 40 songs this week and narrowed it down to a Top 14. More

Jun 06, 2024

IAN SWEET (the project of Jilian Medford) and England’s Porridge Radio (the band led by Dana Margolin) have collaborated on new track, “Everyone’s a Superstar.” The song was recorded at London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios as part of their annual Amplify x Pitchfork London series. More

Dec 23, 2023

Here we go again, racing to December’s finish line, eager to put another chaotic year in the rearview and nervous about what the next 12 months have in store for us. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Mannequin Pussy, IAN SWEET, The American Analog Set, and More

Plus Lol Tolhurst x Budgie x Jacknife Lee, Caroline Polachek, Ducks Ltd., Emma Anderson, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 20, 2023

Welcome to the 34th Songs of the Week of 2023. This week Andy Von Pip, Austin Saalman, Caleb Campbell, Marc Abbott, Matt the Raven, Scott Dransfield, and Stephen Humphries all helped me decide what should make the list. We settled on a Top 12 this week. More

IAN SWEET Shares New Song “Smoking Again”

SUCKER Due Out November 3 via Polyvinyl

Oct 17, 2023

IAN SWEET (the project of Jilian Medford) is releasing a new album, SUCKER, on November 3 via Polyvinyl. Now she has shared the album’s third single, “Smoking Again.” More

11 Best Songs of the Week: IAN SWEET, Yumi Zouma, Sufjan Stevens, Wilco, Vagabon, and More

Plus Lol Tolhurst x Budgie x Jacknife Lee, Steven Wilson, The Big Moon, Wild Nothing, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 15, 2023

Welcome to the 29th Songs of the Week of 2023. This week’s selections come from artists hailing from across the globe: New Zealand, England, Finland, Israel, and of course America. More

IAN SWEET Shares Video for New Song “Emergency Contact”

SUCKER Due Out November 3 via Polyvinyl

Sep 14, 2023

IAN SWEET (the project of Jilian Medford) is releasing a new album, SUCKER, on November 3 via Polyvinyl. Now she has shared the album’s second single, “Emergency Contact,” via a music video that features Saturday Night Live’s Martin Herlihy. More

Jul 14, 2022

IAN SWEET (the project of Jilian Medford) has shared a video for her new song “Die a Million Times,” taken from her new EP, Star Stuff, which is out today. More

13 Best Songs of the Week: Angel Olsen, Kiwi Jr., Soccer Mommy, Horsegirl, and More

Plus Sinead O’Brien, Sun’s Signature, Cola, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

May 20, 2022

Welcome to the 20th Songs of the Week of 2022. It was a mixed week for new tracks, but there were still some good ones worth crowing about and we settled on a Top 13. More

IAN SWEET Shares Video for New Single “FIGHT”

From Forthcoming EP Star Stuff

May 17, 2022

IAN SWEET (the project of Jilian Medford) has shared a video for her new single, “FIGHT.” It is the latest release from her forthcoming EP, Star Stuff, whose release date has yet to be announced. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Wet Leg, Elbow, Courtney Barnett, Coach Party, and More

Plus Field Music, Hovvdy, IAN SWEET, Gone to Color, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 01, 2021

Welcome to the 37th Songs of the Week of 2021. Old school rock was alive and well this week, with new songs from The Rolling Stones, Elton John and Stevie Wonder, Sting, John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen, and David Bowie, but none of those tracks made our Songs of the Week list. More

Sep 29, 2021

IAN SWEET, the project of Jilian Medford, has shared a self-directed video for her new single “f*ckthat.” Medford has also announced a North American tour set for early 2022. More

IAN SWEET Shares Video for New Single “Sing Till I Cry”

Show Me How You Disappear Due Out March 5 on Polyvinyl

Feb 18, 2021

IAN SWEET, the project of Jilian Medford, has shared a video for her new single “Sing Till I Cry.” It is the latest release from her upcoming album Show Me How You Disappear, which will be out on March 5 via Polyvinyl. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Julien Baker, Midnight Sister, Field Music, Baio, and More

Plus Jane Weaver, Still Corners, Sleaford Mods, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jan 15, 2021

Welcome to the second Songs of the Week of 2021. It was a little less trying than last week, but Donald Trump did earn the dubious honor of being the first ever president to be impeached twice. It was a fantastic week for new songs; after a slow week last week with only a Top 6, this week we present double the songs with a Top 12. More

IAN SWEET Announces New Album, Shares Video for New Song “Drink the Lake”

Show Me How You Disappear, Will Be Out March 5 via Polyvinyl

Jan 12, 2021

IAN SWEET, the project of Jilian Medford, has shared a self-directed video for her new song “Drink the Lake.” The song will be featured on Medford’s third studio album under the IAN SWEET moniker, Show Me How You Disappear, which will be out March 5 via Polyvinyl. More

IAN SWEET Shares New Song “Power”

New Song Out Now on Polyvinyl

Oct 06, 2020

IAN SWEET, the project of Jilian Medford, has shared a new song, “Power.” It’s her second single for Polyvinyl. In August Polyvinyl announced her signing and she shared her first single for the label, “Dumb Driver.” “Dumb Driver” was one our Songs of the Week. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Father John Misty, Arlo Parks, Phoenix, Carly Rae Jepsen, and More

Plus IAN SWEET, Angel Olsen, Tomberlin, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 21, 2020

Welcome to the 33rd Songs of the Week of 2020. The Democrats had a virtual Democratic National Convention and made a convincing case against reelecting Donald Trump and for electing Joe Biden. Not that we needed convincing. More

IAN SWEET Signs to Polyvinyl; Shares New Song “Dumb Driver”

SWEET is Gearing Up to Release Her Third LP

Aug 20, 2020

As of this morning, IAN SWEET, the project of Jilian Medford has found a new label. “Welcome to the family, IAN SWEET,” tweeted Polyvinyl. And the only way to properly celebrate is with a new song. Check out “Dumb Driver” More

IAN SWEET – COVID-19 Quarantine Artist Check In

“We absolutely have to remove this racist president from office. We don’t have a choice anymore.”

Jun 09, 2020

We are checking in with musicians during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic to see how they are dealing with everything. What has their home quarantine experience been like so far and how is the crisis impacting both their career and art? Here we check in with IAN SWEET (aka Jillian Medford). More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Lana Del Rey, Frontperson, Helena Deland, Villagers, and More

Plus Suede, Beak>, Steve Mason, Petitie Noir, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 22, 2018

In many instances an album’s strongest songs are shared before the album’s release. There were several albums released this week, however, that featured standout tracks that were not advance singles and so this week’s Songs of the Week features some of those, filtered in with other new singles released this week. More



Interviews

IAN SWEET – COVID-19 Quarantine Artist Check In

"We absolutely have to remove this racist president from office. We don’t have a choice anymore.”

Jun 09, 2020

We are checking in with musicians during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic to see how they are dealing with everything. What has their home quarantine experience been like so far and how is the crisis impacting both their career and art? Here we check in with IAN SWEET (aka Jillian Medford). More


Reviews

Nov 06, 2023

Jillian Medford’s fourth outing as IAN SWEET is an adventurous pop album. More

Mar 18, 2021

Los Angeles native Jilian Medford, who records and performs under the name IAN SWEET, has an incredibly soothing and angelic voice. While she’s been compared to Charly Bliss’ Eva Hendricks, her crystalline tone and breathy enunciation have an evocative timbre that makes her voice play like an instrument of its own. More