It's been a long break for our 405 writers podcast Views From The 405, but we're back with a new format. We will now be bringing you a new episode monthly, recapping the notable news and albums from the preceding month. This episode we touch on a lot of great albums that were released in January, before counting down our top 3 essential listens from the month.

I also have to mention a big mistake we make right at the top, when we said that the only female winner at this year's Grammy Awards was SZA, when in fact it was Alessia Cara for Best New Artist. SZA was the most nominated female at this year's awards but walked away with nothing. And, while we're on the subject of mistakes, I also happen to mention that Dream Wife are three young Americans, when I obviously know they aren't - in fact, they are two Brits and an Icelander. This is what happens when you try to record a podcast without notes.

Having said that, we still had interesting discussions about the likes of No Age, Nils Frahm, Jeff Rosenstock, Shame, Cadence Weapon, CupcakKe and several others.

Listen to all that, with much more in between, below. You can subscribe to the Views From The 405 podcast on iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher, Google Play, and Overcast. You can also listen to the podcast over at Pippa.

Track clips used in this episode:

SZA - 'Supermodel' (from CTRL - Top Dawg Entertainment, 2017)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - 'American Guilt' (from Sex & Food - Jagjaguwar, 2018)
Shame - 'Concrete' (from Songs Of Praise - Dead Oceans, 2018)
Dream Wife - 'Taste' (from Dream Wife - Lucky Number, 2018
CupcakKe - 'Crayons' (from Ephorize - Self-released, 2018)
Ty Segall - 'My Lady's On Fire' (from Freedom's Goblin - Drag City, 2018)
Cadence Weapon - 'Don't Talk To Me' (from Cadence Weapon - eOne Music, 2018)
Porches - 'W Longing' (from The House - Domino, 2018)
Shopping - 'Suddenly Gone' (from The Official Body - FatCat Records, 2018)
Nils Frahm - 'Human Range' (from All Melody - Erased Tapes, 2018)
No Age - 'Stuck In The Changer' (from Snares Like A Haircut - Drag City, 2018)
Jeff Rosenstock - '9/10' (from POST- - Polyvinyl, 2018)