Monthly Mixtape – May 2020


Another month in isolation, and music becomes even more important for lifting our spirits and connecting us to our shared humanity.  Here are some of the best new songs I heard this month.

Jónsi :: Exhale

Nick Leng :: Music to Clean the House to

Minimal Violence – RAVEBOMB

Ela Minus :: they told us it was hard, but they were wrong.

Mourning [A] BLKStar :: If I Can I May

Jonah Mutono :: The Low

Nation of Language :: Friend Machine

Samia :: Is There Something in the Movies?

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down :: Phenom

Bonus points for creating the first music video to draw on the pandemic stay at home experience by filming entirely in Zoom.

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Monthly Mixtape – April 2020


I spent April focused on the A to Z Challenge, but I made a little time whip together a quick mix for your listening pleasure. Let me know in the comments if there are any great new songs I missed out on.

Ana Tijoux :: Antifa Dance

Steve Earle & The Dukes :: Devil Put the Coal in the Ground

Balkan Taksim :: Zalina

Dua Saleh :: umbrellar

Hazel English :: Off My Mind

Pert Near Sandstone :: Castles In The Air

Sunny Jain :: Immigrant Warrior


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Monthly Mixtape – February 2020


February was a short month with a bumper crop of good new tunes.  What are you listening to these days?  Let me know in the comments.

Black Market Brass :: “The Thick”

Coriky :: “Clean Kill”

Destroyer :: “Crimson Tide”

Down Time :: “Not a Complicated Person”

Jaimie Branch: “Simple Silver Surfer”

MGMT :: “In the Afternoon”

Smokey Brights :: “Flash Your Lights (Rudy Willingham Remix)”

Wednesday :: “Fate Is…”


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Monthly Mixtape – January 2020


Welcome to a new year, and a new decade, of new music.

Alexandra Savior :: Send Her Back

Dream pop from Portland, Oregon.

Midwife :: Anyone Can Play Guitar

Fuzzy guitar-based atmospheric rock described as “Heaven Metal” by Madeline Johnston, creator of the project.

Atmosphere :: Dearly Beloved (Feat. Musab and Muja Messiah)

A hip hop duo from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

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Monthly Mixtape – December 2019


Better late than never!  Here are some good new songs from the last month of last year.

Madame Gandhi :: Top Knot Turn Up

Madame Gandhi, the former drummer for M.I.A and a runner of the London Marathon, s an electronic music artist and activist based in Los Angeles.

Antibalas :: Fight Am Finish

My favorite Afrobeat band from Brooklyn (with ties to Daptone records) returns!

beabadoobee :: Are You Sure

Beatrice Kristi Laus is a youthful Filipino-British indie singer-songwriter.

MaLLy :: Black Moses

The latest from a Minneapolis rapper. Read more at The Current.


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2019 Year in Review: Favorite Songs


The year comes to an end and with it some great music.  Here are a dozen songs I’ll remember from 2019.

What are YOUR favorite songs of 2019 (or any other year for that matter)?  Let me know in the comments.

Jaimie Branch :: prayer for amerikka pt. 1 & 2

I only recently learned of this tune from the Said the Gramophone Best Songs of 2019 list. Jaimie Branch is a jazz saxophonist and composer based in Baltimore who as some things to say about the state of our country.

Billie Eilish :: bury a friend

This was the first song I heard by Billie Eilish, about a month or so before she was suddenly a BIG DEAL, and it’s still my favorite. Billie Eilish’s music is weird, a little bit creepy, yet you can still dance to it.  I never in a million years expected her to have chart success so good on her for redefining pop music.  And she’s just turned 18.

Ex Hex :: Cosmic Cave

Mary Timony’s latest band returns for a second album of pure, unadorned post-punk rock.

Gato Preto featuring the LusAfro Allstars :: Mendinga Carnival

Afrofuturist music arising from the collaboration of a German producer and a pan-African band of artists.

Alex Lahey :: Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself

Like Ex-Hex, the 26-year-old Australian Lahey brings straightforward pop-punk excellence (and an 80s sax solo!) to this song about resisting the pressure to do it all.

Lil Nas X :: Old Town Road

40+ years ago, rap music emerged as an urban style of music before spreading to the suburbs and exurbs, and into cultures around the world. Lil Nas X has at last brought rap into a thoroughly rural area on this track that – no matter what the Billboard Country Chart says – is thoroughly country.

Lizzo :: Juice

Lizzo, her music, and the fact that she rose to widespread fame in 2019, all give me hope in these dark time.s

Priests :: The Seduction of Kansas

A theme of this year is artists who draw on punk influences to do new things. The Priests musical interpretation of Thomas Frank’s What’s The Matter With Kansas? fits the bill.

Rapsody feat. D’Angelo and GZA :: Ibtihaj

This is another track introduced to me by the Said the Gramophone list. Rapsody, aka Marlanna Evans, is a rapper from North Carolina. The title of this track pays tribute to Ibtihaj Muhammad, a fencer who became the first Muslim American woman to wear a hijab while competing for the United States in 2016 Summer Olympics. It also has an amazing groove.

Sampa the Great :: Final Form

Sampa Tembo is a Zambian-born rapper now based in Australia finds another great groove to back this track of finding empowerment in Black identity.

Sir Babygirl :: Haunted House

Kelsie Hogue, who performs under the name Sir Babygirl and has ties to the Boston music scene, performs intense indie pop where they belt out lyrics with trilling vibrato. This song, as I interpret it, explores the inner emotions an introvert may feel about having to go to a party when they really don’t want to.

Sharon Van Etten :: Comeback Kid

Comeback Kid introduced Van Etten’s new harder rock sound with 80s synthpop styling.  Thematically it’s about trying to assert your own identity when the people you love still see you as a kid.

 

 

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Monthly Mixtape – November 2019


Happy Thanksgiving!  I’m always thankful for good music, so here’s a few new songs from the past month!

We also have 1 month left in the year and the decade!  Let me know your favorite songs of 2019 and the 2010s in the comments!

Kills Birds :: “Volcano”

Dom La Nena :: Oiseau Sauvage

 


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Monthly Mixtape – October 2019


The October Mixtape is here and mixes together beats from ArOuNd ThE wOrLd!!!!

illuminati hotties :: ppl plzr

 

Moon Boots feat. KONA :: So Precious

 

Buscabulla – Vámono

A Tribe Called Red Ft. Black Bear – The OG

Cartel Madras :: Goonda Gold

Afrosideral :: Ode Ni Ire

Sampa the Great :: Final Form

Hannah Williams & The Affirmations :: 50 Foot Woman

 

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Monthly Mixtape – September 2019


It must be autumn, because we’ve got a BUMPER CROP of new songs for the Monthly Mixtape!

Fran :: Company

Carolina Eyck :: Commemoration

Dry Cleaning :: Sit Down Meal

Girl Band :: Salmon Of Knowledge

Overcoats :: The Fool

Sturgill Simpson :: Sing Along

Thom Yorke & Flea :: Daily Battles

 

Leslie Stevens ::  Depression, Descent

Shredders :: Ayeyayaya

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