Buffalo Boy :: “This Time”
Louisahhh :: “Love is a Punk”
Adult Mom :: “Breathing”
Danielle Ponder :: “Be Gentle”
The Bamboos :: “Hard Up”
Danz CM :: “Something More”
Tele Novella :: It Won’t Be Long
Amythyst Kiah :: “Black Myself”
FPA :: “Untitled”
Nicola Cruz :: “Subtropique”
BICEP :: “Atlas”
El Michels Affair :: “Murkit Gem”
New year? New music! Here are seven new songs that are music to my ears.
Vagabon – “Reason to Believe” (feat. Courtney Barnett)
Dominique Fils-Aimé :: “While We Wait”
Frances Forever :: “Space Girl”
I Self Devine :: “The Disruptor Suite”
alyona alyona – “Дикі танці” (Wild Dances)
Pom Poko :: “Like A Lady”
Femi Kuti :: “Pà Pá Pà”
La Femme :: “Disconnexion”
Resistance Revival Chorus :: “This Joy”
Genesis Owusu :: “The Other Black Dog”
Genre-wise this feels like the most mixed up mixtape ever. I love it.
It also feels like a boat-load of new albums have been released in the past six weeks and I haven’t found time review any of them. So much music, so little time.
Maren Morris :: “Better Than We Found It”
Palberta :: “Before I Got Here”
Sam Amidon :: “Time Has Made A Change”
Molchat Doma :: “Sudno”
Jake Blount :: “Roustabout”
Mdou Moctar :: “Chismiten”
This month we have a robust collection of new songs. Our mixtape begins and ends with some stirring protest songs, but there are some feel good songs in-between.
Janelle Monáe :: “Turntables”
Terror/Cactus :: “
Throwing Muses :: “Dark Blue”
Kelly Lee Owens :: “On”
Æ MAK :: “i dance in the kitchen (feat. Seba Safe)”
A.G. Cook :: “Beautiful Superstar”
Romy :: “Lifetime”
ALA.NI :: “Lament for Emmett Till”
Nubya Garcia :: “Source (feat. Ms Maurice, Cassie Kinoshi, Richie Seivwright)”
The Go! Team :: “Cookie Scene”
Will Butler :: “Surrender”
Nation of Language :: “Rush & Fever”
Desire :: “Escape”
We are halfway through the year 2020! Only halfway, you say? Yes! But all things considered, there has been some good music from this wreck of a year. Here’s a list of 20 songs I love from 2020.
If there’s a song that you think belongs on this list, let me know in the comments.
“Anyone Can Play Guitar” by
Mourning [A] BLKstar
(look forward to a full review of the band’s album The Cycle in the coming weeks).
“Clean Kill” by
“Finally // beautiful stranger” by
“Is There Something in the Movies” by
“Never (Lagos Never Gonna Be The Same)” by Tony Allen and Hugh Masekela
(also read my full-album review for ) Rejoice
“Take What You Can Carry” by
Mia Doi Todd
“walking in the snow” by
Run the Jewels
(also read my full album review of ) RTJ4
Welcome to summer with a small selection of tunes you can rock out and/or dance to.
Bee Bee Sea :: “Daily Jobs”
Bee Bee Sea, described as a garage-psych band, are a trio originating from Castel Goffredo, Italy. They sound, though, as if they came straight from London in the late 70s.
Haim :: “Los Angeles”
This is the opening track from the new album
Women in Music Pt. III, by the trio of sisters from – you guessed it – Los Angeles.
Baronhawk Poitier :: “Temperado Tornado”
Baronhawk Poitier, a producer/DJ from Washington, DC, provides the beats to get you out onto the (socially distanced) dance floor.
Public Enemy :: “State of the Union” (featuring DJ Premier)
The legendary hip hop group from Long Island, NY are joined by DJ Premier to take a direct shot at Donald Trump and his campaign of hatred and violence against the people of our country.
Zebra Katz :: “IN IN IN”
Zebra Katz, stage name of rapper Ojay Morgan, explores “social issues surrounding race, sexuality, and the black experience” through fast rhymes and a dense sonic environment.
A couple of weeks ago I posted a
list of albums released in 2020 that had been recommended to me from various sources. I’ve listened to them all, and starting next week I will begin posting full album reviews. Today, though, I’m going to post a few songs I liked from albums that didn’t make the cut for an album review. Kind of like a Monthly Mixtape, but kind of not.
In the meantime, if you have any albums or songs or EPs or rock operas or anything else from 2020 you think I should listen to, let me know in the comments.
A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip by Sparks:
“Emotional Devotion Creator”
“It’s My Body”
Manic by Halsey:
“Finally // beautiful stranger”
Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa:
“Don’t Start Now”
“Break My Heart”
Walking Like We Do by The Big Moon:
“Take A Piece”
“It’s Easy Then”