Monthly Mixtape – December 2020


La Femme :: “Disconnexion”

Resistance Revival Chorus :: “This Joy”

Genesis Owusu :: “The Other Black Dog”

 

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Monthly Mixtape – October 2020


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”

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Monthly Mixtape – September 2020


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 :: “Guanaco

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”

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Monthly Mixtape – August 2020


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”

 

 

My Favorite Songs of 2020, So Far


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.

“All That” by Sparks
(also consider “Lawn Mower” and “Onomato Pia“)

“Antifa Dance” by Ana Tijoux

“Anyone Can Play Guitar” by Midwife

“Be” by Mourning [A] BLKstar
(look forward to a full review of the band’s album The Cycle in the coming weeks).

“Clean Kill” by Coriky

“Daily Jobs” by Bee Bee Sea

“Devil Put the Coal in the Ground” by Steve Earle & The Dukes 

“Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa
(also consider “Boys Will Be Boys” and “Break My Heart“)

“Emotional Devotion Creator” by Peel Dream Magazine

“Finally // beautiful stranger” by Halsey

“IN IN IN” by Zebra Katz

“Is There Something in the Movies” by Samia

“Mansplain” by Thick

“Never (Lagos Never Gonna Be The Same)” by Tony Allen and Hugh Masekela
(also read my full-album review for Rejoice)

“Phenom” by Thao and the Get Down Stay Down
(also read my full-album review of Temple)

“Shameika” by Fiona Apple
(also read my full-album review of Fetch the Bolt Cutters)

“Take a Piece” by The Big Moon

“Take What You Can Carry” by Mia Doi Todd

“Tenebrist” by The Ballroom Thieves
(also read my full-album review of Unlovely)

“The Low” by Jonah Mutono

“walking in the snow” by Run the Jewels
(also read my full album review of RTJ4)

Monthly Mixtape – June 2020


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.

 

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Album Reviews: A Sampling of Songs


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.

Selections from A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip by Sparks:

“Lawnmower”

“All That”

Selections from Agitprop Alterna by Peel Dream Magazine:

“Emotional Devotion Creator”

“It’s My Body”

Selection from Manic by Halsey:

“Finally // beautiful stranger”

Selections from Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa:

“Don’t Start Now”

“Break My Heart”

Selections from Walking Like We Do by The Big Moon:

“Take A Piece”

“It’s Easy Then”

 

 

 

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 – March 2020


Self-isolation is a good time to listen to new music.  Here are some recent releases worth checking out.

Coriky :: Clean Kill

Dirty Projectors :: Overlord

Mia Doi Todd :: Take What You Can Carry

Tony Allen and Hugh Masekela :: We’ve Landed

Broken Up :: Long, Long, Long

Cable Ties :: Sandcastles

FLOHIO :: WAY2

Kelsey Waldon :: Kentucky, 1988