David Bowie understood the impact of exclusion in business, and to culture and society, and it’s evident that he wasn’t afraid to call it out in this 1983 interview on MTV.
Austra : Hiruden – May 1, 2020 – Pink Fizz Records
Hayley Williams : Petals for Armor – May 8, 2020 – Atlantic
Nation of Language : Introduction, Presence – May 22, 2020
This is a tough one to write.
Normally I would be overly excited for all the new music and concerts in the new year. I have to be honest that it has been especially difficult to deal with these surreal times. Live music and new sounds is integral for me.
April-May has always been the most lively of months as the bands from SXSW start to sprinkle northwards on their tours. Sadly all festivals and live gatherings have been affected. I’m currently diving hard into every band that was supposed to play live during SXSW and I’ll be composing a playlist soon.
I urge you to support musicians during this difficult time by buying their albums and when this whole mess is over, celebrate loudly with them.
Here are some current musical avenues that has been keeping me afloat:
Ben Gibbard’s daily live streams really helped me the 1st week in quarantine
Rev. Vince Anderson and his Love Choir has been doing Union Pool every Monday night for 24 years. He live streamed the last one.
La Blogotheque “Stay at Home” series on Instagram at 2 p.m.
Here’s my first playlist of this year’s newest releases.
Austra is finally back with a new album. Their album Future Politics was my #1 in 2017
Beach Bunny dropped a new album and I was quite excited to see them last week :< But catch em tonight Sat 4/4 at 10 EST at the UnCancelled Music Festival among many other great bands for the next week!
Caribou is back. and it’s different. and I’m liking it.
Play Celeste’s Stop This Flame at maximum volume.
Dan Deacon’s new album is becoming one of the best of 2020 so far.
Hayley Williams’ Simmer is already going to be 1 of my favorite songs of the year.
Juana Molina is back and as weird as ever
Elizabeth Powell’s Land of Talk comes out with a new album May 15. Been loving them for awhile. If the new single is any indication, it’s going to be a gem.
Really digging the third doom punk album by Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs.
New Soccer Mommy so far sounds pretty great.
Was supposed to catch U.S. Girls in May. The new album will tide me over.
“I’m okay, but I do miss you”
Stay safe out there.
Caroline played an intimate solo piano set in support of her new album Pang. The show was quite a contrast to the elaborate production at Bowery last year and the night before at Warsaw. I’ve already given my accolades on her album giving it the #1 slot for both song and album on my best of list. This performance was very special and quite magical the way her songs translated acoustically. Although the album came out in 2019 I finally got my hands on the vinyl release which was held up due to manufacturing issues. No videos were allowed but below is a clip that comes close to capturing the performance. And be sure to check out her 1st TV appearance on Jimmy Kimmel.
Keeping Folks Waiting Since 1989.
I have been waiting for a looooooong time for a new Wrens album. The band has been discussing their anticipated follow-up to 2003’s The Meadowlands for so long, it’s become a running joke. That album is on my all time best and I consider it a masterpiece, so anything, ANYTHING that they release will be welcomed. Charles posted that he would be playing at an unlikely location, Kate Werble’s Gallery to support Beth Campbell’s show. Needless to say I sprinted there to listen to anything new. He played about 4.5 new songs that are supposedly off the new album. It wasn’t polished and assisted with looping petals, but I liked where it was going. However, I won’t get excited until I get the physical vinyl in my hands. 2019 was their 30th anniversary and last time I saw them was multiple times in one day 10 years ago, as I didn’t know when they would play again.
20. “Darjeeling” – Barrie
19. “Rocket Fuel” – DJ Shadow, De La Soul
18. “Lover” – Noah Gunderson
17. “Darkness & Cold” – Purple Mountains
16. “Kids in the Dark” – Bat For Lashes
15. “Wasted Nun” – Cherry Glazer
14. “Pink & Blue” – Tycho, Saint Sinner, RAC
13. “Bruise” – Yumi Zouma
12. “Ultrafiche of You” – Com Truise
11. “Everyday” – Weyes Blood
10. “Easy” – Chaud
9. “Saying Goodbye” – J.S. Ondara
8. “Con Altura” – ROSALÍA, J Balvin, El Guinicho
7. “Not” – Big Thief
6. “No Way Sit Back” – And The Kids
5. “Harmony Hall” – Vampire Weekend
4. “Far From Born Again” – Alex Cameron
3. “Uncomfortably Numb” – American Football
2. “Blood of the Fang” – clipping.
1. “Pang” – Caroline Palochek
Listen to the rest of the top 100 songs here on Spotify
Doublehalo best of 2019
There was so much great music this year, its almost impossible to fit it all onto an arbitrarily numbered list.
Here’s another playlist of all the amazing tunes I also absolutely loved
Best Band Name Award: Ringo Deathstarr
If you liked the bands and hopefully introduced to new sounds, go and support them! Buy their music, merch, or better yet, see them live!
Happy New Year !!!
Very exited for what the next decade will bring.
As always, thanks for listening