2020 July – Sept: “I want something better. We all want something better.”

Despite the obvious slowdown in the music industry,
new releases are still trickling through.
Nothing groundbreaking as of yet this year, but beggars can’t be choosers.

It was sad to see all my concert tickets slowly get refunded, as the hopes for them being postponed a pipe dream.

However a bunch of new releases have distracted me enough.

The new Future Islands is worth a listen.

I’ve been looking forward to hearing the rest of Samia’s new album ever since she’s been teasing out some singles.

Phoebe Bridgers continues to delight me. Be sure to check out her Radiohead cover.

I can’t wait to get my hands on Idles new vinyl.

I’ve always been on the fence about Sufjan Stevens’ latest albums. Still listening to his overly long new release, but “Sugar” is already on my best of the year.

Speaking of best of, several albums are celebrating their 30 year anniversaries in September including:
Megadeth’s Rust in Peace
Godspeed you Black Emperor’s Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven.
Skinny Puppy’s Too Dark Park later this month.

All on my best of  the best list.

New Tunes from the past 3 months

 

and don’t forget to VOTE!!!

Rest In Peace Simeon Coxe

Simeon Coxe, electronic music pioneer and one half of the legendary psychedelic duo Silver Apples, died on Tuesday (9/8). He was 82.

I was lucky to catch them play live many years ago.

Some of my favorite photos of Simeon with The Silver Apples playing in NYC in 1968 with his homebrewed synthesizer called Simeon.

Photos by: Syeus Mottel

You and I Could walk together
You and I Could talk together
You and I Could have each other
You and I Could touch each other
But we don’t have time for the little things.
No, there just ain’t room for the little things, why?
You and I Could fly together
You and I Could hide together
You and I Could see each other
You and I Could love each other
But we don’t have time for the little things.
No, we don’t have time for the little things, because
Life is full of important things.
Life is full of necessary things.
Life is full of big machines
And there ain’t no room for the little things.
No there just ain’t room for the little things, why?

2020 April – June: “The sun came up behind us and everything turned to rust.”

SXSW got cancelled, but the music still lives.
I went through all the bands that were to perform and edited down a playlist of stuff I’d like to hear more of.

We may be shut in and concerts a far off idea
but there has been some wonderful new releases during this pandemic.

I was very excited about the debut new Hayley Williams album Petals for Armor. Although worth a listen, it falls flat.

Hum with a new album in 22 years?! Yes Please.
I have a Downward is Heavenward poster still hanging up in my childhood bedroom. The album is out in late August but already released digitally and it is stellar. It’s old yet new in all the best ways.

There were some other surprise releases.
After 23 years, previously unheard remixes of Pan Sonic by Muslimgauze & Zoviet France were unearthed. Mika Vanio & Bryn Jones are 2 musicians we lost too early. This release offers a real slice of electronic history with artists at the top of their game.

An unheard recording of a 1968 high school performance by jazz great Thelonious Monk comes out on July 31. Recorded by the school’s janitor, it’s a stellar recording of a genius at work.

After a label delay finally got my hands on the new Austra album.

Digging the 1st track off the new Sprain album

All the new stuff coming from IDLES is exactly what we need right now.

New Land of Talk delayed to July 31 and from what I heard so far it’s going to be top top.

Confirmed New Releases I got my eyes on:

The Beths – Jump Rope Gazers
Protomartyr – Ultimate Success Today
100 gecs -1000 gecs and The Tree of Clues
Glass Animals – Dreamland
Julianna Barwick – Healing Is A Miracle
Cut Copy – Freeze, Melt
No Joy – Motherhood
Bill Callahan – Gold Record
Lana Del Rey – Title TBA
Throwing Muses – Sun Racket
The Flaming Lips – American Head
Idles – Ultra Mono
Sufjan Stevens – The Ascension
Thurston Moore – By The Fire
Jonsi – Shiver
Matt Berninger – Serpentine Prison
Plants and Animals – The Jungle

Anticipated Releases
Neon Indian
Noname
Sky Ferreira
The Killers

New Tunes from the past 3 months

Flyer I found from a New Year’s Eve Eve show at the Cooler! Back when the Meatpacking district was still a meat packing district.
Blast from the past poster.

David Bowie (1983) Inclusion

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.

Finally, Some New Tunes

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