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?

Charles Bissel live


 
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.

New Tool

It’s been 13 years. Finally a new album and although it is a quintessential Tool release, Fear Inoculum could have been a so much more. I’ll never say no to a Tool album as their releases have been pillars of music but the band could have pushed in a new direction.  Very underwhelming…

 

Nov 2018 – Mar 2019 : “If we could see what we’d become”

End of the year is always a bit slow 
but to round out 2018, some highlights are: 

Snail Mail @ White Eagle Hall

caught a bit of her opening up for Alvvays and I want more

Although their new album is quite a dud, Stars is always a good time.

and Handsome Furs are back. Not a typo.

2019 starts off with a few choice shows.

Very very excited to see the dream pop duo Azure Ray making an appearance with a new album and just a 3 city tour including the Bell House. In my opinion, an overlooked band from the early aughts. If the new single is any indication, the new album will be wonderful. Not to be missed.

I have been completely addicted to HEALTH’s collaboration singles slowly released these past few months. They played one of the best shows in 2016 and no doubt this one will be killer.

Excited to finally catch one half of Fuck Buttons, Blanck Mass play live.

Daughters headline this show at Warsaw and their new album is one of the most intense and amazing things I’ve heard all year. 

Speaking of…coming up

Best of 2018.

stay tuned

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