Sunday, July 24, 2022

Cool, New Music Playlist: August 2022

Cool, New Music Playlist: August 2022 


BEST NEW ALBUM (TIE): Ty Segall. "Hello, Hi". A welcome departure for Ty. Less psycho-delic, more introspective. A little quieter than most of his records. A triumph.

BEST NEW ALBUM (TIE): Ben Harper. Bloodline Maintenance. Funkier than usual, reminds me of the vibe of Marvin Gaye's classic "What's Going On". Great stuff!

Jack White. Entering Heaven Alive. The lighter folky Americana acoustic side of Jack White.

DawesMisadventures Of Doomscroller.

Interpol. The Other Side Of Make-Believe.

Osees. A Foul Form.

King Princess. Hold On Baby.

Julien Baker. B-Sides (EP).

Maggie Rogers. Surrender. 

Billie Eilish. Guitar Songs. Just two songs, "TV"/"The 30th".


Dropkick Murphys & The O'Hamsters. "We Shall Overcome (Ukrainian Version)"

Pink Floyd. "Hey Hey Rise Up (feat. Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Boombox)"


Off! "War Above Los Angeles".

Plains. "Problem With It".

Dry Cleaning. "
Anna Calls From The Arctic".

Valerie June. "Look At Miss Ohio" (Gillian Welch cover).


Mike BloomfieldLive At The Bottom Line (Live 1974)

Kate Bush. Essentials. We're all in on the Kate Bush revival, courtesy of the Netflix series Stranger Things. Loved her in the 80s, love her even more now. Of course, "Running Up That Hill" is essential, but so are "Wuthering Heights", "Babooshka", and "Them Heavy People" (which refers to spiritual teacher George Gurdjieff, who Bush's family followed; she grew up with his teachings).

Gordon Lightfoot. PBS Soundstage 1979 (live).

John Coltrane. Jazz Showcase 1962 (Live) & Birdland 1962 (Live). Two live albums, recently re-released.

Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, James CottonKing Biscuit Flower Hour 1977 (live).

Muddy Waters. Folk Singer (Expanded Edition).

Louis Armstrong. Pale Moon (Live).

Billie Holiday. Last Recording 1959 (Remastered).


                Original Photos by MD & JB for All rights reserved. 

Friday, July 8, 2022

Will Music in Adverts Save Music? Kevin Morby's "Parade" in New Delta Air Ad Joins Songs by Bob Dylan, Queen & Wreckless Eric as the Latest Cool Song in a Post-COVID Travel Industry Commercial


Artists no longer sell routinely millions of CDs, so many have been looking for other revenue streams - touring (though often delayed during COVID) and merchandise being chief amongst them. More and more artists now seem to be licensing their songs for commercials as a sure way to make money and get their name and music out there. 

Kevin Morby's 2014 song "Parade" is now being used in 2022 for a Delta Airlines commercial.


Kevin's 2016 song "Beautiful Strangers" was recently used by Airbnb. Airbnb suffered an enormous loss of business during the COVID crisis. This ad was part of a campaign to encourage people to rent out their homes to those, who, as the ad shows, may be monsters, but they are kindly monsters...."beautiful strangers", as it were.


Airbnb followed up that ad with another called "Camping" featuring Bob Dylan's "Shelter From The Storm", again offering Airbnb services for those wanting to escape and seek "shelter from the storm", this time in their "camping" category, in order to explore the great outdoors but with a comfortable base camp.

During the Super Bowl, we saw an ad for the travel website Expedia that we would see many times in the coming months called "Stuff" featuring Ewan McGregor. It encouraged people sick of COVID isolation to stop sitting at home buying "stuff" on Amazon and instead book a trip on Expedia to some exotic beach or something... just get out of the dammed house!

The song Expedia used to re-invite us to the world of travel is the delightful 1977 punk anthem "(I'd Go The) Whole Wide World" by Wreckless Eric. Flawless.

And then there was this Norwegian Cruise Lines ad:

The Cruise industry was one of the hardest hit during COVID. So the choice of Queen's "I Want To Break Free" (Free yourself from home confinement and hit the open sea!) was near perfect.

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Late, great folk king Fred Neil featured in new "Better Call Saul" Teaser: "Little Bit of Rain"

Better Call Saul is gearing up for its highly anticipated final six episodes. They just released a teaser featuring "Little Bit of Rain" by the late, great Fred Neil (1936-2001). Neil was every guitarist's favorite guitarist in Greenwich Village in the early 60s. 

He wrote "Everybody's Talking'", immortalized by Harry Nilsson on the Midnight Cowboy soundtrack, "The Other Side Of This Life" (recorded by The Lovin' Spoonful and The Jefferson Airplane) and "The Dolphins" (recorded by Linda RonstadtIt's a Beautiful Daythe TheBilly BraggBeth Orton, and Tim Buckley).

[Verse 1]
If I should leave you
Try to remember the good times
Warm days filled with sunshine
And just a little bit of rain
And just a little bit of rain

[Verse 2]
And if you look back
Try to forget the bad times
Lonely blue and sad times
And just a little bit of rain
And just a little bit of rain

[Verse 3]
And if I look back
I'll remember all the good times
Warm days filled with sunshine
And just a little bit of rain
And just a little bit of rain

                    Roll On Rosie/The Dolphins/Everybody's Talkin'/That's the Bag I'm In/Sweet Cocaine 
                                              Fred Neil live at The Elephant, Woodstock, Fall 1969.

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Cool, New Music: July 2022 Playlist



Arthur Brown. Long Long Road

Joan ShelleyThe Spur.

Al Stewart. Sparks Of Ancient Light.

Bonnie "Prince" Billy. Once Again In The World (Selected Songs, 1998-2020)

Black Midi. Hellfire.

Spiral Stairs. Medley Attack.

Tim Heidecker. High School. 

Ben Harper. Bloodline Maintenance

Soccer Mommy. Sometimes, Forever

Jeff Beck. 18 (EP). (feat. Johnny Depp)

DIVV. Sometime/Human/Geist (EP)

Various Artists. Minions: The Rise of Gru (Soundtrack) (feat Brittany Howard, St. Vincent, Phoebe Bridgers, Weyes Blood, Gary Clark, Jr., Thundercat, et al).

Muna. Muna

Zola Jesus. Arkcon

The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Fire Doesn't Grow On Trees.

Peter RowanCalling You From My Mountain.


Julian Lennon. "Save Me"/"Breathe"

Test Subjects, 1986, New Method Warehouse, Emeryville (photo by the late, great Murray Bowles)


T-Model Ford. I Was Born In A Swamp.

Sonny Boy Williamson II. Don't Send Me No Flowers (feat. Jimmy Page & Brian Auger)

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Cool New Music June 2022 Playlist


Cool New Music June 2022 Playlist

BEST ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Tie - John Doe and Dave Stewart

John Doe. Fables In A Foreign Land.

Dave Stewart. Ebony McQueen.

Victims of Gun Violence in Uvalde, Texas

"Kids Who Die” by Langston Hughes (1938)


Grant-Lee Phillips. All That You Can Dream.

Wilco. Cruel Country.

Andrew Bird. Inside Problems.

Angel Olsen. Big Time.

Charlie Musselwhite. Mississippi Son.

Bryan Ferry. Love Letters (EP).

Kelley Stoltz. The Stylist.

Joyce Manor. 40 oz. to Fresno.

Vieux Farka TouréLes Racines.

Elvis Costello. The Resurrection of Rust. 

We were horrified by the slaughter of small children in Uvalde, Texas this week, then found out Don McLean was performing this weekend at an NRA concert in Texas! I loved Don McLean when I was ten and was profoundly saddened to hear this. Many fans let Don know they weren't happy about the concert, especially the timing, and we were very relieved when it was announced that Don had dropped out of the concert! (The concert itself was ultimately cancelled due to the outcry.)


Valerie June. "Fade Into You" (Mazzy Star cover).

Waxahatchee & Wynonna Judd. "Other Side".

Titus Andronicus. "We're Coming Back".

Been doing a deep dive into the blues-rock of The Jeff Beck Group (circa 1967 feat Rod Stewart, Aynsley Dunbar and Ron Wood). I'd rather listen to this than many of today's tunes. Lots of interactions with these players and people like Ronnie Lane, Nicky Hopkins, Ian McLagan, and various members of The Small Faces, The Faces, The Who, The Stones, and Led Zeppelin.


The Clash. The People's Hall. Just found out Combat Rock was supposed to be a double album and this is the other disc! Amazing! Frankly, there were reasons these songs weren't chosen to be on the single disc version of Combat Rock. None of these songs are any kind of Rosetta Stone key to deciphering the band or lost masterpieces, but still pretty cool to hear "new" Clash in 2022!

John Coltrane. My Favorite Things.

Norma Tanega. I'm the Sky: Studio and Demo Recordings, 1964–1971

Warren Zevon. Preludes.

Gene Clark. Solo Flight (Live In Westboro, 10/16/1988). The Byrds co-founder solo.

Mavis Staples. Carry Me Home. (feat Levon Helm)

Palace Music. Time From Work To Go (1992-1998). (feat. Bonnie "Prince" Billy)

Kris KristoffersonSausalito 1973 Set Two - Live American Radio Broadcast.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Cool New Music May/June 2022 Spring Into Summer

Cool New Music May/June 2022 Spring Into Summer


Kendrick Lamar. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.

Richard Thompson. Music from Grizzly Man (2005 Werner Herzog film).

Kevin Morby. This Is A Photograph.

Dan Melchior. CB ODYSSEY.

The Black Keys. Dropout Boogie.

Black Star. No Fear Of Time.

MJ Lenderman. Boat Songs.


Ray Charles. Live In Stockholm 1972.

Bob Dylan. Apple Music Essentials.

Steely Dan. Live, University of California, Irvine, CA., March 10, 1974.


MJ Lenderman. "Perfect" (Smashing Pumpkins cover).

Black Midi. "Welcome To Hell".

                                           Parquet Courts live on KEXP, May 2022

                                         Parquet Courts on Jimmy Kimmel, May 2022

                                          Parquet Courts on "Ellen", January 2022.

                                          Parquet Courts, "Stoned And Starving" (live, Portland, 2013)

                                          Parquet Courts, "Stoned And Starving" (live, Portland, 2016)

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Cool New Music: Spring 2022 Playlist



Toro Y Moi. Mahal. ALBUM OF THE WEEK!

Willie Nelson. A Beautiful Time. Surprisingly strong effort from the iconic vet.

Trombone Shorty. Lifted.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. Endless Rooms.

Rowan. Does It Make You Happy.

MJ Lenderman. Boat Songs.

Black Star. No Fear Of Time. Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) and Talib Kweli are back! Available here.

!!! Let it Be Blue.

Rammstein. Zeit.

Jens Lekman. The Cherry Trees Are Still In Blossom

Ralf Illenberger. Red Rock Journeys

The Feeling. Loss. Hope. Love.

Will SamsonActive Imagination.


Neil Young. Eldorado (EP)

Rory Gallagher. Live in San Diego '74.

David Bowie. Brilliant Adventure (EP). Includes cool, early version of "I'm Afraid of Americans".


Black Midi. "Welcome To Hell"

Wilbert Harrison. "Let's Stick Together"/"Let's Work Together". Popularized by artists like Canned Heat and Bryan Ferry, this is a great song, or two great songs, actually.

Pete Townshend. "Rough Boys".

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"Kimba's Gone": Cool New Songs Sung by Women: Sisters Singing On The Wind Spring 2022

Monday, May 9, 2022

"Kimba's Gone": Cool New Songs Sung by Women: Sisters Singing On The Wind Spring 2022


A favorite saying of mine used to be: "Only the good die young... leaving us rotten ones here behind...", and it was never truer than now. Kimberly, Kimba the Lion, is gone. Berkeley justice warrior, educator, mother... The world is a little worse now. But it was a little better when she was here...

There is a bunch of cool music from women that just came out (or was just re-released). So here's a playlist, with Kimberly and the other mighty Berkeley freedom sisters in mind...


Yungchen Lhamo. Awakening. Beautiful music from a beautiful Tibetan singer.

Carole King. Home Again. Live hits from the master.

50 Foot Wave. Black Pearl. I'm still amazed this album from Kristin Hersh and friends rocks so much. But it does.

Neko Case. Wild Creatures.

Margo Price. That's How Rumors Get Started (Deluxe).

Miranda Lambert. Palomino.

Tomberlini don’t know who needs to hear this...

Faye Webster. Car Therapy Sessions (EP).

Oumou SangareTimbuktu. Great singer from Mali.

Sharon Van Etten. We've Been Going About This All Wrong. 

Anna Calvi. Tommy (EP). Music from Peaky Blinders.


Karen Dalton. Shuckin' Sugar. Recorded  live in 1963 with husband Richard Tucker, the tapes were recently rediscovered and released. 

Sandy Denny. Early Home Recordings.

Fleetwood Mac. USA 1976 - 93 Part One - Live American Radio Broadcast (Live). Check out "Rhiannon" and "Over My Head" from Midnight Special 1976 and "Gold Dust Woman" from a live TV broadcast 1978.


Carla Olson. "I Can See For Miles" (The Who cover). Great version! Check it out on Bandcamp.

Lucy Dacus. "Home Again"/"It's Too Late". Bonus single for the Carole King live collection Home Again (see above).

Angel Olsen. "Big Time".

Phoebe Bridgers. "Sidelines".

Joan Shelley. “Amberlit Morning” (feat. Bill Callahan)


Patti Smith is doing a newsletter/podcast on Substack that is worth checking out. Posts come in text, audio, or video form and often feature Patti reading a poem, reminiscing, or talking about her life and other writers... There is a free version and a subscriber version.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Cool New Ukrainian Folk Song by Mad Heads Celebrates The Sinking of The Russian Warship "Moskva"

Go! Where you have been sent to! Go! To the bottom where you belong! Take all your zombies with you! Oh the ship, the ship "Moskva" burn in the hellish fire! Oh the ship, the ship "Moskva" burn in hell forever!

("Moskva" is Russian for "Moscow")


For more information check out the website of the Ukraine Media Center.


"The fact the flagship sank is very symbolic and good sign of where all this Russian military 'machine' and whole regime is going...", Vadym Krasnooky, lead singer of Mad Heads.



"Russian warship, go fuck yourself" (UkrainianРусскій воєнний корабль, іді …!romanizedRusskii voiennyi korabl, idi …!lit.'Russian Warship, go …!')[1] is a set of postage stamps issued by the Ukrainian Postal ServicesUkrposhta. Issued on 12 April 2022, they commemorate an incident during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.[2] On 24 February 2022, the warship Moskva and the patrol boat Vasily Bykov approached Ukraine's Snake Island in the Black Sea. Ukrainian soldiers on the island refused to surrender, responding instead, "Russian warship, go fuck yourself!"[1]

On 8 March, the Ukrainian postal service launched a contest in which artist Boris Groh's design received the most votes.[1][3]

The stamps feature a drawing of a Ukrainian soldier presenting the middle finger to the Russian cruiser Moskva.[4] The overall layout with the ochre land underneath the blue sea mimics the colors of the Flag of Ukraine. The special postmark accompanying the stamp shows the outline of Snake Island. The stamp design is available in both domestic and foreign version. President Zelenskyy had his picture taken with the stamps and commented that Russian warships should only sail in one direction.[5]

The soldier from whom the radio message is said to have come is Roman Hrybov. He and the head of the Ukrainian Post Office, Ihor Smyljanskyj, signed the first special envelopes with the stamps at the Kyiv Main Post Office.[1][6]

Moskva sank on April 14, two days after the stamp was issued.[7]


New York Times:

The Moskva’s sinking inspires one of Ukraine’s most popular rockers.

Jane Arraf
2 hours ago
The Russian warship Moskva, sunk after being reportedly hit by Ukrainian missiles, has inspired a song by a popular Ukrainian rock star.
The Russian warship Moskva, sunk after being reportedly hit by Ukrainian missiles, has inspired a song by a popular Ukrainian rock star.
Credit...Alexey Pavlishak/Reuters
The sinking of the Russian warship "Moskva" is being celebrated by Ukrainians as an iconic victory, including in a new song by one of the country’s most popular rock musicians.
Vadym Krasnooky, the lead singer of Mad Heads, on Saturday debuted an acoustic version of “Cruiser Moskva” at a news conference. He said he wrote the song after the sinking of the "Moskva", the pride of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, which the Pentagon confirmed Friday was struck by two Ukrainian Neptune missiles.
Mad Heads, which has played rock, hillbilly and psychobilly music since its founding 25 years ago, had stopped performing when Russia invaded Ukraine in late February. Mr. Krasnooky appeared solo with an acoustic guitar in Lviv to perform the new song, which includes the refrain: “Oh the ship, oh the ship, "Moskva" burn! Burn! Burn in hell forever.”