Saturday, February 13, 2021

February 2021: Cool, New Music Playlist

                                Riz Ahmed's poem "I Miss You" about loved ones lost to COVID


Paul McCartney McCartney III - Not bad for an old feller... I had the lowest of expectations for this new Macca album and it surprised me by being pretty darned good.

Femi Kuti & Made Kuti Legacy - Fela Kuti's son Femi and Femi's son Made collaborate on this new exciting album that sounds as if it were already well within the Fela canon.

Black Country, New Road For The First Time - Great, high-energy music for the 21st century

The Weather Station Ignorance - This album is getting lots of attention and although it's much more pop than I usually like, it's definitely worth listening to.

Dinosaur Jr. Sweep It Into Space - 90s indie rockers drop a new album that's really good!

Steve Earle & The Dukes J.T. - Steve Earle's loving tribute to his late son, singer/songwriter Justin Townes Earle.

Vampire Weekend 40:42 - Consists of two songs, each 20:21 long, full of guitar antics and meditations on 2021. I'm not sure what it is, but I kind of like it, and I haven't been a huge fan of them previously.


Sharon Van Etten "In My Room". Beautiful cover of Brain Wilson's (The Beach Boys) incredible melody.

Matt Sweeney & Bonnie "Prince" Billy "Hall Of Death". From their highly-anticipated forthcoming Superwolves album. Sweeney does something to Will's music which takes it to a whole 'nother level. Fuller, richer, bolder.

David Bowie "Tryin' To Get To Heaven"/"Mother" A Bob Dylan cover and a Lennon cover, neither of which we've previously heard. Surprisingly, Bowie provides Dylan's "Tryin' To Get To Heaven" with a lot more heart than his cover of John Lennon's "Mother"

Bill Callahan & Bonnie "Prince" Billy "The Night of Santiago" - The series of covers from Bill and Will (this one written by Leonard Cohen) coming about once a week lately, is fantastic. Check it out on

Waiting Impatiently For: The new Lana Del Rey album Chemtrails Over The Country Club

"Biko" (2021 Version) by Peter Gabriel with Angélique Kidjo, Yo-Yo Ma, & Meshell Ndegeocello