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.
Dawes. Misadventures Of Doomscroller.
Interpol. The Other Side Of Make-Believe.
Danger Mouse & Black Thought. Cheat Codes.
Osees. A Foul Form.
King Princess. Hold On Baby.
Anna Tivel. Outsiders. Indie Folk
CLAMM. Care. Aussie Punk Explosion.
The Chats. Get Fucked. Aussie Punk Explosion.
Ben Lee. I'm Fun. A favorite Aussie singer-songwriter who's become a welcome, sane political voice online.
Cass McCombs. Heartland.
Pussy Riot. Matriarchy Now. We like their activism more than their music. Hats off to some brave comrades fighting Putin's authoritarianism with art! This is mostIy Euro dance/club music. I liked their early punk classic "Putin Has Pissed Himself" (download here).
Silversun Pickups. Physical Thrills.
Kasabian. The Alchemist's Euphoria.
Panda Bear & Sonic Boom. Reset.
Julien Baker. B-Sides (EP).
Maggie Rogers. Surrender.
Billie Eilish. Guitar Songs. Just two songs, "TV"/"The 30th".
SINGLES: TWO SONGS FOR A FREE UKRAINE
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 Bloomfield. Live 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 Cotton. King Biscuit Flower Hour 1977 (live).
Muddy Waters. Folk Singer (Expanded Edition).
Louis Armstrong. Pale Moon (Live).
Billie Holiday. Last Recording 1959 (Remastered).
The Ramones. City Hall Plaza Live.
Tom Rush. Classic Rush.
Johnny Cash. Capitol Music Hall 1976.
Dead Kennedys. KALX 1979 (Live).
Thin Lizzy. Live in Japan 1980.
Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Live At Newport 1965.
Doc Watson. Pickin' The Favorites.
Bob Dylan. Early FM Radio Broadcast.
Victoria Spivey. Three Kings And The Queen. This 1964 recording features Lonnie Johnson, Roosevelt Sykes, and Big Joe Williams, who invited a young Bob Dylan to play harmonica on "Sittin' On Top Of The World" and "Wichita".
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