Saturday, June 3, 2023 2023 Summer Playlist: Cool New Music 2023 Summer Playlist: Cool New Music

Patti Smith: "Dancing Barefoot" live Stern Grove, San Francisco, 8/13/23


BEST NEW ALBUM (TIE): PJ Harvey. I Inside The Old Year Dying. 

BEST NEW ALBUM (TIE): Blur. The Ballad Of Darren. Out-takes "Sticks And Stones", "The Rabbi" & "The Swan" also out now.

Grian Chatten. Chaos For The Fly. Fontaines D.C. frontman's debut solo album. Change of pace from the band's heavy sound. One of the surprise hits of summer.

Paul Simon. Seven Psalms. Very good.

Bully. Lucky For You. Rock n roll. Female singer.

Ben Harper. Wide Open Light. Calm and calming.

Bob DylanShadow Kingdom. The soundtrack of last year's concert film of the same name. Dylan reworks some of his all-time classics.

Queens Of The Stone AgeIn Times New Roman... Another classic from QOTSA....

Tinariwen. Amatssou. Sahel desert revolution.

Bonnie “Prince” Billy. Keeping Secrets Will Destroy You. Soothing acoustic sounds.

Kevin Morby. More Photographs: A Continuum. Good stuff!

Sparks. The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte. Pure Pop Classic!

The Hives. The Death Of Randy Fitzsimmons. Sweden's finest hard rockers are back.

Toro Y MoiMahal (Live From Big Sur). Sounds of the 70s but today.

Bush Tetras. They Live In My Head. Punk vets reunite for very decent album.

Juan Wauters. Wandering Rebel.

Wye Oak. Every Day Like the Last. 

Bonny Doon. Let There Be Music. Former backing band for Waxahatchee steps out on their own.

M. Ward. Supernatural Thing.

Andrew Bird. Outside Problems. An album of instrumentals.

Rancid. Tomorrow Never Comes.

Rufus Wainwright. Folkocracy. Surprisingly good take on some cool classics. Unexpected.

Bonny DoonLet There Be Music.

Witch. Zango. Cool sounds from Zambia.

Various Artists. The Endless Coloured Ways: The Songs of Nick Drake. Covers of Nick Drake songs by Fontaines D.C., Ben Harper, Liz Phair, and others.

Various Artists. Playing For The Man At The Door: Field Recordings From Mack McCormick, 1958-1971. Feat. Lightnin' HopkinsMance Lipscomb, and other classic recordings by the infamous late blues documentarian Mack McCormick, who had a hellhound on his trail. 

Rest In Peace....

Sixto Rodriguez (1942 - 2023). Detroit-based Mexican-American singer/songwriter featured in the award-winning documentary Searching For Sugarman.

Thank you for the music.

"Searching For Sugarman" trailer

Rodriguez: "Cold Fact" album

Grian Chatten live on Later with Jools


Blue Cheer. "Summertime Blues" (1968)

Cate Blanchett in Sparks' "The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte"


Yard Act's "The Trench Coat Museum"

Bonnie "Prince" Billy. "Bananas." &  "Crazy Blue Bells"

MJ Lenderman. "Rudolph" & "Knockin'" (Wednesday's guitarist's solo project)

Rob Moose feat Phoebe Bridgers. "Wasted".

Phoebe Bridgers. "Waiting Room" (Deep cut re-released)

Blur. "St. Charles Square". A return to form for Damon Albarn and Co.

Sturgill Simpson (AKA Brother Marshall & The Choir of Fire)."All The Gold In California" (Gatlin Bros. cover for "The Righteous Gemstones")

Jon Batiste. "Life Lesson" feat Lana Del Rey

Andrew Bird. "Mo Teef"

Devendra Banhart. "Sirens"

Big Thief. "Vampire Empire" They performed it a little differently live on Colbert a few months ago.

A. Savage. "Thanksgiving Prayer" & "Elvis In The Army". Solo efforts of Andrew S, one of Parquet Courts' two singer/guitarist/songwriters.

Wilco. "Evicted"

Peter Gabriel. "So Much" (Dark-Side Mix)

Lord Huron. "Ace Up My Sleeve" (The Sterling Girl soundtrack)

Prince. "7 E Flat Version" & "All A Share Together Now". Two songs from Prince's vault.

Rob Grant. "Lost At Sea" feat Lana Del Rey. Lana's a guest vocalist on her piano player father's song:


Mississippi Fred McDowell. Jesus On The Mainline. Two live shows: April 14, 1971 in Tacoma and November 5, 1971 at the Gaslight in New York City (Fred's final recording).

Billie Holiday. Live in Los Angeles 1946. Simply great.

Kak. Kak-Ola (1968). Psychedelic classic. Gary Lee Yoder went on to play with Blue Cheer.

The Who. Back At The Fillmore. (1969). Great.

The Who. Who's Next: Life House. Not sure when I'll get to hear the entire 11-disc box set of Who's Next-era demos, out-takes, and live cuts (1970-1972) since it costs $300, but I'm sure it's great. I've only heard the first disc and a few other songs so far.

Nina Simone. You've Got To Learn. (Live Newport Jazz Festival 1966)

Neil Young. Chrome Dreams.

Iggy Pop. Rare Trax. Alternate versions of some the classics including "China Girl" and "Lust For Life".

The Clash. London Calling (Expanded Edition). A good excuse to go back and listen to this classic album, along with the rehearsal recording The Vanilla Tapes (1979).

Big Joe Williams. Back To The Roots. Big Joe Got The Blues. And he wants to give them to you.

Sister O.M. Terrell. Sister O.M. Terrell.  Reminds me of Memphis Minnie and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. 

Michael Bloomfield. Living In The Fast Lane (Expanded Edition)(1981). One of the best guitarists ever just hanging out and playing songs.

John Coltrane. Evenings at the Village Gate: John Coltrane with Eric Dolphy. (1961)

                                              MJ Lenderman at Pitchfork 2023


Hiss Golden Messenger. Jump For Joy [Merge] August 25

Buck Meek. Haunted Mountain. Big Thief's guitarist solo debut. [4AD] August 25

                                           "Haunted Mansion" by Buck Meek (guitarist from Big Thief)

SparklehorseBird Machine. (ANTI-Records) September 8. Posthumous collection of songs by Mark Linkous who died by suicide in 2010. Includes a Robyn Hitchcock cover "Listening To The Higsons", "Daddy's Gone" from his David Lynch/Danger Mouse collaboration Dark Night Of The Soul, and the singles "It Will Never Stop" & "The Scull of Lucia".

Devendra Banhart. Flying Wig [Mexican Summer] September 22

Wilco. Cousin. [dBpm] September 29

A. Savage. Several Songs About Fire [Rough TradeOctober 6. Second solo album from Andrew of Parquet Courts. His first solo album was very good and expectations are high for this one.