Saturday, September 9, 2023 Cool New Music Playlist for Fall/Winter 2023

Buck Meek. Haunted Mountain. Big Thief's guitarist's third solo album. Very good.

Open Mike Eagle.  Another Triumph of Ghetto Engineering. Intelligent rap.

Wreckless Eric. Leisureland. Surprisingly strong effort from the esteemed veteran author of the 1977 Stiff Records classic "(I'd Go The) Whole Wide World".

Toro Y Moi. Sandhills (EP). Folky. Complete departure from the recent funky soulful Mahal. I love it.

Sarah Mary Chadwick. Messages To God. Worth listening to.

Vagabon. Sorry I Haven't Called. 

Soccer Mommy. Karaoke Night. (EP). 

Speedy Ortiz. Rabbit Rabbit. Great. Breakthrough album?

Willie Nelson. Bluegrass. National treasure keeps on treasuring'...

Jeff Rosenstock. Hellmode. Strong effort of melodic powerful punk with a lot of heart.

Rome (Jerome Reuter). Gates of Europe. Awesome songs about Ukraine and the conflict there.

Sparklehorse. Bird Machine. Strong posthumous album from Mark Linkous. We wish he were here, but are grateful to hear these last songs. Reminds us of why we liked him in the first place.

Kristin Hersh. Clear Pond Road. Very cool album. I liked her recent 50 Foot Wave effort. This is completely different but just as good.

MitskiThe Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We. Great! Very cool album of... "dream pop"... says here....

Graham Parker. Last Chance To Learn The Twist. Another vet still rocking hard in his 70s... I loved his 1979 "You Can't Be Too Strong" and here he is in 2023, going strong, with a good voice and good songs. He's a survivor. Just like us.

Yungchen Lhamo. One Drop Of Kindness. Enchanting Tibetan singer brings us her special sound, a natural for relaxing, meditation, and more.

Fontaines D.C. Skinty Fia Go Deo. A deluxe version of their 2022 release Skinny Fia, feat demos, a live song, an Orbital remix, and two covers, including U2's "One" (which Johnny Cash sang a memorable version of). The uncluttered takes reveal the strength of vocalist Grian Chatten's singing which sometimes gets buried in the heaviness of the band's sound. On Grian's solo album, this year's Chaos For The Fly, feat the single "The Score", we heard his voice, unencumbered, as if for the first time. Nice to hear it again here. 

Ezra Collective. Where I'm Meant To Be. British jazz band won this year's Mercury Prize (best album in the UK/Ireland).

Tyler Childers. Rustin' In The Rain. He's never boring.

Devendra Banhart. Flying Wig. Pretty good.

The Folk Implosion. Music For KIDS. Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh) created the soundtrack for the film Kids (1995), which is finally getting a proper release, feat the single "Natural One".

Various Artists. A Song For Leon (A Tribute to Leon Russell) feat Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff, and The Pixies. Good ol' Leon...

BEST NEW ALBUM: Various Artists. Playing For The Man At The Door: Field Recordings from the Collection of Mack McCormick 1958-1971 feat Lightnin' Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, and many more. It's interesting to hear these mostly rural old classics on the same playlist as today's music. Holds up quite well, and fits in remarkably well with the best of today's roots-oriented music.


Ty Segall. "Void" and "Eggman"

Mannequin Pussy. "I Got Heaven"

The Breeders (feat J Mascis). "Divine Mascis". Version of "Divine Hammer" from Last Splash. Previously unreleased and pretty cool.

Jolie Holland. "Highway 72" feat Buck Meek

Scream. "DC Sha La La". Punk vets return. They will rock you.

Johnny Marr. "Somewhere". The Smiths' guitar wizard releases a new song.

Billy Bragg. "Rich Men Earning North of a Million". Answer song to "Rich Men North of Richmond"
Tor Sor" (Pakistani traditional Benju player)


The Who. Who's Next: Life House (Super Deluxe). Ten discs of music plus a DVD... sounds a little overwhelming! It was meant to be another rock opera but became Who's Next instead. We can now sort through the rubble and picture what a pretty building it would have been.

The Who. Sleep On The Beach.Live.

David Bowie. Ziggy's Last Stand. Live.

David Bowie. Dutch Courage. Live.

Steely Dan. The Record Plant 1974 Live. Their best period?

Steve Miller Band. J50: The Evolution Of The Joker (Deluxe). Fantastic!

Bob Dylan & The Rolling Thunder Revue. New Orleans 1976 Soundboard. Classic. Dylan + Mick Robson + Joan Baez + Roger McGuinn

Highly Anticipated Fall/Winter Releases

Wilco. Cousin. [dBpm] September 29. It's a Wilco album. The title song is out now.

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.

Sufjan Stevens. Javelin [Asthmatic Kitty] October 6

boygenius: The Rest EP [Interscope] October 13. Supergroup feat Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus, and Julien Baker release four new songs. The Internet breaks?

AM PM (feat Roxy Music's Andy Mackay on sax & Phil Manzanera on guitar). AM PM [BFD/The Orchard] October 13

Glen Hansard. All That Was East Is West Of Me Now. [ANTI-Records] October 20. I like the first single, "The Feast Of St. John" a lot. Hope the rest of the album follows suit.

Nirvana. In Utero. (30th Anniversary Super Deluxe)[Geffen/UMG] October 27. The original album plus over 50 live tracks and a few outtakes and B-sides.

Johnny Marr. Spirit Power: The Best of Johnny Marr. [New Voodoo Limited] November 3. An overview of The Smiths' guitarists illustrious solo career, featuring two new songs.

Bob Dylan. The Complete Budokan 1978 [Columbia] November 17

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