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YOUR HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: SONGS WE LOVED IN 2018

In January 2018 I resolved to listen to an album a day for the year, an earnest attempt at listening to more artists which lasted until mid June when it started to feel less like music appreciation and more like …

The Top 10 Albums of 2018

2018 sees an eclectic group of artists from all genres of music. New and old artists pave the way into the next decade with outstanding albums that have us laughing, dancing, singing, crying,….YAAAASSS! 10. Cher – Dancing Queen 9. Anderson …

True NY Art Rock: BODEGA - "How Did This Happen?"

BODEGA “How Did This Happen?” Endless Scroll What a band.  This is the Gang of Four for the 21st century.  This band knows what is wrong with this world, and they nail all the crappy attitude we carry around, telling …

Sludge Punk: Warish - "Fight"

Warish “Fight” Warish Led by Riley Hawks (Tony Hawks’ son), this sludge-punk band burns your ears out, just like a great sludge band should.  Sounding like their album was recorded in the bottom of the sewer, this is one of …

Norwegian Rock: Spielbergs - "4AM"

Spielbergs “4AM” This Is Not The End Spielbergs from Oslo are one of those great post punk bands skiing out of the Norwegian winter making instantly memorable music.  “It’s 4AM, and I feel like giving up!” What a great chorus.  Comprised …

Supergroup: boygenius - Ketchum, ID

boygenius “Ketchum, ID” boygenius Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus, and Julien Baker combined to for a supergroup, much as Crosby, Stills, and Nash did in 1969.  You get three of the greatest talents ever together, you are going to get fantastic …

Blondie's Chris Stein Releases Photography Book on NYC Punk Scene

  If a single piece of pop culture could be fished out of a time capsule by some hip alien race, entrusted to tell the story of New York City nightlife in the late 1970s, a Blondie record would do …

Apocalyptic Claustrophobia: Evi Vine - Sabbath (single edit)- Featuring Simon Gallup

Evi Vine Sabbath (single edit)- Featuring Simon Gallup Black Light Dark White Some of the best Goth I’ve heard in a long time.  Evi Vine’s voice just takes over and brings you to a darker, more personal, rather claustrophobic world.  On this …

Tales Of The World: Norman Salant - "At The End Of The World"

Norman Salant  “At The End Of The World” Always All Around You With a voice and style like Elliot Smith, Norman Salant comes after you with his tales of sadness, love, and cows? Yes, cows.  While Salant has been known …

Trip Out: Shadowgraphs - "The Sun Is Rising"

Shadowgraphs “Sun Is Rising” Another Time Another tremendous band from Portland, OR.  Take one part The Zombies, one part The 13th Floor Elevator, shove them into the 21st century (or beyond) and you get the Shadowgraphs.  This band is so …

Dark Shoegaze: Balms - "Candle"

Balms “Candle” Mirror Ten years after they met in high school in the suburbs of San Jose, California, Jared, Michael, and John formed Balms in San Francisco in 2013.  This is a great shoegaze band that has darkened the sound …

Controlled Ear-Bursting Music: Burning House - "Mirror"

Burning House “Mirror Song” With a sound that mirrors (pun intended, haha) The Jesus and Mary Chain meets Dinosaur, Jr. while still sounding so different (it must be those sweep guitars leads, as if the guitarist was throwing the instrument …

Northern English Folk: Big Tide - "Hide Me In Your Spaceship"

Big Tide “Hide Me In Your Spaceship” Big Tide is Ben Thomas’ reaction to electronica scene in the UK.  Instead, he chose this beautiful style that reaches back to David Crosby and the twelve-string acoustic.  This is amazing music, a …

Serbian Screamo: Eva Ras - Proliferation Of Broken Dreams

Eva Ras Proliferation Of Broken Dreams Eva Ras has released a full album, and the wait has been worth it.  From the “Intro” to the “Outro”. Proliferation Of Broken Dreams flows as one with many different emotional levels.  The intro is deceptively …

Dance The Long Nights Away: Little Dragon - "Lover Chanting"

Little Dragon “Lover Chanting” Lover Chanting EP Coming from Gothenburg, Sweden, Little Dragon have the dance/pop groove down perfectly.  Sounding like a cross between Deee-Lite and (surprisingly) Gloria Esteban, Little Dragon add that touch of Chic and humor that is …

Ohio Pop Punk: all dogs - "That Kind Of Girl"

all dogs “That Kind Of Girl” Kicking Every Day One thing I have to give Ohio, they make great music.  It must be to make up for their horrible politics (being a born Ohioan myself, I know).  Well all dogs …

Prairie Music: Foxwarren - "To Be"

Foxwarren “To Be” Foxwarren Hear some true Canadian prairie music from Foxwarren.  This great band, coming from scattered small towns around the Canadian plains, is comprised of Andy Shauf (guitars/keys/vocals), Dallas Bryson (guitar/vocals), and brothers Darryl Kissick (bass) and Avery Kissick …

Fun Indie Rock: Antarctigo Vespucci - "White Noise"

Antarctigo Vespucci “White Noise” Love In The Time Of E-Mail What a great, humorous song (not surprising because of their name – no, I won’t explain it: read a book).  The line, “I can’t you out of my head; I …

Celtic Nordic Forest Music: Parabola West - "Calling Your Name"

Parabola West “Calling Your Name” American born, New Zealand-base Amy Tucker West has pulled off the amazing trick of combining Nordic and Celtic traditions with the lush electronica of Enya without sounding old or rehash.  A combination of Eivur and CHVRCHES, …

Musical Theatre: Little Person - "I'm Happy To Be With You"

Little Person “I’m Happy To Be With You” I love this song.  This is really one of the oddest songs out there, sounding so simple, yet with these tremendous melodic changes out there, with lyrical nods to Burt Bacharach of …

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