After years of planning, the Burritos, 2015-Present gallery is now open on this website. Enjoy.
This one came up in the same Discover Weekly as Royal Thunder, but it took me a minute to circle back and listen to the rest of “Give It To Me”, another one that snuck past me in 2017.
Miya Folick makes music that reminds me of the 1990s in the best way. (Hopefully, if she ever reads this, she takes that as the high compliment it’s meant as here. A lot of people try, but it’s not easy to evoke that vibe and also do it really well.) She’s got solid range both vocally and stylistically, and her approach to songwriting is honest and unafraid. Start with “Trouble Adjusting”, as I did, and then make your way around (There are two EPs and a couple of singles on Spotify; if you’re not a Spotify person, her music’s on Bandcamp as well…).
With that said, here’s a bunch more.
Dave Vanian sounds terrific on this new Damned single, and the rest of the band, after 4+ decades, have finally gotten the hang of being Captain Beyond rather than The Damned, which I think always was a career goal of theirs.
New They Might Be Giants album! I need to spend more time with it, but I’ve enjoyed what I’ve heard so far a bunch. In doing a little digging, I’ve also discovered that I’ve missed about 20 albums of theirs since the last time I’d listened to one in its entirety, so I have homework.
Holy shit! New Jonny Polonsky record outta basically nowhere! I’ll have to spend a little more time with this as well, Release Radar just hipped me to this, but as a rule, I love this guy, and after a first listen, I love “I Can’t Get Your Face out of My Mind”.
Last but not least today, there’s a new Simple Minds single, with the album, “Walk Between Worlds”, coming out in 2 weeks. This sounds like present-day Simple Minds (basically anything from about “Real Life” on, though it’s hard to call an almost 27 year old album “present-day” with a straight face; if it helps you, I liked their last, “Big Music”, a bunch, so I’m not hopelessly behind or anything…). I wasn’t stunned by it, but it’s them and I’m always happy to see them releasing new work.
Though I tried as I did, I missed a bunch. Here’s a few more releases from last year…
My friend Pete turned me onto Ball. They sound kinda like Black Sabbath, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult and Riverbottom Nightmare Band decided to form a supergroup.
Found this one and the next via Discover Weekly. “When You’re Depressed” is Go-Kart Mozart’s first new track in 5 years, and I’ve apparently been living under a rock and didn’t even know Lawrence was still making music after he stopped doing Felt records.
Asger Techau’s “Stick In The Mud”, from his “Waves” EP, sounds like a missing track from The Fixx’s “Shuttered Room” album, which is a gorgeous thing to sound like. I knew nothing of him before I heard it, but apparently he’s been making music for a quarter century, both solo and with his band Kashmir, in Denmark. Never, ever, ever let anyone anywhere try to tell you that they’ve heard all the great music there is to hear. There is virtually no end to it if you just keep looking and listening.