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…And You Will Know Us by the Trail Of Dead’s “X: The Godless Void and Other Stories”

I’d somehow lost track of …And You Will Know Us by the Trail Of Dead for about 15 years.

It feels good to spend some time with them again.

Devon Gilfillian’s “Black Hole Rainbow”

Devon Gilfillian brings us his “Black Hole Rainbow”, the first great album of 2020. This is a fantastic soul record. You should listen to it. That’s all you need to know to start. I knew even less when I put it on.

 

Aaron Lee Tasjan tipped me off to this record over on his Twitter. He brings a lot of great music to my attention (I first heard about Sturgill Simpson and Darrin Bradbury from him, among others…), so thanks again, sir.

My Favorite Albums of 2019

Update: this was published initially on 12/25/19, and I recognized, through doing a different “year in…” recap that I’d missed some stuff. I’ve added it. Hopefully y’all check back and find it.

Just in time for you to hopefully spend some of your holiday gift moneys on it, here’s my annual list. If you’re wondering where the 10 records that are on everyone else’s lists are (and my list isn’t devoid of that sort of thing), there were a bunch of records out this year that were objectively good to great, interesting, or otherwise noteworthy (my big playlist of noteworthy albums that were anything from recommendations to ubiquitous albums to “Hey, this act I’m familiar with released something” hovers around 72 hours long, and if you’re feelin’ frisky, it’s here), but these were the ones I had the best listening experiences with, and defaulted to listening to the most. Your mileage may, of course, vary.

In no particular order, beyond that the Karen O & Danger Mouse record was pretty much the soundtrack to my year, and that Julia Michaels’ “Happy” from “Inner Monologue Part 1” was my song of the year. (I loved both of Julia’s “Inner Monologue” records, but Part 1 got the edge from me over Part 2, if you’re curious.)

Karen O & Danger Mouse-Lux Prima

Julia Michaels-Inner Monologue Part 1

Julia Michaels-Inner Monologue Part 2

Mercury Rev-Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited

The Young Gods-DATA MIRAGE TANGRAM

bis-Slight Disconnects

Mekons-Deserted

Wand-Laughing Matter

Lloyd Cole-Guesswork

Pissgrave-Posthumous Humiliation (Content Warning: the album cover is REALLY fucking gross and violent. Like, seriously, y’all. It’s a great record, but holy fuck, that record cover is literally the worst. I can provide a Spotify link as well, because they didn’t use the uncensored cover for the album on Spotify, but there are “also by Pissgrave” links from the album page that also point at the really gross album cover now because they used it for their singles there, so yeah, you kinda have to commit here.)

New Model Army-From Here

Darrin Bradbury-Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs

Tom Kiefer-Rise

Sturgill Simpson-SOUND & FURY

Black Marble-Bigger Than Life

Medicine-Scarred For Life

Candlemass-The Door To Doom

(As with last year, wherever I could, I got people links to as many different music outlet options as I could. When I couldn’t, I shot for Bandcamp. If I couldn’t do that, I went to Spotify.)

I’ve also made a brief Spotify playlist of some of the songs that stuck out the most this year, which is directly below this sentence.

Questions? Comments? Recommendations, if one of your favorites didn’t make my smaller or bigger lists (and please check, before you ask me why I didn’t mention this act or that one)? Discuss!

My Favorite Albums of 2018

In no particular order, but listen to the Wreckless Eric record first, because it’s an adventure.

Wreckless Eric-Construction Time & Demolition
Andrew W.K.-You’re Not Alone
The Damned-Evil Spirits
The Motels-The Last Few Beautiful Days
Zeal & Ardor-Stranger Fruit
Wand-Perfume
John Grant-Love Is Magic
The London Suede-The Blue Hour
Anaal Nathrakh-A New Kind Of Horror
Arndales-Shops
Ex:Re-Ex:Re
Neneh Cherry-Broken Politics
Voivod-The Wake
Aaron Lee Tasjan-Karma For Cheap
Mass Gothic-I’ve Tortured You Long Enough

(Wherever I could, I got people as many different music outlet options as I could. When I couldn’t, I shot for Bandcamp. If I couldn’t do that, I went to Spotify.)

In addition, this is my annual “kind of the short version of the year” playlist for 2018:

Questions? Comments? Discuss!

Miya Folick’s “Trouble Adjusting”

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…).