- Joy Oladokun (Nashville, TN), in defense of my own happiness
Joy Oladokun gets the top slot in that she taps into the heart of our times of 2020-2021. I found her lyrics compelling matched with a pure rich voice to carry her message, and one worth listening to.I've paddled upstream where the river ranI've turned sticks and stones to an olive branchI've made a full house from a shitty handYet, here I am, still gotta be bigger than the bigger man– Bigger Man, by Joy Oladokun and Maren Morris
- The War On Drugs (Philadelphia, PA), I Don't Live Here Anymore
I said a couple of posts ago that Adam Granduciel the leader of The War On Drugs had me when he pulls out his Rickenbacker 330 Fireglo to go with this outstanding 2021 rock 'n' roll album.
- Madison Cunningham (Los Angeles, CA)
Madison Cunningham did not release an album in 2021, but she and many other artists took to Youtube and social media to record a plethora of songs on the Internet. In 2020-2021, the f*%#ing pandemic may have stopped live music in its tracks, but recorded music actually found a way to reach us (even in lock-down) and saved many souls. I found Madison on Youtube in 2021, and words can not express how I love this young singer-songwriter's work.
- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (Denver Colorado), The Future
I'll be honest, Nathaniel Rateliff at first pass was interesting, liked him some, but was not a fan. The Future album changed all that. I just love his new songs to go with the passion and the horn section!
- Watchhouse (formally known as Mandolin Orange) (Chapel Hill, NC), Watchhouse
The name Mandolin Orange has always been one of my favorite band names ever. So why change your band brand after a decade of hard work to get exposure as a folk duo? Anyway, the new album is fantastic, so well crafted and a complete standout in the Americana pack.
- Teenage Fanclub (Scotland), Endless Arcade
These guys have been around since 1989, who knew? I'm a slow learner and still catching up to all the great UK jingle-jangle bands out there. Endless Arcade is endless fun!
- Lord Huron (Los Angeles, CA), Long Lost
If you're a fan of David Lynch's Twin Peaks music, you'll be right at home in the Red Room.
- Guided By Voices (Dayton OH), Earth Man Blues
This album simply rocks! The riffs on this thing takes me back to the day.
- Dori Freeman, (Galax, VA), Ten Thousand Roses
This woman simply stands out with her songs. I hope she will get her due down the road as she is miles ahead of many young artists with much bigger names and smaller songs.
- Crowded House (Australia), Dreamers Are Waiting
I love Crowded House, I love this album and part of the 80's-90's bands revival of 2021.
- Big Red Machine (Ohio, Wisconsin), How Long Do You Think It's Going To Last?
An Indie Folk supergroup? With Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon at the helm, and with drop-in's like Taylor Swift, this album is a standout.
- Shannon Lay (Los Angeles, CA), Geist
I had never heard of Shannon Lay until I heard a song from Geist on a streaming service. Then, that gets me interested and I listen to the whole album, and I'm picking songs right and left for the monthly playlist and then, songs left and right for this final playlist. Yeah, I like Shannon Lay a lot.
- Gary Louris (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Jump For Joy
Gary Louris is the founding member of one of my favorite bands, The Jayhawks. Of course I'm going to love this solo album of folk and jingle-jangle rock 'n' roll!
- Bleachers (New York, NY), Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night
- Kings of Leon (Nashville, TN), When You See Yourself
- Jackson Browne (Los Angeles, CA) Downhill From Everywhere
Jackson is simply one of the best still at the top of his game. I'm enjoying his ongoing collaboration with Val McCallum on electric guitar and vocals.
- Dylan LeBlanc (Shreveport, LA), Pastimes
An EP of some of the best covers I've ever heard.
- Elise LeGrow (Canada), Grateful
Great soulful sound and nobody's heard of her? Grateful is so much better than Adele's 30, but that's just my little opinion.
- The Wallflowers (Los Angeles, CA), Exit Wounds
Not bad for a band who haven't played together in nine years. The very wonderful Shelby Lynne provides backup vocals on several tracks.
- Natalie Hemby (Nashville, TN) Pens and Needles
One of Nashville's best songwriter to the stars, gets to shine here on her second solo album.
- Allison Russell (Canada), Outside Child
- The Killers (Las Vegas, NV), Pressure Machine
- Death Cab For Cutie (Bellingham, WA), The Georgia E.P.
- The Fratellis (Scotland), Half Drunk Under A Full Moon
- David Crosby (Santa Ynez, CA), For Free
- The Black Keys (Akron, OH), Delta Kream
- Flyte (England), This Is Really Going to Hurt
- Real Estate (Brooklyn, NY), Half a Human
- Hearty Har (Los Angeles, CA), Radio Astro
- Toad The Wet Sprocket, (Santa Barbara, CA), Starting Now
- Kings Of Convenience, (Norway), Peace or Love
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Monday, December 27, 2021
Monday, November 29, 2021
This month was a good month for me finding new music that lead me back to discover older recorded material by artists and bands. If you are a regular reader of this blog you know that the majority of my writing is inspired by my younger days in the 1960's and 70's, and not as much from the 80's and 90's. Now even though this is a #NewMusicMonday, you'll find that I've found newly recorded songs that were originally recorded in the 80's or 90's, or new songs that have an affinity and influence from those past two decades... or some new/old blues, and if you can believe it, some new Deep Purple from the way way back of my youth.
|Acoustic Hymns Vol 1 (Amazon)|
|Natural History (Amazon)|
What makes me bring these two albums together is their acoustic flavor with songs stripped down to enhance the songwriters lyrics with their fantastic singing voices. I highly recommend both.
The next band, The War On Drugs has a mixture of rock 'n' roll influences, but I guess their name says it all being emblematic of the Nancy Reagan 80's and her infamous and ridiculous, "Just say no to drugs" campaign. The band's leader, Adam Granduciel was born in 1979 so he obviously grew up through that 80's D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) period at school and probably even had to wear the t-shirt to a D.A.R.E. program in the school auditorium hosted by a local sports hero. Need I digress more... The band's new album, I Don't Live Here Anymore, is simply fabulous and the songs have grown on me the past several weeks. I have included all the songs from the album in the playlist this week, but Adam had me when he pulls out the Rickenbacker 330 Fireglo for his live version of Change and is the song to lead off this mix.
- I Don't Live Here Anymore,
The War On Drugs
- Acoustic Hymns Vol 1,
- Bright Lights, Susanna Hoffs
- Raise The Roof, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
- The Bridge, Sting
- The Future, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
- Heavy Load of Blues, Gov't Mule
- Queens of the Summer Hotel, Aimee Mann
- Grateful, Elise LeGrow
- Turning To Crime, Deep Purple
- Rufus Wainwright and Amsterdam Sinfonietta Live, Rufus Wainwright and Amsterdam Sinfonietta
- Unfollow The Rules, Rufus Wainwright (2020)
Monday, October 25, 2021
Writing about new music releases every month is my most difficult task at Monday Monday Music™. It's like wading out into rough surf with my 1970's Boogie board. I'll call the "rough surf"– the waves of new pop music constantly coming in through my social media apps like a wind blown day at Mission Beach. I do make the attempt to listen, but it's often like strapping my Boogie board to my ankle, putting on my fins and swimming under a series of choppy waves before I get out to calmer waters to waves with a little more form. As Sting said, "Love is the seventh wave."
In thinking about the Boogie board metaphor, I thought about the idea of taking a picture of my 1975 (baby blue) Morey Boogie board along with my brand new Morey Boogie Board that I recently purchased at Costco. That thought quickly faded as I'm currently in Seattle during this post and not at home in San Diego to snap that picture.
|Tom Morey, inventor of the Boogie Board, is|
photographed on Capistrano Beach holding
a newer model (left) and (right) his original
1971 Boogie Board.(Photo source- NPR/
Robert Lachman/Los Angeles Times
via Getty Images
bodyboarding around 1971 as my friend Steve Spencer who surfed started shaping and making a few surfboards for fun. He gave me a small fiberglass board that was paddle board size he had made from some left over surfboard foam. I then took my dad's black and yellow Churchill Swim Fins from the garage, and they became mine. (I had no idea at the time that Churchill Fins would be the preferred standard for bodyboarders for many years.) I loved bodyboarding! It was like being a dolphin with the sensation of my body being right in the wave. For no particular reason, I was never interested in standing and surfing. Maybe I wasn't into the surfer scene, but I did like the 1960's style VW bus.
SDSU, and after hearing about this new type of soft bodyboard called the Morey Boogie® board, I purchased a new Morey 132 B.E. for $50 at a surf shop in Pacific Beach. (When you don't have any money, you remember the price.) Needless to say, I had endless summers and wetsuit winters of fun Boogie boarding over the years, and I still have my original baby blue board and leash used by my kids when they were children at the beach and snow, and now my grandchildren at the pool and beach. Thank you Tom Morey!
Monday, September 27, 2021
This Monday finds me with few words and a 60 song playlist that features several artists new to me.Dori Freeman's new album Ten Thousand Roses, I started to go through my normal routine of sampling an album. I usually glide across several sections of a song daring the artist that is new to me to stop my incessant 'skip clicking' and slap me to attention. I love it when my search mode mentality stops and my active music listening mode starts. Is there gold here?
Dori certainly got my attention in that she has a wonderful voice to go with her straight forward songwriting. What makes a person gravitate to a singer-songwriter artist over another? Of course you have your personal taste even within a genre like Americana, but there's a magic to finding someone that sings and speaks to you. It's rare when I feature all or almost all the songs from a new album, it just doesn't happen that often. I've included all ten songs from Ten Thousand Roses across the playlist this week. I'll now be going to listen to her other three albums.
Enjoy the playlist my friends!
Albums Featured This Month (w/at least 3 songs)
- Dori Freeman • Ten Thousand Roses
- Billy Strings • Renewal
- Mac McCaughan • The Sound of Yourself
- Third Eye Blind • Our Bande Apart
- Adia Victoria • A Southern Gothic
- J.P. Saxe • Dangerous Levels of Introspection
- Lindsey Buckingham • Lindsey Buckingham
- Heartless Bastards • A Beautiful Life
- Jason Isbell
- Natalie Hemby
- Pat Metheny
- Ric Robertson
- Tommy Emmanuel & Richard Smith
- Amanda Ventura
- King Princess
- Ronnie Wood
- Eddie Vedder
- Kacey Musgraves
- Alexis Taylor
- Ringo Starr
- Aoife O'Donovan
- Old Sea Brigade
- Nathaniel Rateliff
Monday, August 30, 2021
- Marisa Anderson & William Tyler
- John Batiste
- Big Red Machine
- Jade Bird
- Lindsay Buckingham
- Rodney Crowell
- Brett Dennen
- Tommy Emmanuel & Richard Smith
- Oliver Hazard
- Natalie Hemby
- Scott Hirsch
- Chistone "Kingfish" Ingram
- Durand Jones & The Indicators
- Josiah and the Bonnevilles
- The Killers
- John Mayer
- James McMurty
- Robert Plant & Allison Krauss
- Kathleen Regan
- Maggie Rose
- Sturgill Simpson
- Toad The Wet Sprocket
Monday, July 26, 2021
Monday, June 28, 2021
Monday, May 31, 2021
In most streaming services, algorithm-created or hand-made playlists are collected into a current narrow genre format. From a pure listening perspective, I can't take the same-same type of songs all in a single playlist for one sitting. I guess it's the same reason I gave up on commercial AM-FM format stations years ago.
Monday, April 26, 2021
|Darnella Frazier (Center)|
"When I look at George Floyd, I look at my dad, I look at my brothers, I look at my cousins, my uncles," Frazier said. She said she has stayed up some nights "apologizing and apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more and not physically interacting and not saving his life." But, she said, "it’s not what I should have done. It’s what he (Chauvin) should have done." (USA Today)
In my search for new music this month, I found an Allison Russell song on Spotify who will be releasing her debut solo album, Outside Child in May.
My usual moaning in new music searches for rock 'n' roll and Americana genres of music is that there is just sooooo much music coming out every month. Actually, a nice problem to have in a world full of real problems, don't you think?
I look at lots of different 'New Releases' reviews and playlists from many of the music streaming services or major (and even minor) online music publications out there.
So why check out my little music publication every Monday?
My answer, I generally curate a new playlist every week. I do this from artists' EP's or albums over just 'singles' releases. It doesn't mean I don't do singles, I include them in almost every playlist I make. It's just a marked contrast with the commercial music streaming playlists today that are typically put together with a mix of singles only.
As a distinction from the pack, my YouTube playlists are most often a mix of 2-5 songs from an album or live video recording with individual artist singles mixed throughout. My hope is that you'll come away with at least one familiar or new artist that causes you to further seek out their songs or albums.
With that said, here's 68 songs, most you've probably have never heard before. Believe me, I'm often just a couple of weeks or even days ahead of you on that one, but in channeling my inner Stephen Colbert I'll say, "A curated mix of my taste in music, found in album, sifted and separated by song, and carefully sorted, that is my segment... A Playlist."
Enjoy my friends, stay well and mask-up!
Monday, March 29, 2021
Right now, I'm on a Neil Young biographies jag. Good friend Ken Forman sent me Neil's 2012 autobiography, Waging Heavy Peace: Hippie Dream that was perfect timing with his new batch of releases that I have mixed in this month's playlists. Thanks Ken!Shaky for me to borrow, and I'm going to do the same as he has never read Waging Heavy Peace. I love how I'm reading these backwards in time.
Neil's a very special musician to several generations now. If you're into my blog and playlists, you know I always manage a way to stick his tunes in my playlists. So enjoy some of his new old stuff that I have selected and mixed right in with all the younger musician's new songs. I'm thinking, Neil would probably like that last sentence.
This week, all the work is in the playlist (80 songs), or my new spin on an old proverb, The proof of the playlist is in the listening.
That's all I got.
Enjoy my friends, stay healthy and mask-up.
Monday, January 25, 2021
A day, I as an American citizen would never have thought possible. Almost three weeks ago, a mob incited by President Trump, descended upon our U.S. Capital and created a violent insurrection against our constitution by trying to stop the legislative process to certify our 2020 Presidential election.
One year later in October 2020, I wrote another blog, The Senate A Silent Majority, and the #WrongSideOfHistory, where I updated the graphic by adding the 'electoral 2020' to go along with the featured song of that blog by Paul Hobbs, The Senate A Silent Majority. In taking inspiration from Paul's song I wrote, The present Senate majority (fifty-three) Republican senators have simply been, SILENT. Silent to act as Trump almost provoked a war with North Korea. Silent to act on any meaningful legislation like rebuilding our nation's infrastructure. Silent to act by watching immigrant children locked in cages at the southern border. Silent to act on the President's attempt to use a foreign power to influence our election. Silent to act on a world-wide pandemic with over 8 million U.S. cases and over 220,000 American deaths (so far). I could go on...
And let it shine
Just own the night
Like the Fourth of July