Today it’s all about new things – new songs by new discoveries, new to me at least. Not everything here is brand new, but it’s brand new to my ears. Lots of great music this year, and almost every year – but certainly some new things over the last week or two that I’ve really enjoyed, keep going back to – and so hopefully something (one thing at least) for everyone here. As good as finding brand new music (that you’ve never heard of or heard before) is when you find your way back to something you loved but moved on from, and then hearing brand new music from that artist send you back. That’s another part of it. At any rate the aim was to pick a few different things from across the spectrum. Happy Friday!
1. Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Close But No Cigar
I found this – recently. And I’ve just been going back to find more and more by this trio. Super-tight and funky, just great playing – insatiable groove, warmth, tone, feel – all the good things in more than decent measures. So good.
2. Julien Baker, Appointments
From the brand new album, her second full-lengther. She’s just 22 and there’s a world of wisdom in her songwriting already. Enjoying this very much.
3. The Angelica Sanchez Trio, Black Flutter
I’ve been listening to this a lot over the last few months – recently reviewing the album. So good. Three amazing players. I’m deeply interested in anything that Tyshawn Sorey (drummer, composer, multi-instrumentalist) is doing…so that’s what got me to this album. But I know Michael Formanek’s playing (the bassist) and Angelica Sanchez (piano) too. All three are composers and band-leaders in their own right. The album is masterclass of amazing performances.
4. The Mountain Goats, Shirtless in Hamburg
I was a big fan of The Mountain Goats, for many years. Then I moved on. I’m not even sure why, I just forgot to listen to them – still loved the old stuff, but didn’t keep up with all of the new albums I guess. Then, just recently, I heard about a Mountain Goats podcast, in searching for that I found out a brand new EP. Which in turn made me spend some more time with the most recent full-length album by the band. The new EP, though, is a return to the earlier sound – stripped right back. It’s all Ozzy Osbourne-inspired/related also.
5. Margo Price, Weakness
I got hooked on Margo Price’s debut album (still fairly recent) and so I’ve been waiting to hear the new one – this is the title track from an EP released earlier this year – but it is also a feature of the newly released full album. She’s a great talent, a star in my mind.