Friday, December 22, 2023


Who made the best albums this year? Look no further than this list...

23. Soft Landing by Art School Girlfriend

I love journey albums. You put it on and you just go...

That's what happens when you listen to Art School Girlfriend's Soft Landing. The London outfit is a guaranteed shoe gaze ticket to the cosmos.


22. Bunny by Beach Fossils

The terribly fun pop music and jangly guitars of Bunny by Beach Fossils were a summer staple in our house this past year. All the feels...

21. One Man Band by Miles Kane

God like genius Miles Kane released yet another out of this world album. One Man Band is Brit Rock at its finest!

20. The Devil Always Collects by Brian Setzer

The Rockabilly King returns with a roaring collection of jumpin' tunes. Bop cat bop!

19. This Is Why by Paramore

The band that has launched indie music into universal appeal released their finest offering yet this year. A completely stunning achievement that tears down any remaining walls between alternative music and mass appeal

18. Exotico by Temples

The future of psychedelic pop is fine hands with Kettering's own Temples. A cosmic journey awaits anyone who chooses to play this record from start to finish.


17. Exorcism of Youth by The View 

The multi-layerdd pop of Dundee's own The View clocks in at number seventeen this year with a very fine record about the trials and tribulations of being young at heart while growing old.


16. The Land Is Inhospitable And So Are We by Mitski

Gem of the universe Mitski released an absolute corker of a record this year with one of the best opening tracks of all time (see below). Her music speaks to and of all peoples of our fair planet. 

15. Sunbursting EP by Bibio.

West Midlands folk should be proud that their lad Bibio makes such fantastic pop music. His latest clocks in at number fifteen this year. What a psychedelic treat!

14. Wait Til I Get Over by Durand Jones

The incomparable Durand Jones released a solo record this year which pushed the boundaries of soul music while expressing the deep pain of social justice challenges. He is our modern day Ray Charles! 


13. Gasms by Smokey Robinson

Soul icon Smokey Robinson released a gorgeous record this year that spoke directly to his roots as a musician and artist. I close my eyes when I listen to it and feel like it's 1968 again. Soul=Love. 


12. How Many Dreams? by DMA's

It's quite heart warming to see the Brit Rock style spread around the world. Sydney, Australia natives DMA's are carrying the torch of this fab music with their latest offering.


11. Council Skies by Noel Gallagher

Noel puts out his darkest and yet most uplifting album to date. It's nice to know that we all are together in experiencing the sadder aspects of life. I commend his dedication to being so serious about it all.

10. Uncertain Joys by The Subways

I've enjoyed this record all year as it came out in January. Clearly, one of the best power trios of all time and with a spanking new drummer!

9. Audiolust & Higher Love by Sg Lewis

Reading's club/dance king released yet another leg twitcher this year guaranteed to make you shake it. Live that VIP, limited edition lifestyle!

8. Come Around and Love Me by Jalen Ngonda

Let me take you back to the early 1970's...except it's not that time's this year...and a beautiful soul record that sounds like that era was released by this wonderful artist.

7. Fuse by Everything But The Girl

One of the great musical power couples are back with yet another magical album. It's well worth the twenty four year wait. Her voice is so beautiful it makes me cry...


6. The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons by The Hives

The world's greatest party band returns with a vengeance and smashes the world once again like Hulk's fist.


5. Sundown by Eddie Chacon

He's a self proclaimed low key R&B legend and his latest record is simply amazing. This record will change you and a loved one that you hopefully have close by...

4. Retas by Voice of Baceprot

The first full length from the ladies from West Java is a massively devastating first volley. The future of metal is bright indeed!

3. But Here We Are The Foo Fighters

Dave and the lads return with their most personal album to date. Given their recent loss, it makes sense that this one would hit us all straight in the soul. I played it all summer and it was the perfect soundtrack for that sun soaked time.


2. Hackney Diamonds by The Rolling Stones

What the actual fuck, Rolling Stones? You dudes are in your 80s and you make one of the best albums in your sixty year catalog? Hats off to you, mates. I hear you already have another one in the can. Can't hardly wait!

1. Bewitched by Laufey

The album of the year goes to Laufey, the bedroom jazz chanteuse from Iceland, who has truly dazzled and mesmerized me since bursting on the scene a year and a half ago. Like me, she is a dreamer who enchants us all into her world of blissful romance.

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

The Best Song of 2023: Nothing Left To Lose by Everything But The Girl

This year's best song goes to "Nothing Left To Lose" by Everything But The Girl. It's from their first full length album in 24 years, Fuse. The Hull duo have been mesmerizing the world for much longer than that (nearly 40 years) and here's to hoping they continue to do so for another 40 years.

The track is dark, pleading and yet incredibly loving and hopeful which honestly is exactly them...

Monday, December 18, 2023

Track #2 of 2023: Crash Into The Weekend by The Hives

The world's greatest party band is back with the ultimate Friday song. "Crash Into The Weekend" is all ten levels of fun, including dragon level. The Hives really know how to bring it!

Sunday, December 17, 2023

Track #3 of 2023: Pms by Voice of Bracepot

The power trio Voice of Bracepot have taken the world by storm. And we are all their children, bowing before their awesome power of ROCK!

Saturday, December 16, 2023

Track #4 of 2023: Hard by Shinee

"Hard" by Shinee is like four songs in one track and they are all BOSS. I challenge you to not dance when you listen to this track. 

We move.

Friday, December 15, 2023

Track #5 of 2023: Get Close by The Rolling Stones

So, the Stones made a new album. And it's one of their best out of their 60+ year career. It's quite soul warming to hear that these fine young lads are still making great music!

Thursday, December 14, 2023

Track #6 of 2023: Come Around And Love Me by Jalen Ngonda

It's an honor and pleasure to be alive during a soul revival time period. Jalen Ngonda is a leader of this revival with his first offering, Come Around and Love Me

The title track is vintage soul...

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Track #7 of 2023: Dreamer by Laufey

The beauty and wonder of Iceland's Laufey has kissed me so wonderfully this year. No track sums it up more than "Dreamer," a perfect example of what she calls "bedroom jazz." 

For lovers everywhere...

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Track #8 of 2023: Hearing Voices by The Foo Fighters

Holy crap did The Foo Fighters make a helluva record this year. The stand out track from But Here We Are is clearly "Hearing Voices." A sad lament for a lost one...

Monday, December 11, 2023

Track #9 of 2023: Common Ground by Rvg

Melbourne's own Rvg offered up a beautiful track this year called "Common Ground," something the whole world could stand to find right now. The tone of this outfit, both thematically and stylistically, is perfect for this year...

Sunday, December 10, 2023

Track #10 of 2023: Jean Mores by Youth Valley

We are in to the Top Ten and I can't think of a better way to start it off than Athens, Greece natives Youth Valley. Dream pop bliss!

Saturday, December 9, 2023

Track #11: Just Before The Morning by Local Natives

The dream pop bliss of Orange County's Local Natives clocks in at number eleven with a shining and brilliant track called "Just Before The Morning." I think I need to listen to it at that time of day...

Friday, December 8, 2023

Track #12 of 2023: Far Away by Eddie Chacon

Words fail me in attempting to describe "Far Away" by Eddie Chacon. Perhaps I'll just let the absolute beauty of the track speak for itself...

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Track #13 of 2023: This Is Why by Paramore

Paramore is straddling the world like a colossus. No longer a mere indie band, they simply rule all. "This Is Why" is fine example of this dominance.

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Track #14 of 2023: Echo In The Chamber by Say She She

Find those platform shoes and dance the night away at your local disco as you listen to "Echo in the Chamber" by Say She She. This band has a mighty bright future!

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Track #15: Bug Like An Angel by Mitski

Gem of the universe aka Mitski released a track this year that sunk deep within my soul. "Bug Like An Angel" is just plain gorgeous, especially the vocal arrangements. 

Monday, December 4, 2023

Track #16 of 2023: The Fall by Gregory Alan Isakov

Boulder native Gregory Alan Isakov released one of the most wonderful autumnal songs this year called (perfectly) "The Fall." Truly, a beautiful piece of music...

Sunday, December 3, 2023

Track #17 of 2023: Looking For Love by Disclosure

The night beats cool vibe of "Looking For Love" is next up on the countdown for 2023. Disclosure do an excellent job of setting the tone for the 2am club scene...

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Track #18 of 2023: Thank You by Willie J. Healey

 he chill out funk of "Thank You" by Willie J Healey clocks in at #18 on my list for this year. Go find that special someone, kiss them and thank them! For no reason at all!

Friday, December 1, 2023

Track #19 of 2023: Morning by Anna St. Louis

 Kansas City native Anna St Louis wisped her way into my heart this past summer with the track "Morning." This track is just a gorgeous piece of music so carefully crafted into AM Gold wonder...

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Track #20 of 2023: Drunk on a Flight by Eloise

The torch song malaise of "Drunk on a Flight” by London's own Eloise is just grand, especially as this is her first record. The contemplative introspection just blows me away...

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Track #21 of 2023: Psychos by Jenny Lewis

The pride of Las Vegas, Jenny Lewis, is next up in the countdown. "Psychos" reminds me of the late 1970s and listening to the crappy car radio we had in our Hornet. AM Gold!!

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Track #22 of 2023: Now And Then by The Beatles

The Beatles have released their final song (although I am personally praying and holding out hope that "Carnival of Light" will see its day at some point) and it is completely wonderful. "Now And Then" was the third song given to Paul, George and Ringo by Yoko for the Anthology records in the mid 1990s. It never mad the cut due to the tremendous hum on Lennon's demo tape. 

But with the advent of AI and Peter Jackson, the song was resurrected and finished. It's so amazing to hear them all together again!

Monday, November 27, 2023

Track #23 of 2023: Chemical by Post Malone

Let the countdown begin! For the next 23 days, I will be counting down the best cuts of 2023. 

First up is pure pop bliss with Post Malone's "Chemical." Insane hooks with a great message of self actualization. 

Thursday, November 23, 2023

First Aid Kit: Emmylou (Autumn Music Series)

Today, I am thankful for the track "Emmylou" by First Aid Kit. In so many ways, it's the perfect autumnal song. Great vocals with plenty of echo, acoustic guitars and a gorgeous violin. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

The Fusion Syndicate: Beautiful Horizon

The Fusion Syndicate are quite a wonderful prog rock band. Their latest record is magically called Beautiful Horizon and it sounds exactly like that. 

Opening track is completely insane...

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Mirroring: Mine (Autumn Music Series)

The ethereal sounds of "Mine" by Mirroring are on my mind today as the fall weather continues to hang on in Minnesota. It's haunting and pleading tone mesmerizes me...

Monday, November 20, 2023

Dylan LeBlanc: Coyote (Album of the Week)

I guess it's going to be a Louisiana love kind of few days here at MarkiesMusic because my pick for Album of the Week is yet another fine musician from the bayou. Dylan LeBlanc has released yet another absolute stunner of a record. Coyote is amazing from start to finish with its sway, swagger and lyrical beauty.

It starts of slinky...

..and then just gets ethereal...

I love albums that expand your mind and make you feel safe and warm in their loneliness...

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Video Age: Away From The Castle

New Orleans may be mostly known for jazz and blues but Video Age is making some mighty fine Lo-Fi, lounge music. Their latest is called Away From The Castle and it's been in heavy rotation in our house for the last few weeks, complete with martinis and dancing. 

Opening track...

Saturday, November 18, 2023

Robert Finley: BlackBayou

Are you ready for some stanky and dirty blues? Look no further than Black Bayou by the legendary Robert Finley. The Berince, Louisiana native tells the stories of the swamp on this one and man oh man are they filled with heartache.


Thursday, November 16, 2023

Black Pumas: Chronicles Of A Diamond

Black Pumas are doing a damn fine job of carrying the torch of soul music in the 21st century. The Austin, Texas natives have just released their sophomore effort and it's a dandy. Chronicles Of A Diamond is truly a jewel.

Opening track...

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Wild Nothing: Hold

Wild Nothing is back with a wonderful new record called Hold. It's an 80s dance party, folks! But with modern sounds on the HiFi!!

Opening track=wonderful

Monday, November 13, 2023

Duran Duran: Danse Macabre (Album of the Week)

Duran Duran are at the top of their game. They sound as good as they did in the 80s, if not better given that they are now revered and massively experienced elders of the pop scene. Their last album, Future Past, was my pick for Album of the Year in 2021. 

So it comes as no surprise that their Halloween album, Danse Macabre, is just as amazing. There are some covers and a couple of reworkings of old songs but the real gems are the three new tracks, the best of which is this one...

It's fresh and yet vintage 80s at the same time. Here's to seeing this band continue to make great music as long as the Stones have...20 more years!

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Hannah Peel: Don't Kiss The Broken One (Autumn Music Series)

Hannah Peel's gorgeous and cautionary tale from her 2010 release, The Broken Wave, is a classic autumnal track. The violin is the magic touch on this truly lovely song...

Thursday, November 9, 2023

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: The Silver Chord

The ever prolific King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have a new record out that ditches their heavy sound for a synth vibe. The Silver Chord is yet another fine example of this chameleon like band continues to stretch their musical muscles. 

Here is the opening trifecta!

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Mitski: The Land Is Inhospitable And So Are We

Mitski is a gem of the world. Ah, let's change that. The universe. The whole fucking thing. Her latest record is called The Land is Inhospitable And So Are We and it just devours the soul in the most exquisite of ways.

Opening track of the journey...

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Fever Ray: Mustn't Hurry (Autumn Music Series)

Fever Ray has a perfect autumn track on their 2017 release, Plunge. "Mustn't Hurry" has just the right amount of echo and haunt that's amazing for a fall stroll. Kudos to the Swedish native for nailing the sound!

Sunday, November 5, 2023

The Rolling Stones: Hackney Diamonds (Album of the Week)

The Rolling Stones are just...well...AWESOME! They have an incredible new album out and another in the can ready to go. 

And they are in their 80s:)

Hackney Diamonds is vintage Stones with all the classic guitar riffs and incredibly Glimmer Twins harmonies.

They kick it off just right...

And then comes that magical second track which sounds like early 70s Stones. 

Just an absolute stunner...

Get this record!!!

Saturday, November 4, 2023

The Drums: Jonny

The joyful and massively fun pop of The Drums are on my mind today, specifically their new record called Jonny. The NYC natives have released their most personal album yet and all sixteen tracks are gems.

Here is the opening track...

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Bombay Bicycle Club: My Big Day

London's own Bombay Bicycle Club is back with My Big Day, a wonderful collection of out and out fun pop songs. There is some of their usual psychedelia too. 

This track reminds me of a 70s TV show theme song...with a dash of psychedelia...

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Metric: Formentera II

Toronto's own Metric have dropped their follow up to last year's Formentera. Formentera II is more of the same wonderful indie/synth/pop gold. The hooks are intoxicating, especially on the second track. 

Check it out!

Monday, October 30, 2023

Say She She: Silver (Album of the Week)

The ever twirling and endlessly sparkling mirror ball is alive and well with the international sensations known as Say She She. Silver is their latest record and it's a double album perfectly fitting in with the milieu of the 1970s. I was a kid during the disco era and honestly didn't care for it much. Yet now, I feel the pull of he nostalgia so this outfit is hitting me just at the right time. 

I mean, dig these grooves...

And this is just classic disco...

Can't wait to see this band live!

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Night Beats: Rajan

Seattle's own Night Beats have a totally fab new record out called Rajan. Its far out, psychedelic sounds swirl around in the most splendid of ways. I feel like I'm in 1966!

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Steven Wilson: The Harmony Codex

Art Rock fans will rejoice at the latest offering from an OG of the genre, Steven Wilson. The Harmony Codex is a cosmic delight, impeccably produced and filled with amazing tracks guaranteed to expand the mind.

Have a pleasant flight...

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Wilco: Cousin

Wilco is back with a most unusual and fun record. Cousin sees the Chicago natives venturing into a "Bowie in Berlin" type of arena and it sounds amazing. There are also traces of Velvet Underground but done in a Wilco way.

Check it out!

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Woods: Perennial

The soothing sounds of Woods are on my mind today and those Brooklyn indie folk vibes are hitting me just right. Their latest is called Perennial and it is mighty wonderful. 

Here is one of my faves

Monday, October 23, 2023

Bibio: Sunbursting EP (Album of the Week)

The West Midlands lad known as Bibio gets the nod this week for Album of the Week. The cosmic and esoteric nature of his music leaves me gutted in the best of all possible ways. The opening track is just astounding. 

Lots of soul there...

This one is cloud kissing bliss...

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Teenage Fanclub: Nothing Lasts Forever

Glasgow's own Teenage Fanclub are back with a very groovy and not so subtle nod to 60s acoustic rock. Nothing Lasts Forever is one of their finest, especially in terms of vocal arrangements which are at a Beach Boys level of awesome.

Opening track...

Saturday, October 21, 2023

The National: Laugh Track

The National just dropped another record in the calendar year of 2023. Yay! Laugh Track is every bit as good as their May release, First Two Pages Of Frankenstein. There is zero doubt that they have been listening to a lot of Leonard Cohen lately but hey, what's wrong with that?

Here is one of my faves...

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Stephen Sanchez: Angel Face

Nashville's own Stephen Sanchez has finally dropped his first full length record. Angel Face is a gorgeous shout out to the days of the dreamy crooner. Think mid to late 1940s and early 1950s. Even the cover of the album sets that tone. 

Here is one of my faves...

Monday, October 16, 2023

Graham Parker: Last Chance To Learn The Twist (Album of the Week)

Crafty veteran and London native Graham Parker continues to churn out stellar music at the ripe young age of 72. Last Chance To Learn The Twist is his latest and it opens up with an absolute corker. 

Praise the LORD!

The whole album is quite soulful...

The lad brings it on this one! It should be in your regular rotation immediately!!

Sunday, October 15, 2023

The Pretenders: Relentless

The Pretenders are back with a gem of a record called Relentless. Chrissie is pretty raw on this one with love and relationships but that's just the way I like it. Love can be dark.

Here is one of my faves...

Saturday, October 14, 2023

GAPS: Your Own Sweet Time (Autumn Music Series)

GAPS were a Brighton band that made one fantastic album called In, Around The Moments. The track "Your Own Sweet Time" is a perfect autumnal charmer. I can feel that October wind blow as this track plays...

Friday, October 13, 2023

Madison Beer: Silence Between Songs

The pop stylings of Madison Beer are on my mind today with her latest release, Silence Between Songs, being played heavily of late in my life. The New York native has gotten a lot more serious on her sophomore release and it honestly sounds like more than just a typical pop album. I'm hearing lounge and indie rock, two of my faves!

Opening track, favorite of Lana Del Rey

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Brian Setzer: The Devil Always Collects

Brian Setzer is back with eleven tracks of rockabilly heaven. I loved all the swing stuff he did being a giant nerd for that genre but it's truly a pleasure to see him back doing what made him famous. The Devil Always Collects starts at 90mph and never lets up!

Monday, October 9, 2023

Laufey: Bewitched (Album of the Week)

The sophomore outing for the world's greatest lounge singer (or bedroom jazz as she defines it) is out! Bewitched by Laufey is simply dazzling. From the first notes of the record, one immediately requires a martini. 

After the dreamer enchants us into her world, we are lost forever in a world of love and bliss...

Friday, October 6, 2023

The Armed: Perfect Saviors

Detroit's own shoegzers The Armed have a new record out called Perfect Saviors. It's my favorite thus far for this outfit of rotating characters and mysterious beings. The guitar power sweeps are out of this world. 

Opening track...

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Jeff Rosentock: Hellmode

I make no bones about how much I love "Dudes with Guitars" artists and outfits. Jeff Rosenstock has an absolute corker of a DWG track out called "Liked U Better." In fact, the Long Island native's whole record is filled with stunners.

Check it out! 

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Spelling & The Mystery School: Spelling

Oakland's own Spelling is back with a slinky, self titled pop record that is a pure delight. Her fourth record sees her exploring multiple genres withing the pop milieu and striving to be cinematic in her style. 

Here is one of my faves which could easily be the next Bond theme!

Monday, October 2, 2023

Jalen Ngonda: Come Around and Love Me (Album of the Week)

The great soul revival of the new millennium continues with a powerful first volley from Jalen Ngonda. The East Coast, USA native moved to Liverpool ten years ago to study music and apparently has discovered why early 70s Motown, in particular Marvin Gaye, is MEGA. 

Here are two tracks off the record that showcase this young artist's immense talent. Each sets a mood just like those classic soul tracks did decades ago...

Sunday, October 1, 2023

Summer Camp: Two Chords (Autumn Music Series)

It's October 1st and that means it's officially time to kick off the annual Autumn Music Series. I started this event several years ago because there are just certain songs that sound good in the fall. They make you feel like the season which also happens to be my favorite. 

First up is a band called Summer Camp which is certainly odd considering their name. But the song "Two Chords" from their self-titled sophomore outing is a perfect autumn track. Hearing Liz sing "Waiting...waiting...waiting" is pure fall bliss!

Friday, September 29, 2023

Slowdive: Everything Is Alive

Reading's own Slowdive is back with a stunner of a record called Everything Is Alive. It's bloody mags to see them back in fine form and making music again. Shoegazers and dream poppers rejoice!

Opening track...

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Ryan Adams: Alive Volume 1

It's quite nice to see Ryan Adams back with his old band The Cardinals. The noughties so some truly amazing music from this outfit and now those ol' chestnuts are being showcased on a new live album. 

The songs sound fresh and electric on this record. Ryan and the lads are truly having a good time playing and it shows.

Monday, September 25, 2023

Willie J. Healey: Bunny (Album of the Week)

My love for Caterton's own Willie J. Healy continues to grow with his third release, Bunny. He continues to capture that early to mid-70s vibe with aplomb. 

He's added some more funk this time around which is most welcome. 

And we should be thanking him for tracks like this!

This record should be played constantly at home and at work!

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Becca Mancari: Left Hand

Indie folk darling Becca Mancari has a fab new record out called Left Hand. The State Island native has crafted twelve tracks of pure ethereal delight. She has managed to find that perfect balance between folk music and spacey alternative pop.

Here is one of my faves...

Friday, September 22, 2023

Turnpike Troubadours: A Cat In The Rain

Sometimes you just need some solid country. Thankfully, Tahlequah, Oklahoma's own Turnpike Troubadours have just released their sixth record and it's amazing. A Cat In The Rain has all the red dirt any person could need.

Here is one of my faves...

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Filter: The Algorithm

The power and thunder that is Cleveland, Ohio's hardest rocking band is back with The Algorithm. Filter just brings the heavy and the awesome with each new release. This latest record sees them being even more introspective and self-actualized. 

Opening track...

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Holy Wave: Five Of Cups

Psychedelic pop fans will be quite happy with the latest release from Holy Wave, proud sons of El Paso, Texas. Five of Cups is truly an amazing record filled with colours you can hear and sounds you can see. 

Here is a taste of the awesomeness...

Monday, September 18, 2023

The View: Exorcism of Youth (Album of the Week)

The pride of Dundee, Scotland is back with their sixth offering, Exorcism of Youth. The View has always been one of those great British bands that sort of has flown under the radar stateside but does quite well in the Holy Land. It's multi-layered pop at its finest.

Here is the title track...

This one just kills me...

Sunday, September 17, 2023

Laura Groves: Radio Red

Shipley's own Laura Groves has a fab album out called Radio Red. It's pure mellow gold with all the bells and whistles of 70s soft rock. It puts me in a very introspective and spacy mood.

Here's what I mean...

Friday, September 15, 2023

Gregory Alan Isakov: Appaloosa Bones

It's rainy and cold today in the North Woods and that means autumn is just around the corner. The latest offering from Boulder's own Gregory Alan Isakov is a perfect soundtrack. Appaloosa Bones weaves some amazing tales the human condition on this planet, all with the requisite echo-y piano and guitar. 

The opening track is aptly titled!

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Mapeche: Swinging Stars

LA's own Mapeche has a delightful new record out called Swinging Stars. It's a pitch perfect blend of California breeze and folk rock. You can feel the sun and the ocean was over you as you listen. 

Here is the opening track...

Monday, September 11, 2023

Girl Ray: Prestige (Album of the Week)

North Londoners Girl Ray has their third record out now and it is fab! Prestige makes 1977 come alive all over again

All we need is a mirrorball...

And yet it also sounds 21st-century current...

Put this one on regular rotation in your home, office and ears!

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Margaret Glaspy: Echo The Diamond

Ah, the joy of indie drone. It's a warm feeling rooted in emo and memories of the 1990's. Margaret Glaspy captures this energy perfectly on her latest record, Echo The Diamond. The NYC native has captured the various essence of this style.

Saturday, September 9, 2023

RVG: Brain Worms

The leaves are sadly starting to fall here in the North Woods so I figured we could start my Autumn Music series a little early with RVG's latest offering, Brain Worms. This is the Melbourne outfit's third offering of most excellent ethereal pop. Love those echo-y guitars!

Opening track..

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Alaska Reid: Disenchanter

After a series of amazing singles and EPs, Alaska Reid has finally released her first long player. Disenchanter weaves amazing tales of friendship, fads, and, of course, love...all done with the typical indie aplomb we hear in this genre. The Montana native's star is clearly on the rise!

Opening track...

Monday, September 4, 2023

Art School Girlfriend: Soft Landing (Album of the Week)

London's own Art School Girlfriend has taken the world by storm with Soft Landing, a shoegaze masterpiece guaranteed to send your mind to the cosmos. It sucks you in right away...

And then sends you to the cosmos...

I am so looking forward to seeing this outfit progress. The future is bright indeed!

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Georgia: Euphoric

The third album from London's own Georgia is out and it's pure pop bliss. Euphoric has a minimalist, echo based vibe that's perfect for the late summer blues. Mmm...those soft, dancey beats...

Here is the title track...

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Rick Springfield: Automatic

The godfather of power pop is back with another stunner of a record. Rick Springfield, still going strong at age 74, continues to be off his ass amazing. Automatic is chock full of instantly classic sing along pop songs. Honestly, he might be even better now than he was back in the 80s!


Monday, August 28, 2023

Miles Kane: One Man Band Album of the Week)

Miles Kane is a modern-day colossus of Brit Rock. His general awesomeness lords over all of us as spins completely fab pop hit after hit. One Man Band is his latest offering to the acolytes of the world who worship at the feet of the Holy Land of music. 

It's every bit of everything.

Here is the title track...

We all need time to heal...

Sunday, August 27, 2023

The Clientele: I Am Not There Anymore

The Clientele are back with their ninth (!) album of brilliant indie pop. I Am Not There Anymore is a wonderful, blissful endeavor that soaks you up like a warm summer day.

Here is the opening track...

Friday, August 25, 2023

Post Malone: Austin

Post Malone is back with what I think is his best album yet. Austin is a tour de force (a phrase I don't often use) but it really applies here. The Syracuse, New York native has finally come up with the right mix of pop, rap and rock. 

Here is one of my faves...

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Bethany Cosentino: Natural Disaster

Bethany Cosentino, front person for fab band Best Coast, has a mighty fine solo record out called Natural Disaster. It's pure rock and roll, something that is rarely made these days. The LA native is uncompromising in her devotion to AOR. 

Here is the title track...

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Django Django: Off Planet

London's own Django Django have finally outdone themselves with their latest record, Off Planet. It's one of those old fashioned concept albums that they used to make back in the days of yore. The idea for this one centers around four parts of a planet with each "side" of the record representing one of those four parts. It's truly a beautiful album. In addition, many guest stars abound on this record including Jack Penate, Self Esteem and Stealing Sheep.

Here is Track 1 Side 1...

Monday, August 21, 2023

The Hives: The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons (Album of the Week)

After a far too long hiatus from recording, the world's ultimate party band is back with The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons. The Hives are completely off their asses on this one with raucous riffs, infectious hooks, and dragon-level awesomeness. 


The opening track is a perfect tone-setter...

Clearly, they have reconnected to their roots and early sound while still maintaining the power of their later stuff. Can't wait to see them live!

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Queen Omega: Freedom Legacy

Trinidad's own Queen Omega has a new record out called Freedom Legacy. My daughter recommended this artist to me a while back and her music is now in regular rotation in our house. The torch of reggae is being carried with power and wonder!

Here is the opening track...

Saturday, August 19, 2023

Lloyd Cole: On Pain

Lloyd Cole is back with a dark look at life that somehow manages to be uplifting. Perhaps it's the collective and daily misery that we all suffer that I find to be comforting with On Pain. The Buxton native is solidly plugged into the human condition.

Here is the title track...

Friday, August 18, 2023

Great Van Fleet: Starcatcher

The monster that is Great Van Fleet is back with another great record of classic rock in the vein of Led Zeppelin, Rush, and Yes. Starcatcher could have very easily come out in the year 1978. The Frankenmuth, Michigan outfit continues to carry a torch that needs to be eternal. And infinite.

Here is the opening track...

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Disclosure: Alchemy

Those lads from Surrey are back with Alchemy, yet another perfecto club stomp of a record. Disclosure is the epitome of night beats cool. You can just see the streaming lights swarming all around you as the album soaks in...

Monday, August 14, 2023

Voice of Baceprot: RETAS (Album of the Week)

Screaming out of Garut, West Java, laying waste to all eardrums and people who must kneel before them, power metal trio Voice of Baceprot has taken the world by firestorm with their latest offering, RETAS

After a series of singles and EPs, we finally have a full length from these magnificent ladies, and, man of man, does it bring the THUNDER!

And the funk...

These women are dragon-level awesome. They are clearly on a trajectory to be a generation-defining band. 

Sunday, August 13, 2023

Youth Valley: Lullabies For Adults

Newcomers Youth Valley have just dropped their first record and dream pop lovers will definitely want to snag it. Lullabies For Adults is completely beautiful and these Athens, Greece natives bear watching as they begin their journey.

Here is the opening track...

Thursday, August 10, 2023

New Jeans: Get Up

K Pop sensations New Jeans have a new EP out called Get Up and its soft but determined late-night club beat is on my mind today. They've gone all in with that Friendly Fires, Everything But The Girl vibe and it's completely wonderful.

Here is the opening track...

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Hannah Jadagu: Aperture

The spacey and mildly trippy pop of Hannah Jadagu has been in heavy rotation with me this summer. Her first full-length, Aperture, dropped back in May and it's an impressive debut. It helps the mind to travel and the soul to calm:)

Here is one of my faves...

Monday, August 7, 2023

Blur: The Ballad of Darren (Album of the Week)

Blur is back! Brit Rock is back!! Yay! 

The London lads that redefined British music have released their first new record in eight years and it is completely amazing. In fact, it has some loungey sounds to it that make it sound like your grandfather's Blur:)

The Ballad of Darren is Blur through and through. The malaise of modern life, weird connections to minutia that seem global in nature, self-actualization, and often loathing, love...all are present in this magnificent beast of a record.

Here is the poppy song...

And the loungey one...

Sunday, August 6, 2023

Mahalia: IRL

Leceister's own Mahalia is back with her sophomore effort entitled IRL. It's a bluntly honest take on life and love in the social media age. Can people really make substantive connections? Mahalia is skeptical but she certainly lets us know what she's thinking and feeling.

Here is a live version of my fave on the record...

Friday, August 4, 2023

Pvris: Evergreen

Let's talk about Pvris. They are a magnificent pop band from Lowell, Massachusetts and they have a new album out called Evergreen. It is quite enjoyable in a shake-your-booty kind of way. And loads of power.

Here is one of my faves...

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Lola Young: My Mind Wanders and Sometimes Leaves Completely

Lola Young’s latest record is perfect for summer listening. My Mind Wanders and Sometimes Leaves Completely is just what we all need right now, both in title and sound. Let your mind wander and leave you as you listen to this fantastic pop album. 

Monday, July 31, 2023

Shinee: Hard (The 8th Album) (Album of the Week)

K Pop sensations Shinee got my nod for Album of the Week on this fine Monday morning. It’s a corker, folks, and you just can’t help but dance upon hearing the first few notes. The catchy tunes and lyrics are Pop 101. I’m so so grateful to my students for getting me into this genre. 

Here is the opening track…

Saturday, July 29, 2023

Generationals: Heatherhead

It's nice to see indie pop coming out of New Orleans, a city known for jazz and blues. That's one of the many things that makes the duo, Generationals, so special. Their latest is called Heatherhead and it is quite magnificent. The tracks are so catchy!

Here is the opening track...

Friday, July 28, 2023

Local Natives: Time Will Wait For No One

Orange County's own Local Natives is easily their best effort yet. Time Will Wait For No One is dream pop at its finest. All eleven tracks are completely enchanting and weave tales of love, loss, and some very serious self-actualization. 

Here is one of my faves...

Monday, July 24, 2023

Portugal.The Man: Chris Black Changed My Life (Album of the Week)

Portugal. The Man has been making fabulous music for three decades now. The Wasilla, Alaska natives have a unique soul-pop sound with just enough indie/alternative thrown in that they've nearly made their own genre.

Their latest is called Chris Black Changed My Life. It should be in regular rotation in your musical life going forward from this moment. Here is one of my faves...

Friday, July 21, 2023

Bdrmm: I Don't Know

Hull's own Bdrmm are back with I Don't Know, their sophomore entry into spaced-out shoegaze wonder. The world needs more music like this which allows us to deeply explore the inner workings of our individual mindscapes and cosmic journeys. 

It reminds me of reading a good sci-fi novel!

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete: Datura

Shogazers of the world can rejoice with the latest release from Lorelle Meets the ObsoleteDatura sees the Bologna outfit exploring some very offbeat sonic landscapes while still sticking to their signature sound. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Sigur Ros: Atta

The pride of Iceland, Sigur Ros, are back with their 8th long player and it's quite dandy. Atta is a perfect chill out, mind expander of a record. Find a quite place to stare at the sky, throw on the headphones and contemplate your place in the universe courtesy of this extraordinarily cool band.

Monday, July 17, 2023

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: Petrodragonic Apocalypse (Album of the Week)

Nary a month or two goes by without Melbourne's own King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard putting out a new album. Their prolific nature is matched only by the complete commitment to making records in as many different musical styles as possible. 

Their latest style is metal and Petrodragonic Apocalypse is a home run in this genre. I mean, I'm not even a metal fan and I love it! It just kicks ass from start to finish, full throttle. 

Here is the opening track...

Saturday, July 15, 2023

John Mellencamp: Orpheus Descending

John Mellencamp has gone quite dark on his latest release, Orpheus Descending. That's ok. Life is a dark ride and Mellencamp is just telling us what we already know. The style of the record reflects the theme...gritty, hollow, and desolate...

I do appreciate truth-tellers. Mellencamp has always been one.

Thursday, July 13, 2023

Killer Mike: Michael

Killer Mike is truly an American treasure. His latest record, Michael, is without a doubt his most personal. And his deepest social commentary yet. It's a painfully penetrating view of where our country is at in terms of race. In short, it's not good.

Yet, I found myself growing optimistic after the first couple of times I listened to it. That's Mike's gift...

Monday, July 10, 2023

Queens of the Stone Age: In Times New Roman...(Album of the Week)

Proud sons of Seattle, Queens of the Stone Age, get my nod this week for Album of the Week with In Times New Roman...

This record is a giant feat of awesomeness for a band that now has output in four decades. It's extra dirty and grungy which, in my opinion, comes from their continued collaboration with Iggy Pop. They were great before working with him and now they are simply stellar. 

Here is one of my faves...

Sunday, July 9, 2023

The Boo Radleys: Eight

The pride of Wallasey is back with their eighth long player and there seems to be no stopping their comeback. Eight is the title of this fantastic record that seeks to forge a more diverse style. Originally a shoegaze band, The Boo Radleys are quite beyond that now. 

You must check it out!

Thursday, July 6, 2023

Jenny Lewis: Joy'all

The latest record from Las Vegas's own Jenny Lewis is quirky fun. Joy'all has all the indie rock trappings that form the genre's core along with some AM Gold and loungy stuff. Lewis has a truly unique way of looking at the world. 

Here is the opening track...

Monday, July 3, 2023

Anna St. Louis: In The Air (Album of the Week)

Kansas City's own Anna St. Louis has just dropped an absolute gem of a record called In The Air. Its hazy, beautifully lazy ways have been hitting me like the warm summer sun these last few weeks, comforting my soul and leaving me thankful that this artist is carrying the torch of exquisite nostalgia. 

Like most music in this genre, I feel like I'm listening to an AM radio in the year 1978 when it's playing. Here is one of my faves...

Sunday, July 2, 2023

Bar Italia: Tracey Denim

Lounge lizards, scenesters and groovy hipsters of the world unite! The London based band, Bar Italia, is just the salve you need for these overly modern times. Their latest record is called Tracey Denim and it's totally fab, kittens!

Check out this choice track...

Friday, June 30, 2023

Jack Shears: Last Man Dancing

Jack Shears is back with another magnificent record of dancing pop fun. Last Man Dancing nails the height of disco in the mid to late 1970s perfectly. Juxtaposed with this are all the usual nods to Elton John, clearly a hero of Shears. 

Here is the title track...

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Jonathan Bree: Pre-Code Hollywood

New Zealand's own Jonathan Bree has a new record out called Pre-Code Hollywood. Of his solo stuff, it's easily his best and it's comforting to see that the baroque pop of the new wave era is still going strong. Bree handles this style with aplomb and continues to inspire me to dig out my makeup and old goth outfits!

Here is the title track...

Monday, June 26, 2023

Beach Fossils: Bunny (Album of the Week)

The sun-soaked sounds of Brookly's own Beach Fossils are this week's choice for album of the week. Bunny is the outfit's fourth long player and its jangly guitars and echo-y vocals are just perfect for summer listening.

You can practically feel the sun and wind in your hair with the top down...

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Simply Red: Time

The blue eyed soul of Simply Red holds a special place in my heart. The Manchester band's first record (Picture Book) came out my freshmen year in college, just a couple of weeks after I moved to Minneapolis. It echoed out of every dorm room up and down Middlebrook Hall. Every record since that time has been magic, SOUL magic.

Their latest is called Time and continues their tradition of tapping in to that which makes us human.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Cowboy Junkies: Such Ferocious Beauty

Toronto's own Cowboy Junkies are still going strong as they approach their 40th anniversary as a band in just a couple of years. Their latest is Such Ferocious Beauty and it honestly lives up to its title. This record is gorgeous from start to finish in all of its ten tracks.


Monday, June 19, 2023

The Foo Fighters: But Here We Are (Album of the Summer)

With summer officially arriving on Wednesday, it's time for my choice for Album of the Summer. This year, the honor goes to The Foo Fighters. Their new record is called But Here We Are and it's easily their best album since Wasting Light. The power pop hooks are so completely intoxicating that I found myself openly weeping at how perfect they were. 


And then the power ballads...just shivering now:)

O...M...G, Dave Grohl. You are an amazing human who makes music that hits my 16-year-old self in 1983. 

I expect to hear this album being played out of every car, blu tooth, and portable music player this summer!

Saturday, June 17, 2023

Arlo Parks: My Soft Machine

The beauty of Arlo Parks is truly a treasuer for the world. Her latest record is called My Soft Machine and it's a cornucopia of pop, soul, synth, and psychedelia. The London native continue to amaze me with her craft and artistry. 

Listening to each track makes one hear the care she puts in to every detail...

Thursday, June 15, 2023

(G)I-Dle: I Feel EP and Enhypen: Dark Blood EP

My students (mostly Hmong Americans) got me into K Pop a few years ago and I still find myself digging the sound. The two releases I've been into lately are (G)I-Dle's I Feel EP and Enypen's Dark Blook EP

The (G)I-Dle's EP has a slinky, soul feel to it that reminds me a lot of Motown. Check it out...

The Enhypen EP is mos def more pop but massively infectious with all its hooks.

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Califone: Villagers

Many amazing things come from my second favorite city on the planet and Califone is one of them. The Chicago outfit has a fab new record out called Villagers and I highly recommend it for heavy rotation in your life. It has their usual boundary-stretching sound with the added bonus of some soul and acoustic pastorals.

Here is the opening track...

Monday, June 12, 2023

Noel Gallagher: Council Skies (Album of the Week)

The god-like genius that is Noel Gallagher has just released his latest record and it somehow manages to be incredibly dark and uplifting at the same time. Council Skies truly is a dour affair. Example...

Yet knowing that someone else feels like this creates a sense of community that simply makes one's spirits soar. We are all together and not alone! 

This sentiment is the most present in the title track...

Honestly, I can take dark music. Noel is simply reflecting on what's going on in the world and how we are all affected by it. Serious tunes for serious times...