Until today I had no idea what this Charlie McCoy album from 1969 sounded like, all I knew was I couldn’t get enough of that cover art. I can now confirm it sounds exactly the way it looks & Charlie’s countrified harmonica is the musical equivalent of an 18 wheeler picking up a hitchhiker in 1969, meaning it’s so joyful that there has to be something sinister afoot. That is one straight up handsome cowboy/cowgirl of an album cover.
And with that it’s time for the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST featuring the finest new songs we’ve heard over recent days. It’s unusually small this week but that means there’s absolutely no excuse for not listening to the whole thing ! Every song in it is extra beautiful & all are # 1 in a better, alternate universe as we speak. Listen below on Soundcloud or Spotify.
When I was a kid I fantasized about being an album cover artist. At some point I’d become obsessed with a book my Mom had, Alan Aldridge’s “The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics” ( read about that insanity here) which set me on a road of trying to “draw music”. One of the first albums I owned was Billy Preston’s The Kids and Me ( read about my suburban soul girl roots here) which featured a very cool painting on the cover that I would stare at endlessly. I’m still fixated on album art to this day & it often determines what I listen to on Bandcamp (a bad painting or line drawing is always more alluring & just plain better than a childhood photo). Anyway, even though I didn’t become an album cover artist, I still try to draw music with my trusty ballpoint pen. I did the drawing above to go with this weeks playlist & while it is by no means a literal explanation of the songs within it, it was created while they were pumping into the headphones. It’s okay if you ignore the drawing, just please listen to these brilliant songs that caught our ear this week. They are all the # 1 song in heaven. Listen below on Soundcloud or Spotify .
That’s an old pic titled “Dusk, New Jersey” from 1978 by legendary photographer Joel Meyerowitz. It’s exceptionally calming, making it an ideal image to stare at these days. Breathe in, breathe out. And with that, welcome to the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST featuring the best new music we’ve heard over recent days. It was a (mostly) mellow, dreamy & introspective sounding week in terms of volume (which also included a couple of cool covers) & in keeping with the pic, sounds perfect for right now. They are all # 1’s in our heart. Listen on Soundcloud or Spotify below.
Hey, it’s time for the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST featuring the finest songs that have crossed our path over recent days. This week’s list is small which is no reflection on how big these tracks are in our heart. While we are usually able to offer up double digit playlists sometimes it’s nice to have something a bit smaller to digest…and that’s just how it worked out this week. Think of it as a chance to spend more quality time with this special handful. You can listen on Soundcloud or Spotify below. Rock on…