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Weekly New Wonders Playlist # 37 !

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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 .

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Weekly New Wonders Playlist # 36 !

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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.

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Weekly New Wonders Playlist # 35 !

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…

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Weekly New Wonders Playlist # 34 !

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Welcome to the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST featuring the absolute finest songs we’ve heard over recent days. I drew some cover art to go with this week’s playlist with my ballpoint ( had to take a pic as my printer is on the blink but you get the idea). There were a lot of transcendently beautiful songs this week so who better than a bird full of love to take you there. All are #1 in our heart & hopefully provide the perfect soundtrack for gazing at whatever it is you most want to gaze at. You can listen on Soundcloud or Spotify below. 

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Weekly New Wonders Playlist # 33 !

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It’s always good to look at a rabbit with it’s tongue out when you aren’t feeling well. Things are currently crap in the universe but here’s this guy with his northwest ears to offer up at least a few seconds of peace. He’s here to stare at, Marina Abramović style, as you dig into the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST featuring the best new songs that have crossed our path over recent days. You can listen on Soundcloud or Spotify below. Here’s hoping you find a song or two that melts your heart & takes you there..

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Weekly New Wonders Playlist # 32 !

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This work of art was made by a teenager (me) several decades ago. It is a ballpoint drawing-collage & is taken from one of my teenage sketchbooks. I was obsessed with Prince at the time which meant that every person I drew had to have heels on as a tribute. I also liked to cut & shred bits & pieces from department store catalogs & repurpose them for my own questionable ends (shout out to JC Penney). I have no idea what I was thinking when I made it though I’m sure I thought it would be “shocking” as I was often trying (aka failing) to achieve that effect in anything I drew. I now recognize that these guys are ridiculous but trust me they were created with the utmost seriousness. Anyway, both they and I present to you the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST featuring the best songs we’ve heard over the past week. This weeks list is fulsome, grand & heavily chorus’d & stars a whole lotta guitars. All are # 1 songs in an alternate universe . You can listen on either Soundcloud or Spotify below:

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Weekly New Wonders Playlist # 31 !

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My very first job was at a one hour photo lab. I took the pic above of the back side of the shop during a lunch break one day. The median age of the staff was 18 which was no doubt a cost cutting strategy as the owners could get away with paying us nearly nothing. Based on those 2 facts it should come as no surprise to know we behaved in a very, very unprofessional manner. There was of course a tacit agreement when a customer brought in a roll of film that no matter what type of pictures were contained within it, we would happily develop & print them with no judgement. Even if they were of the “Adults Only” variety. Unfortunately when a bunch of teenagers are confronted with photos of naked strangers all bets are off…which is to say that when anything remotely porn-like appeared on a roll a film, an additional copy of the photo was printed & then hung on a wall in the darkroom. It wasn’t long before there were hundreds of pix on this wall. In my defense, because I was a total nerd I was solely interested in making copies of people’s concert pictures ( oh my God it’s Bryan Ferry !) & stealing ( also bad) rolls of film for my own photographic pursuits (see pic above). It’s truly a case of you get what you pay for. And it’s clear, horny teenagers will work for cheap. And so even though the pseudo-arty pic above seems harmless, all I can think of when I look at is the sinister teenage kicks that were going on behind those windows.

Anyway, it’s time for the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST featuring the absolute finest pop music that came our way over recent days. There was a ton of handsome stuff this week & you can check it all out below on Soundcloud or Spotify. Rock on…

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Weekly New Wonders Playlist # 30 !

There’s this gorgeous old song from 1997 by Adam F. that features legendary Everything But The Girl goddess Tracey Thorn on vocals called “The Tree Knows Everything”. This past week, I was parked on my bike in a random spot in Central Park I’ve passed a million times over the years. For some reason I looked up as I was sitting there & was confronted by this amazingly human tree bearing a benevolent face, sweet smile & exposed heart…and I thought of this song. Also I can’t stop staring at this beautiful tree & how absurdly life affirming it feels right now. And with that welcome to the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST featuring the most handsome & heartfelt pop songs we’ve heard over recent days. The tree knows everything…

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Weekly New Wonders Playlist # 29 !

There’s never a bad time to look at David Bowie being both very chill & very hot in 1992 whilst cradling a saxophone…in fact right now is probably the ideal time with all that’s happening. Maybe put on some of that latter day Bowie this week too, a little “5.15” from the Heathen album or “I Can’t Give Everything Away” from Blackstar. Then just breathe in & breathe out.

Anyway, it’s time for the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST featuring the greatest, most embraceable and infectious musical discoveries of the week. You can listen on Soundcloud or Spotify below. Rock on…

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Weekly New Wonders Playlist # 28 !

The pic above is of a wall in my Mom’s house that features artwork of animals who are all looking in the same direction. Whenever I see stuff like this I am convinced she is some kind of mad genius because seriously I would never, ever have thought to do this. Though I admit I’m considering drawing a creature looking the opposite way just to see if she starts a new wall. Okay enough weirdness, it’s time for the WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST featuring the finest songs we’ve heard this week. It’s full of lush, jagged and handsome pop songs all of which are currently # 1 in a better alternate universe.

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