Category: Weekly New Wonders Playlist

Weekly New Wonders Playlist # 8 !

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Guessing we’ve all been receiving a lot of those emails from Netflix & Hulu, as well as websites like Paste & Vulture, recommending things to watch while quarantined at home. While some of the suggestions seem genuinely interesting & potentially addictive, I haven’t watched any of them. All I’ve wanted to watch are animal & nature docs. National Geographic & Real Wild shows about elephants, owls and wild dogs. I’ve gone down a literal rabbit hole full of actual rabbits. And as brutal as nature can be ( you wouldn’t want to be reborn as an impala ), there’s still something oddly comforting & transportive about watching these shows even if it means watching how wild dog pups get fed which is exceptionally disgusting…but still I say bring it on you regurgitative, big eared fuzzballs, you’re still awesome. Anyway, IT”S TIME FOR NEW MUSIC ! We now offer you the finest songs from recent days by some beautiful humans within the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST. There’s a whole bunch of ethereal gorgeousness in there this week, here’s hoping you find something to love….

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Weekly New Wonders Playlist # 7 !

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When it comes to writing about music, I usually categorize myself as an evangelist or a missionary. You know, presumptuously sharing things that I think will enrich the quality of someone’s life & testifying maniacally about how wonderful they are and why. It seemed somewhat noble and marginally dignified to think of it that way. But a friend of mine recently informed me, I am not an evangelist/ missionary,  I am in fact, a “fluffer”, providing the “set-up” needed in order to make someone want to listen. I was taken aback by this for a second …but then I realized, it’s totally true, as lowbrow & unappealing as it sounded. And so I’ve decided to accept this categorization & hope you find the virtual aural fluffing you’re about to receive fulfilling. And so for a really good time, please enjoy the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST where you will find the hottest & most beautiful new songs & artists, all of whom are dying to meet you. Amen.

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Calm: A playlist for right now…

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How are you feeling right now ? Maybe anxious & unsettled, maybe afraid, maybe lonely. Most of us have don’t have a point of reference for how to deal with this specific type of situation or have had any life experience that we can call on & go “yeah, that’s what I’ll do to alleviate this anxiety & stress, my tried & true method that always works whenever this happens”.

Despite how all that sounds, this is not an infomercial I swear, & I’m not about to offer a surefire way to feel better. I just wanted to share this thing I made that I listen to when shit gets crazy because it simply calms me down. It’s just a little neo-classical, sort of ambient, playlist featuring some especially cool pieces of music. As much as I love the POP music, I play this thing nearly every day in some variation & have done for months; it’s basically a vitamin plus medicine. Anyway, wanted to share it in case anyone isn’t feeling well because I’ve found it to be very calming, even as a simple backdrop to whatever task or project or life activity you happen to be indulging in…though I personally just like to put on the big fat headphones & drift away to it. Or sometimes I just pick a track & play it on an endless loop because sometimes you just plain need to do that. Here’s hoping you find it helpful & peaceful.

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Weekly New Wonders Playlist # 6

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Here’s something peaceful I drew to stare at, to help counteract this most un-peaceful week ( that ballpoint pen thing above). When you’re a kid, your room can feel like a private little universe, a secret haven & there’s something really comforting in that. Being surrounded by books ( or records !), having a place to go dream. As a kid I completely craved a room with a forest growing in it like Max in the ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ but I’m guessing most kids did right 🙂 ? Yeah, you see where I’m going with this, silver lining & all that shiz, but enough sentimentality, let’s talk about some lustrous pop music…
Welcome to the WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST featuring the latest & greatest new songs from recent days ! For added encouragement I’ve included MINI REVIEWS of each song BELOW ( it goes band name, then review) which are hopefully are convincing enough to persuade you to listen..but you should just listen anyway because your new favorite song or band may very well be in there waiting for you.

1-Talker: closing credit worth beauty

2-Fortnight in Florida: warm ’80s synth sundown

3-LPX: in your freakin’ face

4-stmartiins: sweet synthy twang

5-PLANET: big sad spaceboy anthem

6-Bryde : when Liz P went pop

7-Eliza Shaddad: gorgeously making 1995 sound new

8-The Jensens: plush tuneful pillow

9-Richard Frenneux: chugging ’80s pop sugar

10-GUM: wandering, wistful & spacey

11-Orion Sun: regal soul sadness

12-The Satellite Station: floating & wanting

13-Nick Murphy: otherworldly prayer

14-Michael Baker: light as air

15-Capital Soirée: dancing in the dark

16-Animal Ghosts: melodic gauzy shoegazing

17-Snarls: fat riffing & thinking

18-Caitlyn Smith: goodbye hometown country pop

 

 
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Weekly New Wonders Playlist # 5 !

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Though at the end of the day we are all the exact same doomed dust balls, we humans still like to entertain the idea we are “special” & that we personally are unlike anyone who has ever walked the earth before us. While the latter applies or has applied to say David Bowie, Prince or Kate Bush, the rest of us are not that special…which is to say it’s never nice to find out you are an utter cliche. As I watched the new & pretty cool “High Fidelity” series on Hulu yesterday, several moments within it hit dangerously close to the bone, including our hero as played by Zoë Kravitz breaking down Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” track by track & acknowledging her preference for “Tusk” & then later correcting a major chronological error made by an asshole regarding the release date of the “Wings Over America” album. I watched in abject horror & thought ” uh oh, that sounds like me”.

At some point each & every day I think of Fleetwood Mac & Paul McCartney. I might not always be talking about them but not a day has gone by in the past trillion years when they haven’t made their daily cameo in my mind. Don’t get me wrong, I still think of my family & stuff like I’m supposed to, it’s just I also think of Fleetwood Mac & Wings. It’s too late to recalibrate & fix at this stage, just know if anyone needs breakdowns on which live versions of “Sara” are the best or wants someone to rank all the McCartney releases from 1970- 1980 in meticulous detail, I’m here for you.

And with that WELCOME to the latest & greatest in pop music from recent days within the WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST. You can listen below on Soundcloud or Spotify. Here’s hoping you meet your new favorite song & future favorite band there.

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Weekly New Wonders Playlist # 4 !

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This week, in an effort to clear space & make my computer “run faster”, I deleted a bunch of stuff. And in my haste I accidentally obliterated about 100 songs from my hard drive. While there a were a few beloved friends among them, long term loves that I rushed to recover immediately, I was surprised to find that most of what I’d lost I could do without for a minute, even though some of the songs been high on my hit parade at some point over the past 10 years. As an example, I’d gone through a weird phase one summer where I was obsessed with deep cuts by Seals & Crofts , the mustachioed pop-folk duo of ’70s “Summer Breeze” fame. For an entire July and August, I’d had them playing in an endless loop. I still have no idea what drove this impulse, I mean shouldn’t America’s Greatest Hits have provided all the soft rock any one person would ever need ? One day I just found myself rummaging through all the Seals & Crofts albums on I-tunes & next thing you know I was rocking a carefully curated 20 song playlist every time I walked out the door. And so you can probably guess what I’m about to say. Yes, a bunch of those Seals & Crofts songs died during in my accidental purge . Although it may have been a “disaster” had it happened 10 years ago, as of this week I just didn’t care. They’d ceased to be important anymore.

There are songs that are only meant to soundtrack a specific part of your life and then evaporate into the ether once you’ve gotten everything you need from them which I guess means songs are like people. And so it was with Seals & Crofts who inexplicably rocked my world for 2 whole months until I no longer needed them. But hey “Summer Breeze” is still a classic.

And here are some gorgeous new songs we’ve heard over recent days that I hope you never get sick of…
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Weekly New Wonders Playlist # 3 !

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Back in the late ’90s I was in charge of ordering the cds in a big mega record store & watching the Grammys was an essential task. I would literally sit with a notepad writing down anything that seemed significant so the crew & myself could order bulk of whatever it was the next morning. This was because the next day would see floods of people coming to purchase whatever thing won “Album of the Year” or whatever release coincided with whoever gave the best performance on the show. Those were the only 2 things that mattered. The sub-categories seemed to mean nothing to people.

These days the Grammys are a complete mess for more reasons than I could possibly list here. There’s so much brilliant stuff never gets acknowledged & never will. And there is heinous stuff living inside it’s infrastructure. But this year, within the mess was this one particularly sweet thing.

Country music legend Tanya Tucker has LIVED. She’s been kicking out records since 1972 & has been put through the ringer of life in every which way you can imagine. I was blessed to see her play live in 2019 & she was an open book on stage, intense, tough as nails & vulnerable as well as self-deprecatingly funny.  And her raw razor blade voice sounded amazing. I took the pic above at the show & yeah, she offered us all a drink becuz she rules like that. Anyway, she just received the 1st freakin’ Grammy Awards of her nearly 50 year career this week, at age 61, and holy shit, it took waaay too long & she totally deserved them. And it was a beautiful thing because it meant so, so much to her. Hail to you Queen Tanya, hope yer livin’ it up.

Now please enjoy the latest & greatest new music we’ve been exposed to over recent days within the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST !! There’s post-punk anthems, Nilsson-esque crooning, plush synths & a 400 year old folk song amongst them & in the midst of the current misery & mayhem, they are here for you. Hope you fall in love with something.

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Weekly New Wonders Playlist # 2 of 2020 !

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January 19 marked what would have been the legendary, they only made one of her, Janis Joplin’s 77th birthday & it’s already the 20th as I write this so I’m technically “late” in mentioning it. And main reason I’m bringing it up is so I can recommend this completely freakin’ amazing new book about her life, “Janis: Her Life and Music” by Holly George-Warren. You don’t need to be a hardcore fan of her music to get into it, the  story alone is at once fascinating, frustrating, triumphant & tragic ( and who knows maybe reading it will pique your interest about her music). As a nerd who reads loads of music related books, believe me when I tell you they are not created equal & this is a good one. Okay, have to go off on a tangent for a second to talk about one of the key music book sub-genres, the rock star memoir. Unfortunately most follow the same formula which is basically 100 pages of debauchery followed by 200 pages about taking the twins to school, cooking vegan feasts & daily one on one martial arts training sessions with an esteemed master guru. Plus some stuff about how the new music the author is making is the best they’ve ever done. And yeah it’s awesome that everything’s worked out but it generally makes for a terrible read. Sorry about that, just had to get it out of my system. Anyway, the Janis book is obviously something else & it’s awesome & so please check it out !

And now back to our regular programming ! Please head to the blog (link in bio) for the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST featuring the FINEST NEW MUSIC we’ve heard in recent days. Here’s hoping you’ll find a song or band that warms your heart, ignites grand emotional epiphanies, becomes a shoulder to lean on, inspires you to kick ass in your daily endeavors & gets you through the night.

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Weekly New Wonders Playlist # 1 of 2020 !

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Rush were one of those bands where while we  weren’t exactly friends, we would still acknowledge each other when we passed in the hall. We moved in the same circles ( I liked prog but mostly in it’s female friendly form which was Phil Collins-era Genesis). They had a song I genuinely loved upon release & still do to this day (“Subdivisions“). I thought their 2010 documentary “Beyond the Lighted Stage” was ridiculously fun, watched it multiple times & still regularly recommend to people, especially those that are wont to say, “I don’t know, I’m not really into Rush” ( by the way, please watch it if you haven’t). I loved how Jason Segal’s character on “Freaks and Geeksworshipped Rush’s virtuosic drummer Neil Peart & spoke of him with a love bordering on obsession. And speaking of Neil, I really dug his 2002 book “Ghost Rider” for it’s sadness & serenity.  Most recently, in early 2019 to be exact, we went through a major Rush phase at work, listening to playlists that lasted the full 8 hour shift for several weeks & resulted in our using the word “Narpets” on a regular basis from that point on. Neil Peart’s death last week was both sad & shocking but what I’m getting at here is that even if you don’t love every Rush song, they are worth getting to know, Neil is worth getting to know. Check out the doc, read one of his books, listen to the wonderful “Subdivisions”, hey even watch some “Freaks and Geeks” because something in there will assuredly penetrate your heart, it definitely did mine.

And with that WELCOME TO OUR FIRST WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST of 2020, featuring the best songs we’ve heard over recent days: they are all BEAUTIFUL ! Listen below on Soundcloud or Spotify:

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Weekly New Wonders Playlist !

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A black squirrel scurried across my path in Central Park today in the cold rain and while I’m not going to attach any deeper meaning to it ( apart from the fact I rarely see them there), I wanted to acknowledge that it was cool just to run into him or her being all unusual and shiz. Jeezus I’m rambling already. Welcome to the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST ! I haven’t done this for a couple of weeks because there’s some bigger piles of words on the horizon that are taking my attention, one being the Top 50 SONGS OF THE YEAR as well as a lengthy, maniacal article on some ’80s popsters who are going to remain nameless for a minute. Anyway, that’s all coming in the next week or so and hope you dig it all ! On the off chance you actually miss my hyperbolic scribbling, please head over to covermesongs.com to read my weekly contributions to the world’s best cover songs blog Cover Me ! It’s not my blog as there is some serious quality control employed and awesomely awesome writing by a whole lotta amazing contributors but I am honored to be a small cog. Please go check it out ! Believe me when I tell you the cover version world is an endlessly fascinating, bottomless well of discovery.

Okay, so here are some of the finest pop songs and instrumental interludes (for emo moments) we’ve heard over recent days. Hopefully they will warm your heart and inspire you to kick ass in your daily endeavors. You can listen on Soundcloud or Spotify.

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