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Top 20 Albums of 2021

If you’ve read one of my year-end lists before, you’re probably going to notice a few things are different around here: this year’s list is way shorter, was posted way later, and doesn’t contain nearly as many new artists as usual. Basically, I dropped the ball in 2021. I could blame the pandemic, work stress, or laziness, but truthfully I just couldn’t find the same fervor I’ve had for new music as in years past. Was it a bad year for new music? Possibly. Or maybe scouring the depths of indie music for 25 years eventually led to listener exhaustion. Whatever the case, I apologize to those that look to my list for guidance on new music to check out. Despite my failure to keep you abreast on the latest and greatest in music, I did happen to find some albums in 2021 that resonated with me. It may not be the exhaustive 40 album list of yore, but here are my top 20 albums of 2021. 

Honorable Mention: 

Julien Baker, Little Oblivions

Big Ghost Ltd & Conway the Machine, If It Bleeds It Can Be Killed

Cloud Nothings, The Shadows I Remember

Courtney Barnett, Things Take Time, Take Time

Goon Sax, Mirror II

Steve Gunn, Other You

Damien Jurado, The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, L.W

Panopticon, …And Again in the Light

Parannoul, To See the Next Part of the DreamYasmin Williams, Urban Driftwood

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Year of the Iggy (Episodes #4 and #5)

Check out episode’s #4 and #5 of the “Year of the Iggy” Podcast to learn the stories that helped shape The Stooge’s first two albums.

Here is the Nico music video mentioned in episode #4:

Here’s the photo of Iggy pouring wax on his chest at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go:

Here’s the concert video discussed in episode #5:

WORKS CITED
INTERVIEWS (Can be found on YouTube)

120 Minutes

CBS Sunday Morning

Iggy Pop: South Bank Show

Jim Jarmusch Interview

Live for 6 Music

Raised On Radio

Red Bull Music Academy

MOVIES

BBC: Lust for Life

Punk

Stooges: Gimme Danger

VH1 Behind the Music: Iggy Pop

RESEARCH:

Open Up and Bleed: The Iggy Pop Story by Paul Trynka

Total Chaos: Iggy Pop’s Story of the Stooges by Iggy Pop

Gimme Danger: The Iggy Pop Story by Joe Ambrose

In episode’s #4 and #5 of the “Year of the Iggy” podcast, we take a look at the events that helped shape The Stooges’ first two albums. Check it out at the links below:

Episode #4

Episode #5

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Year of the Iggy: Episode #1

In this month’s episode of “Year of the Iggy”, we take a look at Iggy’s trailer park upbringing and the larger than life personality that was evident at a young age. Check it out HERE, or better yet, subscribe on ApplePodcasts, Stitcher, or GooglePlay (search: Year of the Iggy).

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Here are some pictures from Iggy Pop’s childhood.

Here is a picture of Iggy Pop’s high school band, The Iguanas.

WORKS CITED
INTERVIEWS (Can be found on YouTube)

120 Minutes

CBS Sunday Morning

Iggy Pop: South Bank Show

Jim Jarmusch Interview

Live for 6 Music

Raised On Radio

Red Bull Music Academy

MOVIES

BBC: Lust for Life

Punk

Stooges: Gimme Danger

VH1 Behind the Music: Iggy Pop

MUSIC
Iggy Pop (The Iguanas)

“Again and Again”

“I Don’t Know Why”

“Mona”

Stooges “Dum Dum Boys”

Others:

Ray Charles “Mess Around”

Frank Sinatra “Young At Heart”

Sandy Nelson “Let There Be Drums”

Rolling Stones “It’s All Over Now”

John Coltrane “A Love Supreme”

Bob Dylan “It’s All Over Now”

The Kings “You Really Got Me”

RESEARCH:

Open Up and Bleed: The Iggy Pop Story by Paul Trynka

Total Chaos: Iggy Pop’s Story of the Stooges by Iggy Pop

Gimme Danger: The Iggy Pop Story by Joe Ambrose

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Year of the Stevie: Episode #1

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In the first episode of “Year of the Stevie”, we take a look at the events from Stevie Wonder’s childhood that would go on the shape the icon behind some of the biggest hits in the genres of funk, soul, and R&B. You can hear it HERE, or better yet, subscribe on iTunes, GooglePlay, or Stitcher.

WORKS CITED
INTERVIEWS (Can be found on YouTube)

Superstars and their Moms (Stevie and Lula)

Interview with Mesha McDaniel

Stevie Wonder on Visualizing Food

PBS Interview: Songs in the Key of Life

Larry King Now

CNN Interview (2010)

MOVIES

Hitsville: The Making of Motwon

Standing In the Shadows of Motown

MUSIC
Stevie Wonder:

“Evil”

“I Wish”

“Mother’s Eyes”

“Wondering”

Others:

Bessie Brown “Song From the Cotton Field”

Count Bassie’s Orchestra “Topsy”

Memphis Minnie “Down in the Alley”

Wes Montgomery “D Natural Blues”

Jackie Wilson “Lonely Teardrops”

RESEARCH:

Blind Faith: The Miraculous Journey of Lula Hardaway, Stevie Wonder’s Mother by Dennis Love and Stacy Brown

Motown: The Sound of Young America by Adam White

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Soulful Journey of Stevie Wonder by Mark Ribowsky

 

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Best Album Covers of 2017

 

With the year coming to a close, it’s that time again to take a look back at some of the best that the music world had to offer in 2017. First up on the “Best of” docket is my annual “Best Album Covers” list. Throughout the year, I kept a list of album covers that I found strange, beautiful, and provocative. This list is a compilation of my favorites from this yearlong collection. Anyone who loves the album as an art form knows the importance of a powerful LP image, and the following 20 covers elevate their corresponding albums.

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BDWPS Podcast #56

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In this episode we take a look at some of the best albums to come out so far in 2017, including Japandroids, Austra, Cloud Nothings, Jens Lekman, and Ty Segall. I also discuss some of my favorite films of 2016.

Check it out HERE, or better yet, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher (search: BDWPS).

Tracklist:

Japandroids “Near to the Wild Heart of Mine”

Austra “Future Politics”

Cloud Nothings “Modern Act”

Jens Lekman “Evening Prayer”

Ty Segall “Warm Hands”

Public Enemy “She Watch Channel Zero”

Bob Dylan “The Ballad of Hollis Brown”

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