2019 has been a toss-up year in terms of music so far. Without any major releases as of yet other than maybe Vampire Weekend or Solange, a batch of new artists have arisen to fill the void. It’s been exciting so far as lesser known musicians have elevated the year with exciting new sounds. Here are some of my favorite albums so far.
(NOTE: All albums on this list were released before July 1st)
In this episode of BDWPS Podcast, we check out some of the best music to come out in the year 1976, including tracks from The Ramones, The Modern Lovers, Selda, Judas Priest, Mighty Diamonds, Flamin’ Groovies, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Steely Dan, Thin Lizzy, and Bob Dylan.
Check it out HERE, or better yet, subscribe on iTunes or Sticher (just search: BDWPS Podcast).
We live in a world that is more connected than ever thanks to technological innovations over the past 20 years. Through this blog alone, I’ve been able to interact and connect with fellow music lovers from Britain, Canada, and even Iceland. It was only a matter of time before a group of musicians from around the globe decided to use the power of the internet and collaborative applications to create an album together, all while being on different continents.
Superorganism is a fitting name for a band composed of eight members from around the globe, ranging from New Zealand to Japan, from Britain to the United States. The result is a debut that is an amalgam of creative energies. Their powers congeal into one gleaming bolt of energy, the songs lighthearted, filled with joyful melodies and silly lyricism. Superorganism’s debut is what it would sound like if the Disneyland’s “Small World” children grew up and combined their positive energy for world pop domination.
This has not been the best year for content here at BDWPS.com, and I apologize for the lack of reviews. Despite this absence of material, my insatiable search for new and exciting music continued, as you will see in this year’s “Top Albums of 2018” list. I will hopefully return BDWPS to its former glory in 2019, but for now, take a look at the first half of the year-end list and hopefully you’ll find that the BDWPS stamp of approval still carries weight.
Anna Calvi, Hunter
Grouper, Grid of Points
Idles, Joy as an Act of Resistance
Meek Mill, Championships
Sleep, The Sciences
Spiritualized, And Nothing Hurt
Sumac, Love in Shadow
Vundabar, Smell Smoke
In the third episode of “Year of the Joni”, we take a look at Joni Mitchell’s first attempts at making it in the music business. You can listen to the first episode HERE, or better yet, you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher (search: Year of the Joni).
Judy Collins on Leonard Cohen
CBC Music Interview
Bill Boggs Interviewing Judy Collins
MTV Influences: Joni Mitchell
“The Way It Is” Interview with Joni Mitchell
Malka Marom interview with Leonard Cohen
Joni Mitchell on Meeting Jimi Hendrix
Howard Stern Interview with David Crosby
A Woman of Heart and Mind (Documentary)
“The Cactus Tree”
“A Case of You”
“The Circle Game”
“I Think I Understand”
“Song About the Midway”
Leonard Cohen “Suzanne”
Leonard Cohen “Bird On the Wire”
Judy Collins “Both Sides Now”
George Hamilton IV “Urge for Going”
Tom Rush “The Circle Game”
Buffy Saint Marie “The Circle Game”
Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words by Malka Marom
Joni: The Creative Odyssey of Joni Mitchell by Katherine Monk
Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe
Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and the Journey of a Generation by Sheila Weller
“Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell: Just One of Those Things” by Cohencentric.com
I know I haven’t been posting much on here lately (heck, I haven’t posted one album review all year!). Despite my lack of content, I’m still checking out new music obsessively and was able to conjure up the energy to finally put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) and create my mid-year list. Hopefully the rest of 2018 I’ll get back on track. Until then, here are some great albums to check out.