This week I’m angry, are you? I have been thinking if ways to get out some frustration on air and so we begin this year, and this show with anti-fascist / anti-racist music and go on from there… Dig in!
F.U.’s “Unite Or Lose” My America (Taang!) Negative FX “Mind Control” Negative FX/Last Rights (Taang!) Bad Brains “Banned In D.C.” Bad Brains (ROIR) Cause for Alarm “Stand As One” Cause for Alarm (Victory) The Cortinas “Fascist Dictator” Punk Rock Anthology (Anagram Records) Reagan Youth “Get The Ruler Out” A Collection of Pop Classics (New Red Archives) Suicidal Tendencies “Fascist Pig” Suicidal Tendencies (Frontier)
Dead Kennedys “Goons of Hazzard” Frankenchrist (Manifesto) Chumbawamba “Nazi” Showbusiness! (One Little Indian) Boogie Down Productions “The Racist” Edutainment (Jive) Public Enemy “Fear Of A Black Planet” Fear Of A Black Planet (Def Jam) Syl Johnson “Is It Because I’m Black” Is It Because I’m Black (Numero Group) Lon Moshe & Southern Freedom Arkestra “Doin’ the Carvin’ for Thabo” The Black Fire Records Story 1975-1993 (Strut) Isotope 217 “Beneath the Undertow” The Unstable Molecule (Thrill Jockey)
Alain Bellaïche “Reggae and Western” Sea Fluorescent (Asylum Records) Gil Scott-Heron “Whitey On The Moon” The Revolution Begins: The Flying Dutchman Masters (Ace Records) Café Türk “Haydi Yallah” Café Türk (Zel Zele Records) Siouxsie and The Banshees “Dear Prudence” Hyaena Digital (Geffen)
The Monkees “Gonna Buy Me a Dog” Music Box (Rhino) Saint Etienne “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” Foxbase Alpha (WM Japan) The Good, The Bad and The Queen “History Song” The Good, The Bad and The Queen (Parlophone UK) The London Suede “The Drowners” Suede (EMI) Chapterhouse “Pearl (Edit)” Whirlpool (RCA/Dedicated) Chumbawamba “Behave” Uneasy Listening (EMI) The Sugargliders “Ahprahran” There and Back Again Lane (Sarah Records) Heavenly Feat. Calvin Johnson “C Is The Heavenly Option” Le Jardin De Heavenly (Sarah Records) Swirlies “Upstairs” What To Do About Them (Taang!)
Jawbox “Savory” For Your Own Special Sweetheart (DeSoto Records) Silver Jews “Dallas” The Natural Bridge (Drag City)
Despite the awful year that 2020 was, some incredible music was still released this year. And with live music coming to an end in early March across the entire planet, it was vital that we support the artists (and venues) to keep the industry alive. With nine Bandcamp Fridays complete and more on the horizon, this was the biggest music highlight for me this year — In 2020, I discovered new artists and supported many old favorites, too. Spending not only money, but hours and hours listening, more than I have in previous years, given that I had more time to explore. So here it is, my annual best music list — I hope you find something you like!
Thanks for listening! This year might have been a dumpster fire, but there was some damn good music released. Here’s part 1 of the best music from 2020. The playlist is below…
Nas “Ultra Black (feat. Hit-Boy)” King’s Disease (Mass Appeal) Moses Sumney “Neither/Nor” græ (Jagjaguwar) Adrianne Lenker “forwards beckon rebound” songs (4AD) Aquiles Navarro; Tcheser Holmes “Pueblo” Heritage of the Invisible II (International Anthem) Siti Muharam “Pakistan” Siti of Unguja (Romance Revolution on Zanzibar) (On the Corner) Phish “Everything’s Right” Sigma Oasis (JEMP Records) Fiona Apple “Under The Table” Fetch the Bolt Cutters (Epic) Taylor Swift “exile (feat. Bon Iver)” folklore (TS) Phoebe Bridgers “Kyoto” Punisher (Dead Oceans) Rjd2 “Flocking To The Nearest Machine” The Fun Ones (RJ’s Electrical Connections) Bonny Light Horseman “The Roving” Bonny Light Horseman (37d03d) Fleet Foxes “Young Man’s Game” Shore (Anti/Epitaph) Gwenifer Raymond “Gwaed am Gwaed” Strange Lights Over Garth Mountain (Tompkins Square) Bill Fay “Filled With Wonder Once Again” Countless Branches (Dead Oceans) Sir Richard Bishop “Celerity” Oneiric Formulary (Drag City) Run The Jewels “JU$T (feat. Pharrell Williams & Zack de la Rocha)” RTJ4 (BMG) Destroyer “Cue Synthesizer” Have We Met (Merge Records) Waxahatchee “Fire” Saint Cloud (Merge Records) Mourning [A] BLKstar “If I Can I May” The Cycle (Don Giovanni Records) Makaya McCraven “Kings and Queens” Universal Beings E&F Sides (International Anthem) Matt Berninger “Collar Of Your Shirt” Serpentine Prison (Concord)
Thanks for listening each week, it’s been fun to be on a little bit earlier, even if it’s temporary, but thanks to everyone and to all those that have pledged a gift to WSCA during the annual fund drive. Playlist below…
Okay Kaya “Believe” Believe (Jagjaguwar) Kiln “Ero” Idol Tryouts: Ghostly International Vol. 1 (Ghostly International) Trees Speak “Large Array” Shadow Forms (Soul Jazz Records)* Amon Düül II “Wolf City” Wolf City (Revisited Records) Kikagaku Moyo “Silver Owl” House in the Tall Grass (Guruguru Brain) Buzzcocks “Why Can’t I Touch It?” Singles Going Steady (Domino) Rob Mazurek, Exploding Star Orchestra “Parable 3000 (We All Come from Somewhere Else)” Dimensional Stardust (International Anthem)* John Coltrane “My Ideal” Bahia (Prestige) Keith Jarrett “Part VII” Budapest (ECM Records)* Bob James “Westchester Lady” Three (Red River) Ike Reiko “Wandering Guitar” You, Baby (ODL) Gnoomes “Roadhouse” Ngan! (Rocket Recordings) Füxa “Photon” Southeast of Saturn (Third Man Records)* The Messthetics “Serpent Tongue” Serpent Tongue (Dischord) James Brandon Lewis “Sir Real Denard” An Unruly Manifesto (Relative Pitch) Gang Green “Kill A Commie” Preschool (Taang! Records) Death “Politicians In My Eyes” …For The Whole World To See (Drag City) Jeff Tweedy “A Robin or A Wren” Love Is the King (dBpm Records)
Thanksgiving is upon us here in the United States, so let’s listen to some new music, a set of Steely Dan covers, and some stoner rock. Why not?
Joe Bataan “Call My Name” 7” (Vampisoul) Stone Alliance “Amigos” Nu Yorica! Culture Clash In New York City: Experiments In Latin Music 1970-77 (Soul Jazz) Cryptacize “Peg” Unusual Animals 7″ Bill Callahan & Bonnie “Prince” Billy “Deacon Blues (feat. Bill Mackay)” (Drag City) * The Mountain Goats “FM” Sweden (Shrimper) Turin Brakes “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” Xerox EP (Cooking Vinyl) The Carbonators “Light of the World” Conversation EP (St. Clements Records) * The Ramonetures “Blitzkrieg Bop” Munster Records Goes Hi Fi (Munster Records) Gruppo Sportivo “Superman” 10 Mistakes (Ariola) David First “Energy Prayer” The Best We Can EP (469178 Records DK) * Earth “Cats on the Briar” Full Upon Her Burning Lips (Sargent House) Om “Gethsemane” Live at BBC Radio 1 (Drag City) Boris “Kuruimizu” Amplifier Worship (Third Man Records) * Miss Bliss “Grey” Southeast of Saturn (Third Man Records) * Thee Oh Sees “Don’t Blow Experiment” Panther Rotate (Castle Face) * Deadbeat “Huey Lewis Dub” (BLKRTZ)