I know it’s cheesy. I know it conjures up the weird liminal 1960s time before the rise of the counterculture. But I grew up listening to my father playing the organ and this kind of soulful jazz was his absolute favorite. I hadn’t heard of Pitts until today and I need to seek out more.
Of all the kinds of music I both love and know really well, I think shoegaze is at the top. I’m excited to hear this new single from a young band out of China.
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I don’t know why Paul Weller’s incarnation with Style Council doesn’t get more credit. I think that in my high school years it was just UNTHINKABLE to take pop music seriously. It was OK to sing along with Janet Jackson or Corey Hart, but real music–GOOD music–was directly punk, metal, rap experimental. It wasn’t well dressed people singing catchy tunes, no matter how intelligent or true they might have been. In their honor, enjoy “It’s A Very Deep Sea.”
As always this list is entirely personal. There’s a little more hip hop than most years; it’s rare that I connect with much of contemporary country; and most teen pop continues to slide right out of my memory as soon as I hear it. So most of this is various kinds of indie rock, jazz, and other fringe music, as usual. I hope you enjoy it. 🙂
I feel like more bands are releasing in mid-year to make best-of lists, but whatever, as long as I keep hearing great music! Here’s some of my favorite tracks from the end of 2016.
It’s been hard to do anything these last couple of weeks. I know, I get it. But at least we still have music. Hold onto that. Look at this mix of faces of all colors coming up with all kinds of sounds and touching our hearts. Hold on.
I’ve always admired the UK’s mod scene. I love the scooters and suits, the streamlined aesthetic and confident cool. And of course I love the music, but mod’s kind of unique this way–much of the most beloved music in mod culture could never have been made by the kids themselves. They revered American R&B and Jamaican ska as much as homegrown rock bands like the Who and Small Faces. Contrast that with almost any other subculture scene–punk was about snotty kids forming their own rude bands, and what could be more metal than learning to shred the guitar yourself? Some of the best compilations of mod and Northern Soul music are out of print or unavailable in the U.S, so I decided to recreate a set using YouTube. Enjoy!