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I love New Model Army. They are one of my favorite bands. I appreciate growing older with them as a constant productive band in my life. The new record is beautiful, moody, moving, and ethereal. The band has mellowed a little with age, but the intensity remains, in part because of Justin’s vocals and words. This past year, I listened to this record more than any other release.
It was a good year for music. Many of my favorites released new records. Chances are if Son Volt puts out a record, it will make my year-end list. Union is an excellent record. At times, the sound of this record is similar to the first Son Volt record, Trace. It is quite stripped down. The lyrics are more direct regarding the clusterfuck in which we live. Son Volt helps me contend with the barrage of shit.
Subhumans are one of my all-time favorite punk rock bands. I always appreciated their politics and music. I liked how they continued to develop their style from record to record. This progression did change when they regrouped, as they now mostly play short, fast songs, similar to their first record. I suppose this is in part to more strongly distinguish them from their other bands Culture Shock and Citizen Fish. The new record is not one of my favorites by them, but I still like it. Listen to the song: “Poison.”
Budos Band, V (2019).
Death Angel, Humanicide (2019).
Death Angel has become one of the most consistent classic thrash bands. The last four records are among their best, and, as far as I am concerned, are better than recent records by the big four in thrash.
Divided by Darkness is the third full-length studio record by Spirit Adrift. It is my favorite record by this metal band. Spirit Adrift is catchy like Haunt, but with more doom influence and drawn out songs.
Dylan LeBlanc is a consistent singer-songwriter. Renegade is a great addition to his catalog.
Null passed this record along to me. Great French punk rock.
Beautiful, rich, layered textures are present throughout the record. Another great record by Steve Gunn.
Ranking Roger died in March 2019. Before his death he managed to release a final record, which is a solid collection of reggae-ska songs.
Kieran Kane has been releasing consistent Americana records for decades. Was very pleased with this duo record, filled with tender, mellow songs.
My stereo almost caught on fire the first time I played this record. It is fierce. I can hear a lot of Poison Idea influence.
Ben Kilbourne, Urstone (2018).
Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton, Once More (1970), Two of a Kind (1971), The Right Combination/Burning the Midnight Oil (1972), and Together Always (1972). (BGO Collection of these four records was released 2019).
When Ryan Patterson disbanded Coliseum, he started a new project Fotocrime. He blends 1980s new wave, goth, and death rock. Once I settled into the record, I was quite taken by his new vision.
The Freeze, Calling All Creatures (2019).
Outstanding acoustic music from west Africa.
The Sonic Dawn, Eclipse (2019).
Sad Lovers and Giants, Epic Garden Music (1982, reissue 2009).
Medictation, Warm Places (2016).
Tommy James and the Shondells, Anthology (1989).
Hangman’s Chair, Banlieue Triste (2018).
Lee Fields and the Expressions, It Rains Love (2019).
The Well, Death and Consolation (2019).
Oreyeon, Ode to Oblivion (2019).
On a whim, I picked up this record by the former Wishbone Ash member. It was much better than I was expecting. I am particular taken by the song “Vapour Trail,” given how catchy the guitar and vocal melody are.
Thomas Zwijsen, Nylon Maiden (2012).
Kel Assouf, Black Tenere (2019).
Report Suspicious Activity, Leviathan (2017).
This is the best record yet by this Texas band. I like the mix of classic metal songs with stoner elements. They make me bang my head and pump my fist in the air. Check out “Black Magic Summer.”
Solid documentary highlighting Sam Cooke’s music and his commitment to fighting for civil rights.
This is a fascinating documentary about the Australian band Radio Birdman. The musicians are quite frank regarding their struggles and conflicts with each other. Loved learning more about a band that I started listening to in the 1980s.
Null and I discussed this film many times throughout 2019. I only watched it once, versus the numerous times he did. Null regaled me with extensive information regarding Michael Jackson’s musical history, as he completed his collection of Michael’s records. On yeah, the film is focused on Michael’s sexual abuse of children, so it is a tragic story on many fronts.
I enjoy watching documentaries about local music scenes. I was familiar with some of the Tulsa bands in the late 1980s and early 1990s, such as NOTA, so I was eager to learn more about their histories. Oil Capital Underground covers much ground, including the clubs where bands played and the numerous punk, new wave, and metal bands that shared bills. After watching the film, I was able to track down records by a few of the bands that I did not previously know. Very enjoyable, DIY film.
Bruce Dickenson, What Does This Button Do?: An Autobiography (2017).