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The Mega, Mega Playlist of 2018

The Mega, Mega Playlist of 2018

Like the ball drop at Times Squares in New York City, the fireworks igniting from the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the annual rite of hundreds of million of people making resolutions they cannot keep, we once again share some of our favorite songs from the past 365 days. The Mega, Mega Playlist of 2018 is another doozy. Specifically, it features […]

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Favorite 50 Albums of 2018 – The Final 25

Favorite 50 Albums of 2018 – The Final 25

Yesterday, we shared the first 25 of our Favorite 50 Albums of 2018. Here are the remaining twenty-five, which is littered with some of the very best singer-songwriters of our time. Click on the individual albums to be read the short descriptions and hear a few songs from these tremendous LPs. We’ve also included a Spotify playlist for your listening […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Young Fathers – ‘Cocoa Sugar’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Young Fathers – ‘Cocoa Sugar’

Cocoa Sugar by Young Fathers Young Fathers have never been ones to settle and stay stagnant, which explains why their music defies categorization. Some try to pigeon-hole them within the vast genre alternative hip-hop, but their music infuses elements of pop, trip-hop, Afrobeat, rock, krautrock, and even classical. With each transformation, Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole, and Graham Hastings reap new […]

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Weekend Showcase 4.43

Weekend Showcase 4.43

We dedicate the Weekend Showcase 4.43 edition to Zac Denton of The Ocean Party. On Wednesday, the 24-year old unexpectedly passed away. For those who do not know who Denton or The Ocean Party are, they are one of Melbourne’s most outstanding indie bands with a sound reminiscent of Silver Jews and Spiritualized. They are also one of Australia’s most […]

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The Matinee ’18 November 1st

The Matinee ’18 November 1st

The Matinee ’18 November 1st is filled with new music from long-time and more recent favorites, including two of our favorite discoveries of the year. There are some robust rockers, haunting and breathtaking ballads, and some groovy and even quirky numbers. We kick things off, however, with a surprise double feature from one of Scotland’s most outstanding bands. Young Fathers […]

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Weekend Showcase 4.10

Weekend Showcase 4.10

As March continues to roar with wintry temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere, the music is heating up. The Weekend Showcase 4.10 edition is evidence of this with its 50 songs. There’s more of an edge – rock and post-punk in particular – on the mega-playlist as well as some ambient, pop, and electronica. Fourteen countries are represented, including: Australia, Canada, […]

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Young Fathers – ‘Cocoa Sugar’ (album review)

Young Fathers – ‘Cocoa Sugar’ (album review)

In their decade together as Young Fathers, Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole, and Graham Hastings have incrementally established themselves as one of music’s most innovative forces. They are beyond categorization and refuse to be pigeonholed. Trip hop, pop, hip pop, electronica, darkwave, rock, and even krautrock, Afrobeat, and gospel, the Edinburgh-based trio have combined these genres into their alternative experimentalism. So […]

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Weekend Showcase 4.08

Weekend Showcase 4.08

Like the start of March, Weekend Showcase 4.08 edition roars like a lion. OK, that was pretty bad, but the 57 songs are fantastic. The artists and bands represent 18 countries, including: Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. The playlist and tracklisting, as usual, follows […]

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The Matinee ’18 March 1st

The Matinee ’18 March 1st

Two notable characteristics apply to the The Matinee ’18 March 1st edition. First, it is filled with artists and bands who remain under the radar, but they won’t be long. Second, Canadian artists feature prominently on the mini-playlist with five of the nine songs coming from the Great White North. The Matinee commences with a young singer-songwriter with a gift […]

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Weekend Showcase 4.02

Weekend Showcase 4.02

No big introduction is needed because the Weekend Showcase 4.02 edition features the best new music from the past week or so. Find 52 songs on the mega playlist from artists representing 11 countries, including: Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Japan, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, and the United States. The playlist and tracklisting, as usual, follows the list of articles from […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 18th

The Matinee ’18 January 18th

The Matinee ’18 January 18th is filled with songs from artists who either were on Artists to Watch list or one of our 61 Most Anticipated Albums. There are, of course, one newcomer and a couple of bands that we didn’t have on our radar when it came to new albums. Dr. Dog – “Listening In” (Philadelphia, USA) RIYL: My […]

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61 Most Anticipated Albums of 2018

61 Most Anticipated Albums of 2018

Today we share our 61 Most Anticipated Albums of 2018, a list that includes long-awaited debuts, returns of some legends, and plenty of emerging talents destined for superstardom. Some of the LPs listed have definite release dates; others are based on substantiated rumors. Then there are a few that are just us desperately hoping for a new record. Let us […]

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The Mega, Mega Playlist of 2017

The Mega, Mega Playlist of 2017

More than 2,500 songs shared, some 200 LPs and EPs reviewed, thousands of photos from concerts and festivals, and dozens of premieres later, we’ve arrived at our annual tradition of sharing our favorite songs of the past 52 weeks – also known as The Mega, Mega Playlist of 2017. This year’s playlist is the biggest yet. The 2015 version had […]

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Weekend Showcase 3.43

Weekend Showcase 3.43

We’re into the home stretch of 2017 with only about five weeks left in the music scene. Like Oscar season, the music only gets more dramatic and more soul crunching. The Weekend Showcase 3.43 edition features many of these great songs. Specifically, there are 53 songs on this week’s mega-playlist. The artists and band represent a record-breaking 21 countries. They […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, November 1st

Melodic Tonic ’17, November 1st

The first day of November brings a fresh batch of new music. Today’s mid-week playlist features an eclectic mix from around the globe, including artists from Australia, England, Greece, Scotland, and the USA. Let’s get started with a belated Halloween treat. The Wytches – “Double World” (Peterborough, England) RIYL: Morphine, Mark Lanegan Band, The Pack A.D. If you woke up […]

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Weekend Showcase 3.03

Weekend Showcase 3.03

While parts of the world are rewinding the clock some 100 years, music continues to push forward with to offer exciting new sounds and taking familiar approaches and adding a modern twist. The Weekend Showcase 3.03 edition looks back on the week that was in new music. Find 52 songs on today’s mega-playlist, featuring artists from twelve countries. The countries […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17 January 25

Melodic Tonic ’17 January 25

Welcome to your mid-week serving of new music cocktails! Today’s edition (the Melodic Tonic ’17 January 25 edition) is a Eurocentric blend of six artists with ties to England, Germany, Scotland, and Wales. Beat the Wednesday slump with fresh offerings from British legends and rising stars alike. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – “Fact 67” (Berlin, Germany via San Francisco, USA) RIYL: […]

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The Mega, Mega Playlist of 2015

The Mega, Mega Playlist of 2015

Over the past year, we’ve listened to thousands of singles – way too many to count. Throughout the year, we’ve shared many of them through three regular features – The Melodic Tonic, The Matinee, and The Weekend Showcase. While we could have rolled up all those singles into one mammoth playlist, that would have meant a playlist of nearly 1,500 songs, not to […]

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Young Fathers – “White Men Are Black Men Too”

Young Fathers – “White Men Are Black Men Too”

Last year, Edinburgh’s Young Fathers surprised people with their Mercury Prize victory, beating out the likes of FKA Twigs, Royal Blood, Anna Calvi, and Damon Albarn. It was surprising mostly because their masterful Dead went under the radar with so many critics within the print and online media and blogosphere. However, a few places, including ourselves, acknowledged the album as one of the […]

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Young Fathers, “Rain or Shine”

Young Fathers, “Rain or Shine”

Today, Edinburgh trio Young Fathers dropped a great new tune, “Rain or Shine”, which is from their forthcoming new album White Men Are Black Men Too. The track is an upbeat, blasting tune that mixes hip hop and rock to perfection. It’s anthemic quality has us longing for warmer days. Check the track below. White Men Are Black Men Too drops on […]

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