Song 33 – Noname – Noname apologized for this response to the J. Cole, but she shouldn’t. It is a 69 second vision of life for a black woman, and how she will change it. So much jumps out at you “one girl missing, another one go missing,” and “I’m the new vanguard” at the top of his list. How many songs care about transgendered women, how many songs push themselves to the forefront of a conscious change in perception. She buries into your subconscious you and on repeat it all becomes real in your mind. Noname has always been a great, but now she might be the greatest. Produced by Madlib.
20 10 20 – Burna Boy – Police opened fire on peaceful protesters in Lagos, this is dancehall meets African pop superstar Burna Boy’s response.
Crossing the Rubicon – Bob Dylan – remember about ten years ago when Dylan got really ill and out came the obituaries and Dylan got pissed and said stop trying to bury him. Start trying to bury him on this dimensional shift from life to death
Lilacs – Waxahatchee – a most gloriously tuneful indie folk stroke of love and difficulties, she sounds both scratchy and sweet and jumps up an octave on the chorus
WAP (feat. Megan Thee Stallion) – Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion – Cardi’s ode to female physical response (or at the least gynecological architecture) uses a sample of Frank Ski’s 1993 single, “Whores in This House,” to incredible effect where the result of sexual excitement is embraced instead of frowned upon ala male dominant sex scenario. The video is excellent
death bed (coffee for your head) – Powfu, beabadoobee – a true original variant on sad boy dipped in electronics and a spectacular hook by the up and coming Filipino via London beabadoobee, the most original sound this side of 100 gecs
True Love – Yemi Alade – The Nigerian popster calls it Afro-Pop and it is but it is most world music pop with astonishing drumming and nothing if not a high as a kite melodic quotient, better than “Don’t Jealous Me”
Genocidal Humanoidz – System Of A Down – with Armenia getting blasted by Erdogan and his strongman genocide, Serj Tankian names our homicide as everything but the world of metal shrugs on this super fast metal melodic monster
Bounce – Cazzu – Argentina trap queen but more youthful and exciting than even the most now Latin Trap
I Think You’re Great – Alex the Astronaut – The Australian singer songwriter has written the lick of the year here, a tasty acoustic underpinning which is among the best pep talks since Marina’s “I Am Not A Robot”. She is a terrific songwriter and her disposition completely pleasant.
Blinding Lights – The Weeknd – sure Abel was pissed at the Grammys, “Bliding Lights dropped a year ago and it is still in the top ten, considering he did had no major features and keep re-releasing the song, he stands here as a slab of nyctalopia on the streets (O claim of New York, but probably Toronto)
Cut Me – Moses Sumney – Sublimely sung chill soul with an artful hip hop package and an intense lyric that swerves in and out around the horns
Space And Time – S.G. Goodman – One of our great new voices, hear she sounds worthy, and not just just with a glorious country ballad but with the voice, of being dubbed a modern day k.d. lang
The Father, My Son, And The Holy Ghost – Craig Morgan – in the face of the worst loss a person can suffer, the death of his son, Morgan finds strength in faith
ringtone (Remix) [feat. Charli XCX, Rico Nasty, Kero Kero Bonito] – 100 gecs, Charli XCX, Rico Nasty – The sine qua non of queer pop crossover.
I’m Not Getting Excited – The Beths – combustibile punk pop rocker about morbidity and death
la – Kelsea Ballerini – As a non-believer, I might be wrong. This is the best song of its sort since “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” (not the remix, the original), and Kelsea takes it exactly right with a gorgeous bridge.
Sweet – Porridge Radio – the sort of song that changes a semi-underground rock band from Brighton in England into overnight sensations
Do To Me – H.E.R. – dancehall H.E.R. continues her year in a lifetime
Forgiveness – Mandy Moore – all the action here has already happened off the tracks, in a divorce that became a referendum. But Mandy’s final response is devastating: “Will I forgive you? You don’t get to know…”
Which Side Are You On? – S.G. Goodman – gorgeously sung Union song
Only You Freestyle – Headie One, Drake – Drake’s best rap of the year (so far, there is a new album in the works) including a hello in Arabic, Headie One takes back on the track on his verses
Gary Lives in the Twilight Zone – Gary Wilson – The cult artists cult artist, obtuse, strange, a little otherworldly and bizarre and yet completely brilliant dance pop, and here is one of Gary’s very best.
FNY – Barkley – the tuneful crusade to “Fuck New York’ lives is a lesbian lost love triumph
Young Life Crisis – UPSAHL -sadgirl emo hyperpop with a killer lyric: “Meltdown on my best friend’s couch, lines on the table and boredom in my mouth, Life’s gettin’ fatal, I think I’m runnin’ out, \I get dramatic when I’m drunk but don’t sympathize
Scared To Live – The Weeknd – The Weeknd’s genius pop ballad, with a very useful Elton John sample that is a study in how to use an expensive song
NO MORE TEARDROPS feat. Malik Yusef & Wyatt Waddell – VIC MENSA, Malik Yusef, Wyatt Waddell – one of the best #BLM protest raps of the year in a year with a whole lotta good ones
a covid-19 as break up, post-pandemic as new love metaphor
The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 10-22-21-10-28-22, Jack White’s “Taking Me Back and “Taking Me Back (Gently)” Reviewed
where an innocent child discovers his parents are from another planet
a pulsing badass number
a window into Paul Simon’s legendary career
No Mansfield is a rockstar and so much more…….
“Tarrant” is based on the Alice in Wonderland movies. Tarrant is the real name of the Mad Hatter.
in the postseason his record is 11-11
it makes you wish it was better
From The Old Rivalries Never Die They Just Become Clickbait Department: The Beatles Versus The Rolling Stones (For Idiots)
The Beatles are Shakespearean in their greatness, the Stones a touch more Francis Bacon
SohoJohnny with Martha Washington