It has been a sad and financially devastating year for the music industry. It is basically the first time since I was a kid that I am not holding tickets for a concert.
Looking forward, it is likely that seeing bands in crowded bars and clubs is something we will not get to experience for some time. Personally, this is one of the things I miss the most about our pre-pandemic world. Not only do I like to see a lot of live music, I like looking forward to shows I know I will be attending.
Thankfully, bands are continuing to release new music. Much of it recorded before we shut things down. This is my list of the new music I enjoyed the most in the first six months of 2020. Maybe you will find something to like.
Enemy Radio (Public Enemy) - Loud Is Not Enough
RIYL: "The truth!" #truthtopower
Rolling Blackouts CF - Sideways to New Italy
RIYL: Contemporary Australian surf-rock.
Sunwatchers - Oh Yeah?
RIYL: Punk jazz.
Fiona Apple - Fetch The Bolt Cutters
RIYL: Joni Mitchel circa Don Juan's Reckless Daughter.
Ghostpoet - I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep
RIYL: Poetic-atmospheric-guitar-rock with strings and electronics.
Floating Action - Outsider Art
RIYL: Western North Carolina multi-instrumentalist mountain music.
Little Simz - Drop 6
RIYL: Dope rhymes.
Greg Dulli - Random Desire
RIYL: Afghan Whigs. Twilight Singers. Sub-Pop.
Eyelids - Accidental Falls
RIYL: Teenage Fanclub, Beatles, Feelies
Viagra Boys - Common Sense (EP)
RIYL: Swedish post-punk.
The Howling Hex - The Knuckleball Express
RIYL: Scuzzy punk blues.
X - Alphabetland
RIYL: Exene & John. West Coast Punk!
El Ten Eleven - Tautology 1
RIYL: Instrumental punk jams.
Caroline - Dark Blue (EP)
RIYL: Beautiful textural soundscapes. 90's band Rex.
Bob Dylan - Rough & Rowdy Ways
RIYL: Gifts from the heavens above.
Flat Worms - Antartica
RIYL: West Coast garage rock. Steve Albini.
Charles Lloyd - 8: Kindred Spirits
RIYL: Live jazz at it's finest.
Rose City Band - Summerlong
RIYL: Rose City Band = (Wooden Shiips x Moon Duo) / Grateful Dead.
Las Kellies - Suck This Tangerine
RIYL: Propulsive, groove oriented, retro-girl-group-pop-punk.
The Men - Mercy
Hemlock Ernst & Kenny Segal - Back At The House
RIYL: Beat oriented throwback jazz rap.
Los Compleaños - Aqua Ep
RIYL: Tropical dance music soundscapes. Electronic Cumbia. Coconut.
Sepalot Quartet - Now Next
RIYL: Electronic jazz
Willie Nelson - First Rose of Spring
RIYL: Classic Country.
Mac Miller - Circles
RIYL: Soulful and reflective hip-hop stories. Low-fi rap folk.