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Title: Some of The Best of The First Half (2020)

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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

LINK: Bandcamp

Rolling Blackouts CF - Sideways to New Italy

RIYL: Contemporary Australian surf-rock.

LINK: Bandcamp

Sunwatchers - Oh Yeah?

RIYL: Punk jazz.

LINK: Bandcamp

Fiona Apple - Fetch The Bolt Cutters

RIYL: Joni Mitchel circa Don Juan's Reckless Daughter.

LINK: Spotify

Ghostpoet - I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep

RIYL: Poetic-atmospheric-guitar-rock with strings and electronics.

LINK: Bandcamp

Floating Action - Outsider Art

RIYL: Western North Carolina multi-instrumentalist mountain music.

LINK: Bandcamp

Little Simz - Drop 6

RIYL: Dope rhymes. 

LINK: Soundcloud

Greg Dulli - Random Desire

RIYL: Afghan Whigs. Twilight Singers. Sub-Pop.

LINK: Youtube

Eyelids - Accidental Falls

RIYL: Teenage Fanclub, Beatles, Feelies

LINK: Bandcamp

Viagra Boys - Common Sense (EP)

RIYL: Swedish post-punk.

LINK: Spotify

The Howling Hex - The Knuckleball Express

RIYL: Scuzzy punk blues.

LINK: Bandcamp

X - Alphabetland

RIYL: Exene & John. West Coast Punk! 

LINK: Bandcamp

El Ten Eleven - Tautology 1

RIYL: Instrumental punk jams.

LINK: Bandcamp

Caroline - Dark Blue (EP)

RIYL: Beautiful textural soundscapes. 90's band Rex.

LINK: Youtube

Bob Dylan - Rough & Rowdy Ways

RIYL: Gifts from the heavens above.

LINK: Pitchfork

Flat Worms - Antartica

RIYL: West Coast garage rock. Steve Albini.

LINK: Bandcamp

Charles Lloyd - 8: Kindred Spirits

RIYL: Live jazz at it's finest.

LINK: Spotify

Rose City Band - Summerlong

RIYL: Rose City Band = (Wooden Shiips x Moon Duo) / Grateful Dead.

LINK: Bandcamp

Las Kellies - Suck This Tangerine

RIYL: Propulsive, groove oriented, retro-girl-group-pop-punk.

LINK: Bandcamp

The Men - Mercy

RIYL: Blue-collar-rock.

LINK: Bandcamp

Hemlock Ernst & Kenny Segal - Back At The House

RIYL: Beat oriented throwback jazz rap.

LINK: Bandcamp

Los Compleaños - Aqua Ep

RIYL: Tropical dance music soundscapes. Electronic Cumbia. Coconut.

LINK: Youtube

Sepalot Quartet - Now Next

RIYL: Electronic jazz

LINK: Bandcamp

Willie Nelson - First Rose of Spring

RIYL: Classic Country.

LINK: Youtube

Mac Miller - Circles

RIYL: Soulful and reflective hip-hop stories. Low-fi rap folk.

LINK: Spotify

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