"Writing about music is like dancing about architecture." Elvis Costello
2019 may be starting with government shutdowns and Brexit woes, but at least there’s some good new music on tap. Here’s some notable releases to watch for in the coming months, so if it all gets too stressful, just visit the library for the CD when it’s added to the collection, or go to Hoopla for a download, and unwind a little. Remember, when the going gets tough, the tough put on headphones.
Michael Franti always has a positive spin on things, look for Spearhead-backed Stay Human, Vol. ll on its January 25th release date.
Also on January 25th Portland’s iconic Dandy Warhols release Why You So Crazy, right in the middle of their 25th anniversary tour.
In February we’ll get new music from my personal favorite live ensemble, The Tedeschi Trucks Band, with their new album Signs. Other releases from the month include Florida Georgia Line, LCD Soundsystem, and Hayes Carll.
Side note: Yes children, CDs and groups of digital downloads are still correctly referred to as albums. Reference this definition from Merriam Webster: “A collection …of literary selections, musical compositions, or pictures”. At least something survives from my youth.
March comes in like a lion with a posthumous release from Townes Van Zandt, Sky Blue. David Gray checks in with Gold in a Brass Age (our time?) and Steve Earle is once again teaming with the Dukes for a Guy Clark tribute album, simply titled GUY.
I already have a lump in my throat contemplating listening to In the End, The Cranberries last album, coming the last week of April. There’s also Glen Hansard with This Wild Willing, The Flaming Lips putting out King’s Mouth, and Ryan Adams doing Big Colors.
Stay tuned for a post later to take it out a few more months, and click here to see The M205 Selectors Choice 2018 list.
Eric Molinsky selects and purchases music for JCLS. He considers himself a musician, since he once sold a guitar because he needed the money.
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