London Grammar

I adored London Grammar’s 2013 debut album If You Wait.

The new single from this English trio features the haunting vocals of Hannah Reid. “Rooting For You” begins acapella.

“Rooting For You”

Nine Inch Nails

The end of the year is always a slow time for new music releases. This year is no exception save a new Nine Inch Nails EP.

Trent Reznor delivers music on his own unusual timetable.

Not the Actual Events is a 5-song extended play with the heavy “Burning Bright (Field on Fire)”.

Christmas Eve

Tonight I present my annual Christmas Eve Broadcast on 89.7, WGBH, Boston’s Local NPR.

Around the world at www.wgbh.org/radio.

6 p.m.-Midnight (EST) Christmas (and this year Hanukkah) music from my private collection heard nowhere else.

Songs like:

“Simple Feeling” by Smoke Fairies

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Best Coast/Christmas

It’s coming on Christmas and we have a new Christmas song from L.A.’s Best Coast.

“Christmas and Everyday” was written for An American Girl Story – Maryellen 1955: Extraordinary Christmas, an upcoming Amazon Kids short film based on a character from the American Girl historical doll lineup.

Joyful power pop to put us in the mood.

Hamilton Mixtape

The Hamilton Mixtape records new versions of the songs from the ground-breaking Broadway play “Hamilton”.

Featuring a diverse range of artists from the Roots to Usher, Wiz Khalifa to Chance the Rapper, here Regina Spektor along with Ben Folds sing “Dear Theodosia”, a song that Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton sing to their newborn children, reflecting on fatherhood, their own lives as orphans, (Hamilton an immigrant), and promising to do everything possible to make it a better country for them.

Prescient today…

“Dear Theodosia” Regina Spektor (featuring Ben Folds)

Honeyblood

Honeyblood is the Scottish female duo with the wonderfully named Stina Marie Claire Tweeddale on vocals and guitar and Cat Myers providing additional vocals and drums.

Babes Never Die is their 2nd album. Listen to “Sea Hearts” and “Cruel”.

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“Sea Hearts”

“Cruel”

Laura Marling

Superlative singer/songwriter Laura Marling is preparing a new album, Semper Femina, for the new year.

Exploring intimacy and love of a woman toward women the song “Soothing” is an advance.

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“Soothing”

Thanksgiving

Now more than ever. A song for this holiday from Massive Attack.

Thank you!

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“Be Thankful For What You’ve Got”

The Orwells

The third album from The Orwells, rambunctious rockers out of suburban Chicago, is expected in early 2017.

From Terrible Human Beings, “They Put a Body in the Bayou” is an early taste.

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Lucy Dacus

Lucy Dacus is a new singer/songwriter based in Richmond, VA.

Her debut, No Burden, features the poignant song “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore”.

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Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen has died.

A poet and a dreamer with an unforgettable baritone, his last album, You Want It Darker, came out a few weeks ago.

The title track is a fitting epitaph.

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“You Want It Darker”

The Day After

It’s mourning in America.

Here Andrew Bird teams up with Jim James to sing “Sic of Elephants”.

America, what have you done?

“Sic Of Elephants”

You were right
There was never reason to worry
Money made your eyesight all blurry
Making lists of pacifists
Recalcitrant poses
Can’t you see how dangerous
The one you chose is
Which brings us back to
Might makes right
So we learn from Wars of the Roses
Pain was only fear kneading your toeses

Making haste to spite your face to cut off your noses
Convince yourself and others that these
Fish smell like roses

Can’t you see how dangerous
When you’re too content to make a fuss
Can’t you see how dangerous

Squint your eyes and see
Elephants, sycophants, elephants

Squint your ears and hear red-faced rants
Pleated pants
Sycophants
That’s what you are

Can’t you see how dangerous
When you’re too content to make a fuss

Communist Daughter

Communist Daughter take their name for a Neutral Milk Hotel Song.

The second album from this Twin Cities band is called The Cracks That Built the Wall which includes the melodic “Hold Back”.

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“Hold Back”

Jesu/Sun Kil Moon

30 Days, 30 Songs to stop Donald Trump has evolved into 30 Days, 50 Songs.

Jesu/Sun Kil Moon is a collaboration with American indie folk act Sun Kil Moon and British experimental act Jesu.

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Jesu/Sun Kil Moon

“The Greatest Conversation Ever in the History of the Universe”

Pussy Riot

Russian feminist punk rock provocateurs Pussy Riot comment on the American election.

“Make America Great Again”

“Make America Great Again”

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