Courtney Barnett

One of the most important artists to emerge in recent years is Courtney Barnett.

Tell Me How You Really Feel will be the title of this Australian’s 3rd album due in the spring.

As a precursor we have the song “Nameless, Faceless” with Kim Deal of The Breeders on backing vocals.

“Nameless, Faceless”

Beach House

We last heard from Beach House 3 years ago.

This Baltimore duo released a new song on Valentine’s Day.

“Lemon Glow”, a Beach House love song.

“Lemon Glow”

Iceage

Iceage, the Danish punk rock band, just gave us a new song.

Their first contribution in 4 years.

Listen here to the intense “Catch It”.

“Catch It’

U.S. Girls

U.S. Girls is the nom de plume of Meghan Remy.

In a Poem Unlimited will be the 6th album from this American/Canadian musician.

The song “Rosebud”, a beauty.

“Rosebud”

MGMT

Hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since MGMT rocked our world with Oracular Spectacular.

Fortunately since then they pushed the limits of their creativity, and we never know where they are going to lead us.

Little Dark Age is their 4th due shortly.

“When You Die” and “Hand It Over” are both on the album.

“When You Die”

“Hand It Over”

tUnE-yArDs

New England native tUnE-yArDs’ new album, I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life, dropped this week.

Her 4th explores whiteness in the face of social injustice.

“Heart Attack” is the current featured song.

The Decemberists

Portland, Oregon’s The Decemberists are one of the best American bands extant.

Our last posting featured their take on a new song from the musical Hamilton.

Now the band has just announced a new album, I’ll be Your Girl, with the song “Severed.”

“Severed”

P.S. shades of the band 999, if you get my reference.

Hamildrops

Last year (actually December 2016) Lin-Manuel Miranda released the album The Hamilton Mixtape, the songs from his play Hamilton performed by various artists.

This past December he began a new concept. New content from his musical will be released as one song a month under the moniker Hamildrops.

The first of these is “Ben Franklin’s Song” performed by The Decemberists.

“Ben Franklin’s Song”

Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson is a musician’s musician.

Credited with revitalizing the Laurel Canyon music scene, he has played with countless artists from Jackson Browne to Erykah Badu, Conor Oberst to Father John Misty.

Rare Birds is his 6th solo album and I love the song “Over the Midnight”.

“Over the Midnight”

Paper Aeroplanes (Christmas)

When Sarah Howells is not performing solo as Bryde she teams up with Richard Llewellyn as Paper Aeroplanes.

Here is their gorgeous take on the song “In the Bleak Midwinter”.

“In the Bleak Midwinter”

Seafang (Christmas)

It’s coming on Christmas and I’m preparing for my annual live Christmas Eve broadcast on WGBH, 89.7, here in Boston and on the web at http://www.wgbh.org/audioPlayers/wgbh.cfm

Seafang, a band out of St. Petersburg, FLA is “Happy When It Snows”.

“Happy When It Snows”

Noel Gallagher

Of the Oasis brothers, I’ve always preferred Noel to Liam.

Noel’s High Flying Birds continues to prove that he was the creative force of Oasis.

“It’s a Beautiful World”-Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds from Who Built the Moon?

Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot, the Russian punk political collective, deliver a deceptively sweet sounding song with an ominous message.

Released on the anniversary of Trump’s electoral victory, “Police State” is self-explanatory.

“Police State”

Charlotte Gainsbourg

Charlotte Gainsbourg is one of those rare artists whose career is primarily in film but is also a successful musician. (Zooey Deschanel and Jared Leto come to mind.)

Many movie stars dabble but so few create substantive music.

Rest is Gainsbourg’s stunning 5th album.

“Deadly Valentine”

“Deadly Valentine” (Soulwax Remix)

Nilüfer Yanya

I’ve been hypnotized of late by the song “Baby Luv” by Nilüfer Yanya.

Trusting that this 22-year old Londoner will continue to enthrall.

“Baby Luv”

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