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The Dirtiest

Embodying the spirit of the Ramones Italian-style, The Dirtiest may be a bit derivative but so much fun.

Tuscan punk from their 2nd album Sovranista (Sovereign)

“Quando C’era Lui” (When He Was There)

“Ti Piscio Sul Presepe” (I Piss on Your Nativity Scene)

“Quando C’era Lui”

“Ti Piscio Sul Presepe”

The Avalanches

The Avalanches is an Australian electronic group that now functions as the duo of Robbie Chater and Tony Di Blasi.

They take their time recording having only produced 3 albums since their formation in 1997.

The current disc, We Will Always Love You, includes some well-known guests such as Perry Farrell, Mick Jones, Blood Orange, Tricky, Jamie xx, Kurt Vile, Karen O, MGMT and Johnny Marr, the last two on the song “The Divine Chord”.

“The Divine Chord” featuring MGMT and Johnny Marr

Loma

Loma has been one of my favorite bands the past couple of years.

The trio of Emily Cross, Dan Duszynski, and (Shearwater frontman) Jonathan Meiburg have 2 albums, Loma from 2018 and most recently Don’t Shy Away.

Listen here to a track from each of these exquisite recordings:  “Who is Speaking?” (Loma) and “Half Silences” (Don’t Shy Away).

“Who is Speaking”

“Half Silences”

Eminem

We leave this dreadful year and enter the new with the great Eminem.

He just released a follow up to 2020’s Music to Be Murdered By, same title but Side B.

His internal rhymes and speed are a marvel and pointed as ever.

Here are two: “Gnat” and “These Demons”

“Gnat”

“These Demons (feat. Maj)”

Christmas/U.S. Girls

My favorite Christmas song this year is by U.S. Girls, the pseudonym for the Toronto-based American Meghan Remy.

“Santa Stay Home” perfectly reflects this year’s holiday.

BTW, tonight I continue with my annual show, Christmas Eve with Oedipus, 6 hours of non-traditional holiday music heard only once a year and centered on peace, love and understanding. Hear it on WGBH, 89.7 in Boston or wgbh.org.

6 pm-Midnight

“Santa Stay Home”

The Network

The Network is a side project of Green Day.

The Network’s debut album was in 2003 with Money Money 2020.

The follow-up has just been released entitled Money Money 2020, Part II: We Told You So!

Prophetic!

Here are 2: “Trans Am” and “Ivankkka is a Nazi”

“Trans Am”

“Ivankkka is a Nazi”

Sault

Sault is a mysterious British musical collective that explores R&B, funk, dance, and house.

They have no social media presence and do not give interviews, perform live, create videos and offer no photos.

This year alone they have given us 2 incredible albums, Untitled (Black Is) and Untitled (Rise).

Listen to a song from each: “Wildfires(Black Is) and “Fearless(Rise)

“Wildfires”

“Fearless”

baby of the bunch

baby of the bunch hail from Leipzig.

As part of the self-proclaimed The New Wave of Female New Wave, 3 German women and 1 American take their name from a lyric in “Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang.

The song is “I Like That”.

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