…And I’m back. Did you miss me?
Don’t worry. If you didn’t even notice that was gone, I won’t be too hurt. I’ve had a great couple of weeks off from work and it was definitely nice to step away from posting to these pages during that same time. Some of my fellow bloggers may have observed that I was still reading and commenting on some of their own pieces so I wasn’t completely absent. And I will admit that I did spend a bit of time stringing together some words on music for this and some future posts.
But now I’m back and I’m ready to go, starting things off with part two of my New tunes of 2021 playlist. I’ve been doing these playlists for a few years now and they’re like a running diary of the new music that has been released during each quarter of the year and that has caught my ear. You can go back and have a listen to part one for this year here.
Months four, five, and six of 2021 have been, without a question, a more positive experience than the previous three were. Sure, we’ve had a third wave of this pandemic to contend with and here in Ontario, Canada, the government upped the ante on the lockdown and issued a stay at home order at the beginning of April. Since then, though, things have looked up. The roll out of the mass vaccination campaign has been going quite well. (Yours truly received his first dose of Pfizer in mid-June and is scheduled for dose number two on Friday.) Of course, the warmer weather has meant more outdoor activities and some semblance of normalcy. My wife and I have been out on walks, out weekly to the farmers markets, and have been getting out on the bikes pretty regularly. We also accidentally found ourselves at the Ottawa tulip festival back in May (see photo above) and we’ve already been out on patios to support some of our favourite local restaurant businesses.
And through all of this, I’ve also been purchasing, streaming, and listening to as much new music as I can. The twenty five songs below are just an example of the many tunes that have been brightening up my spring. Highlights include:
- “I’m glad that we broke up”, a trashy, glam rock, firebomb of single by Du Blonde in a raucous duet with one of my discoveries from last year, Ezra Furman
- Ex-Pains of Being Pure at Heart frontman Kip Berman stepped away from the reverb-drenched indie pop of his old band in favour of more stripped-down and rootsy indie folk as The Natvral and the track “New Year’s night” is just brilliant
- The introspective and honest jangly retro pop of “I hope I never fall in love” is just one of the many great tracks off the new album by one of my favourite new discoveries of the year, The Reds, Pinks and Purples
- “I don’t believe in anything” served to remind me of the pure joy and energy infused in the music of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, a ska-punk band that I just loved back in the 90s
- I’ve known for quite some time that comedian/actor Matt Berry was also a musician but it took fellow blogger, Steve for the Deaf to turn me on to just how good he is and yeah, “Summer sun” is pure sunshine psychedelic bliss
- “Paprika”, a happy little ear worm off Japanese Breakfast‘s third album, “Jubilee”
- And last but definitely not least is “In the rain”, the nearly eight minute lazy sunday folk-rocker by another cool project by Ripley Johnson (Wooden Shjips, Moon Duo), this one called Rose City Band
For those who don’t use Spotify or if the embedded playlist below doesn’t work for you, here is the entire playlist as I’ve created it, complete with links to YouTube videos:
1. “Down the river” Ratboys (from the album Happy birthday, Ratboy)
2. “I’m glad that we broke up (feat. Ezra Furman)” Du Blonde (from the album Homecoming)
3. “New year’s night” The Natvral (from the album Tethers)
4. “Price of blue” Flock of Dimes (from the album Head of roses)
5. “Everyone’s a winner” Flyte (from the album This is really going to hurt)
6. “I hope I never fall in love” The Reds, Pinks and Purples (from the album Uncommon weather)
7. “Can’t talk, won’t” Coach Party (from the EP After party)
8. “Desires” Art d’Ecco (from the album In standard definition)
9. “Change your mind” The Coral (from the album Coral island)
10. “The sun won’t shine on me” Teenage Fanclub (from the album Endless arcade)
11. “Shelter song” Iceage (from the album Seek shelter)
12. “Yoru ni” Teke::Teke (from the album Shirushi)
13. “I don’t believe in anything” The Mighty Mighty Bosstones (from the album When god was great)
14. “Hologram love” Linn Koch-Emmery (from the album Being the girl)
15. “Summer sun” Matt Berry (from the album The blue elephant)
16. “C’mon be cool” fanclubwallet (from the EP Hurt is boring)
17. “Poor boy a long way from home” The Black Keys (from the album Delta kream)
18. “Stay in the car” Bachelor (from the album Doomin’ sun)
19. “Paprika” Japanese Breakfast (from the album Jubilee)
20. “Smile” Wolf Alice (from the album Blue weekend)
21. “Beautiful beaches” James (from the album All the colours of you)
22. “Primrose hill at midnight (feat. Flyte)” Dizzy (from the EP Separate places)
23. “Already written” Azure Ray (from the album Remedy)
24. “Hot & heavy” Lucy Dacus (from the album Home video)
25. “In the rain” Rose City Band (from the album Earth trip)
As always, wherever you are in the world, I hope you are safe, continue to be well, and well, enjoy the tunes.
If you’re interested in checking out any of the other playlists I’ve created and shared on these pages, you can peruse them here.