Can you handle one last 2020 music retrospective? I promise it won’t have any Fiona Apple or any picks from other mainstream media sources. Despite being unanimously and pointlessly blamed for all of our human problems, 2020 was of course pretty great for music creation and releases. The beauty of music helped many souls survive global imprisonment, and quarantine gave many musicians the opportunity to tune out the world and simply create music. Despite financial struggles for most musicians (no touring, continual death of album sales), these brave creatures continue to make some of the most sublime, placeless and timeless art that humanity has never even dreamed of. These artists are my heroes. Thank you and groove on.
For those like me who are tired of the same old holiday songs, here’s a couple playlists celebrating musical diversity while still being festive.
African, Latin American, Indian, Pandemic-themed and more Christmas non-classics:
Winter Solstice-themed music to get you through the darkest days and into the light:
2018 was a year. There was more humanity in the world than ever before. It was wild. But the people made some brilliant sonic documents that just might outlive their creators. Here is a supremely subjective best-of-2018 music mix, blatantly ignoring all other best-of list. Mostly obscure music from far away that I think is exciting. Hope you hear something fresh (PLAYLIST HERE). Bless the creators out there!
And look here, an uncut dance mix!
The mystical Mediterranean island of Sardinia is covered with over 7000 megalithic rock sites that date back at least 3000 years. If the magical people who made these structures had electric guitars and distortion pedals, I bet this is the kind of slow and heavy music they would have played in those temples…
It’s a metal stereotype to be associated with pre-Christian paganism, but somehow it just feels right. Like a protest against the single-minded pursuit of forward progress, time dissolves in a musical trance. May the earth-shaking riffs wake the ancient wizards!
Hear Sardinian rock amidst many other local and global sounds as we visit the secret music scene of a singular giant isle:
Another wonderful, tragic, shocking, mundane, electric and sublime Earth year is reliably rotating to an end (though we never really stops spinning). To salute sweet ’16, behold a continuous mix of fresh music featured on Wandering Rhythms over the past four seasons. These globally-minded sonic wizards point the way to a bright and hybrid future. Jump on it~!