December 2019 New Music Playlist

January 5, 2020
Small number of new songs for December, because of Holidays and, ironically, a NOLA trip (in that case the best music was live...)



Oh My God
Ida Maria
Intense pop.
Not sure where I ran across this
You're the Top
Cole Porter
Old classic.
I vaguely remember the characters singing this in M*A*S*H. I gave up trying to find a recording of the "dirty version"...
Changes (feat. The Budos Band)
Charles Bradley
R+B cover of a Black Sabbath song. Great song but a little long.
From the intro to "Big Mouth" - it's authentically retro R+B sound and cover art fooled me- I was shocked to find out it's a cover. (Sort of like a reverse Tainted Love)
Jenny (Remastered)
The Mountain Goats
Lo-Fi Indie
On The Anthropocene Reviewed John Green rights about a random note he made:
2010: “Her eyes on His eyes on” - I assume this note was written when I first noticed the pun inside a lyric from my favorite band, The Mountain Goats. Their song “Jenny” is about a girl in love with a boy who has just acquired a yellow-and-black Kawasaki motorcycle. And one of the song’s couplets goes, “And you pointed your headlamp toward the horizon / We were the one thing in the galaxy God didn’t have His eyes on.” I don’t know why, but that line always reminds me of being in eleventh grade, lying in the middle of an open field with three friends I loved ferociously, drinking warm malt liquor, and staring up at the night sky.
Heebie Jeebies
Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five
Jazz, baby!
In New Orleans I was looking up the history of scat singing (kind of wondering why it got that name...) turns out this was on of the first recorded instances of it... and given they named the airport after him, I figured it was fortuitous.



Firewater
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & The Golden Eagles
Kind of dark and mysterious song from the NOLA Mardi Gras Indians tradition.
At the NOLA club "Snug Harbor" they covered something like this song. Intersectionality-wise, the whole Mardi Gras Indian is kind of complex (to be honest I kind of ran it by my friend Cordelia of the Seneca people when I ran into her at a party, my take on her view is as long as you recognize the complexity and the long-standing appropriation you probably don't need to shun the derived works)
AP Touro
Rebirth Brass Band
New Orleans Street Band hotness. (googling this I just realized it's probably in honor of A. P. Tureaud, an NAACP legal activist.)
Oddly I saw Rebirth right *before* we headed down to New Orleans, but I shazam'd this song playing at a store in the French Market
Up On Cripple Creek (Remastered)
The Band
70s dirt
Playing at "Coop's Place", our favorite food from our trip to NOLA



Mrs. Claus
Little Jackie
Nice motown-style Christmas song
Playing at an outlet mall in NJ



Jambalaya
The Del McCoury Band & Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Tuba and Banjo jazz cover of the famous song
I think I heard Rebirth play this, looking for a good version I found this cover w/ the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, we stopped in the hall for the "All Star" set there...

Beautiful essay by Michael Chabon, the intersection of his fandom and creative work in Star Trek and sitting vigil by what would be his father's deathbed.