Without question, I listened to more Taylor Swift in 2020 than I have in any preceding year. And this is 100% my favorite song from folklore.
Is this supposed to be new songs in 2020? Well, AJR was new to me
this last year. I really like both their sound and their "not sure what I'm doing here" approach to lyrics and message. I played a bunch of their stuff as pandemic fatigue really started to hit in the fall. Great for quick car trips with the bass up a little when you have to get out of the house. And the kids like them.
They're three brothers who seem to be into the joyful production of their own music, so that's cool. They've been around a few years with a number of recognizable songs getting airtime, but are all over the place now with Bang! (But haven't been featured in WGOM Videos!) They don't have a ton of video choices, so the pick here is a little arbitrary. Some of my favorites include Weak, Netflix Trip, No Grass Today, Bud Like You, Three-Thirty, Burn the House Down, Call My Dad, Don't Throw Out My Legos, and Birthday Party. Enjoy!
This was the album I listened to the most this year. Every time I listen I keep thinking it's really great.
I'm kind of amazed at how consistently I love every Fiona Apple record.
Finding live performances of stuff that I liked this year proved to be very, very difficult. While this one wasn't necessarily my first choice, I feel like it's a solid contender.
Bartees made some waves earlier in the year with an EP of The National covers (which are good!) before dropping his debut full length in early October. It's a mash of hip-hop, indie rock, and jazzy music, and it comes recommended.
Mustang itself is a straight banger and is the first song on the video, after a brief introduction, but the entire performance is on the video.
Damn. I don't know how I missed that Joseph Shabalala passed away
this last year.
I am honestly shocked I did not hear about this until now.