I should pop in a few of my favorites of 2019 quick. This album was definitely up there for me.
In all seriousness when it comes to songs of 2019 for me this has to be up there
Can't find any non-audience vids of Hey, Ma but any year JV puts out new music we gotta fit in in the Best of somewhere
Kind of hard to believe this was big just this year, feels like it's from 2011 or something
My Best of 2019 is without question Otoboke Beaver. In fact, they should be hitting the stage about the same time this video posts.
We live in an online world that's controlled by algorithms. There's not much I can do to stop it, I mostly just roll my eyes at what these algorithms think I like. A flying vacuum? Sign me up for 5! 26 hour a day all Christmas music station? Hook it straight into my veins!
But, every once in a while these algorithms get it right. "Love Starvation" popped into my YouTube recommended videos and since it was Nick Low I gave it a click. I loved this song five seconds into it. Instantly bought the Love Starvation/Trombone EP and played it about 500 times. Here is a live performance of that song. I hope you enjoy!
I find LDR's live performances hard to watch and her recent videos only OK. I think it's that her voice sells so much irony that her face doesn't convey.
But her record is fantastic, so here's a fan video (despite the "official" in the video title). Song selection driven in part by wanting to keep it clean.
This is better than what I usually would play on Sundays so you folks better listen to it
More often than not, Hozier hits the sweet spot for me.
Angélique Kidjo‘s Celia, a contemplation of Celia Cruz’s African roots, might be my favorite album of the year. Maybe I should’ve chosen a video of her singing “La Vida es un Carnaval” or “Bemba Colorá” or “Sahara” for this, but I wanted to showcase Kidjo’s interaction with her audience at her BBC Proms debut this year. I can’t help but smile every time I watch it. This music, this kind of performance draws hearts together. In the weeks to come, I think we could all use a good reason to smile together.