On his Freak Zone a few weeks ago, Stuart Maconie asked for recommendations of “alternative country records”. This got me thinking: what country records fall within the parameters of the Freak Zone? Then, by some YouTube algorithmical kismet, via a recommendation in an Alan Jacobs’ newsletter, I heard Abigail Washburn & Wu Fei. I’d found my first recommendation.
Iron & Wine – Walking Far From Home
In My Decade Wrapped (and I’m aware there was detractors, but it’s hard not to agree with Om Malik’s post Spotify Wrapped: Data Story Done Right) my musical artist of the last decade was Iron & Wine.
The Building – Ballad of Electric St.
This year instead of choosing an album of the year, I’m choosing my band of the year. And that band is The Building. Read more
Otis Redding – Merry Christmas Baby
For December I’ve been choosing songs that aren’t ostensibly Christmas songs but feel to me like they are. But no such thing going on with this week’s choice.
Ella and Louis – Autumn in New York
Astronomical Autumn begins tomorrow.
Peter Gabriel – The Book of Love
One of the most loveliest and heartfelt pieces of music I’ve heard this week: Peter Gabriel covering The Magnetic Fields’ ‘The Book of Love’.