Below is a YouTube playlist of some of my favorite (mostly new) music from 2021. Two albums were re-released for their 10th anniversary this year. I couldn’t always find a video for the new release, but this is pretty close.
Rider To The Sea
Yesterday Will Come
Caleb Landry Jones
Family Swan (Mecca Normal)
Circuit des Yeux
Magic Bullets For Dracula
Fire at Static Valley
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Hiss Golden Messenger
Days Like These
Make Worry For Me
Matt Sweeney & Bonnie “Prince” Billy
Don’t You Blanket When That Happens
Mike Adams At His Honest Weight
The Destruction Of The Kola Superdeep Borehole Tower
It was a tough year for musicians (and the rest of us), from being unable to tour, record under normal circumstances, or otherwise collect in groups. As much of music-making is a collective pursuit, this year’s list deserves particular respect.
I know the second a commit to write a list I immediately want to change it but sometimes you just have to let these things go.
I’ve included a video from one of the songs from each release because… that’s what we do now. A picture of the album cover just isn’t enough, is it?
(Hmmm. Maybe not so coincidentally, I saw all of these artists perform live during 2012.)
10. Willis Earl Beal – Acousmatic Sorcery
9. Damien Jurado – Maraqopa
8. The Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth
7. David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant
6. The Twilight Sad – No One Can Ever Know
5. Shearwater – Animal Joy
4. Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
3. Menomena – Moms
2. Father John Misty – Fear Fun
1. Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
(This last video is somewhat NSFW.)
Max: Oh, yes, I’m a big music lover. Would you believe that I once listened to three weeks of Beethoven? Would you believe it? Three weeks!
Villain: I find that quite hard to believe.
Max: Would you believe (thinks a while) two weeks of Bach?
Villain: I don’t think so.
Max: Would you believe… one hour of Looney Tunes?