Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Top 20+ Songs of 2021

  Listen on Spotify, enjoy!

1. "What's Life"  –  De Lux
2. "Vibe Check"  –  Gillian Moss
3. "Knives" – Ya Tseen, Portugal. The Man
4. "Jazz (In the Supermarket) – Goat Girl
5. "For Every Voice That Never Sang" – Kishi Bashi
6. "Gutters of Love" – Quivers
7. "The Last Man on Earth" – Wolf Alice
8. "Soft Spot" – Claud
9. "Ohio" – Lea Porcelain
10. "About U" – Roosevelt
11. "Peach" – Future Islands
12. "Toast" – Pond
13. "Polaris" – Damon Albarn
14. "Beautiful Beaches" – James
15. "Genuine Hesitation" – Mathew E. White
16. "I Was A Tunnel" – Generationals
17. "In the Gloaming"  – trentemøller, Lisbet Fritze
18. "Lost in the Weight" – Deserta
19. "Once Twice Melody" – Beach House
20. "Always Together with You" – Spiritualized
21. "Frankie" – Barrie
22. "Prester John" – Animal Collective
23. "Dreaming of U" – Oberhofer
24. "Dawn Chorus" – Jon Hopkins

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Late Fall 2021 New Music Playlist

 Listen on Spotify, enjoy!

1. "Wake Me Up"  –  Foals
2. "No Choice"  –  Tame Impala
3. "Moment to Change" – Mano Le Tough
4. "Dreaming of U" – Oberhofer
5. "Where Do You Go" – Day Wave
6. "Sunrise/Sunset" – The Dodos
7. "Dream Never Dies" – Lo Moon
8. "Otomo" – Bonobo, O'Glynn
9. "White Fence Round House" – Vetiver
10. "Fisher Island Sound" – Beirut
11. "Goodbye Vista" – Deserta
12. "G2G" – The Antlers
13. "Somethin' More Than This" – Wajatta
14. "Welcome" – Jon Hopkins, 7RAYS
15. "Superstar" – Beach House
16. "Six AM" – The Album Leaf

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Fall 2021 New Music Playlist

 Listen on Spotify, enjoy!

1. "The Hardest Cut"  –  Spoon
2. "Walking at a Downtown Pace" – Parquet Courts
3. "I Was a Tunnel" – Generationals
4. "In the Gloaming" – trentemøller, Lisbet Fritze
5. "Lost in the Weight" – Deserta
6. "Six Words" – Elbow
7. "Once Twice Melody" – Beach House
8. "Crutch" – Band of Horses
9. "Harmonia's Dream" – The War on Drugs
10. "Always Together with You" – Spiritualized
11. "Love Love Love" – My Morning Jacket
12. "All Inclusive" – Pool Boy, Cyril Hahn
13. "C'mon America" –  Jeff Tweedy
14. "Simple Like Us" – Teleman
15. "Frankie" – Barrie
16. "Prester John" – Animal Collective
17. "Glisten" – The Album Leaf
18. "Elsewhere" – Hammock

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Adoratherapy Chakra Playlists with Music from the Past Decade on Spotify – Interview and links

Years ago, I came across Adoratherapy products in my local Whole Foods here in the Northeast and started building a collection. I had been introduced to chakra energy centers through modern dance and was enjoying aromatherapy as part of a restorative yoga class at my YMCA. I instantly understood thevalue of focusing on myself and my own physical/spiritual needs through the simple act of applying fragrance with intention. Since then, I have reached for a different Chakra Boost scent as I saw fit, giving them as gifts along the way.

That is how I connected to Laura McCann, Found & CEO of Adoratherapy. I had ordered a set for my son’s girlfriend and mentioned that her birthday was coming up soon, so any help expediting the order would be appreciated. My correspondence with Adoratherapy quickly became a full-on conversation as I explained how much I loved the products, and the company’s home Asheville, NC. (I had a blast covering the Moogfest music festival there for PopMatters from 2010 to 2012.)

As a PR/Marketing professional, I offered my expertise to assist the brand but also to indulge my love of creating new music playlists. Over the past decade, I have worked as a consultant while handling writing assignments for PopMatters, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and my own website here where I post playlists as new releases appear. After all, music and arts of all kinds feed the soul and instantly boost the mood. 

Here is my Q&A with Laura:

What’s your process for creating playlists?
I’m always listening for my next favorite song or musical messages that resonate throughout the day. These days I collect new releases in a Spotify playlist before carefully ordering them and calling it cooked, moving on to the next playlist about every two months or so. I like to start with something up – tempo to pull the listener into a musical path that ends in a more meditative state after an hour or so. And you know how you hear a song you haven’t thought about in forever, but it’s exactly what you needed? I love coming across a song that informs my day via lyrics, vibe or taking you back to that time in your life when the song was new.

I’m married to a musician but I’m the music Fan. Before streaming, I created CD compilations of new music and before that, cassette mixtapes. I remember listening to New York City radio as a girl in the Connecticut suburbs (shout out to WPLJ in the 70s and WLIR in the 80s!) It was my constant companion and link to a much larger world, leading me to life in that wicked city – as my Southern grandmother would call it – after college before returning to raise a family. And now radio from all over is easily accessed online 24/7.

A good day for me begins with KEXP’s “John in the Morning” show (10 am to 1 pm EST), where John Richards plays a great mix of new music in Seattle for a far-flung community known as the Morning Faithful, sharing thoughts and requests.

Around noon I’ll switch over to KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” (12 pm to 3 pm EST) where a new DJ duo of Anthony Valadez and Novena Carmél recently took the reins for this acclaimed new music show in L.A. I’ll also check in on KCRW’s Musical Director Anne Litt’s shows over the weekend. And I tune into local station WFUV’s mix of old and new throughout the week (my go-to in the car), catching up on “The Alternate Side” in the Weekend Archives if I missed the Friday night show.

Plus, it's so easy to take all this music with me on the go with apps on my phone. And I can’t wait until these stations can feature live sessions again when things open up. I also keep tabs on favorite bands and record labels through social media and email lists. I follow artists on Bandcamp and Spotify, happily combing through new releases on Fridays.

How did you come up with each Chakra Playlist?
For the Chakra Playlists, I decided to choose music from the last ten years to embrace the theme of discovery with newer music people might not know. I began by digging into my personal stash of ambient music, rereading the intentions for each scent for reference. Then I traveled back in time via my own new music playlists, finding beloved songs to complement each theme. I also kept my ears open per usual, with older songs and new artists presenting themselves as a perfect fit to complete that hour session for each chakra. After playing with sequence, I gave everything a full listen until I was ready to hand things over with pride: 102 artists/bands over eight hours without repeating one.

Do you have a practice of self love and if so please share it?
The only time I’m not listening to music during the day is during work meetings and a morning walk around my little coastal town – this moving meditation clears my mind as thoughts swirl. Then I end the day with a cocktail hour ritual. Heading to the town beach with friends for this makes things extra special, but even alone with a wine spritzer and something to munch on counts. I thoughtfully choose a pretty glass, fun bowl and party napkins. (I have a whole drawer of them!) It’s a great shut-off valve from the day.

I’m also a firm believer in dancing out your ya-yas. Whether to a song blasting in your home or on a dance floor with friends, I find such joy getting lost in movement – “Dance Yrself Clean,” as LCD Soundsystem calls it. (I love veteran indie bands – watch my vantage point during a LCD Soundsystem concert at Terminal 5!) I am known to break out into a dance solo whenever or wherever a song moves me. And as a performer before I even learned how to dance, I like to dance like EVERYONE is watching.

What’s your favorite Chakra Boost? When & where do you boost?
I have to say my favorite Chakra Boost is Motivation. I love the kick of citrus and the intention to become “empowered in all my experiences” (even the ones I’d rather avoid!) But I take time to reflect on the status of all my chakras and choose the Chakra Boost that best serves the current situation. I apply some fragrance into my palms, rub them together and take a deep breath before spreading the fragrance to my pulse points. I’ll apply it in the morning while repeating the intention, going back to it a few times a day.

Which is your favorite Chakra?
Can’t say I have a favorite Chakra, but I am very aware of energy centers spinning within and around me. I was always told I was too sensitive, which led me to believe I should try to become less so. Now there’s even a term for it – being labeled as an "Empath" has me embracing this heightened perception as a part of who I am. One thing I’ve learned during the pandemic is to let go of things I cannot change, cutting myself major slack to get through this health crisis. My collection of Mood Boosts has been such a source of support, signaling a personal check-in every day and providing that lift of scent on the body.

Click here for more about the Adoratherapy Chakra Playlists and listen on SPOTIFY @Adoratherapy

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Late Summer 2021 New Music Playlist

Listen on Spotify, enjoy!

1. "About U"  –  Roosevelt
2. "Truth"  –  Jungle
3. "Peach"  –  Future Islands
4. "Toast"  –  Pond
5. "Weekend Run"  –  Unknown Mortal Orchestra
6. "For Every Voice that Never Sang"  –  Kishi Bashi
7. "Polaris"  –  Daman Albarn
8. "Galacticana"  –  Strand of Oaks
9. "Only Love"  –  Tycho, Ben Gibbard
10. "Beautiful Beaches"  –  James
11. "Across that Fine Line"  –  Nation of Language
12. "Fulton"  –  Steve Gunn
13. "Work This Hard"  –  Caveman
14. "Back to Oz"  –  Sufjan Stevens, Angelo De Augustine
15. "Genuine Hesitation"  –  Mathew E. White
16. "Touch Returned (iii)"  –  Eluvium

Monday, June 7, 2021

Summer 2021 New Music Playlist

 Listen on Spotify, enjoy!

1. "Night Light" – Cold Cave
2. "Long Last" – Lord Huron
3. "Hold You Back" – Quivers
4."What's Life" – De Lux
5. "Vibe Check" – Gilligan Moss
6. "We are Between" – Modest Mouse
7. "In a Light" – Okkervil River
8. "In the Stone" – The Goon Sax
9. "Amtrak" – Los Retros
10. "From the Back of Cab" – Rostam
11. "Powder Blue" – Elbow
12. "Ohio" – Lea Porcelain
13. "The Darkness that you Fear" – The Chemical Brothers
14. "Back of my Hand" – Bachelor, Jay Som, Palehound
15. "High Season" – Poolside, Buscabulla
16. "sl248" – Michiru Aoyama

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Spring 2021 New Music Playlist

Listen on Spotify, enjoy!

1. "Jazz (In the Supermarket)" – Goat Girl
2. "Knives" – Ya Tseen, Portugal. The Man.
3. "Half a Human" – Real Estate
4."Identical" – Phoenix
5. "Not Dad Yet" – Lord Huron
6. "The Last Man On Earth" – Wolf Alice
7. "Gutters of Love" – Quivers
8. "Solstice" – The Antlers
9. "Price of Blue" – Flock of Dimes
10. "Only One" – Yotto, Stephan Jolk
11. "Soft Spot" – Claud
12. "Heartlow" – Jane Weaver
13. "Rocky" – Still Woozy
14. "The Melting of the Sun" – St. Vincent
15. "Helpless" – Caveman
16. "Low" – Chet Faker

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Winter 2021 New Music Playlist

 Listen on Spotify, enjoy!

1. "Interstellar Love (feat. Leon Bridges)" – The Avalanches, Leon Bridges
2. "The Valley of the Pagans (feat. Beck)" – Gorillaz, Beck
3. "Sleep Today" – Maps
4. "A Different Kind of Life" – National of Language
5. "Hurt" – Arlo Parks
6. "Fire for You" – Cannons
7. "Into the Woods" – Tycho
8. "His Rope" – Burial, Four Tet, Thom Yorke
9. "If We Make It Through December" – Phoebe Bridgers
10. "Orion from the Street" – Field Music
11. Dawn Chorus" – Jon Hopkins
12. "Let It Be" – Matt Berninger
13. "One Another" – Hammock
14. "Parallel 7" – Four Tet
15. "Glacial Lake" – Teen Daze

Friday, February 12, 2021

Romantic Songs Playlist for Valentine's Day 2021

Filled mostly with songs from the past year beyond a trip down memory lane to acoustic soul baring songs by Damien Rice, Ray LaMontagne and Devendra Banhart plus an old gem by Radiohead. Give a  listen to my Romantic Songs Playlist for Valentine's Day 2021 on Spotify here.  

For further inspiration, visit my posts from past years:  20202019201820172016201520142013, and 2012.

1. "Never Tear Us Apart" – The National
2. "Guess Again" – Jeff Tweedy
3. "The Animals Were Gone" – Damien Rice
4. "Within You" – Ray LaMontagne
5. "Never Seen Such Good Things" – Devendra Banhart
6. "As the Sun Sets" – Sorry
7. "Crush" – Day Wave
8. "Pattern 17" – Jamison Isaak
9. "Love is All We Share" – Cut Copy
10. "Moonlight" – Future Islands
11. "One More Second" – Matt Berninger
12. "My Heart Bleeds" – Rhye
13. "Hurt" – Arlo Parks
14. "Fire for You" – Cannons
15. "Feel You" – My Morning Jacket
16. "Fake Plastic Trees" – Radiohead
17. "Apes & Children" – Lane 8
18. "Dawn Chorus" – Jon Hopkins