As noted previously, and speaking as a stubborn refusenik when it comes to playlists and non-album-oriented modernity, there has been a great change in procedures during 2019. Finally I’ve acquiesced to streaming, most often experienced via a nice pair of noise-blocking headphones. My CD purchases are perhaps 25% of what they were before, limited to what I enjoy the most.
September and October were excellent new music months. Most of the following were released during this two month period, although a few came from earlier in the year. Among these, new albums by Foals, Fastball and The Hold Steady stand an excellent chance of being ranked in the top five at year’s end. They’re in no particular order, and as usual I’ve linked to representative reviews from a variety of sources.
And a few other recent musical links: