#55 – Transgender Dysphoria Blues by Against Me!

A punk band with a transgender lead singer might sound strange, but after listening to this album it can’t possible be more fitting.  The raw emotion and energy that typifies this genre goes so well with the subject matter and life experiences being discussed that it feels like the punk world should be co-opted byContinue reading “#55 – Transgender Dysphoria Blues by Against Me!”

#54 – Honky Château by Elton John

What would a Pride-themed music selection be without a little Elton John.  There are few openly gay artists who have had the impact that Sir Elton has had on the world, both as a musician and philanthropist.  His music and style have always been flamboyantly on display and its hard to think of too manyContinue reading “#54 – Honky Château by Elton John”

#53 – KiCk i by Arca

It occurred to me today that, in my zeal to show support for the Black Lives Matter and police reform movements, I have completely forgotten that this month is Pride.  Sorry to my LGBTQ+ friends.  It was never my intention to overlook your community and this week’s selections will reflect that.  I grew up goingContinue reading “#53 – KiCk i by Arca”

#52 – Lazer Guided Melodies by Spiritualized

I just discovered Spiritualized a few months ago when I randomly came across Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Now Floating In Space.  This is another group in the category how do I not know of these guys.  That experience definitely carried over into this one.  I really hope I get the chance to see theseContinue reading “#52 – Lazer Guided Melodies by Spiritualized”

#51 – Mordechai by Khurangbin

I really thought this was going to be the day that I managed to publish my post before sunset.  I listened to Mordechai this morning, thereby setting myself up for success, only to be thwarted by parenting duties and other household concerns.  Tomorrow’s another day of possibilities.  You may have noticed that the blog hasContinue reading “#51 – Mordechai by Khurangbin”

#50 – Confrontation by Bob Marley & The Wailers

Made it to album 50!  It feels like a decent accomplishment, but it’s also a potent reminder of how long it’s been since the quarantine started.  I wanted this milestone to be marked with an artist who exemplifies the progressive social justice movement that has taken hold of America (hopefully for good).  Tom Waits hasContinue reading “#50 – Confrontation by Bob Marley & The Wailers”

#49 – Yes Lawd! By NxWorries

I never thought I’d pick two albums by the same artist only two days apart, but as this is a duo and not an Anderson .Paak solo album, I have successfully rationalized the decision.  I am always interested by these kinds of team-up projects, and they generally produce pretty decent material.  Two artists that I’veContinue reading “#49 – Yes Lawd! By NxWorries”

#48 – Under Construction by Missy Elliott

This album is excellent.  The beats are great, as you would expect from Timbaland, and the tracks feature some amazing guest appearances, including Method Man, Ludacris, Jay-Z and Beyoncé.  Now I will be spending the rest of the evening listening to more of those artists.  The situation we find our country in really makes youContinue reading “#48 – Under Construction by Missy Elliott”

#47 – Ventura by Anderson .Paak

I saw Anderson .Paak at Coachella last year and really enjoyed his set.  That makes it all the sillier that it took watching Trolls World Tour with my 2 ½-year-old to make me check out one of his albums.  If you’ve been following this blog, you’ve no doubt noticed that I’ve been exclusively selecting albumsContinue reading “#47 – Ventura by Anderson .Paak”

#46 – Whitney Houston by Whitney Houston

Despite her ubiquitous presence in American pop culture, before today I had only ever listened to a handful of Whitney’s singles.  It’s so tragic how her life ended and, indeed, how a good deal of it was lived.  You like to think that, once a certain level of fame and wealth are achieved, life becomesContinue reading “#46 – Whitney Houston by Whitney Houston”