The end of the pandemic, that is.
Dropping in to say hello since I’ve been grooving to several things on repeat that I wanted to share.
Swardy’s set from Porter Robinson’s Secret Sky festival is nice. (YouTube, 33 mins)
I’ve listened to Fred again…’s Studio Live April 2021 set at least ten times. Plus sought out one of the slam poetry samples in full. If anyone has a lead on slam poetry out here, let me know. I wanna support. (YouTube, 38 mins)
I haven’t listened to much Lil Nas X but I knew about the hype around the video for Montero (Call Me By Your Name). I heard it in a TikTok, it got stuck in my head, and I looked it up. The video that came up first was him doing his own a cappella rendition of the track and wow um, it is incredible.
In the world of new music, I’ve been digging the following:
Gilligan Moss’s new album, Gilligan Moss. A much chiller vibe than their EP that I fell in love with, but it fits.
Fred again… also put out a new album, Actual Life (April 14 – December 17 2020). It’s excellent. He also produced the Headie One album that had a track with Jamie xx, and contributed to Jayda G’s Both of Us. Definitely keeping an eye on him.
I’ve been a lot more sporadic with my music discovery and everything else lately. I’ll be fully vaccinated by the end of May, and it seems like shows of some sort will be more consistently back by the end of the year. 2019 was a year in which I averaged 1 show a week. In 2020 I averaged a show a month, despite the pandemic shutting all indoor venues from mid-March to the end of the year.
I haven’t been to a show yet in 2021. I want to be more intentional about how and where I spend my time, but gosh do I miss dancing. With that in mind, I’ve started making a list of artists I’d be willing to go see as things open up again and I start to feel more comfortable.
Who would I consider seeing?
Bombay Bicycle Club
I’ve seen all of them live before and loved the shows, so I know it’d be worth it to see them again, but also not essential since I have already seen them...
I’d also consider:
Parra for Cuva
Mele (anyone from Keinemusik tbh)
Okay it turns out the bar for this is low enough where probably most artists I’ve had on repeat for the last year would end up on this list.
Who might I drop everything to see live?
Bicep (live set)
Trying to keep this list short for now. We’ll see.
And now, questions for you.
Do you think you’ll keep your pre-pandemic show going habits after things reopen? Who’s on your list to see?