11 Days of Bitter Cold

I think I scooped the walk five or six separate times. But it’s a little better tonight.

Two new Night Mode records are immanent-ish. One is the set Drew and I prepared for our show at Records With Merritt last spring that was an early casualty of the pandemic. We have a good recording from our practice sessions. The other, I’m not sure what I can say about yet. The artist will speak when they’re ready.

We have four episodes of The Long Play Listening Party in the can, with the first going up tomorrow morning. Smash those subscribe buttons.

New Night Mode Song on Completely Gone Recordings

We’re psyched to be included on Completely Gone Recordings‘ newest compilation of Électronique, Kosmische!, Surréaliste, Post-Rock, Vanguard, Moderne, Abstrakt, Jazz!!!!!, and ?????? music.

The track is called “No One” and was recorded by Drew and I live, outdoors, and distant in October specifically for this comp.

Here’s the full compilation. Pay what you can for a bunch of new stuff. Eraser Ears and T.R.I.v.M. jumped out at me, and I’ve already collected more of their music from their respective Bandcamp pages!

The Best Music Howie Heard In 2020

Albums of the year, in random order

More outstanding music, roughly power-ranked

Honorable mention, alphabetical

Battalion of Cloudships, “Especially The Lies”
Big|Brave, “A Gaze Among Them” (2019)
Cosmic Ground, “0110” / “Apocalypse 2020 (Soil 2)”
Crimson, “Raid” and Origin Text, “Self Entitled”
Criteria, “Years”
False Brother, “Uncanny Valley”
Greg Dulli, “Random Desire”
The Interrupters, “Say It Out Loud” (2016) / “Fight The Good Fight” (2018)
L.U.V. C.R.A.F., “Friendship Acid” / “Hauntological Phalluses: 1984”
Skeleton, “Skeleton”

Music I need to check out in 2021, alphabetical

Bully, “Sugaregg”
Fleet Foxes, “Shore”
Fuzz, “III”
Kid Dakota, “Age of Roaches”
Moses Sumney, “Græ”
My Morning Jacket, “The Waterfall II”
Phantom Planet, “Devastator”

The Best Music Cory Heard In 2020

Honorable mention:

Brock Berrigan, “Utah” – Music to drive through the desert too (while wearing a chicken mask)

Fatlip, “The Loneliest Punk” (2005) – Didn’t put this in the “Best” list because I’ve already heard it plenty before, but I rediscovered it at the perfect time. I hope Fatlip is doing well

Fleet Foxes, “Shore” – Same deal as “Crack-Up”; I don’t get it yet, but I listen and hear a lot of promising moments, and I am sure it’ll click one day

Megan Thee Stallion, “Good News” – I don’t know if I am cool enough to love this record as much as I do. It’s absolutely ridiculous and obscene and I can’t get enough

“Moana” OST, “Frozen” OST – Being a dad hath forced me to know and love these movies and soundtracks. I’m not crying, my eyes are bleeding clear blood!

Tame Impala, “The Slow Rush” – Didn’t hit me in the jornk immediately, but bloomed like a flower growing from soil of powdered Vitamin C, LSD, and CRISPY FUNK BITS

“A Life Without Fireflies” on Bandcamp, Streaming, and The Long Play Listening Party

Happy holidays, all! We’ve brought Arturo Got The Shaft’s “A Life Without Fireflies” into modernity on Bandcamp and your favorite streaming platforms. To celebrate Rob, Royce, and I recorded a very special throwback episode of The Long Play Listening Party.

Have a safe week, everyone. -Howie & Rob

“A Life Without Fireflies” on Spotify | Deezer | Amazon | YouTube Music | Tidal | Apple Music

New LPLP – “Small Guarantees” by Selvedge and Til Willis

A new episode of The Long Play Listening Party is out, featuring Til Willis and Selvedge’s album “Small Guarantees.” Get the episode on YouTube, Instagram, or your favorite podcast platform (now including Google Podcasts!) here: https://li.sten.to/8dsYe02

Here’s the record –

And here’s the show on YouTube –

Ebony Tusks on The Long Play Listening Party

New episode, new feeds! Marty opens up about “Heal_Thyself,” Ebony Tusks’ incredible new LP. This was a really special conversation and I hope you’ll check it out, whatever kind of music you’re into.

Subscribe to The Long Play Listening Party on YouTube, Instagram TV, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and more here: https://li.sten.to/8dsYe02

Here’s just the music –