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    The Most Noteworthy and Best Albums of 2020

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    Every year I count down the year’s best albums. This year was going to be no different, and I started planning my Best Albums of 2020 list on Spotify as soon as the year started. You’ve heard it everywhere, but it bears repeating – 2020 was a year unlike any other. Particularly for musicians. In a year where touring was canceled, musicians had to find new ways to promote new music. But being quarantined also gave them plenty of time and opportunity to write, record, and release new music. I’ve put together what

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    Chris Frantz Details His Once in a Lifetime Career in New Memoir, “Remain in Love”

    “When people say, ‘It’s time to move on,’ I am not down with that. When speaking about my family, my friends, and my band, I am not a person who ‘moves on.’ I remain – and I remain in love.”Remain in Love, by Chris Frantz Chris Frantz is a very lucky man. He attended a prestigious art school where he met the love of his life (Tina Weymouth); with her, he formed two iconic bands of the 1970s and 80s (Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club); he lived out his rock and roll fantasy; achieved international fame

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    Black Lives Matter Songs of Hope and Empowerment

    Black Lives Matter isn’t a moment. It’s a movement. And these 9 anti racism songs prove that it has been for generations. The mantra “Black Lives Matter” didn’t enter the lexicon until the 2010s. But the sentiment has been there for a long, long time. We’ve come to the end of this musical journey, but the struggle and fight for Black rights and equality goes on. To be honest, I didn’t intend for this to get stretched out for so long. But the further I researched and dug into the music that’s accompanied the Black struggle over

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    Black Lives Matter Songs About Those Who Inspired the Movement

    Topical Black Lives Matter songs are inspired by real life events and people. Topical songwriting is an age-old tradition. Some of the best anthems of the Civil Rights era were topical songs about the people who died fighting for Black rights and freedom. (You can check out one of my recent posts for a listing of some of the best anthems from the Civil Rights Era.) Check Out My Essential Black Lives Matter Tracks Spotify Playlist https://open.spotify.com/playlist/79c1DiBjMmmh9Ftd6JVNRz?si=cgrPpVUKTmqfG0RCAPjyMg Topical songwriting about real life, real people, and real events is

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    9 Anti Racism Songs by White Allies

    Black Lives Matter isn’t a moment. It’s a movement. And these 9 anti racism songs prove that it has been for generations. The mantra “Black Lives Matter” didn’t enter the lexicon until the 2010s. But the sentiment has been there for a long, long time. There is no other way to put this than bluntly: systemic racism is a White problem, and a White person’s problem to solve. It is caused solely by White actions and cultural influence. White men created and benefited from slavery, Jim Crow laws, mass incarceration, redlining, voter suppression, police brutality, apartheid, gaps

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    9 Golden Age of Rap Protest Songs That Laid the Foundation for Black Lives Matter

    Black Lives Matter isn’t a moment. It’s a movement. And these 9 Golden Age of Rap protest songs prove that it has been for generations. The mantra “Black Lives Matter” didn’t enter the lexicon until the 2010s. But the sentiment has been there for a long, long time. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the divide between White and Black communities grew larger and larger. With Reagonomics, the War on Drugs, and the Clinton crime bill, life in inner city Black communities became more and more untenable. The income gap widened, street violence and gang warfare intensified, and

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    9 Civil Rights Songs That Still Resonate During the BLM Era

    Black Lives Matter isn’t a moment. It’s a movement. And these Civil Rights songs prove that it has been for generations. Even though the mantra “Black Lives Matter” didn’t enter the lexicon until 2010s, the sentiment has been there for a long, long time. And I don’t think there’s been any other cultural movement that’s been so indelibly tied to inspiring music. From slave spirituals, to Jim Crow protest songs, to Civil Rights anthems, to the golden age of rap, to the year 2020, the words might be different from song to song but Black artists have

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    My Favorite Albums of 2019

    Bon Iver – i,i Tallest Man on Earth – I Love You. It’s a Fever Dream. Local Natives – Violet Street Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride The Highwomen – The Highwomen Bedouine – Bird Songs of a Killjoy Weyes Blood – Titanic Rising Lizzo – Cuz I Love You Jenny Lewis – On the Line Coldplay – Everyday Life Stella Donelly – Beware of the Dogs Joan Shelley – Like the River Loves the Sea Beck – Hyperspace Calexico and Iron & Wine – Years to Burn Elbow – Giants of All Sizes Patrick Watson – Wave Beirut