End of the Month New Music list: Dec. 2020/Jan. 2021

It’s time again for the monthly new stuff post which was called something else last year but I think, this is a little better title? Because it’s a list of highly recommend new songs, video clips, albums, covers of the month at the end of each month! What do you think of the new title, is it better? Or you didn’t even notice it that much at all? It does also this time including both months December 2020 and January 2021 all in one post because I didn’t post one last month of last year, you know? Both months are not that great for new releases but did find some great new music, here’s what I’ve been digging so sharing them with you today, it’s a top 12! Hope you might find something you dig tooo?

Top album to start this year is Asteroid Ekosystem by Alister Spence Trio with Ed Kuepper which did come out very, very late last year but I’ve been loving the last month or so. Describing it’s an instrumental jazz double album. Reminding you who they’re, Kuepper is from Brisbane who’s a solo artist with 30+ albums but is most well-known of late 70’s Aussie punks The Saints but I think, I love Laughing Clowns a little bit more, his early 80’s post-punk band. Alister Spence Trio is a jazz trio from Sydney with Spence plays piano who has guest on some of EK’s solo albums over the years, Lloyd Swanton is on double bass who’s in The Necks, drummer is Toby Hall who I don’t know much about but seems to be in a few jazz bands:

Runner-up release of the last couple of months has to be Island of The Hungry Ghosts (soundtrack) by Aaron Cupples which only just put out. Cupples is of the band Civil Civic but maybe more well known as a record producer, some artists he’s done albums for are The Drones, Paul Kelly, Dan Kelly etc. Please if you going to have a listen this, do so on headphones. It’s like ambient field recordings, is the best way to describe the soundtrack and for a documentary about Christmas Island:

My favorite video of the last couple of months is He Walked In by Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds from Swing From The Sean DeLear EP out next month on Feb. 19th. which this whole track is 14 mins. long:

Only a couple of days ago King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard gave us even more new wonderful stuff with O.N.E. penguin themed video clip:

Xiu Xiu are back in a couple months with a brand new album of duets with Sharon Van Etten, Chelsea Wolfe, Angus Andrew from Liars etc. Entitled OH NO coming on 26th March, in the meantime here’s new video for A Bottle of Rum featuring Liz Harris from Grouper:

Been loving Sleaford ModsNudge It (feat. Amy Taylor) video clip, how does the streets of England and Australia look so very different?

Let’s included the whole brand new album called Spare Ribs which was released this month and is wicked great so check it out, if you haven’t yet? I think, my fave still is the one with AT:

Tomahawk‘s new album Tonic Immobility also released on March 26th. That’s Mike Patton with The Jesus Lizard’s guitar player Duane Denison, drummer John Stanier from bands The Mark of Cain, Helmet and Battles, bassist Trevor Dunn from Mr. Bungle. First album in something like eight years, here’s their brand new song Business Casual:

The Bad Seeds drummer Jim Sclavunos who released his debut solo track called Holiday Song at the very start of this year:

My fave reissues of this double month post is/was on Xmas day last year King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard dropped Teenage Gizzard. Their very earliest singles, EPs all on one easy ten track comp album, if you’re fan of them you’ll most likely know about it already? But here it is:

My fave cover was dropped at the very start of this year/month, is an old Lou Reed song Rooftop Garden by Bill Callahan & Bonnie “Prince” Billy (feat. George Xylouris). Is only one of a few more covers released by them since then but I think, I do love GX who’s a Greek lute player guesting here and steals the show:

OK, seems not much gets released in Dec./Jan. of any years here’s an old album that I’ve been listening too. The news MF DOOM passed away on Halloween last year but the announcement of his death was made on New Year’s Eve, totally confessing but I think almost everyone has been listening to this “underground” rapper at the end of last year or start of this year so if you haven’t yet or want to again here’s his MM​.​.​.​Food album of 2004 to finish this post with:

Maybe, I should included one old album tagged on the end from now on these posts from now on, what do you think? That’s a top 11 of new stuff plus one old one of the wickedest music I’ve been enjoying of the last couple of months! Or have you check all of these out already?

It’s Alister Spence Trio (left) with Ed Kuepper (right)

Cheers! 🙂

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