What music should we discover right now?
March 15, 2020 7:16 AM   Subscribe

Being stuck at home, we have started to listen to music nonstop. I'd love to take this opportunity to discover new tunes with my family.

Small kids are involved - so no heavy metal or cursing, please. What is your favorite band/group/musician? Is there anyone new you are really into? Someone old that everyone always looks over? What music are you listening to right now as you read this post?
posted by Toddles to Media & Arts (22 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I recently made a post about emerging pianist/composer Sarah Coponat, who does incredible live streaming piano concerts on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Won't be long and she'll be famous.
posted by fake at 7:23 AM on March 15, 2020 [1 favorite]

Dar Williams

Malcolm Dalglish

radiooooo is a fun way to discover new (old) music.
posted by bunderful at 7:34 AM on March 15, 2020 [3 favorites]

Lots of BBC folk shows would be suitable. They also have a children's music category. I haven't listened to any but it might be worth exploring.
posted by Botanizer at 7:56 AM on March 15, 2020

Japanese indie rock (Lucie too, No buses)
Neo Funk (Vulfpeck, The Bamboos)
Global pop (Superorganism, Jain)
posted by SaltySalticid at 8:11 AM on March 15, 2020

Currently listening to the Carter Family. They're wonderful and very unlikely to curse or sing in Cookie Monster Voice.
posted by less of course at 8:34 AM on March 15, 2020 [1 favorite]

The Grateful Dead: Scarlet Begonias, Sugar Magnolia, Uncle John's Band, Ripple, Brokedown Palace

Sandy Denny (in various permutations: solo, Fotheringay, Fairport Convention): The North Star Grassman and the Ravens, Late November, Matty Groves, Sir Patrick Spens, The Ballad of Ned Kelly
posted by terretu at 8:39 AM on March 15, 2020

My favourite recording artist would have to be The Bevis Frond.

Back in the mists of history when music used to be a thing you had to go to record shops to acquire, I was in the habit of browsing through the racks at Gaslight Records in Burke St Melbourne of an evening and just buying stuff I'd heard and liked on the radio. One night I found this album cover, liked the look of it, and bought it on spec unheard. Slipped it into the car CD player and the first thing out of the speakers was this astonishing howl of feedback followed by layers and layers and layers of guitar over some fairly basic drumming and a lovely crunchy bass, but wait... that's not a guitar, that's a keyboard being fed through guitar effects pedals and omg SO GOOD. Turn that shit UP and pull over and park and just swim in it.

And it turns out that the whole thing is just this one guy, Nick Saloman, and that he's been doing this for years before I stumbled across him and has just kept on doing it. He's a truly inspired songwriter and performer with an amazing range of styles and almost completely ignored even by my favourite Melbourne indy radio stations. I think I've heard something of his on PBS once.

Favourite live outfit is pretty much anything involving Carl Pannuzzo. Used to go see him and a mutating cast of tremendous Melbourne musos performing as the Checkerboard Lounge Blues Band every Sunday at the Great Britain Hotel in Richmond, back when it was still a classic sticky carpet venue instead of a fern bar, and dance until I was pissing coca-cola. Still carrying a nagging hip injury and a certain amount of hearing damage from dancing to them that I do not mind at all. So worth it.

And in looking up that last link I find that somebody has posted a couple of audio recordings featuring my favourite guitar player of all time, Max Meredith, now sadly deceased. I had no idea that these performances had ever been captured, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for prompting me to discover them.
posted by flabdablet at 8:52 AM on March 15, 2020 [1 favorite]

omg there are more
posted by flabdablet at 8:59 AM on March 15, 2020

The brand-new Four Tet album is great!
posted by neroli at 9:10 AM on March 15, 2020

What music are you listening to right now as you read this post?

I'm listening to NPR Music's Isle of Calm playlist this morning. It might be too chill to hold young kids' interests, though.
posted by mumkin at 9:34 AM on March 15, 2020

Do you like Turkish Psych? This is one of the best Turkish psych albums I've heard in a long time and this is my favourite song from the album:

Derya Yildirim - Ey Şahin Bakışlım
posted by ihaveyourfoot at 9:48 AM on March 15, 2020

Hawaiian slack key guitar.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 10:10 AM on March 15, 2020

Here's a live recording of a much later lineup of Checkerboard turning a Rolling Stones standard into something completely else.
posted by flabdablet at 10:32 AM on March 15, 2020

Hans Reichel's Yuxo, a New Operetta for Daxophone.

"Why is Hans Reichel a genius? Because he invented the daxophone, one of the strangest, most fascinating instruments of the 20th century, but also because he has been able to use its full potential in pieces that bridge avant-garde composition and family entertainment."
posted by bricoleur at 10:34 AM on March 15, 2020

Change by Wesley Gonzalez is my song of the moment.

Another recent enthusiasm: the album II by Northwest - e.g. The Day.

And I've been enjoying '60s jazz albums like Hank Mobley's Slice of the Top (e.g. Touch of the Blues) and Oliver Nelson's Sound Pieces (e.g. Patterns). Also Alice Coltrane.
posted by misteraitch at 10:38 AM on March 15, 2020

The Boy Least Likely To have delighted my little cousins. Folky indie pop with surreal lyrics and lots of animated videos made by fans.
posted by buildmyworld at 10:59 AM on March 15, 2020 [1 favorite]

Postmodern Jukebox covers pop songs in old styles. Here's one of their best with some amazing tap dancing.

They also have a channel of short musical instruction videos for kids, called Postmodern Juicebox.

One of the guest singers on PMJ, Casey Abrams, did five videos he called Orchestra of People where "we built a fire and sang around it." I don't know why they did only five, I'd be doing that once a year at least.

NPR Tiny Desk concerts have introduced me to so much new music from all over the world. Here are some of my favorites, YMMV.
Superorganism (someone listed them above, they're so weird but so catchy)
Frederic Yonnet
St Paul and the Broken Bones (hoping to see them live this summer)
(who featured Gavin Turek as their backup singer for this and I really like her stuff too)
posted by cali59 at 11:15 AM on March 15, 2020

My vote is to leave English-language behind for the duration.

Mongolia's Hu Band has their debut album, The Gereg, out and it is amazing. Shoog! Shoog! The great Chinggis Khan! and so forth. I saw them live last fall and it was AMAZING.

Argentina's Los Fabulosos Cadillacs have 15-19 albums out, depending on how you count them, with everything from their original punk ska sound to stranger things to simply beautiful and mesmerizing songs in a more folk style (Los Condenaditos, Niño diamante)

Los Abandoned sings glorious pop-punk Spanglish anthems: Van Nuy es very nice

I have a lot more suggestions if I have not alienated you with these.
posted by ivan ivanych samovar at 1:09 PM on March 15, 2020

It’s my life’s mission to always recommend The Paper Kites.
posted by The Deej at 1:44 PM on March 15, 2020

I will re-recommend Mexican punk-marimba-cumbia band Son Rompe Pera, who I posted about a couple weeks ago. Their first album is on Spotify.
posted by neroli at 3:34 PM on March 15, 2020 [3 favorites]

my son's favorite album right now is black monument ensemble's where future unfolds. he straight up sings along to it in the car. pitchfork blurbed it pretty well as "uplifting activist jazz for tumultuous times".
posted by noloveforned at 5:39 PM on March 15, 2020

If Overnight Jones doing Hey Hey Mama doesn't have you all up and bouncing about like things on springs there is something wrong with you.
posted by flabdablet at 7:15 AM on March 25, 2020

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