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Discover New Music May 2018

I assign three ratings based on critical acclaim, popularity (based on Spotify play counts), and my personal opinion. I award a gold star ★ for the albums that I’m most enthusiastic about. My other recommendations appear in descending order and bear a silver star ★ or bronze star ★. I list the best songs first, and only the top tracks make the playlist entitled, “The Short List.” Find all the listenable tracks on “The Long List.” Simply click on the link for your preferred streaming service, and you’ll find the tracks already curated and ranked for your convenience.


Spotify May 2018 Short List
Spotify May 2018 Long List
Apple Music May 2018 Short List
Apple Music May 2018 Long List


Knock Knock DJ Koze – Knock Knock

  • GENRE: Electronic, Techno
  • FROM: Germany
  • RECOMMENDED TRACKS: Pick Up, Illumination, Moving in a Liquid, Music on My Teeth, Baby (How Much I LFO You) Club der Ewigkeiten, Bonfire, Seeing Aliens, This Is My Rock


7 Beach House – 7

  • GENRE: Pop/Rock Indie, Dream Pop
  • FROM: Baltimore
  • RECOMMENDED TRACKS: Lemon Glow, Dive, Dark Spring, Black Car, Pay No Mind, L’Inconnue, Drunk In LA, Lose Your Smile, Woo


Wide Awake! Parquet Courts – Wide Awake!

  • GENRE: Pop/Rock Indie, Post Punk
  • FROM: Texas (now reside in Brooklyn, NY)
  • RECOMMENDED TRACKS: Wide Awake, Total Football, Mardi Gras Beads, Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience, Violence, Freebird II, Normalization, Back to Earth, Tenderness, Before the Water Gets Too High


Singularity Jon Hopkins – Singularity

  • GENRE: Electronic, Techno
  • FROM: England
  • RECOMMENDED TRACKS: Emerald Rush, Singularity, Everything Connected, Luminous Beings


Tell Me How You Really Feel Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel

  • GENRE: Pop/Rock Indie
  • FROM: Australia
  • RECOMMENDED TRACKS: Nameless Faceless, Need A Little Time, City Looks Pretty, Help Your Self, Charity, I’m Not Your Mother I’m Not Your Bitch, Crippling Self Doubt and a General Lack of Self Confidence, Hopefulessness


Traceyanne & Danny Tracyanne & Danny – Tracyanne & Danny

  • GENRE: Pop/Rock Indie
  • FROM: Scotland, England
  • RECOMMENDED TRACKS: Alabama, Home & Dry, It Can’t Be Love Unless It Hurts, Cellophane Girl, Jacqueline, 2006, Deep in the Night, Anybody Else



  • I have 2016 music recommendations for you! Jan-Feb 2016 Short List Apple Music Playlist Jan-Feb 2016 Short List Spotify Playlist ~ Savages - Adore Life Pop/Rock Indie, Post-Punk Revival London, England Adore, The Answer, TIWYG ~ ~ The Jezabels - Synthia Pop/Rock Indie Sydney, Australia Pleasure Drive, Come Alive ~ ~ School of Seven Bells - SVIIB Electronic, Dream Pop New York, NY Open Your Eyes, Ablaze ~ ~ Shearwater - Jet Plane and Oxbow Pop/Rock Indie Austin, TX Quiet Americans ~ ~ The London Suede - Night Thoughts Pop/Rock Indie London, England Outsiders ~ ~ Junior Boys - Big Black Coat Electronic, Synth Pop Ontario, Canada Over It ~ ~ Cross Record - Wabi-Sabi Pop/Rock Experimental Texas High Rise, Steady Waves ~ ~ Daughter - Not To Disappear Pop/Rock Folk London, England Doing The Right Thing, Numbers ~ ~ NZCA Lines - Infinite Summer Electronic, Synth Pop London, England Two Hearts, Infinite Summer ~ ~ Basia Bulat - Good Advice Pop/Rock Folk Toronto, Canada Fool, La La Lie, Infamous ~ ~ Chairlift - Moth Electronic, Synth Pop Boulder, CO and Brooklyn, NY Moth to the Flame, Ch-Ching ~ ~ Wild Nothing - Life of Pause Pop/Rock Indie, Dream Pop Virginia TV Queen, Life of Pause, To Know You ~ ~ Animal Collective - Painting With Pop/Rock Indie, Experimental Rock Baltimore, MD FloriDada ~ ~ Cavern of Anti-Matter -  void beats/invocation trex Experimental Electronic, ambient Berlin, Germany liquid gate ~ ~ Quilt - Plaza Pop/Rock Folk, Psychedelia Boston, MA and Brooklyn, NY Roller ~ ~ Sia - This Is Acting Pop/Rock Dance Australia Bird Set Free, Alive, Cheap Thrills ~ ~ Ra Ra Riot -  Need Your Light Pop/Rock Indie, Chamber Pop Syracuse, NY Foreign Lovers, Water, Absolutely   ~  

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