January is a month to further investigate the previous year's releases, while simultaneously looking forward to this year's crop.
1. Vitamin String Quartet - "As the World Falls Down"
When I posted this on Spotify last month (Follow theonlydustin to get these mixes the moment I finalize them.), it was a tongue-in-cheek way to address Bowie's deathiversary and the new administration. Now that we actually seem to be teetering on the brink of WWIII, it doesn't feel quite the same.
2. Blitzen Trapper - "All Across This Land"
I wasn't the biggest fan of Blitzen Trapper's eighth album when I first heard it, but the title track deserves a spot in their greatest hits.
3. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - "Nuclear Fusion"
Australia's most prolific psych-rock ambassadors are back with another offering of groovy weirdness.
4. Kris Kristofferson - "Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)"
While I'll always know Kristofferson as Mace Montana, the ringmaster in Big Top Pee-Wee, I hear he's also a pretty good songwriter.
5. Vindata feat. Anderson Paak - "Own Life"
Vindata provides the chaotic, bombastic production for Paak to do his thing.
6. St. Paul & the Broken Bones - "Flow with It (You Got Me Feeling Like)"
Dig the old-school soul vibe.
7. Robert Ellis - "California"
This powerful tune nearly made it onto the Top 40 Songs of 2016.
8. Morgan Heritage - "Strictly Roots"
When the weather gets cold, I like to listen to reggae in an attempt to trick myself into thinking it's warmer outside than it is. Here's a new banger from Denroy Morgan's children, Morgan Heritage.
9. Day Wave - "Stuck"
This was another leftover from last year's list. Jackson Phillips (Day Wave) will be releasing his debut full-length in May as well, so keep your ears open.
10. The Flaming Lips - "Nigdy Nie (Never No)"
Gotta love that fuzzy bass squelch.