Here is the short list of some goodies that have been in heavy rotation here at Scat HQ. Some old, some new, some pop, some blues, hopefully there's something in here for you...
KEITH JARRETT: Starbright
The maestro on his first album for the peerless ECM label, "Facing You", which is on mostly everyone's top piano jazz lists. Beautiful stuff for an early Saturday morning or a late Wednesday night.
ROBERT PETE WILLIAMS: Grown so Ugly
When you want some dirty, raw-assed delta blues in your life, you can't get any better than this bad ass motherfucker. Robert Pete Williams is not easy to listen to but he is as real as it gets.
THE WHITE STRIPES: Ball and Biscuit
Jack White has recently joined the consortium of artists who have become owners of the hi-fidelity music streaming service Tidal, and although I have my misgivings about this, I still love him. He is a true keeper of the blues flame, clearly evident on this great live version of his "Ball and Biscuit".
COURTNEY BARNETT: Depreston
A new sensation out of Australia, I predict this band to be the next darlings of indie rock. Despite that, their debut "Sometimes I sit and think..." is one of the best releases so far this year; this line in the featured song, a sarcastic account of house hunting, should make some of my real estate agent friends chuckle (I hope!): "If you have a spare half a million; You could knock it down and start rebuilding."
GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS: The Great Exhale
This one's a neat little folk-rock gem from a band out of Canada, but don't hold that against them. Joking aside, I often retreat to earnest, well-intentioned songs like "The Great Exhale" whenever I get tired of all the noise and clatter in the world. Enjoy.