The 2020 holiday season will be a bit different than the last ones, a bit more lonely maybe for many of us or at least a bit more intimate. And maybe that's not the worst thing to happen in order to return to the core of the Christmas spirit. As always music can be a helpful ally in a time of despair and that's why we stocked up our moody festive playlist with great songs by some of your and our favourite artists. May this selection help you to get through this bleak winter time.
This year has been a challenge for all of us and we were lucky enough to have such tremendous records on our side to comfort us in difficult times. From gentle melancholia, to raging fury - the albums of 2020 had a lot of stories to tell and these are the ones our staff enjoyed the most. If you haven't listened to all of them you now got a whole lockdown winter ahead of you to do that.
What a freakin' year this has been! This sentence might be more true than at any moment in the past years. The Corona pandemic had a massive impact on pretty much all of our lives, the music industry and quite possibly also the rest of society. In the absence of live music events the songs and records that were released remained an anchor and provided much needed comfort in a difficult time. These are our fifty favourite tracks from this rollercoaster ride called 2020.
Ahead of the release of her album 'Punisher' NBHAP author Liv spoke to Los Angeles-based musician Phoebe Bridgers about life during the pandemic, travels, and her lyrics. While those might be melancholic, the artist proves to be warm-hearted and always up for jokes.
The holidays doesn't have to look and sound like an overdosed soda commercial. Instead we think Christmas should remind us of the things that matter, friends, family while also offering us moments of contemplation in those chaotic times. So, yes there are fitting songs to celebrate this mood, kindly provided by Molly Burch, Phoebe Bridgers, Sufjan Stevens, The National, LCD Soundsystem, Shame and more.
When two of the most gifted and genuine songwriters of their generations team up, expectations are naturally high. With Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst, also known as Better Oblivion Community Center, there was almost no time to ponder over the possible outcome or spirit of their collaborative work with the the duo surprising their fans and media alike with their newest project over night last month - announcing the birth of Better Oblivion Community Center as well as sharing their full debut album simultaneously. It turned out to be a very satisfying surprise to say the least.
Especially with her latest album 'Turn Out The Lights' Julien Baker won hearts all over the world, turning the 23 year old American into the darling of emotional indie songwriting. With her newly found supergroup Boygenius she just dropped another more than promising project. A talk to her reveals that she's got no agenda with all that, but to connect: The marginalized, the angry, the majority. All can relate to her disarming emotionality.