We’ve conquered the first month of 2016 and it was a pretty rough one. We weren’t even halfway into January before we were dealing with the bittersweet new Bowie album. Add to that the post-holiday lull, the setting in of winter (for real), and what was once a beautiful blanket of pristine snow is now grey and in some cases a giant puddle of slush. (It’s a metaphor.)

I’ve had to wade through my share of slush puddles this month, and though I have great boots, sometimes you need a little bit more. Music, along with booze and cake is always the answer. I went to another successful edition of Art’s Birthday right smack in the middle of the month that featured all three of the above. All that booze and cake (and boozecake) really made me crash by the time Avec le soleil came on, but it was still an awesome show.

So what else is new this month?

The much anticipated album Take It Forever from one of my favorite music-positive people/bands on the internet: Beat Radio, is out now. I’ve been listening to the demos for over a year and it’s great to hear the songs fully fleshed out.

New music to file under impossible-supergroups-you-never-thought-you’d-hear-in-a-million-years is Wild Stab from The I Don’t Cares. Juliana Hatfield and Paul Westerberg together have me questioning whether this is real life. (I’m pretty sure it is.)

Pretty much love anything Eleanor Friedberger does. The new album is no exception.

And the new Hinds has some sweet gems, like this one.

February is on the horizon, which means better things. Stay tuned.


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