November was a stressful month. Covid cases continue to rise as families gathered for a bullshit holiday. They'll only grow as people fight each other for the last Grogu plush at Target and gather again for Christmas. Sigh. On the plus side, the U.S. will see new leadership in January. It doesn't mean all of our problems go away. Certainly not with the numbers willing to vote for more of the hateful and bigoted rhetoric that's been spewing from this administration for 4 years. It's shameful. This month, I decided to focus more on bands outside the USA. I didn't plan on listening to so many Japanese bands. Just kind of turned out that way, haha.
Before anything else, I was excited to check out Elvis Costello's new album, Hey Clockface. It's a solid album that's primarily his slower Jazzy-Lounge sound but he sneaks in a bit more Pop and New Wave in there. The only bad thing about the album is the cover. I decided to then check out Gang of Four's second album after falling in love with Entertainment earlier this year. I was as taken with Solid Gold as I hoped I'd be, but I've seen some people say it's more of a grower.
Towards the end of last month, Relapse announced a reissue of GISM's debut album, Detestation. I'd never really had the opportunity to check out GISM, so it was time to dig in. The vocals were a little off-putting at first. I could listen to those riffs all day though. Another band that announced some new reissues of their earliest albums is Boris. I haven't listened to those yet, but I did check out Akuma No Uta. Like most, I came in with Pink and picked up a few of the albums that followed. I never really went further back into their catalog. This band has so much output, and this was one of the more recognizable. Babymetal had a new album last year that I never gave chance, so I figured if I was listening to Japanese bands, I might as well put it on. I'd only heard their first album once when I saw a few of my fans obsessing over them a few years ago. Not sure why I didn't give it more listens. METAL GALAXY is great, so I'm sure I'll give their second album a spin and be returning to that first album.
Earlier this year, I listened to Rammstein's Sehnsucht, but didn't include a track on that month's playlist. This month, I decided to give another Rammstein album a listen, so I put on their newest album, and I liked it a lot more. People say Mutter is the best, so I'll be checking that one out in the future. My favorite new discovery from the month is a band from Mali known as Songhoy Blues. They are a "desert blues" band blending the music of Mali and Rock that formed after having to flee their city due to civil war and the banning of music. They put out a new album this year entitled Optimisme. You can find lyric and music videos with translations to some of their songs on their Youtube channel.
That'll do for November's playlist. It's been a bit of a struggler trying to get this one done. Sorry for the delay. December's playlist will be all my favorite songs from the previous playlists and maybe a few new things here and there. Thanks for listening and reading this installment of Search/Play/Repeat and wear a mask!