It’s been five years since we lost His Royal Badness and his birthday has unofficially been declared Prince Day by fans. Over here, we’ve turned that day into the Afrofuturism showcase. However, we’ll do things differently from now on. With the end of The Black Swan Collective, we don’t do a regular show anymore, so on days such as this, we’ll offer playlists celebrating BlackFemGenius, Black women music artists Prince would have appreciated or show that same flare for creativity on their own terms. And quite frankly just women I like. And to kick it off, today we have a supersize show of some of the women featured over the years. So please enjoy the music and celebrate these artists while they’re still here.
This week we have tracks from Fräulein, Suzi Analog, and Bellah. No throwback segment this week so enjoy all the new music being offered for this new year.
(Barely Audible) Music Under: “The Black Mother” by Georgia Anne Muldrow as Jyoti
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This week we have tracks from Divide and Dissolve, Kelsey Lu, and Spellling. Our throwback segment features an undersung great paying tribute to a pioneering legend now portrayed on the screen by a living legend.
OK, obviously this year sucked. But as someone put it, this wasn’t personally my worst year but the worst year I’ve lived through. So with that in mind, I’m trying to keep in mind the good that happened and hoping we never have to see the likes of this year ever again even though I know… nevermind. Anyway, this year in music was even better than I remembered once I went through and thought about the stuff that got me through. And I also have to mention that Bandcamp Fridays went a long way to helping me keep some faith in humanity although there’s not a lot to grasp for in that area. I hope you were able to support many of the indie artists who release music there and will continue to do so for as long as the program exists. Until then, here’s a list of some of my favorite mostly indie albums and EPs of the year. While I won’t be giving blurbs because my brain is fried from *gestures wildly at everything*, there are links where you can listen and judge for yourself. See you in 2021.
Ava Luna – Live at Market Hotel
Backxwash – God Has Nothing to Do This Leave Him Out of It
Ego Ella May – Honey for Wounds
High Priestess – Casting the Circle
Honeychild Coleman – Stay at Home! Live at PunkBlack
A Hundred Drums – A Hundred Drums, AHD – Sonder
In the Next Life – K.A.R.M.A – remastered 2020
Ipecac – Safe and Sane Sampler
Jackie Venson – Live in Texas Disc 1, Live in Texas Disc 2, jackie the robot volume 1, jackie the robot volume 2, Live at Austin City Limits
Jake Blount – Spider Tales
Junglepussy – Jp4
Kandace Springs – The Women Who Raised Me
KeiyaA – Forever, Ya Girl
Ledisi – The Wild Card
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Loraine James – Nothing
Mal Devisa – Vicious Nonbeliever
Moor Mother – CLEPSYDRA, Circuit City*
*Also check out several collaborations from this year as well.
Moses Sumney – græ
Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts V: Together, Ghosts VI: Locusts
No Home – Fucking Hell
Nova Twins – Who Are the Girls?
Oceanator – Things I Never Said
Oceans of Slumber – Oceans of Slumber
Old Blood – Acid Doom
R.AGGS – //TAPE 1//
Rico Nasty – Nightmare Vacation
Shingai – Too Bold
Special Interest – The Passion Of
Stef Fi – Girlhood
Sunny War – Can I Sit with You?, Lagniappe Sessions
Sylvia Black – Last Laugh
The Txlips Band – Prison of Life
Valerie June – Stay/Stay Meditation/You and I
Victoria Monét – Jaguar
Witch Prophet – DNA Activation
Yaya Bey – Madison Tapes
Yazmin Lacey – Morning Matters
Yazmin Lacey & Congi – Two Takes EP
Zsela – Ache of Victory
As a bonus, I’m including Shea Diamond. She didn’t release an album or EP but still had a great year as far as singles went, so please give her some streaming love as she was one of my top artists of the year.
The year in music did not disappoint like much of everything else. I found lots to love, became acquainted with some new artists, and found some perennial favorites still doing the damn thing. So here is just a small sampling of the music that got me through the year, mostly things you might have heard on the Black Swan Collective among a few others. Part 1.
And if you thought part 1 was good, hopefully it keeps getting better.