Our Latest Musical Grab bag for the Month of November.
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posted 06 Dec 2021 by Krister Axel
I know I keep saying it, but this is our biggest month of new music—ever.

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So I was finally able to go through all of my old archives that I had been saving since the move from the West Coast. I had a whole virtual stack of MP3s from back when I used Google Music to create my own playlists. There was a time years and years ago when you could upload all your personal MP3s to Google and they would manage them for you. They have removed that service, but I was able copy all of my old songs from that collection just before they took it offline. So this month includes a lot of new releases, but also some vintage stuff that was rescued from that old playlist ecosystem. That's partly why the list is so big this month.

I also found some real gems, for example my old LA friend Adrianne had a project called Captains and Captives, and a few years back she posted two promo tracks on Facebook. As far as I can tell that project has now been retired, so you won't find either of these tracks really anywhere—except that now they are spinning on CHILLFILTR radio. So we got that going for us, which is nice.

Also, when I started the radio station more than two years ago now, I promised myself to not post too many of my own tracks, just because that (to me) would feel a bit like a conflict of interest. But my meager Spotify numbers had a bit of a spike last month, so I decided to post a few tracks from my catalog that seem to have been doing pretty well on Spotify. So that's where those came from.

My numbers are almost back to normal now, so whatever was happening there is more or less over. But for a brief and glorious moment in time, I had almost 1000 monthly listeners so for that I am grateful. :)

Martha Wainwright has a new album which is fantastic, and my friend Courtney Hartman posted a new release last month as well. Neal Francis just got signed to one of my favorite labels, ATO, and his new album is quite impressive. So it's been a great month for new music all around.

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A shoutout to Julia Jones for sending us her Christmas track ""Home for Christmas." I'm not always a big fan of holiday music, but that string arrangement is just killer and the vocals are sublime.

This Month in Music

Ladies Gun Club - Big Bass Drum - Single(001)Bi

Early Winters - Vanishing Act - Vanishing Act

Sunshine Allison feat. Krister Axel - Rise(000)

Lenka - Lenka - The Show

Benji Lewis - Unwind

Elbow - Asleep in the Back - Any Day Now

Early Winters - Love Won_t Leave Me Alone (003)

Fitz _ The Tantrums - Songs for a Break Up(005)

Fitz _ The Tantrums - Songs for a Break Up(003)

Captains and Captives - Anchor Holds the Sea

Captains and Captives - Street With No Streetlight

Krister Axel - Permanent Friday Night - No More Questions

The Money War - Blood - 01 Blood

The Money War - Blood - 02 Miles Away

firewoodisland - Snow (Dripping Woollen Jumpers)

Ellur - Burn It All Down

Courtney Hartman - Glade - 01 Bright At My Back

Courtney Hartman - Glade - 03 Wandering

Courtney Hartman - Glade - 04 Home Remedy

Courtney Hartman - Glade - 05 Marrow

Courtney Hartman - Glade - 06 When I Wake

Courtney Hartman - Glade - 07 Hideaway

Courtney Hartman - Glade - 08 Have We Landed

Courtney Hartman - Glade - 09 Turning

Richard Buckner - Escape

Agnes - Love And Appreciation

Tully John & Liza-Jane - Backyard

Land of Talk - Calming Night Partner - 01 Leave Life Alone

Land of Talk - Calming Night Partner - 03 Calming Night Partner

Land of Talk - Calming Night Partner - 04 Something Will Be Said

rocomoco - Into the Blue - 06 Sparkling From a Distance

Papercuts - End Times Daily

Papercuts - When Will You Come Home (Galaxie 500 cover)

Neal Francis - In Plain Sight - 02 Problems

Neal Francis - In Plain Sight - 03 Can't Stop The Rain

Neal Francis - In Plain Sight - 06 Sentimental Garbage

Big Thief - Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You - 01 Change

Big Thief - Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You - 02 Time Escaping

Big Thief - Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You - 06 Sparrow

Big Thief - Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You - 07 Little Things

Sarah Lake - You Don't Have To

Birds Over Arkansas - Sunflower

Martha Wainwright - Love Will Be Reborn - 01 Middle Of The Lake

Martha Wainwright - Love Will Be Reborn - 03 Love Will Be Reborn

Martha Wainwright - Love Will Be Reborn - 04 Being Right

Martha Wainwright - Love Will Be Reborn - 06 Body And Soul

Martha Wainwright - Love Will Be Reborn - 08 Justice

Martha Wainwright - Love Will Be Reborn - 09 Sometimes

Yo and the South - Le Vent Tourne

001 Clear Mortifee - M@n Like That (OSHUN version)

003 Clear Mortifee - Teeth

005 Clear Mortifee - Free Spirit (ft. Otis Junior)

004 Clear Mortifee - Honey Boy

New Wolves - A Modern Debt feat. Flo

Luke Beling - Pacific

Tiphanie Doucet - It ain't over till it's over

MKSTN x tiger lily - like we're an indie movie

The Old North - Ghost

Julia Jonas - Home for Christmas

Cover photo courtesy of Julia Jonas.

Fisheye photo of Mount Ashland courtesy of Krister Axel and Black Lake Media.

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About the Author

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Krister Bjornson Axel

Ogdensburg, New York

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.


Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist