Somehow, three months have already passed by in 2016. The darkness of Winter is giving way to new life in Spring. In order to press forward, I’d first like to look back at the first three months of 2016. Undoubtedly, a massive shadow looms large with the unexpected loss of David Bowie. But the icon did not leave without saying goodbye. Written and recorded while aware of his impending departure, in Blackstar Bowie left the world with his finest album in decades. In addition to Bowie, the world lost hip hop luminary Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest as well as major names like Pierre Boulez, Glenn Frey, Paul Kantner, George Martin, and Keith Emerson.
Fortunately, 2016 hasn’t been nothing but sad farewells. Kendrick Lamar dropped another masterpiece unexpectedly, while collaborators Anderson .Paak and Adrian Younge both added to the amazing run of neo soul/hip hop coming out of Los Angeles. Meanwhile, new records by The Drones, Money, and Mass Gothic have been in constant rotation.
Locally, in Santa Fe, the arrival of Meow Wolf’s new art complex and performance venue has brought new life to the city, including really memorable performances from CocoRosie and The Handsome Family.
Looking forward, I hope to further expand the coverage of Mecca Lecca with the addition of new contributing voices, and increased focus on local concerts and album releases.
There is Magic in the World
My Encounter with the Jimmy Buffett of Indie Rock
Opening Weekend With Meow Wolf
LIVE PHOTOS + RECAPS
Dagmar + Geodes + Cole Bee Wilson @ Zephyr | 2.12.16
Handsome Family + Boris & The Salt Licks + Cloacas @ Meow Wolf | 3.19.16
CocoRosie + Flamingo Pink @ Meow Wolf | 3.23.16
Mecca Lecca’s Favorite Releases
I’ve been listening to more new music than ever this year, hearing approximately 200 of the thousands of albums released between January and March. These are the ones that have stuck with me so far.
* alphabetical order
Adrian Younge – Something About April II
Anderson .Paak – Malibu
Animal Collective – Painting With
Anna Homler/Steve Moshier – Breadwoman & Other Tales
Baaba Maal – The Traveller
Bianca Casady & The C.i.A – Oscar Hocks
Bullion – Loop The Loop
Charlie Hilton – Palana
Chimurenga Renaissance – Girlz With Gunz
Damien Jurado – Visions Of Us On The Land
David Bowie – Blackstar
DJ Katapila – Trotro
Eddi Front – Marina
Esperanza Spalding – Emily’s D+Evolution
Ghastly City Sleep – Lulling Skulls
Greg Butera – Tell Me Now
Guerilla Toss – Eraser Stargazer
Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression
Jesu / Sun Kil Moon – Jesu / Sun Kil Moon
Joe Volk – Happenings And Killings
Jozef Van Wissem – When Shall This Bright Day Begin
Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered.
Lone Piñon – Trio Nuevomexicano
Lucinda Williams – The Ghosts Of Highway 20
Lust For Youth – Compassion
Marlon Williams – Marlon Williams
Mass Gothic – Mass Gothic
Money – Suicide Songs
Moon Tooth – Chromaparagon
Mothers – When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired
Odd Nosdam – Sisters
Open Mike Eagle & Paul White – Hella Personal Film Festival
Pinegrove – Cardinal
Sainkho Namtchylak – Like a Bird or Spirit, Not a Face
Shearwater – Jet Plane And Oxbow
Stein Urheim – Strandebarm
The Drones – Feelin’ Kinda Free
The Jezabels – Synthia
Tortoise – The Catastrophist
Walter Martin – Arts & Leisure
Working for a Nuclear Free City – What Do People Do All Day?
XIXA – Bloodline