Albums

WDIY’s Top 10 Albums of February 2022

As we all patiently wait for spring, we have another top 10 list fresh off the WDIY presses! Check out newly aired inclusions and old favorites performed by our wonderful on-air hosts for your listening pleasure. Do you have something to add ? Feel free to call WDIY’s studio line with a request at 610-694-8100 x1 or leave your picks on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.

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The war on drugs
I don’t live here anymore
Atlantic Records
October 29, 2021

The War on Drugs began work on their new album in 2018, with frontman Adam Granduciel, bassist Dave Hartley and multi-instrumentalist Anthony LaMarca retreating to an upstate New York studio where they jammed and cut demos. The album was refined over the next three years, with work taking place at seven studios around the world. The album is a love letter to the band’s biggest influences, with rock icons like Dylan, Springsteen and Petty making music in the 80s and 90s. The Philadelphia natives have released five albums since their inception in 2005 .

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I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground and Nico
Verve Records and Universal Music Group
September 24, 2021

The Velvet Underground & Nico is considered a sacred text in rock music, and more than 50 years after the initial release of that self-titled 1967 album, a new documentary film by Todd Haynes and a revamped tribute album have renewed people’s interest. After being widely regarded as one of the most influential bands in history and ranked on multiple “Best Of” and “Top Of” lists, the tribute album finds a way to breathe new life into the classics. Featured artists include Kurt Vile & The Violators, Sharon Van Etten, Iggy Pop & Matt Sweeney, Michael Stipe, Matt Berninger of The National, Courtney Barnett, King Princess, Fountains DC, and more. The album was released in September 2021 and the documentary film debuted in October 2021.

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Son Volt
Electro Melodist
thirty tigers
July 30, 2021

Son Volt are ten albums deep into their 27 years as a band at this point. Electro Molodier has Son Volt’s proven alternative country sound with songwriting that sees Jay Farrar pen songs of protest that directly confront our increasingly chaotic world, including “War on Money” and “Livin’ in the USA”, his version of “Born in the United States” But, in Son Volt fashion, there are hints of hope buried amid Farrar’s condemnations. The band has been a WDIY favorite over the years, which is why our animators put on the band’s latest album, Electro Melodistin regular rotation shortly after its release in July 2021.

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Kiah amythyst
Suspicious + Strange
Rounder
June 18, 2021

Amythyst Kiah has an impressive musical resume for a vocalist and guitarist from Tennessee. During his debut at Rounder Records, Strange + Suspicious, Kiah channels her musical experience from the heart through the prism of her lived experiences as a black Southern LGBTQ+ woman. Musically, Kiah’s traditional American music has a modern rock and pop sheen to it with an impressive production that helps showcase her talents. Suspicious + Strange has been on our monthly album lists since October 2021, and now WDIY’s on-air hosts enter 2022 with Strange + Suspicious always in constant rotation.

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Buffalo Nichols
Buffalo Nichols
Fat Possum Discs
October 15, 2021

Buffalo Nichols holds a special place at Fat Possum Records as the label’s first blues solo in nearly 20 years, and his first solo album proves what he has to offer the blues music scene. Nichols finds himself drawn to the influence of black people on music, particularly in his genre, and the idea of ​​keeping the origins of a genre alive while still creating a modern sound is something that has stuck with Nichols. He’s trying to emulate this in his new record in an effort to modernize the blues before it was “frozen in time”.

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Erin McKeown
kiss kiss
DVT records
September 1, 2021

kiss kiss tells the story of four bad dates through the eyes of an Erin McKeown in the modern dating scene. The tone of the albums oscillates between traditional punk rock angst over how shallow encounters can be to melancholy and bitterness over missed connections. She spends 13 songs on her 11th studio album capturing the anger and frustration we all feel when it comes to forging new connections. No matter how energetic or angsty the song is, McKeown continues to maintain her courage and independence while crafting intriguing songs with engaging melodies that reflect her diverse sound and unique artistic spirit.

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Janis Ian
The light at the end of the line
United for opportunity
January 21, 2022

After the release of Folk is the new black in 2006, Janis Ian decided not to make another record until she felt she had “an album’s worth of impeccable songs”. Although she released several private ‘for the fans’ posts and continued to tour, Ian also set up a whiteboard with a rotating list of songs and topics she wanted to cover on the latest album. . A recurring theme in his writing and motivation was the love and support of his fans. Once the pandemic delayed live performances, she became very busy with volunteer work, book signings, and whatever else she could manage to do safely. This is Ian’s last studio album.

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Bela Fleck
my bluegrass heart
Renew
September 10, 2021

Whatever musical adventures Béla Fleck embarks on, the title of his latest album makes it clear that deep down, his heart belongs to bluegrass. On his latest album, My Bluegrass Heart, Fleck has brought together some of the greatest instrumentalists in bluegrass music history alongside some of the most promising players of the new generation. These include mandolinists Sam Bush, Sierra Hull and Chris Thile; fiddlers Michael Cleveland and Stuart Duncan; famed multi-instrumentalist Justin Moses; bassists Mark Schatz and the aforementioned Edgar Meyer; and guitarists Bryan Sutton and Molly Tuttle.

The album first appeared in our Top 10 in October and closed out the year at number one in December. my bluegrass heart is clearly still a favorite of WDIY hosts, coming in at number three this month.

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Nathaniel Rateliff and night sweats
The future
Stax
November 5, 2021

In 2020 Nathaniel Rateliff stepped away from The Night Sweats for a solo album and tour. Since then, the singer and guitarist has returned to the group with which he enjoyed success. Lehigh Valley residents may remember visiting the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks in Bethlehem last summer.

The latest album from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, titled The futurecame out late last year and sounds like a band taking off. The future is filled back and forth with everything the band does well – high-energy backing vocals, hand and foot claps, and lots of infectious energy. Look no further than loud singles like “Survivor” and “Love Don’t” to find out why the hosts of WDIY placed this album at number one on last month’s Monthly Top 10, and why the release is still number two. most played album. at WDIY for the month of February.

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Elvis Costello and the Imposters
The Boy Named So
EMI Records and Capitol Records
January 14, 2022

The Boy Named So is the English singer-songwriter’s 32nd studio album, but recalls a previous album titled Blood & Chocolate from 1986. Going back to the days of The Attractions (an older iteration of the band) proves how much these musicians have grown and adapted since their inception. The latest albums sound both like a tribute to their past and a test of their skills as a band. It houses a mix of genres all tied together with a timeless rock and roll structure. A book written and illustrated by Costello himself accompanies the deluxe edition of the album, but you don’t have to own it to understand how the album unfolds as a series of vignettes recorded during the pandemic. This is The Boy Named Soappears on our monthly Top 10 list for the first time, and it’s making a solid representation at the top.