The annual October-long Halloween celebration here was all about dark music, most of it made by men – read into that what you want. To restore a 50/50 gender balance, this month’s primary focus will be women artists. And it’s going to be global. Here’s what’s on tap for the second week of November:

  • This phenomenal multi-instrumentalist is like Prince on steroids
  • Two epic concerts by one of the greatest composers in the history of jazz, recorded in the same city in two separate decades
  • Arguably the most poetic and perceptive musical insight into the psychology behind the lockdown
  • This Houston collective will blow your mind with their mix of hip-hop, dub, vintage soul and even surf music

  • Iconic klezmer trumpeter teams up with spoken-word artist to redeem a Talmudic villainness
  • A gorgeously spare new trio album from one of the great piano improvisers in jazz

  • Four of the wildest jazz improvisers – one in his nineties – take off their gloves and spar in this amazing new album, finally released after several years of being on the shelf
  • This devious Israeli pianist/crooner reinvents Gershwin classics with Indian and Middle Eastern influences

  • The first album by these 90s punk/soul road warriors in 20 years was worth the wait
  • The best heavy psychedelic rock record of 2020 so far, recorded live at last year’s Day of Doom at St. Vitus in Brooklyn

  • Traditionally, December has been when the annual lists for best albums, best songs and best New York concerts go live. This year everything is up in the air because New York Music Daily’s future is in jeopardy, facing the threat of eviction and a precarious future.

    In a best-case scenario, this blog will continue to cover new albums and other news until live music resumes on an official basis here in New York – which it will, because the lockdown is unsustainable, and the lockdowners know it. That’s why they’re throwing everything they have at us to crush the arts, and the economy, and civilization itself.

    In a worst-case scenario, at least in the short run, plan B is to maintain daily publication for as long as possible – on autopilot. That would mean that from about the second week of January through the third week of March, 2021, every day there would be an album from years past on the front page here for you to enjoy. Those recordings cover a vast stylistic range, from Middle Eastern music, to psychedelic rock, classical, jazz, Americana, and more.

    By the time we get to March, it should be clear whether New York Music Daily can survive – or if a daily music blog even makes sense under the circumstances. If not, maybe we will cross paths again at some future date when the lockdown has been crushed for good. Either way, it has been a pleasure and a privilege to write for you and to keep you informed since August of 2011.