It’s been hard to keep this page updated because events have been so unpredictable. Here’s what this blog is clocking: Governor Kathy Hochul wants to be elected (remember, she wasn’t elected: she took over from the criminal Andrew Cuomo). So it seems less likely that she’s going to try to lock us all down again until after the election. But that could change in a split second.

Barring that kind of disturbing eventuality, here’s what’s on tap for the third week of September:

  • The most individualist singer and conceptual artist in all of jazz hits the West Village for a week
  • The long-awaited relaunch of a celebration of one of the world’s most controversial instruments
  • A symphonic celebration of underappreciated composers from around the globe
  • The daughter of one of the great songwriters of the 90s breaks out with her own sound
  • A new album from one of New York’s best oldschool soul bands
  • One of the great tunesmiths in folk noir returns with her most ambitious album yet
  • The latest album from the guy who might be the most recorded bassist ever
  • Disquieting, hazy, edgy sonics from an up-and-coming saxophonist
  • One of the world’s most otherworldly, entrancing microtonal string quartets
  • This New York band push the envelope with their fearless blend of chamber pop and new classical sounds
  • Lots more singles coming up too – and not only hilarious protest songs, but also maybe a few noteworthy bits of news, and a snarky meme or two for extra fun…
  • The lists everybody’s been waiting for – the Best Songs of 2021 and Best Albums of 2021 playlists – have been live since January. Last year, this blog got as far as the Best New York Concerts of 2020 and Best Albums of 2020 pages, but at the time it was way too painful to contemplate pulling together a Best Songs of 2020 page since so many of them were from concerts. A little distance from that hideous year has been helpful. If only for history’s sake, the list is still on the drawing board.
  • Looking further into the future, the game plan is to go for broke. New York Music Daily turned eleven in August. With Plandemic II on the way – Vaids? Smallpox epidemic? Chinese real estate bubble crash? Breakup of the EU and civil war? – we may reach the point where the demolition of society goes completely out of control. For those who didn’t take the Covid shot, there is no reason to panic: the great majority of us will survive. Whether or not there will be juice to power this blog, let alone your lights or phone, is a good question. Whatever the case, this blog intends to be part of the chronicle until the lights go out. What we get on the other side of that may in many ways be even better than what we had before March of 2020. And that might be where New York Music Daily pivots to print-and-paper and becomes New York Music Monthly.