Until the coronavirus crisis clears up, New York Music Daily has been repurposed as a portal to great streaming audio…and the occasional nostalgic look back on better times, with the hope of getting our world back in the months to come. This blog has been deluged with so many thousands of great albums over the years that the current situation has created an opportunity – a most unwanted one – to get out from under that pile just a little bit, before venues reopen and we can play concerts in this city again. Since so few artists are releasing albums right now, it seems that this is as good a time as ever to do some catching up. Here’s what’s on tap for the second week of April:

  • The March concert calendar was updated daily til the coronavirus crisis broke out. Looks like April is a wash, May also looking really iffy for live music in NYC too. Watch this space for updates
  • These days you’re going to see a ton of albums here. Let’s look at this as a chance to catch up on some of the great acts from around the world who don’t play New York much…or at all.
  • This popular singer won a bunch of contests in her native Poland, then went in a goth-rock and Romany-punk direction
  • This composer’s previous largescale orchestral work was one of the most lavish ever written, a turbulent portrait of the world’s oceans. Next, he decided to paint a musical picture without them in it
  • A witheringly cynical soundtrack to a film based on one of the 20th century’s most visionary, dystopic novels
  • The original indie classical string quartet team up with two dynamic Iranian singers
  • Homemade Lynchian movie music and darkly swirly keyboard pop
  • This Venezuelan band put out one of the most deliciously unpredictable, psychedelic albums in recent months
  • Spot-on late 70s/early 80s style powerpop from this Chicago outfit
  • A trippy, pastorally-tinged blend of 70s Genesis and British folk-rock from this Nordic crew
  • A rare 1970 heavy psychedelic/proto-metal record rescued from obscurity
  • A high-octane live set from the 1940s by an iconic stoner and his merry band