a playlist of musicians currently living & working in one of the five boroughs
This is a subscriber-only follow-up post to my November playlist of recordings by and about New York. The rules I followed while assembling it were that the artists (1) actually live in one of the five borough at this time —and— (2) are actively putting out new recordings. Now!1 Yes, even with the gentrification and the ridiculous rents and the closed storefronts and the coronavirus pandemic.2
If you are wondering why you’re getting this message, I gave a handful of you folks freebie subscriptions for the next 30 days. You’re getting this because I think you might take professional interest in this kind of playlist — because you suggested some artists/songs for it — and, in the most special cases, because your music appears on the mixtape!
Consider this a holiday thank you! Or an inducement to subscribe! (Not really. I do this for the love not the money.) Or one more thing to archive or delete from your inbox…
If you have time to explore the (subscriber-only) archive I’d recommend December 2021’s pre-Brexit optimist playlist full of 300+ great British songs or, if your interests are more esoteric, this hushed, almost-ambient playlist called Beautiful Songs (for Denniston Hill) in honor of an upstate NY artist residency which made a big impression on me a decade ago.
# of Tracks: 70+
Length: 5 hours
Themes: musicians who currently live in one of NYC’s five boroughs & have released new recordings in the last few years ~ multiple genres which don’t necessarily sound good blending into one another ~ an opening & closing tip of the hat to the recently deceased Brooklyn critic/musician/éminence grise Greg Ironman Tate3 and his Burnt Sugar project