Wow, is it Friday already? Time to kick off the new year with some new tunes.

“All Is On My Side” – Sam Fender. Two weeks ago one of my brothers-in-music sent me a message saying that he was really craving some new War on Drugs music. Two days later this song dropped and I pointed out that his wish had been granted. Fender once again takes the TWOD sound and pops it up a bit. I love it.

“One Last Embrace” – Eliza Shaddad. The music gods sometimes look out for me. Shaddad always slips through the cracks at all the music sites I follow. For the second straight year I’ve run across a random site that clued me into the fact that Shaddad had dropped a new song. This is another winner from her, and I’m looking forward to her next album. So I don’t miss her new stuff I’ve finally started following her on Twitter.

“Fading Out” – Wintersleep. These dudes landed on my Favorites of 2019 list with their cover of Frightened Rabbit’s “The Twist.” It’s been awhile since they’ve released new music of their own, but they have a new album slated for the spring and have released two solid tracks from it.

“City of Lakes” – Matt Mays. The same brother-in-music mentioned above hipped me to Matt Mays and my life is better for it. This track is from his 2003 self-titled album. That’s the great thing about music: you can be really into it the way I am and still miss a ton of great stuff. But there’s always the chance to go back and find it later.

“Love Missile F1–11” – Sigue Sigue Sputnik. The 1980s were a glorious time.