Sunday, January 15, 2023

Travelmarx Music Picks - Winter 2023 - Awe

Composite of 25 albums covers in the Travelmarx Winter 2023 playlist.
Composite of 25 albums covers in the Travelmarx Winter 2023 playlist.

Our first post of 2023 and let’s start off with some new music and a little awe[1]. There is so much interesting music to discover. We are always amazed how new music can transport us out of ourselves and give us a little awe.  

Every weekend we set aside a few hours to go through all the songs we texted ourselves or Shazamed throughout the week. Our ears are always tuned in. Here are on some of our picks that stood out for us in the last few months in one Spotify playlist. About half the tracks are recent, released after 2020.

[1] We recently saw this article How a Bit of Awe Can Improve Your Health in the NYT and we completely agree with the idea of cultivating and celebrating awe. Good music helps. From the article: “Awe is the feeling of being in the presence of something vast that transcends your understanding of the world...".


Rayland Baxter – “If I Were a Butterfly” (2022)
John Cale – “Story of Blood” (2022) - really loving this new Cale release!
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Burning” (2022)
Juan Wauters – “Todo Terminó” (2015)
Caetano Veloso – “You Don’t Know Me” (1972)

J.J. Cale – “After Midnight” (1972)
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Nathaniel Rateliff – “S.O.B.” (2021)
Leonard Cohen – “Is This What You Wanted” (1974)
Andrew Bird – “Atomized” (2022)
Tess Parks – “Happy Birthday Forever” (2022)

Sam Evian – “Freezee Pops” (2021)
Jon Kennedy – “Enchantica” (2017)
Zola Jesus – “Lost” (2022)
Lucrecia Dalt – “Atemporal” (2022)
Panda Bear, Sonic Boom – “Go On” (2022)

Allah-Las – “No Voodoo” (2012)
Yeahman, Hajna, Mina Shankha – “Miniyamba” (2018)
Bodies of Water – “Open Rhythms” (2011)
Clinic – “Ferryboad of the Mind” (2019)
Broadcast – “Accidentals” (2006)

Sparklehorse – “It’s a Wonderful Life” (2001)
Jerkcurb – “Night on Earth” (2019)
Los Days – “Traveling Light” (2020)
Nicola Cruz – La Mirada (2015) 
Peter Zummo – “Highway Brain Planet (Credits)” (2021)

Saturday, December 17, 2022

Music Album Covers with Five People on Them – Quintets – Part 3

Composite image of 25 album covers featuring five people on them.
Composite image of 25 album covers featuring five people on them.

This is post 3 of 3 showing music album covers with five people on them - almost always five group members. These albums with quintets range from the 1970s to the 2000s. (post1, post2)

The main reason why we create these music mosaics, and share them, is that album covers are still a great way to discover new music. Our criteria for selecting albums in this post are that all members are shown on the cover, the cover is visually interesting, and it’s music we are familiar with. That said, it leaves out a lot. 

There are many (many) groups that have five more or less stable members, but they are rarely seen on the album cover. If they are pictured, it’s typically on a compilation. The Millennium Series is always good for a picture of the group.

There is also the question of fluctuating numbers of group members, sometimes 5 but sometimes less or more in the history of the group. If they are five members on the cover, we feature the album.

The order of the albums is more or less alphabetical. It’s hard to order by date when dealing with compilations.

Barenaked Ladies - Au Naturale Live (2005)
DeBarge - The Millennium Collection (2000)
Devo - Freedom of Choice (1980)
Duran Duran - Duran Duran (1981)
Exile - Greatest Hits (1986)

Heart - Heart (1985)
Jump Little Children - Magazine (2005)
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - Blow in the Wind (2001)
New Edition - New Edition (1984)
NSYNC - No Strings Attached (2000)

Oasis - Definitely Maybe (1994)
Paris Combo - Living Room (2000)
Spandau Ballet - Gold - Best of (2001)
The B-52s - Wild Planet (1980)
The Fixx - One Thing Leads to Another Greatest Hits (1989)

The Go-Gos - Beauty and the Beat (1981)
The Hives - Veni Vidi Vicious (2000)
The Hooters - Nervous Night (1985)
The Hothouse Flowers - Home (1990)
The Rankin Family - North Country (1994)

The Scorpions - The Milleninum Collection (2001)
The Traveling Wilburys - The Traveling Wilburys Vol 1 (1988)
The Verve - Urban Hymns (1997)
The Wallflowers - Breach (2000)
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - You're Gonna Get it (1978)



Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Music Album Covers with Five People on Them – Quintets – Part 2

Composite image of 25 album covers featuring five people on them.
Composite image of 25 album covers featuring five people on them.

This is post 2 of 3 showing music album covers with five people on them - almost always five group members. These albums with quintets range from the1960s to the 1970s. (post1, post3)

The main reason why we create these music mosaics, and share them, is that album covers are still a great way to discover new music. Our criteria for selecting albums in this post are that all members are shown on the cover, the cover is visually interesting, and it’s music we are familiar with. That said, it leaves out a lot. 

There are many (many) groups that have five more or less stable members, but they are rarely seen on the album cover. If they are pictured, it’s typically on a compilation. The Millennium Series is always good for a picture of the group.

There is also the question of fluctuating numbers of group members, sometimes 5 but sometimes less or more in the history of the group. If they are five on the cover, we feature the album.

The order of the albums is more or less alphabetical. It’s hard to order by date when dealing with compilations.

AC-DC - Highway to Hell (1979)
Aerosmith - Draw the Line (1977)
Count Five - Psychotic Reaction (1966)
Deep Purple - Deep Purple in Rock (1970)
Jackson 5 - Dancing Machine (1974)

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New York Dolls - New York Dolls (1973)
Orleans - Waking and Dreaming (1976)
Poco - The Millennium Collection (2000)
REO Speedwagon - Lost in a Dream (1974)

Steppenwolf - Steppenwolf (1968)
The 5th Dimension - The Age of Aquarius (1969)
The Animals - The Best Of
The Band - The Band (1969)
The Beach Boys - The Beach Boys Today! (1965)

The Byrds - Turn! Turn! Turn! (1965)
The Hollies - Hollies (1974)
The Moody Blues - The Magnificent Moodies (1965)
The Osmonds - Brainstorm (1976)
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band - The Paul Butterfield Blues Band (1965)

The Rolling Stones - Aftermath (1966)
The Temptation - My Girl - The Very Best Of
The Turtles - Present the Battle of the Bands (1968)
The Yardbirds - Having a Rave Up with the Yardbirds (1965)
The Zombies - Begin Here (1965)