A New Song Every Day
For the last seven years we featured more that 2,900 Song Picks of the Day.
A week ago, during the New Colossus Festival, people often asked us what we were doing at glamglare. Our simple answer: we post a new song every day since mid-2015. By saying it like this, we actually impressed ourselves. 2015 is eight years ago! That amounts to some 2,900 songs. Every day, rain or shine, even during times we were traveling, we are writing about a new song.
Aside from the features on glamglare.com, we did not keep a count or a list of our song selections. Since 2017 we have loosely maintained a yearly Spotify Song Pick playlist, but the order is not always correct, and some songs have dropped out.
That will change. We have started to create YouTube playlists for all Song Picks since April 2015, starting with Hannah Cohen’s “Keepsake,” the very first glamglare Song Pick of the Day. It will take a while to complete, but it will give us an overview of eight years of indie music history.
You may ask where we got all those songs from. In the beginning, it was indeed a challenge. For example, we had to dig deep in Bandcamp to find newly released, exciting music. We also did not have enough time to engage with the artists, so we could only do generic writeups.
But eventually, we received a growing number of artist submissions, and PR agencies sent us their pitches. As a result, we receive far more music today than there are days in a year. That, of course, poses a new challenge: how to keep up with all the music? So, over the years, Elke and I have developed sophisticated systems to sift through emails, listen to as much music as possible, and select one song per day.
Please read on for this week’s musically diverse Song Picks of the Day.
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Song Pick of the Day
Listen to/watch all seven songs on YouTube. Follow our daily updated playlists on YouTube and Spotify for the 50 latest Song Picks of the Day.
The path to her second album Dreamer has been a bumpy road for London singer/producer Nabihah Iqbal. But it has paid off: “For the first time ever, I’ve made music where I’ve been more patient with it,” she says, and the stellar first single “This World Couldn’t See Us” is proof.
“Electronic dance grooves and punk mentality” is the thing of Danish trio Why Sun, and their new song “Drift Dance” is the perfect song if you have to work off excess energy. Savannah Conley’s upcoming debut album Playing the Part of You Is Me, is about falling in and out of love. Her new single “Don’t Make Me Reach” describes a dramatic moment on the latter side.
“Troy Creeps” is the latest single from Upstate New York indie rockers Laveda. They are touring relentlessly, and their shows are getting better and better.
The London trio Dance Lessons does “serrated pop.” Their new single “Good Enough, “produced by singer Ann, shows what they mean by that: upbeat, delightful, but never boring. UK band Nothing But Thieves released a danceable, disco-tinged track, “Welcome to the DCC.” They also announced a new album for this summer.
The last Song Pick for this week comes from LA duo Gorgeous Dykes, who also just released a four-track EP In The Meantime. “When It Hurts” may be our favorite, but listen to the entire record for a wild trip into cutting-edge electronic pop music.
Albums of the last two weeks
We want to point out three artists that have released their albums already on March 10: Frankie Rose with her new electro-pop album Love as Projection, Shana Cleveland with her beautifully warm record Manzanita, and The Famous Daxx with her debut EP TFD. Of last Friday’s releases, we enjoyed A Star In The Headlights by YOUR ANGEL.
The New Colossus Festival in the Rearview
We met old friends and made new friends, and there was less networking but making real connections. We enjoyed sine meaningful and inspiring conversations that we cannot wait to continue. And then, of course, there was the music. With more than 135 bands showcasing, we saw around 40 acts. One performance was more exciting than the other…
As a New York-based music blog, we have a pretty good grip on the music scene here, so we focused on international bands. We nevertheless also wanted to see some of New York’s most exciting young acts and were not disappointed. The following nine photos offer a glimpse of the excitement and joy that music and human connections bring.