Gray Days and Gold July 2021

Hello, friends. Art goes the pop this month, as Gray Days and Gold rounds up the most interesting art-pop, singer-songwriters, and composers that July 2021 has to offer, always striving to meet (or exceed) our ‘M4’ pledge: maximum melody, moderate melancholy.

You can listen to this episode via the embedded player just below in this post—if you don’t see it, try turning off your ad-blocker then reloading the page—or on the Mixcloud website, via the Mixcloud mobile app, on your Sonos system, etc.

There’s also a more barebones iteration of this episode’s playlist on Spotify (minus my commentary, as well as songs that are missing from their library).

If you like what you hear, please support the artists. You’ll find buy links to all the tracks in the bulleted list below.

Gray Days and Gold, July 2021

  1. Mega Bog, “Before a Black Tea” (2021) • BUY
  2. Michael League, “Sentinel Species” (2021) • BUY
  3. Charlotte Jacobs, “Other Half” (2021) • BUY
  4. Brendan Eder Ensemble, “Cape Cod Cottage” (2021) • BUY
  5. Craig Fortnam, “German Ocean” (2021) • BUY
  6. Dot Allison, “Can You Hear Nature Sing?” (2021) • BUY
  7. William Susman, “Clouds and Flames: VII. The World Spins” (2019) • BUY
  8. Ins Kino, “Great Crusade” (2021) • BUY
  9. Andrew Wasylyk, “The Morning of Magnolia Light” (2021) • BUY
  10. XINA, “Lullaby by Whitenoise” (2021) • BUY
  11. Novelty Island, “Listen” (2021) • BUY
  12. MoonBell, “Fall In Spain” (2021) • BUY
  13. Colin Moulding, “The Hardest Battle” (2021) • BUY
  14. Bryan Away, “My Cave” (2021) • BUY
  15. Trailer Trash Tracys, “Money for Moondogs” (2017) • BUY
  16. Steely Dan, “Black Cow [Demo, Take One]” (1976)


Steely Dan YouTube playlist

As mentioned in this episode, if you’re in the mood for entire days worth of Steely Dan live shows, studio outtakes, interviews and documentaries, you can find my playlist here. I promise it will make an hour at the gym fly by.

As always, thanks for listening. If you have questions, suggestions, etc. please feel free to contact me. And if you’d like to receive these posts via email, you can sign up here. Take care.

Join the conversation! 2 Comments

  1. Great show Mark. I had a similar experience when WB died as I listened to nothing but Steely Dan for a few weeks and then they decided to do a show in the UK with Stevie Winwood. I didn’t go as it wasn’t very local but I probably should have.

    • Thanks so much, Ade. Part of what’s fueling my current obsession is that the internet seems to keep unearthing rarities from the strictly-studio era. Certainly D&W’s pre-Dan demos have been kicking around on bootlegs for years, but it’s stuff like the ‘lost Gaucho’ that I find so amazing. For a band whose b-sides were always album tracks, the emergence of anything not previously heard seems like a miracle.

      The Winwood-bolstered band was already slated to come through Virginia in summer 2022, but I’m so glad they they decided to make hay this year… and I only hope that the Delta variant doesn’t become so problematic here as to cause the shows to be canceled. Donald’s 73 and I don’t imagine he’ll want to keep up a demanding touring schedule for much longer, but perhaps I misjudge.


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