The Tastemaker’s Ten

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The Tastemaker’s Ten: Josh Montag of Scattered Melodies

So, because there are thousands of songs that I love and would want to talk about, I decided to limit myself to songs that have come out this year. 2020 has been brutal for all of us, but perhaps these songs can act as a little silver lining, they very much do for me. In no particular order as far as favorites go, here are my Top 10 songs I feel people should know…

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Tastemaker’s Ten: Ryan B. Clark

Ryan B. Clark is a novelist, blogger, co-founder of Hookworm Records, and notorious music fan originally from Tucson and currently based out the Phoenix area… with some road stops between there and here. Clark’s love of Arizona music also has made him a tireless scene supporter and you can check out his regular Spotify playlists featuring artists from the area. So, of course, we had to ask him to assemble his Tastemaker’s Ten to share the 10 songs he thinks everyone should hear! And now you can too…

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Tastemaker’s Ten: Jen Holiday of The Declaimed

Jen Holiday is one badass babe. As the fierce frontwoman of band, The Declaimed, she’s reigned over the boys’ club of Phoenix hardcore for two decades now. And she can do it all with coke bottle curls and a gold sequin dress. Jen Holiday pairs vintage style with post-human rage. That has “tastemaker” written all over it. Check out the 10 tracks Jen Holiday thinks everyone should hear…

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The Tastemaker’s Ten: Jim Waters

Jim Waters, for those not in the know, is the man behind Waterworks Recording in Tucson. And it seems like Jim has recorded just about everyone, from Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Calexico to Jim Gaffigan and Mitch Hedberg. Jim even worked with Sonic Youth in the 90s before relocating his NYC recording space to the sunny Sonoran. Don’t get me started on his local roster which includes too many stellar Tucson acts to possibly name them all, but Brian Lopez, Lenguas Largas, Whispering Wires, Billy Sedlmayr, and much more have all recorded at Waterworks and the list just goes on…

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