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Will Hermes - Best Music of 2022

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In this segment we take a musical adventure through 2022 with Will Hermes – our pal and music contributor to NPR, Rolling Stone, and Pitchfork. Will is the author of “Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever” and the upcoming “Lou Reed: The King of New York” – which will be published by FSG in 2023.

Will Hermes’ full year-wrap playlist here.

Artist - Album - Song

Alvvays - Blue Rev - Belinda Says
*Alvvays - Blue Rev - Pharmacist (+ covered by Jeff Tweedy)
Rosalía -MOTOMAMI - LA COMBI VERSACE
Big Thief - Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You - No Reason
Beyoncé - RENAISSANCE - BREAK MY SOUL
Lucius - Second Nature - Dance Around It (ft. Brandi Carlile and Sheryl Crow)
*SZA - SOS
*Little Simz - NO THANK YOU
*Burna Boy - Love, Damini
*Asake - Mr. Money with the Vibe
*Alabaster DePlume - Gold
Samora Pinderhughes - GRIEF - Masculinity
*Dry Cleaning - Stump Work
Kevin Morby - This is a Photograph - Rock Bottom
*The Smile - A Light for Attracting Attention
Jockstrap - I Love You Jennifer B - Greatest Hits
Black Country, New Road - Ants from Up There - Basketball Shoes
Panda Bear with Sonic Boom - Reset - Edge of the Edge
Panda Bear with Alan Braxe and DJ Falcon (Braxe + Falcon) - Step By Step/Creative Source (single) - Step by Step
SAULT - (single) - Angel
*Four Tet - chill playlist
*FKA. Twigs - CAPRISONGS
Cécile McLorin Salvant - Ghost Song - Wuthering Heights (Kate Bush cover)

*Mentioned not played

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Sarah has been a public radio producer for over fifteen years. She grew up in Saranac Lake, New York where she worked part-time at Pendragon Theatre all through high school and college. She graduated from UAlbany in 2006 with a BA in English and started at WAMC a few weeks later as a part-time board-op in the control room. Through a series of offered and seized opportunities she is now the Senior Contributing Producer of The Roundtable and Producer of The Book Show. During the main thrust of the Covid-19 pandemic shut-down, Sarah hosted a live Instagram interview program "A Face for Radio Video Series." On it, Sarah spoke with actors, musicians, comedians, and artists about the creative activities they were accomplishing and/or missing.
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