The best songs of 2019 that you didn’t hear

From rural new age to political soul, Guardian writers pick their favourite underappreciated tracks of the year Kalie Shorr F U Forever Maine native, Nashville transplant Kalie Shorr has, as they say, bars. F U Forever is an immaculate character assassination that exposes an exs weak tricks and reveals him for the grasping bully he really is one who lays his hands on her while their friends are over for dinner, gaslights her into thinking shes a hysteric and makes her pay for everything then buys her a random ring with his tax return. Now Im wearing that stupid ring on my pretty little middle finger, Shorr sings in the triumphant chorus, so I can say F U forever! Its …

The 50 greatest Christmas songs ranked!

From John Fahey, the Sonics and the Waitresses to Slade, Wizzard and Mariah Carey, we count down the best festive numbers 50. John Fahey The First Noel Tiring of the fact that no one wanted to buy albums of experimental American primitive guitar music, but they bought White Christmas every year, John Fahey recorded an album of Emmy the Great and the loudest, most raucous thing on their 2011 Christmas album this is a song that sounds joyous, but is really about the desire to escape, to anywhere that isnt cold. So long as its not alone. 47. Little Joey Farr RocknRoll Christmas Rocknroll and rockabilly are a treasure trove of Christmas novelty numbers (try Marlene Paulas I Want To …

‘It felt like a wonderful dream’ DA Pennebaker on making Monterey Pop

In a final, previously unpublished Guardian interview, the late great documentarian looks back at his groundbreaking film with Lou Adler, the legendary music festivals promoter Lou Adler, promoter and producer In 1967 there was a meeting at John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas. He said: Why dont we do a festival, add more days, and get the acts to play for nothing? This was a chance to elevate how rocknroll was thought of. We had six weeks. Without Berry Gordy understood what we were doing. You had to really buy into it if your acts werent going to get paid. Not on my network Hendrix on stage at the festival in June 1967. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images …

Solange: When I Get Home the Snapchat album

Solange Knowless tantalising fourth album conjures fragments and fleeting impressions that get inside your head Frank Ocean to Beyoncs caught on murky CCTV attacking Jay-Z, as a docile Beyonc stood by. The viral clip upped Solanges album streams by 200%, but her career route has never been clear cut: she once released a track called Fuck the Industry (Signed Sincerely) before When I Get Home, but blink and youre halfway through them, your mind fizzing with fluttery choruses and half-riffs. The introverted UK electronic producers James Blake and Time (Is), one of the albums most modest tracks. Some of the albums most snippety bits such Way to the Show is essentially one exquisitely pretty line with an underlying coolness, like …

How we made Booker T and the MGs’ Green Onions

It was originally called Funky Onions but to laced-up, deep-south America, that sounded like a cuss word, so we had to retitle it Booker T Jones, organist I grew up in Memphis and by the time I was 17, I was learning saxophone, piano and Hammond organ, paid for by my paper round. I started going over to Billie Lee Riley, but something hadnt worked out. Hed packed up and left, so we had the studio to ourselves. We started playing around with a piano groove Id been performing in the clubs, trying to emulate Ray Charles. It sounded better on the organ, so I kept on playing that. Stax owner Jim Stewart liked what we were doing and wanted …