I have this desire to always keep including new and different sounds here. What I always say is this: “You probably won’t like everything I include, but you’ll always find something you like.” This tends to match the feedback I often get, so I think it is working. This blog has been going for nearly 4 years, and the playlists go back another year before the blog. Looking back at some of the early lists this week, I realize that how the process of just paying attention has evolved and broadened my own musical preferences.
Missing live music has certainly been a feature of 2020. The last show I went to was back on January 18th. I saw Dessa and Monakr at The Crocodile in Seattle. I don’t really recall the last time I went over 6 months without going to a show. If you count every local gig at every coffee shop, then it would probably go back to before I could drive. There’s a few artists in the list this edition that I’ve seen live. Sarah Jarosz, Deep Sea Diver, and Naked Giants (x2). I sure hope 2021 holds live music again.
I wanted to point out Mark Lanegan this edition. Lanegan was frontman for Screaming Trees their entire run. They didn’t see the kind of success that some of their fellow Washington bands did through the ’90s, but Lanegan, in particular, has shown himself to be a lasting talent. He’s thankfully also very prolific. It seems now that we can just expect an album every year from him, and we can also expect it to be excellent. He also published his memoir back in April, and I’ve heard it is a very difficult but good read. It’s on my booklist for sure.
Other favorites of mine in this edition are Fantastic Negrito, Hinds, Throwing Muses, Barbi Recananti, and The Harlem Gospel Travelers.
Sondre Lerche – Patience
Fantastic Negrito – Chocolate Samurai
Nicola Cruz – Yeva
Disclosure, Fatoumata Diawara – Douha (Mali Mali)
Chong the Nomad – On Fire
Lila Ike – Stars Align
Blu & Exile – The Feeling
Gregory Porter – Faith in Love
Deep Sea Diver, Sharon Van Etten – Impossible Weight
Mark Lanegan – I Wouldn’t Want to Say
Throwing Muses – Bo Diddley Bridge
Bibio – Sleep On The Wing
Sarah Jarosz – Empty Square
The Harlem Gospel Travelers – Fight On!
Wyatt Waddell – Fight!
Gordon Koang – South Sudan
Bronko Yotte – Galvano
Barbi Recanati – Que No
Hinds – Take Me Back
Mourn – Call You Back
Naked Giants – Take a Chance
Son Lux – Last Light