The Fortnightly Playlist, October 21st, 2018

Hi. Here’s some music. Some of my favorite songs of the are in this edition. Open Mike Eagle, Bob Moses, Israel Nash, Milo, and Big Red Machine are among the artists I’m listening to most right now.

The Fortnightly Playlist, October 21st, 2018

In the last couple years I’ve listened to a lot more of what one Open Mike Eagle has called “art rap” and Busdriver has called “avant core”, but they use those terms somewhat tongue-in-cheek. Complex jazz rhythms, merging styles, philosphical content and a general pushing the boundaries of what is typically expected of hip hop are the hallmarks of these artists. In this edition, Milo, Open Mike Eagle and Four Fists (P.O.S. and Astronautalis) each have a track included. What Happens When I Try to Relax is Open Mike Eagle’s new EP, and I’ve been listening to it a lot this week. There’s a lot to be said for an artist that fully admits they are excited about their work, so here’s what Mike had to say about its release:

I don’t really know how Bryce and Aaron Dessner decide who gets to work with who outside of their work as The National. Last year Bryce did Planetarium with Sufjan Steves and Nico Muhly, and now Aaron is doing this Big Red Machine project with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver, Volcano Choir). This is a really beautiful record, and I highly recommend giving it a listen.

Artists like Novalima, Four Fists, Middle Kids, GYDA, and Sa-Roc give this edition a very diverse mix. Enjoy!

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Tracklist:
Bob Moses – Heaven Only Knows
Milo – stet
Open Mike Eagle – Every Single Thing
Dem Atlas – Can it Fall
Sa-Roc – Goddess Gang
Novalima – Ch’usay
GYDA – I Annarri Vidd
Big Red Machine – Deep Green
Low – Dancing and Fire
The Helio Sequence – April (Demo)
Maxton Schulte – Smoke Gets In Our Eyes
Frances Cone – Wide Awake
Middle Kids – Salt Eyes
Laura Gibson – Domestication
Four Fists – Joe Strummr
Little Dragon – Lover Chanting
Black Belt Eagle Scout – I Don’t Have You In My Life
Hunkpapa – Losing All
Empress Of – All For Nothing
Israel Nash – Rolling On
Thom Yorke – Has Ended
Big Red Machine – Forest Green

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The Fortnightly Playlist, October 7th, 2018

An influx of Irish artists, some local grunge legends, the Screaming Eagle of Soul, Finnish bigband/hip-hop, and previously unreleased Joe Strummer… It’s been another two weeks, so here’s another playlist full on new music.

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Last weekend was the 2018 Hard Working Class Heroes festival in Dublin, Ireland. Since 2003, this festival has built a name for itself by promoting emerging artists. The lineup this year was chock full of great up-and-comers, and I had a hard time choosing who to include in my own list. I did include 7 artists from their lineup, but if you enjoy them then you can check out a playlist of all of them here! The artists I chose to include are 1000 Beasts, Crook, Alan Finan, Joshua Burnside, Bicurious, Brenna Carroll, and Damola.

Charles Bradley, the Screaming Eagle of Soul, died little more than 1 year ago. He worked at numerous odd jobs from dishwasher to James Brown impersonator, he endured homelessness off and on since he was a teenager, and was not given a chance in the music industry until late in life. He was 62 when his debut album was released. His long struggle ultimately was what made him the artist that so many fell in love with… full of humility and gratitude. It was only 6 and a half years after his debut album that he passed away from stomach cancer. In that period, he released 3 full-length albums. Now an album full of unreleased material is set to be released on November 5th (his 70th birthday). I believe this is the same show I linked to when he passed away, but it is my favorite. I remember listening to this live on the radio, and it gets me every time: Charles Bradley live in the KEXP Gathering space.

Well, I’d thought that I had this playlist all set early this week, and then I found out about this new Joe Strummer collection, 001. The songs are mostly from the years after The Clash split up, and include 12 that have never been released before. I’m a huge fan of Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, and there are some real gems here from the years between The Clash and The Mescaleros. Unreleased tunes with other Clash members, some Mescaleros favorites, songs recorded under a variety of names, and a duet with Johnny Cash covering Bob Marley are all in this brilliant collection. As I said, I had pretty much done the playlist already, and trying to figure out where to fit Strummer in was a challenge. I decided to just stick a trio of tunes at the end as sort of a coda to this edition.

Favorites this edition include Ricky-Tick Big Band & Julkinen Sana, Courtney Barnett, Alan Finan, Eliza Shaddad, and Cloquet.

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Tracklist:
Eliza Shaddad – Just Goes to Show
Brenna Carroll – Like I Do
Charles Bradley – I Feel a Change
Gabriel Teodros, Shakiah, Rell Be Free – Summer Haze
Anderson.Paak, Kendrick Lamar – Tints
NAVVI – Sampaguita
1000 Beasts, Janet Grogan – Lord (It’s OK)
Phosphorescent – C’est La Vie No.2
Sharon Van Etten – Comeback Kid
Bicurious – Sleep
The Joy Formidable – The Better Me
Emmaline Twist – Desperate Measures
Mudhoney – Please Mr. Gunman
Courtney Barnett – Small Talk
Kurt Vile – One Trick Ponies
Crook – Easter Morning
Joshua Burnside – A Man of High Renown
Alan Finan – Slumber
Gabriel Kahane – November
Cloquet – Chances
Four Fists – 6666
Damola – Snoozing
Precyce Politix, D.R.U.G.S. Beats – To the Giants
Ghostface Killah – An Unexpected Call
Ricky-Tick Big Band, Julkinen Sana – Kohtalo
Joe Strummer, Johnny Cash – Redemption Song
Joe Strummer – Burning Lights
Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – London is Burning

The Fortnightly Playlist, September 24th, 2018 ( The Late Edition)

Vacation was good. Thanks for asking. Clearly, I wasn’t so off the grid as I still managed to put together a pretty good collection of tunes here if I do say so myself. Some great new music here from Natalie Prass, Open Mike Eagle, Allan Kingdom, The Hold Steady, Low, and Disclosure.

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Last year’s Brick Body Kids Still Daydream by Open Mike Eagle just missed my year end top ten. I want to say it landed somewhere in the 11 to 15 range. It also featured my favorite album art of 2017. I was pretty happy to hear of his new single, “Relatable”. Mike Eagle is a pretty unique artist, and perhaps an artist that could only happen here and now. It’s never fair to pigeonhole an artist, but if you said Mike Eagle is a grad-school rapper… well, if the shoe fits. He’s got complex songs with relevant messages delivered eloquently, and it’s got an edge to it as well. It’s impressive and always worth a listen.

Please take note of Natalie Prass. Discovering this artist was a discovery and a half.. The Future and The Past is her 2nd album, and it was released early this summer. It’s certainly worth a few listens.

Other favorites this edition include Allan Kingdom, Balun, Spiritualized, The Hold Steady and some up-and-comer called Paul Mc-something…

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Spiritualized – A Perfect Miracle
The Hold Steady – Confusion in the Marketplace
Chorusgirl – No Goodbye
Paul McCartney – Come On To Me
Disclosure – Where You Come From
Allan Kingdom – All Night
Cloquet – Hollows
Low – Dancing and Blood
Eminem – Stepping Stone
Open Mike Eagle – Relatable
Balun – La Nueva Ciudad
Stu Mindeman – El Aparecido
Fleurie – Constellate
Rostam – In A River
Natalie Prass – Sisters
Nadine Khouri – A New Dawn
Lauren Balthrop – Maple Tree
Kurt Vile – Bassackwards
William Elliott Whitmore – Fear of Trains
Noah Gundersen, Sisters – Wrong Side
Sycamore Tree – Shelter (Magnus Johann Remix)
Film School – Go Low
Wolf Girl – Maths in the Real World
The Hold Steady – T-Shirt Tux

The Fortnightly Playlist, September 9th, 2018

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m trying to get caught up on a lot the wealth of new releases from the past few months at this point in the year, and they just keep coming. This edition offers a look at new albums from Blood Orange, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Reed Turchi & His Kudzu Choir, Devotchka, Interpol, IDLES, and Mitski, as well as new singles from Clipping, Laura Gibson, Junius Meyvant, and Ty Segall.

I first heard Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears sometime around late 2013, and got really into his modern blues rock swagger and the tight band of excellent musicians he surrounded himself with. I got the chance to see them perform on last year’s Backlash tour, and now here they are with an excellent new record only a year and a half later. The band sounds better than ever, and I highly recommend their live show.

There’s good reason that I put Blood Orange right after Prince in the playlist this edition. Dev Hynes is a massively talented musician and producer. I first became aware of him back when he was still performing under the name Lightspeed Champion, and I still love the music that project produced. Blood Orange is a more diverse project, that also seems to have a more energetic and purposeful feel. Additionally, Hynes has written, produced, and collaborated with a wide array of other artists, and each time he returns to his own projects he brings this experience with him.

I’m hooked on this Marlowe record. I’ve included a couple tracks from it on playlists earlier this summer, but I just can’t get enough of this one. For me, I get a lot of throwback to classic hip-hop on this. It has a solid connection to soul and R&B, but has good dose of aggressive edge that you need in a good hip-hop record. There are several tracks that jump out to me, and I recommend giving the album a full listen, but my favorites here are Lost Arts, Thing We Summon, and Mayday.

Other favorites this edition include Reed Turchi & His Kudzu Choir, Amos Lee, Van Stee, and Laura Gibson.

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Tracklist:
Prince – 17 Days (Piano & A Microphone 1983 version)
Blood Orange – Saint
Foxing – Heartbeats
Van Stee – Blanket
Interpol – Stay In Touch
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – Nothing But A Cliche
The Staggers & Jaggs – Ring The Bell
Reed Turchi & His Kudzu Choir – Listen to the Wind
Mitski – Come Into the Water
Laura Gibson – Tenderness
Junius Meyvant – High Alert
Ty Segall – I’m a Man
Clipping – Stab Him in The Throat
Fliptrix – No Time to Rewind
Marlowe – Mayday
Atropolis – Gaita NYC
Rubblebucket – What Life Is
BRONCHO – Boys Got To Go
IDLES – Samaritans
Olafur Arnalds – brot
Roo Panes – My Sweet Refuge
Tunng – Sleepwalking
Devotchka – Straight Shot
Jade Bird – Uh Huh
Breaks & Swells – Won’t Lose Hold
Amos Lee – Crooked

The Fortnightly Playlist, August 26th, 2018

Well, the playlist is on the long side this edition, with well over an hour and a half runtime. I guess it was difficult trying to cut things down this time. There are some big new releases coming out right now. Just released Death Cab For Cutie, Fliptrix, and Cullen Omori, as well as some more releases right on the horizon like IDLES’ Joy As An Act Of Resistance coming out on Friday.

I’m excited for Eliza Shaddad’s debut full-length that is set for October. Shaddad has released a couple EP’s in the last few years, and there are a handful of singles available from the upcoming release. I was only recently made aware of her material, and she’s certainly a young artist to get excited about. I’ve especially enjoyed this track that I’ve included in this edition, “This Is My Cue”.

Moses Sumney is following up last year’s debut full-length, Aromanticism, with some of the most poignant songs to be released this year. It’s only 3 tracks, but I would put them right in with the best music of the year. I have to think that he’ll continue to reward his audience with excellent music for a long time to come. I highly recommend giving this new material, Black In Deep Red 2014, a listen. For me, it makes him one of my top artists to watch. Whatever comes next from him will be a huge.

Starting with “Rank & File” by Sumney, this playlist goes into a short back-and-forth between UK Hip-hop and US Hip-hop. I could discuss for a long time the strengths, similarities, differences, and the influences between them, but it’s probably better to just let the music speak for itself. My point here is to display the diverse strengths in hip-hop right now. There’s so much life in Hip-hop right now. Particularly, I want to highlight Fliptrix. Now to talk about Fliptrix, then you need to talk aobut High Focus Records. Fliptrix is also the CEO of the label, and has been instrumental in the careers of High Focus artists including several that I’ve included on this blog in the past. It’s well worth digging into Fliptrix’ full catalog including two full-lengths as one quarter of the group The Four Owls along with fellow High Focus artists, Verb T, Leaf Dog, and BVA. His new record, Inexhale, is an excellent, lyric-forward listen.

Other favorites this edition are BODEGA, Ben Khan, The Chamanas, WHY? and Dirty Projectors.

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Playlist:
Futuropaco – Bambino Tiranno
BODEGA – How Did This Happen?!
Kristin Hersh – No Shade in Shadow
Eliza Shaddad – This Is My Cue
Low – Disarray
Death Cab for Cutie – Northern Lights
Cullen Omori – Four Years
Moses Sumney – Rank & File
Smellington Piff, BVA, Scorzayzee – Ruled By the Numbers
Four Fists – Dork Court
Fliptrix, Ocean Wisdom, Onoe Caponoe – Inside The Ride
Jedi Mind Tricks – San La Muerte
Ben Khan – Ruby
Dirty Projectors – Break-Thru
The Chamanas – La Verdad
La Union – Tiempo
Jah Chango & Jarabe De Palo – Sofa de Cuero
Iron & Wine – Waves of Galveston
Let’s Eat Grandma – I Will Be Waiting
AUK5, Sudan Archives – Fairyway
WHY? – The Water (Kishi Bashi remix)
Sink Ya Teeth – Substitutes
Whitney Ballen – Fucking
Jose Gonzalez & The Brite Lites – Killing For Love
Deafheaven – You Without End
Cloud Nothings – The Echo of the World
IDLES – Great

The Fortnightly Playlist, August 12th, 2018

Well, it’s the late edition, isn’t it? There’s less than an hour left in August 12th. It has been a weekend full of great music thanks to the big SubPop 30th Anniversary party. I had the pleasure of seeing Yuno and The Afghan Whigs on Friday night, and on Saturday I got to see LVL UP, Moaning, Kyle Craft, Loma, Bully, Clipping, Fastbacks, Shabazz Palaces, Wolf Parade, and Beach House. I’ve included new material from a few of these, as well as some of the acts I missed.

There’s a lot of great artists to highlight, and it’s sometimes difficult to decide who to write a little extra about. It was easy to decide that Candi Staton should be highlighted. At 78 yrs old, Candi Staton is set to release her 30th studio album. Just let that sink in a bit, and then listen to this song I’ve included this edition. Her voice hasn’t lost an ounce of its power, and she’s an absolute inspiration.

I’m always excited to get new Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears tunes, and the 3 singles he’s released recently are no exception. Their blend of blues and rock with swagger is always tons of fun, and they play a simply awesome live show. It’s been less than 2 yrs since his last record, so a new record and a big fall tour is exciting news.

Other favorites… still really loving this Marlowe album, enjoying these new singles from Mudhoney, Revel in Dimes, Metric and LVL UP.

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Tracklist:
Candi Staton – Confidence
Marlowe – Tales from the East
Santigold – Gold Fire
Yuno – No Going Back
Frankie Cosmos – Apathy
LVL UP – Orchard
Mudhoney – Paranoid Core
Mark Lanegan – Scarlett
David Bazan – Thread
The Twilight Sad – I/m Not Here [Missing Face]
Clipping. – Block
Sims, Air Credits, ICETEP – No Waves
Metric – Dressed to Suppress
Mitski – Two Slow Dancers
Revel In Dimes – Treat Me Nice
Phosphorescent – New Birth in New England
Guided By Voices – You Own the Night
Saintseneca – Ladder to the Sun
Death Cab for Cutie – Autumn Love
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – Face in the Scene
Disclosure, Fatoumata Diawara – Ultimatum

In All Our Grunginess…

This week is a massive celebration of the Seattle music-scene. It’s actually a dual celebration. Basically, this is music insanity week in Seattle.

Celebration 1: Pearl Jam Home Shows.
When Pearl Jam announced their tour this year they branded it as a sports team would… Home and Away shows. Sorry if you were expecting “Home Show” to feature a new furniture line (upholstered with old flannel shirts, of course). The Home Shows have some particularly special aspects to them. As part of their announcement, the band announced their intention to address the out-of-control homelessness in Seattle. The region’s homeless population is now 3rd largest in the country, with over 12,000 people living without shelter on any given night. In addition to spotlightling over 100 non-profits working locally, the band is giving generously of their own money and working with local businesses for promotion (as I write this, I’m sipping a Pearl Jam Home Show pale ale made by Georgetown Brewery). The two Home Shows (August 8th and 10th) at Safeco Field sold out in minutes. On August 8th, over 70 Seattle restaurants will be donating percentages of their sales. For more information on the mission of The Home Shows, you can find places to donate and volunteer HERE. What Pearl Jam have done here is not just see what the band and their fans could do to alleviate homelessness, but they’ve managed to gather over 100 local businesses to join in this cause.

Celebration 2: SubPop’s 30th Anniversary.
If there’s a label that could most distinctly be connected to the Seattle scene and sound, then it is SubPop. They found success by introducing the world to now household names like Soundgarden and Nirvana, but, of course, the story has more twists and turns than that. The first “grunge” album to be released was Green River’s debut EP Dry as a Bone, but the band, meant to be SubPop’s main act, broke up not long after. The good news was one of the two bands to come out of Green River, called Mudhoney, would sign with SubPop (The other band would eventually become a band that would sell out two shows at Safeco Field this week as part of a massive benefit to alleviate homelessness). Mudhoney’s first single was a hit on the Indie circuit, and that was enough to keep the label going after being nearly bankrupt. Mudhoney will be among the bands playing this weekend at the free anniversary party at Alki Beach along with many others performing over the course of the weekend. I’ll be in the city for the weekend hitting the SubPop showcase edition of KEXP’s Concerts at the Mural in Seattle center on Friday, and I’ll be volunteering at the SubPop anniversary party on Saturday. Check out the full event schedule HERE.

With all this happening this week, I decided to put together a little playlist including Pearl Jam and something from the bands playing the SubPop events.  There’s some muddy guitar sounds coming at you on this one.

Tracklist:
Pearl Jam – Breakerfall
Mudhoney – Into the Drink
Moaning – Tired
Bully – Trying
Fastbacks – On The Wall
Hot Snakes – This Mystic Decade
Pearl Jam – Whipping
The Afghan Whigs – Algiers
Wolf Parade – What Did My Lover Say?
Shabazz Palaces – Shine a Light
Clipping. – True Believer
Beach House – Myth
Yuno – No Going Back
Kyle Craft – Eye of a Hurricane
Father John Misty – Real Love Baby
Mass Gothic – Every Night You’ve Got to Save Me
Loma – Joy
Beach House – Lemon Glow
LVL Up – Hidden Driver
Jo Passed – Glass
Pissed Jeans – The Bar is Low
Metz – Cellophane
Afghan Whigs – Arabian Heights
Wolf Parade – You’re Dreaming
Kyle Craft – Heartbreak Junky
Fastbacks – Goodbye Bird
Bully – Running
Pearl Jam – Lukin
Mudhoney – Douchebags on Parade

The Fortnightly Playlist, July 29th, 2018

I’m super excited to share this edition with you all. There is so much new music out to choose from that this just had to be a great one. I did wonder at some points how I’d fit it all in, but somehow here it is. There are collaborations, some long-serving legends, and one fond farewell.

After 18 yrs, Minus the Bear have announced they are bringing the band to a close. Fans will get one more EP from the band before they wrap things up completely, and this single, Fair Enough, is the first track released from that upcoming farewell release. Always a talented group, it has been quite a journey seeing them go from a quirky band with crazy song titles (Monkey!!!Knife!!!Fight!!!, I Lost all My Money At The Cock Fights, and Hey, Wanna Throw Up? Get Me Naked) to the mature veterans they are now.

A year of following the Doomtree crew means a surprising number of releases in a year. Of course, I highlighted Dessa’s Chime early on this year, and Lazerbeak’s collaboration with Longshot was featured last month as well. This edition features 3 new Doomtree releases. P.O.S. and Astronautalis are back with a new Four Fists single, and are teasing a full-length release all over social media. I know they are busy with all kinds of other projects, but this project is too good to be limited to 2 songs every 5 years! Sims has a new album coming as well with Air Credits and ICETEP, and the singles released so far sound amazing. Cecil Otter has a new track released on the Power of Love benefit album. There are a ton of great artists featured on that project, so definitely check it out.

This new Soft Science record, Maps, is an impressive one. I decided to include the opening track, “Undone”, on this edition, but there are so many good ones here. I don’t really think that it has a weak track on it! It covers a good amount of ground, and is well worth checking out.

I have so many favorites in this list. Son Lux, Marlowe, IDLES, The Coup, Durand Jones & The Indications, The Coup, Mark Lanegan… and definitely this amazing collaborative track with Bryce Dessner, Justin Vernon, S. Carey, and So Percussion.

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Tracklist:
Cat Power – Wanderer
Gang Gang Dance – J Tree
Minus the Bear – Fair Enough
IDLES – Danny Nedelko
The Hold Steady – Star 18
Soft Science – Undone
Son Lux – Dream State
Simian Mobile Disco – Defender
Sims, Air Credits, ICETEP – Octadant, Eye in the Sky
Four Fists – Nobody’s Biz
Phonte – Euphorium (Back to the Light)
Marlowe – Lost Arts
Durand Jones & The Indications – Make a Change
Jorja Smith – Lost & Found
Wajatta – Runnin’
The Coup – Level It Up
Cecil Otter, Solid Gold, Aero Flynn – Power of Love
Bryce Dessner, Justin Vernon, So Percussion, S. Carey – Music for Wood and Strings
Wild Pink – Lake Erie
Black Belt Eagle Scout – Soft Stud
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Cross My Heart
Knife Knights – Give You Game
Mark Lanegan – With Animals
Joy Formidable – The Wrong Side

The Fortnightly Playlist, July 15th, 2018

Some good summer songs in the mix this edition. New albums from Jenn Champion, Arctic Monkeys, Gorillaz and Damien Jurado, and new singles from upcoming releases by Stars, Curtis Harding, Fliptrix, and a joint effort from Iggy Pop and Underworld.

First off, I was able to see one of my favorite artists ever this week: Ry Cooder. Brilliant performer, and it was a really great show. I included another track off his latest record, The Prodigal Son. I also included tracks from his son, Joachim’s, new record as he opened the show and played drums for Ry as well. The HamilTones joined Ry for most of his set, and played some of their original songs as well. The brilliant vocal trio added so much to Ry’s set, and so I’ve included a song from their latest record as well.

This upcoming record from Underworld and Iggy Pop should be an interesting one. The Godfather of Punk teaming up with the ’90’s underground techno legends actually have released a few tracks from the record, and it’s a promising combination of talents. This particular song I’ve included, “Get your Shirt”, might potentially be “just the audio of Iggy working the merch table at an Underworld gig”. I wish I could say that was my joke, but it is not.

Other particular favorites this edition include Jenn Champion, Leaf Dog, Reed Turchi & His Kudzu Choir, and Curtis Harding. Enjoy!

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Tracklist:
Stars – Ship to Shore
Jenn Champion – Time to Regulate
Gorillaz – Tranz
Underworld & Iggy Pop – Get Your Shirt
Alt-J, Pusha T – In Cold Blood (Twin Shadow Version)
Leaf Dog – The Sky
Fliptrix – New Breath
Curtis Harding – It’s Not Over
The Hamiltones – Money Can’t Buy You Love
Ry Cooder – Everybody Ought to Treat a Stranger Right
Reed Turchi & His Kudzu Choir – Honey Honey
William Elliott Whitmore – Fear of Trains
Damien Jurado – The Last Great Washington State
Joachim Cooder – Because the Moonlight
Jenn Champion – Coming For You
Mogwai – We’re Not Done
Stars – One Day Left
Arctic Monkeys – Four Out of Five
Macaco – Valientes

The Fortnightly Playlist, July 1st, 2018

 

Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian friends and readers. I realized that this edition was landing right on Canada Day, and I that there weren’t any Canadian artists in this list. Then I realized there was a new single out from one of my favorite artists, Dan Mangan, so that became something of a special, last-minute inclusion.

Arthur Buck is a project that includes a couple long-time favorites, Joseph Arthur and Peter Buck (R.E.M.). The pair have been longtime friends ever since Arthur opened for a string of shows for R.E.M. in 2000. As NPR says in their review, this first collaboration project is full of opening doors. This is a pair of musicians that seems to have wide listening habits, and that comes out in this project. They seem to both bring in many influences, but also carve out their own way in a culture and music industry that can seem chaotic and overwhelming.

There have been plenty of reunions in the last couple years of bands that saw success in the ’90’s. Belly are among the latest, and I love this new album. They saw a lot of initial success with their Slow Dust EP and their first full-length, Star, but the band began to splinter and the negativity within the group led to a lackluster follow-up. Tanya Donelly has said in interviews that there was some regret that they hadn’t made more music, but at the time the hurdles were too great. Now after 12 yrs, fans get a new Belly album.

Favorite listening in this edition definitely includes Arthur Buck and Belly, but also Saintseneca, Dan Mangan, Versing, Sims, and The Milk Carton Kids.

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tracklist:
Arthur Buck – Are You Electrified?
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Shiggy
Belly – Mine
Jayhawks – Everybody Knows
Saintseneca – Frostbiter
Kali Uchis – Nuestro Planeta
Maria Usbeck – Bosque De Bambu
The English Beat – How Can You Stand There?
Illuminati Hotties – Shape of My Hands
Now, Now – Set It Free
Tunng – Crow
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Mainland
Sims, Air Credits, ICETEP – Hologramme
Loyle Carner, Tom Misch – Damselfly
Florence + The Machine – Sky Full of Song
Adan Jodorowsky – Color Cafe
Dan Mangan – Troubled Mind
Milk Carton Kids – Just Look at Us Now
Amos Lee – No More Darkness, No More Light
Versing – Silver Dollar
Nine Inch Nails – I’m Not From This World