The 22nd Fortnightly Playlist

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The playlist opens with a protest song this week. Kyle Craft’s before the wall expresses so many fears and desires in our country right now.

Track 2 marks the first time I’m including a song that isn’t recently released. Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings’ “Retreat!” was re-released as part of the soundtrack to the film “Miss Sharon Jones” this summer.

There is a heavy bent this week toward world musicians. There are a number of South American artists included here such as Ceci Bastida, La Yegros, and Drumagick. Also included is a small series of short tracks from the film “They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile.”I have not seen the film yet, but the inclusion of artists like Khaira Arby, Ali Farka Toure and Nick Zinner has me very interested. The music is excellent.

Personal favorites on this list at the moment include the tracks by Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, Ceci Bastida, Hiss Golden Messenger, and Ana Tijoux.
Until next time.

The cruelty of 2016 just continues

This year we endured the nastiest election the US has seen in living memory, we endured losing Bowie, losing Prince, losing Merle… The Tragically Hip announced they were ending their 30+ years as a band due to lead singer and songwriter, Gord Downie, having an inoperable brain tumor. Last month Charles Bradley announced the cancellation of several tour dates due to stomach cancer.

It’s been a rough year for music fans. Now we bid farewell to yet another legend.

“Love is not a victory march. It’s a cold and it’s a broken hallelujah”

Rest in peace Leonard Cohen.