Oh no! I’ve gone Globalist?! Syria, Argentina, Poland, Finland, Canada, Colombia, Puerto Rico, UK and Australia all represented in this edition of the Fortnightly Playlist. Hmm… no African artists this time, but the list last week did have Tinariwen, and we’ll see what I come across next fortnight.
We start and end this list with Canadian artists. A mellow and meditative start with First Rain by Teen Daze, and high-energy, rock’n’roll end with North East South West by Japandroids. There’s a strong Canadian presence this time. Other high points include Utopia by Austra and new singles by Arcade Fire and The New Pornographers.
Tributes to both Prince and Bowie are here as well. Ted Leo’s cover of Heroes by David Bowie appears here, and Rogers Nelson by Argentina’s Morbo y Mambo refers to Prince’s full name.
Personal high points this time around were The New Pornographers, Brodka, Buscabulla, Lena Chamamyan and Conor Oberst.
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This edition of the Fortnightly Playlist features a number of new singles from upcoming releases; particularly from local bands. New singles from Bread & Butter, Sera Cahoone, Foxygen, Allison Crutchfield, Temples, Pond, The Rural Alberta advantage, Sloucher, and The Shins.
In 2016, La Sera came out with a record that I found a little lacking in the edginess that I found in their previous release. Started as a Katy Goodman solo project and now moving to a Husband&Wife Duo, I expected Katy’s hard rock approach and Tod’s bent toward wild guitar solos to bring a more rocking record. In the end I liked the record (Music for Listening to Music to), but it wasn’t what I expected. After touring most of the year, They came out with a new EP (Queens) at the end of September that was a mix of new material and new versions of songs from the Music for Listening to Music to Album. This was more what I was looking for. The new songs are more bass-heavy and riff-heavy, and, in my opinion, more suited to the band’s personality.
Also included is a track from the new David Bowie EP, No Plan. Rumour has it that we could see “new” Bowie material released every year for 100 yrs after his death. The new EP (released on his birthday, exactly 1 year since the release of Blackstar) fits well with last year’s record. Still a lot of quality material yet to be released.
Happy New Year.
A lot of people seem ready to mention all the worstness of 2016; especially in regard to music. All the bad things have been said already, and I think it is fair to say that 2016 gave us a lot of good things. Bowie and Leonard Cohen somehow managed to release excellent albums that, in the end, were the best goodbyes we could ever ask for. Other long-career greats gifted us as well. Neil Young, Charles Bradley, Paul Simon and Van Morrison all released new albums this year. Some other greats broke long silences. The Stone Roses released 2 singles after over 20 years of silence, and A Tribe Called Quest released their first new material in 18 years (though the absence of Phife Dawg being notable, so there is definitely a bittersweetness there). This Fortnightly combines some of the later albums of 2016 with some singles from upcoming releases in 2017. Again, happy NewYear, and enjoy!