The Fortnightly Playlist, March 26th, 2017

The end of March. One quarter of the way through the year, and we’re almost fully into 2017 releases on this Fortnightly Playlist.

In the past year or so, I’ve featured a few tracks by some “desert blues’ artists like Bombino and Tinariwen. It’s a style that has a curious familiarity to it. Hailing from the nomadic Sahara culture from an area including Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Libya and Algeria, they have used for many generation much of the same musical structure that we find in American Blues. This time I’ve included a track by Tamikrest that demonstrates this well.

For a band to remain relevant and poignant over a long period of time says a lot about how talented they really are. Depeche Mode doesn’t just have material that has stood the test of time. They continue to write material that holds up very well. The new record, Spirit, is excellently crafted.

Canadian indie-rocker, Joel Plaskett’s, new album of duets with his father also feature here. There’s something about Solidarity that sort of tugs at the heartstrings, something intimate, but also it is a fun listen. Probably the best moments are when the two are singing together. This is a good review of the album.

Also, we have excellent new albums from singer-songwriters Sera Cahoone, Laura Marling, and Jesca Hoop, and new singles from The New Pornographers, Afghan Whigs, and The Drums. Enjoy!

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The Fortnightly Playlist, March 12th, 2017

Aaand we’re back again with another listful of diverse sounds. Once again covering as much ground as we can, stylistically speaking (and a significant amount geographically as well).

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A collaboration of note in this edition is from the new Baba Zula album, XX. The track included, Carino, features Argentine singer/rapper La Yegros, which makes for an interesting blend of styles between her and the Turkish psych-rock band.

There are 3 very longstanding, well-regarded, influential musicians with freshly released singles out now are included as well. Bob Dylan released his third single leading to his upcoming album, Robyn Hitchcock his second, and Thurston Moore released a new single just a few days ago.

Plenty of newly-released albums here for P.O.S., Minus the Bear, Valerie June, The Shins and others. And once again my 2 favorite albums so far this year – Backlash by Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears and Life & Livin’ It by Sinkane – are both included.

Cheers,
Josh

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