The Fortnightly Playlist, October 22nd, 2017

This edition’s got a lively mix. New Polyrhythmics, The True Loves, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Beck, Robert Plant, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and Stag make this a really fun listen. Don’t worry though. I’ve still included some good, dark, moody songs here too. Because art.

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Earlier this week, I was doing dishes. I had headphones on because music always makes tasks like this better. About 5-10 minutes later, I realized my wife was laughing at me because I was dancing while doing dishes. I had just discovered an excellent album out last month called Griot Blues. American blues legend, Mighty Mo Rodgers, and legendary Malian multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Baba Sissoko, have collaborated on a truly great work here. I listened to the entire thing three times that evening. The song I included is the one I was caught dancing along with that evening, Mali to Mississippi.

The biggest thing in music this week for me was the passing of Gord Downie. I know that, since this blog began a year ago, there have been plenty of very prominent musicians to pass. Sometimes I haven’t said much about them. I’ve continued focusing on the new music. Bands start releasing singles in tribute, and I feature those. I sometimes make mention of it. This time it is different for me. Gord Downie was a truly special songwriter and lyricist. I was devastated when the news came a year and a half ago that Gord had an inoperable brain tumor; that the upcoming album and tour was going to be a farewell. Fans of The Tragically Hip will often bring up their classic hits, but to me the most complete records are their final two: Now For Plan A and Man, Machine, Poem. For some insight on Now For Plan A and Gord Downie in general, this interview is particularly good. Man, Machine, Poem was my favorite album of 2016. Gord still managed, after the tour, to release another solo record, Secret Path. Even at this point, Gord focused himself on activism and social justice. The record told the story of a young boy from the Marten Falls First Nation that died trying to escape an Indian Residential school in the ’60’s, and the proceeds went to the University of Manitoba’s National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation project. I decided to included tracks from both Secret Path and Man, Machine, Poem this edition. Gord Downie will always be one of the greatest lyricists to pick up a pen, and I’m so thankful that he also picked up a microphone and shared it all with us.

Until next time,

Josh

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Tracklist:
1. The True Loves – The Dirty
2. Polyrhythmics – Marshmallow Man
3. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – Matter of Time
4. Mighty Mo Rodgers & Baba Sissoko – Mali to Mississippi
5. Tamikrest – War Toyed
6. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Little Thing Gone Wild
7. Stag – Come On
8. Josephine Oniyama – ‘Til You
9. Cut Copy – No Fixed Destination
10. Sharon Van Etten – I Wish I Knew
11. Rio Mira – Agua
12. Robert Plant – Carry Fire
13. Primus – The Scheme
14. Beck – Colors
15. Superchunk – Break the Glass
16. Ghostpoet – Trouble + Me
17. BadBadNotGood – I Don’t Know
18. Kyle Craft – Distant Fingers
19. Gord Downie – The Only Place to Be
20. Gord Downie – Here, Here, and Here
21. The Tragically Hip – In a World Possessed by the Human Mind
22. The Tragically Hip – What Blue

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The Fortnightly Playlist, October 8th, 2017

A bit on the late side this edition, but here we are another 2 weeks has zipped on by and left us with a whole new batch of music. New Guided by Voices, Black Pistol Fire, Jordan Klassen, and Pinkshinyultrablast.

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One of the biggest new albums out this week is Dhani Harrison’s new record, IN///PARALLEL. I have to say I’m really liking this record, and there is a lot there to dig into. It covers a lot of ground stylistically and never loses my interest throughout. It’s a deep listen, and I’m looking forward to giving it a few more listens.

Also included here is Almost Like Praying. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s project to raise funds for Puerto Rico relief features a tons of artists, and, of course, all proceeds go to the hurricane relief effort.

Others I’m particularly excited about are the new Pinkshinyultrablast, my new discovery of the week is Andrew Hung, and there’s some excitement building up around the new singles from Kyle Craft.

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Tracklist
1. Find Your Saint – Pinkshinyultrablast

2. Until the Light – LIGHTS

3. Every Time The Sun Comes Up – Kyle Craft

4. Boy W – Guided By Voices

5. Continental Breakfast – Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

6. Shadow – Andrew Hung

7. Showboat – Josh Ritter

8. Hard to Please – Jordan Klassen

9. Discriminason – Elida Almeida

10. Mean Demeanor – Run the Jewels

11. Why Would I? – Otis Reed

12. All About Waiting – Dhani Harrison

13. Black Rainbows – Cut Copy

14. Keep Your Head High – Jafaris

15. The Spaniards – William Patrick Corgan

16. Undying Light – Tomo Nakayama

17. Weaponized – Wolf Parade

18. Body Chamber – Versing

19. Hearts of Habit – Black Pistol Fire

20. Safe – Shook Twins

21. Almost Like Praying – Lin Manuel Miranda & Artists for Puerto Rico