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.

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/28mGtzhKkmEgYlcrKWq43P

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