The Election Special, 2018

Election day is one week away. Here in Washington, we do all mail-in ballots, so my ballot is already filled out. I’m not going to go into great detail here, but if you can vote then you should do so. That’s basically all I’m writing this time, but also… here’s an extra playlist! New music, old music, longtime favorites, political songs, angry and cynical songs, and determined and positive songs. I’ll just let the music do the talking. Enjoy!

The Election Special

Election Special playlist:
Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – Long Shadow
Public Enemy – By The Time I Get to Arizona
A Tribe Called Quest – We The People…
Vel the Wonder – Woman in the Crowd
Ms. Lauryn Hill – Every Ghetto, Every City
The Staple Singers – Respect Yourself
Marion Williams – Heaven Help Us All
Charles Bradley – Change For The World
The Temptations – Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today)
The Clash – The Clampdown
Patti Smith – People Have The Power
Drive-By Truckers – The Perilous Night
The Hold Steady – Stay Positive
Pearl Jam – W.M.A.
IDLES – Danny Nedelko
The Clash – Know Your Rights
Willie Nelson – Vote ‘Em Out
Ry Cooder – Jesus and Woody
Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – Yalla Yalla
Stevie Wonder – Love’s In Need Of Love Today
Gabriel Teodros – Everything Comes To Light
Public Enemy – Fight The Power
David Bowie – I’m Afraid of Americans (Nine Inch Nails V1 Mix)
Nine Inch Nails – Terrible Lie
P.O.S. – Fire In The Hole/Arrow To The Action
Rage Against the Machine – Testify
Longshot, Lazerbeak – Parades
Dessa – Fire Drills
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (Detroit Mix)
Lee Fields & The Expressions – Make The World
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – This Land is Your Land

The Fortnightly Playlist, October 21st, 2018

Hi. Here’s some music. Some of my favorite songs of the are in this edition. Open Mike Eagle, Bob Moses, Israel Nash, Milo, and Big Red Machine are among the artists I’m listening to most right now.

The Fortnightly Playlist, October 21st, 2018

In the last couple years I’ve listened to a lot more of what one Open Mike Eagle has called “art rap” and Busdriver has called “avant core”, but they use those terms somewhat tongue-in-cheek. Complex jazz rhythms, merging styles, philosphical content and a general pushing the boundaries of what is typically expected of hip hop are the hallmarks of these artists. In this edition, Milo, Open Mike Eagle and Four Fists (P.O.S. and Astronautalis) each have a track included. What Happens When I Try to Relax is Open Mike Eagle’s new EP, and I’ve been listening to it a lot this week. There’s a lot to be said for an artist that fully admits they are excited about their work, so here’s what Mike had to say about its release:

I don’t really know how Bryce and Aaron Dessner decide who gets to work with who outside of their work as The National. Last year Bryce did Planetarium with Sufjan Steves and Nico Muhly, and now Aaron is doing this Big Red Machine project with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver, Volcano Choir). This is a really beautiful record, and I highly recommend giving it a listen.

Artists like Novalima, Four Fists, Middle Kids, GYDA, and Sa-Roc give this edition a very diverse mix. Enjoy!


Bob Moses – Heaven Only Knows
Milo – stet
Open Mike Eagle – Every Single Thing
Dem Atlas – Can it Fall
Sa-Roc – Goddess Gang
Novalima – Ch’usay
GYDA – I Annarri Vidd
Big Red Machine – Deep Green
Low – Dancing and Fire
The Helio Sequence – April (Demo)
Maxton Schulte – Smoke Gets In Our Eyes
Frances Cone – Wide Awake
Middle Kids – Salt Eyes
Laura Gibson – Domestication
Four Fists – Joe Strummr
Little Dragon – Lover Chanting
Black Belt Eagle Scout – I Don’t Have You In My Life
Hunkpapa – Losing All
Empress Of – All For Nothing
Israel Nash – Rolling On
Thom Yorke – Has Ended
Big Red Machine – Forest Green

The Fortnightly Playlist, October 7th, 2018

An influx of Irish artists, some local grunge legends, the Screaming Eagle of Soul, Finnish bigband/hip-hop, and previously unreleased Joe Strummer… It’s been another two weeks, so here’s another playlist full on new music.

Listen Here!

Last weekend was the 2018 Hard Working Class Heroes festival in Dublin, Ireland. Since 2003, this festival has built a name for itself by promoting emerging artists. The lineup this year was chock full of great up-and-comers, and I had a hard time choosing who to include in my own list. I did include 7 artists from their lineup, but if you enjoy them then you can check out a playlist of all of them here! The artists I chose to include are 1000 Beasts, Crook, Alan Finan, Joshua Burnside, Bicurious, Brenna Carroll, and Damola.

Charles Bradley, the Screaming Eagle of Soul, died little more than 1 year ago. He worked at numerous odd jobs from dishwasher to James Brown impersonator, he endured homelessness off and on since he was a teenager, and was not given a chance in the music industry until late in life. He was 62 when his debut album was released. His long struggle ultimately was what made him the artist that so many fell in love with… full of humility and gratitude. It was only 6 and a half years after his debut album that he passed away from stomach cancer. In that period, he released 3 full-length albums. Now an album full of unreleased material is set to be released on November 5th (his 70th birthday). I believe this is the same show I linked to when he passed away, but it is my favorite. I remember listening to this live on the radio, and it gets me every time: Charles Bradley live in the KEXP Gathering space.

Well, I’d thought that I had this playlist all set early this week, and then I found out about this new Joe Strummer collection, 001. The songs are mostly from the years after The Clash split up, and include 12 that have never been released before. I’m a huge fan of Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, and there are some real gems here from the years between The Clash and The Mescaleros. Unreleased tunes with other Clash members, some Mescaleros favorites, songs recorded under a variety of names, and a duet with Johnny Cash covering Bob Marley are all in this brilliant collection. As I said, I had pretty much done the playlist already, and trying to figure out where to fit Strummer in was a challenge. I decided to just stick a trio of tunes at the end as sort of a coda to this edition.

Favorites this edition include Ricky-Tick Big Band & Julkinen Sana, Courtney Barnett, Alan Finan, Eliza Shaddad, and Cloquet.


Eliza Shaddad – Just Goes to Show
Brenna Carroll – Like I Do
Charles Bradley – I Feel a Change
Gabriel Teodros, Shakiah, Rell Be Free – Summer Haze
Anderson.Paak, Kendrick Lamar – Tints
NAVVI – Sampaguita
1000 Beasts, Janet Grogan – Lord (It’s OK)
Phosphorescent – C’est La Vie No.2
Sharon Van Etten – Comeback Kid
Bicurious – Sleep
The Joy Formidable – The Better Me
Emmaline Twist – Desperate Measures
Mudhoney – Please Mr. Gunman
Courtney Barnett – Small Talk
Kurt Vile – One Trick Ponies
Crook – Easter Morning
Joshua Burnside – A Man of High Renown
Alan Finan – Slumber
Gabriel Kahane – November
Cloquet – Chances
Four Fists – 6666
Damola – Snoozing
Precyce Politix, D.R.U.G.S. Beats – To the Giants
Ghostface Killah – An Unexpected Call
Ricky-Tick Big Band, Julkinen Sana – Kohtalo
Joe Strummer, Johnny Cash – Redemption Song
Joe Strummer – Burning Lights
Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – London is Burning