The Fortnightly Playlist, April 21st, 2019

It’s an exciting playlist this time around. Lately I’ve been really struck by the new singles from Operators, Aldous Harding, Sinkane, Holy Ship, Versing, and HAELOS, as well as the new albums from Lizzo, The Black Tones, Stephen Malkmus, and Little Simz. It’s a wide array of sounds, and I’m loving it myself.

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I think we often miss artists that just aren’t on our own radars, and that is a big part of why I do this. I enjoy sharing things I find, and maybe someone will find something here that they wouldn’t have otherwise come across. I think in terms of race we often get caught up in discussing what is Black culture and White culture and how they interact. Meanwhile, there are very under-represented people making amazing things. Black Belt Eagle Scout grew up in the Swinomish Tribal Community not far from where I live now. Her early influences in music were her family’s native traditions and local rock bands like Nirvana and Hole. Discovering her music last year is a reminder to me to seek out things new things and not just stay in the same circles I’ve occupied before.

Sinkane’s new single, Depayse, is a striking one, and makes me very excited for new music from the Sudanese-American. The immigrant experience is a very prominent and important theme in Sinkane’s music. That experience of being intimately tied to multiple places, and, in a way, multiple identities makes for a very unique and beautiful music. For those who have been reading here for awhile, you know that Sinkane’s Life & Livin’ It was my favorite album of 2017, and I’m very happy to see new music from him again.

Shawn Smith, a local legend in Seattle scene passed away on April 5th. Two weeks ago, I had my post pretty much set to go, and did not really know how to fit him into it in an appropriate way. Shawn was friends with his more widely known Seattle cohorts from the ’90’s to present, but also was a regular at small venues like The High Dive where he could be found whether he was on the bill or not. When KEXP was doing their tribute to him, they had people sending them unreleased material of Shawn’s. It seems that this was just something he would do. He would send someone a song that he wrote and recorded because he was thinking of them, or was asking their opinion. It’s a loss felt by everyone in the Seattle scene, and involves a prominent issue of our culture today. Shawn passed from complications with diabetes, and those complications had been exacerbated by the fact that he could not afford healthcare. This time I decided to close the playlist with two songs from differenct projects he was involved in: “For Those Gone On” by Pigeonhed, and “Through The Day” by Brad. I also would like to share this video of him playing live at The Crocodile.

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Tracklist:
Operators – Faithless
Open Mike Eagle, 2 mello, Inverse Phase – Beatdown City (We Gon’ Whup Yo Ass)
Epic Beard Men – Sand Dunes
Little Simz – Offence
The Budos Band – Old Engine Oil
Stephen Malkmus – Come Get Me
Fruit Bats – The Bottom of It
Courtney Barnett – Everybody Here Hates You
Black Belt Eagle Scout – Loss & Relax
Versing – Tethered
Holy Ship – Night Aquatic
Marshmello, CHVRCHES – Here With Me
Haelos – End of the World Party
Spellling – Under the Sun
Aldous Harding – The Barrel
Sinkane – Depayse
Fuse ODG – Outside of the Ropes
Nilufer Yanya – Baby Blu
Lizzo – Jerome
Little Simz, Michael Kiwanuka – Flowers
The Black Tones – Ghetto Spaceship
Modest Mouse – Poison the Well
Caracara – Learn Your Love
Titus Andronicus – (I Blame) Society
Pigeonhed – For Those Gone On
Brad – Through the Day

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The Fortnightly Playlist, April 7th, 2019

Another full 2 weeks, another batch of new music. Americana folk, punk, chamber folk, grunge, goth, funk, rap, blues and soul crammed into one playlist again. New singles from Greys, illuminati hotties, Craig Finn, Quivers, and Sinkane, and new albums out from Cochemea, John Vanderslice, and Lady Lamb all here. New collaborations as well with Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky, Karen O & Danger Mouse, and Phoebe Bridgers & Conor Oberst (Better Oblivion Community Center). New releases from Andrew Bird, Ibibio Sound Machine, and Strand of Oaks also featured again.

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As mentioned before here, Andrew Bird’s newest album is titled My Finest Work Yet, and while I’ve only given it a couple solid, straight-through listens so far I think it very well may be. “Bloodless” might be my favorite Andrew Bird song ever, and it is far from being the lone highpoint. The multi-instrumental virtuoso seems to be at his best on every instrument, and his voice actually sounding better than ever here. Other favorites on the record are “Don The Struggle”, “Fallorun”, and “Bellevue Bridge Club”.

Quivers may have one of my favorite songs this year. It’s a shimmering guitar-pop that from the outset has a U2-esque quality with it’s steady, insistent rhythm and and bright guitars. “You’re Not Always On My Mind” builds into a beautiful song, and it has certainly struck me more than their previous material. The Australian quartet is certainly a band to watch for in the near future.

Glen Hansard, Strand of Oaks, illuminati hotties, and Cochemea definitely among my favorites this week. To close things out, I think it needs to be said that illuminati hotties is the best bandname to come along since The Dandy Warhols.

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Tracklist:
Greys – These Things Happen
illuminati hotties – I Wanna Keep Yr Dog
Quivers – You’re Not Always On My Mind
Strand of Oaks – Visions
Man of Moon – Ride the Waves
Marissa Nadler, Stephen Brodsky – For The Sun
Perry Farrell – Pirate Punk Politician
Kool Keith – Blast
Ibibio Sound Machine – I Need You To Be Sweet Like Sugar (Nnge Nte Suka)
The Budos Band – Veil of Shadows
Cochemea – Mescalero
Maria Magdalena – Tropic
Sinkane – Everybody
Fakuta – Juntapena
Lady Lamb – Deep Love
Andrew Bird – Cracking Codes
Better Oblivion Community Center – My City
Josh Ritter – Old Black Magic
Jenny Lewis – Little White Dove
The Lumineers – Gloria
Craig Finn – Something to Hope For
Glen Hansard – Fool’s Game
Karen O & Dangermouse – Turn the Light
John Vanderslice – Enter the Void