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.
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.
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