The Fortnightly Playlist, August 23rd, 2020

Raw hip-hop, bright bluegrass, and some punchy punk rock included this edition. There’s a lot of new music out now, and more right around the corner. I’ve got a big list for you this edition.

We begin and end with some cover collaborations. Starting off with Sharon Van Etten and Josh Homme’s duet on “(What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love and Understanding” and ending with an ensemble version of “What the World Needs Now” led by Tank and the Bangas. I’ve seen these songs and others in a similar vein start appearing more often, and it’s no wonder given the sort of uncertainty and division in our world right now.

One song that hit me hard this week was “How Long?” by Fantastic Negrito. I was previously unfamiliar with Fantastic Negrito, and was pleasantly surprised to find he’s already got 3 full-length records ready to be discovered. I’ve yet to give the others much time, but his new album, Have You Lost Your Mind Yet, is really good. It’s one of those records that captures the moment very well, and it deserves your attention.

Marlowe is a project that grabbed my attention with their first album 2 years ago. L’Orange, in particular, has a unique production style weaving in samples of old radio theatre and classic blues and jazz to create a story to his records. Marlowe being something of a Crime Drama. L’Orange tends to work with rappers that have a more laid back approach, but Solemn Brigham has a raw, breathless, loud, in-your-face style that creates a juxtoposition to the atmosphere laid down by L’Orange.

Other favorites this edition include Songhoy Blues, Jonsi, The Notwist, and Sarah Jarosz


Sharon Van Etten, Josh Homme – (What’s So Funny ‘bout) Peace, Love and Understanding
Songhoy Blues – Badala
Budos Band – Long in the Tooth
Fantastic Negrito – How Long?
Marlowe – Future Power Sources
Blimes and Gab – Shelly’s (it’s chill)
The Notwist, Saya – Ship
Throwing Muses – Frosting
Biffy Clyro – North of No South
Midnight Oil – Gadigal Land
Jonsi, Elizabeth Fraser – Cannibal
Bill Frisell – Keep Your Eyes Open
Jerry Joseph – Dead Confederate
Sarah Jarosz – I’ll Be Gone
Dawes – St. Augustine At Night
Low Cut Connie – Stay as Long as You Like
Illuminati Hotties – freequent letdown
The Big Moon – Why
Doves – Carousels
Marlowe – Preach Honest
Jehnny Beth – Heroine
Idles – Model Village
Ty Segall, Cory Hanson – She’s a Beam
Young Jesus – Pattern Doubt
Tank and the Bangas – What the World Needs Now


The Fortnightly Playlist, August 10th, 2020

A little late this edition…

One of the most fun covers I’ve heard recently has to be Hinds cover of The Clash’s “Spanish Bombs”. The garage-pop quartet from Madrid do an excellent job both staying true to the spirit of the original while making it very much their own.

I have to mention the new Marlowe 2 record. Now, I was pretty clear about how much I loved that first Marlowe record, and it landed #3 on my favorite records of 2018. L’Orange and Solemn Brigham are back with the follow-up, and it has hit hard. By the time the release was available in the US, it was among the top downloads in the UK. I’m excited to listen to this one much more, and you can expect me to share more from it.

If you’re looking for a new supergroup that sounds different than anything else currently, then look to Dinner Party. Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington, 9th Wonder, and Terrace Martin have made a beautiful album this year. Jazz, Funk, Hip-hop flowing together joyously. This is different, and it’s so needed.


Courtney Marie Andrews – How You Get Hurt
Deep Sea Diver – Lights Out
Hum – The Summoning
Cloquet – Garden
Washed Out – Time to Walk Away
BIIANCO, Chong the Nomad – Put You in the Kitchen
Chong the Nomad, Hollis – Take Two
Hollis – Sedative
Residente – Hoy
Marlowe – Can’t Have Me Nothing
Gabriel Teodros – Lemonade
Black Thought – Thought vs Everybody
Noname – Song 33
Dinner Party – First Responders
Phoebe Bridgers – I Know The End
Sylvan Esso – Ferris Wheel
Fontaine’s D.C. – A Lucid Dream
Hinds – Spanish Bombs
Courtney Marie Andrews – It Must Be Someone Else’s Fault
The Chicks – March, March