The Fortnightly Playlist, September 27th, 2020

“Do you hear that thunder?
That’s the sound of strength in numbers!”

“Let’s sieze the day,
All hold hands, chase the pricks away.”

If The Clash wrote began writing the punk gospel, then the latest record from IDLES, Ultra Mono, feels like one of the late epistles written by an apostle of punk awaiting trial. A letter to the punks of the world in dark times insisting still “If you want to beat the machine, keep your teeth clean and kill ’em with kindness”.

There’s a lot more to cover this week. New records from Fleet Foxes, Bob Mould, and Sufjan Stevens, the title track from the final album by Toots & The Maytals (RIP Toots Hibbert), and new singles from Pixies, Black Thought, and Janelle Monae. Of course, It’s been 3 weeks instead of my usual 2 since I last posted, so there’s a lot of music to share.

Marika Hackman – Realiti
IDLES – Kill Them With Kindness
Mark Lanegan – Daylight in the Nocturnal House
Throwing Muses – St. Charles
Pixies – Hear Me Out
Nation of Language – Gouge Away
Dave Hause, Amethyst Kiah, Kam Franklin – Your Ghost
David Wirsig – March
Local Natives, Sylvan Esso – Dark Days
Sufjan Stevens – Run Away With Me
First Aid Kit – Come Give Me Love
Chuck Prophet – Love Doesn’t Come From the Barrel of a Gun
Toots & the Maytals – Got To Be Tough
Black Thought, Pusha T, Swizz Beats, Killer Mike – Good Morning
Pete Rock, Camp Lo, Talib Kweli – Ladies & Gentlemen
Janelle Monae – Turntables
Sault – Fearless
John Vanderslice – lure mice condemn erase
Bronson – Foundation
Aesop Rock – The Gates
Eddie Vedder, Nick Zinner – Cartography (Nick Zinner Remix)
Matt Berninger – One More Second
Fleet Foxes – Going-to-the-Sun Road
Bob Mould – Forecast of Rain
IDLES – Ne Touche Pas Moi

The Fortnightly Playlist, September 6th, 2020

I have this desire to always keep including new and different sounds here. What I always say is this: “You probably won’t like everything I include, but you’ll always find something you like.” This tends to match the feedback I often get, so I think it is working. This blog has been going for nearly 4 years, and the playlists go back another year before the blog. Looking back at some of the early lists this week, I realize that how the process of just paying attention has evolved and broadened my own musical preferences.

Missing live music has certainly been a feature of 2020. The last show I went to was back on January 18th. I saw Dessa and Monakr at The Crocodile in Seattle. I don’t really recall the last time I went over 6 months without going to a show. If you count every local gig at every coffee shop, then it would probably go back to before I could drive. There’s a few artists in the list this edition that I’ve seen live. Sarah Jarosz, Deep Sea Diver, and Naked Giants (x2). I sure hope 2021 holds live music again.

I wanted to point out Mark Lanegan this edition. Lanegan was frontman for Screaming Trees their entire run. They didn’t see the kind of success that some of their fellow Washington bands did through the ’90s, but Lanegan, in particular, has shown himself to be a lasting talent. He’s thankfully also very prolific. It seems now that we can just expect an album every year from him, and we can also expect it to be excellent. He also published his memoir back in April, and I’ve heard it is a very difficult but good read. It’s on my booklist for sure.

Other favorites of mine in this edition are Fantastic Negrito, Hinds, Throwing Muses, Barbi Recananti, and The Harlem Gospel Travelers.

Sondre Lerche – Patience
Fantastic Negrito – Chocolate Samurai
Nicola Cruz – Yeva
Disclosure, Fatoumata Diawara – Douha (Mali Mali)
Chong the Nomad – On Fire
Lila Ike – Stars Align
Blu & Exile – The Feeling
Gregory Porter – Faith in Love
Deep Sea Diver, Sharon Van Etten – Impossible Weight
Mark Lanegan – I Wouldn’t Want to Say
Throwing Muses – Bo Diddley Bridge
Bibio – Sleep On The Wing
Sarah Jarosz – Empty Square
The Harlem Gospel Travelers – Fight On!
Wyatt Waddell – Fight!
Gordon Koang – South Sudan
Bronko Yotte – Galvano
Barbi Recanati – Que No
Hinds – Take Me Back
Mourn – Call You Back
Naked Giants – Take a Chance
Son Lux – Last Light