The Fortnightly Playlist, November 22nd, 2020

I’ve bookended this edition with covers of some classic tunes. Brittany Howard’s powerful version of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” hits hard, and Karen O and Willie Nelson’s gentle duet of “Under Pressure” is thoughtful and beautiful. These seemed a good way to frame this one.

I hadn’t yet heard much of the new Loma album, Don’t Shy Away, when a song came on the radio. I could tell it was a song Jonathan Meiburg had a hand in. I knew it had to be Loma, as it wasn’t quite a Shearwater sound. The melody, though, had a distinct sound. Sure enough it was “Half Silences” I’ve now listened to the full album straight through, and it is excellent. For me, their first record had certain highpoints that were incredible, but this record sustains this through every song. It’s something special.

I also want to highlight Black Thought’s latest record, Streams of Thought Vol. 3. He’s always been known as an incisive writer and rapper, and now it’s been so cool to see him do these solo projects and get an idea of who he is as a solo artist shaping his own sound.

Other favorites in this edition are Ghetto Kumbe, illuminanti hotties, and Erik Blood.

Brittany Howard – You’ll Never Walk Alone
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)
Ghetto Kumbe – Vamo a Dale Duro
Vel the Wonder – Trophy Wife
Residente – Yo Te Quiero a Ti
Nels Cline – Passed Down
Loma – Half Silences
Midnight Oil – First Nation
Death Valley Girls – I’d Rather Be Dreaming
Quivers – Texarkana
Illuminati hotties – ppl plzr
Sunflower Bean – Moment in the Sun
Left at London – 6 Feet
Erik Blood & Gary V – Rent is Due
Loma – Given a Sign
Mint Field – Delicadeza
Bartees Strange – Stone Meadows
Shame – Water in the Well
Black Thought – State Prisoner
Boof – Chicken With Waffles
Tierra Whack – DoraRoisin Murphy – Murphy’s Law
Karen O, Willie Nelson – Under Pressure

The Fortnightly Playlist, November 8th, 2020

Well, it’s been quite the fortnight. A lot has happened since my last post and playlist, and you can certainly expect some of that emotion to be evident in the song choices here. Enjoy, everyone!

There are a lot of rootsy selections in this edition, but I want to draw attention, in particular to Lianne La Havas. What an excellent album she’s come out with this year, and the song of hers that I chose to include in this edition is a cover of Radiohead’s “Weird Fishes”. Her version really draws out the jazz connection in the song wonderfully. Give her album a full listen, and you won’t regret it.

I also want to highlight Joensuu 1685. This Finnish group draws a bold line to the emotional and intimate rock music of Frightened Rabbit, but certainly with their own sparkling, shimmering twist to things. I first became aware of the group through Mikko Joensuu’s “Amen trilogy”, and I’m glad to engage with some new music from the full band.

Other favorites this time around are Trummors, Sauti Sol, Busta Rhymes, and Skyway Man.

Resistance Revival Chorus – I Woke Up This Morning (With My Mind Stayed On Freedom)
Trummors – Late Arriver
The Nude Party – Easier Said Than Done
Calexico – Hear the Bells
Kurt Vile, John Prine – How Lucky
Sauti Sol, Soweto Gospel Choir – Brighter Days
Tank & the Bangas, Hasizzle, Keedy Black, Big Choo – To Be Real
Rapsody – 12 Problems
Dessa – Tyranny
Aesop  Rock – Pizza Alley
Busta Rhymes, Kendrick Lamar – Look Over Your Shoulder
Open Mike Eagle – I’m a Joestar (Black Power Fantasy)
Joensuu 1685 – Running In Our Graves
Xyla, Oso Feo – Cold
Eartheater – Diamond in the Bedrock
Joensuu 1685 – Gloria
Bob Mould – Forecast of Rain
SG Goodman – Which Side Are You On?
RVG – I Used To Love You
Skyway Man – Muddy Water
Cut Worms – Last Words to a Refugee
Dillon Warnek – Freedom and Me
This is the Kit – Carry Us Please
Lianne La Havas – Weird Fishes
Joensuu 1685 – I’m In Paradise