The Fortnightly Playlist, February 14th, 2021

There’s some new songs here that have me really excited. Those sort of songs that you can listen to over and over, and that you can really feel. New releases have really picked up quick, and here I am with the second list in a row that is a full hour and a half long. I took a look back this weekend as well. As of 2 weeks ago, I’ve been making these Fortnightly Playlists for 5 years. I didn’t start writing here until toward the end of the first year when I decided I wanted to write a little more for my year-end favorites in 2016, but the first Fortnightly Playlist appeared on January 31st, 2016. I don’t know if I expected to do it so long, but I’m still very much enjoying it.

I wanted to draw attention to Valerie June. This song, “You and I”, that opens the playlist this edition is one of my favorite songs right now. It hit me immediately when I heard it earlier this week, and I immediately wanted to hear it again. Valerie June has appeared here before with her 2017 album, The Order of Time, and I’m very excited for her upcoming release, The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers. 4 years since her last full-length release, but June has clearly been busy as she has an upcoming book release as well.

My favorite instrumental release so far this year has to be Sitka Sun’s All The Way West. It’s not a long record. 6 tracks clocking in at just over half an hour, but it has really grabbed and held my attention. I sometimes find it hard to explain why a particular record does this, and especially so with an instrumental album. Sitka Sun brings us this well-constructed jazz album with a firm rhythmic structure, Central American flair, and a little psychedelic improvisation mixed in. When an instrumental record captures me this way, I’m sometimes struck by the ability music alone has to make you feel something.

Other favorites in this edition are Wild Pink, Anisa Romero (Sky Cries Mary), Femi Kuti, and We Are KING.

Artwork from songs by Adrianne Lenker

Valerie June – You and I
Bomba Estereo – Agua
Hannah Jadagu – Think Too Much
Middle Kids – Questions
Julien Baker – Favor
Wild Pink – The Shining but Tropical
Dry Cleaning – Scratchcard Lanyard
Foo Fighters – Cloudspotter
The Lounge Society – Burn the Heather
Ayron Jones – Mercy
The Hold Steady – Spices
Balmorhea, Lisa Morgenstern – The Myth
Anisa Romero – Borrowed
London Grammar – Lose Your Head
Flock of Dimes – Two
Echo of the Low Light – Afterlife
Bicep – Sundial
Yuno – Somebody
Femi Kuti – As We Struggle Everyday
Jay Gonzalez – Sunspot
Adrianne Lenker – anything
Saintseneca – All You’ve Got Is Everyone
We Are KING – Space Oddity
Sitka Sun – Long Shadow

The Fortnightly Playlist, May 26th, 2019

Well, a fortnight and a half this time. Last week I had a bunch of music to form a playlist, but just didn’t go through with listening to it all and ordering it and writing about it. I needed a break, and I needed some time for silence. I love music, and I’ll basically listen to it all the time. Sometimes it comes to this point where I need to not listen to music because it’s healthy to have some quiet. Something is not right if I hear great music, and I’m not enjoying it. I’m back now, and loving the music again.

Listen Here!

After a long day working late on Wednesday, I was driving home and heard a live in-studio session on the radio by TK & The Holy Know-Nothings. Greg Vandy, host of KEXP’s The Roadhouse, had a great interview with them between songs, and this was the point I got excited to write about music again. Taylor Kingman’s desire to build a loose, groove-heavy jam-band without sacrificing quality lyrical songwriting led to this excellent debut album full of great veteran musicians. Full of brilliant, soulful rock’n’roll, Arguably OK is well-worth the listen.

Fontaines DC’s debut album, Dogrel, has been hotly anticipated. Each single they’ve released has built the anticipation, and they’ve developed a solid reputation in the Dublin area for their energetic live shows. Currently on tour with IDLES, they’ve got sold-out shows almost every date, and the show reviews have been stellar (sadly, no tickets left for Seattle this week). Had to put the two bands back-to-back in the list this time with IDLES new single out as well.

Haelos, Sinkane, Big Thief, Stef Chura, and iLe are among my other favorites currently.


Cave Clove – Edge of Emergency
Haelos – Empty Skies
Of Monsters and Men – Alligator
The Head and the Heart – I Found Out
Bruce Springsteen – There Goes My Miracle
TK & The Holy Know-Nothings – Lord, Why’d Ya Make Me?
Mdou Moctar – Asshet Akal
Sinkane – Ya Sudan
SonReal – Parachute
iLe – Odio
Dude York – Falling
Versing – Renew
Big Thief – Cattails
Stef Chura – Sweet Sweet Midnight
Fontaine’s D.C. – Boys in the Better Land
IDLES – Mercedes Marxist
Craig Finn – A Bathtub in the Kitchen
Siobhan Wilson – All Dressed Up Tonight
Whenyoung – The Others
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – Before I’m Old
The National – Oblivions