It’s yet another Monday, yet another playlist. A rather lowkey playlist for the week, given how lowkey I’m feeling this week.
- The National, “Start A War”: NPR sometimes uses a short snippet from this song as a bumper sometimes. They did it this morning, so now this song is stuck in my head. This is not a bad thing.
- Neko Case, “Maybe Sparrow”: At some point, I’m pretty sure I’ll have included every song from Fox Confessor Brings The Flood on a playlist. This just puts us one step closer to that eventuality.
- The New Pornographers, “Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk”: Two Neko-sung songs, back to back? Surely I didn’t do that on purpose.
- Wilco, “I Might”: Been giving later-career Wilco a chance lately, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the quality of the musicianship.
- The Wallflowers, “Up From Under”: Breach is still probably the best Wallflowers album.
- Michael Stipe & Big Red Machine, “No Time For Love Like Now”: The song title reminds me of something from 30 Rock, which makes me giggle uncontrollably.
- Fastball, “Out Of My Head”: It’s everyone’s second-favorite song by a band named after a porno!
- Fleetwood Mac, “Everywhere”: Christine McVie was an underrated songwriter, I feel, and never got enough credit for her songs in Fleetwood Mac. This one’s a perfect latter-day example of her craft.
- Gillian Welch & David Rawlins, “Jackson”: I sometimes wish Gillian Welch would loosen up and sound like she’s actually having fun playing music. Playing is so much fun, I think. But I guess when you’re in the vanguard of gatekeeping a traditional music structure/style, you feel like you can’t ever let your guard down.
- Greg Brown, “Someday When We’re Both Alone”: This dude’s voice just gets me every time.
Happy Monday. We’re in the 4th quarter of school out here in Northern Virginia now. The home stretch. Here’s some songs to get you through the week, at least.
- Adeem the Artist, “Books & Records”: A song about leveraging the things you love just to survive and the hope that you’ll be able to recover them someday. It’s so sad and heartbreaking and hopeful that I just can’t help but love it.
- Dion, “Runaround Sue”: The song itself is pretty good, yeah, but it’s the vocalizations at the beginning and end that really get me on this one.
- Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, “What I Am”: Someday, I’m going to put together enough songs for a philosophy playlist. This will be the first song on that playlist.
- The Elected, “I’ll Be Your Man”: Did you want a sad some about trying to win someone’s heart? Because here’s a sad song about trying to win someone’s heart.
- The Mountain Goats, “Woke Up New”: If you really want to twist the knife in your own guts, you listen to the Mountain Goats. Because that’s all those guys do.
- Roy Orbison, “Workin’ For The Man”: “Well, I’m pickin’ ’em up and I’m layin’ ’em down/I believe he’s gonna work me into the ground” is just a banger of a couplet.
- Robert Plant & Allison Krauss, “Killing The Blues”: What did we do to deserve not one, but two whole albums of these two duetting? What dark pact did we make? What price will we have to pay on down the road?
- Paul McCartney, “Ballroom Dancing”: I had the album this song is from, Give My Regards to Broad Street, on a tape that my uncle (I think) made for my dad back in the 80s. Damn near wore that thing out. Kinda giggle at the line “Big B.D.” now (it stands for “Ballroom Dancing,” FYI).
- The Flaming Lips, “Vein Of Stars”: “Who knows, maybe there isn’t/A vein of stars calling out my name.” Wayne Coyne just knows how to write a good song, eh?
- Fleetwood Mac, “Storms”: I’ve come to appreciate the album Tusk over the past couple of years.
Happy New Year! In addition to the playlist this week, I have CD’s for sale! That’s right, I put together the EP that I released last January and the two singles I released over the course of the year. For $10, you can have a copy of it all for yourself! Email me at crookedhalo42 [at] gmail dot com and we can set it all up.
And now, on with the playlist!
- The English Beat, “Save It For Later”: Who doesn’t love some second-wave ska? I know I do.
- Loreena McKennitt, “The Mummer’s Dance”: Celtic electronica? In this economy?
- Jason Isbell & Elizabeth Cook, “Pancho & Lefty”: Gotta love a Jason Isbell cover of a Townes Van Zandt song.
- Fleetwood Mac, “Little Lies”: Only recently discovered that this song was a Fleetwood Mac song.
- America, “Ventura Highway”: I just want to drive along the coast with this song cranked way up.
- XTC, “Dear God”: A song that demands God explain why bad things happen to good people.
- Wilco, “Say You Miss Me”: The yearning and pleading in this song get me every time.
- Van Morrison, “I Love You”: I’ve had a difficult time listening to Van Morrison the past few years. His weird anti-vaccine views and his persecution complex have kinda gotten on my nerves. But this song is still tremendously sweet.
- Tom Waits, “Jockey Full Of Bourbon”: I’m not really sure what good a jockey full of bourbon would do, unless this is really a song about peeing ’cause you had too much bourbon.
- Semisonic, “Never You Mind”: I love this song for nothing else if not the reference to Spock’s brain.
You can tell it’s gonna be a Monday when you realize you wrote down this week’s playlist in the spot for next week’s playlist in your bullet journal. But hey, here’s ten songs in a specific order for you to listen to this week.
- Laser the Boy, “Don’t You Know Who I Am”: Laser, lead singer/guitarist for the Doubleclicks, has come out with a new solo single! And it’s really damn good. Like, really good. I’m a little jealous.
- Glen Phillips, “I Am A Riot”: You could almost see the first song on the list and this one as a question and answer. That amuses me.
- Natalie Merchant, “Cowboy Romance”: Last night before bed, I was watching an old NPR Tiny Desk Concert featuring Ms. Merchant, and man does her voice just get me right in the feels.
- Fleetwood Mac, “Rhiannon”: Speaking of singers who just hit you right in the emotions…
- Florence + the Machine, “Shake It Off”: Is this just the week I feature women who sing really powerfully in a variety of different ways? I guess so.
- Mavis Staples, “Wrote A Song For Everyone”: Yup. There’s a definite trend here. And a CCR cover.
- Lizzo, “Good As Hell”: I swear, I didn’t do this on purpose.
- Jenny Lewis & the Watson Twins, “Born Secular”: Honestly.
- David Bowie, “Modern Love”: Is it the best David Bowie song? No. Is it a great David Bowie song? I would argue it is, but I might also be in the minority on that opinion. I dunno.
- Cat Power, “The Greatest”: Okay, just one more for the road.
Another week, another playlist! Don’t forget to support me making music over on Patreon. I’m posting a mix of one of my songs done by my brother next Monday, so be sure to check it out!
- Ezra Furman & the Harpoons, “Mysterious Power”: This guy does a lot of the music for a tv show called Sex Education on Netflix. It’s a funny show, you should check it out. And the music is pretty solid, too.
- Jesse Malin, “Crawling Back To You”: Saw this song on a Jesse Malin album I downloaded over the weekend. “Oh, it has the same name as that Tom Petty song,” I thought to myself. Folks, it is that Tom Petty song, and it’s a pretty good cover of it.
- The Beatles, “You Really Got A Hold On Me”: You can’t go wrong with the Beatles covering a doo-wop number. You just can’t.
- Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Who’ll Stop The Rain”: There’s just something about CCR songs that always get me in a good mood.
- Tom Waits, “The Earth Died Screaming”: The Wife wants me to put together a playlist of weird songs. I told her it’d just be a Tom Waits playlist, then.
- The Gaslight Anthem, “Biloxi Parish”: I think The Gaslight Anthem may be one of my top five bands of the past fifteen or so years.
- Fleetwood Mac, “Rhiannon”: Just how common is the name Rhiannon, anyway? I can’t imagine there are too many of them wandering around.
- Jack Johnson, “Banana Pancakes”: I hate bananas.
- Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell, “This Must Be The Place”: Features the line, “Sing into my mouth,” which is probably the grossest thing I’ve ever heard Sam Beam sing.
- Neil Young, “Down By The River”: Neil Young gives me hope that even my crappy guitar solos aren’t so bad. “Solo? You mean play the same note 32 times in a row, right?”
The school year is settling in (except for my freshmen, maybe), so here’s some tunes to cruise into mid-September to.
- Fleetwood Mac, “Tusk”: I love the drums on this one. The high school marching band that joins in halfway through is also pretty neat.
- Frank Turner, “Get Better”: “I’m trying to get better ’cause I haven’t been my best,” Turner sings, and damn if I don’t feel that most days.
- U2, “Hawkmoon 269”: Just what the heck is a hawkmoon, anyway? My Google-Fu is useless, at least since Destiny 2 released an exotic gun of the same name.
- Tom Waits, “(Looking For) The Heart of Saturday Night”: I’m a sucker for any song title that starts with parentheses. And this song is just sad and sweet and gets me every time.
- Sublime, “What I Got”: I dare you not to sing along. You can’t not sing along.
- Walk the Moon, “Shut Up And Dance”: My niece likes this song. I think it’s pretty catchy, to the point that I find myself occasionally listening to it even when she’s not around (and sometimes putting it on a playlist, like this one).
- Elvis Costello & the Attractions, “Pump It Up”: It’s got a very insistent bassline and drumbeat that just gets into your brain and won’t let go.
- The Horrible Crowes, “Behold The Hurricane”: Brian Fallon just writes such catchy songs.
- Iron & Wine, “Claim Your Ghost”: Speaking of songs that are sad and sweet…
- The Jayhawks, “I’d Run Away”: The harmonies these guys got up to just send shivers down my spine.