Weekly Music

I love love my new job, but one thing I really miss about working from home is blasting music all day for so long that I’d seek out new artists constantly. I don’t have time for that hunt these days so I feel a little behind, but have two goodies for you this week.

The new Jenny Lewis album is out, and a few people have asked me why I haven’t made a peep about it yet, being a die-hard fan and all. Here’s the thing – I’m a die hard Jenny fan, but not a die-hard Rilo Kiley fan. I was obsessed with The Execution of All Things in college as it was right for a specific time in my life, and I’ve grown to love Under the Blacklight – but I separate that from Jenny Lewis’ solo work, it’s different to me and satisfies a different part of me musically. So when I first heard Jenny’s new album, The Voyager, I immediately thought it sounded more like a Rilo Kiley album than her other solo work. It wasn’t as raw and soulful, much more of a pop album, and it took me quite a few listens before I loved it. And I do! I love it, but it just took some time before I recognized its power and layers. There are only two songs that haven’t completely grown on me, but I don’t skip past them and know it will probably happen eventually. My favorite song on the album is the opener, “Head Underwater”, but I couldn’t find audio for it, so I’m sharing my second favorite, “She’s Not Me”, featuring my favorite Swedish sisters, First Aid Kit, on backup vocals. I can’t tell you how excited I am to see her live again in less than two weeks!

I keep hearing about alt-country singer Nikki Lane and her new Dan Auerbach-produced album, All or Nothin’. I’ve always had a love for alt country ladies – Caitlin Rose, Jessica Lea Mayfield’s own Dan Auerbach produced album (dude as a type), among others. The album is breezy fun, nothing too deep and I don’t know how long it will stick with me, but I like the edge to Nikki’s voice and really love the title track.

Weekly Music: July Mix

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I’m in such a crazed adjustment period right now with work, so there hasn’t been a ton of time for even my beloved weekly music posts! But the past week I caught up on music and went through my Shazam list (so many WHAT IS THIS SONG?! moments in my life, what a wonderful technology) and KCRW set lists and saved albums on Spotify and made a little July playlist. Most are newish, most I’ve talked about here, but a few are things I’d looked up that were older, some excitement over the Nick Cave show we’re going to on Friday tossed in there. Because it’s pretty random I made it an hour-long flow of toe-tapping to winding down to almost lullaby-like.

Happy July! How is it July, can someone tell me?

1. Whocean Yesway
2. Could I Be Sylvan Esso
3. Can’t Do Without You Caribou
4. High Road Cults
5. Rising Son Takuya Kuroda
6. Master Pretender First Aid Kit
7. Just One Of The Guys Jenny Lewis
8. Hi Warpaint
9. Nothing Will Change Sharon Van Etten
10. We No Who U R Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
11. San Fran Moses Sumney

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I think we’re at the tail end of all the crazy spring of new album releases so I don’t have any new music to share, but the ladies of First Aid Kit made this awesome Spotify road trip playlist for Nylon‘s blog that I’m super into. And on that note, I wasn’t sure at first how I felt about their new album, but it’s finally obsessively grown on me. It’s a sad break up album, but I’m a huge sucker for those regardless of my mood, and they just hit it so well. I don’t think it’s quite as good as the last album if I had to compare the two as a whole, but it’s still fantastic. You can read about their choices for the mixtape here.

For those of you who can’t use Spotify, here’s the tracklist to make your own:

“Here I Am” by Adam Green and Binki Shapiro
“Diamond Day” by Vashtie Bunyan
“Song for Zula” by Phosphorescent
“”The Swimming Song” by Loudon Wainwright III
“”America” by Simon and Garfunkel
“I Dream a Highway” by Gillian Welch
“I’ve Been Everywhere” by Johnny Cash
“Perfect Day” by Lou Reed
“I Feel Just Like a Child” by Devendra Banhart
“Margins” by Amason

And as a side note, thank you all SO much for your response to my work post on Monday. I am so incredibly swamped right now I don’t have time to reply to everyone, but as always, the kind responses to personal posts like that remind me why I keep this ol’ blog up. I love you guys.