Weekly Music: July Mix


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.

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Some things I’ve been into lately:

I keep forgetting to post about this album by Sylvan Esso, a collaboration between electronic producer Nick Sanborn and the crazy amazing voice of Amelia Meath of Mountain Man. I heard Stephen Thompson recommend it on Pop Culture Happy Hour a few weeks back and have been listening to it nonstop, but just plain forgot to share the musical magic with you guys. Every song is a gem, but I particularly like “H.S.K.T” and “Coffee”.

Somehow it had completely passed by me that Norah Jones and Billie Joe Armstrong (yeah, that one) made a little collaborative country/folk album last year. My mom brought it to my attention this morning and I’ve been listening to it on and off all day. I love everything Norah does ever since my days of jazz singing in college, I think she’s so talented and interesting, and I guess I’ve felt pretty meh about Billie Joe after my high school days of worshiping Green Day until I broke up with my boyfriend with blue spiky hair when I was 16. A lot of the songs sound a bit the same, but they’re lovely and sweet, according to good ol’ Wikipedia, Foreverly is a collection of traditional songs, and is a reinterpretation of the 1958 album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us by The Everly Brothers. I like a good collaboration and this is a good album you can put on when you need a sweet crowd pleaser.

Moses Sumney, whom I recently mentioned here, shared with KCRW a Nick Hakim he’s into lately with KCRW for their new “Fandom” blog series. “Pour Another” is fantastic and will please all you James Blake fans I know follow.

And lastly, the new First Aid Kit album, Stay Gold, is streaming on NPR! It’s a goodie, go have a listen until it comes out on June 10th.