Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Monthly Mix #20: October 2016

October 2016:
I made the playlist in October before the election.  Maybe this was a "calm before the storm"-type deal?  Keep in mind that you can get these lists the moment I finalize them if you follow me on Spotify.

1. Cris Jacobs - "Bone Digger"
Cris Jacobs' Dust to Gold is shaping up to be one of my favorite records of the year.  Here's one example as to why.  (Listen to podcast interview here.)

2. Rage Against the Machine - "Guerrilla Radio"
This country doesn't need Prophets of Rage, or a Zack de la Rocha solo LP drowned in El-P's murky production.  It needs Rage Against the Machine.

3. Bon Iver - "33 God"
There's a lot to unpack in Bon Iver's 22, A Million.  Some of its songs feel unfinished, but this is easily its most fully realized number.

Børns - "Electric Love"
I'll admit that I didn't give Børns a listen until now because of that ø.

5. Solange - "Junie"
Imagine trying to live up to your successful older sibling.  Now imagine that sibling is Beyoncé.  That's right.  You can't.  Solange knows that, so she enlisted heavyweights Raphael Saadiq and Andre 3000 to guide her on this slice of funk.

6. Nx Worries - "Fkku"
Despite my love of all things Anderson Paak, it pains me to say that Yes Lawd! is a bit of a letdown.  This final track cracks me up though.  Why does it end so early???

7. Eagles - "One of These Nights"
This is my favorite Eagles song and album.

8. Matthew Logan Vasquez - "Personal"
Delta Spirit's charismatic frontman "strikes out on his own."  I slept on this record until recently.  You shouldn't.

9. Skinny Lister - "Carry"
I like to play with words.

10. Gold Clubb - "Sweat It"
This tune by the side project of Nicky Francis from the Majorleans (Listen to podcast interview here.) made it onto my Top 40 Songs of 2015 list, but at the time, it was only available on Soundcloud.  Now that it's on Spotify, you can give it the listen it deserves.

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