November - 2016
The person I was when I wrote the last one of these feels like a much younger, more naive, & hopeful person. It's been a rough three weeks and I wish I could say "it's gonna get better." But in all honesty, I'm not convinced it will. At the very least, it will get worse before it gets better. I know a lot of people keep saying what a terrible year 2016 has been but in reality, it's been a rough couple years (decades?).
If you're annoyed that some silly music blog is writing about politics, believe you me, so am I. If only it were just "politics" and not our entire world that's about to change for the worse. If you need a music related reason to be worried, consider how woefully underfunded music and arts education is in this country today. Now imagine what direction that heads with perhaps the most conservative, pro-business, & pro-privatization administration we've ever seen.
You may have already heard about the loss of Sharon Jones of the Dap-Kings. Her energy on stage and in her voice was unique and witnessing it was an experience I'll never forget. Although she'd been battling cancer off and on for a few years now, this was another gut punch I did not see coming. If you're not familiar with her work, I HIGHLY recommend you take the time to dig in.
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The most exciting thing on this month's playlist is a track from the newest album from French DJ Romare. Named after the famous collage artist Romare Bearden, Romare approaches his music with a similar African American focused layering. Imagine a European hipster falling in love with black American music. If you know me, you know this sounds like my bag of tea. Give his new album, Love Songs: Part Two a listen.
Also of note: Jim James (of My Morning Jacket) has a new album and I've highlighted a track that is mostly a sample from a great song by The Supreme Jubilees, Foxygen wins the award for hilarious music video of the month (be sure to keep your eye on the backup "dancers"), and Kevin Morby's Beautiful Stranger contains some timely messaging.
Enjoy 44 minutes of good music.
- REMI ft. Sampa the Great - For Good
- Romare - Je T'aime
- Kevin Morby - Beautiful Strangers
- The Olympians - Neptune
- Lee Fields & The Expressions - Make The World
- Foxygen - Follow the Leader
- Jim James - The World's Smiling Now
- SOUL - Another Man Done Gone
- The Gaslamp Killer - Warm Wind (Frimpong)
- The Feeling When You Walk Away - Yves Tumor