It’s Friday, I’m in love…

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Hey, guys.

This is #50. I wanted to something special to mark a half-century (plus a couple) of these playlists. So, as promised, here’s a throwback. This stuff even predates me, mostly.

Why this?

Because of a guy from Alabama named John Brooks McLemore. He’s the subject of a new podcast from the This American Life and Serial folks called S-Town or Shit-Town. (That was what JBM called his hometown of Woodstock, AL.) The podcast is fascinating, and well worth your attention for its seven-plus hours. The main speaker is Brian Reed, who works at TAL. He and his staff chose a song by the Zombies, “A Rose for Emily,” to outro each episode. That was my inspiration, and last song here, before the usual YLT.

JBL was born in ’66, at the beginning of the so-called psychedelic era, so there are 66 tracks. (Fwiw, the typical run-time for these playlists is around 3:15 for 45 tracks. This one is 3:14. Songs were shorter then.) Some big names, some little names. I used the label “psych-rock” loosely. The scope is a bit wider than that. Roughly, this is music from the mid-late ’60s, with a few tracks from the early ’70s. A lot of it has (what seems to me) the signature wiggy guitar and/or organ sound from that period. This is familiar territory. It’s what I listened to in cars and on tape Walkmans in h.s. and college, pre- and post-Deadhead wokeness.

Complilations of material are common. (The Graduate and The Big Chill soundtracks are two well-known examples.) But the best, and most comprehensive, is Nuggets, lovingly assembled in 1972 by Jac Holzman and Lenny Kaye, who would later join the Patti Smith Group. Nuggets was originally a double-album, but it became a four-disc set in 1998. That set isn’t on Spotify, but somebody made a playlist with most of the songs. I raided that, for sure, but I also asked for help. So a special thanks to LN alum Ed Martin and our musicologist pal Daryl Norsen.

This week’s header image is by @almasolderlind from Ello. Thanks for that, too.

Oh, and an update: There may be some new non-playlist content in the proverbial works here at LN.

From me, not fan-fave OM. Smh. He’s now on “indefinite sabbatical,” per the Slack message that I got this morning. Apparently, Turks & Caicos has a university (alt-TCU?) that “needs” an adjunct in music blog theory. And they’re willing to pay in the mid-six figures. Not tenure-track, but still. Damn. That was the subject of the phone calls from a few weeks ago. Travel safe, dude. Send a postcard or something. We’ll hold down the fort. And by we, I mean me.

Anyway. I’m considering a reboot of the award-winning “Jazz Is…” series, and a debut of “The Classical,” a monthly (hopefully?) thing about, uh, classical music. I’m also in talks about a punk monthly and something GD/PH-related. Stay tuned.

More soon. (It’ll be another playlist. Sorry.)

JF

It’s Friday, I’m in love…

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Hey, guys.

Hope you all had good M-F’s. Here’s the usual 45 for your S-S’s.

The highlight is the new Feist track, featuring Jarvis Cocker (Pulp) – amazing, as you might expect. Also new Spoon and Shins, new Kendrick and Drake, that Julia Michaels song, and a tautologic single from Woods.

The rest is a mix of older stuff, including a rock-ish segment toward the beginning that ends with a tiny preview of next week’s vintage psych-rock explosion. Yep. If you dig ’60s music and know your Nuggets from your Moby Grapes, stay tuned.

Header image: Guido Chiabrera (@guidochiabrera on Ello). Really like that. Probably should’ve saved it for an all-glitch playlist. Or a playlist of video game music for my only teenage kid. Oh, well.

Have super-duper weekends.

More soon.

JF

It’s Friday, I’m in love…

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Hey, guys.

Here’s this week’s playlist. Typically eclectic. Old stuff by Wire Train, George, Santana, The Byrds, The Decemberists, Tortoise, Talking Heads, the Mac, and Malkmus. New stuff by Dan Auerbach, St. Et., Future, Los Camps!, Tennis, London Grammar, Bing & Ruth, Noveller, and Slowdive, as well as a cool new version of the latest Shins single, “Name for You.” And there’s even a jazzy middle section – from Bill (Evans) to Billie (Holiday) – to soundtrack your egg coloring.

The printemps-y header image is by Alex McLaren (@alexmclaren on Ello).

Have great weekends. Happy Holidays to those of you celebrating religiously.

More soon.

JF

It’s Friday, I’m in love…

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Hey, guys. Welcome to the weekend. Here’s a playlist. A little longer this time, but whatever. I just couldn’t cram enough goodness into 45 tracks. After finishing some of these lists, I think, “eh, that’s fine.” Others, I think, “that’s awesome.” This one is one of the latter.

Oodles of freshness. Check out “The French Press” from Oz’ Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – my fave track of 2017, so far. There’s new Flasher, Chazzy Belt, Earthen Sea, Goldfrapp, Clark, the New Pornographers, and Gorillaz. There’s new Kendrick and his wff Drake. There’s new ANOHI, Kelly Lee Owens, Half Waif, Peter Silberman (the Antlers), and Mikal Cronin. There’s new Whitney, Laura Marling, Aimee Mann, and Lorde. Oh, and what?! A brand-spankin’ thing by Toronto’s 40-something superstars, and the greatest fn band in the world, BSS. Yeah, they’re back. And just in time b/c we need them now more than ever.

There’s also old Blur, Los Camps!, Stereolab, Neil, and Ricky Nelson (one of my mom’s go-to songs). Yo La Tengo appears in the list itself with a mid-90s classic, which means the Cure take the anchor spot.

This week’s header image and playlist cover is by @nicolameda on Ello.

All good stuff. Enjoy! And please share on your social network(s) of choice.

More soon.

JF

It’s Friday, I’m in love…

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Hey, guys.

Hold on, ugh.

: kicks office wall , twice :

OM is still tossing that ball. I’m gonna just assume that this call is with Jimmy Iovine, and LN will soon become the official music blog of Apple Music. Which…well. There would be a sellout convo. And my keep-it-pure/we-built-this-thing-dude position would pry lose. And that would be ok. The payout would be sweet, and I’m not against the idea of Cupertino swag.

Hold on, again.

: pm’s OM; asks, if that’s really Jimmy Iovine, get me a generation two watch to monitor fitness or something :

Anyway. Hey, hi. How are you? I feel like we never talk. Because we don’t? I post these weird three-hour playlists, and you listen or don’t, and weeks pass, and…and, yeah. We never talk.

Do you like these playlists? It’s ok if you don’t. Just say so. We (I) aim to please. This time, it’s a lot of rock. If you had an edgy boutique business of some sort, this would sound great on whatever bluetooth solution that you settled on.

OMF, that new Crystal Fairy song kills. I mean, really – a song called “Crystal Fairy” from an album called Crystal Fairy by a band called Crystal Fairy? That’s amazing. Beach Slang pretending to be Dramarama. A middle-period Billy Pumpkin song that I can’t get out of my head. New Spoon and the Courtneys. Old Stereolab. New the Orielles (whoa, nice debut single), Portugal. The Man, Los Campesinos!, Old 97’s, and Ryan frickin Adams. Oh, and the Pissed Jean’s track is super offensive, but funny. #irony

As always, have a great weekend. Enjoy the tunes. Or blow this off. Whatever. It’s just a vanity project, until OM gets off the phone. (I’m gonna be super pissed if he was only talking to his mom.)

Re: the header image…it’s from Ello, but I forgot to note the artist. So if you’re the artist, and you happen across this backwater WordPress post, hmu. I’ll edit social media and tell everyone that your stuff is amazing.

More soon.

JF

It’s Friday, I’m in love…

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Hey, guys.

Back again with another playlist. LN has become basically a repository for the weeklies  that I make for my best friend. At some point (around the time that OM decides that real life isn’t as fun as pretend life as a music journalist), there might be more editorial content. For now, it’s another 45 tracks.

This time, let’s start with an oddity in the Eagles discography. (I’m an unapologetic E-fan.)  “In the City” was on The Long Run, but before that Joe Walsh recorded a slightly different, and better, version for The Warriors soundtrack. A formative movie for many guys my age, who grew up in the ’70s. In that vein, there’s some Steely Dan, Supertramp, Stevie, Sly, Curtis, and Marvin.

There’s also newness from Frank Ocean (whoa, so great), Future, Jens Lekman, Sylvan Esso, Bing & Ruth, and the Shins, as well as a nice Dylan cover from Whitney. And if you haven’t deep-dived into the Decemberists’ reissue of The Crane Wife, do that. It’s a classic, and “The Perfect Crime #1” is an outtake gem.

Have a great weekend!

More soon. It’ll pry be another playlist. OM is bouncing that ball against the wall, but I have a feeling he’s on a day-job call.

JF

It’s Friday, I’m in love…

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Hey. Happy Friday, guys.

This week, new stuff from Tennis, The Shins, The New Pornographers, Spoon, Father John Misty, Japandroids, Priests, and Allison Crutchfield, not to mention a Julie Byrne interlude and some other songs. Fwiw, every LN playlist is extremely vetted for tip top quality and listenability. (Actually, that last part is fake news. I don’t really care about listenability for each track as much as how they fit together within the context of the playlist. So you might not like a few on here, but they make sense.)

Enjoy the 45 of 44, and a few days off.

More soon.

JF