It’s Friday, I’m in love…

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Hey, guys. How’s stuff?

Here’s the weekly 45. This one came together sorta by accident.

Have you ever wondered how these playlists are compiled? Want a behind the scenes look? Follow me on Spotify, then check out my playlists. There’s a folder called IFIILO. The ones in there are done, and either posted here or ready to be. Above that folder, you’ll see a lot of others titled IFIILO with numbers. Those are works in progress. I usually have around five going.

I listen to music all the time. On commutes, at work, at home. When I find something good, I’ll dump it into a playlist. I usually have a mental note about genres or themes/styles. Like this: #51 is going to have a rock-ish beginning and end with an electronica/dance middle section that segues into some hip-hop. Etc.

Sources? I run thru the Independent Music Monday playlist from the folks at Drowned in Sound every week. That one’s awesome, and pretty Brit. I run thru whatever Spotify’s algorithm puts on my Release Radar. I usually, but not always, run thru my Discover Weekly there. I hit Pitchfork’s Best New Tracks – great, but not as current or populated as it could be. (Hey, P4k, hmu. I’d be excited to update for you.) I used to follow a few other weeklies, but they weren’t current. Oh, and I try to get to Warp Records’ Selections playlist for beat-centric, EDM/IDM material.

And then there’s all the older stuff that I know and rediscover, or just stumble across. A good example here is the Blur track, “No Monsters in Me.” It’s on the reissue of their 1995 masterpiece The Great Escape because it was recorded during those sessions. It’s kinda too grungy for sneery TGE, but too sneery for the self-titled grungy follow-up. (That’s what’s neat about reissues. The leftovers are often interesting and transitional. And, fyi, there will be plenty of Blur in the next few weeks because I’ve mined all the reissues for gems. Fwiw, the last two records aren’t that great.)

The Blur track needed something similar after it. Smashing Pumpkins? I tried “Quiet,” but it wasn’t quite right. Maybe Elastica? Damo used to date Justine? Perfect. Elastica into Veruca Salt? Sure. And then into some new Shoegaze. And so on.

My point is the “by accident” part. This playlist was supposed to have that rock-ish end, right? There’s only one parameter that I try to obey – 45 tracks. This one started tonight around 70. I moved some tracks, and deleted others, but it was still around 60. The rock-ish end happened to be 15 tracks, so it got cut and dropped into next week’s playlist. Which is currently at 100 tracks. Work to do there. Anyway.

This is a mixed bag. New Sun Kil Moon, The War on Drugs (whoa, an 11-minute Record Store Day release), Real Estate, Amber Coffman (x-Dirty Projectors), Phoenix (!!), Lindsey & Christine (yeah, those ones), Frank Ocean (yeah, that one), Shabazz Palaces, Kendrick, Car Seat Headrest, Circa Waves, Diet Cigs, and Waxahatchee. And some older stuff, natch.

The header image is by @karinkarst on Ello. You should check out Ello. It’s a cool site for visual art, and one of my team members is regularly featured there. Featured, as in I sometimes get emails from Ello with their best stuff, and hers is there. Super cool.

Have great weekends.

More soon,

JF

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It’s Friday, I’m in love…

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Hey, guys.

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

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. (Actually, 67. But Dylan’s “Jet Pilot” is basically a demo of “Tombstone Blues.” Fwiw, the typical run-time for these playlists is around 3:15 for 45 tracks. This one is 3:14. Songs were shorter then.) There are some big names and some little names, all collected loosely under the label “psych-rock.” 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.

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 Darryl 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 when I settled into the morning at the office. 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. And, yeah, in case you were wondering, this gig was the subject of those 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 about the Grateful Dead and/or Phish. Stay tuned.

More soon. (It’ll pry be another eclectic 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