Guys. I’m gonna be honest: May was very long. So long, in fact, that we started comparing it to January. You know, that month with 87 days and 57 Monday’s. Hell, we even had snow here in Colorado. ANYWAYS. We made it through, in spite of the snow and unending gray days and our daughter finally getting some teeth (which also meant she was teething, which also meant we were treated to sleep deprivation for random stretches of time which, let me tell you, is a delightful way to live) AND DID I MENTION SNOW IN FREAKING MAY. Okay. I’m good. I promise. Alright. So, yeah. It was a forever month, but it also turned out that May was the best month of new music so far this year. Let’s talk about it.
We Get By – Mavis Staples
All soul and gospel and grit and pain and redemption and truth, the new Mavis Staples record sounds both fresh and like a classic from the jump and is very easily one of my favorite records of 2019.
“Blown to Bits”- Charly Bliss
I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve listened to this song on the sunny days recently. It’s absolute perfection.
“Too Much”/”Want You In My Room”- Carly Rae Jepsen
The thing about Carly Rae Jepsen is she writes and performs perfect pop songs and I can’t get enough of them and I don’t care who knows it whatever come at me.
“Leona”- Strange Ranger
Well, this is certainly one of the most delightfully catchy songs I’ve heard this year.
“fifteen/feet”- Nora Rothman featuring Cape Francis
I’ve found this track absolutely mesmerizing lately, leaving it on repeat for long stretches of time and just letitng myself get lost in that percussion. What a beautiful track.
The Maes – The Maes
One of the most delightful discoveries of my year so far, this Australian duo made a very good record full of dusty tunes and tremendously lovely harmonies. RIYL coffee and quiet mornings and, sure, quiet snowy May mornings (you monster).
Alright, let’s talk about playlists, shall we?
what I liked in May 2019
Guys, this was a good one, so this playlist is a lot more robust than normal, and it covers all of the ground in every direction. Songs for your feelings (The National, Donny Woods, Gia Margaret, The Maes), songs to play loudly (Charly Bliss, Barrie, Strange Ranger, Ra Ra Riot, The Get Up Kids), songs to play even more loudly (Jamila Woods, Carly Rae Jepsen, Chance the Rapper) and a whole bunch of stuff between those points that can just be categorized as Very Good Musics (Seratones, Oso Oso, Slaughter Beach, Dog, Fort Frances). Again: it was a very, very good month. This is the playlist of what I think was best. Listen below or click here to listen/follow on Spotify.
Let’s. Do. This. Here’s the playlist I’ll be adding to all summer. Will it have cool songs? Maybe, yes. But will it for sure have big dumb pop jamz and sunny rock & roll tunes and be devoid of soft sad bastard music? YES THAT IS AN AFFIRMATIVE, FRIEND. Summer is not about being cool. It is about listening to big, sometimes dumb, always wonderfully catchy songs and getting sunburned and drinking your beverage of choice and wearing sunglasses and pretending you are young for a few minutes at a time. These are songs for those times. Listen below and/or click here to listen/follow along on Spotify.
So yeah, technically still spring. But this playlist is all done now, though I wanted to share it one last time because it’s full of the goods. Enjoy for a few more days, at least, while you wait for the official start of summer. Listen below or click here to listen/follow on Spotify.