summertime2018 – an ongoing playlist

It’s not quite summer, but I’m sweating every day and you can’t really go outside to do anything but get in a pool from noon until 3 each day, so let’s just call it good. Below is the start of a playlist for this season of beaches and pools and cook outs and sunburns and air conditioning and lemonade and ice cream. It’s all jams, both of the pop and rock varieties, whatever either of those genre names might mean to you/me/anyone. Basically, there’s no sad, strummy songs. I KNOW. I was shocked I could do it, too, believe me. Anyways, listen below, or click here to listen/follow along on Spotify, as I’ll keep adding to it throughout the next few months. Enjoy.

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catching up

Here’s the best of what I’ve been listening to over the last few weeks while we moved and our baby continued to grow at a ridiculous pace.

“Percy Faith”- Damien Jurado
This is the best song Damien has put out in a long, long while, and one of the best songs of the year by anyone. Man. What a tune.

“Fallingwater”- Maggie Rogers
This is a flawless piece of work.

“Clip Your Wings”- The Dead Tongues
That new album from The Dead Tongues is one of the best ones I’ve heard this year. This gorgeous tune closes it out.

“Let It Bleed”- Neighbor Lady
The new collection of tunes Neighbor Lady just put out is one of the finest collections of tunes I’ve heard this year.

“Let’s Find An Out”- Snail Mail
Yep, this is very, very good.

“Spoil with the Rest”- Ryley Walker
This is tremendously lovely.

“There Is a Ledger”- Wild Pink
Going to be very into this upcoming Wild Pink album this summer, you guys.

“Storm Cellar Heart”- Mutual Benefit
There can never be enough beautiful Mutual Benefit tunes in the world.

“Give Yourself A Try”- The 1975
I love pop music.

“Boomin’ In Your Jeep”- Crystal Fighters
I love pop music, part 2.

“”Fake Empire (Live in Brussels)”- The National
Yep, this is still a perfect song.

“New Compassion”- HAERTS
I don’t know what I was expecting when I pressed play, but it wasn’t something this lush and delightful. What a nice surprise.

“Better This Way”- The Get Up Kids
I like a new song from The Get Up Kids in 2018? I like a new song from The Get Up Kids in 2018.



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catching up

It’s been exactly as long as you think it’s been since we ran through the best stuff I’ve heard lately. And by that I mean about 3 weeks. It’s always about 3 weeks. Let’s chat.

“Lake Erie”- Wild Pink
Prepared to lose many summer nights to this album.

“Delivery”- Mikaela Davis
Been really enamored with this one lately.

“Bought It”- Middle Kids
The new Middle Kids record is really tremendous.

“Motel 6”- River Whyless
I’ve listened to this song an unreasonable number of times in the last few weeks.

“Discotheque”- Sun June
Man, the easy sway of this song gets me every time.

“Supergiant”- Valley Queen
Very ready for this album, you guys.

“Pale November Dew”- The Dead Tongues
Real into this one, flute solos and all.

“Heat Wave”- Snail Mail
A perfect driving and thinking about stuff song.

“Sway”- Tove Styrke
A million more like this, please.

“Static”- Timecop1983 feat. The Midnight
Like neon lights and jean jackets coming out of your speakers.

“Badlands”- Thunderpussy
Ready to drive around with this record playing very loudly all summer.

“Lavender Burning”- Half Waif
Something about this song keeps dragging me back in (just to crush me again).

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catching up

Welp. It’s been forever again. Here’s the best stuff I’ve heard since the last time I told you about the best stuff I heard.

“On My Knees”- Middle Kids
One of my favorite songs of 2018, this one right here.

“Somewhere in the Mountains, Somewhere in New York” – The Tallest Man on Earth
Didn’t realize Tallest Man On Earth was gonna start writing the best stuff of his career out of nowhere, but here we are.

“Pynk”/”I Like That”- Janelle Monáe
Good lord. Janelle for President.

“Sky Full of Song”- Florence + The Machine
Very here for Florence Sings Restrained Ballads, if that’s what this new album is gonna be.

“Never Say Die”- Chvrches
Damn, this is a catchy one.

“Nostalgia”- MØ
Already prepared to play this one too many times this summer.

“On the Low”- Tove Stryke
Same goes for this one.

“Talking Straight”- Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
And, if we are being honest, this one, too.

“Thunderpussy”- Thunderpussy
Sure. Let’s go ahead and turn this one way up.

“Don’t Mean To Pry”- Horse Feathers
Big fan of this AM Gold turn Horse Feathers has taken.

“Steampowered Blues”- Phil Cook
Can’t wait for this new Phil Cook record, you guys.

“Our Friend Bobby”- Donovan Woods
Donovan Woods has a new album coming out tomorrow. In related news: I’m very excited for it to be tomorrow.

“Back in Brooklyn”- Half Waif
This one is quickly climbing up the Adam’s Favorite Sad Songs of 2018 list.

“No One’s Gonna Love You (Stockhold Version)”- Band of Horses

“No Hard Feelings” (Avett Brothers cover)- Manchester Orchestra
Quite the cover right here.

“Putting on Airs”- Erin Rae
There’s something about the unhurried ease of this song that’s so engrossing.

“Who”- Caitlin Canty
Keep getting very lost in this one.

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catching up

It’s been 3 weeks. We have so many tunes to talk about.

“Passing Clouds”- Hiss Golden Messenger
This is all sorts of funky and groovy and I am very much here for it. An A+ jam for an A+ cause.

“Young”- Sun June
I have absolutely worn this song out the last few weeks. It is 100% perfect.

“Believe”- Amen Dunes
Now this… this is a tune. Holy cow.

“Won’t Be Long”- The Dead Tongues
This one is in HEAVY rotation right now. It’s a delight.

“Summertime”- Field Report
The thing about the new Field Report album is that it’s one of my favorite records so far this year.

“Truck Full of Money”- Donovan Woods
There’s something about the bridge in this song that I can’t get over. It’s a grower and it’s a great song, because that’s all Donny writes.

“Wide Awake”- Parquet Courts
Let’s. Get. Wild. Kids.

“There’s A Reason”- Wet
I’m very happy Wet is back.

“Brace”- Twin Shadow feat Rainsford
This is a mighty fine pop tune.

“Sisters”- Natalie Prass
Very much here for the very funky and very catchy left turn Natalie Prass has taken with her tunes.

“Prior Things”- Hop Along
The structure of this song is sort of insane and all over the place and I enjoy it very much.

“Colored Glass”- Faustina Masigat
I keep getting lost in this tune. It’s a good problem.

“An Ocean”- The Tallest Man on Earth
It’s very good to have The Tallest Man on Earth back making tunes about birds and such.

“Children of the Civil War”- Tyler Lyle
This is a very good song and I’m glad my friend Tyler has officially shared it. His new EP is very good and you should buy it.


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spring2018 – a playlist

The time changed yesterday, so while it’s still not officially spring, it’s spring. And with that unofficial start, here are a bunch of tunes I intend to keep in heavy rotation as we march through the next few months. I’ll keep adding tunes that I think fit the whole ‘hey, there’s finally green grass and sunlight and people seem happy again’ vibe of the season as we go on, so make sure to follow it on Spotify (or just check in every so often).

A note: I’m going to start doing these seasonal things this way- the ongoing playlist way- from here on out, I think. Our baby girl is just starting to crawl, and all that time and energy I used to have to spend hours worrying about transitions and order and such is all gone. And if we are all being honest, and we should be, none of us is listening to music in any specific order in 2018. Also: all these songs play well together. In conclusion: best to just hit shuffle on this here playlist.

Alright, that’s enough words. Enjoy!

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catching up

Been about two weeks. Sorry about that. Good music things came out. Here are some of my recent favorites.

“Make Me Feel” – Janelle Monáe
Holy crap. This is the jam.

“Saturdays” – Twin Shadow feat Haim
This is a supreme jam, too.

“Nobody”- Sam Himself
The thing about this song is that I want to drive fast while listening to it.

“Without Applause”- Horse Feathers
Very, very happy these guys are back. And excited about this new direction.

“Gentle Frame”- Thunderpussy
Wonderfully crunchy, this one.

“GL”- Ratboys
We could all benefit from listening to more Ratboys.

“Missing Me”- Angie McMahon
Really hope there’s an album soon from Angie McMahon, if we’re being honest.

“Over Rainbows and Rainier”- Damien Jurado
Yep, I’m very much here for sparse new Damien Jurado songs.

“Scattershot”- Caitlin Canty
Pretty sure this upcoming album from Caitlin Canty is gonna be all heaters.

“AZ”- Now, Now
:::Right Clicks:::
:::Adds to summer playlist:::

“Tomorrow On The Runway” (The Innocence Mission cover)- Sam Beam
Lovely, as you’d expect.

“Blind Spot”- Field Report
As you know, I’m very much all in on the upcoming Field Report album. This doesn’t change that.

“Cannonball!”- Buck Meek
This is a little funky and I very much like it.

“I Promise You – Ezra’s Demo”- Ezra Koenig
Yes, it’s about a rabbit and stuff BUT LISTEN: it’s not often a song can be both a jam AND be totally acceptable for my baby’s playlist.

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