August Tracks, 2020

I use an IFTTT applet that adds tracks that I’ve “liked” on Spotify to a monthly playlist. In June I tapped the heart icon 20 times.

Towards the end of August and in the first week of September I pretty much only listened to Siamese Dream. It been one of those months.

I started off the month on a kind of Americana trip, listing from country hip-hop to local country acts. I only found out about Delaney Davidson last year, when his album with Barry Saunders came out. It’s a cracker.

Random tunes made up the latter half. Kanye and Tay Tay. An old Flaming Lips tune. All over the show and yet all totally my MO, most notably Push Push (Lady Lightning) by Bang Camaro, a ridiculous band I would totally love to see live.

I was dubious but the playlist actually holds up as I listen to it typing this a couple weeks later.. My favourite song in the list is by the 3Ds, of course. But that Jimmie Allen/Nelly track is pretty great, too.

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