April Tracks, 2020

I use an IFTTT applet that adds tracks that I’ve saved on Spotify to a monthly playlist. In March I tapped the heart icon 19 times.

This was the first month of full lockdown and I actually thought I’d added more songs. I guess my listening went back to more comfort food? Dunno.

It’s a funny old list. Plenty of tracks that I’ve loved a long time: your Lambchops and Bill Callahans.

Hackensack is my favourite Fountains of Wayne songs. Of course I put it on after I found out the news about Adam Schlesinger. I read Tom Breihan’s warm tribute to Schlesigner’s work a couple times.

I fell in love with Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa a few years ago when a Vampire Weekend festival performance was on telly.

I was listening to a playlist on a run when The Only Living Boy In New York came on and it struck me as the right tone for lockdown. It’s a great song.

It looks like May might be about new music. There’s a new Hinds track out. The new Car Seat Headrest album is out and I’m not sure what to think of it yet. Antonie Tonnon and Beastwars have new music on Bandcamp.

What are you listening to?

The IFTTT applet that should automagically publish my #breakfastsofinstagram photos here hasn’t worked for a week. Replacing it like a nice coding project for the weekend.

February Tracks, 2020

Listen to The Wolf by Shooter Jennings on Spotify

I use an IFTTT applet that adds tracks that I’ve saved on Spotify to a monthly playlist. In February I tapped the heart icon 24 times.

Another relatively eclectic mix, I guess.

My favourite “new to me” track is Shooter Jennings’s cover of Walk Of Life. That was my first ever favourite song. I was ten and I danced with a girl I “liked” while it played. This version is fucking great.

Listen to Satch Plays Fats by Louis Armstrong on Spotify

After watching a bunch of Amoeba Records What’s In My Bag videos, I went on a Satch Plays Fats kick for a few days. A few tracks are from that rabbit hole.

Fade Into You wasn’t already in my liked tracks and the day I after I added it the news that David Roback had died came out.

You can listen to the full playlist below.

December Tracks, 2019

I use an IFTTT applet that adds tracks that I’ve saved on Spotify to a monthly playlist. In December I tapped the heart icon 14 times.

I haven’t gone back and listened to this playlist yet. Much of December’s listening was Spotify radio tunes and nostalgic tunes to keep the mood up as the year wound down.

I have to hand it to Jarvis Cocker for making a great singalong chorus that I’ll pretty much never be able to sing in the car with my kids. I’ll count Running The world as my favourite. What’s He Building? by Tom Waits confused my kids. FFunny FFriends by Unknown Mortal Orchestra was their favourite.

November Tracks, 2019

I use an IFTTT applet that adds tracks that I’ve saved on Spotify to a monthly playlist. In November I tapped the heart icon 16 times.

This month is mix of all-time favourites and new-to-me songs. No Doubt’s Don’t Speak, Bon Jovi’s Wanted Dead Or Alive, and Biz Markie’s Just A Friend are singalong bangers. Get Me is probably my most played Dinosaur Jr song, thanks to it’s inclusion on the first The Trip compilation.

But the best track this month has to be 16 Words, a kindof protest song by Margo Guryan, who recorded the song at age 70. The lyrics are a repetition of a quote from George W. Bush asserting some bullshit about Saddam Hussein’s attempts to create weapons of mass destruction.

October Tracks, 2019

I use an IFTTT applet that adds tracks that I’ve saved on Spotify to a monthly playlist. In October I tapped the heart icon 26 times.

This playlist is mostly tracks I’ve very much liked in the past and it’s the first time I’ve told Spotify of my fondness. 

Most of the tracks, too, were added while singing along to a Spotify radio playlist based on I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ by Scissor Sisters. Honestly, reader, I don’t think there’s a better seed song for a playlist. Every track is golden.

My favourite new track was Prelude For Time Feelers by Eluvium. It’s a simple piano-based instrumental track that slowly snuck into my head while I was working on a document. Eluvium is actually a  bloke named Matthew Cooper, who, among other things has scored at least one film. Prelude For Time Feelers would feel right at home in an action scene where our heroes die valiantly against impossible odds.

My favourite old track was Parables by Rebekah Higgs, an artist I found via an SXSW mp3 download probably a dozen years ago. I distinctly remember playing some new songs on the stereo in the other room and sorta dozing. When Parables came on I was kinda, sorta unsure if I was fully awake. Dream pop indeed. 

There’s some new tracks from the new The Hold Steady album on there. A couple of tracks from The National’s excellent I Am Easy To Find. And a bunch of britpop and songs I’d dance to if I was the kind of person who found dancing fun. 

Enjoy.

September Songs, 2019

I use an IFTTT applet that adds song that I’ve saved on Spotify to a monthly playlist. In September I heart-ed 17 tracks.

If I had to pick the top three I’d have to go for SPINSTER CYCLE by Rosie Tucker (the lyrics), THE HYMN FOR CIGARETTES by Hefner (great repetition), and MILLION DOLLAR SECRET by Lucius (Nels Cline and the big choruses).