I started this playlist before we were quarantined, but finished it off just as things were getting underway. Funny how it plays differently. This is not strictly new music here, there are a few trips down memory lane. I reread High Fidelity before watching the reboot (still have to rewatch the 90s movie), so a few of those songs snuck in. They opened the gate to dive around through history a bit more than I’ve been doing lately. Here is the iTunes link. As always, if anyone wants to recreate it on any other platforms, send it to me and I’ll add it to the post.
“Ringtone (Feat Charlie XCX, Rico Nasty, and Kero Kero Bonito)”by 100 Gecs. I think they’re geniuses and getting Charlie XCX on it gives deeper validation. Is it too catchy? I don’t care.
“Pash Rash” by Jeff Rosenstock. If hearing him sing “to see your face again” doesn’t make you miss someone (or something, or ?), where’s your soul?
“Cuffing Season” by Beach Bunny. Not gonna lie, had to lookup cuffing. She’s got quirks, nobody else is writing this song, and she makes it deeply relatable.
“The Modern Lepper” by Frightened Rabbit. Classic. This is the extreme I-don’t-know-how-you-put-up-with-me song, where crippling depression raises the question, “You must be a masochist / to love a modern leper on his last leg.”
“Routine Pain” by Spanish Love Songs. It’s melodramatic and fun to sing along to. Note how we’ve gone from nostalgic to sad to depressed but in love to “just let me ruin my guts tonight.” We’ll pull out of this, hang in there.
“On The Outside” by Ethan Gruska. When you see someone and a situation, and you see it compassionately but they won’t let you in, this song.
“Drunk” by Dijon. Ahhh, inebriated isolationism. We slipped, but this one is setting us up for the next few moves.
“…And On” by Erykah Badu. “What good do your words do, if they can’t understand you?”
“You Got Me” by The Roots and Erykah Badu. It’s just a love story. Still gets me every time. And don’t forget that’s Eve, damnit.
“Throne” by Koffee. Speaking of “a queen upon the throne,” Koffee needs to keep putting out music of this caliber.
“I Can’t Wait” by Hepcat. A 90s throwback. Who wants to dance?
“Lonely” by Swamp Dog. This song exists at multiple points in time all at once.
“Bring It On Home To Me” by Sam Cooke. “If you ever change your mind / about leaving, leaving me behind, baby / bring it to me, bring your sweet loving / bring it on home to me.” Yeah.
“Got To Get You Off My Mind” by Solomon Burke. In the book High Fidelity he loves how people can’t figure out how to dance with this song. On another level, it’s why he can’t figure out why his relationships fail. Brilliant.
“I Can’t Stand The Rain” by Ann Peebles. A deeply soulful, anxiety filled love song. Don’t overlook the edge of sanity she is on through the whole song. Incredible writing, arrangement, performance, production – all around masterpiece.
“Fire” by Waxahatchee. The through line to this song started out on “It’s not as if we cry a river, call it rain.” But like “I Can’t Stand The Rain” this song is heavy if you keep looking into it.
“A Secret” by Francis Quinlan. The story, the melody. All so interesting and a good place to end. I’m looking forward to more solo work from her.