The World is Crowded (playlist: June 20, 2015)

The World is Crowded

(compiled June 20, 2015)

 LONG OVERDUE (travel got in the way) playlist inspired by recent albums and recent live shows from two of my FAVORITE ARTIST, courtney barnett​ and Unknown Mortal Orchestra​ (UMO). It’s also heavily inspired by two incredible Melbourne-based artists, Harrison Storm​ and Kagu​, that I was lucky enough to discover and to watch live in Melbourne. It’s also inspired by new albums from Alabama Shakes​, Sufjan Stevens​, and Twerps​. Every song on UMO’s new album is ACE, but I particularly drawn to ‘The World is Crowded’ because of the catchy, soulful lyrics and siiiiiiiiiiick guitar. Can’t not help get FUNKED UP with UMO. Sooooo lucky to have catch them at tiny venue in Philly this week. ENJOY!

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Here’s a Spotify playlist with most of the songs (some still missing):

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You can download all of the songs (out of order) from my link on Box.com
https://app.box.com/s/pacgzqggd12gaad0g7lt0x58vmojbufl

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Multi-Love- Unknown Mortal Orchestra    

Human- Kagu

Sense Of Home- Harrison Storm       

Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To The Party- Courtney Barnett         

Little Nowhere Towns- The Tallest Man On Earth     

Like Acid Rain- Unknown Mortal Orchestra   

Be Yourself- Harrison Storm

Cry No More- Vaults

Jacob- Kagu

The World Is Crowded- Unknown Mortal Orchestra 

Satellites (Radio Edit)- Mew

An Illustration Of Loneliness (Sleepless In New York)- Courtney Barnett    

Future People- Alabama Shakes        

Ur Life One Night- Unknown Mortal Orchestra       

Darkness Of The Dream- The Tallest Man On Earth  

I am Destructor- Theo

Shadow of the Wind- Kagu

Can’t Keep Checking My Phone- Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Soubour- Songhoy Blues  

The Moon Is A Magnet- Jon Foreman

Body of Work (from GENERALS)- The Mynabirds     

The Misunderstood Judgement of Stones- Kagu

The Words You Say- Harrison Storm

Debbie Downer- Courtney Barnett    

Terminal (from Sunlight)- Jon Foreman        

Seventeen- The Tallest Man On Earth   

Simple Feelings- Twerps

Necessary Evil- Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Let the Record Go (from What We Lose In The Fire We Gain In The Flood)- The Mynabirds           

The Only Thing- Sufjan Stevens     

Too Much (playlist: May 2, 2015)

Too Much

(compiled May 2, 2015)

 EXTREMELY LONG OVERDUE PLAYLIST inspired by new albums from Alabama Shakes​, Geographer​, courtney barnett​, Father John Misty​, and Laura Marling ​. All of these artists I’ve been lucky enough to see at least twice in my lifetime EXCEPT for Father John Misty, who I need to thank Marissa Andreozzi​ and Sylvia Garcia Borgo​ for getting me hooked on him (hot damn). Alabama Shakes and Geographer were two bands who I could not get ENOUGH OF during their 2012 album tours, and I was so stoked to see that they released new albums around the same time this year. Courtney was another artist I was lucky enough to see her during the early touring circuit of her debut double EP, and I’m EVEN LUCKIER to get to SEE HER PLAY in her HOMETOWN OF MELBOURNE in two weeks. Unfortunately I left London JUST AS Laura Marling was moving back from her 2 year hiatus in Southern California (LOVE HER). At least I got to hear the inside scoop of her recent London show from my buddy Steve Paul​. This playlist was also inspired by an INCREDIBLE GROVE down MEMORY LANE with a Jurassic 5​ show in Melbourne last month after not seeing them in 10 years (…man do they STILL GOT IT!). It also includes new songs from one of my favorite discoveries of 2015, Zach Winters (such lovely, calming music). Other new discoveries includes Mansionair, Passenger​, Fleurie​ (reminds me a bit of Daughter​), WAVE & ROME​, Josh Garrels​, and Twerps​ (who I’m seeing tonight at their album launch gig in Melbourne) . Last but CERTAINLY NOT LEAST, it includes one of my FAVORITE COVERS of Bon Iver​’s ‘Heavenly Father‘ by one of my FAVORITE BANDS of 2014, Highasakite​. If you have not yet listened to the NUMBINGLY BEAUTIFUL debut album of this Norwegian band, you MUST. They are ACE, and turns they were recently announced to go on tour with Of Monsters and Men​ . I love singing along to this ‘Heavenly Father’ cover, as Ingrid’s voice is one that strikes me with a distinctively comfortable resonance. I chose Geographer‘s ‘Too Much‘ as the playlist title track because I had very much missed Mike’s distinct voice and Nate’s haunting cello ever since I first saw them back in Feb 2012 with Cori Freeland​ and Kevin Ramos​, and had waited nearly 3 years for their music revival. Thankfully I was able to get key updates and incredible pictures from Paige Parsons​ (of Paige K. Parsons Photography​) who has photographed them for a review piece in The Bay Bridged​. ‘Too Much‘ also reflects the fact that “days will take their toll if you let them,” and that wrapping up my last month in Melbourne  (so much to do still!) really has been “just too much to bear.” I guess that I ‘Need’ to have ‘Patience‘ so that ‘I’m Ready‘ for this next life chapter. ❤

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You can download all of the songs on the playlist from box.com account if you CLICK HERE:

https://app.box.com/s/wfsrfeetg6yqi9ly1x54blxkauapl7me

(…and you should put it in the order of the actual playlist if you have time…there definitely is an intentional flow to it!)

Here’s a link to the Spotify playlist (note that there are missing songs b/c of access):
spotify:user:1217781739:playlist:5Xp4ujjzPmpOMCKGMhVhBI

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I’m Ready- Geographer

Back 4 U- Jurassic 5

Heavenly Father – Highasakite

Don’t Wanna Fight- Alabama Shakes

Elevator Operator- Courtney Barnett

Hold Me Down- Mansionair

Chateau Lobby #4 (In C For Two Virgins)- Father John Misty

The Grass after Winter (from They Were Longing…)- Zach Winters

Across The Map- Wave & Rome

Short Movie- Laura Marling

Too Much- Geographer

Gotta Understand- Jurassic 5

Holy Shit- Father John Misty

Pedestrian At Best- Courtney Barnett

Second Night- Mansionair

All the Lines- Fleurie

Give Me Peace and Rest (from They Were Longing…)- Zach Winters

I Don’t Mind- Twerps

Dead Fox- Courtney Barnett

Need- Geographer

Walk Alone- Laura Marling

The Ideal Husband- Father John Misty

While You’re Making Other Plans (from They Were Longing…)- Zach Winters

Born Again- Josh Garrels

Gimme All Your Love- Alabama Shakes

Coins In A Fountain- Passenger

Depreston- Courtney Barnett

Patience- Geographer

Morning Light – Josh Garrels