Great Tunes I'm Putting In My Ears

Updated whenever I'm excited
  1. Czarface — Every Hero Needs A Villain
    Thanks @angusisley for the rec.! There's this intersection of hip hop and comic books that I know exists but have never understood. I still don't understand it, but this album has been on all week.
  2. Leon & Mary Russell –– Wedding Album
    The gal who turned me onto this album (days before Leon passed, sadly) noted that they don't make music like this anymore. That's a funny thing to say, since music is supposed to evolve, but I understood the sentiment.
  3. Margo Price — Midwest Farmer's Daughter
    About halfway through the first track you'll realize you've been hanging on her every word.
  4. Hall & Oates — Abandoned Luncheonette
    Hall & Oates are the butt of a lot of jokes — jokes I used to make, in fact. But when I was turned onto this album I became a staunch H&O defender. Tell me this isn't a superb record, front to back. (Thanks, @griffgriffgriff)
  5. Elia y Elizabeth — La Onda de Elia y Elizabeth
    1970's Colombian tropical funk. Only listen to this album if you're prepared to experience perfection.
  6. "Up In Hudson" — Dirty Projectors
    Dave Longstreth's keeping the band name while going solo. If this single is any indication of the impending album, it'll be a new sound with familiar brilliance.
  7. Dirty Projectors — Dirty Projectors
    Dave Longstreth recently moved to Los Angeles — hard for me not to think this album, his first solo effort in over a decade, will serve as a calling card to write and produce for major artists. Next year's Producer of the Year nod at Grammy's? Highly possible.
  8. Buscabulla — EP II
    I've been waiting for this for what seems like forever and then missed the January release! It's sexy. It's tropical. You can dance to it, but only in slow-motion.
  9. "Name For You" — The Shins
    Unclear if this song is actually good or if it just reminds me of how wonder 'Chutes Too Narrow' and 'Oh, Inverted World' are. Either way, I'm glad James Mercer is still doing his thing (especially when that 'thing' isn't Broken Bells... zzzzzzz)
  10. You're A Woman, I'm A Machine — Death From Above 1979
    I appreciate any album that lets you know in the first 30 seconds what you're getting yourself into.
  11. Puberty 2 — Mitski
    I suppose after the 100th listen, it should go on the list. It's heavy. It's delicate. It finds those feels and then hits you there. And it's got its own, self-assured groove.
  12. "Total Entertainment Forever" — Father John Misty
    As soon as the song ends I start it over, which is very different than putting it on repeat because I don't intend to listen to it over and over again, but as soon as the song ends I think to myself "fuck, that was a fun song. I want to listen again."
  13. "Let Go" — Justin Jay
    Been getting into the LA-based label Dirtybird. Great if you are feeling groovy but also are at your desk and can't necessarily dance.
  14. "Seabird" — Alessi Brothers
    It's soft. It's comfortable. Its straight out of 1976.
  15. Crack Up - Fleet Foxes
    In 2007 I saw FF open for The Shins in Portland - then unknown to the audience. When they finished their first song, everyone stood silent, unified by the feeling that we had all just been gifted our new favorite artist. This album does not disappoint extremely high expectations.
  16. Night School on Xray fm (Portland)
    If you wanna get lost in some real funky tunes, check out the show at hosted and curated by Bobby D (Canby High School representin'!!!)
  17. "Dream Tonight" — Alvvays
    Alvvays is batting 1000.
  18. "Video Games" — Ronnie Jones
    What I would give to be the right age when songs like this were made... It found new life when Daft Punk sampled & expanded on it for "Technologic"
  19. John Morales’ remix of Bumblebee Unlimited’s “Lady Bug”
    I have been unable to listen to anything else for the past week. Stop what you’re doing, listen to this song, and then immediately DM me telling me that it’s changed your life, also.