Friday Playlist

A mix of old and new this week.

“The Others” – The Jezabels. The proverbial “Between Albums" single from this very fine Aussie group. The song is very fine, too.

“Continental Breakfast” – Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile. There are plenty of one-off duets. Not so common are two artists coming together to make an album together. Barnett and Vile are so perfectly matched with their easy, mellow, guitar-based vibes, that this seemed inevitable. Two lead singles suggest their album is going to live up to all its expectations.

“Baby Missiles” – The War on Drugs. M had a late-morning ortho appointment last week. On our way back to school we stopped at Jimmy John’s to grab her a sandwich. This song, my #2 song from 2011, played on the in-store music feed while we were waiting. I thought that was a pretty great random tune to pop up. Oh, on Monday TWOD announced an Indy concert just before Christmas. Tickets have already been purchased. I am excited. Trivia: Kurt Vile got his start in TWOD.

“My Forgotten Favorite” – Velocity Girl. To my ear, 90s music hasn’t aged as well as 80s music. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of great music from that decade that I listen to. But I’m far more likely to pick 80s on 8 or First Wave over the Lithium 90s alternative and grunge channel on SiriusXM. Every few months Spotify will spit out this song, though, and I’m taken back to the heart of the 90s, when grunge and pop were mixing, and think maybe the 90s were better than I remember.

“Roadless” – Frightened Rabbit. Another track from their recent, surprise EP. This is a tremendous song for the fall. A beautifully crafted video, too.