“Emotions and Math” – Margaret Glaspy. I really enjoyed Glaspy’s album this song serves as the title track for. But I lost it in the haze of the end of last year. I was reminded of this track, and then the album, when my brother in music Erick$ included this song in a playlist of his favorite songs of last year. I love the swagger that Glaspy sings with.
“Dog Years” – Maggie Rogers. A viral phenom thanks to Pharrell, Ms. Rogers is a delightful mix of singer-songwriter indie pop, folk, and modern R&B. This is a really, really good song.
“Distant Shore” – Karen Elson. The first song off Jack White’s ex-wife’s upcoming album is a beautiful little tune that harkens back to a young Dolly Parton. The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney helped Elson out on a couple tracks, which I’m sure will thrill Mr. White.
“Weight of Love” – The Black Keys. Speaking of the Keys, one of the big music news notes of December was that the band finally put all their music onto streaming services. They had always had selected songs available, but if you tried to listen to one of their albums in full, you were greeted with mostly “Track Unavailable” messages. Listen, I’m firmly in the White Stripes side of the Stripes vs. Keys feud. But I also recognize that while the Keys music may not be as artistically great as most of the Stripes output, many of their songs are good to listen to.
“Ladies First” – Queen Latifah featuring Monie Love. This phrase jumped into my head as this week’s playlist came together. So a perfect excuse to share this video.