Jack White’s new album arrived this morning. I’ve listened to it once so far and am not terribly enthused by it. So I won’t share any songs from it in today’s playlist but will offer this link to a fine piece by Steven Hyden about the album and a connection between White and another legendary musician.

“What Are You Like” – Pugwash. Man, I was sure this band was some California band that was mining all the greatness of Tom Petty’s sound to launch their career. Turns out Pugwash is from Ireland and has been recording for nearly 20 years. Who knew? This is a gorgeous power pop gem.

“Saturdays (feat. HAIM)” – Twin Shadow. George Lewis Jr. got away from the sound that made so many people get excited about his music on his last album. But based on the two advance singles for his upcoming album, he’s moved back to the lush pop sound of earlier in his career. Another spring album to get excited about.

“We Are All Going To Die” – Spielbergs. A fine fist pumper/head nodder from this Oslo trio.

“Gloria” – Wussy. I’ve been waiting for this track to hit Spotify for three weeks. Wussy said it is based on a character in season three of Fargo which I did not watch. Excited that they have a new album set to drop in late May.

A special video this week. I have no idea how I had never seen this before, but it’s been floating around for the past day or so. On the occasion of the final night of Arsenio Hall’s original late night show in 1994, Queen Latifah put together an all-star hip hop send out for him. For fans of that era of hip hop, this is fantastic.