Well, as I check this morning, it looks like Spotify and WordPress are cooperating, so I’ll give the old Friday Playlist thing a shot. Which is good because I have a ton of great music that I need to make sure you’re paying attention to. Apologies if this (likely) breaks again by the time you get around to listening.

“Stay Down“ / “Me & My Dog” – boygenius. Off the EP by this indie rock super group that features Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus. “Stay Down” takes what I love about Baker’s music and fills in all the little nooks and crannies with brilliance from her two partners. It is a great, great song. Bridgers takes the lead on “Me & My Dog.” It sounds like what Wilson Phillips would have sounded like had they been ‘10s indie rock instead of late 80s/early 90s adult contemporary. And that’s a good thing.

“I Wanna Know” – Rosali. Is it just a coincidence that this song has a very War on Drugs-like vibe to it and Rosali Middleman is also from Philadelphia? TWOD’s Charlie Hall plays drums on this track, but that has nothing to do with the guitar atmospherics, which take off and soar in a way that would make Adam Granduciel proud.

“Loading Zones” – Kurt Vile. Speaking of Philly and TWOD, founding member and now solo star Vile is back with a new song. It’s pretty good!

“Untitled (LA)” Swearin’. Dude, another Philly band! Although I believe they may be based in LA now. Anyway, Allison Crutchfield has reunited the band she was in before she struck out on her own. For the first time since I’ve been listening to her music, she’s done something that matches her sister’s (Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee) output. This song will get your blood pumpin’.

“17 Days – A Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version” – Prince. This is my favorite Prince B-side, so I absolutely love this demo version. This is the sound of a genius at work.

“Alibi” – Low Tide. This is some Top Shelf, Grade A modern shoegaze from Australia.