“Shine A Light” – Paolo Nutini
Forget where I came across this, either via a Spotify recommendation or somewhere else, but it was a nice surprise. I remember Nutini’s name from somewhere in my musical past, but can’t find where I’ve ever listened to much of his music or shared it with you. Thinking this song might be an opening to something new and interesting, I gave his new album a spin. Sadly this track had a different vibe than the rest of the disk. Meaning this was the best song, by far. At least to my ears.

“Out Of My Head” – First Aid Kit
These Swedes are approaching the point where I will automatically include anything new they offer to us.

“Sharks” – BROCKHOFF
This track has a nice mix of various eras of indie pop. I hear some crunchy, mid-90s guitars. The openness of 2010s bedroom pop. And a timelessness that would fit into any era. She’s from Hamburg. I’m not sure if that explains the About page on her website. But I loved it, especially when I read it while imagining a thick, fake German accent.

“Somebody Else’s Body” – Urge Overkill
I love it when random tracks like this pop up. It’s one thing to hear “Sister Havana,” or “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon,” UO songs that got airplay and people like me listened to tons. But the more obscure tracks like this, when the algorithm spits them out, those are the moments that are truly delightful.

“Summer’s Over” – Jordana, TV Girl
School has started. Labor Day is in the rearview mirror. Next week is the equinox. Summer is truly over.

“If You Don’t Know Me By Now” – Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
I saw a Tweet this week noting that this track was released 50 years ago. Our generation knows the Simply Red version, which hit #1 in 1989. I knew it was a cover, but I can’t say that I’ve heard the OG very often. And I did not know until this morning that Teddy Pendergrass was the lead singer on it. Hot damn! This went to #3 in 1972. I think we can all agree it is the better version.