october 2021 new music playlist

November 3, 2021
Kaba Blon
Some great percussion in this one from "Music from Saharan Cellphones" - music that had been passed around from phone to phone.
via this tumblr post
Mumford & Sons
Mellow indie.
Via Ted Lasso.
Ben Franklin's Song
The Decemberists
Kind of cool stompy indie about Ben Franlkin.
Final song I'll grab from Hamilton Mixtape. For once, it IS the Decemberist, not just a group that sounds like the Decemberists.

Smells Like Teen Spirit
Too Many Zooz
Awesome small horn and drum cover.
(Found just kicking around youtube I guess)
GOGO霊幻! - モブサイコ
Mob Psycho OST
High energy music with a middle eastern vibe.
via this tumblr post with some great Japanese mascot dancing.
Lil Nas X
Straight ahead (well, not straight, so much) cover of Dolly Parton's classic from BBC One.
via this tumblr post
I Like It Like That
Rebirth Brass Band
Good ol' NOLA stuff, if a bit too raunchy gross.
Playing in background at Anna's dinner party

I am not a woman, I'm a god
Intense Electronic Pop.
She was playing on SNL.
Bella Ciao
Straight forward cover of the leftist classic.
(Just googling around what other songs they did besides tubthumper)
yankee and the brave (ep. 4)
Run The Jewels
Most of their hiphop songs are a bit same-y, but still a great sound - and an awesome Adult Swim Video.
Heard it closing up a Ted Lasso episode.
My Humps (feat. Black Eyed Peas) [JBroadway Remix]
Funky cover.
My friend JZ is one of the few people who understands the percussion I like in music...
Father and Farther
Jim Boyd & Sherman Alexie
Thoughtful kinda country tune, "Sometimes Father, You and I, are like a 3-legged horse that can't get across the finish line..."
From the Native American produce film "Smoke Signals"

Tainted Love
Hannah Peel
Amazing "music box" cover of the new wave classic.
Playing on an generally unwatched TV at Miller's pumpkin carving party.
Miami Sound Machine
Amazing crossover hit of the 80s.
this Cracked article mentioned an easteregg in the game Far Cry 6 about this song, and I got to thinking about it in general.
Pity The Downtrodden Landlord
Bob Hill
Folksy sardonic protest song.
A woman sang a verse of this at a BABAM protest for the tenants of the Forbes building.
Brotherly Love
Olive Oyl (Mae Questel)
From this old Popeye cartoon
"'Cause what we need is brotherly love..." from this old b+w cartoon I remembered from my childhood was stuck in my head. (Heh.... I think we just had a black and white TV back then, so maybe I didn't realize it was a black and white cartoon...)

Can’t Help Falling In Love (Live At Daytrotter)
Ingrid Michaelson
very How To Make A Blockbuster Movie Trailer vibe to this (i.e. haunting unexpected female cover a pop song.) - love the out of tune piano of it though.
(things I was just googling around after having had some other songs by this artist)

Via the wikipedia page on the Incoherents art movement.
An article on tough truths on leadership reminded me of something I heard on a podcast but forgot to remember the attribution: basically it's that every leader should ask people reporting to them "what is some bad news that I don't want to hear?"

I love the meta-reversal of that. It mirrors an excellent principle I've always tried to apply for myself - when I realize I'm hiding something from myself, semi-deliberately distracting myself away from a threat, that tells the other part of my brain "oh, beware, this thing must really be bad!"

Now this idea doesn't work all the time and in all situations or for all people. If you aren't able to keep the context that hardly any bad news is the final word (or embrace the existential bleakness "well someday the sun expands to engulf the Earth and then its the heat death of the universe anyway, so cheer up for now, kid") then diversion can be a good strategy. But I think it's good to cultivate leaning into bad stuff.
My 5G Coverage was getting a little spotty so I scheduled my Pfizer booster shot for today.