the songs next door december 2020

on the 8th of every month i finish the playlist i’ve been working on and share it publicly, then start the playlist for the next month. here’s december’s playlist!

for me, the standout track on this list is nina simone’s sinnerman – i just can’t help but get into the feel of it and the POWER!

(for some reason, spotify embeds don’t always work – this one looks like it works on the backend, but it doesn’t display on the front end, so here’s the link)

bad education

the first time i heard this song i loved it – super catchy and i thought the percussion was interesting. it felt like a bunch of talented friends playing together like you could just feel their harmony – anyway, i soon found out that “interesting percussion” was a fucking tap dancer!! that made me love them even more.

here’s a video of them on letterman. i didn’t see an “official” video when i looked through youtube though i could swear i saw one years ago, so either i’m making shit up in my head (very probable) or it’s not easy to find/no longer available (also quite probable)

so many colors

i was scrolling through twitter and saw this:

i thought that was a nice way to encourage some nuance and flexibility – to allow room for a range of possibilities. i’ve always found a lot more peace of mind when i get out of rigid black and white thinking and consider “neither” – neither black nor white but somewhere in between

it also made me think of “the beauty of gray” by live from their album mental jewelry – live were popular when i was in high school with their second album throwing copper. i had my very first boyfriend in high school and he and i shared a love of music, and he turned me on to mental jewelry which is definitely their best album (though frankly after throwing copper, they stopped being a band i wanted to listen to)

anyway, here’s that song – it’s really a lovely tune with a nice message about seeing the range between black and white instead of staying rigidly polarized

(i’m sharing the live version because it’s good and it’s fun to think of when mtv unplugged was a thing and really because ed looks cute)

music for a rainy night

it’s rainy here in nyc tonight. it’s also really warm for this time of year and i’ve got the windows open as i’m writing. i’m listening to lifeforms by the future sound of london – one of my favorite albums of all time (from one of my favorite bands of all time) and the perfect music right now.

were the pointer sisters actually sisters?

i have a google home system and it’s hooked to my spotify account so i can just ask it to play a song and it will, so this morning when i was sipping coffee and editing video, i asked it to play “out of touch” by hall and oates.

after that song was over, it just played a selection of related music – i think there was some more hall and oates, edge of 17 (stevie nicks), and then “automatic” from the pointer sisters.

it reminded me of when i lived in boston in the early 2000s and i used to go to fritz (rest in peace) for a drink. one night i met the president of the pointer sisters fan club and took him home and fucked him. i’m sure he talked a lot about the pointer sisters (i remember him telling me the fan club was legit, he had met them) but i didn’t recall if they are actually sisters.

the answer is yes, they are sisters. sadly, june died in 2006 and bonnie died earlier this year.

and just because i’m obviously curious about random tidbits: the doobie brothers were not brothers, the everly brothers were. when it comes to sisters, aside from the pointer sisters of course, i have to mention haim, who don’t call themselves the haim sisters but they are, and they make hooky 80s influenced pop tunes with lots of vocal harmonies – sort of like 80s girl bands with today’s references and studio technology.

the songs next door november 2020

i listen to a lot of music and for a few years now, i’ve been making a monthly playlist as kind of like a musical journal. on the 8th of each month, i share the month’s playlist and start the playlist for the following month. i add whatever songs move me and it tends to be a varied collection of styles and artists.

november’s playlist is on the smaller side because i’ve been spending a lot of time listening to the future sound of london (and their quasi-alter ego band amorphous adrogynous) and haven’t wanted to basically just put half of their songs on a playlist. there are 6 songs from them on this list, along with a couple tunes from woods – a psych-folk band that i absolutely love – and “bird and the berry” from LAKE, a song that showcases their warm, soft sound.