- Silas Nello (Feat. Jenna Clark), “Tell Me What You Need”
It would be rather predictable of The Ghost to begin this playlist with a Kinsley August song. After all, yours truly is hosting A Tale of Three Folks at Plano ArtsCenter, with Kinsley headlining the event. The Ghost, however, does not want to be obvious and predictable. That’s why I chose to begin the playlist with Silas Nello, who is also performing that night (along with Glass Canons). Because I don’t want to be predictable.
- Acid Carousel, “Higher Than the Beatles!”
It seems that this year in particular, there have been a greater number of cool local tracks unavailable on Spotify. I’m still waiting for the day that The Ghost can add Pool Lights, Drawer Devils, From Parts Unknown, and the final Pageantry single to a Sunday Spotify 16. Up until this week, I would have had Acid Carousel on that list, but fortunately that situation has been rectified.
- Reagan James, “Can’t Stop”
Maybe I’m just behind with the times, but I cannot get behind the idea of an artist releasing a “mixtape”. To me, that term is reserved for a cassette where the individual carefully selected various songs and then gave said cassette to a friend. I reject the notion that a mixtape should be anything but that. Having said all that, Reagan James’ new mixtape Message is really good. “Can’t Stop” in particular is a really cool track that combines a elements of 60’s soul and jazz and puts those elements in a thoroughly modern sounding song. Summer may not be here yet, but this would be a perfect song to put on a summer mixtape.
- Hello Shannon, “Pressure”
Consider this another track that didn’t enough attention from The Ghost during the silence at the beginning of the year.
- Solpier, “Roll with the Punches”
It’s usually the chorus of a song that’s the catchiest, but Solpier chose to go a different route with the title track to their EP. That guitar riff that kicks off the verses may be rather straightforward, but it’s also catchy and infectious. The chorus is good and all, but man, that guitar riff…
- Signals & Alibis, “Whistleblower”
If you haven’t checked out the DJ Culturegang remix of the song, you should do so. It gives the track something of a Joy Division vibe. I doubt DJ Culturegang will be at Lola’s Friday when the band performs for Brainhole Fest. If they play the song, which they most likely will, it’s safe to say it’ll sound more like the version you’re listening to right now.
- OG Garden, “Hidden Language”
Reverbnation recently compiled playlists of some favorite off the radar cities across the nation. Denton was one of the cities that the site selected. Many of the acts I was familiar with (Daniel Markham, RTB2, Criminal Birds), while others are somewhere between inactive and broken up (The Demigs, Bashe). The one cool discovery on the playlist was OG Garden, a fun, soulful, jazzy outfit that somehow flew under my radar until now. Good to know Reverbnation can still be useful.
- Quiet Company, “On Single Moms”
Unusual title, seriously catchy song.
- Kaela Sinclair, “Golden”
I won’t lie; “Golden” did not immediately captivate The Ghost the way most songs from Kaela’s debut album Sun & Mirror did. Having said that, this song has more charm than I initially gave it credit for. “Golden” is more the type of song whose pop hooks sneak up on you rather than hit you over the head.
- Northern National, “MoneyBlind”
The previous two times I’ve discussed Northern National, I’ve been quite honest about the difficulty I’ve had getting into the band. I think the more important point now is the fact that I get the band, and that this is a band that is continuing to strengthen their craft. Yes, Northern National is decidedly a pop-rock band that leans heavily on the pop end of the musical spectrum. It seems that lately, the band’s pop tendencies are a little less overt, which ironically makes them even catchier than before. In fact, I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that their next release (which I’m hoping will be out soon) will be in heavy rotation for The Ghost.
- Harrowes, “Take You There”
The intro to this Austin band’s song sounds creepily like Primus’ “Winona’s Big Brown Beaver”, yet as the song progresses, it seems that the band’s goal is to emulate more of the power-pop end of the 90’s alternative spectrum than to be next door neighbors with Les Claypool.
- Andrew Delaney, “Amelia Earhart”
Delaney’s skill as a songwriter is only growing stronger. The entirety of his latest album, The Escape Artist, remains my favorite album of his to date. This song is pretty darn impressive too.
- Sweet Spirit, “Pamela”
I don’t know why, but I’ve never been as enamored with Pamela Anderson as many guys. It seems that the members of Sweet Spirit might question my taste in women, as this track is a tribute to the former Baywatch star. This track is more typical of the high-energy style of Sweet Spirit than “The Mighty”, which I’ve been digging on quite hard.
- The Freeloaders, “Howl”
Yesterday, I asked my Ghost of Blind Lemon Facebook followers for suggestions on this week’s playlist. This one comes courtesy of Dan Fulton, who recommended I add some Free Loaders since they’ll be performing at the Cottonwood Arts Festival this coming weekend. Fair enough.
- Mothership, “Helter Skelter”
Aaron Smith requested three different songs, and I opted for the Mothership track. Plus, it gives me a chance to say this: Mothership was ROBBED by Metallica, you hear me? ROBBED!!!
- Roger Miller, “You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd”
My first reaction to Nick Scholl’s request for Roger Miller was to wonder if he knew that I only did Texas related artists. Plus, it’s a rather odd request in general. Nevertheless, I did some research and discovered that Miller was born in Fort Worth, making him eligible as a “Sorta Texas” artist. Besides, you gotta love the song title.
Sunday Spotify 16: 4/30/17
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