Guest Artist Playlist // American Trappist

By July 2, 2018PLAYLIST

Tierra Whack – “Black Nails”

“My brother and I exchange music probably once a month, maybe more. Recently he sent me Whack World by Tierra Whack, mentioning she was from Philadelphia. This record hooked me immediately; it is refreshing and original. It’s hard to pick a single track, and since they’re all exactly one minute in length, I recommend giving the whole thing a spin on your next commute.”

Sam Evian – “IDGAF 

“I’ve been a fan of Sam’s writing since he was fronting the Brooklyn based art-rock band Celestial Shore. His first record Premium is excellent and I certainly burned it out last summer. Just in time, Sam released You, Forever (his second record for Saddle Creek) earlier this spring. If this track doesn’t grab you immediately, start with Premium and work your way forward. By the time you arrive at You, Forever, you’ll find it to be just a little deeper, groovier and slightly more personal than it’s pop forward predecessor.”

Timber Timbre – “Grifting”

“Timber Timbre is the band I tell people to check out when they say they like my band, since they’re usually who I’m trying to rip off. All their records are good, and “Grifting” is the first track off their most recent record Sincerely, Future Pollution. It’s haunting, unusual and danceable. If you like this, be sure to check out their record Hot Dreams, followed by the S/T, followed by anything. They don’t really ever disappoint.”

Kirin J Callahan – “Big Enough”

“What can I say, there’s nothing like it. This track features Alex Cameron, probably most famous for his duet with Angel Olsen entitled “Stranger’s Kiss,” released last year. Not for the faint of heart, but surprisingly sincere and endearing. If you enjoy this recording, don’t skip the music video.”

Big Bill – “Peak Physique”

“If you’re willing to start at the beginning of Stand By Your Bill, you’ll find it hard to ignore. It’s odd, dark, exciting and unique. The bizarre arrangements are often contrasted with heavy lyrics about life, death and identity. Sometimes you just need Big Bill.”

Daniel Romano – “Roya”

“Rarely do I meet another songwriter who listens to Daniel Romano but ‘those who know, know.’ Daniel has a very big catalog, and this might be kind of a strange place to walk in on it, but I love this song so much. It’s off his most recent record Modern Pressure. He’s a juggernaut songwriter and if this does anything for you at all, start and Sleep Beneath The Willows and work your way forward through the catalog.”

Lykke Li – “sex money feelings die”

“If you’re familiar with Lykke Li you’ll know she didn’t always sound like this. Still, it feels like a relatively natural next step for the Scandinavian vocalist. This record cuts pretty deep emotionally, and pairs really well with a late, humid summer night.”

Tinariwen – “Sastanàqqàm”

“If you need a break from Indie Rock and Hip-Hop, consider Morocco’s Tinariwen. The vocals are earthy and raw, the guitar playing is unique and extremely well executed, and the rhythms are nothing short of infectious. Maybe winning a Grammy does still actually mean something.”

Ashley Monroe – “Orphan”

“I heard an interview with Ashley on NPR before I had ever heard her music. She talked mostly about how hard it is to find a scene to blend in with in the (country) music industry, especially when you can’t help but be yourself. I really identify with that, so I threw on the record and wasn’t disappointed. Something tells me the country is headed for a new golden age, and maybe Ashley Monroe’s Sparrow will help build the bridge for those who wouldn’t otherwise be listening.”

Cass McCombs – “The Same Thing”

“I love Cass McCombs; he’s my favorite modern American songwriter. This track is off my favorite record of his entitled Humor Risk, though I highly recommend starting early in the catalog with A. If it’s too lo-fi for you, skip ahead to the more recent stuff and work your way backwards. Cass is constantly reminding me how to write a song, and why I got into songwriting to begin with. It might seems tame on the surface, but the deeper you dig into his lyrics, the weirder and more exciting it gets. I picked this track because it feels good and is easy to listen to, but there’s much, much more for those willing to explore the less commercially successful parts of his extensive catalog.”

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