Every year I reach out to two of my absolute favorite music buffs, who happen to be dear friends as well. Brian Haviland works at a pharmacy in Alaska and is a new father to a gorgeous little girl. Our paths crossed wayyyyyyyyyyy back when I was a high school student at Hellgate High in Missoula. Mark Levy made his way to Bozeman from NYC several years ago and walked into my life because of his incredible wife who is also a dancer here in Bozeman. Mark is also part of the local soundscape band, Ranges.
These are folks I’ve had musical relationships for many years now and we could back and forth about music until the cows come home. The best part of it is, we share common threads in terms of the music we enjoy but we also have drastically different taste. The result is a mutual love for music in which we educate each other on what is out there and push each other to open an ear to something new. I wish I could say the three of us have been in the same room to discuss music but sadly Brian and Mark have never met. Maybe some day.
Enough b.s. Here is the playlist. The first 5 are Mark’s picks, the next 5 are Brian’s and the last 5 are mine. May 2019 bring love, happiness, and more music to ya’ll!
So this week’s playlist is compiled of some absolutely magical discoveries I have made thanks to some friends (Little May, Twin Peaks and White Arrows…you know who you are if you shared this music with me!) who shared their favorite albums of 2014 with me AND thanks to a fantastic music blog I came across this morning (Secretly Important) that had the blogger’s top 10 albums (some of which I had NEVER heard of….love it). The two Kithkin tracks were inspired by Secretly Important. I had to put both of them in the playlist because “Din IV” leads into “Fallen Giants” impeccably. I also have to thank Soundcloud for this playlist because since I’ve been doing these weekly playlists for the past several months, people (artists, record labels, and other music lovers) have been following me on Soundcloud so in turn, I follow them and check out their page. That’s how I discovered this gem by Afrakite. Looks like this Afrakite song was uploaded 3 days ago. I’m REALLY hoping this Montreal-based artist will shell out some more tracks that are as wonderful on the ears as “Grown Apart.”
I had a friend recommend Cataldo to me MONTHS ago and I finally got around to listening to him because his most recent album, ‘Gilded Oldies’, made it onto Secretly Important’s top 10 albums for 2014 as well. Broncho has been kickin’ around in my head allllll week and I’m loving it. These guys know how to have a good time and make good music while doing it. Afternoons’ in your face track, “Say Yes” was a favorite on NPR All Songs Considered and made it onto Robin Hilton’s favorites mix tape for 2014. Anna of the North out of Oslo, Norway really struck a chord with me because it was 6 years ago now I was preparing for my big adventure to Norway for a semester. Plus, her music is simply beautiful. Finally, Last Lynx, a group out of Sweden stole my heart when I heard their latest track, “Get Up”, on the trusty Hype Machine. Oh and, last night I was treated to the most lovely prime rib for dinner and chocolate fondue for dessert. Had to name the playlist after that experience.