Heavy Rotation: May 2017

It’s that time of month for my Spotify playlist featuring my most-played songs from the past month. I love talking music and getting recommendations, so feel free to leave your suggestions!

Features this month:

Now, Now

This is a band that too many people have slept on—I think they should have been more widely known back when their name was Now, Now Every Children… but maybe that’s just me. The Minneapolis-based duo released the single “SGL” as the first track from their long-anticipated follow up to 2012’s Threads.


The release of this new track coincided with the announcement of an eight-date Summer tour in the US—Now, Now’s first since 2013. It was also announced that Jess Abbott amicably parted ways with the band. There has been no announcement of when the new album will be released as of the writing of this post.

the Mountain Goats

“Rain in Soho” is the second single from the Mountain Goats sixteenth studio album: Goths. The album, released on April 25, 2017 was released to nearly universal acclaim, receiving a metacritic rating of 82, based on 17 reviews.

Frontman John Darnielle has long been praised as one of our greatest modern lyricists, an opinion shared by many reviewers, including Dave Simpson at The Guardian:

At heart, there’s touching affection for forgotten bands such as Gene Loves Jezebel, those who cling on to their dreams, and an emotional wallop in how the supposed follies of our youth can bring lifelong riches.

 review in The Guardian, May 18, 2017

Wild Cub

I discovered Wild Cub after following the musical career of one of my favorite modern film score composers, Keegan DeWitt. He released an album under his name in 2009, which I love, called Islands. You can listen to it over on bandcamp.

The lead single from Wild Cub’s January 2013’s debut Youth, “Thunder Clatter” didn’t chart until August 2013, but eventually reached 59 on the UK singles chart. I still love this song, listening to it often – you may recognize it from it’s use in a BOSE commercial or from their performances of it on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Conan.

This new single, “Somewhere,” was released May 19, 2017 but came without a date announcement for a new album, although it can be assumed that from their message that accompanied the video on facebook that they plan to deliver more new music to fans in the coming months.

A few more songs to highlight on this month’s playlist:

  • “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness,” the first single from The National‘s seventh album, Sleep Well Beast, which will be released September 8, 2017.
  • A new track from Julien Baker
  • My favorite stand-by track for the warmer days of Springtime: “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” from the ever-lovely Kate Bush

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