This month’s mixtape is 1 hour and 28 minutes long and has 21 jazz, alternative, rock, pop, folk, R&B/soul, and classical songs from 5 different decades.
November 2018's mixtape track listing on Spotify and Apple Music:
1. Sinnerman — Nina Simone (1965) 2. Woman (feat. Lana Del Rey) — Cat Power (2018) 3. Hotel Delmano — MUNYA (2018) 4. Mariners Apartment Complex — Lana Del Rey (2018) 5. How Did This Happen?! — Bodega (2018) 6. Diet Gum — John Grant (2018) 7. Beat City — The Raveonettes (2002) 8. The American Ruse — MC5 (1970) 9. Teenage Kicks — The Undertones (1978) 10. Girl U Want — Devo (1980) 11. Old Old Fashioned — Frightened Rabbit (2008) 12. God Lifts Up the Lowly — Ezra Furman (2018) 13. The Glory Goes — Will Oldham (2018) 14. Love You — The Free Design (1970) 15. 10 miles — Adrianne Lenker (2018) 16. Hello In There — John Prine (1971) 17. Black Chair — Twain (2017) 18. Dolores & Kimberly — Advance Base (2018) 19. Couldn’t Get It Right — Climax Blues Band (1976) 20. River — Leon Bridges (2015) 21. Mehcinut — Jeremy Dutcher (2018)
- This month’s playlist is good. I know, I know. Of course, I think this. But it is. It’s good.
- When I started doing these playlists late in 2017, I hadn’t been listening to music much. I listened to albums I already had and cycled through my usual rotation for a long time, but I was depressed, and doing the same thing over and over seemed like a giant yellow highlighter over what essentially spelled out this: DOING THE SAME THING UNTIL YOU DIE WILL KILL YOU. So I picked up a few music podcasts, started picking through stuff on Apple Music and Spotify, downloaded Shazam, and made lists of songs I heard on movies and Netflix and from DJs in restaurants. I wasn’t really into it for months, but I treated it like brain vitamins I had to take every day, and now I thrive on it.
- When I welcomed music into my life, I started to notice it all over the place, like a face you suddenly see everywhere once you notice a particular person. It comes at you through other people’s apartment doors, down alleys from people parked in cars, out of hidden waiting room speakers while you thumb through two-year-old magazines, and in the middle of movie scenes that hook you deep.
- I want you to pay particular attention to the last track, Jeremy Dutcher’s “Mehcinut” from his 2018 Polaris Music Prize-winning album, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa. “Mehcinut” is a death chant from Dutcher’s Wolastoq First Nation, and he includes part of an original wax cylinder recording of the song from the early 1900s near its end, drawing a thread from his voice to theirs, a calling back and forth across a century, a binding loop.
- Put your head between two speakers of good quality and turn it up.
This playlist is also published on Elan Morgan’s blog here.