Keep Calm and Mask On

Music that I discovered or rediscovered in 2020

A companion piece to Revisionist Nostalgia

I don’t endorse microdosing during the day, but if you were to do so, this would be the right playlist for you.

This playlist features international sounds, the blues, a couple of remixes, and some other face-melting stuff. More liner notes below.

Stream Keep Calm and Mask On

Keep Calm and Mask On Playlist
  1. She’s Got To Be Somewhere – David Crosby
  2. Fresh Out – Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Buddy Guy
  3. You’re Gonna Look Good in Blues – Tony Joe White
  4. The Glass – Michael Nau
  5. Cannock Chase – Labi Siffre
  6. Dealer – John Martyn
  7. Polk – Placebo
  8. Melting Pot – Orgone
  9. Oolong – LoPhi
  10. Things Are Gonna Get Easier – Low Motion Disco
  11. Mr. White – Khruangbin
  12. White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes
  13. Devil’s Gonna Get You – Various Artists
  14. Please Do – Amir Bresler
  15. On My Mind – Circles Around The Sun
  16. Going To The Country – Pokey LaFarge
  17. Summer Keeps On Passing Me By – Jazzanova, Ben Westbeech
  18. I Can Feel the Fire – Ronnie Wood
  19. WAKE Me Up – Elvis Costello And The Roots
  20. Crazy – Daniela Andrade
  21. The Wild Kindness – Silver Jews
  22. Blyth Street Nocturne – Surprise Chef
  23. Forever & Beyond – Romano
  24. Crossroad of Love – Sababa 5, Yurika
  25. Yolcu – Altin Gün
  26. Mix Istanbul – Kutiman
  27. Elimi Tut (feat. Ecem Telli) – Serhat Durmus, BÖ, Ecem Telli
  28. Subhana – Ahmed Ben Ali
  29. Cafunga – Lecuona Cuban Boys
  30. Lupita – Nico Gomez And His Afro Percussion Inc.
  31. Saint Claude Dash – Gitkin
  32. lovers’ carvings – Bibio
  33. Bold Soul Sister – The Black On White Affair
  34. Sundown – Gordon Lightfoot
  35. Before Kiddos Bath – Dumbo Gets Mad
  36. ピッコロ社 – Joe Hisaishi
  37. Dove – Cymande
  38. Elevator – JAFFA
  39. Go Back – Tony Allen, Damon Albarn
  40. Summer Sun – Markus Enochson Remix – Koop
  41. Stumble – Richard Dorfmeister Cinematic Way Version – Kraak & Smaak, Parcels, Richard Dorfmeiste

Liner Notes

The first track on this mix is by David Crosby, but it sounds like Steely Dan.

Have you heard Christone “Kingfish” Ingram? We caught him at XPN’s NON-COMM in 2019 and have been fans ever since.

One of my favorite wedding couples turned me on to Labi Siffre. You might recognize his song “I got the…” which was sampled by Eminem for “My Name Is.” Try a deep dive into his catalog. You’ll be happy you did.

My clients turn me on to some of the best music. Three weddings this past year featured music from Studio Ghibli – an Anime studio that’s well regarded in the geek-o-sphere. The sounds are whimsical, delightful and give me a feeling of anamonia. My Studio Ghibli playlist is still under development, but you can listen to it here.

I think a lot about David Berman – a talented musician who became active one last time before taking his own life in his early 50s. He’s been in heavy rotation for me this year, and I could have included about half a dozen songs of his on this playlist.  The philadelphia-based record label, Dear Life Records recently put together a compilation of David Berman covers called Late Homework, with the proceeds going to Shatterproof a national nonprofit dedicated to reversing the addiction crisis in the United States.

The feature image was graciously provided by Jason Bergman. His keen eye helped me keep 2020 in focus. Follow him on Instagram.

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