Pandemic Playlists: All About the Money Game

My installment of our “Pandemic Playlist” series starts with New Orleans’ Fiend in his International Jones mode because when I feel apocalyptic about what’s happening, I see class war coming, and I love Fiend turning class distinctions upside down as a former No Limit rapper living his version of the lifestyles of the rich and famous. The playlist doesn’t always speak to the situation that inspired it. I don’t look to my songs to speak for me, and I don’t always even want them to spark a dialogue with me.

Our Spilt Milk: Andy Shauf's Wintry "Skyline," the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen's "Tempest," and New BadBadNotGood

The semi-wintry temperatures must be taking effect because all I’ve been wanting to do lately is cocoon myself into a ball of blankets on the couch and sip a warm cup of tea. Thankfully, I’ve found the perfect music to preface a long nap: Canadian singer-songwriter Andy Shauf’s new concept album, The Neon Skyline, which came out last Friday. Shauf is a crafty storyteller.

More Mac Miller, a New Maggot Brain, and Patrick Cowley's "Mechanical Fantasy Box"

This week, Mac Miller fans received something akin to a divine message from the grave. Miller’s estate released the late artist’s first posthumous single, “Good News,” from his unfinished sixth-studio album, Circles, which is set for release today.  Both tender and gloomy, “Good News”’ creeps along steadily, strung together with sleepy guitar-picking over polished textures.

Buku 2020 Includes Tyler the Creator, Flume, Megan Thee Stallion

The BUKU Music and Art Project returns March 20 and 21, 2020 with Tyler, the Creator, Flume, and Illenium headlining the festival. BUKU is consistently good at keeping its finger on the year’s most relevant acts. The festival channels Gen Z rage and angst into its booking, straddling hip-hop, electronic, and all things between and adjacent, while briefly dipping its toes into punk rock. 

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