Quarantine playlists: what the BrooklynVegan staff is listening to in isolation this week
With the coronavirus pandemic keeping many of us home a lot more, music (and TV) is perhaps more important than ever. It provides solace during these crazy times and an escape from the endless scroll of news, and fortunately — despite no concerts happening — there is no lack of music to get us through. We’ve been posting several musicians’ livestreamed performances on a daily basis and some of our favorite live concert videos every week day. We’ve also asked several artists to make playlists of the music they’ve been listening to in isolation, and several BrooklynVegan staff members/contributors have made our own isolation playlists too. If you’re looking for something new to listen to, or old to revisit, maybe one or more of these playlists will do the trick.
We’ll be posting new playlists weekly. Here’s this week’s:
Andrew Sacher (editor)
This week's playlist was inspired by a few things: the new Owen single, the new Jason Isbell album, Ben Gibbard's all-Beatles covers set putting me on a Beatles kick, the Grateful Dead's newly-released 1971 live "Casey Jones" recording putting me more in the mood for more live '71 Dead, and the combination of those last two sending me back down the '60s/early '70s rabbithole. There's some other new stuff and some other old faves that I felt fit the vibe one way or another too.
Bill Pearis (editor)
Sometimes you just wanna zone out, and that's what this week's mix is all about. There are a few songs here that veer toward pop (Robert Wyatt, Brian Eno, Spiritualized) but most are all about the groove, with a lot of '70s and '90s represented.
Amanda Hatfield (editor)
I'm really looking forward to The 1975's new album, and this playlist is partially inspired by taking long (socially-distanced) walks this week while listening to I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it. I set out to make a playlist to walk to, which this is, but then I got obsessed with how good songs from Kate Bush, Bjork, Austra, and U.S. Girls sounded back-to-back, so this sort of turned into "The Best of Art-Pop, according to Amanda." Two final notes: while the placement of Ted Leo and Liz Phair seems a little random here, it also felt entirely satisfying and right to me, so I went with it. Also, ideally, I would've preferred to include the Jon Brion-produced version of Fiona Apple's "Tymps," which I've always preferred, but it's not on Spotify.
Jeremy Nifras (contributing writer)
Two fantastic records turned ten this past weekend: Foals’ Total Life Forever and The National’s High Violet, and I’ve included songs from both albums in this week’s playlist. I also bookended this varied collection of tracks with a pair of opening songs, with Blur’s “Beetlebum” being one of my all-time favorite openers, and Sharon Van Etten’s “Afraid of Nothing” working just as well here as a closing track.
Erin Christie (contributing writer)
As quarantine has gone on, I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling the void that live shows fill getting larger and larger in their absence. With that in mind, I’ve spent the last week (and the few weeks prior) listening to a handful of tracks that I have had amazing experiences seeing performed live, and those that I hope to see live very soon. Chock full of reverb, ferocious riffs, and the perfect ambiance for moshing alone in your room, this playlist is an immediate toe-tapper, especially for anyone who has an affliction for post-punk leaning instrumentation.