High 5: Five Playlists You Want To Hear This Week
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Father John Misty Returns
American singer-songwriter, guitarist and drummer Joshua Michael Tillman, performing under the moniker Father John Misty, has broken away from his original sound and crafted a new one that is profoundly different. Tillman grew up in an Evangelical Christian household, learning how to play both guitar and drums before becoming a teenager.
Tillman began recording under his “Father John Misty” moniker back in 2012 after leaving the band Fleeting Foxes. Since then he has continued to amaze both crowds and critics with stunningly good music. He has collaborated with artists such as The Avalanches, Botany and Kid Cudi.
On the heels off of the heels of the release of Tillman’s brand new Father John Misty album, Pure Comedy, we caught up with fellow singer-songwriter Craig Finn (The Hold Steady) and had him curate an exclusive playlist of his favorite Father John Misty tracks, which you can find with commentary here. You can also listen to our Father John Misty’s Essential Collaborations playlist here.
I Did It On My Own
J. Cole has been turning heads with his vivid storytelling and impressive lyricism since the release of his debut mixtape The Come Up. He has managed to carve out a place for himself amongst the greats of hip-hop.
With his last two albums, 2014 Forest Hills Drive and 4 Your Eyez Only, Cole has taken a more personal approach to his music. Neither of the two albums have ANY features or guest artists, yet both still managed to go platinum. In fact, all four of J.Cole’s albums have been certified at least platinum.
Cole has never needed much help though, and our playlist No Features: The J.Cole Experience is here to prove it. If you’re looking for some of J.Cole’s best collaborations, however, be sure to check out our J. Cole Guest Verses playlist here.
From Colombia, With Love
Grammy Award-winning Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes is best known for his sociopolitical pop infused with tinges of latin music. Growing up during the reign of drug lords in the ’80s and ’90s, Juanes witnessed many tragedies that would go on to shape his social consciousness and desire for a better country.
Through political strife and personal hardships, Juanes’ music helped his country through some of its darkest times, propelling him to become the superstar he is today. He has released 6 studio albums to date and his upcoming visual album, Mis Planes Son Amarte, (watch the exclusive trailer here) will be his first since 2014’s Loco De Amor.
One of the ever-present themes in Juanes’ music is love, so it’s no surprise that he has decided to gift his fans with a playlist of some of his favorite love songs of all time. If you’re new to Juanes work, be sure to check out our Los Reyes playlist filled with his best work over the years here.
Flashback to Nashville ’72
After 45 years in the business, Nashville songwriting legend Rodney Crowell is still kicking. The country music star began his career by moving from Houston to Nashville in search of a songwriting job at the ripe age of 22. Influenced by artists such as Bob Dylan, Hank Williams and the Beatles, Crowell quickly began to emerge as one of Nashville’s brightest young talents, working alongside Jerry Reed and Guy Clark before joining Emmylou Harris’s backing band.
Crowell went solo in 1978 and went on to have one of the most decorated careers in country music to date. His newest studio album, Close Ties, released at the end of last month but if you’re in the mood for some nostalgia be sure to check out our Rodney Crowell Essentials playlist here.
Close Ties closes with the track “Nashville ‘72,” a ballad about Crowell’s enthralling first journey to Nashville. We asked Mr. Crowell to turn this priceless song into a playlist, and he provided us with an utterly priceless mix that encapsulates the 22-year-old his journey. Be sure to also read Crowell’s edition of 5 Albums That Changed My Life.
TV Beginnings & Ends
As with all things in life, there is a beginning and an end.
This week marks the season finale of HBO’s Girls, an award-winning comedy-drama television show about an aspiring writing and her friends trying to make sense of their lives in the Big Apple. The show totes a painfully hip an excellent soundtrack, which you can find in this playlist of music from the entire series.
This week also marks the beginning of a new Netflix Original TV show, 13 Reasons Why. The plot follows teenager Clay Jensen in his quest to uncover the story behind the suicide of his classmate and crush, Hannah. And just like the series itself, the 13 Reasons Why soundtrack is an emotional roller coaster. You can relive the series through our playlist 13 Reasons Why: Soundtrack to the Show here.
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