You can’t just listen to Kendrick Lamar's "Damn" on infinite repeat, though the album is so densely packed with intriguing ear-worms that it's tempting to do so.
Variety being the spice of life and all, I'm keeping the mix eclectic this week, partly because I don’t want to burn out on "Damn," and partly because, well, that's just how I am.
Here's my soundtrack to this gray first week of May in Buffalo. You can listen, via Spotify, below.
Russell Gunn, "Ethnomusiclogy Vol. 4: Live in Atlanta"
Speaking of Kendrick, Russell Gunn has got to be mentioned as one of the first artists to fuse hip-hop and jazz in a meaningful way. This live album absolutely cooks.
Yacht-Funk? Yes, please!
Ear candy, and funky, too.
Oxbow, "Thin Black Duke"
I'm new to this Bay Area band. It scares me. In a good way.
Grateful Dead, "Cornell 1977"
Many claim that May 8, 1977, at Cornell University's Barton hall is the greatest GD show of all time. That seems a bit absolutist, but man, it's definitely one of them.