A pretty deliberate attempt this week to getting in some listening, the whole point of The Weekly Playlist. Some new music, one of them a surprise, and a favorite album from the past escorted me across the border into Washington. Let’s take a look:
- Athey Music – Goodness & Mercy (album)
A new group or “collective” as they put it, out of Portland, OR, released their first album yesterday. A very nice collection of songs that were written as a result of the pandemic and lockdowns. Check out the review of Goodness & Mercy.
- Rush – Signals (album)
Earlier this year I bought the long-sleeved version of the new R40 tour shirt featuring the Signals dalmatian. I had to wait for its arrival as it came with the expanded version of The Art of Rush book. So I finally wore it! And, played Signals for a trip to Washington my wife needed to take for work. Probably more than you care to know. It was when Rush played “Subdivisions” during their final show at the Forum that it got to me, and occurred to me that this actually might be the last time.
- Lit – Yeah Yeah Yeah (song)
No word on a new album but a new single often precedes coming attractions and if any fan of Lit had their doubts on the band’s direction, then take a listen to their latest “Yeah Yeah Yeah.”
Though long past their completely miserable days, Lit remains a flicker, touring here and there, and releasing the country influenced album These Are The Days four years ago. Quite the change from their early alternative, party rock days but nonetheless an album that showed growth, depth and an acknowledgement of days gone by. My wife went to high school with these guys and knew bassist Kevin Baldes. Maybe I’ll eventually convince her to ask him for an interview because they are “friends” on Facebook, and you know that means they are besties. Because Facebook means you’re best friends with everyone who you are Facebook friends with, right?
- Toad the Wet Sprocket (various songs)
I returned to the setlist I created prior to seeing Toad the Wet Sprocket last week. They have some excellent songs that didn’t make the radio cut and I wanted to kind of relive the show!