Your #TinPod Shuffle for Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017:

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Welcome to the weekly playlist for your Sunday afternoon puttering. The selections are simply an hour of songs I must have liked well enough once to save to my iPod.
* opening car theme is incidental, which is kinda cool.

Your #TinPod Shuffle for Sunday, Mar. 12, 2017

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Welcome to the weekly playlist for your Sunday afternoon puttering. The selections are simply an hour of songs I must have once liked well enough to save to my iPod.
 

Here’s a special bonus #Tinpod Shuffle for #InternationalWomensDay 13 songs, 50 mins; treat yourself

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Your #TinPod Shuffle for Sunday, Mar. 5, 2017

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Welcome to the weekly playlist for your Sunday afternoon puttering. The selections are simply an hour of songs I must have once liked well enough to save to my iPod.

Your #TinPod Shuffle for Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017

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Welcome to the launch of a weekly playlist for your Sunday afternoon batch cooking, laundry folding, general puttering – or just sitting. The selections have nothing to with anything in particular; it’s simply an hour of songs I must have liked well enough once to save to my iPod.

Best songs and albums of 2016: Don’t overlook these gems just because I almost did

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No shortage of great music from the usual suspects and heralded newcomers on the oodles of Best Of 2016 lists. I’ve already recommended some others (tag:2016), and here’s 23 10/10 songs from albums I didn’t get around to. Skip past any you don’t like, I’ll never know.

The 1975 –  Love Me
From the 9/10 box of Brian Eno/Peter Gabriel/Frazier Chorus pop surprises succinctly titled I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it.

Fantastic Negrito – In The Pines (Oakland)
#blacklivesmatter on the 9/10The Last Days Of Oakland.

Xenia Rubinos – Mexican Chef
From the 7/10 Black Terry Cat, #brownlivesmatter

Suzanne Vega – Carson’s Last Supper
From her one-woman show 7/10 soundtrack Lover, Beloved: Songs from an Evening with Carson McCullers.

Steve Mason – Hardly Go Through
From the 6/10 Elbowish Meet The Humans.

Solange – Cranes in the Sky
Unadorned Knowles R&B from the 8/10 A Seat At The Table.

Robbie Fulks – Never Come Home
A folk sleeper from the 8/10 Upland Stories.

Nice As Fuck – Homerun
Jenny Lewis’ 8/10 self-titled replacement for all your 80s workout cassettes.

Margo Price – Weekender
Throwback country from the 9/10 Midwest Farmer’s Daughter.

Anohni – Watch Me
From the 6/10 disturbing but necessary Hopelessness.

Kevin Morby – Singing Saw
Title track of his 7/10 walkabout album.

Hayes Carll – Good While It Lasted
Crying like a man from the 6/10 Lovers and Leavers.

Rebecca Ferguson – Hold Me
One of a few Aretha moments from the 7/10 Superwoman.

Infamous Stringdusters – Rock And Roll
Nu/bluegrass royalty (w Abigail Washburn) from the 7/10 Ladies & Gentlemen.

Jim Moray – Sounds of Earth
In love with the LPs aboard the Voyageur space probes on the 9/10 Upcetera.

Andrew Bird & Fiona Apple – Left-Handed Kisses
Comic opera from Bird’s 6/10 Are You Serious?

Frightened Rabbit – I Wish I Was Sober
From the 9/10 Painting Of A Panic Attack.

Corinne Bailey Rae – Green Aphrodisiac
From the 8/10 Minnie Riperton-like The Heart Speaks In Whispers.

Christy Moore – The Gardener
From the 7/10 lilting Lily.

Jeff Beck – Scared for the Children
Beseeching politics (w Rosie Bones) from the 5/10 Loud Hailer.

Christine & The Queens – Christine
Catchy French europop from the 8/10 Chaleur Humaine UK re-release.

Brent Cobb – Diggin’ Holes
Real small-town country from the 8/10 Shine On Rainy Day.

King Creosote – You Just Want
Sly Scottish indie from the 6/10 Astronaut Meets Appleman.

Review: Leyla McCalla’s music reminds us Haiti is about beauty and proud culture, not just earthquakes and hurricanes

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Leyla McCalla – A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey (2016)

leyla-mccallaWith Haiti once again ravaged by Mother Nature, Haitian-American and former Carolina Chocolate Drop Leyla McCalla’s second solo album is a timely reminder that her kin are spirited, resolute and proud people.

Some context is helpful since McCalla sings in both French and English, but the roots cellist and her maestro violin, banjo and guitar friends’ heady blend of airy Lousianna jazz and soft Creole rhythms speak clearly to the unilingual.

That such beauty can come from a country we associate with poverty, corruption and international disaster relief is a potent reminder that music and art put the meat on the bare bones of headline journalism.

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