Warning: this one goes all over the place!
But what that means is that Lineup #217 has something for everyone. So if you’re feeling like the world is going up in flames (both figuratively and literally here in my home state), hopefully you’ll find a song you love in this week’s Lineup.
Normally, it’s my pleasure to share music with you every week with no strings attached. This, however, is not a normal week - so I’m demanding something in return this time. If you listen to Lineup #216, you have to promise to go vote in the election tomorrow, November 6th.
I don’t know about you, but I plan on basically dancing through the rest of October. For one, Robyn’s highly anticipated follow-up to 2010’s Body Talk - Honey - is finally here! Plus, Lineup #215 is stacked with infectious beats and dance tunes. Also, if we’re being totally honest, I only exercised once in October so this seems like a good idea. Enjoy!
I’d be lying if I told you I listened to anything else but Empress Of’s new album Us this weekend (save for when I saw three actual empresses of dance music - The Black Madonna, Honey Dijon and Yaeji - throw down), but luckily I’ve been collecting tunes for the past few weeks that are perfect for the start of a new week. Lineup #214 has all kinds of bops.
Also, The Black Madonna literally DJed a party in Nike athleisure and Crocs proving that the world might be a good place after all.
Last year, Treasure Island took a hiatus to regroup after the original festival location was razed for redevelopment, and after the 2017 version of the festival was all but rained out. The future looked pretty grim after the true disaster that TIMF 2017 was, but this past weekend, everything was made right again. The music was fantastic, the crowd was vibing, the weather couldn’t have been more perfect and the sunset was arguably the best I’ve seen in my 10 years in the Bay Area.
Feels right that Lineup #212 shook out to be very female forward. As sincerely as ever, I hope you find some joy in the music this week.
I’m keeping things brief again this week, but given that last week was a week (to say the least), I have an extra vibey Lineup for you full of the freshest hip hop, R&B and dance pop jams. When the going gets rough, just remember - Robyn is back.
Another week, another batch of crazy good new tunes to share with you. I love it when a Lineup basically just creates itself, and since I’m on the road this week, I’ll just leave this here for you.
They say time flies when you’re having fun, and that statement couldn’t ring truer for TML. It really does feel like a split-second ago that I made my first website and posted my very first playlist. From there, TML has become a twice redesigned website, a weekly updating playlist on Spotify, a radio show and well, who knows what the future holds.
The music universe was aligned in just the right way, sending me all sorts of dream pop, synth pop, R&B and indie dance goodness. If Lineup #208 feels like a warm blanket to snuggle with, then I've done my job this week.
Personally, this weekend I've taken a break from pretty much everything, so I'm grateful for the past few weeks of new music I've been saving up to cash out on a lazy day like today (and also for the Insecure Season 3 soundtrack which is basically The Sunday Lineup and is all over this week's Lineup).
Let me start this off by saying that I have spent the majority of this weekend listening to Blood Orange's latest album Negro Swan. Like everything that Dev Hynes of Blood Orange does, it's excellent.
That being said…
Lineup #205 is full of everything you need this week: disco-tinged chillwave from Roosevelt and Washed Out, some excellent covers from Father John Misty and Courtney Barnett, new singles from Cat Power and Christine and the Queens, a sample of Mitski's latest stunner Be The Cowboy and even a couple of tearjerkers (I see you Aretha and Tomberlin). Plus, a bunch of other things that came into my orbit over the past few weeks that I can't wait to share with you.
I spent this past weekend in a cabin on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound celebrating the milestone birthday of longtime TML family member JMS. You can consider Lineup #204 to be the greatest hits version of the 16 hours (!) of playlists I made for the weekend. It truly does have everything you need to get through your Monday.
After last week's massive music drop, things were noticeably calmer this week, giving me some time to catch up on new music I've missed, get reacquainted with some old favorites and have a much needed Hamilton binge. Oh, and listen to the new Robyn song "Missing U" a thousand times, which is exactly how you'll be starting your Monday. Enjoy.
Last Monday I was lamenting the cancellation of this year's edition of FYF Fest, but this week I have a lot more to celebrate. Namely the crazy summer music drop that happened on Friday - which included two new singles and album announcements from Blood Orange and Jungle, more new singles from BROCKHAMPTON and Maggie Rogers, the much anticipated (by me) EP from Channel Tres and a surprise album from Santigold.
Pour one out for FYF.
If things had gone to plan, I would have been sending out this week's Lineup from sunny Los Angeles, after 2 days of music at FYF Fest, a festival that quickly rose in the rankings to be one of my favorite on U.S. soil. But like many things in 2018, FYF superfans like myself had the rug pulled out from under us when the festival was suddenly cancelled in May, allegedly because of low ticket sales.
Today is a pretty momentous one over here at TML HQ. Not only have I hit the wild and crazy milestone of creating playlists 200 weeks in a row without interruption, but you might notice something, oh, I don't know, slightly different about the website.
And by slightly different, of course I mean that The Monday Lineup has undergone it's biggest and baddest makeover since I got started with this project almost 4 years ago! I'm not one to toot my own horn, but hot damn this new version totally takes TML to the next level.
In the past 2 weeks I’ve spent more waking hours in airports and airplanes than in my own city. It’s been a beautiful whirlwind of friends, family and once in a lifetime travel experiences, and while I’m the first to admit how happy I am to sleep in my own bed again, I have an emotional hangover coming on unlike any other. So, some good music is of the upmost importance this week.