I spent most of last week in anticipation of the mega new music drop coming to us on Friday January 18th: James Blake, Sharon Van Etten, Deerhunter and Maggie Rogers were all releasing new albums and all of them were supposed to be great (and they are!).
But then, the bomb of all bombs dropped: after years of heartbreak and sadness, my favorite musician and kindred spirit James Blake was not only truly in love again, and not only did his latest album actually include proper love songs, but these love songs were all written for Jameela Jamil, the actress who plays Tahani on NBC’s The Good Place and very much the current girlfriend of James Blake. Talk about a lot to take in!
But then, I landed in Japan, where I will be ringing in my 30th year on this earth, and well, nothing is crazier than this place. I’ve already experienced so many firsts in less than 24 hours. Over the next week I’ll be scouring the streets of various Japanese cities for the best epicurean delights, but also the best musical treasures I can find for next week’s Lineups - so stay tuned!
In the meantime, enjoy Lineup #227.