Okay, the main development since the last update is that @liberalteapot dropped a ginormo and extremely diverse and interesting playlist on me. It was something like half the length of the entire #inflictnick playlist, so I didn't try to merge them, I just worked on it in situ.

See also the discussion in this thread when I was about 3/4 of the way through, which segues into the question of whether or not I dislike folk music. (My tentative hypothesis: male folks musicians write obnoxious lyrics.)

Some notes:

  • Phildel -- liked a lot
  • Bell & Sebastian -- did not care for
  • Iron & Wine -- hard pass
  • Mazzy Star -- oh yeah, I liked this one song that was on the radio back in the day
  • Sufjan Stevens -- NOPE
  • Agnes Obel -- yes, good
  • East India Youth -- also good
  • Janet Jackson -- yes, also this is hilarious
  • Massive Attack -- Nope
  • Goldfrapp -- I can't make out any of the words she's singing, but otherwise I enjoyed this
  • Mogwai -- Sorry, I still don't get it

For the rest, I was neutral on most, with a few (like Antony and the Johnsons and Bat For Lashes) that I really feel I need to come back to later. (I've listened to a bit more Bat for Lashes (sp. The Bride) since then and enjoyed it.)

Self-assigned listening

I've also been sourcing other listening material, via editorial and algorithmic recommendations from Spotify and Tidal, by subscribing to a couple album review RSS feeds, and just randomly poking around.

Some things I've especially enjoyed:

  • Beach House (Thank Your Lucky Stars, Bloom)
  • Beyonce (Lemonade)
  • Broken Twin (May)
  • Charles Mingus (Tonight at Noon)
  • Frankie Knuckles
  • Hanni El Khatib (Savage Times)
  • Jay Som (Everybody Works)
  • John Adams (Scheherazade.2, Shaker Loops)
  • Julie Byrne (Not Even Happiness)
  • Lusine (Sensorimotor)
  • Mason Bates
  • Max Richter (Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works)
  • Mirel Wagner (Mirel Wagner, When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day)
  • Rhiannon Giddens (Freedom Highway, Factory Girl)
  • Run the Jewels
  • Solange (A Seat at the Table)
  • Syd (Fin)
  • The Staves
  • Valerie June

Also, I don't know to what extent I liked it, but listening to this was fucking fascinating:

Meanwhile, my sister threatened to inflict upon me both a bunch of mainstream country and "the filthiest rap," but that hasn't happened yet, so she may have forgotten.

Also, although I've only listened to about half of it, I'm provisionally enjoying Black Sabbath's Master of Reality.