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Hamiltome: The Playlist

A19gf6jjO1LI recently read Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter’s Hamilton: The Revolution, a detailed look at the making of Broadway’s hottest musical. It’s a great read whether you’ve seen the show or just listened to the cast recording on repeat.

As I read the book, I found myself overwhelmed by the number of times I thought to myself: “I need to listen to this.” Sampled work, inspirational work, fans of the show, comparisons by McCarter or outsiders: there’s a ton of music in and around Hamilton, and I wanted to hear all of it.

Thus, I flipped back to page one and tracked everything in the book. I made a Spotfiy playlist containing every song mentioned, plus a song from every show, album or artist mentioned. It’s 122 songs long, clocking in at 8+ hours. Enjoy!

If you need more prodding, here’s the video for “Don’t Come Back”. If you like that, go track down the other 10 minutes of Dissed and Dismissed.

My favorite record of the year so far might be Tony Molina’s Dissed and Dismissed, which is like a lo-fi, mid-90s Weezer record stripped of structure and length. Seriously, it’s just hooks and solos without any filler. The record label page even warns: “Also, please note that this album runs just under 12 minutes. Just so you know.” But yeah, this is most definitely an LP, and well worth your attention.

The Verge’s Chris Welch writes about how a band gamed Spotify:

Vulfpeck’s latest album Sleepify is a completely silent recording composed of tracks that are each a half-minute in length. (Users must listen to a song for at least 30 seconds before Spotify counts it as a proper “play.”)

Upon its release last month, the band asked fans to stream Sleepify continuously at night as they slept, hoping the coordinated effort could morph Spotify’s less-than-a-cent royalty rate into something lucrative. And it actually worked: according to Vice, Vulfpeck earned around $20,000 in royalties from the album.

I never knew how much I wanted to hear the Muppets performing songs from Jesus Christ Superstar until I had them.

The New Pollution

If there was any one thing formative to my becoming a professional weirdo, I think it would have to be this video. I was 12 years old and my parents were yelling for me to come to the car because we were late for church. But I had to see the rest of it, and I did.

We went out to dinner afterwards — the food court at Neshaminy Mall, naturally — and I later found my way to Sam Goody, scanned the back of the Beck CDs for this song, and purchased my first CD.

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo team up.

Can’t remember the last time I watched a music video and instantly had to replay it once it was over. You’ve probably seen this by now, but if you haven’t, correct that immediately!

New Beck song! ‘Nuff said, right?

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