MAGNOLIA PRESENTS: SPOTIFY SINGLES

Tracklist

Side A

  1. Have You Ever Seen The Rain (CCR) – The Lumineers
  2. Amsterdam (Gregory Alan Isakov) – Mandolin Orange
  3. Harvest Moon (Neil Young) – Lord Huron
  4. Strangers (The Kinks) – Rayland Baxter
  5. Friday I’m In Love (The Cure) – Phoebe Bridgers

 Side B

  1. Don’t Let It Bring You Down (Neil Young) – Mt. Joy
  2. I Won’t Back Down (Tom Petty) – Judah & The Lion
  3. Be Kind To Me (Michael Hurley) – Langhorne Slim
  4. Wish I Had Not Said That (JJ Cale) – Phosphorescent
  5. When Doves Cry (Prince) – Sarah Jarosz
December 2020

Magnolia Record Club Presents: Spotify Singles

The Record

December 2020’s Record of the Month is Magnolia Record Club Presents: Spotify Singles!

This compilation is the first ever pressing of these select Spotify Singles to vinyl, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer it to our club members as the last record of the month for 2020! And how cool is the ghostly green vinyl? 

You’ll hear new and unique renditions of classic songs by Tom Petty, Neil Young, The Cure, and more done by many artists we’ve featured on the club in the past – The Lumineers, Phoebe Bridgers, Mt. Joy, Rayland Baxter, Judah & The Lion, and many more! 

The Curator

Emily Frantz (of Mandolin Orange)

I remember the summer when we met Gregory Alan Isakov. It was at Edmonton Folk Festival in 2014 and it was the first summer when Andrew and I were on a real tour, which meant playing festivals people had heard of, and it felt amazing. We found ourselves playing on a workshop stage together (oh what we would give for that in 2020). I’ve always been drawn to music almost purely based on the sound of someone’s voice, so Greg was a shoo-in that day.

We had the warmest of times joining GAI on tour several months later, and when we got home I could not stop humming Amsterdam. Being the olden-music lovers that we are, we rarely sit down to learn all the words to a nowadays song. But this one fell into place straight away, and I don’t think we’ve changed anything about the way we play it since then. Singing it during the duo part of a show, or for an encore, feels like a treat to myself more than anyone, but I’m glad folks like to hear it.

It’s fun to hear artists record covers, because you know how much sheer enjoyment went into it. Less of the self-doubt that can come along with recording your own music, more of the delightful fun of doing karaoke in a studio. As a fellow lover of singing Harvest Moon (and pretty much any song on that album), I loved the detailed accuracy in Lord Huron’s. I didn’t recognize Phoebe’s voice right away when Friday I’m In Love came on and I was immediately captivated—dropped what I was doing to go back and check what I was hearing. These are great versions of some of my all time favorite songs. I hope everyone had as much fun singing their hearts out as we did.

– Emily Frantz

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