Suggested Listening ’22: Daniel Palmer

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It’s that time of year again! WOUB Culture has reached out to a variety of folks involved in various capacities with the music and arts throughout WOUB’s diverse coverage region to inquire: “what have you been listening to this year, my friend?” Find their answers on WOUB Culture all throughout the month of December. 

Daniel Palmer stands on top of the Athens City Parking Garage. He is wearing a white shirt underneath a longsleeve gray button up.
[Photo by Adam Remnant]
Daniel Palmer is in Sneakthief, a Columbus-based band which used to be Athens-based. Keep tabs on them here.

1. “Just Like Me” (feat. Trace Mountains & Anika Pyle) – Slaughter Beach, Dog

I don’t know what kind of music this is, but whatever genre it is has completely taken over my 2022 listening habits. The folk and soft rock mix combined with the gentleness of the recording and lyrics is great. Maybe I’m getting older but I’m finding myself drawn more and more to songs that can be gentle while also being effective emotionally. Love Slaughter Beach, Dog.

2. “orange show speedway” – Lizzy McAlpine

Lizzy is blowing up this year, releasing a song with Jacob Collier and playing with John Mayer. “orange show speedway” is the last track on her album “five seconds flat” and is really effective as a last song. It takes notes from bedroom pop, like the voice memo recording at the end, but adds a bit of the flourish you expect from higher-end pop.

3. “Harry’s House” – Harry Styles

Every song. So good!

4. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” – Simon & Garfunkel

If you only listen to one song on this record, let it be “Keep the Customer Satisfied.” Such a cool horn section on that track. I will say if you only listen to that one song you’re really missing out, this whole record is fantastic.

5. “Rainforest” – Noname

I found this song when Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast had her DJ set at Stuart’s Opera House. The instrumentation and flow are especially interesting and stuck with me! Even better when the track has a really cool memory attached to it!

6. “There Will Never Be Another You” – The Red Garland Trio

A very standard jazz tune, but then somewhere in the second half of the song it switches to a really interesting back and forth between the full band and just the drummer. I could put 5-6 jazz records on here and not scratch the surface of how much jazz I listened to this year, but this one stayed in my head more than the rest, so it made the cut for the list.

7. “Plum” – Widowspeak

Just like the Slaughter Beach, Dog track, I have no idea what genre this is and it deserves a label more specific than ‘Alternative’ but whatever. I like it a lot and if you know what genre I should be looking through to find tracks similar to this and “Just Like Me,” please let me know.

Honorable Mentions:
“Clot The Wobblin” – Jake McKelvie and The Countertops
“In Sickness and In Flames” – The Front Bottoms
“American Bollywood: Acts III & IV” – Young the Giant
“Scenery” – Ryo Fukui
“You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” – Jim Croce
“Wet Dream” – Wet Leg
My Girl – Slaughter Beach, Dog