~WETTER AND HARDER~
It is with mixed feelings that I bring you this hotly anticipated (but confusingly un-buzzed about) playlist.
Last year, I wanted to make a rock ‘n’ roll playlist for the summer. I didn’t get very far before I realized I needed to bring in the big guns. I messaged scruffy on Spotify and before I knew it, my little rock ‘n’ roll playlist had tripled in size thanks to scruffy’s additions. After giving it my famous sequencing touch, “Lifevests & Helmets” was born.
It was a 2016 smash hit.
Naturally, when 2017 rolled around, specifically when the new Japandroids album dropped, I instantly started thinking about The Sequel. I contacted scruffy through Spotify and we were both on the same page and thinking ahead to titles and songs for L&H2. We agreed we wouldn’t start official work until April and May with the goal of once again posting it on the First Day of Summer.
But then the Spotify messaging feature went kapoof, as did scruffy and my line of communication. I started scrambling, reaching out to Blocland boss Doris for an e-mail address that did reconnect scruffy & I, but not for long. scruffy had warned me he was going to be incredibly busy going into June, so I started work myself. As May started ticking by, I had painted myself in a corner and was looking for some more assistance from scruffy. I made posts on Stereogum looking for him, and would eventually hear from him, though it was unexpected news. I won’t divulge personal details, but scruffy had LIFE to deal with, so I would handle the VESTS and HELMETS.
So as excited as I am to share this playlist, I have to say this: I wish scruffy had more involvement with it. Life happens to all of us in waves, so I understand that the timing didn’t work out this time. The good news is that I learned so much from scruffy last year that I feel I have kept in step with the energy from the first “Lifevests & Helmets”. So many of these bands were found combing through scruffy’s playlists, grabbing new songs from bands that were on the first playlist, etc.
Needless to say, it’s the First Day of Summer today. Without further ado, I present to you, the ever so esteemed Blocland community, with:
Lifevests & Helmets 2: Safety Second