Carrying on with posting some song and music video favorites from the 20 years that I’ve been making Onechord.net. Here’s the link to the monster playlist, because I don’t have the time to write a post about everything.
The Michigan episode of this nostalgia trip starts with my absolute favorite songwriter of the latter half of these 20 years. I’m of course talking about Matthew Milia. I wholeheartedly love both Frontier Ruckus and the solo records. I could add 50 Matthew Milia songs here without any drop in quality, but I’ll settle with one from my favorite Frontier Ruckus album Eternity of Dimming plus a song from the each of the solo records. The latter solo Keego Harbor actually came out this year and not so surprisingly it’s my favorite record of 2021 so far.
Somewhat obvious transition to Chris Bathgate. Not quite sure what he is up to nowadays, but what I do know is that I love his albums Throatsleep (2006), A Cork Tale Wake (2007) and Salt Year (2011) (and everything else rules too, but those are personal favorites). It’s usually A Cork Tale Wake that takes the spot when I try to draft some all-time favorites list, so here’s a couple of great ones from that album.
Small Houses aka Jeremy Quentin is probably living in Austin, Texas these days, but he is a Michigan kid at heart. So let’s wrap this one with a couple of great Small Houses songs. Here’s Staggers and Rise from Still Talk; Second City (2015) and Late July from North (2011). The latter one might not be the objectively best Small Houses song, but it holds a very special place in my heart.