September 2023


September seems like a fine month for Phoebe to show off her inner Emo. Also, Al gets mad because Phoebe stole his favorite song, and both discuss their song selection criteria.


Show notes from our September 2023 Spotify Podcast:

We started with Phoebe’s ten submissions and Al’s ten submissions, but our finished, 11-song playlist is put in an order that we think makes sense musically. Which is not same same order that we pick the songs during the picking ceremony heard during our podcast.


Song notes (Quotes are from song lyrics):

  1. “Bela served me coffee, she kept her biscuits warm, I never saw her even once out of her uniform”

    Californian Chuck Prophet has been around a while, as a singer, songwriter, and producer, and seems to us like a very ItD,O-worthy character.

  2. “I get so lost, I can’t see, even when the answer lies down right in front of me”

    The more we hear from Canadian Cat Clyde, the more impressed we are. “Hawk in the Tree” is from her new release, Down Rounder

  3. “I saw a gold ring at the bottom of the river glinting at my foolish heart”

    Bill Callahan, AKA Smog, has been in our playlist six times now. This probably says more about us than it does about him.

  4. “You would be right to say I’m sounding bitter, but baby, I’ve been bitter through and through, learned that the only thing worse than a woman who lies is a girl who’ll tеll truths”

    Odie Leigh’s “Accommodating” is one of those songs that starts out pretty unassuming, but ends up totally winning us over.

  5. “There I go again, I’ve been stuck inside my head, and my imagination tends to turn on me instead”

    “Death By Suspicion” is Madison Cunningham’s third appearance in our playlist, but her first original. She’s also very much Phoebe’s crush.

  6. “Locomotive 8, Southern Crescent, hear the bells ring again, the fields of wheat is looking thin”

    Jason Isbell is one of those artists we like a lot but has never quite made it into our playlist. If it takes an REM cover to get him there, we’re okay with that.

  7. “I’m just pushing the paint around, on advice from your lying mouth, you touched me and then you ran, and left some sad Peter Pan”

    If you’ve followed our playlist much, you know that Vic Chesnutt is the kind of artist we always have a soft spot for. It’s somewhat surprising we’ve been doing this over three years and “Sad Peter Pan” is his first appearance. Here’s a rough and wonderful version.

  8. “In the backdrop of the night, I melt into the starry light, the moon pushes and pulls the tides, tempts the soul to stay alive”

    Elephant Revival is one of those bands that mixes bluegrass with super-tight arrangements and an earthy folk styling. We like this one a lot.

  9. “I held you too tight, my weakness it showed, I was in your way, trying to get close, you’re after the world, a rolling stone, alright, alright, I’ll leave you alone”

    Dean Johnson’s “Shouldn’t Say Mine” was actually submitted by both of us this month. It counts as Phoebe’s song, but we both want to take a little credit for this one.

  10. “Always will be roamin’ ‘hind each trip a new pair of shoes, always black”

    Graham Coxon was part of the 90’s era band Blur. We like what he’s doing here much better.

  11. “Father’s at the front door, dusting off the floormat, brittle like his thick bark, tired like his old hat. He used to wonder how a young boy travels to a grown man, said he walked on water, he was dancing on quicksand.”

    Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra are back for their second appearance. We’re really impressed with “Cold Canary Gaslight”.


Both our Spotify playlist and our podcast are updated and released around the first of each month.

Thanks to 1792 Small Batch Bourbon for help in recording this month. Thanks to the Tobacco Lofts Studio. Theme music is from “Red Eye” by E’s Jammy Jams, accordion music by Andrew Huang. Chopin – Mazurka Op6No2 by Blue Dot Sessions. Lahaina by Blue Dot Sessions. Trois Gnossiennes 3 by Blue Dot Sessions. Trod Along by Blue Dot Sessions.

Featured image: One of our “I ♥️ My Dads” bibs, worn during our ceremony, and another great find from Richmond’s Diversity Thrift.

If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to let us know!

See you next month!


In the Distance, Oblivious
In the Distance, Oblivious
September 2023