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DJ Jim Q's Playlist: Honesty

With all of the “alternative facts”, lying and subversion these days, truth be told, it’s really difficult to think about this months theme of Honesty without a little cynicism. In this post-truth world, where deception and lies are common places, we have to find trust and authenticity where we can find it. While it may be futile to look to those in power for integrity, we can cultivate honesty in our friendships, our communities and of course in our art and music.

No fake news here, this month’s playlist highlights stories about truth, honesty, and realness. From Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway’s 1972 classic “Be Real Black For Me” to Brockhampton’s confessional “Tape” to Cyndi Lauper’s heart-felt ballad “True Colors”, I have assembled the finest collection of sincere songs, truthful tales, and honest hymns, I promise.

The theme was selected by the fine folk from the Cardiff chapter. I included a number of bands from the Welsh capital including the proto-Underworld band Freur, the Indie rockers Los Campesinos!, and one of my all-time favorites, the quirky post-punk pioneers Young Marble Giants. The city obviously has a deep bench of artists, I’ve only scratched the surface with the few tracks I included here.

I hope you enjoy these songs of honesty and that they provide some relief from the barrage of fictitious falsehoods we are all suffering through. If you enjoy these playlists, please let me know. I love hearing from you on Twitter and to keep up with new playlists, follow me on Spotify. See you next month with another playlist.

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