SHEDNOTES 147: The POTUS playlist

The Shed is currently locked in battle with a Devonshire allotment, which mainly wants to grow hedgerow, and has been neglecting the playlists strand of its blog, but has made a note to catch up on Barack Obama’s summer listening recommendations. Interesting.

You can find his two lists – one for day and one for night – and connections to the tunes via Spotify at

The Sunday Telegraph ran the lists at

They are …


  1. The Temptations: Ain’t Too Proud to Beg
  2. The Isley Brothers: Live It Up Pts 1 & 2
  3. Talib Kweli & Hi Tek: Memories Live
  4. Bob Dylan: Tombstone Blues
  5. Bob Marley & The Wailers: So Much Trouble in the World
  6. Coldplay: Paradise
  7. Howlin’ Wolf: Wang Dang Doodle
  8. Stevie Wonder: Another Star
  9. Sly & the Family Stone: Hot Fun in the Summertime
  10. Low Cut Connie: Boozophilia
  11. Brandi Carlile: Wherever Is Your Heart
  12. Nappy Roots: Good Day
  13. John Legend and Andre 3000: Green Light
  14. The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter
  15. Aretha Franklin: Rock Steady
  16. Okkervil River: Down Down the Deep River
  17. Justin Timberlake: Pusher Love Girl
  18. Florence + The Machine: Shake It Out
  19. Sonora Carruseles: La Salsa La Traigo Yo


  1. John Coltrane: My Favorite Things
  2. Superpower: Beyoncé featuring Frank Ocean
  3. Van Morrison: Moondance
  4. Lianne La Havas: Is Your Love Big Enough?
  5. Al Green: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
  6. Aoife O’Donovan: Red & White & Blue & Gold
  7. Lauryn Hill and D’Angelo: Nothing Even Matters
  8. Frank Sinatra and Count Basie: The Best Is Yet to Come
  9. Ray Charles: You Don’t Know Me
  10. Mary J Blige and Raphael Saadiq: I Found My Everything
  11. Joni Mitchell: Help Me
  12. Otis Redding: I’ve Got Dreams to Remember
  13. Leonard Cohen: Suzanne
  14. Nina Simone: Feeling Good
  15. The Lumineers: Stubborn Love
  16. Cassandra Wilson: Until
  17. Mos Def: UMI Says
  18. Billie Holiday: The Very Thought of You
  19. Miles Davis: Flamenco Sketches
  20. Erykah Badu: Woo

The Shed is currently checking out Samantha Crain. Try her at–4BYs

morelater …

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