Happy New Year! Good riddance, 2017, and hello 2018! Here's to a year of new music and new adventures.
Here are some highlights from the January playlist:
- Sylvan Esso covered "There Are Many Ways to Say I Love You" from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
- Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys has a new tune ft. The Preservation Hall Band. It feels like an old school love song, you know the type you kinda shimmy your shoulders to.
- Throwing it back to my high school days with Datarock. They've got a new single called Ruffle Shuffle that's just the right amount of nonsensical.
I can't believe it's almost 2018! Here are some mellow indie/alternative tunes you can relax with while you enjoy the rest of the year. Think of them as my Christmas present to you.
Here are some highlights from the December Playlist:
- There's loads of great new Aussie tunes on this playlist from Househats, Django Django, Alexander Biggs and more!
- "Getting It On" is a mellow, indie pop song from SALES. Listen closely for an especially great moment at 1:10 in the song.
- I love Love LOVE Dan Auerbach's solo stuff. He's gotten a little bit pop-pier from his initial raw-ness of "Keep it Hid" in 2009, but man... his voice never fails.
As usual: Where is the time going?! How is it NOVEMBER? Slow down, World.
The November Playlist is a little bit all over the place because lately I've been a bit all over the place, too. We just packed up our entire apartment and moved into a new one within the span of about a week. Yikes!
While we're getting settled in, I'll be listening to these tunes on repeat.
Here are some highlights from the November Playlist:
- Beck's new album Colors came out last month and I finally got to see him live! It was everything I could've hoped for and more.
- Django Django has a new single!
- I discovered Cousin Tony's Brand New Firebird on the Double J Best New Music playlist on Spotify. Those Aussie's give good tips for tunes! Oh and that band name gets 100 cool points.
Boo! The October Playlist is here!
Here are some highlights:
- Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile are making music together! Their new album is called Lotta Sea Lice and it's out the 13th of this month! They just released this video for the song Continental Breakfast; it's basically them hanging out with friends and family and it's really just the sweetest.
- Morrissey has a new song, Spent the Day in Bed, and I'm not quite sure how I feel about it yet... but I'm excited to hear more from him.
- An out of the blue album release is rare, but Deer Tick one-upped us and released 2 albums out of nowhere in mid-September. If you're an alt-country-type, they have a show at the Teragram on November 11.
- If you like Angel Olsen, you'll probably like Lomelda. Everyone needs some mellow angelic singing in their lives, and this song happens to be perfect for driving.
- Okay so this has nothing to do with this month's playlist, but Wolf Parade's new album Cry Cry Cry comes out October 6, but you can stream it now on NPR!
PS: This Halloween, (okay technically October 28), you can find me at the KCRW Masquerade Ball. There's going to be music by The Black Madonna, Matthew Dear, Tensnake, Moon Boots and more! See you there?
It's my birthday month! I'm currently headed to Hicksville in Idyllwild to stay in a Twin Peaks, "Great Northern" themed motel room. More on that later. For now, some tunes!
Here's some highlights from the September playlist:
- LCD Soundsystem's new album is out TODAY! I'm seeing them at The Palladium in November!
- There's a collab in the works with Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile. Their album is set to release this fall.
- I went to my first show at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery last week with El Ten Eleven ft. Emile Mosseri, with Korey Dane. I’ve been wanting to see a concert in the cemetery for a while and this line-up just really clicked. Mellow tunes and instrumentals in a beautiful, intimate space. El Ten Eleven is typically an instrumental band, but have collaborated with Emile Mosseri on their new EP, "Unusable Love". They pair so well together. At one point during the show someone in the crowd yelled, "Make more music together!", and the band smiled. Korey Dane, is kind of an up and comer with his folksy, indie rock. I discovered his music after I heard a few of his songs on KCRW lately, and by chance he opened the show. Solid set done by all.
- The first time I listened to Cupid by The Big Moon, I mistook the singer for Alex Turner of The Arctic Monkeys. Listening further I realized it was a female's voice, who just really sounds like him, and I'm super into it.