Moving to a new place is an exciting but tedious chore wrought with difficult choices and compromises. Do I have enough room to bring both my McDonald’s life-size Grimace plush doll AND my NordicTrack Pro Skier Ski Machine? And will the new neighbors below me be as cool with my early morning medicine ball throw down exercises as my last? Settle in with some handpicked tunes to aid you in your transition.
1. Millie Jackson – House For Sale –rye
2. Andreya Triana – Clutterbug –caitiebee
3. David Bowie – Move On –rye
4. Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Volunteered Slavery –caitiebee
5. Lolawolf – House Key –caitiebee
6. The Aquarium – Can’t Afford to Live Here –rye
7. The Lollipop Shoppe – Don’t Look Back –rye
8. Beck – Truckdrivin’ Neighbors Downstairs –caitiebee
9. The Men – Settle Me Down –rye
10. Queens of the Stone Age – Broken Box –caitiebee
11. Love – A House Is Not A Motel –rye
12. Gwen Guthrie – Ain’t Nothing Goin’ On But The Rent –caitiebee
13. Mount Kimbie – Before I Move Off –caitiebee
St. Patrick’s Day is upon us! Whether you plan on observing the traditional custom of drowning the Shamrock, or drowning yourself in green beer, we have a playlist for all of your celebratory needs. Sláinte!
1. The Trojans & Gaz Mayall – Gaelic Ska
2. Horslips – Trouble (With A Capital T)
3. The Replacements – Beer For Breakfast
4. The Pogues – The Boys From The County Hell
5. Thin Lizzy – Whiskey In The Jar
6. The Tossers – Whiskey Makes Me Crazy
7. Dexy’s Midnight Runners – The Celtic Soul Brothers
8. Trembling Bells – All My Favorite Mistakes
9. Fleet Foxes – Bedouin Dress
10. The Chieftains & The Punch Brothers – The Frost Is All Over
11. Van Morrison – Streets Of Arklow
12. Planxty – Si Bheag, Si Mhor
While my co-writer in crime can likely speak more to the sentiment of this song’s title, I’m loving this driving cut from New York City’s Parquet Courts. Dig the main riff, which is slightly reminiscent of 60s western scores a la “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly” (composed by recent Oscar recipient Ennio Morricone).
Will you be our valentine? We can’t spend every dollar to our name on you or put you in the flyest gear (as early 2000’s R&B teen phenomenon Sammie would) but we can deliver you a steamy playlist full of love, affection, and compassion. Be ours.
1. The one thing we know we’ll see: Big Time Sensuality by Björk –caitiebee
2. It’s a big day, just make sure you “Get it Right” by Catz n Dogz –caitiebee
3. Though sometimes, it’s what we don’t do. Lianne La Havas – What You Don’t Do –rye
4. Maybe give her some “Dandelions” by Daughn Gibson –caitiebee
5. Go The Distance – The White Buffalo It’s nice to hear a raw, realist love song that still manages to make you smile. –rye
6. Remember what it’s all about with “That’s Love” by Oddisee –caitiebee
7. For when you know she’s the only one “fer sure” One Million Lovers – The Growlers –rye
8. Murder By Death – Foxglove The cello riff in this song always gets me. Get got. –rye
9. And get in the mood with “Feel Like Making Love” by The Dynamics –caitiebee
10. Suicide – Sweetheart A real tender one from Alan and Martin. –rye
11. And then a song that reminds us that sometimes, it’s best to just be “Alone” by Petit Biscuit –caitiebee
12. A classic that needs no introduction. Mark Murphy – My Ship –rye
As the Porter Ranch Aliso Canyon well continues to spew methane gas into our already smoggy city, we wish the best for those directly affected by this environmental disaster. While we can’t lend our lungs to you, we can share this poignant number from Townes Van Zandt:
Black Sabbath’s “Changes”, a uncharacteristically heartfelt piano ballad, surprised many fans at the time of its release in 1972.
Though even more surprising may be Charles Bradley’s choice to cover the song for his upcoming album “Changes.” The soulful crooner takes the song to soaring new heights, which you can hear below.
Now that 2016 is officially underway, we hope the best for you. And most importantly, may all your favorite bands stay together!
Despite your religious affiliation, Christmas music is unavoidable if you engage with any kind of media, or enter any retail store this time of year (even if you spend Christmas eating Chinese food and watching Daily Show reruns). So for those who’ve grown tired of Brenda Lee and Mariah Carey, consider this playlist of Holiday-themed tunes. Wishing you all a happy holiday and wondrous New Year!
1. Binky Griptite – Stone Soul Christmas
2. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – Big Bulbs
3. Tom Waits – Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis
4. Freddie McGregor – O Come All Ye Faithful
5. Dengue Fever – Little Drummer Boy
6. Yellowman – Santa Claus Never Comes to the Ghetto
7. Tracey Thorn – In The Cold, Cold Night
8. The Bird And The Bee – A Christmas Compromise
9. Low – Just Like Christmas
10. Augie Rios – Donde Esta Santa Claus
11. The Everly Brothers – Christmas Eve Can Kill You
12. Booker T & the MG’s – Jingle Bells
13. Butterbean & Susie – Papa Ain’t No Santa Claus (Mama Ain’t No Christmas Tree)
14. Poly Styrene – Black Christmas