Music to Pack up Your Life to…

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


Music to Wear the Green to…

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


Music To Love To…Vol. III

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

 


Gongbanter Picks of 2015

Happy New Year! Before you dawn your party dress and chug champagne, take a moment to reflect with us.

caitiebee faves:

1) Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too

2) Shamir – Rachet

3) Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love

4) Thundercat – The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam

5) Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment – Surf

6) Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

7) Seven Davis Jr. – Universes

8) Empress Of – Me

9) Algiers – Algiers

10) Mbongwana Star -From Kinshasa

rye’s faves:

1) Grimes – Art Angels

2) Tame Impala – Currents

3) Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion People

4) Kurt Vile – b’lieve i’m goin down

5) Algiers – Algiers

6)  Larry Gus – I Need New Eyes

7) Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside

8) DJ Koze – DJ Kicks

9) Longmont Potion Castle – 12

10) Destroyer – Poison Season


A Very Gongbanter Christmas…

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

 


Music to Carve The Turkey to…

I’ve got a lot to be thankful for. I’m thankful that you are reading this right now. I’m thankful for my health. On that note, I’m thankful for red wine. I’m thankful that Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” is almost out of my head.

But at the moment, I’m most thankful for Thanksgiving—the understated hero of the holiday season. A time where we gather around the table with a shared goal…to eat everything in sight.

In gratitude, we’ve got some tunes to keep your holiday moving—even after you pass out on the couch.

1.  Trust me on this one, especially if you live a bit farther from your family than most—play “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges  on your car ride over and let the nostalgia flow. –caitiebee

2.  Thanksgiving is often about coming together, but can sometimes feel like it can erupt into a feud at any moment. So here’s one for the families who put the “fun” in dysfunctional!  “Shame & Scandal” – Shawn Elliott –rye

3. Don’t you forget why we are all here together—nursing our hangovers and chopping carrots—the great pilgrimage of the Mayflower. Your aunt likes R.E.M too right? –caitiebee

4.  Pass The Hatchet – Roger & The Gypsies Blood is inevitably shed when it comes time to carve the bird, especially after one consumes massive amounts of wheat beer before using a knife. –rye

5. Keep the funk running with Madlib’s “Cornucopia” if you haven’t succumbed to a food coma –rye

6. It’s all about “Maximum Consumption“—so don’t think that you can step on the court without a warm up…say YES to an eggs and bacon breakfast first. The Kinks know what we’re talking about. –caitiebee

7. Buckle up for a tour de “Mashed Potato, USA” with James Brown — caitiebee

8. Cranberry – The Ruby Suns – Do you pine for Cranberry sauce and hazy psychedelic tropi-synth-pop like me? –rye

9. Don’t forget to eat your vegetables, because like Frank Zappa says, “they keep you regular; they’re real good for ya.” Go ahead, “Call Any Vegetable“.  –caitiebee

10. The national turkey pardon is a strange and primitive tradition that continues to occur every year, even as the president admits it to be a “puzzling” ritual. John Lydon wails about the fear of change in “The Pardon“- a highlight from Public Image Ltd’s “This Is What You Want… This Is What You Get” –rye

11.  Big Star – Thank You Friends One of the many things we’re grateful for? Our friends! And you. So THANK YOU! –rye

12. And THANK YOU AGAIN! I just wanna “Thank You” again, with some Nathaniel Rateliff –caitiebee


Music to Trot the Best Coast to…

We often take for granted the beautiful city we live in, so today we’d like to pay homage to The Big Orange a/k/a Shaky Town a/k/a Los Angeles the only way we know how— through song(s)!  So whether you’re visiting for the first time or exploring the “depth beneath the shallow“, throw on this mix of tunes about the best city on the best coast.

1. Like us, Murs takes pride in Southern California roots, but knows that “a lot of out-of-towners can’t handle this city.” —rye

2. And when People Under The Stairs spread the love for their city in “The LA Song”, they also made my favorite freeway reference ever, “At the shows with the flows and they think the crowds groovin / Its like the 405 at 5:30 nobodys movin.” –caitiebee

3.  On the Cold War Kids’ “Santa Ana Winds”, Nathan Willet sings: “Seatbelt sticks in the poison heat / My pores are opening” — all too common occurences living in this sweaty, sticky city —rye

4. Los Angeles is an inherently lonely place…we live miles apart, drive in cars alone, nobody walks the streets…but sit back, bask in your personal time, and enjoy Flying Lotus’ “…And The World Laughs With You” –caitiebee

5.  Here’s a gem from the fantastic “Little Darla Has A Treat For You” compilation series: Acres Of Fakers by Land Of Ill Earthquakes. Or, Southern California in a nutshell —rye

6.  I just have to include the beautiful ode to my hometown “San Fernando Valley” from Mel Torme’s California Suite —rye

7. My favorite Los Angeles Anthem: Kendrick Lamar’s “The Recipe” – especially this Black Hippy remix –caitiebee

8.  Not an ode, but more of a poignant story with a reference to one of the best coast’s best beaches. Also one of my favorite Patti Smith songs. “Redondo Beach.” —rye

9. And we’re always Mellow Yellow –caitiebee

10. There is truly nothing more L.A. than Los Lobos, here’s “Saint Behind the Glass” –caitiebee

11.  The wonderfully irreverent Camper Van Beethoven have to know, “aren’t y’all cowboys from Hollywood??” —rye

12. And you better bet we are thinking about quakes and  Fire Fire Fire all of the time, this tune is by Ebenezar Calendar –caitiebee

13. Que Onda Guero, a donde vayas? This will make you love LA: envision little Beck wandering the streets of East LA. –caitiebee

14.  BONUS: Addison Groove: “Fuk Tha 101”—  If you haven’t uttered these words at least once, then you’re either mute, or haven’t lived in LA . —rye


Music to Haunt the Town to…

Ahhh…the smell of pumpkins rotting in there air, there’s nothing like being home for the Halloween holiday. And the dreadful night falls on a Saturday this year, brace yourselves for the hangover (be it from the libations or a Skittles binge).

Here is a soundtrack for all you Ghouls, Goblins, Pirates, Overgrown Minions, Sexy Minions, Sexy Seductress Popes, Donald Trumps and Teeny-Tiny TAFNAPs. Be safe out there.

1)  Let’s get in the mood for All Hallow’s Eve with the noirish dread of Daughn Gibson’s “All Hell” –rye

2)  You might remember my obsession with creepy blues music from our last Halloween playlist…it hasn’t ended. Here’s “Devil Got My Woman” by Skip James –caitiebee

3)  While I usually turn to the Misfits for my Halloween/monster movie kitsch fix, why not let Sparks do it with this lesser known number “I Married A Martian” –rye

4)  It’s frightening that Lydia Lunch’s “Spooky” doesn’t have a place right next to the “Monster Mash” on all Halloween Mega-Hit compilations –caitiebee

5)  “You Must Be A Witch” by The Lollipop Shoppe is right up there with the finest campy, 60s Halloween Garage nuggets. Just make sure you don’t associate with any real witches this year  –rye

5)  And watch out for Ghosts in the Trees by Thee Oh Sees –caitiebee

6) …as well as the ghost in your house. Remember, on Halloween you’re never safe! PS: Maybe you know the Motown version, but I prefer the prolific Mark E. Smith and The Fall’s take on “There’s A Ghost In My House” –rye

7)  Want to do something really scary? Start to google “Will We Survive?” and see all of the frightful reasons why the internet thinks a zombie apocalypse is near. Or just listen to Swans and remember that it could have already started… –caitiebee

8)  Or freak yourself out with Laurie Anderson’s “The Day The Devil.” for when the Devil comes to a town near you –rye

9)  Always wait until it’s DARK ENOUGH to trick or treat, nothing haunted comes out in broad daylight, listen to HEALTH while you wait –caitiebee

10)  When you’re finally out and about, throw on “Freaking Out The Neighborhood“–  A favorite past time of this time of year (making your loved ones concerned about you, that is) —rye

12)  Anddd the song that terrifies me the absolute most that I still want to listen on repeat always and forever IxC999 by White Ring –caitiebee


Music To Dive In To…

Just because the farmer’s almanac says that summer has ended doesn’t mean you shouldn’t continue to jump into every swimming pool/lake/moat you come across, especially if you live in the constant sauna that is Los Angeles. So keep on keepin’ cool this weekend! And while we won’t warn you about the perils of swimming too soon after eating, we will advise you to have a playlist ready for when you find yourself in or around a pool.

1.  So let’s jump in with Little Ray’s “Come And Swim With Me” –rye

2. Even when you are sitting at work, we all just want to be able to “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)” all day. Here’s Unknown Mortal Orchestra. –caitiebee

3.  When the city becomes too hot, a nice dip with the Owiny Sigma Band can help –rye

4. This song by the Jacuzzi Boys has all the capricious energy of a pool party and makes me regret missing their set on the infamous Bruise Cruise. –rye

5. My sister says that Major Lazer’s “Playground” transports her to a raunchy pool party in the tropics, and she is definitely right. –caitiebee

6.  If you haven’t caught wind of 10,000 Emeral Pools from BORNS, listening to it makes it feel like you’re wading in a sangria-filled aquarium with your significant other. –rye

7. And California definitly knows how to pool party, like noMBe says in “California Girls” — “Ooh, how I like the smell of West Coast pheromones” –caitiebee

8. Mostly we are all just waiting for that right mood to just make us dive right in , Guts can help with “And the Livin’ is Easy” –caitiebee

9.  Really digging the new record from Shaun Fleming aka Diane Coffee. Throw on “Down With The Current” when you’re by the water –rye

10. Cool you insides too with the Talking Heads and a “Popsicle” –caitiebee

11.  Make time for some Skinny Dipping with WhoMadeWho –rye

12. Now for some beachy-vibes with Ghanaian roots by way of Brooklyn, Blitz and the Ambassador with “Akwaaba” –caitiebee

13. Unless you are in a wetsuit, we know you’ll be showing some FLESH. –caitiebee

14.  And whatever you do, try not to get the Swimming Pool Blues. –rye


FYF 2015!

Ryan and I have attended FYF since it was Fuck Yeah Fest. Back then you had to wait in a line for hours and there was no water for purchase…though last year seemed like time warp…

Granted each year we come back wheezing and sore, and it’s always a grand old time.

Though I won’t be in attendance this year, I will definitely be there in spirit. And don’t worry, Ryan will be there–look for the one moshing to Death Grips, inhaler in hand.

1) Rejoice! Because it’s that time of year again, but this time Andrew Jackson Jihad made it out of their DIY living room and garage stages to celebrate with you. –caitiebee

2)  As usual, we anticipate a beautiful disaster— one in which stellar curation and performance meet piss-poor planning and organization. Essentially, our masochistic relationship with this festival continues, and I have no doubt it will once again drive me crazy. At least catching Kaytranada will be fun. —rye

3) I’ve sadly never seen Thee Oh Sees perform before, but they will always be a favorite. Check them out and report back please. Prep with “I Can’t Get No” –caitiebee

4) Go see Purity Ring, mostly because of this handmade light-up drum contraption –caitiebee

5)  While things have gotten better, I can’t help but recall the days when FYF turned into a dirt storm and ran out of water while the sun was still up (as Caitlin referenced earlier).  So strap on your surgical masks and orthopedic shoes for Lower Dens, and hope you don’t die in L.A. —rye

6)  FYF went from selling tickets at dirt cheap prices, to having to implement payment plans for attendees. With the Drums on the bill, you can feel a little bit better about spending all that Money. —rye

7) Tobias Jesso Jr. will have a fantastic backup band that is definitely worth showing up early for. Check out “Crocodile Tears” live on KCRW –caitiebee

8) And you know that Bloc Party will put on a great show. –caitiebee

9)  While I cross my fingers for an overcast weekend, it’ll most likely be another sunny day for us to endure (and catch one of the best live acts ever, Belle & Sebastian). —rye

10) Laura Marling seems to just get better with age. Still loving that first single off her new album, “False Hope” –caitiebee

11)  It’ll be interesting to see what kind of set Badbadnotgood puts on. They seem just as likely to bring out Ghostface Killah for a few songs, as they are to put on an improvisational jazz set. Whatever they do, it’s bound to be a great experience. —rye

12)  And hopefully yours is just like heaven. —rye