Weekly Playlists: May Week Three

Summer is here- finally! With it comes a new set of tunes to jam out to during your sunny commute. The sun rises early these days, and your daily playlist should be fresh and new as well. Here are five new tracks to add to your commute playlist.

 

“I Of The Storm” by Of Monsters And Men

This is a very calm track, one to play on a very still summer night while you’re driving home. Of Monsters and Men has a very earthy tone, and this makes for a great vibe to enjoy in the middle of the night.

 

“Oh Ms. Believer” by Twenty One Pilots

A track that tugs at the heart, this is one that is certainly worth at least a listen. It’s a whole new side of the band that even I hadn’t quite expected. There’s a gentle emotion about this track that I know I will never get over, and that’s why it’s worth a space in your commute.

 

“Woodwork” by Sleeping At Last

Sleeping At Last is another band to listen to during a warm summer night drive. It’s calm and thoughtful, a very intimate genre. “Woodwork” is one of my favorites and definitely worth a listen.

 

“Your Glass House” by Atmosphere

A little more edgy, Atmosphere is a style of hip-hop that everyone can get on board with. It’s welcoming with it’d production but the lyrics always hit a little harder than many tracks.

 

“Handyman” by AWOLNATION

Along with “Table For One,” this is my favorite track from the band’s newest album. There’s a great deal of emotion in this track, which I always appreciate, especially when a band is as production heavy as this one.

 

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Top Picks From The Hamilton Musical

“Hamilton” was a musical that took over my life for the better half of 2017. It’s a historical account that’s packed with information but also a ton of talent. A modern twist on a very classic story, it’s a great guilty pleasure. Here are my favorite tracks from Broadway’s “Hamilton-“ though plenty had to be cut out for the sake of length. Give it all a listen, really.

“Satisfied”

A ton of emotion, but it also establishes the relationship between Eliza and Anjelica. This is the basis of this strange love triangle that you will see through the entire soundtrack.

“Wait For It”

My favorite track- it’s a new perspective on the old perception of the founding fathers. While Hamilton is an aggressive character, Aaron Burr is the mellow counterpart. This track is his establishment for the rest of the musical.

“Dear Theodosia”

A beautiful account of the births or Burr’s and Hamilton’s first children. It’s a father’s view of their children and it’s truly a heartwarming experience.

“Burn”

Quite the opposite now, “Burn” describes Eliza’s rage after the discovery of Hamilton’s affair. There is a ton of emotion packed into this song, and viewers really get to see a side of Eliza that no one really knew that she had.

“It’s Quiet Uptown”

This is a moment of devastation, but also when there is reconciliation between Hamilton and Eliza. The new relationship established between them, and it’s interesting to be able to see this happen.

“Non-Stop”

Another one of my favorites, is further establishes the relationship between Burr and Hamilton. There is an animosity that the viewers see that really is only based in pride, and it’s more than interesting to hear that relationship develop and become more and more aggressive.

“The World Was Wide Enough”

One of the final tracks in the musical, this is when it all comes to a head and Hamilton is killed. The regret of Burr and the end of Hamilton’s life makes for a great track in this installment, pulling inspiration from many previous tracks to conclude the production.

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Album Picks: “Bad Blood”

Bastille is a band that I heard some time ago and my love for them has never died. Their first full album, “Bad Blood” has gone down as one of my all-time favorite albums. I have had the vinyl on my wishlist for quite some time now. Here are my top picks from this iconic album.

“These Streets”
This track has a ton of emotional value for me, which is why it has become my favorite pick from the album. “These Streets” shares in Bastille’s best stylistic points: great lyrics, great production, and an obvious love for the music that they are creating.

“Icarus”
This track was my first love. It has a story of its own, but also has a ton of emotion behind it. Everyone has felt this, and everyone knows this story all too well.

“Flaws”
Another of my all-time favorite tracks from the band, “Flaws” has some of the best production that this group has ever put out. It’s catchy and the listener is always on edge and begging for more. It’s equal parts predictable and always a surprise.

“Daniel In The Den”
I can’t help but think of Game Of Thrones every time I hear this track, which may be a huge part of why I enjoy it so much. There is a great story behind these lyrics, and it’s certainly a track to get lost in.

“Laura Palmer”
Another of my first loves, “Laura Palmer” is emulating an incredibly powerful, bad-ass woman in the production and in the track name.

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Weekly Playlists: March Week Three

Unfortunately, spring still seems to be far away. With St. Patty’s Day only days away, though, this is certainly not a time to let your playlist reflect the cold. Give yourself or your DD some killer jams this weekend with these picks.

“I Don’t Love You” by Cruel Youth

My favorite pick this week, this is for that night out with your girlfriends. Just don’t let them start frantically hate-texting their exes. It’s a great production with some very thoughtful lyrics.

“Scary Love” by The Neighborhood

Part of the band’s newest album, “Scary Love” is one of the most popular tracks, and for good reason. It is a very classic style from the band, but with a new, jazzy twist.

“Morning Glory” by Oasis

An older band, but certainly one of the greatest. “Morning Glory” has always been one of my favorites, but has recently found its way back into my daily drive. Classic 90’s rock, this will certainly be a great track to jam to.

“Catch” by Cold Fronts

A newer pick, Cold Fronts are a band that I am recently discovering. Reminding me a lot of Walk The Moon, their tracks are upbeat with great lyrics. Certainly a pick for this holiday weekend.

“Bukowski” by Mooseblood

One of my all-time favorite songs from the band, “Bukowski” is everything that pop-punk strives to be. A classic production with incredible lyrics. The emotion that is packed into this song is amazing.

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Album Picks: An Awesome Wave

Alt-J during this snowy, snowy week has been on repeat. Whether studying, writing or just playing some old school Runescape, Alt-J has been constantly playing, particularly the band’s premiere album “An Awesome Wave.” An electronic band with odd, incredible vocals- here are my top picks from Alt-J’s “An Awesome Wave.”

“Tessellate”
This track is deliciously risqué. With incredible lyrics and a very calm production, this quickly became one of my favorite songs from the album.

“Breezeblocks”
The very first track I heard from the band, “Breezeblocks” is arguably my favorite, still. The lyrics take time to understand and even require a bit of research, but it’s all worth it to totally understand the genius of this track.

“Something Good”
“Something Good” is fairly production heavy, perfect for studying or anything else that requires some brain power. It’s pleasing to listen to and is the classic beauty of “An Awesome Wave.”

“Matilda”
Another slow track with great lyrics, “Matilda” was a later love, for me. It took time for me to totally appreciate the genius of the song. The production, the vocals, the lyrics- all of it.

“Fitzpleasure”
“Fitzpleasure,” like “Breezeblocks,” was a track that I immediately fell in love with. It’s production heavy, changing between styles frequently. Not nearly as lyrically genius, but a great addition to a playlist regardless.

“Bloodflood”
“Bloodflood” holds a ton of emotion within its few minutes. It’s up for interpretation for the listener, which is a hard vibe to achieve for artists. The production heavy track hold a very special place for me, and certainly will for any listener.

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Weekly Playlists: March Week One

I’ve been on quite the throwback kick, recently. The snow is keeping me inside, but throwing on some old tunes certainly has a way to brighten the mood. Whether Arctic Monkeys or Alt-J, the past 20 years released some classic work. Here are my throwback picks this week! (Plus just one electronic track, to bring to back to the previous few years.)

“The Silence” by Avalanche City
An old favorite of mine, “The Silence” is a very laid back, lovely song. The classic and traditional drum beat along with a modern computer generated production creates a perfect harmony. The vocals are to die for, as well.

“Hello” by Oasis
Oasis is, admittedly, a new love of mine. “Wonderwall” is an incredible, classic track, but the band has much more to offer. “Hello” is the first that stands out among the rest. It’s great, nostalgic production with even an ode to “Wonderwall” in the first few seconds.

“Breezeblocks” by Alt-J
My favorite track from this odd, electronic band. The lyrics always draw me in and the production always keeps me eager for the next break. There is a classic perfection with “Breezeblocks.”

“Enter The Joker’s Lair” by Miike Snow
Mainly production with few vocals, “Enter The Joker’s Lair” is an interesting pick for any playlist, but an incredible one nonetheless.

“Knee Socks” by Arctic Monkeys
“Knee Socks” has become the track on repeat this week for me. I just took a midterm with these incredible lyrics and production stuck in my head.

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February Playlists: Week Five

The arrival of spring always brings out the indie spirit in me, and I’m sure many. Of course, this means plenty of guitar production, light tunes and thoughtful lyrics. Here are my five playlist picks this week!

“Disagree” by Have Mercy

Have Mercy’s newest album is very streamline with their style; but, if it’s not broken why fix it? The lyrics of this track are incredible and the production is always on point. There is a lot of thought that goes into their songs and it shows. This is a jam that you won’t want to miss out on.

“Wyrd” by Glass Animals 

A late night, drunk night vibe, Glass Animals is one of my favorite bands and “Wyrd” is one of the favorite tracks. It’s a dark feel, the lyrics odd but intriguing. It’s a great late drive track, on par with their entire album.

“Like Real People Do” by Hozier

Hozier is truly an great indie pick, as always. While this style can grow old quickly, Hozier’s lyrics and production style keep each track up to date and a joy to listen to. “Like Real People Do” is one of the quiet, laid back tracks- a song to play at your wedding or one to listen to in the middle of the night.

“Good As New” by Vacationer

A song that reminds me of riding my bike at my grandmother’s neighborhood home, “Good As New” is reminiscent of everything you love about watching the snow melt and enjoying the returning sunshine.

“M.O.N.E.Y.” by The 1975

The 1975 vocals are some of my favorite from any band. M.O.N.E.Y. is an underrated track. The production is catchy and worthy of a drive with the windows down. It’s a song that you’ll be singing along to and putting on repeat.

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Weekly Playlists: February Week Four

The cold has disappeared yet again for the week. The rain may have replaced the snow, but that’s no reason to let that dampen your commute playlist. Here are five new tracks to add to your driving tunes.

“Sway” by Mooseblood

One of my all-time favorites from this indie rock band. The steady production is worthy of any late night drive and the lyrics are thoughtful and worth many listens.

“Reckless Love” by Bleachers

Bleachers is a favorite of mine, as well, and “Reckless Love” is arguably my favorite track from the band. The production feels like a park walk on a cool, spring day. These days that’s a totally welcome feeling.

“Hang On” by X Ambassadors

A little more upbeat than the last two picks, “Hang On” is a track that has been on repeat in my Dodge Caliber for some time now. It’s a summer bonfire vibe with beer kind of track or, during this time of year, a night drive with the windows down.

“Shining” by X Ambassadors

X Ambassadors has been frequenting my playlist fairly often these days and “Shining” is an old favorite. It’s classic for the band, great production and great lyrics.

“The Wave” by Miike Snow

Miike Snow is new to my music rotation and “The Wave” is my favorite, so far. I’m attracted to any band that experiments with both electronic synths and classic instruments, like piano, snare and trumpets. It’s a great combo. Also, the vocals are incredible and soothing, great for a chill drive.

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Artist Picks: The Front Bottoms

It’s time to discuss my favorite band: The Front Bottoms. The Front Bottoms are an American indie rock band that originated in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey in 2006. Their latest album (and arguably their best album) was released on October 13, 2017, marking their sixth album release. Known for their thoughtful lyrics and garage-band-chic production, The Front Bottoms is worth a good, hearty listen during your next long commute or road trip. Here are the top picks from this iconic punk band.

Maps

“Maps” is a song from “The Front Bottoms” album, one of the earliest studio releases. The production gives the track a great tempo and the lyrics are certainly some of my favorite that the band has ever released.

Flashlight

“Flashlight” is one of my first loves. The lyrics are what attracted me first, which is usually the case with any sone from The Front Bottoms. The production is out of the ordinary for the earlier tracks of the band- more laid back and a trumpet tune that is to die for.

Peace Sign

“Peace Sign” is a track from the band’s newest album and my current commute tune. It’s a track that is easy to put on repeat, the oddly swing production easy to enjoy in any mood.

Far Drive

“Far Drive” is an upbeat track from the band’s newest album. The nostalgic subject matter is the biggest draw to this song, the clever lyrics highlighting that emotion.

Vacation Town

Another one of my all time favorite, “Vacation Town” is a track from the band’s newest album, as well. The beach-front vacation vibe with someone you love is the largest draw to this song and what will make you keep it on repeat during your next drive.

Twin Size Mattress

Arguably one of the best releases that The Front Bottoms has ever released. The lyrics, the production, it all is incredible. Take time to read the lyrics more than once as you listen, and then enjoy the slender of this track.

Peach

A favorite for any lover, “Peach” is a great, odd song of romance. This is another one that is worth a few moments of lyric reading. There is a lot of emotion that is worth totally understanding and regarding.

Lipstick Covered Magnet

From the “Rose” EP comes “Lipstick Covered Magnet.” The tempo is upbeat and the lyrics are incredibly clever, some of the best that the band has released.

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Weekly Playlists: February, Week 3

AWOLNATION’s newest album installment has inspired a throw-back week. When it’s cold and dreary, there isn’t much better than enjoying some music that premiered when the weather was simply better. Here are five new (and some not so new) tracks to add to your driving playlist!

“Let’s Hurt Tonight” by Onerepublic

Onerepublic’s newest album has plenty of great hits, but the classic “Let’s Hurt Tonight” is never worth overshadowing. The lyrics are traditional Onerepublic splendor. Writers spend a lot of time honing their practice to create lyrics like that, but Onerepublic delivers them effortlessly.

“Tall, Tall Tale” by AWOLNATION

From AWOLNATION’s newest album comes “Tall, Tall Tale.” A narrative-esque production that builds to classic AWOLNATION synths and electronic beats, this track is one of the best off of “Here Come The Runts.” Also, the water droplet production accent is oddly satisfying.

“Not Your Fault” by AWOLNATION

An older pick from this talented group, “Not Your Fault” is a classic from AWOLNATION’s first album. This is an instance of the incredible lyrics that the band writes. Take some extra time to listen to this one and be sure to look up the lyrics sometime.

“Peace Sign” by The Front Bottoms

The Front Bottoms are an iconic addition to any pop punk fan’s playlist, and “Peace Sign” is no doubt one of the best tracks ever produced. While it took some time to grow on me, it’s now become a part of my favorite playlists. Lyrics, production, great vocals, it has it all.

“Joanne” by Lady Gaga 

Gaga’s “Joanne” album is iconic for her brand. It’s a whole new style with a whole new vibe, and fans either loved it or hated it. (I happened to be obsessed with it.) “Joanne” is one of the best on the album, chill, slow and incredibly talented lyric writing. It’s an underrated track, but certainly one of the best.

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