July 2016: Mixing in some old in with the new. July's been a slow release month. 1. Cookies - "Go Back" July 17 was Cookies Day. Remember when I talked to Ben Sterling about it?
2. Emily King - "Focus"
This new single ensures your standard edition of The Switch is due for an upgrade to the deluxe.
3. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - "Midnight Rider"
Sharon & the Dap-Kings take this Allman Brothers classic for a spin.
4. Son Lux feat. Hanna Benn - "You Don't Own Me"
A remake of his "You Don't Know Me," this time with marching band instrumentation.
5. The Game feat. Anderson Paak & Sonyae - "Crenshaw/80s & Cocaine"
I've basically been listening to only Anderson Paak for the past month. I put him on last month's mix though, so this is just an excuse to squeeze him back in on a technicality. The Game has definitely had stronger verses (How many times can you rhyme the n-word with itself?), but I love that blaxploitation soundtrack funk.
6. Francis & the Lights feat. Bon Iver - "Friends"
Good to hear from Bon Iver again.
7. Daryl Hall & John Oates - "She's Gone"
I saw Oates & Hall at PNC Bank Arts Center this month, so they've been on heavy rotation. Did you know that John Oates hates that people call the band Hall & Oates? In an interview with Esquire, he said, "There isn't one album that says Hall & Oates. It's always Daryl Hall & John Oates. From the very beginning. People never note that. The idea of 'Hall & Oates,' this two-headed monster, this thing, is not anything we've ever wanted or liked."
8. Esmé Patterson - "Feel Right"
An exceptional vocal performance.
9. Tokyo Police Club - "Not My Girl"
TPC are such a fun band to listen to in the summer.
10. Floating Action - "Don't Stop Loving Me Now"
This has been on my list to include since the beginning of the year, but I didn't find the right spot for it until now. Lo-fi reggae vibes.
It's not every day that you get to meet one of your idols, but I got to do just that a month ago in Las Vegas. The legendary George Clinton had a beer with me after his show at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. George just celebrated his 75th birthday last Friday, and there's one thing he'd still like to cross off his bucket list. Find out what it is, as well as his thoughts on Prince, To Pimp a Butterfly, and more.
THE FRONT BOTTOMS - 07.24.16 - PANORAMA FESTIVAL, RANDALL'S ISLAND (50 minutes, 30 seconds)
West Virginia / Skeleton / Au Revoir (Adios) / Help / The Plan (Fuck Jobs) / The Beers / Cough It Out / 12 Feet Deep / Rhode Island / Maps / Laugh Till I Cry / Twin Size Mattress
KURT VILE - 07.24.16 - PANORAMA FESTIVAL, RANDALL'S ISLAND (59 minutes, 30 seconds)
Intro / Dust Bunnies / I'm an Outlaw / Puppet to the Man / Wakin on a Pretty Day / Jesus Fever / Interlude > Goldtone / Pretty Pimpin / KV Crimes / Freak Train / Stand Inside
GRACE POTTER - 07.24.16 - PANORAMA FESTIVAL, RANDALL'S ISLAND (48 minutes, 30 seconds)
Hot to the Touch / Turntable / Look What We've Become / Empty Heart / Your Girl / Delirious / Stars / Nothing But the Water (I) / The Lion the Beast the Beat / Paris (Ooh La La) LCD SOUNDSYSTEM - 07.24.16 - PANORAMA FESTIVAL, RANDALL'S ISLAND (1 hour, 49 minutes)
Us v. Them / Daft Punk is Playing at My House / I Can Change / Get Innocuous! / You Wanted a Hit > Tribulations / Movement > Yeah > Someone Great > 45:33 (pt. 1) / Losing My Edge / New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down > Dance Yrself Clean / Bye Bye Bayou > All My Friends
ANDERSON PAAK - 07.23.16 - PANORAMA FESTIVAL, RANDALL'S ISLAND (48 minutes, 30 seconds)
SET - Look at Me* > Milk N Honey / Drugs > The Season > Carry Me / Put Me Thru > Heart Don't Stand a Chance / A Thousand Miles (tease) / Come Down / Glowed Up / Lite Weight / Luh You / The Bird / Am I Wrong > Let's Dance (tease)
THE NATIONAL - 07.23.16 - PANORAMA FESTIVAL, RANDALL'S ISLAND (58 minutes)
Don't Swallow the Cap / Bloodbuzz Ohio / The Day I Die / Afraid of Everyone / Squalor Victoria / I Need My Girl / Can't You Find a Way / Sea of Love / Pink Rabbits / England / Fake Empire / Mr. November / Terrible Love
The Next Round returns with a two-drink chat with Chris Chu of Pop Etc. Chris discusses the benefits of songwriting as a discipline, working on a song every day in his Brooklyn apartment. That prolificacy resulted in literally hundreds of ideas that were then brought to his bandmates and unanimously whittled down to the ten tunes on their latest LP, Souvenir. Listen to Chris talk about the time he snuck into a Twilight movie to try to hear his song, and find out which '90s alternative band he finds criminally underrated. Stream below, download directly, or subscribe on iTunes to get new episodes hours before they are posted here. Buy yourself a Souvenir and go see Pop Etc at Baby's All Right on 8/12.
June 2016: There's only one song on this list older than 2015. I've been rabidly searching for new music. 1. Joywave - "Destruction" I love the intro. 2. Robert Ellis - "How I Love You" Remember when Robert was on the podcast and talked about the new songs he was working on? Well, his self-titled fourth album came out on the 3rd. 3. Anderson Paak - "Come Down" Paak's record sounds like if Black Messiah had been mixed properly. Really digging this. 4. Beck - "Dreams" Beck blew me away at Mountain Jam. This was the song I had the most fun dancing to. 5. Nico Yaryan - "Witch Love" It takes real talent to write a song like this. The lyrics are fairly simple, but the way Yaryan sings them sounds so genuine. What's most notable, however, is how you can hear the Beatles' influence, but unlike most artists' Beatles-inspired numbers, it doesn't just ape their style. 6. Will Joseph Cook - "Girls Like Me" Discovered on Spotify. David Byrne vibes. 7. The Invisible - "Save You" It reminds me of my favorite type of TV on the Radio song. 8. Flo Rida - "My House" I don't listen to the radio, so I didn't know this was from last year when it came on in my friend's car. The keyboard that checks in at the one-minute mark is badass. I have a framed photograph of Flo Rida on my bedside table as a joke, but the joke's getting less funny with every spin of this tune. 9. Frank Turner - "Substitute" I've been reading Frank's memoir The Road Beneath My Feet, and this is one of my favorite songs. 10. Band of Horses - "Even Still" The pensive closing track off their new LP, Why Are You OK.