Brewster - 9/12

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We’re going in a little bit of a different content-direction today… check out Brewster and their playlist highlighting the best of Country!

Country, Dad Rock, and Expansions Thereof

An hour of music in defense of Country, exemplifying how it influenced some of my favorite songwriters and how it morphed into music being written today.

Notoriously defined as "three chords and the truth" by Harlan Howard, I was originally attracted to Country music's compositional simplicity and the bed that laid for a songwriter's lyrical voice to shine through. This came at a time that I was coming to terms with my identity as an American after a period of about 10 months that saw me touring in Africa and in the Midwest and Southern US, during which our current political climate began to take hold. While playing in Ethiopia, I found myself missing things about home that I had been taking for granted, and the US tours had me fall in love with them in a new way. At the same time, spending time in those parts of the country really show you the effects of the persistent, growing wealth division, inequality, and alienation here. There is a deep-rooted sadness in the spirit and history of America, and I began to feel that very much with this music as my backdrop.

Country music is the sound of this American sadness, and along with Blues and Jazz, the whole story is here. Whether it's confessional, wallowing, or supremely goofy and tongue-in-cheek, the music has an unparalleled honesty to me. Unrequited love, loneliness, to be beset in your misfortune; it's all here exposed. Compositionally, I hear this sadness braided inexorably into the music's common harmonics. It weaves an inescapable history through these sounds, and I became fascinated by how musicians experimented in pushing them to new heights without ever losing the thread. This playlist starts with a mix of classic songwriters sewing into this quilt, and moves into music made today by artists that have followed that strand to stitch in their own squares.

Featuring: Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner, Neil Young Leonard Cohen Townes Van Zandt Bruce Springsteen Jackson C. Frank Arthur Russell Songs: Ohia Wilco Sam Evian Big Thief Loose Fur Vetiver Hiss Golden Messenger Buck Meek Cass McCombs

Bob Dylan - "Wallflower" Just like you I'm wondering what I'm doing here. Just like you I'm wondering what's going on. What more needs to be said than that? A classic from Big Boy Bobby D, his wandering pleading to a partner here feels universal.

Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner - "The Last Thing On My Mind"

An early favorite country song of mine. The remorseful chorus of I could have loved you better, didn't mean to be unkind is especially relatable to me, and As we walk along my thoughts are tumbling round and round / Underneath our feet a subway's rumbling underground is just such a magnificent painting of a couple walking together in a city, their doubts in each other politely silent.

Neil Young - "The Losing End (When You're On)" Neil Young's unabashed country songwriting that shows up on this record works wonders on me. The swaying rhythm of this song accompanied by the opening lines I went into town to see you yesterday but you were not home / So I talked to some old friends for a while before I wandered off alone, his sigh of and I feel that way again, topped off with his unintelligible yelping before a wonderfully boisterous guitar solo seal the deal for me.

Leonard Cohen - "Fingerprints" - Taken from the notorious Death Of A Ladies' Man record, this song is a fine example of one of the greatest songwriters showcasing an uncharacteristically walloping hoe-down tune scattered with wonderful and goofy lyrics about a loss of identity. This kind of juxtaposition between the dopey and carefree and regretful and mourning is something that I love about Country music. I touched you once too often / Now I don't know who I am / My fingerprints were missing when I wiped away the jam. The jam?? Leonard you are disgusting and I love it.

Townes Van Zandt - "Fare Thee Well, Miss Carousel" - Townes Van Zandt's selt-titled record from 1969 is a beautiful example of heartbreaking songwriting, and the only artist I trust to follow Leonard Cohen on a playlist.

Bruce Springsteen - "Open All Night" - I felt like using a Nebraska song on this playlist might be a cheap shot, but I could not resist Bruce's subdued rockings on the Early north Jersey industrial skyline. His belting of This turnpike sure is spooky at night when you're all alone / Gotta hit the gas, baby, I'm running late / New Jersey in the morning like a lunar landscape is a sentiment I've held my whole adult life.

Jackson C. Frank - "Blues Run The Game" - If you don't know the story of Jackson C. Frank, and this song speaks to you, I suggest looking him up. A crushingly sad, and terribly American story. Hop Along fans will know it from the song "Horseshoe Crabs." This beautiful string of verses has a set of my favorite lyrics: Send out for whisky, baby / Send out for gin / Me and room service, honey / Me and room service, babe / Me and room service, well, we're living a life of sin

Arthur Russell - "This Time Dad You're Wrong" - Usually known for his wild and meditative cello-lead electro songs, Arthur Russell has a collection of more traditional songwriting that was posthumously released in 2004 on Love Is Overtaking Me. This is a favorite of mine from it. Always tragically ahead of his time, the composition of the guitar in the main lick hints at where some artists would be taking Country and Americana influences decades later.

Songs: Ohia - "Farewell Transmission" - Another magnificent artist haunted by the American Sadness, Jason Molina brings us, objectively with no doubt, one of the greatest songs ever written. Not much has made my skin crawl the way he does when he sings Someone must have set us up / Now they'll be working in the cold grey rock, and nothing epitomizes that feeling quite like the opening riff. This triumphant song buries you in those rocks and then moves one little stone to let in the sliver of light that is I will try and know whatever I try / I will be gone but not forever. This hope is then soiled by a storm that rolls in, raining down the realization of The real truth about it is there ain't no end to the desert I'll cross / I've really known that all along / Mama here comes midnight with the dead moon in its jaw / Must be the big star about to fall. The closing lines of this song haunt me in my bed. Enjoy.

Wilco - "Normal American Kids" - Jeff Tweedy is my favorite modern songwriter, and a perfect illustration of everything I've talked about here. Jeff immediately grabbed me with this quiet country waltz ballad and Nels Cline's whispering, meandering leads secured this as an early favorite off Wilco's most recent record. This song in particular exhibits everything that I love about Country songwriting: a typical (and literal) American anguishing of not fitting in. Lightning crazed and cracked like an egg / High behind the garden shed / Painting myself as a normal American kid. Fantastic.

Sam Evian - "Apple"
Sam Evian is a recent favorite of mine, especially with this new record from Saddle Creek, a record label that embodies a lot of what I admire in modern songwriting. This is a really beautiful song from that record, and in his fingerpicking I can smell the spirit of artists like Townes Van Zandt and Jackson C. Frank.

Big Thief - "Haley"
Adrianne Lenker is also one of the best songwriters around right now, and another Saddle Creek favorite. Big Thief show off their American music chops here with a really great example of a current artist experimenting with that and pushing it further.

Loose Fur - "The Ruling Class"
Another Tweedy-penned ditty, this song is a catchy struttin' tune that shows off that juxtaposition in Country music when the goofy and boppin' are adjacent with a heavy American topic. This one features the return of Jesus Christ as a cleverly disguised CEO junky putting tax brackets on all of mankind.

Vetiver - "I Know No Pardon"
Vetiver is a brand new discovery for me, but from what I've heard so far it looks like I've been missing out on an artist that exhibits the progression of American music very nicely. This is a lovely Country-inspired tune I've been listening to lately.

Hiss Golden Messenger - "John The Gun"
This song's start, with what sounds like singer MC Taylor's watch hitting his guitar as he strums, gives way to a supremely groovy rhythm that I did not see coming when I first listened to Hiss Golden Messenger's recent album Hallelujah Anyhow. The record has a lot of great moments where classic-informed musicians bring it their own groove, and I found myself revisiting this record a lot because of it.

Buck Meek - "Ruby"
Another member of Big Thief, Buck Meek just released an LP that feels like an artistic breakthrough to me, given his past solo work. This song's snaky, drunken writing style totally manifests the way Buck plays everything with Big Thief. Throughout the self-titled record, he lets his Texas heritage show, and I spent the summer enjoying how his slippery style crept throughout its Country roots.

Cass McCombs - "There Can Be Only One"
This simple, groovy, windows-down summertime jam is a favorite of mine from Cass McCombs. Big Lou Reed and 70s vibes here to ride us out and take us back home with that country-hinged guitar lick.

Thank you Mark!

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8/20 - Isaac's Birthday!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY to drummer of Barely Civil, wonderful houseguest, and cool pal Isaac! He made me this playlist a few days ago and I got distracted and didn't put it up, but it's cool because NOW IT'S A BIRTHDAY PLAYLIST!!!!

featuring: Teenage Wrist Bottom of the Lake Smidley Sinai Vessel Caracara Manchester Orchestra Phoebe Bridgers Kayak Jones Foxing Frail Body The Present Age Elliott Smith Bristletongue Future Teens Ness Lake Death Cab for Cutie

Teenage Wrist - “Chrome Neon Jesus”

Bottom of the Lake - “Something / / Anything”

Smidley - “Milkshake”

Sinai Vessel - “Ramekin”

Caracara - “Glacier”

Manchester Orchestra - “Where Have You Been”

Phoebe Bridgers - “Smoke Signals”

Kayak Jones - “12/21”

Foxing - “Nearer My God”

Frail Body - “Cold New Home”

The Present Age - “Something’s Got a Hold on Me”  

Elliott Smith - “Ballad of Big Nothing”

Bristletongue - “Ivy Creep”

Future Teens - “What’s My Sign Again?”

Ness Lake - “Salt Stains”

Death Cab for Cutie - “A Lack of Color”


itoldyouiwouldeatyou - 8/13

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Today we welcome (I think) our first artist from the UK - itoldyouiwouldeatyou. Here are some of Joey's top picks, as well as some well-written commentary on why they're so special to them. Check out itoldyouiwouldeatyou's single off their new EP Get Terrified, also titled "Get Terrified". Give the music video a watch now! 

Featuring: flirting. Idles Cassels Granola Suicide Farewell Continental  The Get Up Kids Nervus Kero Kero Bonito Pusha T Panic! At The Disco Tatarka SOPHIE Denzel Curry  Wicca Phase Springs Eternal Tyler, The Creator Chance The Rapper The Waterboys Florence and the Machine Matt Maltese  Lil Peep  Leningrad  Keane  Glen Campbell

flirting. - Peppermint

flirting. are a band we’ve been friends with for a little over a year and we try to make sure we can play shows with them as much as possible. They only have two tracks out but everyone I know absolutely cannot wait for what they put out next. Live they have a real post-punk vibe and the set closes with their singer Poppy losing their mind through a tiny pink megaphone. This song is catchy as fuck and I’m in love with this band.

Idles - Danny Nedelko

No one I know doesn’t like Idles. If you’re reading this and you know me and you don’t like Idles, you don’t know me anymore. It’s over. We’re done mate. The world needs a hooky working class punk song about solidarity with immigrants right now.

Cassels - When Completing Handshakes

Why won’t these guys let me feature on a track? I can sing! I can sing good! When I hear sick records like this from Cassels it’s great and all but I’m just like, ‘where’s mine?’. Where’s mine, Cassels. Release bad music so I don’t want to do a feature any more. Where’s mine.

Granola Suicide - Consumerist Healthcare

Indigo from GS is one of my best friends in the whole world and honestly I’d jump in front of a train for them. This track makes me cry and it has done since I heard the very first demo of it. Indy is better than us all.

Farewell Continental - Capybara

I recently rediscovered this band, which was a Motion City Soundtrack side project. It seems to be them just getting all of the 90s alt-rock out of their systems which pushes some very emotive and foundational buttons for me. The whole thing is designed to be this time capsule of what would have been chart toppers in 1996 so of course the hooks are phenomenal.

The Get Up Kids - I’m Sorry

I met one of my best friends (and our driver), Dockers, watching The Get Up Kids at Reading just after they reformed. Seems like way fewer UK bands cite them as an influence than US bands which is sad. They were doing the power pop/emo thing so early and the as time goes on the more forward thinking that looks. This track is as catchy a song as they’ve ever done, and I’m just stoked beyond belief that it came out on Big Scary Monsters, in 2018.

Nervus - It Follows

Nervus are the band I wish I’d had growing up. This song is, if you can imagine, even better live. Just the sweetest, most fun and inclusive vibes. Tryna keep the bouncy alt rock vibes up for the opening salvo of the playlist til we take a trip to synth town where the streets are paved with…. Macbooks.

Kero Kero Bonito - Only Acting

KKB are the voice of a generation of cheerily depressed peripheral Londoners. Sarah is a master of tone of voice in delivery. It’s like she’s daring people to think of her as cute because in the end she’s having the last laugh. Honestly, she’s a genius and no one has summed up the brighter side of our generation’s experiences as well as she has. Fun fact: their live band now has Jennifer Walton on it who, as well as being a fanatic solo artist, plays guitar in our South London faves Socket. I also believe this track has guitar from James Rowland who used to play in Fresh. So essentially I woke up one morning and one of my favourite bands had two mates in it. Sick.

Pusha T - If You Know You Know

This is just classic Pusha T. Not sure what to say other than that his music  was a big part of my teenage years and my respect for his output grows every album cycle.

Panic! At The Disco - High Hopes

I didn’t believe people when they said post-New Perspective P!ATD was good. I was a fool. Like, every chart songwriter at the moment is trying to work out how they can use elements of trap as bells and whistles on their standard ballads but PATD are actually understand and implementing the signifiers of other genres to make the song better. That, and fuck me this is fun as shit to sing along to. Reminds me of when Fall Out Boy first put out From Under The Cork Tree and I wanted to hit all the notes just like he did.

Tatarka - Altyn (Gold)

Honestly this just bangs so hard. I don’t have a translation so I don’t know if the lyrics are like actually disgustingly bad or something, but it’s just incredibly fun.

SOPHIE - Immaterial

This year, the real, actual Queen of England gave us a perfect record. This track comes after a section of the record that a lot of people criticised for being meandering. Quite apart from the fact that that section of the record is genius and clearly an exercise in alienating people who want to review her music like she’s fucking Justice, this track cuts right through the bullshit and just gives us a pop banger. Lyrically, it says more than the metamodernist manifesto ever could - and that’s my very favourite manifesto.

Denzel Curry - CLOUT COBAIN

Songs are good. Records are good. But far better is when a release so perfectly expresses a feeling and an aesthetic as well as a sound. This record does that perfectly. Down to how the tracks are typed out this record just feels like a whole piece. The man deserves a grammy if only for naming a track ‘Black Metal Terrorist’. Incredible. The best song name I’ve ever heard.

Wicca Phase Springs Eternal - Secret Boy

Yeah I know he’s goofy but no one wants to acknowledge how much influence he’s had on where counterculture has gone over the last few years. I’m fascinated by this guy. He just does his weird thing and suddenly it’s huge and everyone’s on it. He just plows ahead. Who else can you say was the principal songwriter in one of the biggest bands of the emo revival and is literally the guy who signed Lil Peep?? No one does that.

Tyler, The Creator - 435

I still get butterflies when I see Tyler’s dropped something new. I think to a lot of kids his voice is just like a time machine back to being 17, drunk and just stoked to be outside and talking to people. Guy is a cultural mastermind too, he deserves so much more props than he gets.

Chance The Rapper - 65th and Ingleside

Chance might be the most consistently high quality mainstream artist going at the moment. The guy never phones in it, he’s always saying exactly what’s on his mind with the best words in the best order. Last week I was exhausted standing on Prinsengracht with my headphones on at like 9am, just crying at how much this guy loves his wife. I don’t even know him.

The Waterboys - Whole of the Moon

If you’ve ever been out with me, odds are I highjacked the aux and yelled til you listened to this. If that has happened to you, I have two things to say:

1. I’m sorry for yelling

2. I’d do it again

Nothing touches me like this song. Every instrument is perfectly placed, no one fighting for attention, just allowing tyre beauty of the part to come through. On the top of it sit some of the most genuinely touching and profound, joyful lyrics ever recorded. It’s like listening to being in love.

Florence and the Machine - Hunger

This is such a good example of a track I wish I’d written, honestly. I’ve been dancing around may fear of talking about my issues with eating etc. in my work for years. I always just wanted to write a song that talked about my feelings with this much raw honesty and kindness to myself. But Florence Welch went and did it for me. Thank you Florence Welch.

Matt Maltese - Nightclub Love

The hook to this totally goes the opposite way to how you’d expect. It’s the kind of hook kids who shred piano write because they can see the notes way more clearly than I can. Every time I hear it I just want to recreate how he came up with that chorus so I can get better. He’s also just like, a lovely guy? I genuinely don’t know him that well but the few times we’ve met he’s just been the sweetest dude?

Lil Peep - Benz Truck

You need me to explain why this man’s the voice of a generation of kids the world has failed? OF COURSE YOU DON’T. He saw a trend that was waiting to explode and just nailed it. Most importantly he made as bunch of kids feel better about themselves. That’s what this job should be, and pretty much nothing else.

Leningrad - Не Париж 2 (Not a Paris 2)

This may come as surprising but Leningrad are so high up on my list of artists to work with. The production is always so self-aware and poppy, it’s always hooky, and they’re succeeding as being a mainstream anti-establishment band in Russia. Quite apart from that, they represent something a lot of Western artists completely disregard in that they are marketing themselves almost entirely to Russians. They aren’t trying to please me. Which is inherently very valuable.

Keane - Bedshaped

I hate irony. I really think it gets in the way of talking to people. So I want to say, with no irony, Keane are an incredible band and if we wrote a song half as satisfying as this one I could retire happy. THANK U KEANE

Glen Campbell - Wichita Lineman

On our Instagram we have this joke where we play the start of this song as a way to accent great distress, like when you realise you’ve run out of sriracha. We felt it was a strong and marketable meme format, but unfortunately it has yet to take off. It’s one of our highlighted stories on our instagram. Please help us make a famous meme. I’m so cold.

Also this song is a real earworm, it’s not a joke anymore I love it.


laughingstock - 8/9

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Today we welcome Washington band laughingstock! Check out their new album, Thank You, Laughingstock out now! 

Featuring: Laughingstock  Sun Kil Moon The Co Founder Mitski Lorde  Ryan Adams Cataldo Kithkin Andy Shauf Ray Lamontagne Shame Rush 




Laughingstock - Heavier

Here’s our shameless self-promotion to kick things off and get out of the way! We released our first album a few weeks back, and we all feel like this track exemplifies our sound pretty well.

Josh (drums, vocals, piano):

Sun Kil Moon - Carissa 

In the last year or two this has become my mindless go-to when asked my favorite song. I could listen to Mark Kozelek ramble for hours (I have), but “Carissa” is such a succinct and harrowing exploration of everyday death that I’ve started to have a hard time casually listening to it. Favorite storyteller by far.

The Co Founder - Full Stop 

I’ve yet to meet these guys, but they’re my favorite Bellingham band around. They don’t really play up here anymore, which is a shame, but they just signed to Slang Church, so I’m very excited for where they’re gonna go next. This is the first single from their new album Gymnasium that came out last week (which y’all should check out!).

Mitski - Townie

An absolute banger! Mitski pulls off some extremely unexpected vocal melodies, and the guitar absolutely shreds. Makes me want to rebel against something just for the hell of it.

Lorde - Supercut

I worked as a janitor for a dermatologist building last summer when Melodrama came out, and I listened to it so much there that I can’t detach thoughts of one from the other. I’d been in a happy relationship for some time, but “Supercut”— and that whole album, really— helped me come to terms with an old relationship that soured over time with me going off to college. Lorde has a gift for simply explaining the complex, fucked up feelings of teenage nostalgia, and this song has made me cry while wiping down reception rooms.

Ryan Adams - When the Stars Go Blue 

I have an almost pathological desire to write a perfect American prom song, but I don’t know if I could ever top this one. I think Ryan Adams is at his best writing these genuine, endearing ballads, and this song hits a wonderful note just short of the oft-overdone, vague love songs that permeate bad high school dances.


Aiken (Guitar, Vocals, Bass, Drums)


Cataldo - Between You and Me 

Easily my favorite Seattle artist, Cataldo’s voice holds a special place in my heart. This song specifically is a wonderful driven pop song that reminds me of the best parts of being in love. It’s nostalgic, hopeful, and brings a smile to my face everytime.

Kithkin - Sorcerer

Kithkin was the first band I found that made me feel special, that I had found this hidden gem that belonged only to me. I have so many memories of my teenage years tied to these guys. This song is a declaration of moving forward. That even in the face of despair and darkness, we persevere.

Andy Shauf - To You 

No one goes harder on the clarinet than this guy. In this song my favorite songwriter of the time, Andy Shauf tells a beautiful story about a friend confessing his love and homosexuality to another friend. And then being rejected. This album as a whole is so carefully arranged, recorded, and mixed. I come back to it over and over again. I first discovered this album walking the streets of Hamburg at night and it’s the first thing I turn to now whenever I want to drink and go walking.

Ray Lamontagne - Such A Simple Thing

This is simply a beautiful love song. I just recently discovered Ray, but his voice is so enticing to me. I can listen to him in the background for hours and feel at peace. I recently saw him at Sasquatch Festival (RIP) and his performance made me fall in love with him.

Shame - The Lick

ANGST. THESE GUYS MAKE ME FEEL SO MUCH ANGST. Such a clever song. It’s energetic, hard-hitting, and just fun.

Alex (Guitar, Vocals, Bass, Drums, Piano)

Rush - Tom Sawyer 

Nowadays I’ve been trying to delve into more “complicated” music. Rush is one of those bands that so beautifully blends together pop sensibilities and intriguing intricacies, and I find myself learning a lot from their music. From its rebellious lyrics to its beautiful and sleek production, Tom Sawyer is a song that keeps me coming back for more, both from a place of musical technicality, but also pure glorious songwriting.   

Kids See Ghosts - 4th Dimension 

I don’t listen to much hip hop, but Kanye and Cudi’s new project is the best of the best. The crazy sample and terrific bars on this track are a recipe for a banger.

The National - Nobody Else Will Be There 

I didn’t get into The National until this year. They are everything I need in my life. Dark and dense lyrics, a smooth baritone, and beautiful instrumentation all contribute to sound that is constantly revealing new parts of itself to the listener. Nobody Else Will Be There is the best album opener I’ve heard in a long time.

Fall Out Boy - Grand Theft Autumn/ Where is Your Boy 

You can’t overestimate what Fall Out Boy did for Pop Punk. Their debut album “Take This To Your Grave” is grade A emo through and through, and “Grand Theft Autumn/Where is Your Boy” captures the vibe and emotion that typifies the genre. The production on this project is great too. A big sound with no bells and whistles, and just enough grit to keep it feeling authentic all the way through.




"the good season" - Olivia Hudson - 8/6

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this playlist was inspired by songs from a time in my life i call “the good season.” i listened to these songs while i was falling in love, taking the train to chicago, riding in cars, and beginning to write my debut album. all of these songs give me a sense of motivating nostalgia.

it’s interesting to me that “the good season” was actually a prelude to a very painful time in my life. so much as changed since then, but i still feel a connection to these songs. maybe things will never feel like “the good season” again, but maybe i can create a better summer for myself.

featuring: filter the replacements sophie b. hawkins the smashing pumpkins against me! typesetter veruca salt spacehog worriers soccer mommy speedy ortiz courtney barnett danielle brisebois edie brickell & new bohemians



1. take a picture {filter }

2. i will dare {the replacements}

3. damn, i wish i was your lover {sophie b. hawkins}

4. 1979 {the smashing pumpkins}

5. white crosses {against me!}

6. monogamy ii (bad actor) {typesetter}

7. shutterbug {veruca salt}

8. in the meantime {spacehog}

9. they/them/theirs {worriers}

10. your dog {soccer mommy}

11. my dead girl {speedy ortiz}

12. need a little time {courtney barnett}

13. maybe love will change your mind {danielle brisebois}

14. what i am {edie brickell & new bohemians}

thank you Olivia! Check out her newest single on Bandcamp here :) 



Kayla Carmichael - 8/1

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Today we welcome The Alternative contributor Kayla Carmichael (@kaylacarmicheal on twitter). Check out what she imagines she'd hear walking down Newbury Street in Boston. 

Featuring: Ava Luna Charly Bliss RENT Original Cast  oldsoul  Great Grandpa Jupiter Styles The Menzingers Tancred  Foxing Tiny Stills T-Shirt Weather

Ava Luna - "Deli Run"

Charly Bliss - "Love Me"

RENT Original Cast - "Santa Fe"

oldsoul - "I Fell Asleep to Twin Peaks, Pt. 2"

Great Grandpa - "Favorite Show"

Jupiter Styles - "The Vampire"

The Menzingers - “Toy Soldier”

Tancred - “Queen of New York”

Foxing - “Nearer My God”

Tiny Stills - “Don’t Call Me a Catch”

T-Shirt Weather - “Valentine’s Day 2015”

Thank you Kayla!!

Luciano Ferrara - 7/26

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I picked a wide variety of songs ranging from a reggae track to my favorite Joey Bada$$ song (there's even a song from a soundtrack that someone special got stuck in my head). I also threw in a few friends' songs, as well as work from artists I feel are underrated and deserve attention, like Absinthe Father. This isn't an underdogs list, or a Most Popular mix; it's just songs I really dig, and am hoping you'll like too! Go find your new favorite artist, or reconnect with one you already love. You never know what kind of surprises you find in music.

Featuring: Future Teens Joey Bada$$ Capital STEEZ Just Friends Gorillaz Ziggy Alberts  Save Face WATERMEDOWN mewithoutYou  Fionn Regan Family Thief Max Romeo, The Upsetters Losing Streak Lily James Mom JeansPrince Daddy & the Hyena Kississippi  D.I.D Walter Mitty and His Makeshift Orchestra The Mountain Goats Soul Blind Absinthe Father


Future Teens - “Expiration Dating”

Joey Bada$$, Capital STEEZ - “Survival Tactics”

Just Friends - “Flex”

Gorillaz - Magic City

Ziggy Alberts - “Gone (The Pocahantas Song)”

Johnny Manna - “Trance”

Save Face - “Weak”

WATERMEDOWN - “God I Found Hell”

mewithoutYou - “Lilac Queen”

Fionn Regan - “100 Acres of Sycamore”

Family Thief - “King of the Floor”

Max Romeo, The Upsetters - “Chase the Devil”

Losing Streak - “Chew Well”

Lily James - Mamma Mia

Mom Jeans. - “now THIS is podracing”

Prince Daddy & the Hyena , Kississippi - “Thrashville ⅔”

D.I.D - “Killer Whale”

Walter Mitty and His Makeshift Orchestra - “Holy Cannoli”

The Mountain Goats - “Damn These Vampires”

Soul Blind - “Junior”

Absinthe Father - “Bee”


Thanks for swinging by, Luciano! 

tyler plazio - 5/25

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Thanks to tyler plazio for hooking us up with this guest playlist! If you're an NJ reader heck out their show in New Brunswick tomorrow night, DM @tylerplazio on twitter for addy! 

tyler plazio is an indie punk/emo artist from Washington, D.C. His debut EP “Memories” is available everywhere now.

Featuring: Derek Evry Darryl Rahn Elephant Jake Gay Nineties Attic Abasement Wil Wagner Just Nick Lincoln Mom Jeans

Derek Evry - “I’m Sorry That You Had To Go To Hell” - Derek is one of my all time favorite people from around here. He makes some loud punk shit, but this has always been one of my favorites of his.

Darryl Rahn - “Learning To Let Go” - Darryl and I met at this crazy songwriting retreat in upstate New York and ever since then we’ve been real tight. His new record has one of the best songs I’ve ever heard in my life on it, but his new record isn’t out yet. So here’s this one instead :)

Elephant Jake - “Sebastian Bauer” -  This song cranks. Sal is a cool dude. That’s it.

Gay Nineties - “Letterman” - I literally know absolutely nothing about this band except one day I found this song on Spotify and that drum intro hooked me in right away.

Attic Abasement - “Australia” - My girlfriend hates this song but I think it’s cool so here it is.

Wil Wagner - “Eviction Notices” - Wil is the singer of this DOPE band from Australia called The Smith Street Band. I love them but when I found this record it made me so happy, it’s like pretty Smith Street Band haha.

Just Nick - “I Hate Everything” - The line about God being dead makes me laugh everytime. I want to be his best friend, maybe I’ll tweet at him when this comes out.

Lincoln - “How I Survived Bobby Mackey’s Personal Hell” - I don’t have many comments on this one except Lincoln is a good songwriter and he should put out more shit.

Mom Jeans. - “Scott Pilgrim vs. My GPA - Audiotree Live Session” - Well as everyone knows Mom Jeans. is the best band of all time, HOWEVER, what you may not know is that this is the best Mom Jeans. song and this version is 1 million times more hype than the record version.

Mira MacNeill - 7/23

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Here's a playlist courtesy of my friend Mira! thanks pal <3 We're back! Needed a little break for a second.

Featuring: Champagne Superchillin’Alvvays, Save FaceBROCKHAMPTONRex Orange CountyDayglowSatellite ModeMitski, Con DavisonWhatever, Dad

Champagne Superchillin’ - “Fragment” - I love french music more than I love myself. This one particularly makes me feel like I’m about to commit a heist.

Alvvays - “Saved By A Waif” - I saw Alvvays at a local festival last week and they’re just as great live. This album was one of my favourites of last year. Absolutely slaps.

Save Face - “Reds” - The only reason I listened to this album was because of MELTT, (thanks Mira :) )  so it felt appropriate to put on here. I listened to this while walking to work today and got way too pumped.

BROCKHAMPTON - “1999 WILDFIRE” - My dad likes this song (says it sounds like Outkast) so this one’s for him. This song makes me want to exclusively listen to songs where people rap about wizards.

Rex Orange County - “Never Enough” - I like to listen to upbeat songs that make me happy on rare occasions. This is my July one.Hinds - “New For You” - Last month I listened to this song so much it skewed my top Spotify artists for the year. My dad says it sounds like a bunch of 6 year olds screaming so if that's what yore into hit this song up.

Dayglow - “False Direction" - I use every opportunity I have to shout this band out. They’re a pretty tiny band, but everything they’ve put out so far (only three songs) has been great. Please watch the video for “Can I Call You Tonight”.

Satellite Mode - “Terrified” - This particular song was co-written by a favourite folk/rock musician of mine - the frontman of Del Water Gap. It reminds me of the kind of music i listened to c. 2014, and I legally have to like it for nostalgia's sake.

Mitski - “Nobody" - This is really a bop if you (like me) are depressed and lonely this summer. I love a good sad song you could dance to.

Con Davison - “Subtle Kick” - Con is the drummer of MN band Bad Bad Hats and his new solo stuff has been great. This and "Somebody Else" are on HEAVY rotation for me - really worth a listen.

Whatever, Dad - “Death of the Phone Call” - I haven’t taken French since 9th grade but I know enough to know that this song is about a swordfish that lost its phone?? If that doesn't intrigue you I don't think we can be friends.


Zach from The Platypus Zine - MELTT 7/8

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Zach of The Platypus Zine schools us on their favs, as well the british punk acts we should be listening to!

Featuring: Bright Eyes Martha  itoldyouiwoildeatyou Tigers Jaw Carly Rae Jepsen AJJ Bomb The Music Industry! Drawstring Mom Jeans. Hodera  Los Campesinos! Kississippi Fresh  Muncie Girls Onsind

Bright Eyes - Poison Oak - Conor Oberst has the greatest voice in music and he never fails to make me cry. Saddest song ever.

Martha - 1967, I Miss You I’m Lonely - Really well written, super lyrical British pop. Both their albums are flawless.

itoldyouiwoildeatyou - Letters - The best emo band in Britain.

Tigers Jaw - Never Saw It Coming - The greatest song ever written. Enough said.

Carly Rae Jepsen - Boy Problems - People stopped paying attention to Carly Rae Jepsen just as she was getting good and that is a great injustice which we must all try to rectify.

AJJ - Big Bird -Ridiculous cathartic and absolutely massive sounding. Sean Bonnete is the emo dad I always wanted.

Bomb The Music Industry! - Future 86 - My favourite song by my favourite band :) 

Drawstring - Wasp - The song that got me into emo.

Mom Jeans. - now THIS is pod racing - The best song on the new album. Surprisingly beautiful.

Hodera - Best Intentions - Some of the best lyrics I’ve ever heard.

Los Campesinos! - The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future - One word to describe this: epic.

Kississippi - Easier To Love - Kississippi are just the best band and I dream of the day when they come play in the UK.

Fresh - Passing - The first band I ever interviewed for the zine. Super good pop punk FFO Joyce Manor and MoBo.

Muncie Girls - Respect - Really vital punk that’s kinda blowing up in the UK atm.

Onsind - God Hates Facts - Best song from scene heroes Onsind. The band that radicalised everyone I know.

Summerbruise - 7/4

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umm this playlist F U C K S.

(thank you pals of Summerbruise!!!!) ((Happy 4th!!! stay cool and not sober))

Featuring:  Nowadays Great Wight Michael Cera Palin Retirement Party The Weak Days Great Grandpa Jouska The Flat Stanleys Toy Cars Lung Rozwell Kid  Swain stampeter Charly Bliss

Nowadays - "Bird Up" 

Great Wight - "Germany, 1991"

Michael Cera Palin - "Portrait of a Man on a Couch With Cats" 

Retirement Party - "Passionfruit Tea" 

The Weak Days - "National Harbor, MD" 

Great Grandpa - "Teen Challenge"

Jouska - "marcel"

The Flat Stanleys - "Zeppelin V (The House That Ewald Built)"

Toy Cars - "Cold"

Lung - "Bottom of the Barrel" 

Rozwell Kid - "Wish Man"    

Swain - "Never Clean My Room" 

stampeter - "pansy" 

Charly Bliss - "Urge to Purge" 

6/25 - Donkng

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Today's playlist is courtesy of all-Latino post punk group Donkng! Check out their newest single, TV Laughtracks and catch them on tour for the next month to promote their upcoming album, Familiar Structures, out July 20! 

Playlist featuring: Porches pylon  Bauhaus Jimmy Buffet John Prine Richard Hell Yabadum Clap Your Hands Say Yeah KIDS SEE GHOSTS TWRP Carly Rae Jepsen Lena Horne

Juan Salguero: Drums

Porches - "Franklin the Flirt" – I love this album and this song makes me think of the innocent confusion that comes with discovering love and intimacy for the first time.  Lyric: "Beneath her shirt, what I've learned. Beneath the Earth what I've learned."

pylon - "Cool" -  I love the way the instruments play off each other and the dance beats that hold all the angular riffs in place are perfect. The vocals accompany the sound perfectly.

Bauhaus - "Bela Lugosi's Dead" - Everything about the instrumentals in this song. It's entrancing.

Camilo Isaza: Rhythm Guitar/Vocals  

Jimmy Buffet - "Margaritaville" This song reminds me of the good times we had last tour and makes me excited for the good times we'll have on this one.

John Prine - "In Spite of Ourselves" - I love to sing this song with my partner.

Richard Hell - "Blank Generation" - This song slaps. It is also an important song.

Charpie Torres: Lead Guitar

Yabadum - "Winter" -  This is a cute pop song with an interesting structure. It feels like a slow ballad that dies after a minute and a half, only to come back louder and more abrasive, without losing its catchiness. “Oh what you are is hard to find, you could teach the deaf, or you could lead the blind, just by the shock of your touch”

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - "The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth" - I feel like I came in waaay too late to the CYHSY-hype-train. My girlfriend played this for me a couple months ago and the entire album just clicked with me instantly; this is my favorite song from it. “You, you look a bit like coffee, and you taste a little of me”

KIDS SEE GHOSTS - "Feel the Love" - This might be my favorite song (close with Ghost Town) from Kanye’s works from this summer. After an okay-verse by Pusha T that kinda brings about an okay-start to the song, the snare starts piercing through everything else, with Kanye mimicking the sounds coming from the snare. Its intense rawness gave me shivers the first time I listened to it.

Matt Dobrzanski: Bass

TWRP - "Groove Crusaders" - For me, TWRP really encapsulates everything positive about life and just having a good time. There are no bad feelings when I listen to them. Everyone should listen to TWRP. The groove can turn hate into love. I’m all about the groove, and this song is just the epitome of sick bass grooves as well.

Carly Rae Jepsen - "Boy Problems" - I couldn’t really tell you why, but Carly Rae just speaks to the depths of my soul. This song is an absolute banger, along with the entire Emotion album. It has such a groovy disco bass vibe that drives the song. Who doesn’t have boy problems right?

Lena Horne - "Cole Porter Medley" - I am a huge fan of Cole Porter’s works, and no one does a better job of singing them than Lena Horne does. The amount of power and emotion in her voice gives me chills every time I hear her. While I love all of her works, I find myself always coming back to this magnificent medley that I think truly brings Cole Porter’s works to life.

Keep an eye out for the band on their east coast tour, and check out Familiar Structures on July 20! 

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6/23 - American Spirits

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Free Throw - "Randy, I Am The Liquor" 

Heart Attack Man - "Cool Kids Table" 

Lunatics On Pogosticks - "PCP" 

Microwave - "Trash Stains" 

Tiny Moving Parts - "Caution" 

DZ Deathrays - "Like People" 

Violent Soho - "Waco" 

The Sonder Bombs - "Switzerland" 

Secret Space - "Pxcz" 

Citizen - "The Night I Drove Alone" 

Post Animal - "Ralphie" 

Twin Peaks - "Blue Coupe" 

Hot Mulligan - "How Do You Know It's Not Armadillo Shells" 

Discount Nostalgia - "Girl from Nova Scotia" 

Cass Benton - "Wolf in Sheep Skin" 

The Hotelier - "Your Deep Rest" 

Saltlick - "Pittsburgh" 



6/21 - Levels

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Switching it up a bunch today and trying new things; check out Arkansas metalcore band Levels' playlist! These tracks seem to be what inspired each band member deeper into the metal scene. 

We are Levels, a metalcore and djent influenced band based out of Little Rock, Arkansas. Having been around for just over 2 years now, we have had the opportunity to tour and play a number of festivals including So What?! Fest in Dallas, TX and Get Busy Living Fest in Los Angeles, CA. Following our first tour “The Wild Wild West Tour”, we had the privilege of playing a sold out show in Springfield, MO with The Devil Wears Prada. Now, we are in the midst of releasing our first full length album under Famined Records. Thanks to the help of our label, and Defiled Management, we have successfully released three singles off the album: May Flower, which has premiered through Ghost Killer Entertainment and The Noise; “Mind (feat. Myke Terry of Volumes)”, which was revealed through Idobi Radio; and “Bloodstream, which was premiered through Chugcore. Along with those outlets, “May Flower” and “Mind (feat. Myke Terry of Volumes)” were also featured on the Spotify Playlists: Got Djent and New Blood

Featuring: August Burns Red Traitors The Devil Wears Prada Alexisonfire Veil of Maya Limp Bizkit  Megadeth Balance and Composure Metallica Periphery

August Burns Red - “The Eleventh Hour” -  This song really got me into drumming. I was fascinated by Matt Greiner’s skill. I had never heard anything like it at the time. I used to listen to messengers religiously (no pun intended). I remember this being one of the first songs I learned to play on drums. I will still return to it from time to time. That song will always have a special place in my heart. -Dalton Kennerly

Traitors - “Phantasm” - I think I can speak for most of us when I say that we love to jam this track in the van on the way to a show. “Back to the mother fuckin point!” That drop just gets me going. Tyler has some very unique vocals. This song just gets us psyched to play music. -Dalton Kennerly

The Devil Wears Prada - “Assistant to the Regional Manager” — I didn’t start getting into metal until I was in high school. In 2011 I went to my first show featuring The Devil Wears Prada, Miss May I, and We Came as Romans. I’d been jamming Prada’s With Roots Above and Branches Below album for a year or so by this point. When they played this song live and I heard the chorus being sung by an almost sold out crowd at the new daisy theatre in Memphis, TN I couldn’t help but want to be a part of the metal scene and be involved with playing music and going to shows. -Jake Sanders

Alexisonfire - “This Could be Anywhere in the World" — The first metal song I can remember listening to, willingly, I suppose. At least probably the first one I had in my music library, which mostly consisted of Relient K and old country songs. My brother showed them to me along with Underoath and I fell in love with them. I still jam this song to this day and will always regret never going to see them. -Jake Sanders

Veil of Maya - "It's Not Safe To Swim Today" — This song has so much meaning to the start of my guitar playing that I still remember where I was sitting when a friend showed it to me. I had just started playing guitar and jamming with friends around 2009 and started hearing about different bands. When I heard this song I couldn't believe what I was hearing! It broke the typical metalcore vibe I was used to and really put me in my place when I thought I was getting good at writing music back then. This song is 10 years old now and I think it holds up great compared to what's being released in the genre now. I've always been inspired by Marc's use of odd chords/notes/patterns and he continues to inspire me today. -Jager Felice

Limp Bizkit - "Break Stuff" - This is the go-to song for me when I want to get pumped up before a show. I still find myself going back and watching live videos for this song at Woodstock '99, and I just want to teleport there and go crazy with the crowd! I've never seen so much reaction to a live song before and I just eat it up. Seeing people react to the music I play live is what drives me during a performance. If crowds were still like that, I would play the best show of my life. -Jager Felice

Megadeth - “Peace Sells” — This song got me into metal. I was in 7th grade and a kid showed me this at lunch on his CD player. The opening rift had me sold immediately. “Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?” would end up being the first album I ever bought. One of my first shows was seeing Megadeth when I was 14. I won a backstage pass and got Dave Mustaine to sign one of his signature guitars I owned. It was such a cool experience that really made me appreciate the band more. -Jacob Hubbard

Balance and Composure - “Rope” -  One of the most underappreciated Balance and Composure songs. I started listening to them my sophomore year of high school and it was just perfect angsty music for all the sad teenager moments. This song sticks out to me because of the flow the first part of the song has and I have a weak spot for slow instrumental parts like towards the end of the song. -Jacob Hubbard

Metallica - “Fade to Black” — This track not only got me into metal but made me want to pick up a guitar for the first time. I remember like it was yesterday a neighborhood friend down the street came over one day with Ride the Lightning and was like "you gotta listen to this track" and as soon as track 4 came on, I literally lost my mind with James Hetfields clean guitar blended with Kirk Hammett's ambient over driven leads. - Rob Mathews

Periphery - “Icarus Lives” — It goes without saying that doing what we do wouldnt really be possible without the inspiration of Periphery. I am such a huge Mark Holcomb fan and this track just punches you right in the gut with the first catchy but powerful riff. This was the very first track I had ever heard of Periphery's and its still stuck near and dear to my heart to this day. -Rob Mathews

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6/7 - Puppybrother, a playlist by MELTT Magazine on Spotify

Catch Puppybrother’s playlist today! Songs 1-5 chosen by Aaron, 6-10 by Greg, 11-15 by Jhanna, 16-20 by Neev!

FeaturingWeatherbox Runaway Brother  Bee Gees Paramore  Romain Virgo Death Cab for Cutie  TTNG Hop Along Fleetwood Mac Now, Now Jessica Lea Mayfield  Dikembe  The Dear Hunter  Joyce Manor Fake Laugh  Mansions The Sidekicks Everyone Everywhere  Boy Rex Alvvays 

“Two Satchels of Light” by Weatherbox

“Conscience in Tumult” by Runaway Brother 

“Emotion” by Bee Gees

“That’s What You Get” by Paramore 

“No Money” by Romain Virgo 

“Long Division” by Death Cab for Cutie 

“Whatever, Whenever” by TTNG 

“Somewhere a Judge” by Hop Along

“Gypsy” by Fleetwood Mac 

“MJ” by Now, Now 

“Seein* Starz” by Jessica Lea Mayfield 

“Hood Rat Messiah” by Dikembe 

“What It Means to Be Alone” by The Dear Hunter 

“Last You Heard of Me” by Joyce Manor 

“Mind Tricks” by Fake Laugh 

“Talk Talk Talk” by Mansions 

“1940′s Fighter Jet” by The Sidekicks 

“Turn & Go & Turn” by Everyone Everywhere 

“Gold In a Wishing Well” by Boy Rex

“Party Police” by Alvvays