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The Weekly Playlist Best of 2015 - Part 1

Bleachers – I Wanna Get Better
fun.’s Jack Antonoff leads this indie pop band and I can’t decide which of his two projects I like better. This song is a great shot of energy for your week. I’m hearing hints of the Barenaked Ladies and even Babybird’s You’re Gorgeous in this song. If you have no idea what that is, you’re probably really really young. It’s ok. Enjoy, anyway.

Blaumut – Bicicletes
I don’t speak Catalan but that hasn’t stopped me from having this song on repeat. The vocal is a pleasure to listen to – Grown-Man Singing! Something that has been missing in pop for a while now. I found it from a Twitter recommendation by the actor Josh Radnor.

Walk The Moon – Shut Up and Dance
This is exactly the kind of fun pop song you want to hear on the radio which is where I discovered it. Of course, they played the song without announcing it, then went into an ad break and Shazam wouldn’t work so I had to do this old school – remember a lyric or two, come home and Google it. Found it pretty quickly and it’s now on my playlist.

Kensington – Streets
I cannot express how much I love this song. It’s anthemic, melodic and makes me feel like the ’90s are back, and life is good again. Go figure.

Chris Janson – Buy Me A Boat
Ha ha, a great way to start the new work week. “Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy me a boat.”

DJ Snake & Lil Jon – Turn Down For What
Here’s your workout song for the week.

Spoon – TV Set (The Cramps cover)
Recording and editing sound at fashion week in Mumbai is intense, non-stop and after a while things start to blur. This song played at one of the shows and cut through the fog. I didn’t really hear the lyrics (creepy!) but oh the energy!

Richard Thompson – Beatnik Walking
I would never get any chores done if I didn’t listen to the podcast WTF with Marc Maron. Over the past few years that I’ve been listening to him, I’ve discovered the work of many many people, the latest of which is British musician Richard Thompson. Check out his talk with Maron here and make sure to wait around for his acoustic performance of his new song Beatnik Walking.

Dhruv Visvanath – Redemption
New Delhi singer/songwriter/guitarist Dhruv Visvanath recently released this song as the first single off his upcoming debut album Orion. It starts off promisingly (if familiarly) enough, but then does one better – builds into a section that manages to be percussive and airily lush at the same time. That background vocal riff is a cool touch by the way. It stuck in my head and called to mind Spandau Ballet’s True.

Leo Moracchioli – Fatty Boom Boom (Metal cover)
I love this song. This version takes it to the next level. Well done Mr. Moracchioli.

De Staat – Witch Doctor
What is this song? What is this video? The energy is insane! I could listen to this song every single morning and take on a day full of all kinds of stuff. Let’s go!

John Luther Adams – Become Ocean
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams wants to put you right in the middle of the orchestra and evoke “the depth of the waves and the spray of the sea” with this piece. I highly recommend that you listen on headphones with no distractions. It’s truly hypnotic and very physical.

John Mayer – I’m On Fire (Bruce Springsteen cover)
Proving once again that no one does a cover quite like John Mayer.

Max & KHS – Lean On (Major Lazer & DJ Snake cover)
Such an emotional version of such a big hit. I can’t stop listening.

Missio – I’ve Lost My Way
Austin-based artist Matthew Brue aka Missio describes his music as ‘cinematic / alt-electronic’ which is a great and apt term. After you’ve watched the video and listened to the song, listen to it one more time with headphones on.

JJ Grey and Mofro – The Sun Is Shining Down
Apparently I was asleep when this song began to play in the background. I woke up, said “Wow, this is a really good song!” and went back to sleep. I had no memory of this the next day until E reminded me and suggested I should probably listen again while awake. I’m not surprised that my brain registered it even while asleep. It’s a monster song! What a voice!

Ryan Edgar – Love Lockdown (Rawsession Kanye West cover)
Stripped down of all fancy production, and this song holds up really well. Great job with the cover by Los Angeles artist Ryan Edgar.

Mat Kearney – Billion
Saturday afternoon seems to be my time for discovering songs on the radio. The rest of the week, all I catch are ads and strange interviews. This week I discovered Billion by Mat Kearney.

Jack Savoretti – Home
I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that the only reason I clicked on this video is because singer/songwriter Jack Savoretti looked good in the thumbnail image. Then I discovered this very big, anthemic song. I’m a new fan.

Cover photo: Elvis D’Silva