Friday Playlist 6/8/18

This week’s Friday Playlist could work for as a party mix for a pretty banging house party.

We start off with a rapper that does not rest on his laurels. G. Yamazawa is back again this week with “Breathe”.

Troye Sivan is an electronic music producer and actor. He creates some infectious tune such as “Bloom”

The Gorillaz are back and created a video for the song “Humility” that involves cartoon characters in the real world and a fair amount of product placement.

Twin Shadow worked with Power-Pop sister trio, HIAM to create the infectious “Saturdays”.

Mahalia’s new track “I wish I Missed My Ex” is reminiscent of Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, and Solange. This single really touched us and we hope you will enjoy it also.

It is easy to groove and dance to the Dub Step leaning “Feel Good” which was created by Maribou State.

Blue Angels makes you want to dance around with his new track “Far Enough”. Very little is known about Blue Angels, and no matter what we expect bing things from him

Though this has been around for a while now, Gabriella Cohen showcases her beautiful vocals and instrumentation on “Baby”.

Childish Gambino's Satirical Genius on Full Display in"This is America"

The video for Childish Gambino's latest single, "This is America," was released shortly after his appearance on Saturday Night Live, and quickly went viral, because.....well, thats exactly what it was supposed to do. The video going viral is, in itself, a distraction; one of the major topics Glover confronts in "This is America".  On first watch, it is hard not to zone in on Donald Glover's Jim Crow era dance moves. He is The Distraction, placed against a backdrop of gun violence, death, abuse and chaos that is barely noticeable. Until the second watch....then again, and again. With each experience, a new piece of the puzzle is revealed, and sadly, a familiar scene begins to emerge- it is America, now... absurd, confusing, and for many of us, utterly horrific. Like most works of art worthy of their canonical placement, this one's got layers and layers of meaning- each of them intentionally created and pieced together in a way that moves the audience from one epiphany to the next, and back again. Definitely one of Stairwell Baby's favorite music videos to date. Check it out:


New LIFE song.

LIFE is a UK band that was one of our favorite discoveries this year at SXSW. Today they released a new song called “Grown Up”. You can listen below. This is their first song since they released their debut album.

The band is also on tour in the UK.


05 Live At Leeds

06 Glasgow, Stag & Dagger

18-19 Brighton, The Great Escape

20 Leeds, Gold Sounds Festival

27 Bearded Theory Festival


02 Wakefield, Long Division

09 Hull, 53 Degrees North

14 London, Lexington (single launch)

15 Leicester, The Shed

16 Tunbridge Wells, Sussex Arms Basement

17 Brighton, Green Door Store


20 Sheffield, Tramlines

28 Leopalooza


31 Electric Fields

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Friday Playlist 4/27/18

It has been a busy week for us at Stairwellbaby, and we are sorry for the lack of posts, we will catch up soon with new reviews (concerts and albums). In the meantime here is a playlist that includes a few videos we shot this week.

We start off yet another playlist with another new song by from one of the albums we are most looking forward to Janelle Monáe album is finally out this week and we are including her most recent video, “I Like That”. Yes sure to check out the album Dirty Computer, which is out today.

The next video combines one of our favorite electronic artists with an amazing vocalist. It is “Black Snow” by Oneohtrix Point Never, featuring Anohni.

Lykke Li has never been one of my favorite musicians, but I can really dig her new song “Hard Rain”.

We had a chance to see this very personal story told at SXSW, and now you can hear Okkervil River’s “Famous Tracheotomies” and read the lyrics along.

We love the new Speedy Ortiz album, Twerp Verse. (possible review incoming) Here is one of the new songs, “Lean in When I Suffer”, played live at SXSW

Our list ends with 3 videos from concerts this week including one by Ty Segall and two by Breeders including a Beatles cover.

New J. Cole out now!

J. Cole just dropped his new album, KOD, tonight.

We have not had a chance to listen to it, but here are our recommendations based on his previous albums.

J. Cole - KOD
RIYL: Drake, Chance the Rapper
Pseudo Genre: Hip Hop with a touch of emo

Here is a tweet that links to all the different services where you can stream or purchase the album.

He explains the meaning of KOD: We will be listening to it this weekened, along with our Friday Playlist.

Kanye West has 2 albums coming out

Kanye has returned to Twitter and in the mists of tweeting his new “philosophy” book, he dropped some news.  

On a June 1st he will be releasing a solo album.  


And then another album with Kid Cudi on June 8th.  



This Summer is really looking up for new music with FJM and Kanye’s announcements in the last two days. 

Here are some pictures from Kanye shows.  


New Father John Misty album coming soon


Josh Tillman, AKA Father John Misty, announced that his new album, God’s Favorite Customer, will be released June 1st. Three of the songs are already available for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify. 

Here is the track list.  


1. Hangout at the Gallows
2. Mr. Tillman (Listen)
3. Just Dumb Enough to Try (Listen)
4. Date Night
5. Please Don't Die
6. The Palace
7. Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All (Listen)
8. God's Favorite Customer
9. The Songwriter
10. We're Only People (And There's Not Much Anyone Can Do About That)

He has two more tour dates this month:

4/28 - Cincinnati, OH @ The National Homecoming Festival - Tickets | Info

4/29 - Fort Worth, TX @ Fortress Festival - Tickets | Info

here is a shot we took from his last tour stop in Dallas. 



Kendrick Lamar wins a Pulitzer

Though he did not win a Grammy for best album, he has won a prize usually reserved for classical and jazz musicians. Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. Has been recognized as the first rap album to win the Pulitzer Prize for music. Hip-Hop has become a creative outlet for dissent, protest, relationship building, and so much more. Rappers more often address the realities of life, instead of vague ideals like love, romance, and parties. Music is intended to entertain, but it is also intended to touch the listener. Too often modern pop and rock bands rely on revisiting old themes and tired concepts. Hip-Hop is still blooming and moving forward at a breakneck pace. Through music and visuals, Kendrick is leading that forward movement. 

Read the Pulitzer announcement HERE.  

Photo from 2015 King Kunta Sessions.  

Photo from 2015 King Kunta Sessions.  

Great New Miya Folick song

You probably do not know who Miya Folick is, and that is ok. We first heard her a couple of years ago at SXSW and were mesmerized.  After hearing her new song, we think you will feel the same way about her as we do.  She has a great new song out that could be one of many anthems for the #MeToo movement. Independent of the theme of song, it is just a great song. Check it out. 


If you like the song, please take the time to visit her website and listen to more of her music. Here is a picture we took from a performance at SXSW. 

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SXSW Wednesday Pictures and recap

We began our Wednesday at the Convention Center listening to Only Girl from London on the International Day Stage. The environment may be a bit sterile, but her vocal performance was emotional and beautiful. 

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Sudan Archives, is comprised of a solo female act that utilizes violins with guitars and loops to create a full band sound. Despite being From Las Angeles, she creates songs utilizing elements of traditional Sudanese music. 

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We took a break from watching performances and listened to Kim Deal and Steve Albini discuss Kim's time in The Pixies and The Breeders. They spoke to fellow recording artists, technicians, producers and fans. There is a level of comfort during these type of conversation/sessions at SXSW that are not replicated in other interviews.  Kim is still creating some great music with The Breeders. Be sure to check out their newly release album, 

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Wednesday night we went to the annual NPR showcase at Stubbs. Though there were no free bag this year, NPR did continue the tradition of putting together an eclectic and rewarding line up. 

The night began with the beautiful voice and lovely instrumentation of Lucy Dacus. 

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There were many acts on the small stage, but most we were not able to see. The next act on the big stage was a band that was united and formed via the internet, Superorganism. Despite their unusual origins, they put together are a great live performance. 

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The tempo of the show changed considerably with indie rock veterans, Low. 




Okkervil River used their connection with Texas to help connect with the band. The set was filled primarily with newer, personal songs from their upcoming album.  They also hit some crowd favorites from their previous albums. 


2017 NPR Tiny Desktop winners, Tank and the Bangas, brought New Orleans funk and flare to the stage. 

   Following Tank and the Bangas we ducked inside for a quick, and quite dark set by WebsterX.    


Following Tank and the Bangas we ducked inside for a quick, and quite dark set by WebsterX. 





The night ended with a performance by August Greene, the newly formed super group of Common, Robert Glasper, and Karriem Riggins. Common was an impressive stage presence and had the crowd, including the camera pit, enthralled. 




Our Wednesday takeaways and recommended listening are:

1. If you like vocal pop, do yourself a favor and be ahead of the curve and listen to Only Girl now. Your friends and family will be listening to her by next year. 

2. If you like melodic vocals and music, Lucy Dacus is definitely your cup of tea. 

3. Expect big things out of Superorganism as they grow together as a band. 

4. Okkervile River has a very personal album coming out that touches on everything from having a tracheostomy to life in general. 

5. If you can, see Tank and the Bangas live. 

6. Common is still a powerful force in music. 

Unpacking SXSW

Obviously, we at SWB think that music is important. To quote the always energetic music ambassador Andrew W.K. “Music is worth living for!  Music makes life worth living, music is worth living for!”

That being said, some things actually are more important than music. If home is where your heart is, then Austin is one of our homes away from home.  Quite literally, it is our musical home for about 2 weeks a year. On a serious note, we would like to say that our heartfelt thoughts and concerns go out to those people killed or injured and the families and friends touched by the recent bombings in Austin. 

We hope that the authorities are able to apprehend those responsible and prevent any further tragedies.  

Here at SWB, we will be unpacking our photos, videos, and experiences of the last week. There will be a ton of new content and images posted through the next 10-14 days, so please come back often. 

In the meantime..... 


Monday: a day in pictures

Here are some more SXSW 2018 music day one pictures.  

we visited the Langford Lunchbox, from the TV show Rosanne. 


We saw an interview and poolside performance by Tunde Olaniran. 


We saw a lively performance from Lido Pimienta. 


There were dance horns and more during an entertaining showcase by Golden Dawn Arkestra. 


As we can we will post more images and stories.  

Oscars tonight

We are anxiously anticipating tonight’s performance by Sufjan Stevens along with St. Vincent (Annie Clark), Moses Sumney, and Chris Thile. They will be performing the beautiful “Mystery of Love” from Call Me By Your Name. 

Here is Elliot Smith’s amazing Oscar performance which helps to remind us of why it is worth having the songs featured during a movie award show.  



New Father John Misty Song

Today there is a new FJM song available pretty much wherever you listen to music.  

It is called “Mr. Tillman” (FJM’s real name is Josh Tillman). 

FJM has some tour dates coming up, see the dates below. 



6/24 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl w/ Gillian Welch - Tickets | Info


3/3 - Phoenix, AZ @ McDowell Mountain Music Festival - Tickets | Info
3/11 - Tampa, FL @ Gasparilla Music Festival - Tickets | Info
4/28 - Cincinnati, OH @ The National Homecoming Festival - Tickets | Info
4/29 - Fort Worth, TX @ Fortress Festival - Tickets | Info
5/26 - Halifax, UK @ The Piece Hall - Tickets | Info
5/26 - London, UK @ All Points East Festival - Tickets | Info
5/28 - Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street - Tickets | Info
5/29 - Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street - Tickets | Info
5/30 - Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street - Tickets | Info
6/1 - Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound Festival - Tickets | Info
6/2 - Nimes, FR @ This Is Not A Love Song Festival - Tickets | Info
6/3 - Paris, FR @ We Love Green Festival - Tickets | Info
6/5 - Warsaw, PL @ Palladium Warszawa - Tickets | Info
6/7-6/9 - Porto, PT @ NOS Primavera Sound - Tickets | Info
6/8 - Aarhus, NO @ NorthSide Festival - Tickets | Info
6/10 - Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival - Tickets | Info
6/12 - Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene - Tickets | Info
6/14 - Bergen, NO @ Bergenfest - Tickets | Info
6/15-6/17 - Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam Festival - Tickets | Info
6/16 - Minneapolis, MN @ Rock The Garden - Tickets | Info
7/13 - Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival - Tickets | Info
7/27 - New York, NY @ Panorama Music & Arts Festival - Tickets | Info
8/4 - Toronto, ON @ Fort York Garrison Commons - Tickets| Info
11/9-11/10 - Weissenhäuser Strand, DE @ Rolling Stone Weekender - Tickets | Info
11/16-11/17 - Rust, DE @ Rolling Stone Park - Tickets | Info

Radiohead North American Tour


Radiohead are coming to North America to tour this summer (see dates below). Tickets will go on sale through W.A.S.T.E. here Tomorrow (2/21) at 8 AM CST.   General public on sale will start on 2/23 or 2/24 (depending on the show). 

July 2018

Sat 7th: United Center, Chicago
Tue 10th: Madison Square Garden, New York
Wed 11th: Madison Square Garden, New York
Fri 13th: Madison Square Garden, New York
Mon 16th: Bell Centre, Montreal
Tue 17th: Bell Centre, Montreal
Thu 19th: Air Canada Centre, Toronto
Fri 20th: Air Canada Centre, Toronto
Sun 22nd: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
Mon 23rd: Schottenstein Center, Columbus
Wed 25th: US Bank Arena, Cincinnati
Thu 26th: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh
Sat 28th: TD Garden, Boston
Sun 29th: TD Garden, Boston
Tue 31st: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia

August 2018
Wed 1st: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia


Sammus News


Sammus, one of our SXSW 2018 recommended artists has been busy lately. She is embarking on a tour (see dates below) while dropping new music and even working on a video game score. Her Hip Hop is provocative and is delivered with a smooth flow over well developed beats. She is a perfect point of entry for anyone that is “not into rap music”.  I could go on a two page diatribe by why you, and everyone else, should be “into” Hip-Hop, but I will save that for the opinion page. Suffice to say, “not being into” rap music today is equivalent to “not being into” Shakespeare 400 years ago or TS Elliot 100 years ago. Nothing is for everyone, but there are times and ways to use language that are unique and important. Right here, right now, is that time for Hip-Hop in America and the world. 

 Here is a link to some further Sammus news and her tour dates are below  

~with mega ran // *with yaya bey

2.17    Hull, UK—O'Rileys—Tix + RSVP~
2.18    Nottingham, UK—The Nat'l Video Game Arcade—Tix + RSVP~
2.19    Preston, UK—Ships and Giggles—RSVP~
2.20    Manchester, UK—Night People—Tix + RSVP~
2.21    Stoke, UK—Pilgrims Pit—Tix + RSVP~
2.22    London, UK—Amersham Arms—Tix + RSVP~
2.23    Skelmersdale, UK—E Rooms—Tix + RSVP~
2.24    Lancaster, UK—The Bobbin'—RSVP~
2.25    Glasgow, UK—Nice n Sleazy—Tix + RSVP~
2.26    Paris, FR—La Péniche Antipod—Tix~
3.2      Minneapolis, MN—Cafe Southside—Tix + RSVP*
3.3      Chicago, IL—Hideout Inn—Tix + RSVP*
3.4      Cleveland, OH—Now That’s Class—Tix + RSVP*
3.8      North Adams, MA—66 Main Street | Tix + RSVP
3.13 – 3.17 @ SXSW in Austin, TX 
3.22    Tulsa, OK—Soundpony—RSVP~
3.23    Kansas City, MO—Pilot Room—Tix~
3.24    Columbia, SC—Nashicon—Tix + RSVP~
3.25    Greensboro, NC—Geeksboro Coffee & Beverage Co—Tix~
3.26    Baltimore, MD—Ottobar—Tix + RSVP~
3.27    Philadelphia, PA—PhilaMOCA—Tix + RSVP~
3.28    Somerville, MA—ONCE Lounge—Tix + RSVP~
3.29    Watertown, NY—Flashback Lounge—Tix + RSVP~
3.30    New York, NY—Babycastles—Tix + RSVP~
4.8      Binghamton, NY—Ladyfest @ CyberCafe West—RSVP
4.27 – 4.29 @ Universal FanCon in Baltimore, MD—RSVP
6.8      Peterborough, NH—The Thing in the Spring—Tix+ RSVP