Friday Playlist: 6/22/18

This week’s Friday Playlist is primarily centered around the Summer Time.

We start off with an artist that you should get to know now, because Miya Folick is going to make it big.

St. Vincent changed one of her slowest songs from the last album, “Slow Disco” into a dance song with “Fast Slow Disco”.

The current SWB song of the Summer is Pusha T’s “If You Know You Know”. Though the song has been out for a month or so, the video just came out.

Gorillaz have a psychedelic new video created by the team that normally is operating in the SouthEast Corner of Glastonbury during this weekend.

Rudimental & Major Lazer created a banger of a summer song with “Let Me Live” which features Anne-Marie & MR. Eazi.

Sir Paul McCartney put out a double-A side single this week. The first song is the slower paced “I Don’t Know” and is followed by the upbeat, summery “Come On To Me”.

One of our favorite live acts, Sylvan Esso put out a new video that highlights their live shows and fan interactions. Be sure to check them out if they come to your town.

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”.

Friday Playlist: 5/25/18

Over the last week we have discovered quite a few musical treats that we want to share with you.

We start off with one of our favorite musicians James Blake and “Don’t Miss It”. This is a song he debuted this week on his BBC1 radio show.

CupcakKe is always provocative, and her video “Quiz” borrows imagery from one of our favorite movies, Kill Bill.

Leikeli47 has created a great summer song with “Money”. This is a song that longs for road trips in a convertible.

We shot this video during an intimate performance by Vagabon here in Dallas. “The Embers” is our favorite song from her album, Infinite Worlds.

Tyler the Creator released a forgotten track this week called “435”.

Today Harvey Weinstein will be turning himself into authorities and I am sure there will be a bit of a smile on the faces of Amanda Palmer & Jasmine Power who just released “Mr. Weinstein Will See You Now”. It is a song that puts words to the feelings that women feel all too often when men place them in horrible situations.

Saturday Night Live shared a pre-filmed musical skit that involves a Haim style band and Nicki Minaj.

One of the most moving voices in modern music belongs to Neko Case. She is about to release a new album. Here is the first song from the album she has shared, “Curse of the I-5 Corridor”.

Friday Playlist: 5/18/18

We missed last Friday, but we are back this week with a new Friday Playlist.

We start off with a provocative video that was created to accompany a great song. Childish Gambino (Donald Glover)’s “This is America” is an in your face video and song. There is much symbolism and meaning behind this video, and a Google search and a bit of reading is sure to alter future viewings for you.

Frank Turner was one of our favorite SXSW 2018 performers. We posted a video we shot in the past, but this is the official video for “Make America Great Again”.

The Arctic Monkeys are back with a new album and a new sound that is much less The Birthday Party and much more Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

We had a chance to see Kendrick Lamar on the TDE Championship tour. Here is a video of part of his performance of “Element”.

G. Yamazawa has been busy recently and his latest video/song is “Violence”. There is some great dancing in the video. The song is meaningful and very much of the time.

Quiet Slang is the band for anyone that loves when a punk band plays a ballad. It is James Alex,the lead singer of Beach Slang, slowing down Beach Slang songs to create some beautiful tracks.

Frog Eyesare an experimental indie rock band that has reportedly just released their final album.

Scott Hutchinson of Frightened Rabbit left this world too soon after he lost his battle with depression. We have seen the band many times, in fact seeing them less than 14 hours apart on two separate occasions. This is a video from a performance we saw at Glastonbury 2016.

New Friday Playlist for 5/4/18

Another Friday, another play list.

We start off by wishing everyone a happy May 4th. May the Fourth be with you.

Liz Phair is reissuing the seminal album Exile in Guyville for its 25th Anniversary. This is an album, that would be completely of the moment in the #MeToo movement. To quote Martha Graham: “No artist is ahead of his time. He is the time. It is just that others are behind the time.” Not many of the songs are available on YouTube, except in live versions, but here is a song that would fit in on a CupcakKe album, “Flower”.

The new Matt and Kim album, Almost Everyday is out out today and streaming everywhere. Here is a video of “Forever” that we shot live in Dallas.

We had a chance to see G. Yamazawa at SXSW and he has a new, culturally and politically relevant track, “Talk that Talk”.

Shakey Graves is an Austin artist that has never been as popular as his music deserves. Maybe his new album, Can’t Wake Up will change that.

Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer has been on almost constant replay for SWB since last week. Here is the closing track,”Americans”, with its hopeful tone and message.

Dirty Projectors are a ?band?, or maybe just a performer (David Longstreth) that has been undergoing nearly constant change both in line-up and musical tone. Here is a list of Past Members from their Wikipedia entry" Past members: Rostam Batmanglij, Olga Bell, Tyondai Braxton, Anneli Chambliss, Emily Cheeger, Amber Coffman, Haley Louise Dekle, Angel Deradoorian, Teresa Eggers, Alex Farrill, Adam Forkner, Larkin Grimm, Clarice Jensen, Spencer Kingman, Ezra Koenig, Jake Longstreth, Charlie Looker, Steve Marion, Brian McOmber, Sharon Nakhimovsky, Francisco Javier Paredes, Jessica Pavone, Mauro Refosco, Yasemin Schatz, Nadia Sirota, Susanna Waiche, Jenn Wasner". To be honest, this is not one of our favorite DP songs, but maybe “Break-Thru” will be one of yours.

New Orleans is our favorite city to vacation to, and we will be there next month. The Parquet Courts video and song “Mardi Gras Beads”. has us Louisiana Dreaming.

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.

Friday 4/13/18 Playlist

This Friday list has a couple of the videos we shot this week.

We start our playlist with a group that we never really appreciated until we saw them at Bonnaroo in 2015 Florence + The Machine are back with a new song, “Sky Full of Song”, that is a beautiful but restrained song , especially in comparison to their big hits.

We shot the next video at the King Krule show in Dallas this week. We posted up a video of “The Locomotive”

Titus Andronicus Played an interesting and enjoyable set here in Fort Worth, which included a Jeff Buckley cover.

Hinds returns to our Friday list with another new video. This week it is “Finally Floating”. Their new album is great, and you should check it out.

Jean Grae & Quelle Chris Put out an interesting hip-hop album. It is part satire, part comedy, part political comedy, and all throwback (in the best possible way). The video for “Gold Purple Orange” is set up like a cheesy Karaoke video with some great cameos.

Goat Girl returns to our list with a live version of one of their new album tracks, “The Man”.

Buzzy Lee is the nom de guerre for Sasha Spielberg. Yes, before you bother to ask, Steven is her daughter. She has created a great pop song with “Coolhand”, and will soon have a whole EP out.

Matt and Kim Are a late addition to our playlist and a great way to start your weekend. “Glad I Tried” is another positive party anthem from the duo. We are lucky and get to see them Saturday night here in Dallas.

Friday Playlist: 4/6/18

This week we return with our first Friday playlist since last month. There is a lot of great music coming out this April.

We start our playlist with a song that we put up earlier this week from Miya Folick. We cannot get this great track out of our heads. The sound of this song is a mature step forward for a talented musician.

L.A. Salami (real name: Lookman Adekunle Salami) is a London artist that is difficult to slot into a genre. He is sometimes called a folk artists, and certainly there are times that he is. We saw him at SXSW in 2017 perform what was essentially a punk show. Whatever the genre he is not afraid to utilize difficult and controversial topics. His album The City of Bootmakers will be out 4/13 and you can stream it early on NPR HERE. “Terrorism! The ISIS Crisis” is one of his new tracks.

Hinds is an incredibly fun band to listen to and even more enjoyable in person. They are from Barcelona but create a music that creates retro American rock vibes, much like The Strokes. Their new album is out today and can be streamed all over the place. Here we share one of the tracks “The Club”.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra was been on our list before, and this week the new album Sex & Food is out. UMO is always a vibey, funky, fun band. “Everyone” is no exception to that rule.

The Weeknd is another falsetto voiced singer putting out some new music. He surprise dropped a new EP which includes our favorite track “Wasted Times”. This track includes a few sure to be classic Weeknd lyrics such as: “And I know right now that we’re not talkin’/I hope you know this dick is still an option” which is then followed shortly by: “You were equestrian, so ride it like a champion”.

We were disappointed that we were unable to see Goat Girl at SXSW. After hearing some of their new album, we are even more disappointed. There music has a darker tone reminiscent of Nick Cave and Warpaint. “Throw me a Bone” definitely wets our appetite.

The last two tracks are not throwback tracks, but are very reminiscent of older sounds. Sofi Tukker’s song “Batshit” is sure to bring up memories of Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy” and other campy dance classics of the past.

You probably would not expect a sentimental and beautiful song from a band named Mama’s Gun, but “You Make My Life a Better Place” brings up thoughts in both sentiment and sound of “You are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder.

Friday Playlist 3/2/18

This week we get ready for SXSW which starts next week, so it is a bit of a short list. We have a lot of covers and songs with guests artists this week.

One of the songs we couldn’t find on Youtube so you will have to click right HERE in order to hear a reinterpretation of Kanye West’s “Runaway” by Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Now onto our Youtube playlist....

Iceage put out another new song from their upcoming album. “Pain Killer” is a bit more upbeat than typical the Iceage sound and it features Sky Ferreira of acting and music semi-fame.

Superorganism covered the classic Pavement song “Cut Your Hair” on Sirius radio. You have to love when a new band you are excited to hear from covers one of your old favorites.

Lucius and their silky smooth voices pull off a cover of another band with silky smooth voices, Dirty Projectors. The vinyl looks gorgeous with optical illusions and the ladies of Lucius always sound amazing.

The Breeders return with a new album this week. Kim, Kelly and the rest of the band area always pushing boundaries and creating new sounds.

Suuns new album is out this week and you can get a taste of their sound with “Watch You, Watch Me”.

Finally our list is rounded out with a new song from CHVRCHES that features the distinctive baritone of Matt Berninger of The National.

Friday Playlist 2/23/18

This week we celebrate the birth of one of SWB’s founders. Happy Birthday Jamie..

Janelle Monáe is both a visual and musical artist. Her artistry, aural, and visual beauty come through in her videos for “Make Me Feel” and “Django Jane”. Needless to say, we are waiting with baited breath for her new album to drop.

We stumbled upon “Hardly Strangers” by the Psychic Markers and knew instantly that we had to share it with you.

Screaming Females create earnest and honest that you could call Indie Rock, or Post Punk, or whatever you want, but it is damn good.

Someone took the time and amazingly created an amazing mash up of the Solo movie trailer with the Beastie Boys “Sabotage”

Kendrick Lamar returns to our list this week, with the Brit awards performance that you surely missed.

Speaking of the Brit Awards, if your performance is strong enough to receive a response from the government, it definitely makes our list. Stormzy had a performance in which he targets Theresa May. Instead of labeling him “Fake news” or making up a silly nick name, the British Government decided to respond with logic and numbers.

As long as Nilüfer Yanya keeps putting out good music, she will keep making our list. This week, you can enjoy “Baby Luv”

Is it punk? Is it Hip-Hop? Is it Indie rock? Who cares, it is Bakar

We will be a bit lazy and end this list with three of the greatest cover songs of all time. To be a great cover, you actually have to bring something new to a song, and all 3 of these definitely qualify. We start with Johnny Cashperforming “Hurt” by NIN

Few songs are undeniably greater than the original, but Joe Cocker’s “With a Little Help From My Friends” elevates the Ringo-led Beatles tune to another level.

Jamie’s favorite cover, and perhaps favorite song is Jeff Buckley performing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. Happy Birthday, Jamie.

Friday Playlist 2/16/2018

This week we have quite along playlist which includes some relevant music, some music we came upon, and a few brand new releases.

Affected by the events in South Florida, we draw strength from Amanda Palmer and her post Columbine song, “Strength Through Music”.

Kendrick Lamar curated an exceptional soundtrack to the new Black Panther movie.

Amen Dunes is a nom de guerre of Damon McMahon. He shares his beautiful and emotion filled voice on “Blue Rose”

IAMDDB is an up and coming British Hip Hop artist, and she is truly one to watch in 2018.

Noga Erez is an Israeli musician who at 18 served in the army as a military musician.

Chrystal is another artist from England, but she specializes in personal and straight shooting Pop music.

Car seat Headrest made many “Best of” lists with their recent hit “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales” and they return with a new sure hit, “My Boy (Twin Fantasy)

PJ Harvey has long been a SWB favorite, and here she remakes an Irish classic for an upcoming movie soundtrack

Superorganism has an origin story worthy of a Marvel Comic hero.

Beach House is a controversial band around the SWB offices, and some of us love Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally’s band and others…well…don’t. Have a listen and you can decide.

Isadora is another British musician that makes this week’s list with a lovely song.

BlocBoy JB & Drake put out a track that is sure to be on many heavy rotation lists for weeks to come.

Our list ends with a cover from one of the greatest movies of all time, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. One of music’s true iconoclasts,Frank Ocean , puts his spin on “Moon River”

Friday 2/9/18 Playlist

Welcome to our second Friday playlist, which includes a few videos that we shot this week. Each Friday we will post a list of songs at around noon, just in time for you to enjoy all weekend. These will be songs of the moment, or songs related to things in the world, etc. This week we have a couple of songs inspired by Valentine's Day.

Nilüfer Yanya is a jazz pop musician that creates some truely enjoyable songs.

Tom Misch is an East London musician that is part of a new wave of British musicians ready to invade Ammerica.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra is one of our favorite live bands, and they make another appearancs on a SWB list.

Frankie Cosmos have created one of our Valentine's Day theme songs. "Being Alive" is a fun, happy, and exaggerated love song.

Elvis Costello created an indie music Valentine favorite way back in the 70's with "My Funny Valentine".

Poppy Ackroyd's composition "The Calm Before" is a beautiful classic song that you can use to woo your someone special with some candle light and warm smile.

Andy Cooper rounds out this week's list of new music with a solid video and a great Hip Hop track with some interesting production.

Vince Staples and Tyler the Creator are the last 4 songs on our list. These are videos that we shot live at a great show in Dallas at The Bomb Factory.

Friday Playlist 2/2/18

Welcome to our first Friday playlist. Each Friday we will post a list of songs at around noon, just in time for you to enjoy all weekend. These will be songs of the moment, or songs related to things in the world, etc.

Our first playlist starts with O' Canada as our neighbors to the North are making their anthem gender neutral.

Franz Ferdinand is a Scottish dance rock band that returns with their first proper album in almost 5 years. Their latest is sure to get your toes tapping.

Ezra Furman's music and and attitude on life are strongly influenced by another great Jewish Indie Music icon, Lou Reed. You can reed about him in his own words here. He returns with a brilliant new album which includes "Love You So Bad"

Nils Frahm is a composer, Pianist, and multi-instrumentalist know for his eccentricities. When he had a broken thumb he composed 9 songs intended to be played on the piano with only 9 fingers. This is a track from his latest album.

Field Music is an English Pop/Rock band that have a new album coming out today. “Share a Pillow” is one of the tracks.

Maxwell Young is a musician from New Zealand that we are expecting some big things from. You can hear one of his latest tracks “Bianca”

Shame is a post-punk band from England. They recently released their debut album Songs of Praise which includes the track “Concrete”.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra is another New Zealand band that are known for their blissful and energetic songs. They have a new album coming out later this year. This first song released, “American Guilt”, is a departure from their previous sound with a decidedly harder edge.

Yung Bae put out an interesting remix of Kendrick Lamar's DNA which is currently one of the most blogged about tracks on the interwebs.

Lastly, No Age are a heavy rock/Punk band from LA. Last week they put out another excellent record. Send me is an enjoyable music video with a story of its own.

WE would be remiss if we did not include the Kendrick Lamar/Weeknd track from one of th emost anticipated soundtracks in recent memory, Black Panther

Our Heavy Rotation Play Lists

Introducing our Heavy Rotation playlists. These are songs that the SWB staff is listening to most frequently at this moment in time. This list will have somewhere between 9-12 songs that will be changing frequently.

If you are on a web browser you can open a separate tab and play the youtube list while you browse our site or around the web. On your phone you can use the Spotify or Apple Music links to listen on the go. Of course the Youtube will also work on your phone.

You can always access these lists from the PLAYLISTS drop down at the top of the page.

Some of these songs are likely to be NSFW!

Here it is as a Youtube Playlist

Here it is on Spotify

Here it is on Apple Music

Click This link right HERE to go to the playlist on Apple music.