Friday Playlist 3/2/2018

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.

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”

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 with a solid video and a great Hip Hop track with some interesting production.

2/2/18 Playlist

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.