We haven't made one of these in a while. For this one, we pulled some songs from the playlists we default to every day while we're working. Some are mellow, others upbeat, some old, some new, and some that will be stuck in your head all day. Either way, it's the perfect mix to get you through the workday or whatever you happen to be doing that calls for some noise. This is the playlist you put on when someone asks you to be DJ but you're not sure what to play and it starts to give you mild anxiety. So in that sense, save this thing somewhere for when that time comes, because it will when you least expect it. And for that, you're welcome. Basically, it's the perfect soundtrack for anything. —Kristen Walters
"Down the Line"
Off of their recently released album, Somersault. This was one of the first singles they put out off the album, and I haven't gone a few days without playing it since.
This song was playing out by the pool at the Surfjack Hotel in Waikiki the morning after our Issue 002 release party. I was a little hungover, waiting for a cab to take me to the airport, and was like, 'what is this song?? I really like it.' I shazamed it, which took like 7 tries and made me look like an idiot. But finally it picked up, and I'm happy it did because it's one of those songs I feel like I was just meant to hear in that moment.
So damn catchy. I remember the first time I heard this song I wish I knew all the words. Now I know them, and it's way more fun to sing along to. It'll get stuck in your head. We love Sandy Alex G, and his new album, Rocket, is worth a listen.
"Aboard My Train"
Kevin Morby's new album, City Music, is easily one of the best albums of the year. I'm not an actual music critic or anything, but a lot of them are agreeing, trust me. This song will make you happy and take you somewhere else. So play loudly.
This song is exactly what you'd imagine it to sound like with a title like, Dreamgaze. Another one of those songs and bands I have no recollection as to how I stumbled upon, but am glad I did. Nice and hazy.
Froth also released a new album earlier this year and holy shit is it good. It sounds a lot different than what they've done in the past, and the new sound is really, really working for them. This song is great, but I honestly just recommend listening to the entire thing.
"Blood Under My Belt"
This was the first released single off The Drums' new record, 'Abysmal Thoughts,' and the first indication that their new album wouldn't disappoint. Try not singing or dancing along to this one, I dare you.
"No Longer Making Time"
"I remember those days / And all those nights / When you wanted so much more..." Everything about this song is SO GOOD. This was one of the first songs I listened to off Slowdive's new self-titled album (also their first in 22 years) and it instantly became my favorite. (This is starting to become a theme here I guess). One of those songs you just play in the car really loud, drown everything else out, and let it hit you. Thanks for coming back, Slowdive. They're also playing at FYF today and I'm really bummed I'm not going.
"You're Not Good Enough"
We need more songs like this. The perfect post-shitty-breakup tune, or just your general feel-good tune. With a chorus that happily assures, 'I never was in love, you know that you were never good enough,' you'll be feeling like a queen again in no time.
"Each Time You Fall in Love"
Um, their new album is I N S A N E L Y good. Like, if I could put every song on here I probably would. But this one is among the best. One of the must-listens if you want to give it a little sample. Bottom line is his voice is soft and sexy and if we don't make it to one of their upcoming shows we're going to regret it. So will you.
This song came out like nine years ago if I did my math correct, but who cares? It's good and we're still playing it.