Over the past few months, I’ve heard a lot of songs that are, for lack of a better word, rad as hell. The lesser-known of these will be made into monthly playlists, along with songs from the bands I interview (This week features the first 3 bands I did interviews with, since if I did all of them it would take up an entire playlist. Regardless, there’s a playlist available on youtube of every band I’ve posted interviews from where you can hear them all there). Each of these playlists will consist of 13 songs since that’s the magic number here. Without further ado, Playlist #1.
- George The Poet- Search Party
I’m starting the list off with Search Party by George the Poet. This song is a bit of an outlier. British rapper George the Poet created an amazing track, and even though this is an alternative blog I had to add this in. I think the acoustic guitar can make it count as alternative. Just trust me. This song is definitely worth the listen.
2. Postilijonen- The Open Road
Postiljonen is a band I’m working hard to snag an interview with. This is a track I’ve been listening to a lot when I’m trying to fall asleep at night. The intro is incredibly calming and it’s all around a great song.
3. Kera and the Lesbians- Witch’s Tit
Yet another band I’m trying to land an interview with, Kera and the Lesbians are a different animal entirely. Aside from the kickass band name, the bass in this particular song is killer and the lyrics are strangely phenomenal.
4. Pavement- Harness Your Hopes
I’ve been REALLY into Pavement lately, so I figured it was only appropriate that I added them to my first TF13 playlist. This song in particular has been stuck in my head for about a month straight.
5. The Score- Up
I heard this song in a movie called Sing Street (it’s on Netflix, I highly suggest you watch it) and fell in love at first listen.
6. Salvia Palth- Post-Traumatic All Night Long
I’ve been a fan of Sylvia Plath, the poet, and Salvia Palth, the solo band, for a while now. You can imagine how excited I was to have the opportunity to interview the latter. This song is one of my personal favorites.
7. KOLARS-Beyond The World Of Man”
Interviewing Kolars was exciting, as they were the first to agree to answer my questions. In the honor of them being my first interview, here’s their first youtube video (which is an awesome song with an awesome video accompanying it).
8. Broken Beak- Mire
I found out about Broken Beak the same way most people did- through Brendan Lukens of Modern Baseball, a recently former member of Broken Beak. I started off just listening for Brendan, but I quickly fell in love with the music as opposed to the people who made it. Mire is one of my favorite Broken Beak songs.
9. Wil Wagner- Laika
I was looking through my Spotify library trying to decide what songs made the cut for this playlist when I stumbled across Laika. I had only listened to the song once or twice before, and I couldn’t remember what it sounded like at all. I hit play just to see and instantly fell in love. I’m still confused as to how I could have forgotten about this song in the first place.
10. Walter Mitty and His Makeshift Orchestra- Let’s Get Breakfast
First introduced to me by an old suitor, Let’s Get Breakfast is one of those feel-good songs that never fails to put me in a good mood. And let’s not forget that the cover art for Overwhelmed and Underdressed is hilarious and amazing.
11. Flowers Forever- Hanging On The Telephone
Here’s another song that was first introduced to me a few years back through a movie. (If you’re curious, it’s called Electrick Children).
12. Elephone- El Jefe
When I used to be in a band and we were trying to come up with names, I had this song stuck in my head and suggested El Jefe, which is Spanish for “the boss”. My drummer loved it, so until we decided to change our name (and change it again), we were known as El Jefe. As a tribute to my former band, here’s Elephone.
13. Betty Grable and June Haver- The Vamp
I decided to finish off the playlist with another misfit song. The Vamp is a song from an old movie-musical called The Dolly Sisters, based on- you guessed it- the Dolly Sisters. This track is a catchy oldie, and perfect for anyone trying to say “listen to this cool old hipster song I found”.
So, that concludes the first 13-song playlist on The Friday Thirteen. All of the songs are available in a youtube playlist linked at the top of the article.