Our Weekly play lists includes everything from rapper MJG to techno/indie sweethearts School of Seven Bells.  If that’s not eclectic enough for you, we’ve even thrown in an alt. country pioneer, a guilty pleasure song, and much much more, for good measure.

Following the links for YouTube videos of each song…

Rap/Hip-Hop

  • DJ 8Ball & MJG [feat. Young Dro]DJ Bring it Back
    Notes: Warning this song is extremely catchy and WILL get stuck in your head.
Indie/Twee-Pop/Orchestral-Pop
  • The ShinsSaint Simon
    Notes: The sugary breakdown towards the end — /Mercy’s eyes are blue/ when she places them in front of you/ nothing really holds a roman candle to/ the solemn warmth you feel inside of you/ — is still an alltime favorite.
  • Tender TrapFireworks
    Notes: This catchy band feels tinges of folk and dance, but remain firmly rooted in twee pop.  They’ve been out for a bit, but only now are starting to attract attention with their album Dansette Dansette.
  • School of Seven BellsHalf Asleep
    Notes:  The best indie twins, this side of The Watson Twins.

    School of Seven Bells, courtesy of Paul Heartfield

    School of Seven Bells, courtesy of Paul Heartfield

Alternative Rock
  • Liz PhairHelp Me Mary
    Notes: Off Phair’s original album, a rock song with grunge roots that’s surprisingly appealing amid the recent indie rock revival.
  • PlaceboRunning Up That Hill [Kate Bush cover]
    Notes:  This track has been used a lot recently in various movies and soundtracks, including the vampire-flick Daybreakers.  It bears the watermark of a good cover — taking a song in a very different direction.  Placebo’s treatment is much darker than Bush’s.
  • Temper TrapSweet Disposition
    Notes: Catchy guitar layered over high pitched vocals makes this another infectious song in the catalog of these Aussies.
Alt. Country
  • Ryan AdamsNow That You’re Gone
    Notes:  If you don’t like Ryan Adams, you should be ashamed of yourself. (Ed. Note- We considered putting the Bass Hunter track, of the same name, in the link for fun, but decided that would be too cruel.)
  • Uncle TupeloNo Depression
    Notes: Like Wilco?  Or Son Volt?  They both formed from this alt. country powerhouse’s remains.  This song would become one of the quintissential tracks that launched the movement, lending its name to a popular magazine in the genre.  This song has a bit of Johnny Cash-ish character to it.

    Uncle Tupelo, courtesy of Captain's Dead

    Uncle Tupelo, courtesy of Captain's Dead

Guilty Pleasure
  • HedleyDon’t Talk to Strangers
    Notes:  Its hard to say just why, but this song strangely hilarious.  It’s like Stacy’s Mom, except lesser known.  Just don’t let your cool indie friends hear you listening to this, or they’ll set their phasers to “shun” faster than you can say K Records.