They say all the best songs are breakup songs. That must make this our worst set of tracks ever - 'cause this month's playlist is for gettin' cozy. Especially our snowbound friends all over the country.
January's playlist. Ten tracks with a mix of sunny daydreams, and a soundtrack for cubicle dance parties. Time for a rad kickoff to the year - Get at it!
Wild Cub - Thunder Clatter
Lord Huron - She Lit a Fire
Deerhunter - Back to the Middle
The Men - Without a Face
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Lariat
RAC - Let Go (feat. Kele & MNDR)
Washed Out - It All Feels Right
Little Hurricane - Homewrecker
Fitz & The Tantrums - The Walker
Dan Croll - From Nowhere
Dudes... we're a positive bunch. We like days without plans. When things go wrong, we roll with it. We support everyone's right to pursue happiness - especially around the holidays. Lately though, there have been a few things that have really not settled right with us about these days that we celebrate. It's time to get it out there. Here are 3 things we can't get down with this time of year:
1. "New" holiday music - This may have started with Kenneth Bruce Gorelick, aka Kenny G… and it should have ended with Kenneth. Thanks to this adult contemporary / smooth jazz saxophonist, we’re stuck listening to remakes of classic tunes that never needed remaking. We hope Kenny G’s stocking is full of coal. Every. Single. Year.
2. Ugly sweater parties - Let’s be clear – this WAS a good idea when it started. It challenged the attendees to thrift a truly heinous knitted creation to debut at an annual holiday party. Now, it’s an industry. There are scores of websites that make it WAY too easy to score your next ugly sweater. In fact, you can even customize them. This newer tradition has lost its way. We’ll consider removing it from the list if it can get back on point.
3. Krampus - OK. Christmas has been happening our entire lives, and we’re just learning about Krampus, the dark companion of St. Nicholas? What the actual #&$%!? This thing is terrifying! Why does this exist at such a joyous time of year? What does the Naughty List not cover that we need an actual Christmas devil for? What do people do to get on the damn Krampus list!? Krampus is a serious holiday bummer – and we would like it if he were struck from the record all together.
We’re off to sharpen candy canes like prison shivs, just in case Krampus decides to crash our holiday party / is a real thing.
On that note - have a laid-back holiday from all your pals at Cushe!
OK - full disclosure, this post is built on lies. We were totally listening to more than three songs this past weekend, but "186 Songs in a Playlist" was just going to end up being too long of an update. You don't wanna read it, and we don't wanna write it. Besides, three is a fun number, a magic number, and it's a challenge to pick just three songs that encapsulate the vibe of a day. By the way, this weekend, we had no luck in making it to the beach, but we did make it to a pool. So here are three jams that helped create a daytime disco while we were kicking back in some Cushe Time next to the diving board.
The Australian duo behind the amazing 2008 release Walking on a Dream, and possibly one of the most mind-blowing, Bowie-tastic album covers ever (pictured below), have returned!
Empire of the Sun has released an epic album trailer directed by... JJ Abrams!? Crazy. Maybe he's a fan. Anyway, Walking on a Dream has been one of our JAMS since it came out, so we're excited to see these guys back at it. They'll also be hitting the road in May, so if you are a fan, look to catch them live this summer.
Check out the trailer and tour dates over on Pitchfork.