March 19, 2018

168 Burning Down The Playlist

My boy and his BFF
Even though Spotify playlists can be as long as you want, I try to limit them to 20 songs or 80 minutes, whichever is less. #168 is 21 songs and 71 minutes, so close enough...
  1. "Wait In The Car" The Breeders new single, just as I remember them.
  2. "Tree By The River" Iron & Wine
  3. "Hope The High Road" Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
  4. "Bob" A Dylan parody, all in palindromes, by "Weird Al" Yankovic
  5. "Divorce Song" [Girly-Sound version] Liz Phair
  6. "Be OK" Ingrid Michaelson
  7. "Baby I Love You" When I heard this on WERS I thought "is this a new Julian Lennon song?" and I bet Ryan Adams would be flattered.
  8. "The Word" features strong Beatles harmonies where I can really pick out John's voice and Paul's voice. Also a great arrangement, especially Paul's bass lines.
  9. "Ask" a gorgeous Smiths song
  10. "Mano a Mano" a terrific John lead vocal from Hall & Oates' Private Eyes LP
  11. "Let's Go To Bed" my wife said "this sounds like the music from a montage in the middle of a 1980s teen comedy" ...from The Cure
  12. "Set It All Free" is Ash the porcupine (Scarlett Johannson's) show closer from the movie SING.
  13. "All My Friends Are Insects" a good-natured (pun intended) power pop classic by Weezer, from Yo Gabba Gabba! Hey!
  14. "Need You Tonight" Bonnie Raitt has always been an adventurous performer of cover songs; I was happily surprised to find her covering this #1 hit single from 1987. 
  15. "Get In Line" love this fast, hard, and catchy Juliana Hatfield song.
  16. "Unbelievers" Vampire Weekend
  17. "The Golden Calf" Prefab Sprout made some brilliant and eccentric Britpop.
  18. "Burning Down The House" [alternate version] Talking Heads; Thank you to Spotify for letting me listen to all sorts of Deluxe Edition bonus tracks without buying CDs all over again.
  19. "Room At The Top" It's a compliment to the late Tom Petty that this original song sounds like a classic from the rock songbook. Eddie Vedder covered this song for the 2018 Oscars In Memoriam montage.
  20. "The Seeker" RUSH released an all-covers album awhile back that included a by-the-numbers cover of this Who single from 1970.
  21. "Pirates" Brazilian Girls; heard on WERS