the SONG list: september 2017

Huzzah! A new song list! As the seasons change, so does my vocabulary. “Huzzah” may be here to stay until winter and I simply will not stop playing these songs on repeat.

 

Bike Dream by Rostam // Think the Juno soundtrack hanging out with Vampire Weekend. It’s the kind of song that would play in the opener for a really rad movie about skateboarding in Los Angeles.

Echo Saw You by Kaleida // From the first note, Kaleida entrances you. It’s haunting, Bjork-ian and reminisces like a Florence Welsh ballad.

Homemade Dynamite (Remix) [feat. Khalid, Post Malone & SZA] by Lorde // CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW GOOD THE SZA VERSE IS?! Also, Post Malone. But mostly, SZA.

Younger Now by Miley Cyrus //  With her new album out at the end of the month, Cyrus proves herself once again. The music video is also simply brilliant.

Best Part (feat. H.E.R.) by Daniel Caesar // Ugh. This. Song. Has. Me. Feeling. All. The. Feels.

 

Sylvester Stallone by Angus & Julia Stone // It’s no Big Jet Plane, but the closing track off the duo’s new LP is one love song, I’ll be playing all year long.

Poet (In Studio) by Bibi Bourelly // ICYMI: Bibi Bourelly is the real deal. Chills. Tears. Who needs a hug?

The Kids by Charlotte Cardin // I had the chance to hear some of her new music earlier this summer and it’s time to put Miss Cardin on your radar. She’s the next big thing.

Lust for Life (feat. The Weeknd) [BloodPop® Remix] by Lana Del Rey // Bloodpop, Lana and the Weeknd really do make everything better. One last summer remix for those end of Summer blues.

Dusk Till Dawn (feat. Sia) by ZAYN // Eons better than his solo debut, Zayn teams up with Sia for this belter of a track.

Mistakes by Tove Styrke // Kind of silly, but 100% fun. What’s life without a few mistakes??? Like should I have had two bagels this morning? *insert that emoji of the dude with both of his hands raised*

Hear the SONG list: september 2017 on Apple Music.

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the SONG list: may

NEW SONG LIST because it’s now officially my Jordan/Miley year AND I can’t get these songs out of my head. As always, you can listen along on Apple Music and on Spotify.

You Might Be (feat. Lils) by Autograf // My song of the summer, even though Pitchfork or Billboard probably won’t bring it up. BLAST IT.

May I Have This Dance (Remix) [feat. Chance the Rapper] by Francis and the Lights // HAVE YOU SEE THE MAGIC THAT IS THIS MUSIC VIDEO?! It’s my personal mood board with mad dance moves.

Right Now by HAIM // HAIM, you converted me with this track. From its unique layering to the stereo sound, they’re officially on my concert wish list.

Thunder by Imagine Dragons // Run to this world. RUN TO IT and TELL ME YOU CAN RUN WITHOUT DANCING ALONG. It’s cheesy, but the fun kind of cheesy.

Just Dancing by Sylvan Esso // Such a groovy track.

Hard to Love by Kacy Hill // Mr. West is executive producing her debut LP (out this summer) and Hill soars.

Coachella – Woodstock in My Mind by Lana Del Rey // Prayer emojis in hopes this one slides on the Lust for Life tracklist. It’s LDR in true form.

Poolside by Baynk // One RAD single cover and you’ll be bouncing to this day chiller on the beach and wandering around East Village all day.

No One Else from Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 // A MUSICAL MADE THE SONG LIST. Mostly, because Denée Benton is breath-taking and I’m HOPING she takes that Tony.

Cross My Mind by A R I Z O N A // My new favorite band. HANDS DOWN. No competition.

*I apologize for all of the letters that suffered from CAPS LOCK in this list*

the SONG list: april

SPRING is in the AIR. Summer is right around the corner. And ripped jeans are always in style. the SONG list: april is officially here.

Heading Home (feat. Josef Salvat) by GRYFFIN // Is it my favorite song right now?! 100% yes. It’s basically a “driving down the PCH” dream.

You Got Me (feat. Cara Frew) by SNBRN & BLU J // I discovered SNBRN at coachella this year and they are SUPER. Easy EDM, forget the trap. But you’ll be ready for this thing people talk about in New York called “Rooftop SZN.”

Plot Twist by Sigrid // From Island Records, Sigrid is one chart-topper in the works. You’ll belt “SHOTS FIRED” right before that chorus and it has warm weather written all over it.

Lifetimes by Oh Wonder // Yes. Just. Yes. If the spring breeze had a theme song, Oh Wonder has it set.

Don’t Take The Money by Bleachers // One of my favorite bands is gearing up for their upcoming summer LP. The record builds off the greatness that was their last album and explodes into a stadium anthem.

The Cure by Lady Gaga // Casually the most brilliant song of 2017. Can we talk about that HOOK?!?

HUMBLE. by Kendrick Lamar // See you later Drake. Kendrick just broke the record for most albums sold in a week with DAMN.  Easily his best album since his debut and the lead single is going viral.

Get It Together (feat. Black Coffee & Jorja Smith) by Drake // If you listened to the SONG list: december, you heard Jorja Smith croon away on her EP. Drake recruits her for one groovy track.

Wild Horses by Bishop Briggs // The BEST vocalist I’ve seen in a very, very long time. It’s dance, punk, r&B with some EDM. She’s one to watch.

Sign of the Times by Harry Styles // Not David Bowie, but Mr. Styles. The lead single off his solo effort deserves a Gold Medal. And ROCKS that SoulCycle studio.

Listen to the SONG list: april on Apple Music here. AND now on Spotify here.

the SONG list: march

As it gets warmer in this New York state of mind, the MUSIC just keeps getting better.

River by Leon Bridges // The moment I heard this song in Big Little Lies, I was instantly hooked. It’s not a brand new song, yet sometimes the best songs for the moment aren’t topping the iTunes charts. Music never loses its soul.

Stay (feat. Alessia Cara) by Zedd // At times, Zedd falls into that EDM-pop trap. However, this track builds, climbs, and explodes. Summer music festival ready. Basically, summer anything ready.

Dog Years by Maggie Rogers // “We will be alright, in the afterlife.”

Selfish (feat. Rihanna) by Future // He can drop two albums back-to-back and it’s no lie that Future is the man of the hour right now. I’m playing this song EVERYDAY – no pun intended. Thank Yeezus for introducing the world to smart auto-tuning.

Quiet by MILCK // Sue me, but I totally judged a song by its album cover and immediately pressed play when I saw this single. It’s feels like a 2009 Starbucks coffee shop playlist given a 2017 upgrade. 

Liability by Lorde // When Lorde dropped “Green Light” I spammed all my friends with Snapchat videos of me playing the song during all aspects of life. “Liability” changes the pace as a raw ballad. Full of truth, it’s Bowie-esque and the excitement for Melodrama only keeps growing.

Shot Down by Khalid // His debut album made the TREND list and this American Teen will have you jamming along during that 9-5 (or 10-6 in my case). If you just listen to one song on this list, press play on this one.

Bad Blood by NAO // You are welcome. Headphones required. No bad computer speakers allowed.

Love by Lana Del Rey // With a cosmic music video, fueled by that exoplanet discovery from NASA, LDR is officially back. Find that convertible. Find your American flag. Break out that Born To Die LP.

September Song by Agnes Obel // Also from that show in Monterey 😉, who needs lyrics when the orchestration is up there with the UP and Black Swan soundtracks.

Hear the SONG list: march on Apple Music

the SONG list: february

Does anyone else feel like January came and went in about 5 seconds?! SAME here. Anyways, life in NY has been crazy busy. While I apologize for the lack of lists, I’ve got some exciting things in the works 😏. A-YO here we go, the SONG list: february is here.

Drew Barrymore by SZA // Ever since she crooned that hook on Rihanna’s “Consideration,” I’ve been a huge fan of SZA. No Santa Clarita Diet references included. This track sways and grooves.

Little Bit of You by Kevin Garrett // His last writing effort ended up on LEMONADE and now he’s back to his own tunes. Garrett is immensely talented, completely underrated and electric.

On + Off by Maggie Rogers // Alt Pop Perfection. You’ll be head-banging to this one on the 1 train at 8:30 AM. I promise.

Fly by SHELLS // FOUND THIS ONE on one of my favorite apps, Cymbal. Filled with crystallized ambiance, it’s a mellowed out Cascada track.

Scared to Be Lonely by Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa // Your gym playlist thanks me for this one. From the huge drops to the richness of Lipa’s vocals, what a treadmill jam.

Electric (feat. Khalid) by Alina Baraz // She captivated the alternative scene with her Urban Flora EP, now she’s crafting her harmonious vocals with Khalid.

Changing by John Mayer // Who doesn’t appreciate a good John Mayer jam. Is it mind-blowing revolutionary?! No. But that’s 100% okay with me.

(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano by Sampha // He’s on the road with The xx this summer and ready to take the music festival world by force. An ode to the music.

Phase Me Out by VÉRITÉ // CHARLIE these are all moody, sad songs?! Sorry. Welcome to my iPod. BUT, each one is carefully layered and produced. Phase Me Out builds and builds, never to fall.

Big Picture by London Grammar // hi. new London Grammar. god, bless. I’ll be just playing this one on repeat for a week.

Hear the SONG list: february on Apple Music.

the SONG list: january

Snow-filled weekends. My iPhone won’t stop calling me “Sir Charles.” Using Beats headphones as earmuffs because beanies make my head look weird. Finding new coffee spots. Navigating without Google Maps. the SONG list: january.

Feel (feat. Kehlani) by Post Malone // To be honest, Post Malone’s ENTIRE debut album is brilliant. This collab with Kehlani is a standout track and it will have you swaying all day long.

Rennen by SOHN // The stellar title track off his second LP – out Friday. Begging to be made into a bomb modern dance combo, put SOHN on your festival “to-see” list.

Show Me Love by Laura Mvula // Shazam-ed in Shameless’ latest season finale. It’s dynamic, layered and explores every kind of music trick in the book.

Lucy the Tease by Allan Rayman // It’s a salty, soulful Lukas Graham hit with killer reminiscent EDM hooks. Yep. A strange explanation. But it’s a strange wonder.

Rooting for You by London Grammar // MY FAVORITE BAND OF ALL TIME. THEY ARE GREAT. THEY ARE BACK. HI. HELLO. PLEASE PLAY LOLLAPALOOZA. OR AUSTIN CITY LIMIT. I’LL SEE YA THERE. Their music video is also superb. Watch it here.

Shape of You by Ed Sheeran // Before last week, I was an average, “sure, Ed Sheeran is okay” fan. Yet, the man dropped two singles and TAYLOR SWIFT-ed me. His new stuff is great.

Don’t Leave by Snakehips & MØ // I’m a sucker for a good MØ party track. Also, snakehips rules because they come without actual snakes.

Be the One by Dua Lipa // The. ONE. to. WATCH. this. YEAR. One huge voice. Full of chart-topping potential. Uber-catchy. Your “bad pop” song of the month.

Say Something Loving by The xx // Headphones required. The xx comes back to life this FRIDAY with their new album. Really just me excited for them playing the day before my birthday in NY.

Swingin’ Party by Lorde // TGLORDEISBACKWITHNEWMUSICTHISYEAR. See you at Gov Ball 😉

Listen to the SONG list: january only on Apple Music.

the SONG list: december

Just 10 more songs before the SONG list heads to 2017. From dance remixes to those slow ballads, I’ve got all the songs you need to hear right now. As always, you can listen to them all on Apple MusicHoliday Music, not included.

Don’t Hurt Yourself (feat. Jack White) by Beyoncé // Queen of the GRAMMYs and easily a Queen of the SONG list. This one earned Beyoncé a Best Rock Performance nod and its perfect for doing some planks at the gym.

On Hold by The xx // I. Am. SO. EXCITED. for their new album to come out in 2017. This lead single is holding me over until January, but get ready to bop along to this track. The band’s new vibe is a perfect hybrid of airy indie synths, sampling Hall & Oates, all with that Jamie XX drum beat.

American Money (Virtu Remix) by BØRNS // One of my favorite songs from 2015 gets a killer remix from Virtu. Prepare to dance the second that bass drops. It just makes you want to dance around at a pool party with Ray Bans on deck.

Stargirl Interlude (feat. Lana Del Rey) by The Weeknd // Now I LOVE The Weeknd’s new album (it made the ALBUM list: 2016). This LDR collab is 1000x better than BBHTM’s “Prisoner.” Cosmic and surprising, the duet is one I can’t wait to hear on vinyl.

City of Stars from La La Land // La La Land is easily my new favorite movie. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s performance of the main theme is transcendent. From the melodies to the simple production, it’s the perfect preview of the wonder that is the entire La La Land soundtrack.

Carry Me Home (feat. Maverick Sabre) by Jorja Smith // Jorja Smith is just something else. PURE talent. Hi. Hello. Please play some shows ASAP. She’s ONE TO WATCH. Like wow. Just TRUST ME.

Make Me (Cry) [feat. Labrinth] by Noah Cyrus // TALK ABOUT A DEBUT SINGLE. It’s pure pop. But insanely irresistible. Labrinth elevates the track and Cyrus proves she’s not the only kid of Billy Ray’s that can sing. Aren’t we all just suckers for a good pop song now and again?

I Don’t Wanna Live Forever by Zayn and Taylor Swift // Fifty Shades owning that soundtrack game again. While they have already hinted at Miguel’s new cover of “Crazy In Love,” this surprise drop last Friday kicked off the weekend. Swift gets sultry, Zayn belts out some high notes.

Higher by Rihanna // Further proof Rihanna can sing – PUMA CREEPERS not included.

Video Child by Many Voices Speak // Just another slow song added to my iPhone that I have to skip over at parties. JUST KIDDING. Yep, it’s sad and beautiful – nothing wrong with that combo – and my favorite song on this list. Elegance in an .mp3

Listen to the SONG list: december on Apple Music.

the SONG list: november

Winter is coming. SO I’ve got some music to help ya with those sweater weather vibes.

Let’s Hurt Tonight by OneRepublic // A highlight off their latest record, the track is one stadium anthem from start to finish. The band killed it during this year’s Apple Music Festival and totally deserve more credit than they have earned.

Water Flow by Klyne // The pitter-patter of the beat layered with keyboard synths makes this the song first on my running playlist. Is it a huge EDM, festival-ready banger? Not really. However, Klyne takes you cruising through the sunset.

Vibe by JoJo // To be honest, I missed JoJo a lot. Seeing her take back her career over the past year has been pure inspiration. Her return album, Mad Love, received positive reviews across the board  and the song is a dance-floor smash,  ready for a J-Lo collab.

A-YO by Lady Gaga // Her SNL performance of this one was CRAZY good. The track will have you rock and rolling all the way home. She’s “smokin’ em all.” Pink cowboy hat and all.

Washington Square Park by Tor Miller // Miller is one TALENTED dude. From the triumphant last chorus to the strings infusion on the bridge, Miller’s heartfelt vocals capture his talent. He’s one to watch.

The Middle by Wet // Their debut album, will most likely end up on my top 10 album list of 2016 and their latest singles extend upon their magic. Almost a fusion between London Grammar and The Xx, Wet is something else. Completely mesmerizing and wonderful in every way.

Imaginary Friend by Tove Lo // She’s no one hit wonder. Although “Habits” is still one of my favorite songs of all time, her sophomore LP, Lady Wood is great. With more cohesion than her first release, Tove Lo takes what she learned on tour to the studio. The track is a soaring pop record, ready for Coachella.

Precious by Kevin Garrett // I’ve seen him open for X Ambassadors, Skylar Grey, Alessia Cara and in the festival circuit. He’s written for Beyoncé (Pray You Catch Me) and has been seen working with Katy Perry on her upcoming LP. He’s pure talent and “Precious” is a full five stars.

Love Me Now by John Legend // I. CAN’T. WAIT. FOR. HIS. NEW. ALBUM. The first single is great. Here you go world. It’s wicked good. It’s like a grown-up “All of Me” without the sadness or tears.

Holy War by Alicia Keys // I could actually listen to Keys’ The Element of Freedom and never get bored everyday for the rest of time. Her newest record, Here, dropped last week and this track beautifully closes out her album.

Hear the SONG list: november on Apple Music.

the SONG list: joanne

I know I’ve said it 100 times, but the music in 2016 just keeps getting better. On Friday, Lady Gaga dropped her 5th LP rocking out on the rooftop of The Bitter End in Greenwich Village. And let me tell you, it was iconic. The album is SO GOOD that I put together a track-by-track review in that SONG list formation.

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Diamond Heart // The second the drums thump in, you know Joanne is going to be one heck of an album. Gaga’s voice soars from each lyric to the next and explodes on the bridge. It’s rock and roll. It’s pop music. It’s one of my favorite tracks on the LP. “Young Wild, American.”

A-YO // Is it my favorite song on the ALBUM?! Do I start dancing every time I hear this song?! YEP and YEP. It’s the soulful version of ARTPOP’s “MANiCURE” infused with Bruce Springsteen-vibes and handclaps for days. Plus the performance of the song on SNL this weekend was electric.

Joanne // The title track is a soft change of pace from the first two songs on the record. It’s GAGA in a brand new light. You can hear the emotion in each note. Shed a tear here and there, especially when she sings, “Can’t wait to see you soar.”

John Wayne // VOICE MEMO INTRO = genius. CAN YOU GO A LITTLE FASTER?! It’s a synth/metal/country/jazz song. Quote heaven and pure fun. Fingers crossed this one gets featured at the Super Bowl Halftime Show in February.

Dancin’ In Circles //  A rustic, mellow upgrade from The Fame Monster‘s “So Happy I Could Die.” Gaga plays on the lyrics whispering “Let’s funk downtown.” Not a head-banger, but a cruiser. Co-written with Beck, it’s a jam that many fans are already hoping is an upcoming single.

Perfect Illusion // Mark Ronson. You are a GENIUS. You, and Kevin Parker, and Bloodpop. We get picked back up on that high adrenaline roller coaster with the album’s first single. All in a modern ecstasy, the key change (which seemed out-of-place as a single) feels complete within the story of the album.

Million Reasons // Gaga brings in songwriter Hillary Lindsey to highlight the strength of her raw vocals. No distortion. No frills. Just Gaga doing what she does best, singing live. Capturing the magic – that is just her and a piano – from her live shows.

Sinner’s Prayer // Could this have been the theme song to True Detective?! Totally. Folk and country production gone all out. Supported by a bass guitar, the song would have had my Grandpa jamming along. Further proof that literally anyone could find something to love about this album.

Come to Mama // “There’s more than enough good love to go around.” Complete with doo-wop production, it’s part Little Shop of Horrors // part Bye Bye Birdie // part Amy Winehouse. A STANDOUT track on the album and a total fun Broadway-esque tune.

Hey Girl feat. Florence Welch // A complete departure from the music scene in 2016. Throwing it back to those days where Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore fell in love in that movie about a wedding singer with those synths. Welch’s vibrato with Gaga’s soul craft a woozy combo that is simply enchanting.

Angel Down // RETWEET to basically everything this song is about. It’s glorious. A triumphant finale without the bells and whistles. It showcases Gaga not as the girl who rocked a meat dress to the VMAs or sings with Tony Bennett in her spare time. Rather as a songwriter with a musical range here to raise the standard once again.

Is Joanne Lady Gaga’s best album? Absolutely yes. Are the bonus tracks worth it? DUDE YES, that Brian Newman trumpet and Pinot Grigio anthem are gold. Do ya get the physical copy? Do it man. It’s an album you want to sink your teeth into.

Hear it now on Apple Music.

the SONG list: october

Nothing but FALL vibes and songs to WORK too // the music in 2016 just keeps getting better and better. the SONG list: october is here.

Waste a Moment by Kings of Leon // Every track off their upcoming LP is on FIRE. Ha. Ha. Get it?! If not…I’m still holding out hope they’ll headline Coachella or Lolla next year.

Not Above Love by AlunaGeorge // Full blast. That down beat. It’s INFECTIOUS POP MUSIC at its finest. Party ready. TY AlunaGeorge. Keep doing you. It’s brilliant.

False Alarm by The Weeknd // Different than anything off Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weekend could easily top the charts with this one. Throw in a lot of “HEY HEY HEY’s” and you’ll be grooving right along.

Lemonade by Skylar Grey // There’s a new lemonade stand. Sorry Beyoncé. Grey is back and better than ever. While she’s made the charts writing lyrics for artists like Rihanna, Eminem, and Dr. Dre, this time she’s back on her own.

Digital Age by Daniela Andrade // Within the first 10 seconds, I fell in love with this song. Trust me, you will too. “I like this digital age.”

Trainwreck by Banks // THE WHOLE ALBUM IS SO BRILLIANT. Banks has truly outdone herself with her sophomore LP. Heavier beats and that smooth production. With the track’s thumping bass, try not to groove to this one. I dare you.

Wolf by Skott // Snap those fingers along to this one. Dinosaurs on the single cover. Crystal clear vocals.

What If by Bibi Bourelly // Ever since seeing Bibi at Made In America, I haven’t gotten this song out of my head. Full on soul. Simple production that just works. She’s still my favorite artist to watch right now and all pure talent.

715 – CRΣΣKS by Bon Iver // I just want to set this song to a deer running through the forest. Weird. But you can FEEL this song. Soaring arcs of harmonious production.

Trouble by Natalia Kills // Natalia Kills (now the lead singer in Cruel Youth) is definitely Trouble, just google her. However, this underrated album is filled with nostalgia, raspy belts and lyrics that stick with you forever. The title track has it all.

Hear the SONG list: october now on Apple Music.