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This playlist jumps from cheeky British Alt-Pop to Jazz-Hip-Hop fusion, Bluegrass, Industrial, Chill, Lo-Fi and whatever other sub-genres might come across the Beyond Radio desk. The songs are not in this order on the playlist but more random.
2 Brit brothers who bring differing sensibilities into their infectious mix of humor, danceable rhythms and 60’s influenced Alt-Pop.
BAD SOUNDS Hot Head Chippehham
BAD SOUNDS Living Alone
Both of these bands are quintessentially British, yet the boys from Warrington create a wider swath of comedy, literary references, observation and sonic diversity into their style.
MAN & THE ECHO Operation Margarine
MAN & THE ECHO Very Personally Yours (Total late 60’s Stax Soul influence on this one.)
ELISE LEGROW Who Do You Love (Slithering Blues & R&B influenced new single from the Canadian singer.)
Introduced by an Uber rider
THE WANTON BISHOPS Sleep With The Lights On (A Lebanese band that dabbles in garage rock and blues)
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES Where Is My Mind? (Bluegrass cover of the Pixies song from 2011. I’ve known of this Minnesota band, formed in 2003, for a while)
Indie roots rocks from Maine introduced by a different Uber rider.
CHRIS ROSS & THE NORTH Gone And On
CHRIS ROSS & THE NORTH Mostly Sober
DAN AUERBACH Livin’ In Sin (Black Keys mastermind goes full old school cowboy hoedown on this little ditty.)
IRON & WINE Call It Dreaming (Perennial indie-folk favorite Sam Beam. From his 8th album released earlier this year “Beast Epic”)
OF MONTREAL Stag To The Stable (shades of Beatlesque Brit Pop)
LOUISE BURNS Strange Weather (She started out in the Pop-Punk Lillix and then went on to the Alt-Rock band the Blue Violets. On this solo song and most of current album “Young Mopes”she is in vintage 50’s Country mode.
SAMANTHA FISH Chills & Fever (More vintage 50’s sound from this Kansas City Blues musician. The album of the same name expands on styles through the 50’s and 60’s.)
ARCADE FIRE Electric Blue (A different side of the band who have recently scored a #1 album and #1 song on the Beyond Radio 250.)
A couple of jazzy tunes from British indie rock band.
CHILDHOOD Californian Light
POOLSIDE Tropical Heartache (This one fits in nicely with the 2 former songs. Meant for a breezy summer day this duo surfaced in 2011, one half who was part of the band Junior Senior which had an international hit in 2003 with “Move Your Feet”.
DOPE LEMON Home Soon Australian Angus Stone is better known as the brother half of sibling indie-folk duo Angus & Julia Stone who have had 3 top 10 albums in their homeland. Here he dabbles in a little Alternative Jazz.)
FOUR TET Two Thousand And Seventeen (Harpsichord driven instrumental from British avant garde artist Kieran Hebden.)
MAC DEMARCO On The Level (Chill electronica from Canadian multi-instrumentalist who usually strays more to the folk lo-fi side.)
RHYE Summer Days (Alternative soul duo from L.A. via Canada and Denmark.)
3 songs from Matt Van Schie who formed the Australian band Van She in 2002. All in the Electro-Pop vein.
TOUCH SENSITIVE Lay Down
DU TONC Keep Moving
VAN SHE Ideas Of Happiness
Industrial, Alt Dance and Goth
GARY NUMAN My Name Is Ruin (Yes the “Cars” guy almost 40 years later)
IAMX Aphrodisiac (Chris Corner was a founding member of the Sneaker Pimps who had a 1996 alternative hit with “6 Underground”.)
TODD TERJE Maskindans (Oh so 1986, akin to “Din Da Da”)
TR/ST Bicep (From Toronto, comparisons to Joy Division have been made.)
GHOSTPOET Immigrant Boogie (Imagine current day Bauhaus)
THE NATIONAL Carin At The Liquor Store (this band just scored their first radio hit after 16 years together. The baritone vocalist Matt Beringer sounds goth but incorporates other styles)
This group of songs offers a fusion of Hip Hop, Jazz and old school soul
JUKES f/ BJ THE CHICAGO KID Angels/Your Love (Solo project of Bombay Bicycle Club’s Jack Steadman.)
JUKES f/ CHARLES BRADLEY Grant Green
JUKES f/ DE LA SOUL Leap Of Faith
SAMPA THE GREAT Everybody’s Hero (Zambian native who lives in Sydney)
SHABAZZ PALACES Effeminence (This band was formed by Digable Planets member Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler in 2009.)
SHABAZZ PALACES Shine A Light
YAEJI Guap (Alternative Soul from Seoul, Korea by way of NYC.)
The Lo-fi section of the list
ARIEL PINK Feels Like Heaven (Baroque pop from L.A. one man band who was originally part of the band Animal Collective.)
ARIEL PINK Another Weekend
Both of these easily could end any Twin Peaks episode. Dreamy female lead slow burns from Baltimore and El Paso respectively.
BEACH HOUSE Chariot
CIGARETTES AFTER SEX Apocalypse
New band from Oxford, UK somewhere between Lo-Fi, Chill and Electro-Pop with an ethereal vocal style.
LOW ISLAND Anywhere
LOW ISLAND That Kind Of Love
THIS IS THE KIT Moonshine Freeze (Alt-folk from British singer Kate Sables.)
Here we have a little kinetic pop/rock thrown into the mix. Perhaps something Cyndi Lauper might have done 30 years ago.
KESHA f/ EAGLES OF DEATH METAL Let ‘Em Talk
Punk new and old
CREEPER Suzanne (UK Horror Punk band influenced by AFI and Alkaline Trio.)
CREEPER Black Mass (If Green Day and Meatloaf did a duet.)
THE REPLACEMENTS Gary’s Got A Boner (Live) (Just released live track from a Hoboken, NJ concert in 1985.)
WOLF ALICE Yuk Foo (Why no love for the Foo Fighters? Really just the harder side of the British band who just topped The Untapped Resources 250 with “Don’t Delete The Kisses”.)
DOWNTOWN BOYS Lips That Bite (Actually fronted by a woman, this Providence sextet is multiracial and bilingual.)
BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH Clock Work (This is the 1st single in 7 years from Reggae and Ska influenced Toronto band.)
Mysterious band from Brisbane, Australia who offer infectious yet quirky alt-dance-pop.
CONFIDENCE MAN Bubblegum
CONFIDENCE MAN Boyfriend (Repeat)
Slightly more poppy (pun intended) but equally lovable.
POPPY Computer Boy
POPPY f/ CHARLOTTE My Style
Quirky and Humorous Alt-Rock
IRONTOM Brain Go (California rockers who mix psychedelic, progressive and funk rock into their stew.)
LEMON DEMON Touch-Tone Telephone (Neil Stephen Cicierega uses this moniker for his comedy rock. The Somerville, Mass. Artist owes much to They Might Be Gaints.)
LOVEPOOLS Animal Instinct (Another moniker, this time foe L.A. artist Anthony Shea. He combines poppy melodies, 60’s influences and a bit Brit-style whimsy into his music.)
LOVEPOOLS I Might Jump Off The Deep End If You Are Mine
ALGIERS The Underside Of Power (Politically conscious indie rock from Atlanta)
ALT-J Deadcrush (Another strange brew from British indie band, #77 on this weeks Untapped 250)
ENDLESS PEAKS Open (UK four piece who describe their music as Indie Psych-Rock.)
MARIKA HACKMAN Time’s Been Reckless (British folk artist who came out of the same local pool of musicians as Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling)
NOMBE Freak Like Me (Noah MacBeth is a modern R&B singer from L.A. and born in Germany. He is the godson of Chaka Khan.)
PERFUME GENIUS Slip Away (Washington state native whose music spans various styles and often talks of darker subjects.Growing up openly gay and the difficulties it brought to the surface certainly have added to the tone.)
ROSTAM Bike Dream (The guy from Vampire Weekend)
A dive into various forms of R&B/Hip Hop
JADEN SMITH Watch Me (Will’s son mixing a rock edge with his rap stylings.)
BROTHER ALI Pen To Paper (MC who spent most of his youth traversing the Mid-west. He is definitely politically motivated.)
JAMILA WOODS Blk Girl Soldier (Another Midwesterner from Chicago, influenced as much by Toni Morrison as Erykah Badu.)
DORNIK God Knows (Smooth, 70’s influenced R&B from London native.)
THE AVALANCHES The Wozard Of Iz (More alternative Hip-Hop from the Australian outfit featured multiple times on Beyond Radio pick lists.)
Some old school British Isles woman
ALISON MOYET I Germinate (The former lead vocalist of the 80’s dance/new wave band Yaz, she has had an illustrious solo career since the release of her 1984 album “Alf”. In recent years she has gone more experimental with her song choices.)
IMELDA MAY Human (Irish vocalist who melds old style country, jazz, rockabilly and whatever else she wants
IMELDA MAY How Bad Can A Good Girl Be
SAINT ETIENNE Dive (20 year old British band that mixes 60’s sound with dance and alternative.)
SAINT ETIENNE Heather
SAINT ETIENNE Magpie Eyes
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