Weekly Playlists: May Week Three

Summer is here- finally! With it comes a new set of tunes to jam out to during your sunny commute. The sun rises early these days, and your daily playlist should be fresh and new as well. Here are five new tracks to add to your commute playlist.


“Jesus Christ” by Brand New

An all-time favorite, this track is a great throwback for long, cool summer nights. While the lyrics his hard, the production is so calm and tranquil. Brand New is beyond talented and this is certainly one of their best tracks.


“Jackie” by Cold Fronts

Much more upbeat than my previous picks, this is from a band that I am relatively new to. It’s certainly a summer track, one to mindlessly enjoy and jam out to.


“I Would Do Anything For You” by Foster The People

An oldie but a goodie- Foster The People truly outdid themselves when it cam eto their debut studio album. This track is a slower and certainly worth a few listens. It’s gentle and a breath of fresh air from the mild techno that the band favors.


“Historic Cemetery” by The Front Bottoms

The Front Bottoms is iconic and I have found myself drifting back to this song often. The lyrics and production are great, as usual. It’s another memorable track from a great band.


“Alligator Bop” by A Great Big Pile Of Leaves

A Great Big Pile Of Leaves is my current summer favorite. The style is laid back but is an edge of summer bonfire with smores and a few beers. They’re fun, but still something to just hang out and listen to.


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Album Picks: M A N I A

Fall Out Boy recently added their newest installment: “M A N I A.” An experimental time for the band, this album plays with jazzy, swing production and heavy synths and dubstep-esque production. This is experimentation done right- here are my picks from “M A N I A.”

“The Last Of The Real Ones”

The most popular album from the band’s newest release, “The Last Of The Real Ones” is certainly reminiscent of track such as “The Phoenix” and “Centuries”- with heavy beats and a quick tempo. This is an outlier of the album, though, in the best way possible. It’s a throwback to the early days of Fall Out Boy, the time when we fell in love with them in the first place.

“Heaven’s Gate”

“Heaven’s Gate” is one of the most obvious instances of a new swing style that the band is experimenting with. It’s a song to sway with a beer to, which is exciting as the weather begins to warm up.

“Sunshine Riptide (feat. Burna Boy)”

My personal favorite from this album, “Sunshine Riptide” is a blend of this new experimental style and their classic one. A party song, no doubt, it’s also great for a jam session during your next drive.

“Bishops Knife Trick”

A laid back track that contrasts the rest of the album, “Bishops Knife Trick” throw it back to “American Beauty/American Psycho,” arguably the best album that the band has ever released. Lyric heavy with thoughtful production, this is another of the best tracks on the album.

“Young and Menace”

“Young and Menace” is incredibly production heavy. With dubstep-esque synths and bass and minimal vocals, it’s certainly out of the comfort zone for the band; but, it paid off well. It’s a perfect blend of a very heavy style and is presented incredibly tastefully, my largest complaint for any electronic heavy track.

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