Summer Mix 2017

Every summer needs a soundtrack. Whether you’re rolling the windows down on a road trip, mixing it up at a barbeque with friends, or chilling in a paradise somewhere with sand between your toes, the perfect tone-setting music is a requirement. Allow me to be of some assistance, with a collection of choice tracks by everyone from the Velvet Underground and Spoon to Lorde and DJ Khaled.

1. Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean & Migos: “Slide”
2. Hurray for the Riff Raff: “Living in the City”
3. Spoon: “Can I Sit Next to You”
4. White Reaper: “Judy French”
5. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: “French Press”
6. Drake: “Passionfruit”
7. Vampire Weekend: “Bryn”
8. Generationals: “You Say it Too”
9. Mac Demarco: “One Another”
10. The Black Keys: “All Hands Against His Own”
11. Kehlani: “CRZY”
12. The Velvet Underground: “Sweet Jane”
13. Ryan Adams: “Doomsday”
14. DJ Khaled feat. BeyoncĂ© and JAY-Z: “Shining”
15. Lorde: “Green Light”
16. The Courtneys: “Silver Velvet”
17. Father John Misty: “Real Love Baby”

Float Down Stream: The Beatles are on Spotify!

Naturally, let’s celebrate with a Spotify playlist.

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The Beatles are notorious for playing hard-to-get with digital music platforms. The band didn’t appear on iTunes until 2010, and they’ve neglected streaming services since their existence — until now. Starting today, you can stream their entire catalog on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, etc. Let’s just say my playlists are going to get a lot more ‘Fab.’

If you’re a casual Beatles fan, or you only have meager “greatest hits” albums, then this opening-up to the streaming world gives you an opportunity to explore some Beatles tracks that you haven’t heard before. To celebrate, I’ve compiled a Spotify playlist of 30 of my favorite Beatles songs that are NOT considered hits. They won’t show up in the “popular tracks” section and they won’t be featured on compilations like the best-selling 1, but these 30 songs are treasures not to be overlooked.

So come on. Turn off your mind, relax, and float down stream. Click the link here or listen below.

Related post: My Insane Devotion to Vocal Harmonies as Used by the Beatles

President Obama’s Summer Playlists are Pretty Much Perfect

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This morning, President Obama dropped his summer playlists on the world via a @POTUS tweet, and our BBQs will officially never be the same.

By now you know that we revere summer playlists here at D-Brad Music. Well, I’m going to need to up my game after looking at his “day” and “night” playlists.

Obama’s “day” playlist is full of sunny classics, including one of the greatest summer songs of all time, Sly & the Family Stone’s “Hot Fun in the Summertime”, and the Temptations’ “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” (a good election theme song, I might add). We have the awesomely epic and foreboding “Gimme Shelter” by the Rolling Stones, as well as relatively deep cuts from Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Wonder. For a modern touch, Obama puts in John Legend’s criminally under-appreciated “Green Light” featuring Andre 3000, and Florence + the Machine’s “Shake it Out” (here’s wondering if Obama would have pandered enough to include Taylor Swift’s song with almost the same name if it hadn’t been scrubbed from Spotify). My favorite surprise selection though is Justin Timberlake’s eight-minute jam from The 20/20 Experience, “Pusher Love Girl”.

The “night” mix is just as impressive — these tracks, with their laid-back tempo and feel, perfectly set the mood for relaxing in the backyard as the sun sets. He opens it with John Coltrane’s jazzy take on “My Favorite Things”, eases us in with Queen BeyoncĂ© featuring Frank Ocean on “Superpower”, and then drops the nighttime wedding classic, “Moondance” by Van Morrison. It’s just a murderer’s row from there — Al Green, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Lauryn Hill, Joni Mitchell, Otis Redding, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis… it goes on and on. My favorite surprise selection: the chill hip-hop of “UMI Says” by Mos Def.

One thing is for certain — these playlists are LOADS better than Hillary Clinton’s official 2016 campaign playlist, which is mostly hot garbage. Did we really need two American Authors songs?

Now, if only we can get Barack to change his mind and force Kanye to release his forthcoming album, which he originally promised for this summer. Then he would even further solidify his already firm standing as king of summer music.