Erin Lucas' Must Have Playlist
Erin Lucas, your music Insider, is back with another hot playlist to help you make it through the week! But what made her pick these particular songs? Check out her explanation to the left and then scroll down to listen to the jams that made the cut!
1. Rolling Stones, Emotional Rescue
Who doesn't love the Rolling Stones? Honestly. So many amazing songs, but this one is definitely my favorite. The best trip I ever took was right after my high school graduation when I went on the road with my dad when he was touring with the Stones in Germany. I got to see them play almost every night for a month! What a bang!
2. Bob Dylan, Hurricane
This one's for you, Irene! Too soon? Whatever. This song is a classic. It stays. Bob Dylan is one of my all-time favorites. His influence on popular music is incalculable. What more is there to say?
3. Animal Collective, My Girls
This band is the jam to my peanut butter. The cheese to my macaroni. The chocolate chip to my cookie. The four longtime friends formed Animal Collective in Baltimore, releasing their debut album in 2000. This song is off their ninth album, Merriweather Post Pavillion, released in 2009. I've seen these guys play so many times and it’s always a party! If you like this, you'll love founding member Noah Lennox's side project, Panda Bear. Good stuff.
4 Gotye, Somebody That I Used To Know
Gotye (pronounced 'goatee-yay', I know, I couldn't pronounce it at first either) is the recording name of Belgian-Australian musician Walter de Backer. This song features New Zealand singer Kimbra. It's the lead single off his highly anticipated third album, Making Mirrors, which was just released on August 19th. I love what this song is all about - it evokes so many emotions and who doesn't love a good nostalgic cry every now and again. Anybody?
5 M83, Midnight City
Frenchmen Anthony Gonzalez and Nicolas Fromageau founded M83 in 2001. The two parted ways shortly after their second album in 2003. Gonzalez now records on his own, often with the help of his brother Yann. They've supported Kings of Leon, The Killers, and Depeche Mode. This song is the first single from M83's new album, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming. They kick off a new tour in October, check them out!
6 CSS, Hits Me Like A Rock
CSS just makes me wanna DANCE! You've heard them before. Remember that song from the iPod commercial, "Music Is My Hot Hot Sex"? Yep, that's these guys. This dance-rock sextet from Brazil formed in 2003. Their name stands for 'Cansei de Ser Sexy' which means 'tired of being sexy'. Considering the lead singer goes by the name Lovefoxxx and wears crazy sequin unitards on stage, it's arguable how much that phrase actually applies to the band.
7 Jay-Z & Kanye West, Otis
Unless you live under a rock, these two need no introduction. Papa-to-be Jay-Z and Kanye killed it at the VMAs! I love how they sampled Otis Redding here. This single is off their collaborative highly anticipated album, Watch the Throne, released on August 8th. They're touring October through December - for sure going to be an entertaining performance - don't miss it!
8 Bon Iver, Holocene
Bon Iver was founded in 2007 by Justin Vernon. Battling a breakup and mononucleosis, Vernon moved to Wisconsin to spend the winter in his father's cabin in the woods. During this cathartic time of isolation, a record unintentionally evolved. (Bon Iver comes from the French phrase bon hiver, meaning good winter) Vernon teamed up with Sean Carey (they met while on tour with last week's playlist's The Rosebuds), Michael Noyce (Vernons' former guitar student), and Matthew McCaughan. I can't wait till winter when I can cozy up by the fire and listen to this album! Check them out, they're on tour now!