Much like most of the music I recommend, it’s a schizophrenic collection of tracks to say the least. The only thing they have in common is that they’re all f**king stellar, therefore worthy of download. Some are new, some are not, but all are in heavy rotation on my iPod right now and should be on yours, too. So fire up your Spotify (or iTunes, if you haven’t yet leapt into the 21st century), and give these a shot.
“Reservoir Park,” The Dutchess & The Duke – What decade is it? The tambourines will make you swear you’re listening to the Mamas & The Papas. Only way cooler. (Don’t let that description deter you).
“Blitzen Trapper,” Furr – Folky guitar at its best. Even if you don’t like folky guitar.
“Who Did That To You,” John Legend – Arguably the best part of “Django Unchained.” And there were a LOT of good parts.
“Stubborn Love,” The Lumineers – It’s practically impossible to listen to this and not start tapping your foot. Trust me.
“Animal,” Miike Snow – Whether you go regular version or the Mark Ronson remix, this ska-inspired track will end up on repeat in your head. And that’s a good thing.
“100 Black Coffins,” Rick Ross – Another winner off the “Django” soundtrack. Dare you not to run home and download it after seeing the movie. Rick Ross might be terrifying, but this track is definitely not.
“Downeaster Alexa,” Billy Joel – Don’t even ask me how this one crept back into rotation on my iPod, but now I remember what a badass song this was. He might be our parents’ age, but Billy Joel is still a stud.
“I Get Around,” Tupac – Another throwback, I know. But has anyone ever gone wrong with a little ‘Pac in their life?
“One Lovely Day,” Citizen Cope – What can I say? I’m a sucker for some Cope.
And that’s the gist of it, gentlemen (and ladies). Not all of these are new, but maybe they’ll be new to you.
If you’re feeling stuck in a rut, or just need a little inspiration, music is the best outlet. In this girl’s opinion, at least. And even if you’re not, loading up on some good artists is the best way to soothe the sting of a 5-day work week commute after so much holiday time off. So search these out and give them a try. And if you like what you hear, remember to pay it forward and share them.