Quarantine Streams: The Playlist

Quarantine Brain had me procrastinating this post for way too long. While we’re all watching TV & Movies to pass the time, I’m sure we’re all still listening music as well. Whether it’s while trying to stay focused ‘at work’, pumping you up for that indoor workout, or accenting your cooking atmosphere, there’s always an opportunity for music to be a part of your life, even in the face of Coronavirus.

Below is the full playlist I’ve had on repeat this past month. It’s a combination of new music I’m loving in 2020 and classic favorites; the entire playlist is currently over 100 songs, just under 7 hours, AND it’s collaborative! So anyone can add songs into the playlist to share as well! Please feel free to, as I always enjoy discovering new music.

Keep reading for some notes on select tracks…

Soccer Mommy – color theory

Sophia Allison describes her sound perfectly on her Bandcamp page: “chill but kinda sad.” Her newest album color theory embodies this vibe, with many songs feeling plucked straight from the 90s. “bloodstream” into “circle the drain” is one of the best one-two punches to start an album that I’ve heard in a while.

Father John Misty – “Bored in the USA”

My girlfriend Heather recently got me back into Father John Misty, so you’ll see a bit of his music dispersed throughout the playlist. “Bored in the USA” seems only appropriate given our current living circumstances. I reviewed the album this track his from, I Love You, Honeybear five years ago upon its release, and I’ve grown to appreciate it much more with age.

A short list of electronic or electronic-adjacent artists on this playlist that I like:

  • Porter Robinson
  • Chromatics
  • The Chain Gang of 1974
  • Caribou
  • Love Regenerator (Calvin Harris project)

Two electronic songs on this playlist that are essentially one-hit wonders:

  • “Sandstorm” by Darude
  • “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” by Eiffel 65

I had to try and build some credibility regarding electronic music taste before I tell you that I love “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” by Eiffel 65. I’m not going to die on the hill that it’s an ‘objectively good’ song, but I will say that it’s one of the first songs I remember liking from my childhood, when I must have been eight years old. Cut me some slack and enjoy this archaic music video 🙂

Beach Bunny – Honeymoon

I don’t remember how I found this indie band from Chicago, but I’m glad I did. Frontwoman Lili Trifilio is the brains behind the operation, with relatable lyrics for anyone in their 20s and happy guitar riffs that make you want to bounce around to the music. My favorites on this 9-song, 25-minute joyride are “Promises,” “Ms. California,” and “Cloud 9.”

Feel free to contribute to the playlist, and let me know what you added on Twitter!


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