We asked our artists to narrow down their absolute favorite song of 2019 and these are the songs that made the cut. The F/D team even threw a few in the mix ourselves. Listen to the playlist here.
Jessi Frick - Founder of F/D (Placeholder by Hand Habits)
The first time I heard this song performed live, it gave me goose bumps. Meg is an incredible guitarist and songwriter.
Tyler Andere - A&R at F/D (Dirtball by Modern Nun)
This song is a sugar rush. It feels like it’s just barely hanging on by a thread until that bridge comes in...”because she’s got a temper and it flips like a switch!” It begs for repeat listens.
Andrew Lopez - Digital Marketing at F/D (Every Woman by Vagabon)
Jessi had received an early listen of Vagabon's newest record a few months before it was announced and put it on for us to listen to at the office. Every Woman hit me hard and still does. I vaguely tweeted "heard a record that changed me yesterday" the following day in reference to listening to this album because it really did. Can't thank Laetitia enough for creating such a touching piece of art.
Jordan Lee - Mutual Benefit (Stack the Miles by Gabriel Birnbaum)
Gabe played saxophone on my last record where I told him to make it "wiggly but not too jazzy-sounding" he politely obliged and since them I've been truly impressed with his musical output. Stack the Miles is from his most recent solo album. I feel like it perfectly encapsulates the numb joy of touring too much. The droning acoustic guitar in the background adds a tinge of dread to what would otherwise by a breezy song.
Esther Rose (Different Ways by Faustina Masigot)
I've been stuck on this song all year; there is a spaciousness in the melody that relaxes my nerves, while the words are cutting and direct. It's a hell of a drug.
Andrew / Joe - Sat. Nite Duets (Hartsdale Hotbox by Frog and Snow is Falling in Manhattan by Purple Mountains)
Andrew on Hartsdale Hotbox: Best lyrics out of Queens in '19? Could be!
Joe on Snow is Falling in Manhattan: "Songs build little rooms in time" -- here is a place where DCB lives forever.
Catherine / Carmen / Jack - Remember Sports (Jogging by Richard Dawson, Bullshit by Palehound and Coin Pocket by Ylayali)
Catherine on Jogging: I love the weird meter of the lyrics.
Carmen on Bullshit: It’s one of those repetitive songs that gets stuck in my head on loop for days at a time. In a good way. The lyrics are very beautiful and really hit me hard when I first heard the song.
Whitney Ballen (Dark Green Water by Great Grandpa)
It just has a feeling that reminds me of how swampy Seattle often feels and is full of loud surprises! Plus, I've had it stuck in my head for months!
Lucy / Josée - Partner (Hey I'm Just Like You by Tegan and Sara) We have been obsessed with this song since it came out. The acoustic guitar and melody really speak to the time it was written (The 90s) but the pop production and giant drops are super contemporary and it’s cool to hear the sisters honor their younger selves with this faithful interpretation of their own old song.
Anna McClellan (Daylight Matters by Cate le Bon)
Cate le Bon’s music evokes a sort of perky melancholy that is immediately soothing. I’ve found a lot of answers and a lot of questions in this record.
Sir Babygirl (Pink Lite by Sir Babygirl)
My favorite song from 2019 is Pink Lite by this kind of whack kind of awesome new artist Sir Babygirl. This was the last song I wrote for my debut album Crush on Me while living at my parents house in the woods of New Hampshire, where I went to finally take myself seriously as a writer and producer and see if I could finish an album. I remember just wanting to write an anthem about accepting the humanness of "bad habits" in an attempt to exorcise destructive self-loathing. It's my favorite song to sing live and just feels like this jolt of catharsis with the audience every time <3
Robin Edwards - Lisa Prank (Drunk II by Mannequin Pussy)
I'm always looking for a new song that will make me cry, and once I find it I listen to it again and again until I've gotten all the feeling I can from it. This song about the self-destructive ways we deal with heartbreak hasn't lost any of it's feeling since the first time I listened to it--it's raw emotion masterfully crafted into a perfect pop song.
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Your favorite pop-punk princess, Lisa Prank, just shared a video for her song "IUD" today on The Grey Estates. Robin was interviewed by TGE and gives a little context into the song: “The writer Sheila Heti wrote this book I love called 'Motherhood' about her struggle with deciding whether or not to have children, and I wrote “IUD” based on a prompt to write a song about that topic to perform for a date on her book release tour. When I said yes to the event, I was in a serious relationship and I thought I’d write some sweet love song about maybe wanting to have kids. But by the time the event rolled around I had completely procrastinated on writing a song and was in the middle of a dramatic breakup, so this song about contraceptives and lies came out instead.”
Perfect Love Song is available to purchase and listen to wherever finer music is streamed.
Happy 4th birthday to Remember Sports' All of Something! We're repressing it on Purple & Mustard Splatter vinyl + a Slow Buzz on Silver & Milky White Galaxy vinyl, both available starting Nov 22! And for the RS super fans, snag these two LPs + Sunchokes (Deluxe Edition) Baby Pink LP and the Pllush split white 7" for only $50! Act fast, the bundle won't be available for long! Pre-order all of them HERE!
Lisa Prank's newest record, Perfect Love Song, hits both physical and digital store shelves today. Listen to the album in full over at your favorite music streaming platform or buy an LP or CD copy from us or your local record store before they're all gone.
Clare Martin at Paste Magazine spent some time with the album and noted the following, "Thankfully, Edwards makes the potentially trite feel fresh again with her lively lyrics, focusing as much on her own emotional journey as on her romantic relationships. While some of the songs begin to sound the same—brimming with bright power-pop chords and drummer Tom Fitzgibbon going hard on the high-hat—each one invites you to sing along, wistfully thinking about the latest person who broke your heart." Read the full review here, and check out what KEXP had to say about the record here.
Prank is hitting the road next month and will even be playing some shows with label-mates, Remember Sports, on their Sunchokes tour. Don't sleep on getting tickets!
It seems like only yesterday we began working with Remember Sports and what an amazing experience it's been. We're happy to finally announce that we gave the remaster + vinyl treatment to their beloved record, Sunchokes, to celebrate its 5th anniversary. Nab a copy of the record on Baby Pink wax or on CD for the very first time. Along with 8 bonus songs, every LP and CD comes with a 20-page photo and lyric booklet. These won't be around forever, so secure your copy today HERE.
Remember Sports has also announced four tour dates with Lisa Prank this Fall where they'll be playing Sunchokes in its entirety. Don't sleep on tickets, they go on sale on Friday.
Nov 14 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's (w/ Lisa Prank)
Nov 15 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade (w/ Lisa Prank)
Nov 17 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen (w/ Lisa Prank)
Nov 18 - Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups (w/ Lisa Prank)
Longtime Father/Daughter VIP, Sir Babygirl, announces the remastered BICONIC EDITION version of her last record, Crush on Me, alongside a vinyl pressing of the album. Limited to just 500 copies, the record has been remastered specifically for vinyl and is pressed onto Neon Green wax. It also includes 3 bonus tracks, including her cover of Kesha's hit single, "Praying."
Pre-order here, and stream the Kid Quiet remix of "Heels" here.
Check out our bundles section on our store to tap into some major sale action. Get a handful of random LPs, CDs, tapes, or 7"s for super cheap until 9/22! If you get two bundles, we'll make sure you don't get any doubles. What's inside? Well, it's a mystery...
Listen to Esther Rose's record, You Made It This Far, in full starting today. Pitchfork called parts of the record, "a sing-songy cadence that can package punchlines and hard truths with a cozy, cosmic wink," and notes, "Rose focuses her songwriting on self-discovery and how the passing of time shifts her understanding of people." Read more on Esther here, and nab your copy of You Made It this Far before they're all gone. If you're in the New Orleans area, Esther is playing her release show tomorrow (8/24) at The White Roach. More tour dates below!
Aug 31 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn (w/ Christian Lee Hutchinson)
Sep 01 - Blacksburg, VA @ Panorama Ballroom
Sep 03 - Charlottesville, VA @ The Front Porch
Sep 04 - Kingston, NY @ Boitson's
Sep 5-6 - North Hillsdale, NY @ Oldtone Roots Music Festival
Sep 13 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue (w/ Nick Lowe, Los Straitjackets)
Sep 14 - Iowa City, IA @ The Englert Theatre (w/ Nick Lowe, Los Straitjackets)
Sep 15 - Goshen, IN @ The Elephant Bar
Sep 16 - Kalamazoo, MI @ Old Dog Tavern
Sep 17 - Toronto, ON @ The Horseshoe Tavern (w/ Nick Lowe, Los Straitjackets)
Sep 18 - Toronto, ON @ The Horseshoe Tavern (w/ Nick Lowe, Los Straitjackets)
Sep 20 - Buffalo, NY @ The Tralf Music Hall (w/ Nick Lowe, Los Straitjackets)
Sep 21 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre (w/ Nick Lowe, Los Straitjackets)
Sep 24 - Columbus, OH @ Davidson Theatre (w/ Nick Lowe, Los Straitjackets)
Sep 25 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi (w/ Nick Lowe, Los Straitjackets)
Oct 01 - New Orleans, LA @ Dragon’s Den Oct 09 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 10 - Evanston, IL @ SPACE (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 11 - Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 12 - St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 13 - Nashville, TN @ The Basement East (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 15 - Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 16 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 17 - Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 18 - Washington, DC @ Pearl Street Warehouse (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Murmrr Theatre (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 20 - Ardmore, PA @ Ardmore Music Hall (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 22 - Nelsonville, OH @ Stuart’s Opera House (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 23 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 24 - Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 25 - Fort Wayne, IN @ The Brass Rail (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 26 - Mineral Point, WI @ Mineral Point Opera House (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
The crown toting pop-punk queen is back. Robin Edwards aka Lisa Prank, has returned to the stage with a brand spankin' new single off her upcoming record, Perfect Love Song. "Rodeo" takes us through the stages of a breakup and knowing to not fall for the same mistakes twice. Stereogum calls the lead single "chiming and assured" and that Prank's full band "helps hammer home the song’s catchy resignation." Listen to and read more about the single here, and pre-order Perfect Love Song here.
Along with an album announce, Lisa Prank has announced that her and her band may be stopping in a city near you. Check out her newest tour dates below..
10/31 Spokane, WA @ Lucky You Basement 11/01 Missoula, MT @ Zootown Arts Community Center 11/02 Bozeman, MT @ The Labor Temple 11/04 Sioux Falls, SD @ Total Drag 11/05 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry 11/06 Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club 11/07 Detroit, MI @ Trumbullplex 11/08 Toronto, ON @ Rec Room 11/09 Boston, MA @ O’Briens 11/11 Richmond, VA @ Gallery5 11/12 Durham, NC @ The Pinhook 11/13 Washington, DC @ Songbyrd Vinyl Lounge 11/16 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project 11/19 Nashville, TN @ DRKMTTR 11/21 Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas 11/22 Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street OKC 11/23 Kansas City, MO @ miniBar 11/24 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive 11/25 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court 11/26 Boise, ID @ The Olympic 11/30 Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern 12/01 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir 12/02 Arcata, CA @ Outer Space 12/03 San Francisco, CA @ Cafe du Nord 12/05 Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater Bar Stage 12/06 San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe 12/08 Reno, NV @ Holland Project
Sir Babygirl returns with a new single "Praying", a cover of Kesha's 2017 song of the same name. With the release, Sir Babygirl gives the context of why she chose to cover the song and some insight into what Pride means to her. Read the Stereogum piece here, and her short essay below.
MAKING MY OWN RAINBOW
When Kesha released her lead single “Praying” two years ago, I sat and listened to it on loop for hours in my childhood bedroom crying tears of overwhelming familiarity. I had moved home to see if I could finally produce the solo album I had dreamt of for years, a part of my process I’ve been very open about. What I have been more private about is the fact that I moved home to clinically address long suppressed trauma from a summer of rape and sexual abuse I survived at 19. As it often happens in the world we live in: the trauma happened, my body decided it was too much to process, and I went about my life as if nothing had happened except for the unexpected mood swings, intense depression and anxiety, increased isolation, hyper sexual behavior, sexual numbness, disassociation and random triggers that I couldn’t connect the dots to. But otherwise things were totally fine, good and normal!
In the ensuing years I worked in small, intimate recording studios with cis male producers, desperate for access to equipment I couldn’t afford and expertise no one would let me in on. From overall condescension & gatekeeping to full-on harassment, it reached a fever pitch in Chicago while starting to self-produce my song “Heels” and working at several music venues to pay the bills. I was quickly learning that if you wanted to keep your lowest level music venue job as a marginalized person you had to shut up and let those in power treat you however it suited them that day. I do not write this to demonize any venue in particular, but rather to show how systemically corroded music venues in any city can be. In my spare time, I was working with an engineer who not only tried to sleep with me after a Good Session, but also attempted to take complete ownership over the song I had written and produced. As I was just starting to accept the reality of my past trauma and its overarching effects, I reached a breaking point. I was discreetly let go from one venue, continuously mistreated at the others, and told repeatedly by my engineer that my work somehow belonged to him. I couldn’t go anywhere music-related and not feel in some way owned by those in power. This wasn’t how music was supposed to be made. So I moved home, built out a bare bones bedroom studio, found my first ever queer engineer to work with, and entered intensive therapy to begin my recovery process.
Kesha always felt like a North Star to me. With the release of her album ‘Rainbow,’ I saw a blueprint for a survivor pushing through near impossible barricades to create an album on her own terms. ‘Rainbow’ as an album feels so rooted in the nuances of her humanity, not just some martyrdom of suffering for others to feed off of. She allows herself to go wherever her voice takes her–through overt anger and turmoil, hope and rebuilding, sexual reclamation, and the kind of resiliency only a truly great sense of humor can give you.
The reality is that every industry is riddled with people who want to abuse/harass/manipulate marginalized people for their own benefit. I let this completely stop me in my tracks for a while. And for anyone who has ever stood before the pearly gates of their dream industry frozen with fear–your work is bigger than them. I am constantly re-triggered by the big and small ways people try to undermine my power and identity, but I refuse to stop doing the one true thing that brings me healing, joy and catharsis–pop music. I only hope to pay it forward by being transparent about what my album ‘Crush on Me’ meant for me to make. It’s somewhat of a concept album about getting yourself to the point where you accept recovery over denial. For six years I tried to bury my trauma, and this album maps the turning point at which I decided to love myself enough to believe what I’ve been through and honor it.
For Pride Season, I wanted to celebrate just how deeply pop music has healed me and how it continues to uplift me when I am reminded of my trauma. While this month can be a time to party and rejoice, it can also be a painful reminder of the trauma our community (especially people of color, especially black trans women) has experienced merely because of our existence. So to my queer sibs, however you’re feeling this month, wherever you are in your journey, I made this for you. To sing it, to scream it, to scream it even louder and to move your beautiful bodies through the pain and joy of it all.
Celebrate the release of Christelle Bofale's EP, Swim Team, by nabbing a copy on tape or CD today. If you're in Texas, she'll be playing alongside ANIKA at Mohawk in Austin tonight.. just saying. Read what press has said about Swim Team below.
The Congolese American songwriter and guitarist’s debut EP winds in circles, tracing vast spaces that couch thorny emotional quagmires. -Pitchfork
It glides along, guided by watery guitars and a pitter-patter of drums that sound like rain on a windowpane. It shifts from sunshine to twilight and back again. Bofale’s voice lilts into the backdrop, twisting up in it like a spell. It’s impressionistic and warm but steadfastly firm. -Stereogum
"U Ouchea” is a low-key majestic intro to her unique sound, as it softly eases into a relaxed, warmly hypnotic groove, taking its glorious time as it winds and flows like the Colorado river. -Gorilla vs Bear
It flows unpredictably, swirling delicately like the puddles that form along the shoreline, or rushing dangerously from melody to melody like a riptide. Verses and choruses exist, but the boundaries are blurry, and she seems more keen on the swells and emotional moments that come in between established structures. -Noisey
We are ecstatic to announce 'You Made It This Far,' Esther Rose's sophomore album and Father/Daughter debut, out August 23rd! Head to Stereogum to listen to "Handyman" who calls it "rootsy and warm". Pre-order 'You Made It This Far' on vinyl, CD & digitally here: http://fatherdaughter.co/youmadeitthisfar
Today we are proud to present "U Ouchea," the striking debut single from Austin, TX songwriter, Christelle Bofale. Stereogum premiered the song, saying "Christelle Bofale has a voice that could move mountains, that could change the tides." "U Ouchea" will be found on Christelle's debut EP entitled Swim Team, out May 31st and available for pre-order HERE.
"Tell You Off" will do just that, expletive beep included. Listen to Partner's newest single off their record, Saturday the 14th, over at Stereogum today. Stereogum calls the song "twangingly catchy."
Colored LPs and CDs are available on our official store and our Bandcamp. Pre-order it HERE. Saturday the 14th will be released April 5, 2019 via You've Changed Records (CAN) and Father/Daughter Records (US).
We are very excited to welcome Austin, TX's Christelle Bofale! Here are a few words from our A&R guru Tyler Andere about the first time they saw Christelle live...
“When I first saw Christelle Bofale at a tiny living room show last fall I was completely mesmerized. Her voice is like a perfect shade of maroon. Plucking on her electric guitar so gracefully. With songs that flow and wind around like a river with no end. She adds so much depth and vitality to Austin’s indie rock community. What a gem."
Christelle will play our official SXSW showcase on Friday, March 15 at Palm Door on Sabine, joining Tasha, Sir Babygirl, Rose Droll, Whitney Ballen, and Control Top. Stay tuned for music and much, much more!
2018 has been a challenging year to say the least. Despite it all, music has been a saving grace. A dim light at the end of a very dark tunnel, lulling hearts, feet, emotions to a better place. This is a playlist of songs that resonated with us, our artists, and pals throughout the year. Here’s to 2019!
Charli XCX & Troye Sivan - “1999”
Simpson - “Radio Song”
Hop Along - “How Simple”
Spring Onion - “I Did My Taxes For Free Online”
The Hidden Shelf - “Golden Hours”
Mitski - “A Pearl”
Ariana Grande - “God is a woman”
Calvin Harris/Dua Lipa - “One Kiss”
Ovlov - “Half Way Fine”
Half Waif - “Lavender Burning”
awakebutstillinbed - “opener”
Mitski - “Washing Machine Heart”
Oneohtrix Point Never - “Toys 2”
Tune-Yards - “Home”
Black Belt Eagle Scout - “Soft Stud”
Swearin' - “Big Change”
Charlie Puth - “BOY”
J.I.D. - “151 Rum”
Dogs in Ecstasy - “Loyalty”
Ariana Grande - “thank u, next”
Imagine Dragons - “Thunder”
Young Fathers - “In My View”
Billie Eilish - "when the party's over"
Christine and the Queens - “5 dollars”
Nai Palm - “Homebody”
Dumb - “Soft Seam”
King Princess - “Talia”
Tirzah - “Holding On”
Bethlehem Steel - “Fake Sweater”
Cut Worms - “How It Can Be”
Jessica Pratt - “This Time Around”
Lil Wayne - “Let It All Work Out”
Paramore - “Grudges”
ARTHUR - “Woof Woof”
Parquet Courts - “Violence”
Nice Try - “Micah”
The Supremes - "Stoned Love"
Kacey Musgraves - “Dandelion”
McKinley Dixon - “Announcing Humanity”
Mathew Lee Cothran - "Never Know Why"
FATHER/DAUGHTER FAM Jessi Frick (Fairy Godmother) THREE WAY TIE
“1999” - Charli XCX & Troye Sivan
This song is a straight BOP. It’s a great song to sing & dance to while you’re cleaning your apartment.
“Radio Song” - Simpson
Everything Simpson has released so far is FLAWLESS. Can’t wait to see what she follows Radio Song up with.
“How Simple” - Hop Along
No song made me dance more in 2018 than How Simple. Don’t know how they do it but Hop Along are an even better live band.
Andrew Lopez (Digital Marketing + director of sandwiches)
“I Did My Taxes For Free Online” - Spring Onion
Favorite track of the year!!! It reminds me of walking home on foggy days, old birthdays, and the convenience of TurboTax. Love the vocal delivery and instrumentation of this whole dang record.
Tyler Andere (A&R + moral support manager)
“Golden Hours” - The Hidden Shelf
To me it was the Little Song That Could. It was quietly released at the top of the year and has kept me sustained throughout 2018 with its beautiful ping-pong beat and Minji Kong's relaxed yet detailed vocal delivery. I love it so much.
Sara Gibbs (Artist extraordinaire + all around great human)
“A Pearl” - Mitski
Made me cry on muni the first time I listened to it!
(Karli) “God is a woman” - Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande is #1 for me forever, and I love that she’s experimenting with her style. “god is a woman” is a perfect blend of her new style and her signature hugely epic vocal execution she’s been doing since day one.
(Dylan) “One Kiss” - Calvin Harris/Dua Lipa
It makes me wanna dance every time I hear it.
(Nicholas) “Halfway Fine” - Ovlov
This song feels both huge and rushing, but also numbed-out. I recently tweeted that the album feels "like being pushed out of a plane fully on opiates," and that totally applies to this song.
“Lavender Burning” - Half Waif
Because holy crap those vocals and synth lines.
“opener” - awakebutstillinbed
It feels like the good old emo/punk bands I used to go see at all-ages DIY venues in the early 2000's and also super new and fresh at the same time. I listen to it when I'm trail running.
(Eva) “Washing Machine Heart” - Mitski
I love Mitski’s melodies in the vocals and on the synth. The song manages to be ominous and kind of sickly sweet at the same time. I have listened to this record so much and saw her perform it in Paris at an intimate show. I cried.
(Danny) “Toys 2” - Oneohtrix Point Never
While he was alive Robin Williams signed a deed banning the use of his image, or any likeness thereof, for 25 years after his death. This little number imagines a sequel to Toys in which a CGI representation of Williams stars (despite the will of the deceased) and soundtracks it. Strong concept, catchy tune.
(Lucci) “Home” - Tune-Yards
This song is spacious and elastic wandering through several ambiguous moods. Highly enjoyable listening.
(Shannon) “Soft Stud” - Black Belt Eagle Scout
I found out about this band when we played with them at Lost Coast Fest in Arcata. They totally blew me away and were absolutely my favorite performance of the whole fest. I got their CD so we could listen to it in the car on the drive home and I haven't really taken it out since. When I listen to it I imagine driving through the redwoods with SOAR and it's just a very nice and tender memory attached to an amazing song / album.
(Jenna) “Big Change” - Swearin'
First of all this song is just a hit but second of all, it encapsulates this feeling of coming out of a turbulent period or a time heavy with transitions (saturn return anyone?!) that hits a nerve for me in 2018. This song especially helps me reflect on my own growth and acknowledges the way my relationship to music and community specifically have changed in a way that is both nostalgic but also proud to have shifted into something new. No art degree no conservatory // it's a beautiful idea /// thanks for this song and for the new album, Swearin'!
“BOY” - Charlie Puth
My Official Statement: #1 Male Sub Anthem of the Year.
“151 Rum” - J.I.D.
My friend showed it to me and all I can really say about it is that it rocks me like a hurricane.
Sat. Nite Duets
“Loyalty” - Dogs in Ecstasy
In this golden age of podcasts there’s no saner sound than a D.I.E. song.
(Carmen) “thank u, next” - Ariana Grande
It is the best breakup song of our generation.
(Connor) “Thunder” - Imagine Dragons
I really like the drums in that song, the toms that go POM POM POM.
“In My View” - Young Fathers
Just an excellent band, and a great pop song.
"when the party's over" - Billie Eilish
It has the coolest vocal production!
“5 dollars” - Christine and the Queens
It makes me want to dance and the music video is one of the sexiest thing I’ve ever laid my eyes upon.
“Homebody” - Nai Palm
I don't even think this was the song I listened to the most this year, but I remember everything about the way I felt the very first time I heard it. It lodged itself so deeply in me -- the way it felt like home, and bed, and love, and fall, and closeness. It's a song for train rides through the city and also walks in the woods and drives in the dark. This song feels like all of the small parts of me opened up in the biggest way.
(Max) “Soft Seam” - Dumb
The whole album is really good, wordy, kinda paranoid punk that pretty much starts and never lets up until this track. Super beautiful guitar melodies that weave in and out, and some of the most well-worded melancholy you can find in rock music today. This band always does amazing stuff lyrically, but “sick I’m not/but in eyes that may be blind” is one of my favorite lines I’ve heard in years.
(Alex) “Talia” - King Princess
I’ve listened to this song so many times this year between screaming along to it on drunk walks home alone and dancing around in my underwear to it the next morning. Something about it feels magic and made me feel so freaky and sad and hopeful and good. I love it!!!
“Holding On” - Tirzah
Beautiful songwriting and Mica Levi is a phenomenal producer who, when combined with Tirzah’s beautiful songwriting, created a beautiful world to live in.
“Fake Sweater” - Bethlehem Steel
I had the pleasure of touring with Becca from Bethlehem Steel earlier this year. I got to know Fake Sweater as a live, stripped down song and when I heard the recording I freaked out. It’s good to have friends who rip.
(Pat) “How It Can Be” - Cut Worms
I loved how this sounds - it’s like a 60’s pop-throwback to like the Monkees or Herman’s Hermits or the Hollies, etc. But the production is so fantastically spot-on for that kinda thing that it would absolutely fit right in on a mix with those bands.
(Nadia) “This Time Around” - Jessica Pratt
Valuable and helpful as they may be, the tools we use to examine our behavior can't actually disappear the sad and that can be haunting.
FATHER/DAUGHTER FRIENDS Lucy Niles of Partner
“Let It All Work Out” - Lil Wayne
It told a great story and I cried every time I listened to it.
Alex Licktenhour of Get Better Records & Control Top
“Grudges” - Paramore
This song is so catchy, that it gets stuck in my head for days after listening to it. I love all the 80's pop elements on this whole album, but Grudges is definitely my favorite song off After Laughter.
“Woof Woof” - ARTHUR
This song is just a bouncy one to listen to, I think the overall sound of it is fun & it was in heavy rotation for me this fall :))
“Violence” - Parquet Courts
The first song that made me scream "fuck yes!" and bother all my friends this year was Violence by Parquet Courts. It refreshing to hear a band turn up and play faster in 2019 instead of the obvious polishing and softening. It's been a year of dread, anxiety and panic, give me something loud with a lot of fast words to scream along with for fuck's sake!
Greta Kline of Frankie Cosmos
“Micah” - Nice Try
Sarah Tudzin of Illuminati Hotties
"Stoned Love" - The Supremes
There's no good excuse for the fact that it took me until 2018 to hear "Stoned Love," but it's a song I've been returning to all year for it's elusive simplicity, effortless forward motion, and a ever-masterful performance by Diana Ross.
Sophie Allison of Soccer Mommy
“Dandelion” - Kacey Musgraves
My big new discovery is Dandelion by Kacey Musgraves. I discovered her this year when Golden Hour came out and i loved it so much that I went and checked out her older albums. Dandelion was one that really stood out to me because I thought the chords and the structure of the song were really amazing. It’s still one of my favorites.
Manny Lemus of Citrus City Records
“Announcing Humanity” - McKinley Dixon
One of my favorite songs from McKinley’s project “the importance of self belief,” his lyrical prowess is over the roof & im continually inspired by his hard work & ear for crafting amazing sounds, his band are always on one & this track shows that he can be great.
"Never Know Why" - Mathew Lee Cothran
The lyrics hit me really hard in this one, growing up and learning to absolve your parents of their mistakes knowing that the pain they carry and pass on isn’t always their fault and we’re all just trying to do the best we can to navigate this life.
Rose Droll has her newest single, "Fat Duck" out today. "Fat Duck" comes not long after singles "Boy Bruise" and "Hush" but packs as much sound and instruments into a three minute track as your average EP. Noisey had the following to say about the song:
Built around pitch-shifted electronic samples and multi-tracked harmonies, it owes as much to contemporary R&B as it does to any of the other stuff that Rose picks up and plays with throughout the record. It's probably the most immediately satisfying moment on the record, but even it's full of these wonderful thickets of ideas—a little bit of 70s singer-songwriter tropes here, a little minimal jazz there, a synth-marimba (or glockenspiel or something) that pops up for a tiny melody and then drops away. There's just so much going on, especially for a song that's kinda slow and meandering on its surface level. There's a lot of life in there.
Your Dog, Rose Droll's newest record, drops next Friday, 11/16.