Played Out: Holiday Hangover

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Merry December 26th y’all. We’re back with Played Out.

Did you guys know that literally everything is closed on Christmas? I drove around North Jersey for maybe two hours yesterday looking for somewhere to buy latke ingredients and it just wasn’t in the cards (I get how this sounds fake, but it’s not). Instead I spent like a hundred dollars on Chinese food and put on pants with a lot of give. Point being, happy holidays ladies. Hope yours treated you as well as mine did. Here are some tunes to help you round out the rest of 2014.

Pink Mountaintops – “Asleep With An Angel”

I let this play on repeat while I drank Prosecco in the hot tub yesterday. Partially because my hands were too wet to unlock my phone and partially because it was really working for me.

 Iain Woods – “Fiends”

According to Line of Best Fit “Fiends” is, “a berserk-pop melee with dark Vaudevillian keys, soulful vox and screwed up bass,” and well yes, totally. It’s sort of a nutso pop day trip to a working carnival.

The Weeknd – “Earned It”

Totally not what I was expecting from The Weeknd. Then again it is off the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack and I wasn’t even trying to know what expect out of that whole deal either. That being said it’s not like he’s gone off the rails, it’s still an incredibly smooth and sexy track.

the band in Heaven – “The Boys Of Summer Of Sam”

West Palm Beach’s the band in Heaven is a gift to shoegaze and a gift to us this holiday season, because nothing says Christmas quite like this mind fuck of a video.

Madonna – “Living For Love”

After six of Madonna’s tracks were leaked this week Madge decided to officially release them herself, because one, she wasn’t having it and secondly, didn’t want us having anything less than completed versions. “Living For Love” was slated to be her lead single, and I’m honestly not sure she’s aging cause this ish is pretty on point.

Joey Bada$$ – “Curry Chicken”

Co-founder of hip hop collective Pro Era, Brooklyn’s Joey Bada$$ is about to release his hotly anticipated first studio record. “Curry Chicken” comes ahead of that as an ode to his mom and his Caribbean roots.

 

Sondre Lerche – “Chandelier” Sia Cover

Norwegian pop phenom Sondre Lerche is at is again. A fan of covers he twists and tumbles Sia’s 2014 classic into something all his own.

 

Trixie Whitley – “Someone To Color”

Belgian-American artist Trixie Whitley just released this really beautiful winter ballad. It’s the first taste of a forthcoming sophomore album from her due out in the new year.

Slutever – “Infinite Sadness”

The Le Sigh (which if you aren’t familiar with, you should investigate) just put out their second volume compilation. There are a bunch of great tracks on here for sure, but I had to pick just one and Slutever usually does the trick for me.

 

HAERTS – “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” John Lennon and Yoko Ono Cover

I found my holiday spirit for a minute while I was listening to this one. It’s a super striped down cover where Nini Fabi’s beautiful vocals shine against straightforward instrumentals. I didn’t mean to be sentimental, but this seemed fitting to end on this week.

Hope this helps to shake off the post present blues at least for a bit. Until the new year.

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