To usher in the unofficial start of summer (supposedly), we’ve created this beachy, summer jam-filled mix, sure to be the perfect soundtrack for your holiday weekend. We hope wherever you are, you’re relaxin’, maxin’ and spending some time in the sun. Keep reading »
If only we could live our lives like a motivational ’80s movie montage. Well, guess what? Now you can! That’s right, I’ve created a weekend playlist chock full of awesome, rockin’ motivational tracks from some of our fave ’80s movies, like “Real Genius,” “Karate Kid” and “The Breakfast Club.” Check it out and use it as a soundtrack for the next time you’re cooking dinner, or going for a job interview, or headed on a first date, or just totally kicking ass. Keep reading »
We were saddened to hear that Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett passed away over the weekend, after a long battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. Aphlett and her bandmate Mark McEntee shot to fame over their early ’90s ode to masturbation, “I Touch Myself.”
“Chrissy’s light burns so very brightly. Hers was a life of passion and creativity,” said her husband Charley Drayton, in a statement. “She always lived it to the fullest. With her force of character and vocal strength, she paved the way for strong, sexy, outspoken women.”
“I Touch Myself” was one of the few pop tracks that blatantly referenced masturbation, and certainly was one of the most popular. It reached number one in Amphlett’s native Australia, and climbed to number four on the American pop charts. Not to mention, the video for the song was everywhere when it first came out.
In more recent years, Amphlett had focused her attention on her ailing health, but also took time to star as Russell Crowe’s mother in an Australian stage production of the musical “Blood Brothers.” After the jump, a playlist dedicated to Amphlett’s forwarded-thinking, sexually open hit track.
Happy 4/20, stoners amongst us! I have generously made you a playlist of songs about pot-smoking to go with your bong rips. You are totally welcome, man. Keep reading »
The Violent Femmes said it best: “You can just kiss off into the air.” There’s something awesome about a snarky, diss song. For the sake of brevity, I’ve limited this mix to mostly diss songs of the “kiss off” variety (a separate mix of the best artist-to-artist diss tracks will be forthcoming), directed at ex-lovers, current obsessions and generally shitty people. Take a listen, and share your own favorite kiss-off songs in the comments. Keep reading »
Happy Friday! We’re stoked because the new movie “The Sapphires,” based on the real life story of the first aboriginal girl group in Australia, is finally in theaters. Jessica is stoked because it stars her Number One Dude Crush Chris O’Dowd, but the rest of us are just excited for the music. In honor of all the awesome girl groups, past and present, we’ve assembled this play list with some of our favorite jams! Some of them aren’t probably technically what you’d call girl groups (more like all-female bands), but you know, we’re flexible.
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Awkward backstory: I was making this playlist and asked a bunch of friends to suggest their favorite “sexy vocalists”. This is a weird category, of course, because it’s not necessarily about a song being about sex, per se; it’s about vocalists who just sound super sexy, with voices full of aching and longing (or whatever). It doesn’t necessarily mean they’re physically attractive (see also: Serge Gainsbourg). I compiled a pretty major list featuring some of my faves — like the Jesus and Mary Chain, Margot & The Nuclear So & Sos (worst band name, great band, though), Pulp and Dean Wareham from Luna — and then a friend suggested Bill Ricchini, who happens to be a dude I actually know. It’s weird to have friends with super sexy singing voices, no? In any case, I am really proud of this super sexy mix and hope you like! Share your favorite super sexy vocalists in the comments, mmkay? Keep reading »
For much of the mid-2000s I had a side gig playing records. I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a DJ, in that I can’t scratch or really beat match, but some friends and I had a lot of fun DJ-ing a regular weekly party for a while. It was in Philly at a club that flaunted the smoking ban. We usually had a pretty packed house, and there was lots of dancing, usually started by me. This playlist is a ton of the songs that I used to play from that era, so feel free to play it for you own dance parties!
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The key to making a good holiday mix is to not overdo it. You’ve got to include tons of holiday tracks, yes, but you should also add some non-Christmas-y stuff, too. Otherwise your mix will start to sound like the tacky Christmas music loop you hear in Macy’s or something. Plus, you’ve gotta mix some non-traditional Christmas hits with Mariah Carey, too. Check out our XXXMas list after the jump!
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This time of year makes me seriously sleepy, what with the sun going down in the middle of the afternoon and everything. That’s why I’ve put together a mix that reflects the quiet, lazy vibe of the weekend. And because we imagine you, like us, are going to spend at least part of the next few days at your childhood home, we’ve included some oldies that might remind you of the stuff you listened to in high school. From Belle & Sebastian to College to the Cocteau Twins and more, we hope you enjoy!
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