Sweet Beats // August 2016

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We are so very close to our vacation time in Old Lyme, CT with our old pals, and we are beyond ready to soak up that sun with the gang. This kind of vibe definitely gets us into an upbeat poppy kind of mood, with of course a splash of indie because I just can’t help myself.

Click here for some ill beats, yo


august 2016

reaper // sia

hold on (feat. sampha) // sbtrkt

i won’t take you for someone else // fantastic mister zguy

love that girl // raphael saadiq

town & country // bibio

1998 // chet faker

hanoi cafe // bleu toucan

the call // a rainmaker

black memories // the growlers

pretty girls // little dragon

rendez vous // la plage

way to be love // tops

hold on we’re going home // astr

400 lux // lorde

too good // drake & rihanna

say you’ll be there // mo


 

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Sweet Beats // April 2016

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Permission to completely girl-out for a minute? Christa and I are utterly in love with NBC’s Nashville. It’s just so juicy! We have no shame in it and want to share our adoration with the world.

That said, whenever we’re in the midst of a season, it always makes us wish we had some country flare to our blood. While we’ve never really been into modern radio country, other types can definitely hit home with us. Of course we love the folky stuff, but we’re also lovers of all things oldies and bluegrass. This month’s playlist wanders along the folk path, but if you’re in the mood for something a little more old school and twangy, check out this playlist from a couple of summers back.

Or give this month’s a listen here!


april 2016

hurricane lamp // jeffrey foucault

lodi // jeffrey foucault

if i go // jake mcmullen

howling light // j. tillman

ulysses // current swell

there i go again // amos lee

long way from home // the lumineers

down on the bottom // the new basement tapes

decision day // field report

old ties and companions // mandolin orange

even the darkness has arms // the barr brothers

blue ridge mountain // hurray for the riff raff


Sweet Beats // March 2016

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I’ve been feeling pretty mellowed out these days. At work, on the train, putting on my makeup, cooking — all involve me listening to soft tunes and just overall taking it easy. I’ve always been into calming jives, but it seems a little elevated lately, and I’m rolling with it.

If you’ve been feeling similarly, then this playlist is for you. A combination of twang-y folk/indie guitar, and a little bit of synth-y sounds as well. Speaking  of which, did you guys know that Vanessa Carlton came out with an indie album last year? I just discovered it yesterday and can’t stop listening. You can check out one of her songs on my playlist as well.

Click here to give it a listen on spotify.


march 2016

01. better than // lake street drive

02. our love // sharon van etten

03. old gloria // nico yaryan

04. i had a real good lover // the shouting matches

05. funeral beds // the districts

06. birmingham // shovels & ropes

07. take it easy // vanessa carlton

08. please don’t // leo stannard

09. love vigilantes // iron & wine

10. miss ohio // craig cardiff

11. changes // longhorn slim the law

12. beach house // the cave singers


Sweet Beats // December 2015

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For those of you who celebrate Christmas like us, we’re struggling a little to fully get into the spirt this year. For some reason it’s just not feeling like the holiday season! It probably doesn’t help that yesterday was 60 degrees and sunny… usually we’ve already busted out our wool socks and scarves! We’re hoping that by listening to a little holiday music it’ll get us more excited and ready to drink that nog and deck them halls.

We’ve busted out two seasonal playlists from the archives for ya, because why not?

Check out the links below for our playlists on Spotify!



december 2015 // part 1

1. baby, i love you // the ronettes

2. lollipop // chordettes

3. sugar dumpling // sam cooke

4. try a little tenderness // otis redding

5. dream a little dream of me // the mamas & the papas

6. blue moon // billie holiday

7. mele kalikimaka (merry christmas) // bing crosby

8. having a party // sam cooke

9. snow in his hair // johnny cash

10. (what a) wonderful world // sam cooke

11. you belong to me // pasty cline

12. unchained melody // the righteous brothers

13. in the still of the night // the five satins

14. goodnight sweetheart // the spaniels

december 2015 // part 2

1. winter wonderland // darlene love

2. shake hands with santa clause // louis prima

3. white christmas // the drifters

4. i saw mommy kissing santa clause // the ronettes

5. sugar town // nancy sinatra

6. what christmas means to me // stevie wonder

7. rockin’ around the christmas tree // brenda lee

8. all i want for christmas is you // mariah carey

9. little saint nick // the beach boys

10. merry christmas, baby // the beach boys

11. please come home for christmas // james brown

12. blue christmas // elvis

13. linus and lucy // vince guaraldi



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Sweet Beats // November 2015

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Do you guys ever bicker with your family in the car about what music to listen to? I’m hoping this playlist will alleviate some of that while you all travel together this week. It’s got a whole of the classics, all of which are pretty guaranteed to make you go “awww I love this song!” or in Dad’s case “whoaaa I haven’t heard this since I played in on vinyl in college,” because he’s just soooo cool.

Click here to play on Spotify

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, all!


november 2015

hold on // john lennon

my sweet lord // george harrison

sittin’ on my sofa // the kinks

not fade away // the rolling stones

ooh la la // faces

fortunate son // creedence clearwater revival

turn! turn! turn! // the byrds

for your love // the yardbirds

sunshine superman // donovan

stuck in the middle with you // stealers wheel

all the young dudes // mott the hoopie

jeepster // t. rex

somebody to love // jefferson airplane

tiny dancer // elton john

never going back again // fleetwood mac


Sweet Beats // September 2015

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So I don’t know how things are around your neck of the woods, but Bean Town is pouring, and it ain’t stopping any time soon. Sadly it seems like this may put a hiccup in our plans to go on a girl’s weekend hike in NH, so we’re currently trying to schedule other activities. Hopefully we can find some goodies! In the mean time, while I’m cooped up in my office, I’ve crafted a mellow rainy day playlist to pass the hours.

Click here for a Spotify playlist


september 2015

living proof // gregory alan isakov

arizona // ed masuga

meet me in the woods // lord huron

big time nashville // shakey graves

timothy // tallest man on earth

fire and the flood // vance joy

crystals // of monsters and men

ashamed // dear tick

from eden // hozier

fire // jake bug

the mountain // heartless bastards

afterglow // jose gonzales

skin & bones // quiet life

wildest dreams // ryan adams

shake // the head and the heart

real desire // dan auerbach


 

Sweet Beats // August 2015

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Ohhhh my goodness, this week has been insane! Not only has work been a  hot mess, but yesterday I went across the street to the laundry mat and realized it was closed. PERMANENTLY. I mean come on man, what is that? Considering I live in a city with no car, I was pretty distraught, I’m not gonna lie. But you know what made me feel better? The glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel — I get to have a long weekend at a beach house with Christa and friends! And you know what goes well with lounging on the beach? REGGAE MUSIC.

Please click here to enjoy on Spotify 🙂


august 2015

54-46 was my number // toots & the maytals

007 (shanty town) // desmond dekker

rivers of babylon // the melodians

dubby conqueror // bob marley & the wailers

funky kingston // the maytals

country boy // the heptones

i want to go home // derrick morgan

rock steady // alton ellis

train to skaville // the ethiopians

blow roland blow // joanne gordon

must catch a train // symarip

try me best // symarip

queen majesty // the techniques

make me yours // phyllis dillon

baba boom time // the jamaicans


Sweet Beats // June 2015

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I must say, I was very excited when I went online last night to see that Leon Bridges had finally released his first album. A few months back I heard a couple EPs and was totally swooning. He was pretty much plucked out of 1956 and I’m so into it. I decided to make an entire playlist based on a similar sound — retro, soul, funk, doo-wop, with a tiny bit of grit at times. The timing is perfect because this coming Saturday, Christa will be having a house-warming party in her new digs, and I’m thinking this list will be perfect while we’re getting things set up.

Click here for the link on Spotify, and have a happy hump day!


june 2015

01. smooth sailin’ // leon bridges

02. 100 yard dash // raphael saadiq

03. the river // son little

04. foodcoma // shoos off

05. psyche’s dagger // fly golden eagle

06. next time // curtis harding

07. dear someone // walker lukens

08. saturday night // the lovers key

09. everywhere i’m local // har mar superstar

10. broken heart // dr. dog

11. the hour // valerie june

12. coming home // leon bridges

13. shame // otis heat

14. you’re the kind of girl // lee fields & the expressions

15. twistin’ & groovin’ // leon bridges


Sweet Beats // April 2015

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This weekend we’ll be throwing a big birthday bash for several friends/roommates in Boston, so naturally I’m in party playlist mode. I will warn you, this mix is pretty random. You may think at one point that I’ve gone a little mental, but it’s pretty much just a sample mix of a much more epically-scaled one that I’ve created for the night-of. I spared you all of the Whitney Houston and Bruce Springsteen, but that’s not to say that they won’t be played. OH, they’ll be played.

Click here for a link on Spotify


april 2015

01. soul man // save & dave

02. me, myself & i // de la soul

03. kryponite – feat. big boi // big boi

04. bassment party // the cool kids

05. the seed (2.0) // the roots

06. should i stay or should i go // the clash

07. it’s tricky // run-dmc

08. roses // outlkast

09. got to give it up (part 1) // marvin gaye

10. let’s dance // ramones

11. rock & roll // the velvet underground

12. all caps // madvillain

13. restless leg // har mar superstar

14. we don’t sleep // har mar superstar

15. new beat // toro y moi


Sweet Beats // February 2015

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Lately I’ve been finding myself straying from my typical love of breathy folk music (#chickmusic) for something with a little more beat. This type of tune just feels so right when doing a little evening yoga before bed, walking home from the train, or sinking into the couch to get into the photo editing zone. I’m definitely the day-dreaming type, and all about detaching from everyday stresses to take in a few intrinsic moments. What kind of things have you guys been doing these days to unwind?

Click here for a link on Spotify.


february 2015

get good (infinitefreefall remix) // st. south

every other freckle // alt-j

don’t wanna fight // alabama shakes

hospice gates // lower dens

the stars in spring // epic45

great escape // washed out

no stranger // small black

party talk // craft spells

lately // memory house

genesis // grimes

suddenly // junip

inside out // spoon

james dean // dale earnhardt jr. jr.

bloodflood pt. II // alt-j


 

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