HBP playlists

Playlist: Fall 2014 — Those Peanut Butter Vibes

Hello, friends. (I don’t know why I’ve been saying that a lot lately. I particularly enjoy walking into a room and saying, “Hello, friend” to a cat.) I have been working on this playlist for a long time. In fact, it was originally called “Summer 2014 — Those Peanut Butter Vibes.” The good news is that peanut butter vibes are delicious any time of year.

There’s a lot of new stuff on here, and not too many of those songs I seem to include on just about every playlist I ever make. I’ve been trying to branch out! And branching out has been fun! You’ll notice there’s a lot of Glass Animals. They’re probably the best band in the world right now. We saw them live at Larimer Lounge last night and they were fantastic. Best show I’ve seen in a long time, which isn’t saying much because I haven’t been to all that many shows, but really they were very, very good live. The sound was tight and you could tell they were really into what they were doing. Plus the crowd was super into it, the way the crowd can only be into a show of a newish band at a small venue. Do you know what I mean?

This is a tangent, but hang on for a second. I’ve realized that the biggest musical disconnect I have with (and I hate to use the phrase “people my age,” but) people my age is that I don’t want to listen to music I listened to when I was in high school or college. I don’t even want to listen to music I listened to when I was in my 20s. There are always exceptions, of course — even I throw in the occasional Jesus and Mary Chain track. But the point is I don’t like old music, and I don’t even particularly like music performed by old people. And to me in terms of music, you’re old at a much younger age than you’re old in real life. It’s like sports. Ben has a theory that bands have a 2-year window: you’re good for 2 years and then you should quit and do something else. I’d probably be slightly more generous and say maybe there’s a 4-year window (e.g., MGMT probably should’ve called it quits after Congratulations). In any event, maybe “old” means band age, not person age.

And that’s the problem I had with Riot Fest. It was a lot of old people playing old music. People my age ate it up and tweeted about it every second for days. I smoked some weed and listened to alt-J at home, which kind of disproves my theory because they’ve been around since 2007. But you get what I’m saying, maybe.

And I know it’s not right to hate the Cubs because of Cubs fans or to hate Jesus because of freakshow Christians, but old bands can have annoying fans. You have the old guy at the show talking about how he’s been listening to the Flaming Lips or whoever for years and he’s so cool and legit and hip and you could just die of boredom. When you have a new band playing at a small venue where you have to squeeze onto a tiny sticky floor while you feel each individual bead of sweat roll down your back and ration your beer because you can’t lose your spot to get another one and it’s the only liquid you’ll have to consume and you’re thirsty from the grueling workout of loving this band so hard your heart feels exhausted by the end, there’s no cool factor. There’s no I knew them when. There’s no live tweeting. There’s no giving a shit about anything other than being there for the music, and you know all the words and so does everybody else. And that’s what I’m into.

Long story short, if you can see Glass Animals live, please do, and if you can get there early enough to catch opening act Rome Fortune, do that, too. And for a limited time you can get the whole playlist and a pdf of the track list here. It is important to put the songs in the correct order (I tried numbering them but it didn’t seem to carry over when I tested the download). If you want to see what you’re in for before downloading, here you go:

Fall 2014 — Those Peanut Butter Vibes

Away Frm U – Oberhofer
Cool Song No. 2 – MGMT
Firework – New God
Sowing Seeds – The Jesus and Mary Chain
Mind Mischief – Tame Impala
Black History Month – Death From Above 1979
Miracle Mile – Cold War Kids
Every Other Freckle – alt-J
West Coast – Mainland
Do You – Spoon
Penelope – Pinback
Ben’s My Friend – Sun Kil Moon
40 Day Dream – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
How Can You Really – Foxygen
Fire It Up – Modest Mouse
Gooey – Glass Animals
1998 – Chet Faker
Cruel Intentions (Single Version) – Simian Mobile Disco
Fiona Coyne – Saint Pepsi
Les Voiles – POOM
Chandelier (Plastic Plates Remix) – Sia
New Dorp New York (feat. Ezra Koenig) (Belarbi Remix) – SBTRKT
Losing My Edge – LCD Soundsystem
Amateur – The Eyes in the Heat
Jamaica (Plastic Plates Remix) – Van She
Even If I’m Loud it Doesn’t Mean I’m Talking to You – Tove Styrke
Sick Beat – Kero Kero Bonito
High Pressure Days (Todd Terje Remix) – The Units
#1 in Heaven – MDNR
What Else is There (Trentemoller Remix) – Royksopp
Hold On – The Chain Gang of 1974
Drone Logic – Daniel Avery
Boy From School – Hot Chip
Pools – Glass Animals
No Diggity – Chet Faker
Love Lockdown – Glass Animals
(You to Be) Be Happy – R Kelly feat. Notorious BIG

Playlist: January 2013

I found some awesome music today, so I made a playlist.

Playlist: January 2013

Friends (Plastic Plates Remix) – Sneaky Sound System
No Strings – Chloe Howl
Speedo and Boots – Pachanga Boys
Wild World – Cat Stevens
Thinkin Bout You – Frank Ocean
If U Got It – Chris Malinchak
Feed Me Diamonds (RAC remix) – MNDR
Inspector Norse – Todd Terje
How Deep Is Your Love (Toomy Disco remix) – The Rapture
Glass – Mø
I Will Dare – The Replacements
Move – Mausi
Feels Like We Only Go Backwards – Tame Impala
In the Grace of Your Love – The Rapture
Grown Up – Danny Brown
Ich R U (Van She remix) – Boys Noize
Dreams – Fleetwood Mac
I Could Go – Oberhofer
Shock Corridor – Lovestreams
I Found a Whistle – MGMT
I Want It (Lindstrom & Prins Thomas remix) – Locussolus (DJ Harvey)
Bye Bye Love – The Cars
We Used to Wait – Arcade Fire
Steady Shock – Girl Talk
Lyin (Pt. 1-4) – Toro y Moi
Rider – Okkervil River
Changes – Van She

There is no meaningful order to this, so just hit shuffle. For a limited time, the whole thing is available here. Enjoy!

HBP Playlist: IPA Day


Yesterday was IPA Day, which is awesome but also not much different from every other day when you really like drinking beer and drink IPA 98% of the time. (My default beer this summer is Ranger. I’m not always a fan of New Belgium beers, but this one is nice.) We didn’t make it to the James Murphy DJ set in Boulder, so I thought I’d do a DJ set of my own (and of course, seeing as I’m not a DJ, it’s just a playlist). I gotta say, I really enjoyed listening to this last night (and Ben didn’t hate it, which I consider high praise because he is a DJ and also picky).

Sometimes I think about moving back to Illinois, but I don’t think it will ever happen. When you live in Colorado for a while, you take things for granted so much you might erroneously believe things are this awesome everywhere. Yesterday Ben and I were sitting in the back yard, as we are wont to do, talking about midwestern humidity. Like the time (when I still entertained the the thought of getting on an airplane) I walked out of the airport smack into a wall of humidity. Even when it’s not hot, the air stifles you, sitting heavy on your skin. I always wanted to have long hair and never did. By the time I got to wherever I was going, my perfectly styled hair was a flat, stringy mess. I’d get it cut short and wait forever for it to get long-ish and look like shit again. In Colorado, you can have whatever hair you want. And you can be whoever you want. There’s something about living in a place where you don’t have all your history, where everything doesn’t remind you of something, where you make your own family. There’s something about living in the West, too, where people come to get away or to do something different or because they’re kind of weird.

Sitting in the yard drinking Ranger and listening to this playlist was so awesome (our weather has been doing this thing for a couple weeks now where in the late afternoon/early evening, clouds roll in and the temperature cools off and sometimes it rains and sometimes it doesn’t and every time this happens I say “I wish we had a sleeping porch”) I stayed out there, little dog on my lap, while Ben went in to give Soren a bath. I watched the clouds and airplanes and birds and dragonflies. If it weren’t for having to pee and get another beer, I might still be there.


Lasso – Phoenix
Crystalised – The xx
Lights & Music (Boyz Noize Remix) – Cut Copy
Hollywood (feat. Penguin Prison) – RAC
Helena Beat – Foster the People
L.E.S. Artistes – Santigold
Demons – Sleigh Bells
Ambling Alp – Yeasayer
Congratulations (Erol Alkan Rework) – MGMT
White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes
Sick of Myself – Matthew Sweet
Terror Management – Psychobuildings
I Be on That – Childish Gambino
We Used to Wait – Arcade Fire
The Youth – MGMT
Bye Bye Love – The Cars
Holocene – Bon Iver
Old School Caddy (feat. KiD CuDi) – Hit-Boy
Wolf Like Me – TV on the Radio
Stars (LAZRtag Remix) – The xx
Little Bit – Lykke Li
In the Grace of Your Love – The Rapture
Title Track – Death Cab for Cutie
Take ‘Em Up (feat. Nancy Whang) – Shit Robot
Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Starfucker
Hey Now – Hoodie Allen
Take a Walk – Passion Pit
Angels – The xx
Windshield Smasher – Black Moth Super Rainbow
Look at Where We Are (Four Tet Remix) – Hot Chip
You Know Me – Air Traffic Controller
Friends (Plastic Plates Remix) – Sneaky Sound System
Crosscheck (feat. Salvador Sanchez) – Thelma and Clyde
Arm Around You – Arthur Russell

For a limited time, you can download the whole thing here.

July 4 Party Playlist (2012 Version)

This year’s July 4 Party Playlist was hard to do, mainly because there will be kids, so I tried to avoid blatantly atrocious language. That sent me in an 80s/90s direction, which I hope is at least a little fun.

PDF track list here: July 4, 2012 (there’s one addition that isn’t on the track list — Party Stop Party Start by The Big Shots). For a limited time, get the songs here (they’re not in order and don’t need to be — just shuffle). Enjoy!

HBP Playlist: October 2011

This is a day late for being an October playlist, but it might be worth it because I just discovered a few new songs I think you might enjoy. This is a playlist to listen to in the following situation:

It’s a weeknight. You worked all day and maybe went to the gym. You’re kind of tired and grumpy and you’ve been looking forward to the end of the day but now that it’s here, you’re kind of disappointed by what it’s presenting to you. What’s next, making dinner? That’s not exactly exciting, at least not today. (If you’re one of those people who has an orgasm over making cornbread, I don’t think you have anything to gain by listening to this playlist.) Open a beer. Make something easy, maybe salad with homemade ranch dressing and those Quorn fake chicken things. Listen to music. Maybe go online and order some clogs (not Dansko for the love of all that’s holy you want to have sex again one day). Forget about what’s going to happen tomorrow.

As you can see, it’s not exactly groundbreaking stuff. This isn’t a workout or Saturday night playlist. It’s for a weeknight. That said, as with all my playlists, which by the way are made with love, I hope there’s at least one song you know, one song you don’t know but as it turns out really like, and one song that makes you go “WTF why in the hell is that in here?!” And for me, at least a few songs that make Soren bust out his new dance moves, which are a cross between raising the roof and playing air guitar. In this day and age, I know how hard it is to discover new music, so I hope I can help you do that at least once in a while. (P.S. some of this is stuff you don’t want to listen to around kids who are old enough to know what lyrics mean. My life is going to drastically change the day I can no longer blast music that involves oral sex and cocaine at home.) (Also I’m sorry it’s a bit heavy on MGMT. I seriously believe that MGMT’s Congratulations is one of the greatest musical accomplishments of my lifetime. I also wish it was 1977. I understand this puts me in the minority.)

As always, the whole thing (in the right order!) with a PDF tracklist is available (free!) for a limited time here. You have nothing to lose by downloading and listening to this stuff. You might even like it! (Seriously, it’s worth it for “In the Grace of Your Love” alone. I’m about to start a Facebook fan page for that song.)