When it comes to BULLETT playlists, we’re eight volumes into the summer. That means two things: one, that summer is almost over; and two, that you have eight volumes of great tunes to listen to, courtesy of us! This link goes to Spotify, where you can pop on today’s playlist, and below you’ll find a few words on each selection, for the added context thing. Enjoy!
Pressed And – “When She Ran”
“When She Ran” is a blend of chaos and tranquility, a sunrise set to vibrate. It appears on the latest EP of processed splendor from the North Carolina/Brooklyn duo, which is about a week fresh.
Caroline Loeb – “C’ Est La Ouate”
Might need to defer to the video on this one from French artist Caroline Loeb. 1986 was the year, and this song was a hit seemingly everywhere but here.
Psychic Twin – “Gonna Get Her”
The intriguing ”Gonna Get Her” from Chicago’s Psychic Twin is bit like a lost Kate Bush single, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
Tame Impala – “Elephant”
Gosh, Tame Impala might be the coolest rock band on the planet right now. Case in point: when the floor drops out at 1:10.
Alan Vega – “Jukebox Babe (Signature X Mutant Disco Edit)”
This subtle, modern edit, as part of the must-hear compilation 20 Mutant Disco Uptown Edits, is a reminder that the Suicide frontman’s early 80s foray into rockabilly was nothing short of awesome.
Galaxie 500 – “Summertime”
“Nighttime at the boulevard / And I’m walkin home with you / The heat is just delicious / And you know just what to do.”
The Mantles – “Don’t Lie”
The breezy, jangly, garage pop of this San Francisco band fit right in with the late summer of 2009 (a great, great time for breezy, jangly music), and hearing the still perfect “Don’t Lie” now comes with a strange meta-nostalgia for that very era.
The Flaming Lips – “Borderline”
Wayne Coyne and crew spend the first two and half minutes of “Borderline” quietly strapping dynamite around this Madonna dance-floor classic and then, boom. Great cover, deserving of a victory lap three years later.
Photography by Landon Speers