A playlist of delicious, alt-R&B to sooth your soul and impress your horn-rimmed glasses-wearing friends.
Monthly Spotify playlists and all sorts of other fun lists.
Saudade – an emotional gauntlet.
There is no word in English for the Portuguese noun, Saudade. It translates roughly as “a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves”, according to Wikipedia.
I did my best to create an hour long mixtape devoted to songs that evoke this complicated emotion. Enjoy.
The new Monthly Mixtape
There have been some changes to the Overdub’s monthly playlists. Instead of a new playlist every month, there is now just one playlist called ‘Monthly Mixtape’ that resets itself at the beginning of every month. So be sure to save the songs you like!
You can find archived monthly playlists on my Spotify profile here.
The Overdub’s official monthly playlist: August 2015
Great bands with less than 100 followers on Spotify
A playlist of talented, underrated artists on Spotify for your enjoyment. Updated all the time.
The Overdub official monthly playlist: July 2015
This is the first in what will hopefully be a long string of monthly and annual playlists. The playlists will come out at the beginning of every month and will be updated on a rolling basis with the best songs that come out that month. If this month’s seems a bit thin it’s because I got the idea a few days ago.
An excellent playlist created by myself and two close friends. Make sure to shuffle!
5 best overlooked albums of 2015 (so far)
Written by: Gianluca Pezzuti
There are tons of virtually unknown artists that released great albums in the first half of 2015. Here are five.
Honorable Mentions: Travis Bretzer – Waxing Romantic; Motorama – Poverty; Juan Wauters – Who Me?
5. Cotillon – Cotillon
Jordan Corso, frontman of Cotillon, describes the band’s sound as “flower punk”. That’s stupid. This is good sad music for good sad feelings.
Best songs: ‘Gloom’, ‘Lyman’, ‘Convenience’
You might like Cotillon if you like: Gorgeous Bully; The Dang Dangs
You could roll your eyes at No Vacation. Their first single was called ‘Beach Bummer’ and they describe themselves as ‘post tropical sadcore’. You could roll your eyes but it would be a mistake. The indie pop duo started as a dorm room collaboration at university in San Francisco and just released their debut mixtape, ‘Amo XO’. Musically beyond their years but emotionally age-appropriate, they sing about teenage problems like laundry day with the sincerity only actual teenagers can muster.
Best Songs: ‘Beach Bummer’, ‘Laundry Day’, ‘Late Morning Brekkie’
You might like No Vacation if you like: The Drums; Best Coast
3. Drug Cabin – Yard Work
Drug Cabin took a three year break after their initial well-received EP in 2012 to take peyote with some West Virginia moonshiners. Maybe they didn’t but there’s not proof they didn’t.
Best songs: ‘Baywatch’, ‘California’, ‘Powedermoon’
You might like Drug Cabin if you like: Crack House
2. Charlie Brand – Monsoons
Monsoons is nothing like the over the top saccharine melodies Charlie Brand helped create with Miniature Tigers. It’s sweet, gentle songwriting with the occasional spaceship noise thrown in for good measure.
Best songs: ‘New Highs/New Lows’, ‘Kool Aid’, ‘Baby Blue Motorcycle’
You might like Charlie Brand if you like: ‘Miniature Tigers’
1. Evans the Death – Expect Delays
As the album art shows, Expect Delays is all about deer jump kicking other deer. Or are those greyhounds?
Anyway, this is a good record.
Best songs: ‘Bad Year’, ‘Shanty’, ‘Sledgehammer’
You might like Evans the Death if you like: Standard Fare; Veronica Falls.
50 best tracks of 2015 (so far)
List by: Gianluca Pezzuti
Note: I avoided using more than one track from a given album. There is a full playlist and the list is below. Enjoy!
50. Mini Mansions (ft Brian Wilson) – Any Emotions
49. Keath Mead – So Close
48. Lower Dens – Ondine
47. Wille J Healey – HD Malibu
46. Circa Waves – Young Chasers
45. Chastity Belt – Drone
44. Juan Wauters – Woodside, Queens
43. Travis Bretzer – Giving Up
42. L’orange & Jeremiah Jae – Underworld
41. Bear Bones – Give It Away For Free
40. Joey Bada$$ – O.C.B.
39. Liam Hayes- August Fourteen
38. Faith Healer – Acid
37. Purity Ring – bodyache
36. Girlpool – Ideal World
35. Courtney Barnett – Depreston
34. Earl Sweatshirt (ft Vince Staples) – Wool
33. Beach Baby – No Mind No Money
32. Jane Weaver – You Are Dissolved
31. Action Bronson (ft Chance the Rapper) – Baby Blue
30. Mourn – Your Brain is Made of Candy
29. Title Fight – Mrahc
28. Drug Cabin – California
27. Alabama Shakes – Gimme All Your Love
26. Diet Cig – Harvard
25. Oddisee – That’s Love
24. Viet Cong – Continental Shelf
23. Evans the Death – Bad Year
22. Waxahatchee – Summer of Love
21. Toro Y Moi – Empty Nesters
20. Shamir – Make a Scene
19. Natalie Prass – Bird of Prey
18. Lady Lamb – Billions of Eyes
17. Leon Bridges – Coming Homes
16. Gengahr – She’s a Witch
15. Tame Impala – Let It Happen
14. The Districts – Hounds
13. Sharon Van Etten – Just Like Blood
12. Twerps – I don’t Mind
11. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Step Brother City
10. Sufjan Stevens – The Only Thing
9. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Can’t Keep Checking My Phone
8. Tobias Jesso Jr. – Without You
7. Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta
6. Donne Trumpet & The Social Experiment (ft Chance the Rapper) – Sunday Candy
5. James McMurty – Copper Canteen
4. Alpine – Foolish
3.Father John Misty – The Night Josh Tillman Came to Our Apartment
2. A$AP Rocky – Excuse Me
1. Miami Horror (ft Cleopold) – Colours in the Sky