RPM Presents: Tunesday 12/24/19

RPM Presents: Tunesday 12/24/19

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Not sure what to play over the speakers this holiday as background to your family coming together in all their joyful awkardness? Look no further than RPM’s penultimate Tunesday of the year, right in time for Christmas Eve and smack in the middle of Hanukkah. And just like the leftovers, they’ll still be good by the time Kwanzaa comes around on Thursday.

 

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“Your Graduation” by Modern Baseball

Modern Baseball - Your Graduation (Official Music Video)

“I recently discovered Modern Baseball. It’s not normally my taste, yet I’ve found myself listening to their whole discography. Well, joke’s on me because when I went to check their tour dates, I found out they’re on hiatus as of a couple years ago.” – Becca

 

“The Shining Path” by Sun City Girls

Sun City Girls - The Shining Path

“A fun and fast paced melody makes for an enjoyable and adventurous piece of music. Makes me want to hit to open road.” – David

 

“Little Saint Nick” by The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys - Little Saint Nick

“I think this is my favorite official Christmas Song. The only explanation is that the Beach Boys made it, and the Beach Boys are talented.” – Willie

 

“West Coast” by FIDLAR

FIDLAR - West Coast

“FIDLAR is one of my favorite bands to see live. When they play West Coast, I know it’s time for one of the best parts of the show: the all female mosh pit. I have friends who are too scared to mosh, but they never hold out for this one.” – Becca

 

“Hier kommt Alex” by Die Toten Hosen

Die Toten Hosen // „Hier kommt Alex“ [Offizielles Musikvideo]

“By an ’80s German punk band and about Alex DeLarge from A Clockwork Orange, this song is a fun one. It’s loud and in your face, but melodically satisfying.” – David

 

“Something American” by Jade Bird

Jade Bird - Something American (Live at Dreamland Studios, NY)

“Jade Bird is easily one of the strongest singers to emerge this year! Look to the line “back in time it feels so right” during the bridge if you don’t believe me. Another neat vocal moment is when she sings the word “now” at the end of the phrase “You don’t call me now.” She twirls her voice down the scale of notes so crisply, but with a rich roundness that’s so audibly appealing.” – Allie

 

“Uncomfortably Numb” by Butch Walker

Butch Walker - Uncomfortably Numb

“Reminiscing over the days when Butch would tour with American Hi-Fi as his backing band opening for gigs…lots of teenage memories here. The tempo and vocals blend so well together in this indie jam that features so many good elements.” – Jay

 

“Long Way Home” by Gareth Emery

Gareth Emery - Long Way Home [Official Video]

“This song gets me buzzing. Every. Single. Time. The synths, bass, and kick are flawless together.” – Jay

 

“Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Arr. Metcalfe)” by Ryuichi Sakamoto

Jess Gillam - Sakamoto: Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence (Arr. Metcalfe)

“A Christmas-adjacent song that is really just a beautiful sprawling work that succeeds in any of its instrumental treatments.” – Willie

 

“Hey Friend” by JEFF the Brotherhood

JEFF The Brotherhood - Hey Friend [Official Music Video]

“An air horn, then a two minute guitar solo, followed by the opening line “I’ve been thinking about your mom.” It’s hard to think of a song that starts in a way that’s as unique and refreshing as this one.” – Andrew

 

“Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Sidney Gish

Where the Sidewalk Ends

“She’s still in college at Northeastern but she’s matured way beyond her years as far as songwriting goes. This melody is sweet, airy perfection--add to that her adept lyricism and you’ve got something special.” – Andrew

 

“Every Time the Sun Comes Up” by Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten - Every Time the Sun Comes Up (Official Video)

“One of my favorite lyrics of 2019 is hidden away in this track. It sings “People say I’m a one-hit wonder / but what happens when i have two? / I washed your dishes/ but I shit in your bathroom.” I love that! Tell them how it is, Sharon”. – Allie

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