RPM Presents: Tunesday 6/11/19

RPM Presents: Tunesday 6/11/19


New hits, throwbacks, and two versions of “Blue Velvet”: this week’s Tunesday playlist has everything! Follow RPM’s team members on this week’s musical journey below:

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“Blue Velvet” by Lana Del Ray

Lana Del Rey - Blue Velvet (Official Video)

“The original version is from The Clovers, but it was Bobby Vinton who popularize it. In 2012, Lana Del Rey released another cover. She gives it a modern, romantic flare that allows listeners to transcend through years of musical history.” – Yisel


“Hanging By A Moment” by Lifehouse

Lifehouse - Hanging By A Moment

“Recently my roommate and I spent a rainy afternoon blaring our sound system to alternative rock throwbacks. We soon stumbled upon No Name No Face, Lifehouse’s debut album, and immediately were greeted with this classic tune. There is a unifying sound and emotion elicited in the heart of many 90s-2000s kids, and it’s these musical treats that keep these influential tunes swarming around our heads.” – Allie


“The River” by Aurora

AURORA - The River

“The lead song from her new album A Different Kind of Human (Step II), “The River” is Aurora’s model of perfection. A piece to dance and let the tears flow. Makes me feel part of a fairy circle.” – Yisel


“I Haven’t Been Taking Care of Myself” by Alex Lahey

Alex Lahey - I Haven't Been Taking Care of Myself (live at Splendour in the Grass 2018)

It’s been a while since I’ve been eating healthy and hitting the gym with the type of regularity that I’d like…this is feeling pretty relatable right now. I’m gonna use it as inspiration to kick me into gear.” – Alex Lahey


“Whoa is Me” by Grieves

Grieves - Whoa Is Me (Live on KEXP)

“This song is one of my favorites. The first time i heard it, I had headphones in and burst out laughing in the middle of an office. This track is that it’s about accepting that we’re all a mess and it doesn’t always to be fixed” – Becca


“Ghost” by Tiny Fireflies

Tiny Fireflies • Ghost

“Keeping up with the tranquil vibes, this is a sad song with a sense of solitude, but the synth pop vibes put an interesting sci-fi edge to it.” – Jay


“Mad Professor Captures Pato Banton” by Mad Professor & Pato Banton

Mad Professor Captures Pato Banton - 1988

“Dub producer Mad Professor “captures” singer Pato Banton in the opener to the album of the same name from 1985. It’s a wacky concept for an album, but so good. Can Pato Banton prove himself and escape the recording booth? Let’s find out.” – Willie


“Addikshun” by Kane and the Paraquat

Kane & Paraquat - Addikshun

“I’ve had this one on repeat for a while. I found it on a breakbeat compilation called Calling All The People, and it’s a standout for sure.” – Willie


“Adventures in Solitude” by The New Pornagraphers

The New Pornographers - Adventures In Solitude

“I’m realizing more and more lately how important this band is, especially as I get older. So many songs of theirs would work here, but I’m gonna pick this one that always gets me in the heartstrings.” – Andrew


“Blister In The Sun” by The Violent Femmes

Violent Femmes - Blister in the sun

“Violent Femmes put on one of my favorite shows I’ve ever seen. Whenever I hear this song, I smile in remembrance of how they took their instruments and performed while walking throughout the venue.” – Becca


“North American Scum” by LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem - North American Scum

“Say what you want to say about their hiatus and return, they still make groovy rock songs you can dance to, though this is one of my favorites from LCD Soundsystem before their disbandment.” – Jay


“Big Black Car” by Gregory Alan Isakov

“It has been a rainy, slightly dreary week here in Minneapolis, and I my musical pallet has reflected that. Gregory has always long been one of my top three favorite artists, and his tunes often find a way to perfectly fit my mood. This track is a special one to me, so it was only natural to make one of my rainy Tunesday selections.” – Allie


“In Camera” by Yumi Zouma

Yumi Zouma - In Camera (Official Video)

“I needed a Tunesday submission that balanced out the themes of my other two selections. I have been vibing pretty hard to this tune the past month. Again, I am such a sucker for driving bass lines, and groovy guitar riffs.” – Allie


“Day Gaunts” by Days n Daze

Days N' Daze - Day Gaunts

“While it’s not my go-to genre, Rouge Taxidermy is one of my favorite albums. When Whitney Flynn and Jesse Sendejas, the high school sweethearts and founders of Days N Daze broke up they made this album instead of calling it quits with the band. The album talks about their struggles with a few fun songs about crusty punk life. And yes, it is the smelliest concert I’ve ever been to.” – Becca


“Play” by Flunk

“I saw this on that teen soap opera show The OC, from way back, and it still seems to somehow trickle into my playlists of chill synth songs when I’m doing work or hanging out.” – Jay


“Smilin Days, Summer Holiday” by Fishmans

FISHMANS / Smilin' Days, Summer Holiday

“The only song anyone needs to listen to during the summer. I think anything by Fishmans fits the same mood, but this one is most explicit. For sitting in the sun and drinking a glass of ice water through a long straw.” – Willie

“Suggestion” by Fugazi

Fugazi - Suggestion

“Released back in 1988, “Suggestion” is a feminist song about women being seen just as an object of desire. Back in the ’80s, Fugazi vocalist Ian MacKaye used to have a woman from the public come onto the stage to sing this piece. Sadly, the lyrics still ring true: “Why can’t I walk down a street free of suggestion?” – Yisel


“Light Years” by The National

The National - 'Light Years'

“My favorite song of The National’s new album is its last one. While “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks” is still their best album ender, this one is gorgeous and harkens back to the Boxer days.” – Andrew


“Blue Velvet” by Bobby Vinton

Bobby Vinton ~ Blue Velvet (1963)

“I found this song while watching David’s Lynch film of the same name. Apparently, Lynch thought the song captured the mood of the film ( this might be debatable if you’ve seen the film).  Anyhow, I still enjoy this song very much, it has that ’50s pop sound that seems so overly amorous.” – Yisel



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