Growing up, it seemed like somebody or other was always scolding you for being too loud— whether it was your grandfather telling you to pipe down at dinner, or your folks critiquing your new look during that punk phase. But you know what? “Loud” gets a bad rap. Loud isn’t something to be afraid of— Loud is the Rolling Stones coming through on the airwaves. Loud is kids at a war protest in Washington D.C. Loud is the volume of revolution, and of revolutions-per-minute. So, yes, maybe these special edition Record Store Day desert boots by Clarks are a little loud. But so are you— all the best things are. Get them in Clarks stores while they last— pick ‘em up on your way to go flick through vinyl because, hey, brick & mortar is sorta what Record Store Day is about.
February means two things: bone-chilling weather, and heartwarming valentines. Whether you’re on the corporate love-bus or not, we’ve rounded up some tracks that’ll help you stop singing those wintertime blues…unless, of course, that’s how you prefer to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Like any heritage enthusiasts worth their salt, we know that it’s just not the holidays without those traditional songs— Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby—but somewhere between Black Friday and December 24th, we go a little stir-crazy with the classics and feel the need to bust out some new favorites in order to stay sane. Below are our favorite modern and alternative holiday jams— think of them as your musical lifeline during this most wonderful (and most stressful) time of the year.
We’re not going to insult your intelligence by telling you for the billionth time how much we love fall. This month, we’re particularly enamored with songs that have a bit of that smokey, sultry, spooky vibe that makes autumn the best part of the year.
What’s summer without a road trip? We spent a few days in the Windy City soaking up some tunes, beer, and (a little too much) sun. Here’s our August Playlist, masquerading as a Not-To-Miss list representing some of the acts at Lollapalooza.
It may only be March, but you know how we get— give us one sunny, seventy-degree day and we’re already dreaming of long nights with the windows down. So, in the spirit of seriously jumping the gun, here are a handful of sticky-sweet, sultry, and just plain ecstatic tracks that’ll last you well into summertime.
Well, it’s February, and what’s more, Valentine’s Day is fast-approaching. Whether your take on this particular holiday is cynical, joyful, nostalgic, or somewhere in between, we’ve got some tunes to get you through the candy-heart sugar rush…and some to get you through the rest of the month, too.
Whether you have big travel plans for the new year (Cut Copy), big personal improvement plans (Peter Fox), or you “do not believe in the new year anymore” (Los Campesinos!) and just want to survive it (Mountain Goats), we hope that these songs will start your year off on the right foot…and provide for you all through January.