Heavy Rotation

There’s nothing like sharing music with your friends. Here we go with our editors’ favorite picks of the tunes we can’t stop spinning. What are you listening to?

The Growlers WILD music
The Growlers by Jack Coleman

Kate Messinger, arts editorÂ
The Growlers / Wet Dreams
I love voices that sound like scratched records. I love men with patchy, almost there facial hair. I love wet dreams and I love The Growlers. This song makes me want to go into a secret sex cave and hibernate until springtime, but since I have a job and can’t go more than 3 hours without eating something, I’ll just play it on repeat and make a fort in my bedroom.


Emily Kirkpatrick, fashion editor
The Sonics / Psycho
“Psycho” has been my favorite song since high school when I first heard it on a Mojo Magazine garage rock mix tape. I was sure I’d uncovered the height of underground cool and was quick to try to persuade all my friends that controlled screaming was preferable to singing any day of the week. When I recently found this video of the song paired with a sixties go-go dancer doing her thing, I fell in love all over again.

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band / Bad Dancer
Yoko Ono’s video for her new song “Bad Dancer” finally provides an anti-wWllflower anthem for me and my fellow mediocre movers and shakers. Packed with a surprising assortment of celebrities, the video will have you enthusiastically shouting out names of your favorite stars to a maniacally catchy techno beat. Yoko’s two-left feet track is simple, silly pop at its finest and just might persuade you to leave that chair behind and start shimmying towards the dance floor.


Bianca Ozeri, managing editor
Plastic Little / Brooklyn
This is not on my list of heavily rotated songs but it is on my list of hilarious/genius songs that put me in a good mood that I wish I could take more seriously so that I could listen to them all the time: i.e. “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton.

FKA Twigs /Â Water Me
It has taken me a long time to appreciate electronic music. I’m not sure I really do yet. It still doesn’t move me the way a guitar or a cello can. But I’ve recently, to my own surprise, been playing a ton of it in my apartment. For every one time I listen to a song, I listen to “Water Me” five. If people were sounds, I think I’d like to sound like this.


Michelle Chung, contributing writer
Banks / Waiting Game [Kaytranada edit]
Kaytranada’s signature bass-heavy sound pairs so well with Banks’ sultry chords. I love how he switches up the bass line and synth riffs.


Hillary Sproul, contributing editor
Chris & Cosey / October Love SongÂ
I DJ a lot and, after hearing the music I generally play, my friend Erik Snyder of the band Drowners couldn’t believe I’d never listened to Chris & Cosey before. The members are previously of the band Throbbing Gristle. I’ve been listening to them nonstop since he recommended it.


Claire Voon, contributing writer
Molly Drake / I remember
Many people know of Nick Drake and his delicate, acoustic songs, but it wasn’t until earlier this year that music label Squirrel Thing Recordings released a series of tracks by his mother, Molly Drake. The collection of soft, piano ballads is her personal poetry, warm and enveloping as a fire lit in a homely log cabin—and made even more romantic by the fact that they were recorded over sixty years ago in the Drake family home.


Giovanna Badilla, editor in chief
Suede / Beautiful Ones
For some strange reason this song just popped in my head the other day and since then I have been listening to Suede again. I was never a big Suede fan, but must say that I love this song as it embodies my late 90s in London years so well. Back then I had a boyfriend who was a huge fan, he and his metrosexual looking friends would all hang at this underground club on Regents street where they would only play Suede, Pulp, and Bowie. It wasn’t really for me then, as I was more into trip hop, but I can really appreciate it today.


Blaine Skrainka, senior editor
The Velvet Underground / Live at Max’s Kansas City
I’ve loved the VU since high school when my best friend clarified that the Lou Reed-fronted NYC staple was in fact not the insufferable, worst-image-I-have-of-L.A. Velvet Revolver. In similar, but less harmful, confusion, it also took me sometime to realize that Max’s Kansas City was not actually in my home state of Missouri. Alas, the posthumous celebration of Lou continues; be sure to read Patti Smith’s poignant note on his passing.

And my honorable mentions: Arcade Fire, Sam Cooke, Wet, King Krule, the Fish Tank soundtrack, Haim, Mount Kimbie, London Grammar, Washed Out, The National, Robin Bacior, Devendra Banhart, Waxahatchee.

text by: The WILD

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