A Playlist That Will Take You From Iced Coffee to Cocktails
It’s a playlist to transition you from the iced coffee hour to the cocktail hour. It’s your Friday night pregame playlist. It’s heavy on Beck (which should be expected given that my ringtone is Beck’s “Debra”). It’s got some songs our kids love but that might not exactly be kid-appropriate (21 Savage’s “A Lot”). It’s got Karen O and the return of Andre 3000 and Beyonce with a marching band and a brass band cover of a well-known ‘80s song. Really it has everything.
This is a playlist of what we’ve been listening to in our house this month. It starts out mellow (I really love the opening song by Maverick Sabre). The next song, “Sisyphus” by Andrew Bird’s has been stuck in my head for months (something about that whistle). Plus it makes me feel smart, because (a) I know who Sisyphus is, and (b) he rhymes Sisyphus with “precipice.” Pretty clever.
We have also been patiently awaiting the new Vampire Weekend album Father of the Bride, which finally comes out this Friday but feels like it was announced years ago—recent single “This Life” is an early highlight. In addition, there are some bangers by some up-and-coming artists like Billie Eilish, Maggie Rogers, and IDER. Christy was slow to come around to Billie Eilish, but to me she sounds like the future of music, taking some of Kanye’s most out-there ideas and making it palatable for the millennials. We even caught her set at Coachella (on YouTube, from the comfort of our couch, of course).
There are some Christy Picks (she’s been open about her love of Post Malone’s “Wow;” she was also early on the new Anderson .Paak and Rubblebucket tracks) and some Zach Picks (“Offence” and “Mirrors” are two of my most-played tracks this year). Little Sadie said “A Lot” is “her faaaaavorite.” We also watched Beyonce’s new special, Homecoming, with Jack, which was, um, educational, but he really likes the live versions of her Lemonade songs like “Don’t Hurt Yourself” as well as “Mirror” by IDER.
Go ahead and crank this playlist on Friday afternoon, as you are sipping something caffeinated and trying to make it through the last few hours of work before the weekend begins. And know that, somewhere, I’ll be listening to the same songs, getting ready to toast to Friday night.
P.S. Here are five more songs for a weekend vibe.