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November 30, 2016 12:44 PM PST

Last I Heard — Flesh Panthers

Flesh Panthers are an excellent secret of Chicago’s rock n roll scene, who have played shows with our boys The Orwells. You should definitely check out their fantastic 2016 album “Willow’s Weep,” which this track is from. 

Ain’t It Funky Now — Jimmy McGriff

You know we love the funky 1970s deep cuts — Jimmy McGriff is no exception. 

La Fat Fur — Connan Mockasin & Devonté Hynes

We were already big fans of Devonté Hynes’ project Blood Orange, and we love this unique collaboration he did with New Zealand-born psychedelic pop artist Connan Mockasin. 

Fig in Leather — Devendra Banhart

Venezualan-American Devendra Banhart makes some of the most unique genre-blending indie music today. We love this upbeat track from his latest album.
No Tears to Cry — Paul Weller

The former leader of The Jam, one of Great Britain’s premier rock acts in the 70s and 80s, comes back with his own grandiose rock n roll. 

Summer Madness S.A. — Karriem Riggins

Talented multi-instrumentalist and producer Karriem Riggins effortlessly blends jazz, hip-hop and more in his unique work. 

Words to My Song — Dry Bread

Dig this dark and funky deep cut from Cyril “Dry Bread” Ferguson. 

Breathing Underwater — The Barbaras

The Barbaras are a fantastic lost surf-punk gem from Memphis, who worked to record their music with influential rocker Jay Reatard before his untimely death in 2010, with the result that only one album of tracks (discovered posthumously in his archives) was ever released. 

Endless Talk — Wild Flag

Wild Flag was a short-lived rock supergroup made up of members of Sleater-Kinney and others, led by Carrie Brownstein (if you don’t know her from music, you know her from Portlandia!)

If I Had a Hammer — Billy Preston

Legendary organist and Beatles collaborator covers this American classic (originally by Pete Seeger) in a groovy instrumental way.

October 24, 2016 12:57 PM PDT

Buddy — The Orwells

It’s been too long since the world at large got to hear The Orwells’ new tunes — they’re back, buddy. 

Hourglass — Rodrigo Amarante

Brazilian singer-songwriter Rodrigo Amarante opened for Angel Olsen here in Chicago recently, playing haunting music in multiple languages. 

The Palisades — Childish Gambino feat. Christian Rich

We’re a big fan of the multi-talented Childish Gambino, aka actor and comedian Donald Glover. 

Heaven and Hell — William Onyeabor

“His name is William Onyeabor, he’s from the 70s” — so goes a line in “Not What I Needed” by another Whiskey & Bananas artist, Car Seat Headrest. This pioneering Nigerian funk-synth master creates haunting, groovy melodies.

Baby When I Close My Eyes — Sweet Spirit

Austin, Texas-based Sweet Spirit brings a sweeping, grandiose rock sound along the lines of acts like Florence + The Machine.
To Binge — Gorillaz feat. Little Dragon

Gorillaz, and another Whiskey & Bananas favorite Little Dragon, are masters of blending genres like pop and hip-hop to create entirely new sounds. We can’t get enough. 

Going Up the Country — Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

When you first hear this song, you could swear it was some classic recording from the 50s. But nope — it was made in 2009 by a group of British teenage siblings. Who woulda thought? 

Right On — Boogaloo Joe Jones

Get your retro jazz fix with Boogaloo Joe Jones. 

Walk a Mile — Holly Golightly

We remembered Holly Golightly from not just Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but as a guest vocalist at the end of The White Stripes’ 2003 album “Elephant” — with an impressive collection of solo work. 

Quiet Whiskey — Wynonie Harris

Whiskey — you just never know what it’s gonna do. We love this upbeat classic for obvious reasons.

September 15, 2016 08:56 AM PDT

Lonely Jones — Post Animal

We’re big fans of Chicago’s Post Animal, who opened for The Orwells during a weekend of local shows, features actor Joe Keery of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” and creates cool blends of pop and psych-tinged indie rock. 

Am I Wrong — Anderson Paak (feat. ScHoolboy Q)

Our Chief Creative Officer Matt Reinhard is a huge fan of Anderson Paak — we think you will be too if you haven’t heard him yet! 

New Song — Warpaint

The ladies of Warpaint are back with an aptly titled “New Song,” and we’re pretty psyched to hear the rest of the new album.
Watcha Workin It Fa — New Breed Brass Band (feat. 5th Ward Weebie)

Matt caught this great jazz-funk band playing on the street in New Orleans (where he also took this month’s playlist cover photo) and we can’t get enough. 

Gimme Some Truth — John Lennon

One of John Lennon’s slightly lesser-known political songs that still sounds all too familiar this election cycle. 

I Know You Got Soul — Eric B. & Rakim

We’re throwing it back to the late 80s with this early hip-hop classic from Eric B. & Rakim.

Ladies Don’t Play Guitar — Tennis

We’re excited to see indie pop-rock duo Tennis continuing to evolve their unique sound with new music. 

La belle et le bad boy — Mc Solaar

It wouldn’t be Whiskey & Bananas without a cool song that’s entirely en français. 

Annie — Neon Indian

Denton, Texas-originating Neon Indian’s catchy, danceable electronic indie pop is hard to get out of your head — but why would you want to?

The Less I Know The Better — Tame Impala
Tame Impala’s excellent album “Currents” came out last summer, but we’re still jamming hard.

August 01, 2016 11:34 AM PDT

Feeling Free — Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators

We’re loving this retro R&B/soul group of American-born Nicole Willis, based in Helsinki, Finland. 

Half Moon — Janis Joplin

Can’t go wrong with some lost Janis classics. 

Naked Eye — Luscious Jackson

Hard to believe it’s been 20 years since this alt-rock gem landed. 

Shut Up Kiss Me — Angel Olsen

We’ve featured Angel Olsen on a Whiskey & Bananas playlist a while back, but she’s too amazing not to include her new music here — we couldn’t be more excited about her new album coming out in the fall. 

End Of The World — Anika

An off-kilter, Nico-esque reimagingining of the Skeeter Davis classic.

Sail Away Ladies — Odetta

No one did it better than the legendary Odetta. 

The Girl from Detroit City — Suzi Quatro

70s glam rock wunderkind & “Happy Days” actress Suzi Quatro reflects on her Detroit roots. 

Heartbreak — Spike & the Sweet Spots

This cover of a Shannon & The Clams original by local Chicago retro rock n rollers Spike & the Sweet Spots harkens back to a different era with stunning vocals. 

Lady Scarface — Lydia Lunch

One of the original NYC punk pioneers, Lydia Lunch goes cabaret in this hidden gem. 

Spare Me Fetzer’s Blues — Caitlin Rose

Young Nashville singer Caitlin Rose captures some of the best vibes that country music can offer.

June 29, 2016 10:22 AM PDT

Moth to the Flame — Chairlift

Get into the holiday weekend mood with this upbeat indie pop song. 

Let’s Dance — Ramones

The Ramones take on the 60s dance classic.

Lipslap — Kero Kero Bonito

This Japanese pop-inspired project from London is on fire — can’t wait to check them out in Chicago this fall. 

I’ll Be Loving You — The King Khan & BBQ Show

The retro rock n roll duo The King Khan & BBQ Show makes you feel like dancing and that it’s 1958 again. 

Betty — Pom Poms

Talk about retro — this new pop project from LA is bringing the classic vibes hard, and we’re digging it. 

Dia Ja Manche — Dionisio Maio

Legend has it, in 1968 a ship carrying keyboards and synthesizers disappeared en route from Baltimore to South America, and reappeared on a small island in Africa covered in cosmic space particles, changing the course of African dance music. It’s pretty groovy. (https://analogafrica.bandcamp.com/album/space-echo-the-mystery-behind-the-cosmic-sound-of-cabo-verde-finally-revealed

I Couldn’t Spell !!*@! — Sam the Sham & The Pharoahs

Even copywriters know sometimes there aren’t enough words for when someone breaks your heart — and this deep cut from 60s pop-rock group puts it to song. 

Bang Bang — Betty Chung

Hong Kong singer Betty Chung covered this Nancy Sinatra classic in Mandarin in the 60s.

Far Away Eyes — The Rolling Stones

Run a few red lights (not really) in honor of this Stones semi-deep cut, a mainstay of quiet classic rock radio afternoons. 

U.F.O. — Jim Sullivan

If the cosmic African synths of Dionisio Maio’s earlier track didn’t carry you away, let Jim Sullivan’s “U.F.O.”

Keep listening for the 4th of July holiday track…

May 26, 2016 02:30 PM PDT

Move On Up — Curtis Mayfield

Kicking things off with this uplifting soul classic. 

Straight Up And Down — The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Hard to say no to retro British Invasion-style rock from one of the top indie bands of the past 20 years. 

Long Time Now — The Ethiopians

Reggae ska always puts a smile on our face, how about you?

Don’t Want to Say Good-Bye — Cut Worms

Despite the retro sound, Cut Worms is a fresh project from formerly Chicago-based musician Max Clarke, now of Brooklyn. Definitely one to watch.

The Seed (2.0) — The Roots, Cody Chesnutt

A catchy modern rap-funk-soul classic from the legendary Roots. 

Ram On — Paul McCartney

An early gem from Paul’s first solo years. 

Let ’em Say — Lizzo, Caroline Smith

Minneapolis-based artists Lizzo and Caroline Smith collaborated on this upbeat modern soul-pop track that was recently featured in the season 3 premiere of “Broad City.”

Money — The Flying Lizards

A classic in the advertising game. 

100 Million — Charlie Hilton

Portland-based Charlie Hilton recently opened for our Chicago favorites Whitney, playing gorgeously hypnotic indie folk-rock. 

Dancing Time — The Funkees

Nigerian afro-rock group The Funkees are a hidden gem from the late 1960s.

April 21, 2016 12:26 PM PDT

Land Lobster — The Bingers

Chicago’s own retro-inspired garage rockers The Bingers have been landing their tunes in everything lately, from James Franco films to ads for Veuve Clicquot and HUF skateboard apparel. 

Bones — Michael Kiwanuka

British soul musician Michael Kiwanuka channels decades of soul, rock and R&B inspiration into his music. 

All Your Yeahs — Beach House

We’re looking forward to seeing indie dream pop band Beach House back in Chicago for the Pitchfork Music Festival this summer. 

Kachina Doll — Teenage Cool Kids

Before Parquet Courts came around, there was bandleader Andrew Savage’s Denton, Texas-originating Teenage Cool Kids, with similarly excellent Americana post-punk rock. 

Time Away from Home — Summer Salt

These mellow retro-pop/indie rockers are from Austin, Texas and recently played a show in Chicago with The Walters (friends of The Orwells). 

Hey Bulldog — The Beatles

This wonderfully underplayed rocking gem from the “Yellow Submarine” soundtrack is always a treat to stumble upon. 

The Slider — Ty Segall

King of California punk fuzz Ty Segall recently released an album of all T. Rex covers that rock incredibly hard. 

Heart Don’t Know — Jimmy Whispers

Jimmy Whispers is one of the Chicago indie scene’s most interesting musicians and exciting performers today, recently making a splash in Europe. 

Deep Web — Magic Potion

It’s always fun to stumble across great European indie music like Magic Potion from Stockholm, Sweden. 

El Loco Cha Cha Cha — René Touzet

Those familiar chords at the beginning were in fact the inspiration for “Louie Louie” in the 50s.

March 31, 2016 09:10 AM PDT

Gardenia — Iggy Pop

The king of punk is still alive and well, with this new album produced by Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age.

Davey Crockett — Hinds

Hinds were an absolute standout of SXSW — four young women from Madrid playing extremely catchy rock n roll (tirelessly, across 15+ showcases during the week). They’re poised to blow up huge.

Make Me Wanna Die — White Reaper

White Reaper are a group of wildly energetic punk rockers from Kentucky who played in Chicago at a DIY show with The Orwells last summer and had the Chicago rock scene hanging at every show in Austin.

The Greatest — KING

This all-female indie R&B group played at Stereogum’s SXSW party prior to some Chicago groups, with a hypnotic style echoing the best of the 80s and 90s.

Vroom Vroom — Charli XCX

The rising queen of indie Brit pop has reimagined her style to be more sparse and edgy with this eclectic pop track.

Aquellos Ojos — Mujeres

Can’t get enough of this timeless rock n roll sound in Spanish.

Won’t You Just Wish Me Luck — Croy and the Boys

Get those tissues handy — this up-and-coming country group from Austin brings that classic heartwrenching country style to 2016.

I Will Miss The Jasmine — Shannon and the Clams

West Coast-based Shannon and the Clams wholeheartedly embody modern-retro rock n roll style.

Home — BJ the Chicago Kid

This hot new rapper speaks about the problems and love of home — our city, Chicago.

Something Soon — Car Seat Headrest

The indie rock scene of Chicago and Austin was buzzing about Car Seat Headrest’s dark and compelling sound across their SXSW showcases.

February 16, 2016 08:41 AM PST

Le Coeur Au Bout Des Doigts – Jacqueline Taieb

Who can resist retro French songs? We can’t!

Suckcess – Michael Rault

Michael Rault is an up-and-coming, retro-style garage rocker from Canada who played a few great shows in Chicago recently.

Windowpane – Mild High Club

This Chicago/Los Angeles group creates groovy, trippy tunes that make it feel like the 70s all over again.

School – Frankie Cosmos

The daughter of actors Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates, Greta Kline aka Frankie Cosmos is making quite a splash in the indie world with her lo-fi music.

Synth Song – The Symposium

Elmhurst, Illinois natives The Symposium are making the music we wanted The Strokes to keep making after their first couple albums.

Master Splinter – Heaters

This Grand Rapids, Michigan-based group creates a haunting, modern take on 60s psych and rock n roll.

Get Ready – Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

A great jazz-based take on the Temptations classic.

Ace of Spades – Link Wray

It seems like the guitar icon and rock pioneer never made a bad song.

Catamaran – Allah-Las

The Allah-Las instantly transport you to a far-off indie rock beach.

Psychotic Reaction – Count Five

A 60s garage rock classic.

January 20, 2016 10:20 AM PST

When It Comes To You – Dead Ghosts

The garage rock revolution continues with this great group from Vancouver, Canada.

100 Days, 100 Nights – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings exist in a timeless space of great music.

Most Wanted – Cults

Cults’ incredibly catchy indie pop would be flooding the airwaves in our ideal world.

So Destroyed – Prince Rama

Is it world music? Rock? Pop? Psychedelic? This song is all of that and more.

Lady Luck – Richard Swift

Richard Swift combines retro soul style with a modern touch.

She Ain’t Mine – Yoko and the Oh No’s

Yoko and the Oh No’s are a rising young Chicago rock band that blends the glam showmanship of frontman Max Goldstein with down-home blues and rock grooves. Keep an eye on these kids, they’re going somewhere!

No Woman – Whitney

Whitney is a new Chicago band to watch, made up of former members of indie darlings Smith Westerns and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, with a modern country-soul sound.

Ashes to Ashes – Alan Jenkins

Dig this far-out instrumental cover of the David Bowie space classic – which we chose just prior to his recent passing. Goodbye to one of the greats.

I Am Trying to Break Your Heart – JC Brooks and The Uptown Sound

A Chicago band covering another Chicago band, but with a twist.

Cinnamon – Cullen Omori

The first single from the former Smith Westerns frontman’s new solo project.

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