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Playboy Playlist: The 10 Best Songs of the Week

Playboy Playlist: The 10 Best Songs of the Week: Photography by Frank Ockenfels

Photography by Frank Ockenfels

It didn’t take long for the Coachella hangover to wear off. The days between the festival’s double-weekend schedules are the doldrums of the music world. Luckily, that means the subsequent week always promises a slew of new tunes. And with a deluge of Record Store Day releases concurring with Coachella’s second Saturday, we have plenty of goodies to share with you today…


FATHER JOHN MISTY – “NEVER BEEN A WOMAN”

Our Father who art in cynicism, shared a most moving song as the B-side of his heart-shaped Record Store Day 7-inch last weekend. And if you haven’t figured it out yet, we have a pretty serious man-crush on Mr. Misty.

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA – “CAN’T KEEP CHECKING MY PHONE”

From what we’ve heard thus far, Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s forthcoming Multi-Love LP will be their most kaleidoscopic to date. The album’s latest single, “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone” is a hand-clapping, infectiously funky jammer meant for a disco dance floor.

JUSTIN VERNON – “TIME GOES INSIDE OUT” (SPOON COVER)

If you’ve been wondering where Bon Iver’s been… evidently he’s in the forest playing a piano. Anyone surprised?

THEE OH SEES – “WITHERED HAND” & “THE CEILING”

Garage rock redeemers Thee Oh Sees shared two tracks this week. The first, “Withered Hand,” comes from their forthcoming LP Mutilator Defeated at Last and it packs a heated 70s hard-rock punch. The second, “The Ceiling,” is their contribution to the Joyful Noise compilation 50 Bands and a Cat for Indiana Equality. This one fits the mold of their prototypical acid-spiked fairytale.

DE LA SOUL FEAT. NAS – “GOD IT”

With their album’s Kickstarter campaign just passing $500K, the iconic hip-hop trio released a new track (that will not be included on the LP) featuring fellow legend Nas. The album, And the Anonymous Nobody, however, will boast its own handful of notable guest stars like Damon Albarn, David Byrne, 2 Chainz, and Little Dragon. Yeah, I thought “holy shit” when I typed that too…

WEEZER – “EVERYBODY NEEDS SALVATION”

What starts as a Rivers Cuomo piano ballad suddenly pops its lid and lets out a classic Weezer yell-along. The song was released exclusively to members of the band’s fan club (which apparently still exist), and it appears to be a leftover recording from their 2014 release Everything Will Be Alright in the End.

COURTNEY BARNETT – “CLOSE WATCH” (JOHN CALE COVER)

Like Father John Misty, Australia’s ass-kicking singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett released a Record Store Day exclusive 7-inch. Unlike Father John Misty, her’s includes a B-side cover of John Cale’s 1975 ballad. And if you haven’t heard Barnett’s latest LP Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, it’s undoubtedly one of the year’s best, so we’re also including Barnett’s latest video “Kim’s Caravan” just in case.

THE REPLACEMENTS – “WHOLE FOODS BLUES”

This is just too perfect.


Be sure to check out Playboy’s recent interview with acclaimed producer and Kanye collaborator Brodinski.

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