The beginning of the new year has turned out to be pretty great in terms of new music, and this past week was no exception. Courtney Barnett released a new single and announced her upcoming solo album for May. Meanwhile, Car Seat Headrest and Born Ruffians had entire full-length records that came out on Friday.
I’ve highlighted multiple tracks from Car Seat Headrest recently, so I’ve gone ahead and skipped adding a track by them this week. However, Born Ruffians and Courtney Barnett are highlighted in this week’s playlist, alongside Sufjan Stevens, Young the Giant, Khalid, and 15 other artists.
Have you heard that recently released Black Panther soundtrack yet? The one that Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg Entertainment curated 14 new tracks for, featuring the likes of SZA, Future, Khalid, and a slew of other great artists? Yeah, it’s pretty damn good, so go right now and check it out!
When you’ve returned from listening to that record, you’ll find that one of the featured tracks on the Jukebox this week comes from said soundtrack, but we’ve also added a number of brand new singles from other artists like MGMT, Kero Kero Bonito, and Car Seat Headrest. As always, there’s another 16 tracks on the playlist, making for a grand total of 20 awesome songs all compiled in one place for your listening convenience.
SALES jumped into my indie rock playlist in 2016 with the release of their self-titled debut LP. They’re the kind of band that I could listen to while casually doing homework, because the beats and vocals are just soft enough to be chill but also still upbeat enough to be considered rock music. SALES is the epitome of coffee-table-wine-on-a-Wednesday-night type of music.
According to their bio on Spotify, SALES is described as “[creating] low-key but engaging music that marries lo-fi sensibility to a spare but evocative melodic approach.” The dynamic duo consists of Lauren Morgan and Jordan Shih, who (anecdote) first met when they took the same Latin class in high school. Who ever said Latin is a dead language? By listening to their music, I get the feeling that the two of them are very much on the same page; perhaps, they have an inseparable musical bond.
So last week’s big release was Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods, but really, does anyone care?
Instead, Jake and I have added our own favorite releases from the past few weeks and beyond (we apologize for missing the deadline last Tuesday), including new tracks from The Voidz and Albert Hammond, Jr., as well as other recent releases including the likes of BROCKHAMPTON and Charli XCX.
Outside of those, we have another 16 tracks that round out our 20-song playlist, so there’s got to be a little something for everyone.
Here on the Jet Fuel Jukebox, we’re ringing in the New Year with lists! Below you can explore an expansive record of our favorite songs of the year, before coming back tomorrow to read all about our respective Top 10 Albums of 2017, which Jake and I have absolutely pored over.
And while the albums list will be exactly what you expect if you’ve read our previous entries, we’ve actually done things a bit differently for the songs list this year. In year’s past, Jake and I would simply choose our own 25 favorite songs and slap them together into one fine playlist with no rhyme or reason as to where the tracks landed. It worked, but missing from it was a cohesion of both our musical tastes.
Anyone still awake? Probably not. Oh well. We’re still going to put this brand new Jukebox up right now!
This will be our last regularly scheduled playlist of the year. We’re going to take a few weeks off until the very end of the year, when we will be publishing a special Top 50 Songs of 2017 Jukebox, along with our respective Top 10 Albums of 2017 lists. So be sure to check back in then for more lists featuring great music!
For now, though, Jake and I have 20 new tracks for y’all to try out, including new tracks from BROCKHAMPTON, MGMT, Charli XCX, and Sufjan Stevens.