July Spotify Playlist of the Month


Coming back at you in July with another big-time playlist. This month features 65 fresh jams from the likes of Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Read More

Newport Folk Fest 2017: Highlights


Newport Folk and its now-veteran booker Jay Sweet has proven itself to fans year after year. This year, the festival asked us to trust. Read More

August + September 2017 Spotify Playlist of the Month


After a month long hiatus we are back with 75 fresh ones from Covey, Mondo Cozmo, Mr Jukes, Ted Leo, Dwight & Nicole, Grizzly Read More

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November Spotify Playlist of the Month

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M&T Spotify Playlist of the Month November 2015

This month’s playlist features M&T favorites like Rah Rah, David Wax Museum, and French Horn Rebellion along with Boston and Brooklyn locals like Long Time, Tall Heights, Photocomfort, Big Eater, and Pavo Pavo, not to mention the epic comebacks of ELO and Bloc Party.

Check out all those artists and more on the full playlist below and remember to subscribe for new tunes every month.

October Spotify Playlist of the Month

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Maimed & Tamed Spotify Playlist of the Month October 2015

It’s October which means everyone you loathe and despise in the world will be sharing apple picking, pumpkin spice latte filled photos all over your social media feeds, but have no fear we’ve got 40 new jams to take your mind off of your friends’ cringeworthy online behavior.

This month we’ve got freshies from Gardens & Villa, Swimm, Teen Daze, David Berkeley, Level & Tyson (our new favorite Scandinavian pop band), Stars (who put on one of the best shows of the year last week in Williamsburg), and many many more.

Check out all those artists and more on the full playlist below and remember to subscribe for new tunes every month.

September Spotify Playlist of the Month

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Maimed & Tamed Spotify Playlist of the Month September 2015

We’ve been so hard at work on the Cross Country Songbook that we nearly didn’t have enough time to compile and complete our September Spotify playlist, but better late than never right? Plus the wait will be much shorter now for more new tunes in October. You’re welcome.

This month’s playlist features some familiar faces like Big Scary and Rayland Baxter, a new favorite in Mise (who we were lucky enough to catch in Seattle a few weeks back), and of course some local Boston picks from Box of Birds, Funeral Advantage, and Infinity Girl.

Check out all those artists and more on the full playlist below and remember to subscribe for new tunes every month.

Cross Country Songbook: The 101

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Cross Country Songbook: The 101

If you’re traveling from Seattle to San Francisco there’s no better way to do it than the 101. It might be quicker to take the inland route, but the vistas you’ll find along the Oregon coast are more than worth it. With the Pacific Ocean as your constant companion, throw this playlist on and enjoy the view, but make sure you don’t take your eyes off the road for too long.

Deep Sea Diver – “One By One”

If you’re making this trek down from the Pacific Northwest chances are you’ll come across the music of Jessica Dobson, the former Shins and Beck guitarist whose work as Deep Sea Diver provides the perfect segue from the Puget Sound to the Pacific Ocean.

Pacific Air – “Float”

I’ll let the artist and song names do all the talking for this one.

Millionyoung – “Hammock”

A wistful indie-pop jam to carry you into the mountains and along the winding roads of the Oregon coast.

Clive Tanaka y su orquestra – “Neu Chicago :: Side A :: For Dance”

The steel drums and floating synths set the scene for a beachside pit stop along the highway.

Pearl Jam – “Given To Fly”

Here the playlist takes a turn to capture the ruggedness of the coastline. Whenever I listen to this song I always imagine Eddie Vedder standing on a cliff above the ocean, the wind blowing through his beautiful man-mane, and the waves crashing high up on the rocks as he belts out the lyrics to this epic late-90s classic. And now you will too.

The Long Winters – “The Commander Thinks Aloud”

Though the lyrics are quite tragic (inspired by the fateful descent of the Space Shuttle Columbia and detailed in one of my favorite episodes of the Song Exploder podcast), the music is airy yet powerful in a way that matches the scenery for most of this drive.

Woods – “Moving to the Left”

After pulling yourself out of the emotional journey of the previous song, relax and let these beautiful guitar melodies bounce around your head while you contemplate the coastline.

Funeral Advantage – “Gardensong”

It wouldn’t be an oceanside sunset drive without lots of reverb right?

Here We Go Magic – “Over The Ocean”

Where ‘Given To Fly’ captures the power and frenetic energy of the coast, Luke Temple and co. encapsulate its serenity and peacefulness.

Mulatu Astake – “Ené Alantchie Alnorem”

As the sun meets the horizon line after a long day of driving, let the breezy flutes and whimsical soundscape of this tune whisk all your worries into the ocean.

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Cross Country Songbook: Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks

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Cross Country Songbook: Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Glacier National Parks

Last week we covered a lot of ground following our excursion through the Southwest and the National Parks of Utah. Traveling from Moab, UT up through Jackson, WY and into Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks we saw quite a stark change in landscape from the bleak canyons of red rock to the alpine evergreen forests filled with crisp mountain air. Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks are two of the most inspiring places I have ever visited in my life, and it’s no wonder that the former was the catalyst for creating the whole National Park Service. The sheer size of the park alone is a thing to behold and within each corner of its boundaries there are completely different ecosystems and scenery to discover and admire. We tried our best to capture the essence of those parks through the songs below, but if you haven’t had the opportunity to visit either park they should certainly be on every traveler’s bucket list. Make sure to subscribe to the full playlist below and follow along as we continue our cross country journey.

Modest Mouse – “Blame It On The Tetons”

Our drive through Grand Teton was brief, but also quite eventful. Not far past the entry gate we spied a coyote deep in a field of tall grass pulling apart a fresh kill for dinner. I’m guessing whatever animal it was that had fallen prey to the coyote would certainly agree with Isaac Brock in blaming its pitfalls on those pesky Tetons.

Jonathan Wilson – “Ballad of the Pines”

Even though we woke up in sub-30 degree weather at Yellowstone’s Bridge Bay Campground, putting this one on as we drove around Yellowstone Lake watching the sun rise made us completely forget the cold night air and focus on the beauty all around us in the park.

Fleet Foxes – “Meadowlarks”

I didn’t see any meadowlarks in my time at Yellowstone, nor do I know if Robin Pecknold has ever set foot in the park, but while exploring the northwest corner of the park in the early morning I couldn’t help but think that the Fleet Foxes frontman must have penned this one on a similar sunrise drive through the Lamar Valley.

Rich Aucoin – “Always The Same”

The build up and eventual climax of this song are the perfect accompaniment to driving along winding roads as you climb up and up into the heart of Yellowstone and finally reaching one of the parks may many awe-inspiring vistas. If you can ignore the irony of the song’s title as you explore the ever-changing landscapes of the park then this one will really boost your excitement for adventure.

Okkervil River – “The Rise”

Another song whose swirling strings and harmonies embody the constant fluctuations of Yellowstone’s terrain, “The Rise” is especially a great fit to go along with your exploration of the Norris Geyser Basin.

Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell – “Coyote”

For the wilder parts of Yellowstone– We knew as soon as we heard this song earlier in the summer that it would end up somewhere in the Cross Country Songbook and it found a perfect home alongside Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley where the park’s wildlife is most abundant (coyotes included of course).

The Rural Alberta Advantage – “The Build”

Though The RAA hail from our neighbor to the north, they sure do a wonderful job of encapsulating the adventure and romance of exploring America and imagining what it was like for some of the early preservationists who first explored these parks in the pre-NPS era.

Sigur Ros – ” Glosoli”

Put this on while you admire the Lower Falls of Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon and during your visit to the Canyon’s Grand View Point on the North Rim and you’ll be guaranteed to have your breath taken away.

Mogwai – “Death Rays”

Sometimes words can’t describe natural beauty so that’s why we let the powerful guitars of Mogwai do the talking and help to capture the majesty and grandeur of the mountains and landscape within Glacier National Park.

Yo La Tengo – “Green Arrow”

After a long trek through three National Parks in four days, this Yo La Tengo tune soundtracked our comedown from the high of taking in so much of America’s natural beauty in such a short period of time.

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Cross Country Songbook: The American Southwest + Utah Parks

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Cross Country Songbook: Southwest + Utah ParksTraveling through the American Southwest then up to Denver and Moab offers some of the most interesting landscape I’ve ever seen. Driving from Dallas to Santa Fe there is a whole lot of nothing, and when I say nothing I mean no gas stations, no houses, not even any cattle or cowboys like you see in the movies. Santa Fe to Denver is a stark contrast from the bleakness of North Texas, but after a long drive curving through the mountains, the straight highways and city lights of Denver can be a welcoming sign. And then there’s Moab and its two National Parks— Arches and Canyonlands, the natural beauty of each being quite the sight to behold. Over our nearly week-long journey from Dallas to Moab we listened to plenty of tunes, but we picked only the best set of tunes to share, all of which were inspired by different parts of the trip. Luckily I also had Caroline, Jeff, and Kyle from the M&T crew along for different stretches of the drive to keep me company, and of course help curate this playlist. Make sure to subscribe to the full playlist below and follow along as we continue our cross country journey.

Band Of Horses – “The First Song”

Band Of Horses is essential for any driving playlist, but the sweeping slide guitar and vocals of “The First Song” immediately came to mind as soon as we made it out of Dallas.

Damien Jurado – “Silver Timothy”

During portions of the drive from Dallas to Santa Fe there were long stretches of nothing, so much so that the landscape looked almost alien. This tune from Jurado’s 2014 record, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, has a distinct vibe that meshes beautifully with the seemingly extraterrestrial scenery.

Rayland Baxter – “Rugged Lovers”

Rayland’s new record was on heavy rotation throughout the Southwestern leg of the trip and we kept coming back to this track that fit so perfectly with the drive.

Zoe Muth – “Mama Needs A Margarita”

After running into some vehicle issues on the way to Santa Fe the promise of margaritas at our destination was a much needed motivator to keep pressing onward.

Beirut – “Santa Fe”

Once we hit the city limits we just had to throw this one on in celebration.

Ennio Morriconne – “The Ecstasy of Gold”

Have you ever driven through northern New Mexico? If you have you’ll know that the scenery and surroundings make you feel like a badass cowboy from a Sergio Leone movie. Thus, it was only appropriate to throw on Ennio Morricone’s masterpiece from Leone’s classic The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.

Eddie Vedder – “Setting Forth”

We know it’s a bit cliche since it already appears on the Into The Wild soundtrack, but as we drove through Utah we all agreed that Eddie did a damn good job creating a sound that captures the American outdoors.

The Who – “I Can See For Miles”

Hiking through Canyonlands and Arches one can take this song’s chorus quite literally. Standing atop various plateaus and overlooks in each park there is nothing to obscure your view for miles and miles. Literally, it’s actually quite unreal.

Broken Social Scene – “Sweetest Kill”

Creepy lyrics aside, the soundscape that Kevin Drew and co. create in this song is the perfect soundtrack for a nighttime drive through the desert under a massive sky filled with stars.

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Cross Country Songbook: Setting Out

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Cross Country Songbook: Setting Out

As we drive from Brooklyn to Nashville on the initial leg of this journey, we bring you our first M&T curated playlist for the Cross Country Songbook. This playlist, entitled Setting Out, aims to capture the swirl of reflective, yet hopeful emotions we’re feeling as we hit the road, along with a handful of tunes that are perfect companions for a long highway drive. Read on below to find out why each song was included and make sure to listen/subscribe to the full playlist via Spotify at the bottom of the page.

The Decemberists – “A Beginning Song”

When I started thinking about leaving everything behind and hitting the road for 7 weeks, this is the first song that came to mind, and it doesn’t hurt either that the title is quite fitting.

Built to Spill – “Strange”

“This strange plan is random at best,” is what I imagine everyone is thinking when I tell them about this project.

Peter Bjorn and John – “Objects Of My Affection”

The chorus is a perfect reflection of the apprehension and subsequent reassurance I’ve felt about this trip over the past few weeks.

Rogue Wave – “Harmonium”

This song has been by my side on so many road trips over the years that it wouldn’t have felt right without it making an appearance on this playlist.

Tall Heights – “Eastern Standard Time”

An ode to the time zone I’ll be missing for the next 7 weeks.

New Order – “Age of Consent”

This one is not only a classic, but it’s also dying to be in the opening credits of an angsty road trip flick, amiright?

Delta Spirit – “Bushwick Blues”

Because it’s sad to be leaving Brooklyn behind, but also because it’s a damn good driving song.

Good Times Cocaine – “Back To You”

Another damn good driving song with a Brooklyn connection.

Doves – “Pounding”

The pulsating beat sets the driving pace on the highway, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they wrote the lyrics for this one in the midst of a long road trip.

Futurebirds – “Wild Heart”

This version from the Athens, GA rockers basically trims Stevie Nicks’ original down to just its chorus, which is the perfect fit for a long drive with the windows down.

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August Spotify Playlist of the Month

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Maimed & Tamed August 2015 Spotify Playlist

It might feel like summer is slipping away, but fear not, we’ve got 40 new tunes to keep your spirits up as the warm weather winds down. This month’s playlist features plenty of familiar faces like Ben Folds, City and Colour, and Diet Cig along with fresh faces such as Bad Bad Hats, Gordi, and Vince Staples. Not to mention plenty of Boston love from Darlingside, These Wild Plains, Philadelphia Collins, Caspian, Funeral Advantage, and Vundabar. Check out all those artists and more on the full playlist below and remember to subscribe for new tunes every month.

July Spotify Playlist of the Month

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July 2015 Spotify Playlist of the Month

Does everyone else think there is there a lot of great music coming out in 2015 or is is just us? Once again we’ve got an expanded playlist for you in July, totaling 40 brand new songs for your listening pleasure. This month features fresh jams from newcomers like Wolf Alice and Pavo Pavo as well as tracks off potential album-of-the-year contenders by indie vets like The Vaccines and Desaparecidos. Check out all those artists and more on the full playlist below and remember to subscribe for new tunes every month.

June Spotify Playlist of the Month

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Maimed & Tamed Spotify Playlist of the Month June 2015

Since the weather has been gloomy and rainy in both Brooklyn and Boston this week, we’ve compiled the perfect set of fresh tunes to fix your summertime blues. This month’s playlist boasts 10 bonus tracks (30 songs in total because we love you) from newcomers and M&T faves alike. Hop Along returns with what might be an album-of-the-year contender, Holly Miranda has released her first full-length since we saw her absolutely destroy Terminal 5 opening for My Morning Jacket 5 years ago, and Júníus Meyvant is back after bringing us one of our favorite tracks from 2014. Check out all those artists and more on the full 30-track playlist below and remember to subscribe for new tuneage every month.