M&T Best Songs of 2017


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M&T Best Albums of 2017


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January 2018 Spotify Playlist of the Month


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Spotify Playlist of the Month March 2013

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March marks the beginning of spring and also the release of lots of killer new music. Bands are preparing for SXSW in just over a week and with that comes touring and of course new tuneage. This month’s playlist features a healthy helping of Boston area artists including We Avalanche, Jesse Dee, Sea Monsters, Jake Hill & Deep Creek, Kingsley Flood, The Susan Constant, and Black Light Dinner Party. Needless to say, Boston is bringing it in the month of March. Check out the full playlist below and make sure to subscribe for 20 fresh jams every month!

Soundtrack for the Single and Scorned, Part Two

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Two years ago, in honor of Valentine’s Day, we channeled our inner misanthrope and brought you The Soundtrack for the Single and Scorned. This February we’re back with another round-up of our favorite songs about love lost. Songs from both write-ups can be found on the full Spotify playlist.

Haim – “Better Off”

I’m going there: “Better Off” is the break-up song of our generation.* Danielle, singing lead guitarist of the girl group, tells her man to get gone with the embitterment of a wronged baby mama on Jerry Springer. Danielle shouts ballsy exclamations like, “You fucked me up/ What am I to do now?” only to follow it up with a wistful rumination about how good the couple was together.  The stream-of-consciousness song lyrics read like the transcript of an angry voicemail. Not only does the song appeal to the angry ex that lives in all of us, but the driving snare-rim beat and that slinky guitar riff make “Better Off” undeniably catchy.

*Excluding anything Fiona Apple has ever written, naturally.

Fleet Foxes – “The Shrine / An Argument”

Christopher Owens – “Part of Me (Lysandre’s Epilogue)”

Fiona Apple – “Werewolf”

This playlist would be moot without the Patron Saint of Heartbreak. And leave it to Fiona to come out the gate strong. Within the first minute of “Werewolf,” she accuses her lover of biting off her head and leaving her for dead… metaphorically, of course.

The Antlers – “I Don’t Want Love”

Neil Young – “Down By The River”

Jesse Dee – “Reap What You Sow”

Jesse Dee, a staple on the Boston music scene, proves here that break-up songs don’t have to be all doom and gloom. “Reap What You Sow” will have Jesse’s ex dancing out the door.

The Cure – “Pictures of You”

The Mountain Goats – “Woke Up New”

My Morning Jacket – “Tyrone”

This classic break-up anthem is peppered with some much-needed comic relief. “I’m getting tired of your shit / You don’t ever buy me nothin’” has got to be one of the best opening lines of all-time. Whether you listen to Erykah Badu’s original recording, or the excellent My Morning Jacket cover, take heed of Tyrone’s grave mistake: freeloaders get dumped.

The Vaccines – “Post Break-Up Sex”

Elvis Costello & the Attractions – “I Want You”

Fleetwood Mac – “Silver Springs” (Live Album Version)

The lyrics of “Silver Springs,” which detail the demise of Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham’s tumultuous relationship, are biting on their own. But to truly experience “Silver Springs,” watch the video footage of Fleetwood performing the classic track in 1997. Even twenty years after their split, the on-stage tension between Nicks and Buckingham is unprecedented. Stevie glares down Buckingham (it’d be safe to assume she’s trying to suck out his soul), all while chanting, “You’ll never get away from the sound of the woman that loves you.” It’s uncomfortable, compelling and beautiful, all at once.

 

Summer In The Winter

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Let’s face it, winter in New England can suck. Walking a mile plus to work with ice cold gusts blowing off of a frozen Charles really puts a damper on your spirit. I’ve chosen that the best way to deal with this is drown my sorrows in surf rock and warm tunes that make me think of summer. In this playlist you will find a wide range of jams.

70’s British surf rock band The Barracudas book end the list with classic tributes to summer and the “surf scene of London”. In between, you’ll find classic instrumental pieces by The Fleshtones and The Rumblers while also getting a taste of current lo fi rockers Slow Animal and Ty Segall. Accompanying these artists you will find the punk rock beach scene of Guards and FIDLAR who declare that it’s time to “Stop wearing tight jeans, and put on some board shorts.” Of course, any playlist that is going to be reminiscent of a chill, low-key day at the beach is going to have some slower jams which are provided by Washed Out’s classic “Feel it All Around”, Wavves new single “Demon to Lean On” and Real Estate’s hit “Easy”.  Just for good measure, I had to throw in The Hollies legendary “Long Cool Women” because, who doesn’t like that song?

Either way, hope this gets you through the next couples of months and I plan on seeing you on the beach this summer.

Spotify Playlist of the Month February 2013

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Holy shit it’s February already!? We have no idea where January went, but with a new month comes 20 new tunes to fill your earholes with. This month features some familiar faces like Tim Noyes of Aunt Martha, and The Lone Bellow along with some new music from some of our favorite local Boston artists like Friendly People, Stereo Telescope, Larcenist, and Moe Pope. Remember to subscribe for 20 fresh tracks each month!

Spotify Playlist of the Month January 2013

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With all of the end of the year hullabaloo we admittedly slacked a bit on the first playlist of 2013. No need to fret any longer as our inaugural playlist of 2013 is finally here. The January edition features new music from some old M&T faves like Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Teen Daze, and Toro Y Moi along with some fresh faces such as Haim, Villagers and Pretty & Nice. Check out this month’s playlist below and remember to subscribe for 20 new tracks each month.

Spotify Playlist of the Month December 2012

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My how time flies when you’re listening to great music. Somehow it’s December already, which means that it’s time to hunker down with some hot chocolate and our final monthly Spotify playlist of 2012. Our December playlist features new music from some M&T favorites like And The Giraffe, Punch Brothers, and Typhoon, along with fresh faces such as Bearstronaut, The New Highway Hymnal, and Soccer Mom. Check out the full playlist below and make sure to click the subscribe button so that you’ll get 20 new tracks from us each month. And remember that you can always find archived playlists by clicking the Playlist of the Month tab on the left sidebar.

Spotify Playlist of the Month November 2012

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November means it’s starting to get colder and almost time to chow down on turkey and cranberry sauce. November also means 20 new songs from some of our favorite artists. This month’s playlist features fresh jams from bands like Mean Creek, Ben Sollee, Titus Andronicus and plenty others. We also cheated a bit in our interpretation of “new” music this month. Last year we covered Big Scary’s LP Vacation, but it wasn’t until this month that the record finally got a worldwide release. For former Boston-based quartet Black Light Dinner party, some tracks from their B.L.D.P EP have been floating around the interwebs since 2011, but the full release just hit Spotify and iTunes this week. So we cheated a bit, who really cares? Good music is good music and we are extremely excited to share these 20 tracks with you. Remember to subscribe to get 20 new tracks each month!

 

Spotify Playlist of the Month October 2012

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Fall is officially here and what typically is a time for apple picking and pumpkin beer has become a month filled with brand-new kick-ass tunes. Our October playlist features some familiar M&T names like Soft Pyramids, Peter Peter, and Rubblebucket, alongside some of our new favorites like Astro and Lightning Love. Check out the full playlist below and make sure to click the subscribe button so that you’ll get 20 new tracks from us each month. We hope you enjoy our first playlist of the Fall and remember that you can always find archived playlists by clicking the Playlist of the Month tab on the left sidebar.

 

Spotify Playlist of the Month September 2012

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Summer may be gone, but that doesn’t mean we are going to stop churning out 20 tracks per month for your listening pleasure. For our September playlist we’ve got fresh tunes from Houndmouth, Nick Miller & The Hustle Standard, Shovels & Rope, and 17 other fabulous bands that we are excited about this month. Check out the full tracklist below and make sure to subscribe to the playlist so you can receive 20 brand-spanking-new tracks each month.

New Music Mondays: Spotify Playlist of the Month August 2012

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With Newport Folk Festival 2012 coverage taking up quite a bit of our time, our monthly playlist was temporarily moved to the back burner, but have no fear the playlist is here! The August 2012 edition of the Maimed & Tamed monthly Spotify playlist is one of our favorites yet as it features new tracks from Twin Shadow, Darlingside, Gold & Youth, and more. If you subscribe to our most recent Spotify playlist (see the widget on the right sidebar or the link in the menu to the left), it will automatically be updated each month with 20 new, hand-picked songs. Check out the full tracklist below and click anywhere in the widget to listen to the playlist in Spotify. And remember you can always find playlists from previous months on our Playlist of the Month page on the left sidebar.