Sunday Session – Soundcloud Playlist w/Chris Malinchak, Disclosure, Stevie Wonder, SBTRKT, SNBRN

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Knock knock who’s there. Just a skeleton dancing to a sunny Sunday soundtrack, without a punchline or a pun. Or a hashtag.

Here are some tracks I’ve been listening to this week whilst running around Hampstead Heath and staring out the window on the C2 bus.

Some free downloads in there for you, too.

Dolly Parton at Glastonbury + Free Kygo Edit of “Jolene”

Dolly Parton at Glastonbury - Photo from BBC

On Sunday, June 29, I watched Dolly Parton perform on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury (well, via my TV in my Kentishtown flat). Dolly is amazing. It was otherwise a completely dreary, damp day… but Dolly was up there in her perfect white rhinestoned getup and perfectly coiffed blond hair. Flawless.

Such a pro with her stage banter and energy and gratitude, she inspires me.

I couldn’t believe how absolutely NUTS the crowd was going when she sang “9-5,” with a lot of the Glastonburiers (correct term?) in blond wigs and stuffed bras singing along to every word. Then she started talking about the Lawd and how she loved the Bon Jovi song “Lay Your Hands On Me” — so much so that she called up Jon Bon Jovi and asked if they could rewrite the lyrics a bit to make it more of a gospel tune. And then guess what: Richie Sambora joined her on stage and they performed it. Now, “Lay Your Hands On Me” has never been one of my favorite BJ tracks, but this was a very hype moment. Even after Dolly left the stage and the cameras were idly broadcasting the huge crowd from afar, you could hear them all singing “Lay Your Hands On Me.”

Another thing that was amazing: the BBC’s coverage of Glastonbury. I did not actually have to be out there in the dreary, damp among 175,000 festival goers to watch this whole Dolly moment unfold. I was in a comfy chair in our flat, watching on the telly. Even more amazing, if I pushed the red button on my remote control, I could choose from any of the stages to watch live. Man, we really need to step it up in the US. This blew me away.

Since it’s #Friday, here’s your free song: Dolly Parton – “Jolene” (Kygo Edit).

Jolene. Jolene. Jolene. JoLEEEEEEEEEENE.

This is my absolute favorite Dolly song, remixed in Kygo‘s chilled out tropical house signature style.

Download it from Kygo’s Facebook page for free here.

Free Song Fridays – Tears for Fears “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” remixes from Lorde, Dimond Saints, Just A Gent, The Golden Pony

Welcome to your life. There’s no turning back.

Tears for Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The World Lorde - Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Dimond Saints Remix)

Attractive Strangers has temporarily relocated to London for the summer. It’s like summer camp. So I’m going to dig up some bangers and mashups (surely someone has used this lame pun before) for you strangers while I’m out here, and see what trouble I can get into and blog about.

In honour of my arrival in the UK and my new surplus of free time, I’m not only resurrecting Free Song Fridays, but I’m dedicating the first installment to one of my fave English duo’s from back in the day. Tears for Fears time, y’all. Three free songs for your Friday.

Tears For Fears “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (Just A Gent Remix)
A fresh new remix just a couple days old from Just A Gent… who, mind you, is just a kid. He’s 17 years old. WHAT. That’s right. Do the math. Tears for Fears released the original song in 1985, but Just a Gent wasn’t born for another ~12 years. Gahhhh. Time to start making arrangements for my retirement village in Fla.
Free download link!

Lorde “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (Dimond Saints Remix)
Royal. Here’s a dark, crunk version of EWTRTW by everybody’s favorite lady voice of late: Lorde.
Free download link!

Tears For Fears “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (The Golden Pony Remix)
The Golden Pony made a “Golden Classics” remix collection of nostalgic rock tunes — including a particularly odd one of “The Sound of Silence.” Never thought to give that one a chill acid house remix for the dance floor before. Here’s their remix of “Everybody Wants To Rule The World.”
Free download link!

“Bonobo is the most distinctive artist in California,” said a map.

Well, this is interesting. We like Bonobo a lot here in California apparently. And I also realized I no longer know all the states just by shape.

Take a gander at this map of the US, which shows the most popular artists by state, relative to the rest of the country. A brainiac from The Echo Nest correlated a bunch of listening data from users across various services like Spotify, and figured out which artists are preferred in a given state or region, compared to their rating in all other states. Sound confusing? Kinda. That’s why we leave it to the experts.

Distinctive Artists By State

Also, did you know that The Echo Nest is the “music intelligence” company that powers most of the major players in the music streaming industry? I didn’t. Engadget calls them “the song-picking puppet master pulling the playlist strings behind iHeartRadio, Spotify and Nokia’s music services.” Master of puppets!

Anyway, these guys are taking music to the lab, so we get to look at maps like this and go, “Whoaaaa what? Matchbox Twenty, really West Virginia?”

I could have told you we liked Bonobo here in California without a fancy computer analysis. But, this is still far out and way cool.

Also, very impressed that Maryland has so much love for Kelly Rowland. Random and rad.

For the full scoop, check the original blog post and data here.

Here are some links to all things Bonobo on Attractive Strangers: