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Featuring artists like:
• Yard of Blondes • Geography of the Moon • Penny Mob • The Wheel Workers • Samuel Brooks • Valarie Hill • Rebel Kicks • Monster Boy Lives
Discovering new bands and music is thrilling. It’s one of the reasons I subscribe to discover and weekly release playlists on streaming services. This may be one of the reasons you do as well. And hey, sometimes the algorithms get things right. Sometimes.
Too often, however, you end up with the 1000th version of “20th Century Boy” (I used to love this song) or remastered award-winning hits that have been around for 10+ years. Of course, there is nothing wrong with that, but it can be a bit frustrating when looking for a playlist featuring new artists or even current songs from established ones. Enter Amp the Alt.
Amp the Alt is a revolving playlist of new alternative, punk, psych, folk, blues, garage and indie rock bands, as well as fresh tracks from more established artists. While this playlist may not be a solution for me, I hope it is one for you. And although I can’t possibly promise that you’ll fall in love with every single track that I add (we all have our own tastes), I do promise that you’ll find new bands, and that the 1001st version of “20th Century Boy” will never appear here!
Discover. Rock out. And don’t forget to save your favorites before the month’s end, because a fresh selection of alternative and other rock tracks appears on the first!
When my mother wasn’t walking around the house belting out early 60s’ girl-band lyrics, she was collecting compilation albums, specifically from K-Tel. She may not have had the most refined taste, but she enjoyed variety, or at least that’s what I recall. I poured over them all, preferring some sounds to others. And when I found the perfect song, I’d play it over and over until ready to perform my latest theatrical dance incarnation.
With my family all gathered on floral grey sofas in our basement apartment, I’d set the vinyl on the turntable of a brown fibreboard stereo and not-so-carefully lower the needle. It would pop, screech, and crackle before any music spilled from the weaved-wheat speakers. My toes would press, lift, and sweep through the blue-green shag carpet, my arms would flail, and the music would bass and treble through my soul.
I’m no longer that 6-year-old doing private-audience interpretive dance routines, but my passion remains just as intense. I have no special superpowers as a curator — just my love of sounds and lyrics that transport, transform, move, and make your body groove.
18 January 2022
Soulful sounds sent to the Hoof – Want your music here ? – ft artists like Sly5thAve • Lady Wray • Young Pulse • Mo’ Gigs • Jack Tyson Charles • Joe Ventura • Martha High • Musclecars
17 January 2022
when you both don’t wanna go home, so you sit in the parking lot instead – featuring artists like Pulp • Babybird • Super Furry Animals • Houndmouth • Heartless Bastards • Richard Hawley • Mac Miller • The Lemonheads
13 January 2022
songs you may recognize, artists you may not – featuring artists like ford. • Joey Pecoraro • Tourist • Clem Beatz • Frameworks • The Blaze • Jai Paul • Guggenz
7 January 2022
When you want to burn it all down like Jinx! – featuring artists like Turn Zero • Cody Still • Rasputina • Betta Lemme • Jeff Beck • The Linda Lindas • K Flay • Safari Riot