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Mellow out with a jazzy playlist from YouTube mix master Kutiman


Ophir Kutiel, better known as Kutiman, is a musician that uses all of YouTube as his instrument, finding obscure videos of people performing and crafting them together to make remarkably original songs.


Stars frontman Torquil Campbell shares a playlist of personal favorites

Stars, co-led by Torquil Campbell and Broken Social Scene’s Amy Millan, are most known for their earnest, indie rock that’s been featured on shows built for that exact type of music: “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead,” their sad and dreamy 2007 single, has been featured on The O.C., One Tree Hill, and Degrassi: The Next Generation. 

But their latest album, No One Is Lost, is a departure from those pretty tunes and a step toward ’70s disco.

Unlike the album, though, which came out Oct. 14, Campbell’s EW playlist doesn’t quite have a theme: Instead, it’s a collection of the singer’s favorite songs, ranging from a ’90s Michael Jackson track to a minutes-long spoken word piece by Prefab Sprout member Paddy McAloon.


Killer playlist: Get spooky with these tracks


There’s plenty of kid-friendly Halloween-themed music out there, but sometimes you’re in the mood for songs that’ll actually give you the chills. (No offense intended, “Monster Mash” and “A Nightmare on My Street.”)

When you’re ready to take your party from turnt-up to terrifying, try this playlist of creepy tunes. They range from songs about serial killers (Neko Case’s “Deep Red Bells” concerns the Green River Killer, while “John Wayne Gacy” memorializes America’s preeminent nightmare-inducing clown) to traditional Appalachian murder ballads (“Down in the Willow Garden,” a folk song that dates back to the 19th century, is covered here by Green Day’s frontman and the eternally mellow Norah Jones). This is the perfect soundtrack for a goth gathering or a Halloween night at home alone, while you check—and double-check—to make sure your doors are locked. READ FULL STORY

Thrash lords Oozing Wound share a headbangingly good playlist

Oozing Wound is three guys from Chicago who, as you might be able to guess by the name, play thrash metal.

The beloved hybrid of punk and metal’s been having a pretty substantial revival over the past few years, driven by bands who play up the genre’s association with the kind of cheap-beer-chugging, boneheaded party animals who more serious metal acts have left behind in their quest for artistic seriousness. The Wound, however, takes things in a vastly different direction on their new Earth Suck (out Tuesday on Thrill Jockey), keeping thrash’s headbanging energy and shred-tastic guitar licks while adding bits of sonic weirdness that reflect the trio’s long-running association with the noisy experimental underground.

Their EW playlist is accordingly idiosyncratic, running a gamut from Michael Jackson to obscure vintage synth-punk.


Manchester Orchestra share a playlist of inspired cover songs

Atlanta’s Manchester Orchestra have followed up their 2014 album, Cope, which combined indie rock melodicism with hard rock heft, in a novel way. Their new LP, Hope, is a track-by-track reimagining of Cope as a much quieter and more subdued affair, replacing crunching guitars and pounding drums with delicate acoustic picking, soft horn and piano arrangements, and the marked influence of both rootsy Americana and intricately assembled chamber pop. It’s a daring concept, but the band’s managed to pull it off, creating an album that not only sheds a different light on Cope but may even be an improvement, at least to some listeners.

In keeping with Hope‘s theme of radical musical reinvention, MO has assembled a playlist of covers songs that offer a far different experience than the originals (plus a Paul Simon demo that shows how much Graceland‘s “Homeless” changed between inception and completion).


Genre-blending German pop duo Milky Chance shares a playlist

“I don’t think we did it consciously,” Milky Chance beat-maker Philip Dausch says of the mix of pop, folk, and house music that’s helped put their “Stolen Dance” on the pop charts in more than a dozen countries. “I think it’s something that we always do instinctually. We are not the persons to kind of have a favorite song or play only one certain genre.”

The German duo, made up of Dausch and songwriter/vocalist/instrumentalist Clemens Rehbein, are flexible musicians—they previously played together in a jazz group—and even more flexible listeners. “We have a good education in music,” says Dausch, “and we always love to play all tunes. We are always interested in a lot of exotic music. We like rap, we like classical, we like jazz, we like pop. We don’t have favorites. We like to put things together.”

Their adventurous listening habits are apparent on their genre-hopping debut LP Sadnecessary, which came out earlier this week. They also come through loud and clear on the exclusive playlist that they created for EW, which includes South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, wiggy former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, and shadowy post-dubstep singer-songwriter James Blake.


Hear the Barr Brothers' eclectic playlist for 'Half Crazy'


The Barr Brothers is a four-piece band, only two members of which are brothers named Barr. They’re usually classified as roots musicians, but on their second album, Sleeping Operator, they show off a broad range of influencesbefitting a group that includes an erstwhile experimental harpistthat draws from far outside traditional Americana. “Half Crazy,” in particular, is the group’s tribute to the trance-inducing North African blues of Amadou & Mariam and Moroccan gnawa master Mahmoud Guinia, a hypnotic, recursive fractal of a piece with an acoustic texture that roots fans should find familiar even as it draws from influences half a world away. In order to place it in its proper context, the group’s made a Spotify playlist showing off the music that inspired its creation, capturing a fruitful collision between Guinia and Muddy Waters, and more.


'Vampire Diaries' star Michael Malarkey shares a playlist of his influences

Michael Malarkey is best known for his role as Enzo on The CW’s hit show The Vampire Diaries, but the actor isn’t always causing trouble in Mystic Falls. In anticipation of Malarkey’s EP release, Feed the Flames, on Oct. 12—not to mention Enzo’s return on tonight’s TVD—he put together an exclusive playlist for us using Rdio.

The playlist is compiled of the songs that have inspired his songwriting. As Malarkey puts it, “This music is for active listening. Preferably while driving across the country in a beat up Oldsmobile. Or on a Greyhound bus watching the ghost towns flicker by through the misty window. Or maybe just sitting in your den with your eyes closed and a stick of Nag Champa burning…”

Check out the playlist below, along with his reasoning for each pick.


Gedeon Luke shares a beginner's guide to soul and gospel


If any one city can claim to be the spiritual home of soul music, it’s Memphis, where R&B, blues, and gospel have been commingling for generations. Memphis native Gedeon Luke is a student of his hometown’s soulful history, and with his band the People he makes music—like their recent full-length debut Live Free & Lovethat not only replicates classic soul’s rich, organic tones but also the crucial blend of spirituality and sensuality that’s fueled the genre’s most important works. Ever an energetic proselytizer for the form, Luke made EW a primer on the soul and gospel music that inspires him.


Emo revivalists Joyce Manor share the soundtrack of their tour

One of the most heartening aspects of the ongoing emo revival is that most of the bands taking part in it seem to have not only inherited the sound of the genre’s ’90s-era second wave but the heavy streak of egalitarianism that was one of its primary non-musical qualities. That being said, Torrance, Calif.’s Joyce Manor enjoy something of a “first among equals” position, with a fan base that’s quickly growing to legitimate rock star size, a surprising amount of mainstream media attention, and a new album, Never Hungover Again, on the famed punk label Epitaph.

Never Hungover Again combines the earnestly awkward adolescent squawk of emo foundation-layers Cap’n Jazz with Cali pop-punk’s buzzsaw hooks, but on this exclusive playlist for EW, the band shows off some impressively diverse listening habits. Collecting some of the music that they’ve had in heavy rotation while on tour, it includes everything from ska-core heroes Operation Ivy to the Cocteau Twins’ gothy dream-pop.


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