There’s no better time than the Friday before a long holiday weekend, and that feel-good buzz was in the air during BumbleBee Brunch. This week’s playlist leaned in on new releases in line with Bandcamp Friday -- an unofficial monthly holiday where Bandcamp waives its revenue share and gives 100% of sales to independent artists -- and pulled some classic alternative tracks that embodied the spirit of a casual weekend.
Representing New England on the playlist were new selections from RoseR, The Chelsea Curve (who appear on the new BumbleBee Radio promo!), The Teardowns, Paper Tigers, and Adi Sun, whose “Bella Sun Lever” gets the ZIZZA remix treatment this week after its original was our Number 1 song of 2020.
Through our two hours we travelled across the country (Los Angeles’ Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Pacific Northwest's Death Cab For Cutie, Nashville’s The Accidentals), and took a trip across the Atlantic with Johnny Marr (Manchester), CHVRCHES (Glasgow), and Chassol, the Paris-born composer and musician who studied here at Berklee College of Music.
The oldest track we heard Friday came from The Velvet Underground, taking “Rock & Roll” back to 1969 -- a whopping 52 years ago! -- and the newest may have come from Adi Sun, who dropped her new remix this past Wednesday.
Anniversaries were also in the air, as Sugar’s Copper Blue (we heard “If I Can’t Change Your Mind”) turns 29 on Saturday; and Kate Bush’s Never For Ever (we heard “Babooshka”) turns 41 on Sunday.
Our brunch show closed with a raised glass to salute the legendary late Lee Scratch Perry, who passed away earlier this week, and a seasonally appropriate cut from The The, taking us out of August and into September. Check out the full playlist below.
10:00 AM HOUR:
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Love Rollercoaster (1996)
Blunt Bangs - Odessa (2021)
The Clash - London Calling (1979)
Elke - The Pink Tip of a Match Turns Black (2021)
RoseR - Quarantimes (2021)
Death Cab For Cutie - Soul Meets Body (2005)
Sugar - If I Can’t Change Your Mind (1992)
CHVRCHES - Violent Delights (2021)
The Style Council - Shout to the Top (1984)
The Chelsea Curve - Inconceivable (2021)
Paper Tigers - Ursa Minor (2021)
Chassol - Birds Pt. 1 (2015)
Kate Bush - Babooshka (1980)
Ishmael Ensemble - Empty Hands (2021)
11:00 AM HOUR:
Adi Sun - Bella Sun Lever (ZIZZA Remix) (2021)
The Velvet Underground - Rock & Roll (1969)
New Order - Age of Consent (1983)
Spencer Cullum - Imminent Shadow (2021)
Cowboy Mouth - Jenny Says (1994)
The Accidentals - Slow & Steady (2021)
Johnny Marr - Spirit, Power & Soul (2021)
Fitz & The Tantrums - Spark (2013)
They Might Be Giants - Istanbul (Not Constantinople) (1990)
E.VAX - Manila (2021)
The Teardowns - Oh, Barcelona! (2021)
The Orb & Lee Scratch Perry - Golden Clouds (2012)
The The - August & September (1989)
Don't forget that the BumbleBee Radio APP for Android is now available for FREE in the Google Play Store! An iPhone APP will be available in the Apple Store soon. As always thank you for listening! -Kristen
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