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From political protest songs to electro-noir from a disco legend, the week in music

Teddy Geiger: I Was in a Cult Teddy Geiger’s been rather busy over the last five years, collaborating with many well-known artists on their music—and delivering several hits in the process. Now, she returns with her first solo material in five years—under the pseudonym teddy

Poolside’s Summertime Playlist for Cool Hunting

A selection of songs celebrating the warmer months and their US tour

Celebrating the official start to summer and their tour (on now through September) Poolside made a CH-exclusive playlist for the warmer months. Spanning several genres and eras, the selection of songs includes everybody from Ashford & Simpson to the Lijadu Sisters and more. Poolside’s Jeffrey Paradise tells us, “For the playlist, I chose songs that are about longing, movement, change, transition.” While they’re known for …

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1980s-inspired Chromeo and The-Dream, an ethereal tune by The Saxophones, Aaron Taylor and more

The Saxophones: Just You As divisive as “Twin Peaks: The Return” was, each episode’s musical performance introduced viewers to an auditory environment only Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch could create. “Just You,” penned by the aforementioned masters, left a resounding impact as it was sung by James Hurley (aka actor James Marshall). Here, husband and wife duo the Saxophones offer an equally chilling cover. The …

Jim James: I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James quite accurately taps into Brian Wilson’s vocal delivery for “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times,” James’ new Beach Boys cover tune. There’s definitely an authenticity and respect within the track, but there’s more than an additional touch of psychedelia which yields to a glowing orchestration and ultimately a sonically-explosive development. James has his second album of cover songs, …

Gavin Turek: Birdie Bees

Multi-talented Gavin Turek recently released the super-delightful song “Birdie Bees.” Her sweet vocals float across the groovy bass-line, and the track’s blend of funk, soul, R&B and pop charms. Produced by Chris Hartz, it ultimately uplifts the listener.