Weekend Tune-Up: Tunes for your weekend by Kurt Vile, Ryan Adams, CHVRCHES & more

A playlist of 15 tunes to launch you into the weekend. Spotify playlist included.

Welcome back for another tune-up! I'm always striving to get you the freshest jams each week, and this one is no exception. On this 30th installment of Weekend Tune-Up, I have plenty to share with you. The past two Friday's have been jammed with some great releases. Disclosure, Big Grams, Kurt Vile, CHVCHRES, Duran Duran, Blackalicous and Ryan Adams all dropped new LPs. Lucky us. 

We're getting started this week with new music from Big Grams, the project of Big Boi (Outkast) and Phantogram. Their self-titled EP dropped today, and it's a fun listen with some excellent production. Kurt Vile is back with a new album, b'lieve i'm goin down… Since his departure from The War On Drugs, Kurt has been churning out some good tunes all on his own. His new offering is a laid back, easy blend of folk and indie rock with his usual clever lyrical turns, and unexpectedly appealing hints at melancholy. Give it a listen. Ryan Adams is one of my favorite singer-songwriters and he has a deep catalog that now includes the entirety of Taylor Swift's 1989, which may excite some and annoy others. I'm not sure if he's a huge fan of Swift or just looking to move some records, but it's an intriguing interpretation of a rather popular record and Adams somehow manages to make them his own. An album I've been anticipating, CHVRCHES' Every Open Eye, finally sees its release today. I included "High Enough To Carry You Over," a track that doesn't feature front-woman Lauren Mayberry in the lead, but rather her bandmate, Martin Doherty, who delivers heartfelt lyrics about losing someone he clearly misses. This song reminds me that CHVRCHES is a band, and not just Lauren Mayberry. Oh, Disclosure's new album Caracal was also released today. It's good. That's all you need to know. 

My sleeper tune of the week comes from Baio (Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio) and his new LP, The Names. Baio seems very comfortable in his new leading role and singing over a more uptempo, electronic sound. What I really dig about his solo project is that it stands alone, and doesn't sound like a Vampire Weekend continuation. He branched out and made an album that he wanted, and I love that. I plucked "The Names" off his stellar record for its unique vocal arrangement and '80s-style production. It's a great dance track, perfect for the weekend ahead...

Enjoy your tune-up!

1. Big Grams, "Goldmine Junkie"
2. Kurt Vile, "Life Like This"
3. Rationale, "The Mire"
4. Mansionair, "Speak Easy"
5. Allday, "Fuckin"
6. Empress Of, "Standard" 7. Ryan Adams, "All You Had To Do Was Stay" 8. Telekinesis, "It's Not Yr Fault"
9. A-Trak Feat. Jamie Lindell, "We All Fall Down"
10. Zhu, "Automatic"
11. Baio, "The Names"
12. Steven A. Clark, "Time Machine"
13. CHVCHES, "High Enough To Carry You Over"
14. Half Moon Run, "Hands In The Garden:
15. Disclosure, "Masterpiece"


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