August Playlist Inspired by TV Series Stranger Things

This month I had my birthday which has reminded me to stay true to myself and just savor the little things more. I've also gone back to my roots and have been listening to a lot of synth pop and shoe-gazer post punk which I'm sure has everything to do with watching Stranger Things and my sudden resurgent interest in that 70s and 80s synth sound.

What I can't stop listening to:

Velvet Condom Stadtgeil

This Berlin-based duo, Alice Von & Oberst Panizza create delicious retro and 80s-inspired beats that effortlessly seem to transport me back to my angst-ridden teenage years waging a war with myself trying to seem so odd and cool. Listen here.

Underpass- Assimilation

Somehow this album escaped my radar back in 2014. This band is from Olympia, Washington and takes the cake for the album that is making me happiest this month. Assimilation was released by Desire Records (France). Buy it here. Name your price for the band's whole discography.

The Soft Moon

The Soft Moon came out with their self-titled debut 6 years ago now. Wow! How times flies. Deeper Remixed is definitely worth a listen. Buy it here.

Black Mountain- Year Zero

This album is the soundtrack to an indie post-apocalyptic surf movie. I know, that all sounds like things that wouldn't go together well, right? Well, this album really shines with a greasy, dazed, water-logged kind of metallic brightness. I stumbled onto this after realizing that the Beyond the Black Rainbow soundtrack was written byJeremy Schmidt, the keyboardist of Black Mountain. Again, relish in the retro 80s synth-pop.

The Evens-Get Even

So glad to be able to listen to all of the Discord Records archives on bandcamp! I'm new to Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina's band The Evens. I can't wait to listening to the the Fugazi and Minor Threat demos and rare material.

Amnesia Scanner

This Berliner glitch DJ duo creates beats that make me a little insane and pleasantly discordant with a slight case of vertigo. If you are into that sort of thing.... listen here.

Released on Young Turks record label. Buy it here.