Alison’s Weekenders Playlist, Vol. 10: From Bastille to Shambles, Aloe Blacc to Blood Orange


The 10th edition of Weekenders features some interesting choices. Bastille’s takeover of Miley’s YOLO anthem “We Can’t Stop” deserves multiple listens and has something for everyone. The indie rock outfit’s imagination is palpable, from the Eminem-inspired intro, riffs from “The Lion King,” or my personal favorite, the father-daughter duel infused with some of Billy Ray’s “Achy Breaky Heart.”

ZZ Ward’s “365 Days” gets new life by way of a Jerry Folk Remix, and a Thomas Jack Remix puts some pep in the step of Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s “Atlas Hands.” But it’s not all remixes this week. Get acquainted regional with new tracks from cool kid favorites Blood Orange, Albert Hammond Jr., Young the Giant, and Kaiser Chiefs to ensure you’re the hippest at the holiday party.

Hometown rockers Shambles are adding to the restoration of Boston’s punk scene, and we’re thrilled to hear Aloe Blacc on something other than “Wake Me Up.” Finish it out with Twin Forks’ “Cross My Mind,” a jaunty, jingly little folk thing that will chase the winter gray away, if only for a few minutes.


Bastille, “We Can’t Stop (Miley Cyrus Cover)”
Shambles, “Pulleys & Promises”
ZZ Ward, “365 Days (Jerry folk Remix)”
Blood Orange, “You’re Not Good Enough”
The War on Drugs, “Red Eyes”
Bit Funk, “Soul Satisfaction”
Twin Forks, “Cross My Mind”
Sam Smith, “Money On My Mind”
Benjamin Francis Leftwich, “Atlas Hands (Thomas Jack Remix)”
Tove Lo, “Habits”
Streets of Laredo, “Hey Rose”
Bad Suns, “Salt”
Clean Bandit, “Rather Be feat. Jess Glynne”
Ghost Beach, “On My Side”
Tiger Waves, “Weekends”
Aloe Blacc, “The Man”
Kaiser Chiefs, “Misery Company”
Young the Giant, “Crystallized”