Alison’s Weekenders Playlist, Vol. 12: ‘Smooth as Fuck’ edition with Racing Glaciers, Eliza And The Bear, Tokyo Police Club and more


There’s not much to say about this edition of Weekenders, other than its smooth as fuck. A collection of songs to play while you’re hibernating inside, away from the frigid temperatures holding the Northeast hostage right now.

Contradictory to their name, Racing Glaciers’ “New Country” burns with melodic intensity. Right before the two-minute mark, the fire goes out just long enough for a hearty synth to push the track into a spirited electric guitar photo finish.

Eliza and the Bear is made up of no Eliza, nor any woodland animals (obviously), but a quintet of hipsters with harmonies so on point I dare predict their place in line behind such bands as the Lumineers and Of Monsters and Men. The chipper drums and dancing strings alighting in “It Gets Cold” solidify the track as a jaunty, indie folk success. And Eliza and the Bear as a must-see band come summer.


Finally we have Tokyo Police Club’s newest single off the upcoming album, Forcefield, the first from the group since 2010. In it the foursome eschews its propensity for nerd-pop in favor of straight up feel good grooves. “Hot Tonight” might just be the motivator you need to leave the house Saturday night.

Stay warm out there.


Racing Glaciers, “New Country”
Bombay Bicycle Club, “Luna”
Kyla La Grange, “Cut Your Teeth”
Eliza and the Bear, “It Gets Cold”
Hozier, “Take Me To Church”
Ella Eyre, “All About You”
Neon Trees, “Sleeping With A Friend”
Blood Cultures, “Mercury Child”
Boy & Bear, “Southern Sun”
WOODS, “Leaves Like Glass”
Tokyo Police Club, “Hot Tonight”
The New Division, “Stockholm”
The Pass, “Don’t Take It”
The Casket Girls, “Day To Day”
Years & Years, “Real”
Yumi Zouma, “The Brae”
Naomi Pilgrim, “Money”
Cari Cari, “White Line Forever”
Metronomy, “Love Letters”
Futurcop! feat. New Arcades, “Schizoid Man”
Mike Mains and the Branches, “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”
Ex Norwegian, Feelin’ It
Painted Palms, Spinning Signs