From Rockabilly to Reggae, Movie Scores to Soul, our Gigawatt Jukebox is out of control. In true geek style, we submit a never ending playlist that is not concerned with genre, popularity, or album release date.
1. The Longest Road
Electronic dance music has become a new love for me over the last decade. Music in this genre can range from strictly instrumental to a full blend of lyrical song with electronica. This particular song was co-written by Lissie and DJ Morgan Page and remixed by über cool producer Deadmau5. I seriously dig its blend of dirty Old West movie twang and cyber-dream state flow. It is one of my permanent playlist faves, and so I am declaring it as my very first track ever for our Gigawatt Jukebox.
2. Cramp Your Style
Blazing brass, riffing guitars, and soulful singing come together in LA-based funk group Breakstra’s Cramp Your Style. This jam will make you want to put on some leopard print bell-bottoms, platform shoes, and fedora so you can boogie your way on down the Vegas Strip. If you want the funk, pour yourself a cocktail and add this to your permanent party playlist!
If you’ve seen any tv trailers and commercials recently, you’ve probably heard samples of Jungle, by the X Ambassadors and Jaime N Commons. Not surprising, as its smack-you-in-the-face beats certainly grab one’s attention. This song is pure grit, a mix of rock, blues, and gospel. I dare you not to not to nod your head or stomp your feet while listening!
4. Hound Dog
My mom is a notorious Elvis fan. Growing up, I only knew of his version of Hound Dog. But in the 90s, I was introduced to its original version in Rob Reiner’s film A Few Good Men. Today, I am still captivated by the raw powerhouse known as Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton. One listen of this song will convert you into a fan too. No worries, Mom. Elvis has a whole catalog of songs we can still love…
5. Demon Kitty Rag
Put a little swing in your step with Katzenjammer’s Demon Kitty Rag. This modern Norwegian all-girl band will take you back in time with this peppy ridiculously fun song (sung in English). If you’re a fan of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, you’ll have a new band to add to your swing time mix. Beware, this one will stick in your head like an advertisement jingle…