For our column Jams We Love, we're turning you onto the songs that keep us going every day. We'll showcase a new playlist every week so you can start things off right.
1. Cities Aviv, "Old Daze (Can't Hold On)"
This Memphis rapper recently screamed onto my radar and I'm having a real hard time choosing which track I like best. Today, I've settled on this one. Twenty-two-year-old Cities Aviv sports a traditional, flawless flow that recalls rap's 90s glory days, yet pairs his voice with experimental noise, samples of Steely Dan and SF's own Blackbird Blackbird.
2. Jonathan Richman, "Roadrunner"
Sometimes Richman will play surprise shows at the Makeout Room or Lost Weekend Video, so space evaporates as soon as the show's announced. This week, he's playing Great American Music Hall, so you can enjoy his Velvet Underground-esque ramshackle rock 'n roll without straining to see the man himself.
3. Iggy & The Stooges, "Shake Appeal"
Several weeks ago, The Stooges were set to play The Warfield until Iggy went and broke his foot and canceled the whole shebang. Now Iggy's back in fighting form. And we mean that–having seen the band a year ago in New York, it's true that they're the hardest working sexagenarians around. If you're lucky enough to feel the spray of Iggy's sweat as he leans over the audience, try not to shower for as long as humanly possible.
4. Quilt, "Penobska Oakwalk"
Now that the slightly irritating "psych-folk" movement of the early-aughts has passed, we can stomach the lilting charm of Quilt, a Massachussets band that mines eccentric 60s folk and unpolished, backwoods psychedelia on their self-titled album.
5. Wiz Khalifa, "Say Yeah"
Wiz is performing with Snoop next week in an epic joining of forces, so we decided to unearth one of his early hits. I love a good synth line in a rap song, and this, of Alice Deejay fame, is one of the club-banginest we've ever heard.