Aaaand we’re back! After a short break to make some room for C2E2 and catch up on real life adult stuff, DTC Listens! is back in action to provide you with a new diverse playlist. Come and check out what our writers have been listening to!

Andrea Francois

The Raconteurs – “Many Shades of Black”

As far as Jack White side projects go, Dead Weather is definitely my favorite. However, The Raconteurs Consolers of the Lonely is such an unrecognized quintessential rock album of the 2000s. I know that’s a sweeping statement, but dammit, that’s how I feel. And “Many Shades of Black” is one of the highlight tracks that everyone can love.

Justin Timberlake – “Not A Bad Thing”

This might be the most boy-band sounding track off of The 20/20 Experience, and it’s currently making the Top 100 radio rounds. I will never not love JT, and while this isn’t the next single I was hoping for from his recent album, it’s still just so damn catchy that you can’t not listen to it.


Kali Sluyter

The National – “Graceless”

I spent my last night in Michigan finally fulfilling my life’s dream of seeing The National, and damn it, it was one of the happiest nights in recent memory.  This could have been any number of songs, but “Graceless” was just incredible live and one of my favorite songs from the new album, so hey, here ya go.

Vampire Weekend – “Step”

I’ve always really liked VW’s singles, but never their entire albums, which is a problem that I need to get over in my life.  Anyway, “Step” is just a perfectly chill and lovely song about getting older and I really love it and have considered attempting to cover it more than once.


Matt Brier

Bleachers – “I Wanna Get Better”

New single from a side project of Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff.  It’s infectiously poppy and has become my go to jam for warm spring days.  The video for it is pretty funny too.

House Ghost – “Cactus Killer”

An upbeat, indie rocker.  The song, in some ways, reminds me of early Weezer.  Maybe cross pollinated with some OK Go.  The song also has a fun video which was shot in their hometown(and my current residence) Louisville, Ky.



Mike Rapin

Brown Bird – “Fingers To The Bone”

A friend of mine was listening to this band and I became enamored with the folk/blues/old-style sound. This song is a perfect example of what makes this band great. Part of me thinks I’m robbing a bank in a movie montage, part of me thinks I’m in an old barn in 1917 sitting on a dirty, creaky wooden chair drinking XXX alcohol from a small wooden cup.

foxing – “Quietus”

This was recommended to me on Spotify and I ended up listening to this bands whole discography 5 times over — it’s pretty small. Nonetheless, this is some pretty great “quiet” music. It’s very mellow and indie and definitely relevant on a cool, rainy day.


Jonathan Francois

Iggy Azalea – “Fancy”

What’s that? A trashy pop song on the radio? I love it! This is the sort of song that makes me want to speed down the road with the volume turned all the way up. You know, in my Prius.

Avril Lavigne – “Hello Kitty”

Oh look, another trashy pop song! This is the sort of song I try not to think too hard about, because then other things about life stop making sense. It’s super catchy and I can guarantee that I will have this song stuck in my head for the next week or two.



Paul Jaissle

Doug Gillard – “Ready For Death”

Although he’s best known for playing guitar with Guided By Voices and, more recently, Nada Surf, Gillard has also released some fantastic power pop albums of his own over the years. That said, I haven’t been able to make it too far into his new album, Parade On, since I can’t get past this opening track, which combines some morbid lyrics with ridiculously catchy pop hooks.

Sweet Apple – “Reunion”

Speaking of new power pop albums, Sweet Apple –a supergroup of sorts featuring Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis and members of Cobra Verde– returned this year with The Golden Age of Glitter. ‘Reunion’ is a duet with Guided By Voices frontman Robert Pollard with a monster-sized hook of a chorus. I dare you to not pump your fist to this one.


Zander Riggs

Madcon – “Beggin’”

A mixture of old and new. This song is a cover of a song of the same name originally performed by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons but with a hip hop twist.  Something about this fusion of sound always gets me. Admittedly, this has been my jam for the past few weeks.

Case & Point – “Savage”

Sometimes you just gotta rage.

Attention! That’s it for this week! See you next time!

About The Author

Andrea is currently the Site Administrator and Music Editor at DestroyTheCyborg!, and in real life works as a corporate drone for a mid-west retailer. Like most people, she did not go to school for any of those things. In her spare time, she plays her musical things, video games, and occasionally goes outdoors. She loves beer and wine, and avoids dirtying dishes at all costs.
Andrea is the wife of video game and comic reviewer, Jon Francois, and together with their cats, have a life goal of ruling the world (or just sort of hanging out, whichever proves to be easier).

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