About the playlist:
1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis made local history this week when they took home four Grammys in one night, the most ever won by an act from Seattle. This is just the beginning for these incredible talents and we couldn’t be more proud of how they represent our city. We chose ‘Thrift Shop’ because we’re putting some grandpa style on the line in our Super Bowl wager with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.
2. Fly Moon Royalty – Lemonade
An up and coming act, Fly Moon Royalty’s electro-soul sound is a ‘perfectly fitting contradiction’ of blues and R&B mixed with electronica and hip hop. This fun, talented duo is represented by Seattle’s oldest locally owned and operated hip hop label, Sport’n Life Records and is one of Seattle’s Best Local Bands as voted by local arts publication City Arts. Keep your eye out on these two.
3. The Head and The Heart – Shake
The Head and the Heart is a great musical offering from Seattle’s Sub Pop Records. The band formed through a series of open mic nights at Conor Byrne, a popular local pub for upcoming musicians located in our Ballard neighborhood and now they’re being enjoyed throughout the U.S. and beyond. We dedicate this one to CenturyLink Field which has the 12th Man to thank for all the shaking going on there when the Seahawks play at home.
4. Brandi Carlile – Raise Hell
You may have gotten a peek at Brandi Carlile’s talent while she performed the National Anthem prior to this year’s playoff game between the Seahawks and Saints, but there are few things more satisfying than watching her tear the roof off of a small local club. Her voice is huge and channels Patsy Cline, her stage energy is raucous and channels Johnny Cash. We’re dedicating this track to Richard Sherman, the best corner in the league right now!
5. Allen Stone – Celebrate Tonight
Allen Stone is a great vocalist and socially conscious songwriter from eastern Washington with an endlessly enjoyable sound. We plan on doing a lot of celebrating Sunday night.
6. Sir Mix-a-Lot – Posse on Broadway
Sir Mix-a-Lot’s classic homage to Seattle, more specifically his homage to the Central District and Capitol Hill neighborhoods. The song and accompanying video were major influences in the work we see from Macklemore today.
7. Kithkin – Fallen Giants
2011 graduates of the Experience Music Project’s “Sound Off! Battle of the Teenage Bands,” Kithkin feature “mountainous percussion with the kind of epic presence that’s usually only found during the closing titles of Peter Jackson films,” and have a fiercely loyal local following. We’ll have to dedicate this one to Peyton Manning.
8. The Flavr Blue – Hideaway
A synth-pop trio collaboration between Hollis Wong-Wear, who sang the hook on Macklemore’s “White Walls” and produced his “Thrift Shop” video, and Seattle hip-hop scene stalwarts Parker Joe and Lace Cadence. They were just listed as Artists to Watch in 2014 in the Google Play store.
9. Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze
Born and raised in Seattle, Jimi Hendrix is a rock and roll icon the world over. The city has memorialized his presence with a striking bronze statue on Capitol Hill’s Broadway and a south Seattle park in his name.
10. Phish – Wilson
Not a local band, but we’ve adopted them as one of our own following the 12th Man’s chants of “Wiiiiiiil-soooon” whenever our beloved second-year quarterback Russell Wilson takes the field for the first time each game.
11. Heart – Crazy on You
Another couple of hometown heroes named Wilson. Ann Wilson recently performed the National Anthem at the playoff game between the Hawks and the 49ers, but she’s been rocking the world with her sister Nancy for decades.
12. Maldives – Muscle for the Wing
A new Seattle institution in the last few years, the Maldives offer up some of the best alt-country in town with electrifying live performances.
13. Tea Cozies – Muchos Dracula
A fun garage pop-rock band, the Tea Cozies picked their name “from their desire to call themselves something that would most likely appeal to knitters and British grandmothers.” We’re neither and we still think they rock.
14. Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs – Where I Come From
An exciting vocal talent originally from Ellensburg, Washington, 90 minutes east of Seattle. She’s an alt-country rocker with a big voice and a gritty honesty that she brings to every show.
15. Pearl Jam – Mind Your Manners
Another classic Seattle grunge-era band that continues to make great records. This is a great new track from their latest studio album Lightning Bolt.
16. Hey Marseilles – Bright Stars Burning
A local favorite ready for national attention, Hey Marseilles is an indie-rock band that got their start at the University of Washington and a series of jam sessions at Gas Works Park.
17. The Blue Scholars – North by Northwest
A powerful rap duo with an activist bent, the Blue Scholars formed while attending the University of Washington and have played a major role in Seattle’s growing hip hop scene. This track, like many of their others, simultaneously celebrates, educates, and entertains in a way that is uniquely Seattle.
18. Pickwick – Lady Luck
A great Seattle garage indie-rock band. Let’s hope Lady Luck is on our side this week! Go Hawks!
19. Shabazz Palaces feat. THEESatisfaction – Endeavors for Never
A local hip hop group that pushes the boundaries of the genre with layered, electronic beats and elements of dub step and world music. Here, they feature another exciting local hip hop act, THEESatisfaction.
20. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
A Seattle classic through and through.