playlist // summer 19

Summer is winding down and we have a few last chances before we go back to school, work, or to the closet for sweaters. This playlist is meant to be a soundtrack for the last few getaways of the Summer, a few more nights out on the porch, or a few stolen summer swims [even if they are only imagined]. So, make a drink with some fruit in it, kick off your espadrilles, ease into a comfy chair [or hammock], and enjoy a quick trip to paradise…


P.S. This is our 15th annual faucethead Summer playlist… just where does it all go?
[to which Elissa would say, “You’re ridiculous.“]

1 // Quiet Village – Martin Denny
2 // Lullaby of the Leaves – Mickey Baker
3 // Washed Ashore – Monster Rally
4 // Carnival Of Souls – Combustible Edison
5 // Supreme – Ratatat
6 // Nature Boy – Robert Maxwell
7 // Caipirinha River Cruise – The Tremolo Beer Gut
8 // Orchids – Monster Rally
9 // Egyptian Reggae – Jonathan Rickman & The Modern Lovers
10 // Undelivered Letter – Quantic and His Combo Barbaro
11 // Tradewind – Eden Ahbez
12 // Ladyfingers – Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
13 // Island Romance – Monster Rally
14 // Simba – Les Baxter
15 // Games – Dorothy Ashby
16 // Exotica – Martin Denny
17 // Song of Old Hawaii – Hawaii Calls
18 // Polynesian Village Theme Song – The Tikiyaki Orchestra
19 // The Tiki Room – Monster Rally
20 // Hawaiian Link – Richard Myhill
21 // One the Beach, Waves on Sand, Tropical Birds – Disneynature Soundscapes

playlist // early spring 19

You know that feeling when you wake-up one minute before your alarm clock and you are strangely alert and ready-to go? This is an extremely rare occurance for me but I absolutely love it when it happens. Especially when I spend most mornings like a vampire hissing at the morning light and cursing the general concept of time.

Springtime embodies that feeling of readiness and waking [happily] before the alarm. There’s a subconcious hope to it. A hope that we/you/I need if you’ve ever experienced a lethargy of the spirit – a personal long winter.

Today was literally one of those days for me. As I sip my coffee and write this [over my previously scheduled progamming], I feel Springtime. I feel the adventures, creativity, and growth that it brings.

Here’s to Springtime and here’s to you.

1 // Church (feat. EARTHGANG) – Samm Henshaw, EARTHGANG
2 // Wreck the Rod – Nick Waterhouse
3 // Body Chemistry – The Drums
4 // Wishing Cap – Crane Like the Bird, James Mercer
5 // Stars Around My Heart – Steve Mason
6 // Pais Nublado – Helado Negro
7 // It’s Over – Morrissey
8 // The World (Is Going up in Flames) – Charles Bradley
9 // Fire – Black Pumas
10 // The Suburbs – Mr Little Jeans
11 // Worrywort – Radiohead
12 // 007 And Counting – John Barry

playlist // mid winter 19

Winter can be very tough to embrace, especially with 80º temperature swings that bottom out at -40º F. After a lifetime of Midwest winters [in the U.S.] you learn a few tricks and tips for survival.

Make the most of the dark. After all, the majority of your time will be between dusk and dawn and who really wants longer days of dreary overcast skies anyway? Embrace the night – the skies are usually clear as well as the streets.

Find fire. A fireplace is truly a godsend. Finding fire is in our DNA – passed down from our surviving ancestors. Don’t have a fireplace? Light a candle or two or three. Bonus points for finding a quiet place for a drink that has a good fireplace – I mean, how can 4.7 million Irish natives be wrong? The vast majority of pubs in Ireland have fireplaces – smart folk the Irish.

Get lost… inside. Now that you have established a warm glow in the cold dark world of the season, get lost in something. We recommend a good book [Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness by ingrid Fetell Lee], A good Series on Television [Killing Eve or The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel], and/or a good moody music playlist, ahem… like this one [It’s slightly different than our usual. Drop us a line and let us know what you think].

Enjoy and stay warm.


1 // Swim Team – Arms and Sleepers
2 // Nova – Amon Tobin
3 // Enough – Alif Tree
4 // Rodney Yates – David Holmes
5 // Locura de Amor – Los Panchos
6 // Bo Mambo-1999 Digital Remaster –Yma Sumac
7 // Kiss of Fire – Louis Armstrong
8 // Wait for the Moment – Vulfpeck
9 // Heartbreak – Unloved
10 // Killer Shangri-Lah (from Killing Eve OST) – Pshycotic Beats
11 // Lux Prima – Karen O, Danger Mouse
12 // Ill Wind – Radiohead
13 // Frost Circus-2001 Remaster – XTC
14 // Outer Space – Chloé

playlist // early winter 18

Embrace joy. Shine bright. Stay warm.

~ Enjoy.



1 // Runnin’ – Philippians Remix Insturmental – The Pharcyde
2 // Teardrop – Massive Attack
3 // Daughter – Four Tet
4 // Flux – Sparkybeats
5 // Bloodless – Andrew Bird
6 // Katchi [feat. Leon Bridges] – Nick Waterhouse
7 // Don’t Wanna – Washed Out
8 // Take It Slow [feat. Joe Dukie & U-Brown] – Boozoo Bajou
9 // Never Be Another You – El Michels Affair, Lee FIelds
10 // Casey Neistat’s Words of Wisdom – AQUA STONE THROW
11 // The Christmas Vibe – Philip E Morris
12 // Christmas Time Is Here – Lucius
13 // Swamp – Futuro Pelo

playlist // autumn 18

And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.

– Oscar Wilde

Autumn is a very special time at the faucethead studios. Whether is coming out of a brutal Summer in the California desert or heading into a daunting Minnesota Winter there is a magic to it that makes us stop and take a breath, an invitation to our irises to open a fully as possible to take in the explosion of color, an opportunity to fill our lungs full of a seasonal air that seems richer than any other time of year. Here’s to cinnamon and sugar doughnuts, warm honey crisp apple cider, the smell of leaves underfoot, an early glow of the evening street lights, and the distant chorus of children trick-or-treating… and as always, here’s to you. Enjoy.

1 // Town Called Malice – The Jam
2 // Jessica WJ – Cayucas
3 // Meet the Frownies – Mr Twin Sister
4 // The Rover – Interpol
5 // Desperate But Not Serious – Adam Ant
6 // Yin and Yang [The Flowerpot Man] – Love and Rockets
7 // Caipirinha River Cruise – The Tremolo Beer Gut
8 // I Feel a Change – Charles Bradley, Menahan Street Band
9 // Is It Any Wonder? – Durand Jones & The Indications
10 // Bunny’s Dream – Matthew Dear
11 // Ghost – The Raveonettes
12 // Red Right Hand [2011 Remastered Version] – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
13 // Season of the Witch – Donovan
14 // How to See Ghosts or Surely Bring Them to You – Vincent Prince
15 // Want Me – Puma Blue

summer float 2018 playlist + giveaway


Look there’s a lot going on out there – anger, sadness, isolation, hashtag activism, some truly bad shit… but this is Summertime and that affords us a few well-earned personal allowances. This is Summertime and here is your assignment  [should you choose to accept it]:

How To Enter the Summer Float Challenge:

Post a picture/pictures inspired by the faucethead Summer to do list to instagram and tag them with #fcviews.

Here’s Your Faucethead Summer to-do list:

1. Listen to the Faucethead Summer Float Playlist

It’s slightly off-tangent to your typical pop Summer playlist but we think you’ll like it.

2. Find Awe

Beginner tip: Close your eyes, take 4 deep breaths, and then look at the sky – It’ll never look that way again

3. Quality Cheese or Ice Cream

Treat yourself to one of the two and eat the first 2 bites as slowly as possible [no extra points for doing both at the same time].

4. Dance at Night

Extra points given for lack of self awareness!

5. Feast Your Eyes

Learn about an artist and share them with a friend. A few of our recommendations: Kelly ReemstenCynthia Grow, Michael Schwab, Shaun Tan, Donald JuddRobert Rauchenberg,

6. Read or Watch Fight Club

This is why… “I see all this potential, and I see it squandered. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables – slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our great war is a spiritual war… Our great depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars, but we won’t. We’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.”

7. Full Hug

Hug someone you care about like it’s the last time you’ll see them… Just try it.

8. Get Lost

Turn off Google maps and Waze and find a new path/route somewhere. Whether it’s a different route home from the store or a new trail up a mountain – make your own tracks.

9. Send a Postcard

This one is always on our list. It’s a simple mission. Extra points if you make your own or alter the front to make it unique.
Here’s some inspiration: Griffin and Sabine

10. Float

I don’t care if it’s a bathtub, a pool, or an ocean, you carry enough weight around on our shoulders these days, treat yourself to weightlessness

Giveaway / Prize:
Handmade Personalized Faucethead Postcard

We’ll select a winner from the posts and we’ll send you a handmade postcard. No s#!t – we’ll actually paint it just for you. We need more than 10 entries so tell your friends. Enter often to increase your chances. We’ll choose and notify a winner on Friday, August 17th.

Even if you only do one thing on this list, do it for you – we think you deserve it.


1 // Yegelle Tezeta – Mulatu Astatke
2 // Ragale – AkaleWube
3 // Cirkus – Gramatik
4 // Happy Man – Jungle
5 // Balla Balla – Brazilian Girls
6 // Una Musica Brutal [El Hijo de la Cumbia Remix] – Gotan Project
7 // Tea Leaf Dancers [Moodymann Edit] – Flying Lotus, Andreya Triana
8 // Baby (How Much I LFO You) – DJ Koze
9 // Sans lendemain – La Riviera
10 // Invitation – Dorothy Ashby
11 // Petite fleur – Henri Salvador
12 // Under My Umbrella – Margo Guryan
13 // Barn Barn – Sister Nancy
14 // You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No) [Extended Mix] – Dawn Penn
15 // Nice Up The Dance [Previously Unreleased Version] – Michigan & Smiley 16 // Armagideon Time – The Clash
17 // Do Nothing – The Specials

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