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  • Proof That Hip Hop Is Ripping Off The Renaissance

    Sixteenth century Europe, with its emphasis on the emerging middle class, offered social mobility that had never been dreamed of. As the merchant class became ever more rich and powerful, they did what anyone else would do: bought furs and gold chalices. Sound familiar? Apparently everything old is new again as many hip hop artists indulge in similar ostentation. Or maybe we’re reading too much into this and we should just enjoy the funny similarities between today’s hip hop stars and these Renaissance paintings from B4-XVI.

  • This Karaoke Montage Of “Don’t Stop Believin'” Will Ruin The Song Forever

    We recently learned that Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” has received more “thumbs up” votes on Pandora than any other song. Over 20 million people have given the track positive votes, despite the fact that “Any Way You Want It” is the band’s best song. Who are all these people that love it so much? If this video is any indication, the song’s fanbase is made up entirely of bad karaoke singers from the Seattle area. Welp, time to go smash my copy of Escape.

  • Bob Dylan Salutes Film Noir With New Music Video

    Bob Dylan will never be a crooner. Over the years, he lost his already limited ability to hit high notes and now you just want to smack him on the back to help him cough up whatever he’s fighting in his throat. Indeed, Dylan is a far cry from the velvety smoothness of Frank Sinatra. But that doesn’t keep him from trying. Last month Dylan recorded an album of songs made famous by Sinatra entitled Shadows in the Night. The album was recorded live, just like they did things 60 years ago, with a small, five-piece band. Now Dylan has released a music video for “The Night We Called It a Day” that pays homage to the film noir classics of the era. Starring Dylan and Robert Davi, best known as pock-marked villain Jake Fratelli in The Goonies, the video is beautifully shot and an excellent reminder of how music videos are capable of being artistic shorts in their own right. And the music, a sparse arrangement of upright bass, acoustic guitar, and haunting horns that sounds like a track off of Tom Waits’ Swordfishtrombones, is the perfect pairing for the visuals.

  • 13 Things We Know About Mumford & Sons New Album and Tour Dates

    Mumford & Sons have been a big part of RSVLTS.com ever since we threw a sold out pre-party for their wildly successful show in Hoboken a few years back. And this morning we’re happy to be one of the first to announce that the guys have a new album, Wilder Mind, being released on May 4th and tour dates, kicking off in New Jersey on June 5th, that will have them (probably) coming to a city near you. If you haven’t seen Mumford & Sons live you can watch a full concert below that will give you an idea of how good they really are. Now for the details on the new album and tour dates. We compiled 13 things we know about the upcoming album and their tour dates.  

  • Massive Update To ‘RSVLTS Alternative Essentials’ Spotify Playlist

    Earlier this week I got an interesting email from a fan of our Spotify playlist “RSVLTS Alternative Essentials“. In a nutshell Daniel from Georgia called called me out for not updating the playlist since October, and you know what? He was right. I got lazy and this was the wakeup call I needed. People who follow the list religiously will tell you that it has the Midas Touch for discovering new artists well before they go on to commercial success. Alt- J, The 1975, Lorde, American Authors, Fitz and the Tantrums, (and others) may seem like household names now but we had them first, when they we’re doing door-to-door acoustic sets just trying to get this music played. (Looking at you Priory). Anyway, we did a huge update today for Daniel, over 50 songs. On it you’ll see a nice blend of established artists and music from up and coming bands you may not know yet. The best way to listen to this playlist is throw it on random and dive right in. Please submit all music you’d like to see on the list to: tips @ RSVLTS.com Full list of the February 27, 2015 update: Airborne Toxic Event – “Wrong” Alt-j – “Left Hand Free” Alt-j – “Every more »

  • The Vocal Track To The Seinfeld Theme Song Revealed

    At a time when just about every sitcom featured a theme song with goofy vocals (think Leon Redbone’s catchy Mr. Belvedere ditty), Seinfeld was an anomaly, with a theme that was nothing more than some funky bass and a brief horn line. But it turns out, the song had a long lost vocal track that was used by nu metal superstars Limp Bizkit in 1999, a year after the hit comedy ended its run. That’s right, when you were rocking out to “Break Stuff” in your Jnco Kangaroos, you were actually justifying ripping someone’s head off to the Seinfeld theme. Or not. But you have to admit, they fit together pretty well.

  • Mary Poppins Goes Death Metal

    Everyone went gaga over Lady Gaga’s tribute to Julie Andrews and The Sound of Music at the Oscars on Sunday night, but we find this death metal tribute to Julie Andrews’ best role, Mary Poppins, to be much more entertaining. The music for the track was arranged, performed, and recorded by Andy Rehfeldt, who has made a ton of similarly brilliant videos. The track also features vocals from Sera Hatchett and Thomas Hinds and was mixed by Grant Cornish. Let’s hope next time the Oscars give them all a call instead of Lady Gaga.

  • Ouch. A Grammy Nominated Artist Shared His Royalty Statements And It’s Not Good.

    Armen Chakmakian is a Grammy-nominated recording artist who, from an outsiders perspective perspective, is probably living a lavish life that we see on Instagram. But Armen recently shared his royalty statements and it shows that the days of becoming rich in the music industry ended with the Millennium. His music was streamed over 14,227 times and he made only $4.20! Armen shared the story and the royalty statement which you can see below. 

  • Watch Afroman Throw Another Fan Offstage [Video]

    Afroman​ is back at it! Just days after he punched a girl in the face the rapper tossed a fan off stage. The fan was trying to snatch Afroman’s blunt and probably deserved it but the real question is why the hell  doesn’t Afroman have any concert security? Post by The Roosevelts.

  • Metal Hits Get Ska Makeovers On This Hilarious YouTube Channel

    If you were a kid in the 90s, your taste in music went one of two ways: you either wore baggy jncos and sports jerseys and listened to overly aggro nu-metal or you were a ska fan, complete with checkered porkpie hat and some sort of cringey facial hair, most likely a soul patch. Fans of both were stupid and annoying in their own ways, but the two groups would never mix. Until now. Bob Kooparos is a man on a mission to transform angry metal and nu metal hits into irie reggae and ska jams. The resulting songs are ridiculous, terrible, and we can’t get enough of them. Check out a few of our favorites below, then listen to the rest on YouTube. Jah bless.

  • Check Out Jack White’s 3-In-1 Interactive Video

    Jack White’s Lazaretto, released last summer, offered up all sorts of cool innovations with its “Ultra LP” release, including secret tracks, hidden grooves with alternate takes, and even holograms. But Jack didn’t let his creativity take a break after the release. The new video for “That Black Bat Licorice” reveals that the innovations just keep coming. It’s actually three different videos that you can switch between while it plays by pressing “3” or “B” on your keyboard. The default animated video is from director James Blagden of “Dock Ellis and the LSD” fame; holding “B” reveals a live-action video from Brad Holland; and holding “3” plays a live-action video directed by Jack White. Vinyl…music videos…what antiquated medium will Jack White bring back next? We’re hoping for wax cylinders.

  • Win Butler Brings Kanye And Beck Together With Awesome Mashup

    Win Butler of Arcade Fire has had a busy week. He played in the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game, scoring eight points; he DJ-ed an after party as DJ Windows 98; he worked as a barista at an NYC coffee shop on Valentine’s Day; and he introduced Miley Cyrus and her surprisingly solid cover of “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” at the SNL 40th Anniversary show. But apparently it wasn’t Miley that got Butler’s creative juices flowing. If this awesome mashup is any indication, it was Kanye’s bizarre performance of his 2004 hit “Jesus Walks” that got into Butler’s head and gave him the idea to mix the track with Beck’s 1994 hit “Loser.” And considering “Loser” is just Beck (poorly) rapping over a drum and guitar loop, Kanye’s skills are a welcome addition. Now let’s just hope this track, proving the two very different artists each have something to offer, will silence both Kanye’s and Beck’s fans after all that Grammy nonsense.

  • “Barracuda” Played On Two Harps Rocks Way More Than You Think [Video]

    You might not consider a harp to be a very rocking instrument and you’re correct. After all, aside from Florence + The Machine, the 5000-year-old string instrument, a favorite of cherubim and Calvin Candie, is not often heard in popular music. But Beyond Pluck is hoping to change that. Made up of harpists Paula Bressman and Rachel Miller, Beyond Pluck has been performing a mix of classical and pop music arrangements since 2010. Here they are joined by drummer Nick Buda as they tackle “Barracuda,” a song by another popular female duo, Heart. And much like Rasputina did for the cello years ago, beyond Pluck proves that harps can rock just as hard as any electric guitar.

  • Iconic Concert: Muse Live At Glastonbury Music Festval

    Muse is widely considered, by fans and critics alike, to be one of the most exciting bands to see live in music today. Back in 2004 Muse rocked people’s faces off at Glastonbury in support of their album Absolution and six years later they came back to Glastonbury for a now legendary performance that you can watch the video below in all it’s HD glory. Tracklist: 00:16 Uprising 05:47 Supermassive Black Hole 10:07 New Born 16:39 School riff(from Nirvana): Thanks Dude! 18:22 Map of the Problematique 24:05 Guiding Light 28:27 Citizen Erased 36:13 Nishe 37:32 United States of Eurasia 42:00 Feeling Good 45:20 Undisclosed Desires 50:43 Resistance 57:20 Hysteria 1:02:58 (62:58) House of the Rising Sun 1:03:54 (63:54) Time is Running Out 1:09:08 (69:08) Starlight 1:13:20 (73:20) Stockholm Syndrome Encore: 1:21:19 (81:19) Where the Streets Have No Name(feat. The Edge, U2 Cover) 1:27:30 (87:30) Plug In Baby 1:32:36 (92:36) Man With A Harmonica 1:34:40 (94:40) Knights of Cydonia

  • Band Jokingly Begins AC/DC Song And Crowd Takes It From There [Video]

    Singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson was playing a show in New York last year when he made the mistake of jokingly strumming the opening riff to AC/DC’s 1980 hit “You Shook Me All Night Long.” The crowd immediately started singing along, leaving Matt no choice but to continue on. soon his band all joined in with nothing more than a nod, guitarist Aaron Tap performed the iconic solo. Let this be a lesson to all musicians: Don’t call down the thunder(struck) unless you mean it!

  • RSVLTS Official Coachella 2015 Party Guide

    Everyone knows that Coachella is one of the cornerstones of the RSVLTS.com. Since we first partnered with Heineken in 2013 as their official content producer for Coachella we were hooked. We’re an east coast company but the pilgrimage to Indio each year have become an annual tradition. After attending various pool parties in the vicinity of Empire Polo Club we quickly realized there is more to Coachella than the actual festival itself. There are pool parties, carnivals, brand events and so much more that offer an oasis to drink icy cold beers and kick back with friends poolside. In 2014 we launched our Official Coachella Party Guide as a one-stop-shop for the most up to date Coachella event information, and judging by the dozens of exclusive tips and hundreds of emails we received, it ended up being much more than a piece of content. Festival goers were using this as a road map to their weekend planning so it is imperative that we run it back in 2015, bigger and badder. — Things to know: We get a TON of exclusive event tips, in 2014 we got 12 event tips sent to us directly before anyone else, and this year we’re going to launch a party tips more »

  • 23 Album Covers Recreated With Paper Clips

    In this messy, cluttered world, there is nothing we crave more than the awesome organizational properties of paper clips and the soothing simplicity of minimalist art. And thanks to Philippines-based digital artist Eisen Bernard Bernardo, we get both in a single gallery. Bernardo, whose mash-ups of magazine covers and classic art we’ve shared in the past, is now working his digital magic on his Clip (Album) Art Tumblr, dedicated to recreating popular album covers using colorful paper clips. We’re particularly impressed with Sia’s 1000 Forms of Fear. And we wouldn’t be surprised if it provides the mysterious musician with an idea for a new disguise.

  • Iconic Concert: Arcade Fire At Coachella 2011

    Only a few months after winning the Grammy for Album of the Year Arcade Fire headlined Coachella’s coveted primetime Saturday night slot. Towards the end of the performance massive LED beach balls created by Intel were dropped into the crowd and blinked along with the beat of the song. It was one of the most memorable moments in Coachella history and you can watch it in HD here. Set List: 1. Month of May 2. Rebellion (Lies) 3. No Cars Go 4. Haiti 5. City With No Children 6. The Suburbs 7. The Suburbs (Continued) 8. Crown of Love 9. Rococo 10. Intervention 11. Neighborhood #2 (Laika) 12. We Used to Wait 13. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) 14. Keep the Car Running 15. Wake Up Encore: 16. Ready to Start 17. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) 18. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

  • Slayer Played On Toy Instruments Is Not As Bad As You’d Think [Video]

    Do you have children in your life who want to take up an instrument but the ungrateful brats, who can barely play a kazoo, demand something better than the cheap plastic First Act instruments from your local big-box store? Well, they’re sort of right. As this video proves, those toys don’t sound too great. But, in the hands of talented musicians playing Slayer’s “Raining Blood,” they still sound better than your high school friend’s band who spent all their money on expensive equipment they didn’t know how to use only to embarrass themselves at the battle of the bands at the rec center back in ’01. And you have to admit, that tiny pink double bass drum setup is pretty badass.

  • Stream Fat Mike’s Pop Punk Musical

    NOFX frontman and occasional depressing clown Fat Mike has composed a punk rock musical, Home Street Home. Fat Mike had help composing the project, about a runaway 16-year-old girl who finds acceptance in a “family” of homeless teen punks, from dominatrix girlfriend Soma Snakeoil and Avenue Q creator Jeff Marx. You can see the show live beginning February 20 at San Francisco’s Z Space but you can check out the songs before then on this Soundcloud stream. The tracks feature vocals from Frank Turner, Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba, Lena Hall from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Bad Cop/Bad Cop’s Stacey Dee, the late Tony Sly of No Use For A Name, and Dance Hall Crashers’ Karina Denike. The upbeat, pop-punk music, reminiscent of Fat Wreck Chords’ classic 90s releases, is performed by members of Descendents, Lagwagon, Old Man Markley, Mad Caddies, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, The Aggrolites, The Living End, The Real McKenzies, and RKL. You can purchase the album on CD and MP3 beginning February 10 and LP March 24 directly from Fat Wreck Chords. Now we just hope Fat Mike brings the show to the East Coast.

  • A Breakdown Of Every Trademark Owned By Taylor Swift (And The One That Got Away)

    Taylor Swift made news last week when it was revealed that the singer and apparently savvy businesswoman trademarked a variety of phrases from her latest album, 1989. It’s a smart move. By trademarking popular phrases from her song’s, Swift is able to cut down on bootleg merchandise being peddled outside her concerts. And these days, when performers rely more and more on merch sales, Swift needs every penny she can get to keep multiple lavish roofs above her cats’ heads. But a search of the United States Patent and Trademark Office shows that this is no new idea for Swift and her team. She has been trademarking her name and lyrics for years! Check out all of the trademarks she owns (and one that slipped through her fingers) below.

  • The Nine Inch Nails/Taylor Swift Mashup We Can’t Help But Love [Video]

    There is no shame in a 30-year-old man enjoying Nine Inch Nails. On the other hand, a 30-year-old man who enjoys listening to Taylor Swift may not want to advertise that fact. That’s what makes this mashup so great. You get the danceable beats of Taylor Swift’s shamefully fantastic “Shake It Off” and you can pretend it’s just a remix of NIN’s “The Perfect Drug.” Plus, it’s funny imagining Trent Reznor singing “you make me hard when I’m all soft inside” to Taylor Swift. And the fun doesn’t stop there. Check out more brilliant mashups from Isosine on YouTube.

  • Tom Morello And Serj Tankian Cover “Crazy Train”

    In 1979, Black Sabbath fired Ozzy Osbourne and replaced him with Ronnie James Dio. But any doubts as to whether Osbourne could have a career without his bandmates were silenced when Osbourne teamed with guitarist Randy Rhoads and releases Blizzard of Ozz in 1980. The album was a huge success, eventually selling over 6 million copies. And much of the success was due to a song that would go down in heavy metal history, “Crazy Train.” A teenage Tom Morello studied Randy Rhoads’ riffs while learning guitar, calling Rhoads his favorite guitar player of all time. Morello would go on to superstardom with his bands Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave. Randy Rhoads was killed in a plane crash in 1982, but his legacy lives on. A group of some of the most talented musicians, including Tom Morello and System of a Down vocalist Serj Tankian, have come together to record a cover album of songs cowritten by Randy Rhoads from his time with Osbourne and his earlier years with Quiet Riot. And of course, “Crazy Train” is one of the tracks on the album. Check out “Crazy Train,” featuring an incredible solo from Morello starting at 2:43, streaming on more »

  • 10 Songs Inspired By Martin Luther King Jr.

    It’s great that we have a day off today, but instead of wasting it away by partying (or recovering from partying during yesterday’s games), why not learn something about why we have the day off? Check out these 22 Astounding Martin Luther King Jr. Facts That You (Probably) Didn’t Know then listen to these 10 songs inspired the man who we celebrate today. And maybe you’ll find the motivation to go out and do your part to make the world a better place.

  • What Would Elvis, Hendrix and Other Fallen Rock Stars Look Like If They Were Alive Today?

    The tragic stories of promising musicians gone before their time is one we’ve seen too often. Sachs Media Group put together a series of detailed renderings of some of history’s best musicians who passed on at an early age. Elvis, John Lennon, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix are a few of the renderings below of great rock stars if they were alive today. Elvis Presley , 80 Source: Alcadehotel Source: SachsMedia Born: Jan. 8, 1935; Tupelo, Mississippi Died: Aug. 16, 1977; Memphis, Tennessee The undisputed King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, of whom John Lennon once said “without Elvis there is no Beatles” died in 1977 at age 42. Kurt Cobain, 47  Born: Feb. 20, 1967; Aberdeen, Washington Died: April 8, 1994; Seattle, Washington Lead singer and guitarist for Nirvana. Keith Moon, 68 Source: TheFaustoRocks Born: Aug. 23, 1946; London, England Died: Sept. 7, 1978; London, England Considered one of the best drummers of all time, as well as one of the wildest on and off stage, the former Who member died in 1978 at age 32. John Lennon, 74   Source: Fanpop Born: Oct. 9, 1940; Liverpool, England Died: Dec. 8, 1980; New York, New York The Beatles frontman died in 1980 at age more »

  • The Most Decade-Specific Words in Top Billboard Song Titles Will Shock You

    And the most common word in a Billboard song title this decade is… You’re not going to be happy about it. David Taylor looked for words in Billboard song titles that appeared during a given decade more than other decades. Then he charted usage for the top five of each decade, going back to 1890. The chart is made up of five different columns, the first being decade, second is word, third is keyness, an estimate for how much the word is unique to the decade followed by the word’s maximum frequency and the fifth shows a contour breakdown of a specific word through it’s significant decade. The words with relatively high keyness values will show peaks at and around the red bars, in some cases words like “you” and “U” are obvious and more common throughout the past three decades, while shocking words like “F*ck” “Hell” and “Die” take the bottom three of five spots of the past five years. A drastic change since 100 years ago when “Home” “Land” and “Old” took those same spots or dare we say the 1970s when “Woman” “Disco” “Rock” “Music” and “Dancin” we’re what people were talking about in their music. What the hell have we more »

  • New Orleans Jazz Fest 2015 Announced

    Don’t let the name fool you, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival isn’t strictly a jazz show (although there’s plenty of that, too). With such diverse headliners as The Who, Elton John, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, No Doubt, Jimmy Buffett, Pitbull, Keith Urban, John Legend, Ed Sheeran, T.I., and Chicago, there’s something for everyone at the festival, taking place over two weekends between April 24 and May 3. Of course, if you’re a fan of New Orleans natives, there’s plenty of them on the bill, too. Dr. John, The Meters, Allen Toussaint, Aaron Neville, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band are just a few of the local greats who will be there. And as far as big-name music festivals go, the New Orleans Jazz Fest is still one of the most economical options around. Advance tickets start at just $58 for single-day admission. For more info, including ticket options, check out New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

  • Hip Jazz Redesigns Of Classic Metal Album Covers

    If you’ve never experienced the classic jazz albums of the 50s and 60s from record companies such as Verve, Blue Note, and Columbia, head over to your grandparents’ house, pretend to care while they complain about their hammer toes, then search through their record collection for “Time Out” from the Dave Brubeck Quartet or “Getz/Gilberto” by Stan Getz and João Gilberto (everyone that age owns at least one, if not both, of those albums (like 90s kids and Green Day’s “Dookie”)). You’ll not only find great music, but incredibly hip artwork on the cover. Complementary colors, font you would expect to see on a poster for a Hitchcock film, and maybe an abstract painting–all the makings of a great jazz album cover. Brazilian artist Rafa Melandi took this classic jazz aesthetic and applied it to metal albums. Although the music contained in these iconic metal albums is just as good as those old jazz records, their artwork has not aged so well. The macabre and violent imagery that was so shocking to moms decades ago has now become a bit hokey. Melandi attempts to remedy that by transforming the metal covers to the jazz style in his collection “Metazz.” Check more »

  • Siberian Parody Of “Shake It Off” [Video]

    Zloi Mambet is from a Siberian rural community in Russia and he is proud of his roots. In an effort to show off the people and places he loves so much, he’s been creating parody videos of pop songs. In his latest video, the Siberian Weird Al tackles Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” It’s weird and fun and pretty awesome to see people and places most of us would never even think of seeing.

  • Governors Ball 2015 Lineup Announced

    It’s that time of year when all the music festivals announce their lineups and you look at your post holiday shopping checking account balance and cry. Yesterday we heard about Coachella’s lineup and today we have news of New York’s summertime fest, Governors Ball. Featuring headliners like Drake, The Black Keys, and Deadmau5, the festival also offers up some rare acts like Bjork and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Even Weird Al Yankovic will be there! Tickets go on sale Friday at noon for Governors Ball, taking place June 5-7 in New York City. So, who are you looking forward to seeing?

  • The 20 Most Anticipated Rap Albums of 2015 Including The Kanye & Paul McCartney Collabo

    As 2014 went to shit, the year’s hip-hop went from boisterous to indignant—from club bangers like those off of YG’s DJ Mustard-influenced My Krazy Life to angry truth-spitting on Run the Jewels’s critically adored Run the Jewels 2. The link between the year’s top hip-hop albums was not in subject but in decibel: everything sounded like it was turned up to the max. Yet in a year where the genre’s music was so loud, hip-hop’s superstars were notably quiet. Of the 11 rappers named on Kendrick’s “Control” verse, for instance, only three, J. Cole, Mac Miller and Big K.R.I.T., released an album or mixtape in 2014. The year’s biggest event was Outkast’s reunion tour, in which the duo played the hits. What does hip-hop’s top dogs’ 2014 dormancy mean for 2015? Well, if the New Year’s Day release of Kanye and Paul McCartney collaboration, “Only One,” portends anything, it’s that hip-hop fans have a lot to look forward to this coming year—even if the music is a bit more toned down than last year’s hits. Here are 20 hip-hoppers who have given us reason to believe that the year of the goat could be hip-hop’s G.O.A.T.

  • Coachella 2015 Official Spotify Playlist

    Now that the line-up is out, so is the official playlist on Spotify. There are a ton of awesome bands you probably don’t know year performing so whether or not you’ll be attending Coachella, throw the playlist on shuffle and let it burn.

  • The Rockin’ Playlist That Forced Noriega To Surrender 25 Years Ago

    In December 1989, American forces invaded Panama in an effort to oust dictator Manuel Noriega. Noriega and his top advisors fled to the Vatican embassy, where any American invasion would violate International Law. Despite pleas from American leaders, the Vatican refused to turn over Noriega. So the United States turned to psychological warfare with a little help from rock and roll. A perimeter of speakers was constructed in an effort to blast music and drive the deposed leader insane. The speakers were set to broadcast the Southern Command Network, the American military radio network in Central America. The SCN wasn’t initially aware of the operation, and played Christmas music for the first two days. But on December 27, the PSYOPS team called in and alerted the station of the speakers. And the requests started rolling in. The Vatican complained to President Bush and the music was stopped three days later. But by then, the bizarre plan had already garnered worldwide attention and was cemented in pop culture. On January 3, 1990, Noriega finally surrendered, thanks in part to the hilarious playlist below. Huh, so The Georgia Satellites serve a purpose after all…