Earlier this year, mesmerising synth-pop group Rainbow Arabia released their third full-length album, LA Heartbreak. We asked them to put together a weekend playlist for us, and this one addresses the state of the world right now (hence some of the more aggressive/metal tracks). Check out some great live cuts below, and enjoy your weekend!
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Pulp – “Common People”
I heard this song around the time that I was in art school and connected instantly with the melody and lyrics. Jarvis Cocker is a super clever lyricist and knows how to write great songs.
Slayer – “Raining Blood” + “Killing Fields” (Live 1995)
This is one of the heaviest songs ever. I remember seeing Slayer in the ’80s as a kid and they opened with “Raining Blood.” The crowd went crazy and I remember thinking it was so intense, but also a positive experience.
Yukihiro Takahashi – “Something in the Air”
Yukihiro is the drummer and vocalist for Yellow Magic Orchestra. I was recently turned on to this song and immediately connected with the visuals of the video and the lo-fi Italo disco instrumentation.
Anna Domino – “Land of My Dreams”
My friend turned me on to this song. I immediately connected with the guitar melody and Anna’s voice. The video and vibe is perfection.
Throbbing Gristle – “Discipline” (Live)
Throbbing Gristle is a classic punk band and their performance in this video is outstanding.
Siouxsie and the Banshees – “Hong Kong Garden”
One of my favorite songs from Siouxsie. She has such an amazing voice and this live video captures something special.
Ariel Pink – “Picture Me Gone”
Ariel Pink is an incredible musician and songwriter. He always blows me away. This video is perfection.
The Stranglers – “Nice and Sleazy“
Contains nudity, if that matters. The Stranglers are incredible and the live footage of “Nice and Sleazy” is rare and a must-see.
Christian Death – “Romeo’s Distress” (Live)
This song was such a game changer to me growing up. It’s totally a goth anthem. Rozz Williams had a unique way of expressing the contradictions of Christianity.
Bauhaus – “She’s in Parties”
Bauhaus is an amazing band and listening to their music I always feel inspired.
Sleep – “Holy Mountain” (Live)
One of the best bands out of my hometown, San Jose. This is such great footage of them in Germany and captures how I remember seeing them live growing up.