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Your First Listen: Week of December 31st

Each week we feature five remarkable songs that you need to hear on Your First Listen. In case you miss them on air, you can catch up on the weekly tracks right here. Your First Listen airs weekdays at 12:45 p.m., 5:45 p.m., and 8:45 p.m.

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Broken Bells – “Shelter”

It’s been so long since Broken Bells released an album (4 years to be exact), that I feel I should remind you that this collab features James Mercer of The Shins and Danger Mouse. Clearly both members have been busy in the past few years, but we’ve finally gotten this sweet, chill new tune called “Shelter.”

Old Man Canyon – “Good While It Lasted”

Old Man Canyon sounds like the name of a geriatric folk singer, but in fact it’s a psych pop artist and multi-instrumentalist whose real name is Jett Pace. His record came together while travelling through California deserts, though it sounds very down tuned outerspace to me.


Seeb x Bastille – “Grip”

2018 has seen a surprising influx of Bastille/DJ collabs. First it was Marshmello and Bastille, and now a new one featuring the meeting of Norwegian EDM producer duo Seeb and the Brit indie rockers.

The Teskey Brothers – “I Get Up”

Well, here’s an Australian motown, soul, and blues band (yep!) called The Teskey Brothers. They’ve spent the last decade honing their craft in Australia, and have recently re-issued their debut album so the rest of the world could catch up.


Rufus Du Sol – “Treat You Better”

Rufus Du Sol are an Aussie alternative group who decided to document their hard times by letting it all out in this song. Originally they planned on hiring a gospel choir to wrap the tune, but decided to round up their talented friends for a day in the studio instead. Here is the result!

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