Dig into this week’s Saturday Alternative playlist! The Fitting Room album was Popular Manipulations by The Districts, out now on Fat Possum.

Lititz, PA band The Districts released their sophomore album, A Flourish And A Spoil, in 2015. An album of gritty, catchy, high energy rockers. The band was fresh out of high school, but their songwriting chops might’ve had you thinking otherwise. This time around, they’ve returned to indie producer extraordinaire John Congleton to make an album that delivers the same intensity as before, but as singer and guitarist Rob Grote said when he visited TMD earlier this year, one that isn’t afraid to hold back. Perhaps a sign of musical maturity. Allowing the lows to make the highs that much more impactful. That technique works, and with the added effect of Congleton’s studio wizardry, and songs full of emotion, Popular Manipulations is an album with plenty to offer. The Districts are a young band that has fully come into their own.



–hour 1–

Into the Night – Death by Unga Bunga

Gross Secret – Partner – In Search of Lost Time 

Can You Deal? – Bleached – Can You Deal? 

Creature Comfort – Arcade Fire – Everything Now 

I Took Your Picture – Cults – Offering 

Fire in Cairo – Luna – A Sentimental Education

Anna, Lisa Calls – Happyness – Write In 

Temporary Gold – EZTV – High in Place 

Avalon – The White Buffalo – Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights

The Spider and Me (feat. Mild High Club) – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Sketches of Brunswick East 

Crawl – Gabriel Garson-Montano – Jardin 

Sunrise (Always Comes Around) (feat. Leila Moss) – UNKLE – The Road, Pt. 1

Pain – The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding 

Shark Smile – Big Thief – Capacity 

–hour 2–

Moonshine Freeze – This Is the Kit – Moonshine Freeze 

Porcelain – Shout Out Louds – Ease My Mind

Trouble – Frankie Rose – Cage Tropical 

Word – Lowly – Heba 

Watching From A Distance – David Ramirez – We’re Not Going Anywhere 

Farewell – The Flying Eyes – Burning of the Season 

Finally – Cymbals Eat Guitars – Pretty Years 

Do I Have to Talk You Into – Spoon – Hot Thoughts 

Can’t Do – Everything Everything – A Fever Dream 

War Is Coming (If You Want It) – Car Seat Headrest

Better Off – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – The Tourist 

Three Rings – Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins 

Can’t Get It Out – Brand New – Science Fiction 

Lighterless – Microwave – Much Love

–hour 3–

Roller Coaster – A Giant Dog – Toy

True Lies – Alex Cameron – Forced Witness 

Hazy – Sarah Bethe Nelson – Oh, Evolution 

Mind Hijacker’s Curse – Chad VanGaalen – Light Information


If Before I Wake – The Districts – Popular Manipulations 

Point – The Districts – Popular Manipulations 

Fat Kiddo – The Districts – Popular Manipulations 

Is It Real? – together PANGEA – Bulls and Roosters 

Currency – The Black Angels – Death Song

Dirty Water – Low Cut Connie

The Sky Is A Neighborhood – Foo Fighters – Concrete and Gold

The May Queen – Robert Plant – Carry Fire