Dig into this week’s Saturday Alternative playlist! The Fitting Room album was Hardly Electronic by The Essex Green – out now on Merge Records.

The Essex Green were associated with the Elephant 6 collective back in the 90’s – the same group of musicians that gave us indie rock royalty like Neutral Milk Hotel, Apples in Stereo, Elf Power and others. That said, the Brooklyn-band has been quiet since ’06 when their last album, Cannibal Sea, was released. Well now they’re back, and that silence has been replaced by an exuberant blast of bright, harmony-laden psychedelic pop that is sure to satisfy longtime fans and newcomers alike. Hardly Electronic is out now on Merge Records, and for those who have been itching for the kind of charming and infectious indie pop sounds that were once so prevalent on the scene, this album offers up a lot of that and more.



–hour 1—

Sorrow – Wilderado – Favor EP

Pressure – Flasher – Constant Image

Cracker Drool – Goat Girl

MJ – Now, Now – Saved

May I Be the Light – LUMP – LUMP

Go Tell Everybody – The Rock*A*Teens – Sixth House

My Boy (Twin Fantasy) – Car Seat Headrest – Twin Fantasy

Side Tracked – Born Ruffians

Love Said (Let’s Go) – 77:78 – Jellies

Get Gone – Mikaela Davis – Delivery

Panic Attack – Liza Anne – Fine By Dying

Voyage Libre – Thievery Corporation – Treasures from the Temple

Baru – Chancha Via Circuito – Bienaventuranza

The Beginning – Andy Bopp – Wherewithal

I’m Out Mine – Dommengang – Love Jail

–hour 2–

Plastic Skeletons – Jealous of the Birds

Bellarine – Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Hope Downs

Soft Spoken – Naia Izumi

Look at Your Hands – Tune-Yards – I can feel you creep into my private life

Better Off – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – The Tourist

The Ballad of Simon Love – Simon Love – Sincerely, S. Love X

Los Lonely Girls – Sweet Spirit

Oh My – Natalie Prass – The Future and the Past

Leave It In My Dreams – The Voidz – Virtue

Cut Me Off – Madeline Kenney – Perfect Shapes

Oh Dear Brother – Howard

Follow Me – The Shacks

Cola Falls – The Mary Onettes

Baby Face – Gold Star – Uppers & Downers

Street Fighter Mas – Kamasi Washington – Heaven and Earth

–hour 3–

Tieduprightnow – Parcels

Ache – Trevor Powers

Love the Way You Are – Yukon Blonde – Critical Hit

Happy Man – Jungle

Corporation – Jack White – Boarding House Reach

Why For – Yuno – Moodie


Sloane Ranger – The Essex Green – Hardly Electronic

Don’t Leave It In Our Hands – The Essex Green – Hardly Electronic

Modern Rain – The Essex Green – Hardly Electronic

Magic City – Gorillaz – The Now Now

Find Me – Porches – The House

Easy Money – Westerman

No Use Waiting – Jim James – Uniform Distortion