Dig into this week’s Saturday Alternative playlist. The Fitting Room album was Be The Cowboy by Mitski, out now on Dead Oceans.

Honesty is often the key to unlocking a truly great song – one that demands a universal kind of resonance and understanding. Even if our circumstances aren’t the same as those of the songwriter, we all feel the joy, sorrow, heartache and struggle of the human experience, and sometimes it takes an artist like Mitski to draw it out of us through song.

Following her critically acclaimed 2016 album, Puberty 2, Mitski has arrived with Be The Cowboy, and as the title might suggest, the album grapples with the idea of becoming a symbol, with womanhood and what it means to maintain control. Beyond the depth of the lyrics, it’s impossible not to be lifted up and swept away by the musicality of Mitski’s work. Every song – though most just over two minutes in length – is a sonic adventure in itself. Surprising melodies that are at once challenging and catchy, sharp synths melded with crunchy guitars, pulsating rhythms, sweeping ballads and powerful indie rockers all sound right at home on Be The Cowboy.




–hour 1—

Roll On – The Rassle

Centerline – Ava Luna – Moon 2

Nervous Young Inhumans – Car Seat Headrest – Twin Fantasy

Disaster (Is What We’re After) – Death Valley Girls – Darkness Rains

J.Z.O.K. – Mass Gothic – I’ve Tortured You Long Enough

Break-Thru – Dirty Projectors

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

Direction – Bird Streets – Bird Streets

Coming Around – Matt Costa – Santa Rosa Fangs

High Flying Faith – EZTV – High In Place

Tightrope – Petal – Magic Gone

Heaven Hell Anywhere Else – Chastity – Death Lust

Annihilation Son – Rubblebucket – Sun Machine

Prior Things – Hop Along – Bark Your Head Off, Dog

–hour 2–

Masseduction – St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION

Des Bisous Partout – MUNYA

Sober Motel – Dilly Dally – Heaven

MDM – Jo Passed – Their Prime

Fanny Dog – Ty Segall – Freedom’s Goblin

Chokehold – Slaves – Acts of Fear and Love

True Dark – Murder By Death – The Other Shore

C – Oh Sees – Smote Reverser

PINK – Mothers – Render Another Ugly Method

Do You Love Your Company? – Ron Gallo – Stardust Birthday Party

Double Down – Slothrust

Disarray – Low – Double Negative

Summer Years – Death Cab For Cutie – Thank You For Today

A Trick of the Light – Villagers

–hour 3–

Golden Wings – Gabriel Garzon-Montano

Ache – Trevor Powers – Mulberry Violence

Angels – DeVotchka – This Night Falls Forever

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

High School Kids – Lonas


Why Didn’t You Stop Me? – Mitski – Be The Cowboy

A Pearl – Mitski – Be The Cowboy

Remember My Name – Mitski –  Be The Cowboy


Nearer My God – Foxing – Nearer My God

Secret of Life – Lord Huron – Vide Noir

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

The Somnambulist – Echo & The Bunnymen – The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon

Bite The Hand – Boygenius