Listen In: Protomartyr Made You a Playlist

April 8, 2014 | Andy Cush

Listen In“ is a weekly feature in which we ask musicians to curate a mixtape-length YouTube playlist of songs they’re currently digging.

This week’s playlist comes from the Detroit punk band Protomartyr, whose excellent sophomore album Under Color of Official Right was released today via Hardly Art. Though the new record mellows out the raw, drunken punch of their debut, it adds atmosphere and puts frontman Joe Casey’s commanding voice front and center where it belongs.

The band’s 25-track list is stylistically all over the map, and includes a number of forgotten band’s from Protomartyr’s hometown. The 1960s Detroit psych band Index’s take on “You Keep Me Holding On” is a standout. Click the big play button above to hear the whole playlist or scroll down to see and hear individual tracks.

“Strange Mysterious Sounds,” The Spike Drivers, 1967

“Drive By Feeling,” Spray Paint, 2013

“The Light Pours Out of Me,” Magazine, 1978

“Quattro Stagioni,” Cheveu, 2010

“Like Flies on Sherbet,” Alex Chilton, 1979

“I Can’t Love,” Turn to Crime, 2011

“Crash,” Tuxedomoon, 1983

“First Hand Experience in Second Hand Love,” Giorgio Moroder, 1977

“You Keep Me Hanging On” Index, 1968

“Lost in a Daydream,” The Third Power, 1970

“The Feeling,” Naomi Punk, 2012

“Confusion Kills,” Frustrations, 2011

“Schwarz Vor Schwarzer Wand,” Banque Allemande, 2013

“Grab a Chair,” The Pheromoans, 2012

“It’s Good News Week,” Hedgehoppers Anonymous, 1965

“Last Days of Rome,” The Colors, 1985

“I Am a Dalek,” Art Attacks, 1978

“Wayne County Roads,” Tyvek, 2012

“Wild One,” Thin Lizzy, 1975

“Six Feet Under,” Bob Frygole, 1962

“If You Think You’re Lonely Now,” Bobby Womack, 1982

“Se Telfonando,” Mina Mazzini, 1964

“Rainbow 65,” Gene Chandler, 1965

“Send it On,” D’Angelo, 2000

“Prisencolinensinainciusol,” Adriano Celentano, 1974