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"Hello Banana," A Playlist by Juice Interactive (Vol. 43)

Our playlist this month comes freshly-squeezed from our longtime digital partner, turned latest acquisition, Juice Interactive — featuring Tommy James & The Shondells, Earl Hooker, Digable Planets &more

32 MIN2017 NOV 1
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"Hello Banana," A Playlist by Juice Interactive (Vol. 43)

“Elevated Tracks”, A Playlist by OKRP’s SummerInterns (Vol. 41)

OKRP's group of 2017 summer interns curated this month's playlist, a meditation on youth and possibility. Check out what the next generation of advertising sounds like! 8teen — Khalid This song — and Khalid in general — knows how to transport you to having no responsibilities, to driving through your hometown with your friends and all the windows down, music blasting. To wondering what love was like, or worrying about coming home to a parent’s punishment. Take Khalid’s alternative R&B genius for a spin, you won’t regret it.  — Anna Alonso Waiting in Vain — Bob Marley “Waiting in Vain” catches the classic Bob Marley vibe that so many other reggae artists try to repeat. Bob glides over the classic reggae beat and riffs, singing as he waits in vain for some love.  — Jake Lesnik Momma’s Boy — Chromeo A quirky pop classic about a momma’s boy who is in search for the ideal woman. The upbeat melody of the song contrasts well with the dark comedic lyrics to weave...

38 MIN2017 SEP 1
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“Elevated Tracks”, A Playlist by OKRP’s SummerInterns (Vol. 41)

"That Way Back Happy Walla Walla Feeling," A Playlist by Dena Blevins of Starbucks (Vol. 40)

Our 40th volume of Whiskey & Bananas playlist is curated by Dena Blevins, Starbucks Creative Director. These tracks are as energizing as a shot of espresso. Way Back — Amber Mark I love this song, it just makes me happy, the positivity of getting back to where you want to be — makes you feel like anything is possible. I Can’t Go For That — the bird and the bee Such a cool cover of the Daryl Hall & John Oates classic. Better Give You Up — FKJ (French Kiwi Juice) We’ve had a revolving door of French exchange students at our house over the years and this was one of the great artists they exposed me to. Somthing’s Missing — The Internet My son Alec introduced me to this band, and I immediately loved their slow, cool vibes. Vampire — Mai Lan As a Sookie Stackhouse / “True Blood” fan, anything with “Vampire” in it gets my attention. This song is catchy and quirky — and the artwork on the single release is gorgeous. That’s Not My Name — The Ting Tings This a...

38 MIN2017 JUL 31
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"That Way Back Happy Walla Walla Feeling," A Playlist by Dena Blevins of Starbucks (Vol. 40)

“The Art of Jazz,” A Playlist by KeithReinhard (Vol. 39)

Ad legend Keith Reinhard, who is also the father of our co-founder & CCO Matt, curated this month's playlist of jazz classics, complemented by Matisse visuals. Leave Me Alone — Johnny Griffin When people ask what jazz is all about, I always quote the great Chicago-born tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin who said: “Jazz is created by and for people who have decided to feel good, regardless of conditions.” His Chicago “tough tenor” sound on this recording makes me feel good regardless of what else is going on. I hope you feel the same. Intermission Riff — Stan Kenton Stan Kenton was coming onto the jazz scene about the time I was graduating from high school. Back then his sound was considered very avant-garde. I like a lot about Kenton’s music, but especially his five-trombone section that growls in close harmony on this recording. These same trombones inspired a jazz vocal quartet at Butler University in my home state of Indiana. They became famous as The Four Freshmen, with...

56 MIN2017 JUN 24
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“The Art of Jazz,” A Playlist by KeithReinhard (Vol. 39)

“Dancing in the Dark,” A Playlist by Ron Lazzaretti (Vol. 38)

We asked our friend Ron Lazzeretti, writer, director, musician and ad man, to curate this month’s playlist, presented by “Whiskey & Bananas.” Almost Like The Blues — Leonard Cohen There’s not much Leonard Cohen music that I don’t like, but I like his last few records best of all. It’s like when his life was nearing its end, he collected all the wisdom he’d gathered and put it all together for an awe-inspiring grand finale. In A Parade — Paul Simon I took a trip to the emergency room last year. Everything turned out fine, but the insanity of that scene…the vulnerability. I love Paul Simon because, like Cohen, he writes from the perspective of where he is in life. There’s nothing sadder than an artist trying desperately to still be what they no longer are. Not just because it’s pathetic. But because it prevents them from becoming that next thing. And no one seems to know that better than Paul Simon. Or the guy coming up next… Things Have Changed — Bob Dylan I share...

36 MIN2017 JUN 1
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“Dancing in the Dark,” A Playlist by Ron Lazzaretti (Vol. 38)

“California Nights,” A Playlist by John Nau of Beacon StreetStudios (Vol. 37)

This month's guest "Whiskey & Bananas" playlist is curated by John Nau of Beacon Street Studios in Venice, CA, one of OKRP's go-to musical production partners. Enjoy this groovy selection of 1970s California-vibed tracks. Help Me — Joni Mitchell A love song written by the master, Joni, featuring her impeccable voice and beautiful lyricism — one of the most underrated guitarists of her generation. Beginning Again — Brian Auger I bought the record Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express — Live Oblivion Vol. 1 at a used record shop just because of the cover. I went home and put on side one, song one…what the??? My ears popped off my head. I loved the vibe, the style and chords, and if that wasn’t enough, Brian lays into a smoking jazz solo on the Fender Rhodes (he’s more known for his organ playing). The architect of what would later be called “Acid Jazz”…this guy can play! Killer jazz keyboard solos over Motown soul-inspired grooves. Cherry — J.J. Cale This guy is so cool...

55 MIN2017 APR 27
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“California Nights,” A Playlist by John Nau of Beacon StreetStudios (Vol. 37)

“Desert Sessions,” A Playlist by Director LuisPeña (Vol. 36)

Check out our guest playlist by OKRP's director of Groupon spots, Luis Peña, who curated hard-rocking and introspective tracks for adventure and the open road. Black Grease — The Black Angels Oh how I love The Black Angels. I almost made the whole mix with just their songs. This is what west Texas sounds like to me. Hustle And Cuss — Dead Weather The sexy duo of Jack White and Alison Mosshart going at it with tension brimming at the seams. We’re starting to break the speed limit. When The Levee Breaks — Led Zeppelin I love air drumming to this masterpiece. Can’t help myself. Full-on smashing the steering wheel to Bonham’s thunder. T.I.B.W.F.— Budos Band I get lost in this song. It’s like a soundtrack to a 60’s horror film about gogo dancers. I love it. Wish You Were Here — Lee Fields & The Expressions My first car was a Chevy Malibu and it only had an AM radio station. And the only station I listened to was KYOK — Soul. Driving and soul go hand and hand to me. ...

43 MIN2017 MAR 22
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“Desert Sessions,” A Playlist by Director LuisPeña (Vol. 36)

"Shangri-La Suite" Playlist (Vol. 35)

We're celebrating the release of Eddie O’Keefe’s film "Shangri-La Suite" with tracks picked by the director and film’sstars - Emily Browning, Luke Grimes & Avan Jogia. One Night — Elvis Presley Bringing it back to the classic early days of Elvis — not the latter-day one that the film’s main characters would set out to kill in 1974. I Want You — Bob Dylan A love song from Bob Dylan’s 1966 classic double album “Blonde on Blonde.” Last Kiss — Frank J Wilson and the Cavaliers The prototypical 1950s tragic teenage pop song. I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times — The Beach Boys This Beach Boys classic resonates no matter what times you were born in. I Found A Reason (Demo) — The Velvet Underground A Dylan-esque alternate version of the track from The Velvet Underground’s final album in 1970. Little Bit of Rain — Karen Dalton A great lost gem from Cherokee folk singer and guitarist Karen Dalton in the early 60s Greenwich Village scene. Half-Breed — Cher The f...

38 MIN2017 FEB 23
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"Shangri-La Suite" Playlist (Vol. 35)

Whiskey & Bananas Vol. 34

Ghost Walk — The Budos Band A variety of influences from jazz, funk, Afro-beat, soul and more permeate the Budos Band, an instrumental group on Daptones Records who records in Brooklyn. Hollywood Swinging — Kool & The Gang Get down with the glory days of funk — 1973, to be exact. Le Marin — Babet You know we love our French-language grooves. Get Out Of My Life Woman — Lee Dorsey Check out this lost 60s classic from R&B pioneer Lee Dorsey. Bombay — El Guincho Whether it’s winter in Chicago or summer in Miami, this bright beat will pick you up and get you going. Memory — The Lemons Chicago’s own The Lemons write the catchiest little ditties around, in the classic style of 50s bubblegum pop with a modern twist. Help Yourself — Tom Jones It’s impossible not to love Tom Jones, the eternal guilty pleasure. Grandma’s Hands — Bill Withers Check out this deep cut from classic 70s soul singer Bill Withers. Thought U Wuz Nice (Instrumental) — Phife Dawg Pourin...

27 MIN2017 JAN 4
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Whiskey & Bananas Vol. 34

Whiskey & Bananas Vol. 33

Last I Heard — Flesh Panthers Flesh Panthers are an excellent secret of Chicago’s rock n roll scene, who have played shows with our boys The Orwells. You should definitely check out their fantastic 2016 album “Willow’s Weep,” which this track is from. Ain’t It Funky Now — Jimmy McGriff You know we love the funky 1970s deep cuts — Jimmy McGriff is no exception. La Fat Fur — Connan Mockasin & Devonté Hynes We were already big fans of Devonté Hynes’ project Blood Orange, and we love this unique collaboration he did with New Zealand-born psychedelic pop artist Connan Mockasin. Fig in Leather — Devendra Banhart Venezualan-American Devendra Banhart makes some of the most unique genre-blending indie music today. We love this upbeat track from his latest album. No Tears to Cry — Paul Weller The former leader of The Jam, one of Great Britain’s premier rock acts in the 70s and 80s, comes back with his own grandiose rock n roll. Summer Madness S.A. — Karriem Riggi...

26 MIN2016 DEC 1
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Whiskey & Bananas Vol. 33

Latest Episodes

"Hello Banana," A Playlist by Juice Interactive (Vol. 43)

Our playlist this month comes freshly-squeezed from our longtime digital partner, turned latest acquisition, Juice Interactive — featuring Tommy James & The Shondells, Earl Hooker, Digable Planets &more

32 MIN2017 NOV 1
Comments
"Hello Banana," A Playlist by Juice Interactive (Vol. 43)

“Elevated Tracks”, A Playlist by OKRP’s SummerInterns (Vol. 41)

OKRP's group of 2017 summer interns curated this month's playlist, a meditation on youth and possibility. Check out what the next generation of advertising sounds like! 8teen — Khalid This song — and Khalid in general — knows how to transport you to having no responsibilities, to driving through your hometown with your friends and all the windows down, music blasting. To wondering what love was like, or worrying about coming home to a parent’s punishment. Take Khalid’s alternative R&B genius for a spin, you won’t regret it.  — Anna Alonso Waiting in Vain — Bob Marley “Waiting in Vain” catches the classic Bob Marley vibe that so many other reggae artists try to repeat. Bob glides over the classic reggae beat and riffs, singing as he waits in vain for some love.  — Jake Lesnik Momma’s Boy — Chromeo A quirky pop classic about a momma’s boy who is in search for the ideal woman. The upbeat melody of the song contrasts well with the dark comedic lyrics to weave...

38 MIN2017 SEP 1
Comments
“Elevated Tracks”, A Playlist by OKRP’s SummerInterns (Vol. 41)

"That Way Back Happy Walla Walla Feeling," A Playlist by Dena Blevins of Starbucks (Vol. 40)

Our 40th volume of Whiskey & Bananas playlist is curated by Dena Blevins, Starbucks Creative Director. These tracks are as energizing as a shot of espresso. Way Back — Amber Mark I love this song, it just makes me happy, the positivity of getting back to where you want to be — makes you feel like anything is possible. I Can’t Go For That — the bird and the bee Such a cool cover of the Daryl Hall & John Oates classic. Better Give You Up — FKJ (French Kiwi Juice) We’ve had a revolving door of French exchange students at our house over the years and this was one of the great artists they exposed me to. Somthing’s Missing — The Internet My son Alec introduced me to this band, and I immediately loved their slow, cool vibes. Vampire — Mai Lan As a Sookie Stackhouse / “True Blood” fan, anything with “Vampire” in it gets my attention. This song is catchy and quirky — and the artwork on the single release is gorgeous. That’s Not My Name — The Ting Tings This a...

38 MIN2017 JUL 31
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"That Way Back Happy Walla Walla Feeling," A Playlist by Dena Blevins of Starbucks (Vol. 40)

“The Art of Jazz,” A Playlist by KeithReinhard (Vol. 39)

Ad legend Keith Reinhard, who is also the father of our co-founder & CCO Matt, curated this month's playlist of jazz classics, complemented by Matisse visuals. Leave Me Alone — Johnny Griffin When people ask what jazz is all about, I always quote the great Chicago-born tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin who said: “Jazz is created by and for people who have decided to feel good, regardless of conditions.” His Chicago “tough tenor” sound on this recording makes me feel good regardless of what else is going on. I hope you feel the same. Intermission Riff — Stan Kenton Stan Kenton was coming onto the jazz scene about the time I was graduating from high school. Back then his sound was considered very avant-garde. I like a lot about Kenton’s music, but especially his five-trombone section that growls in close harmony on this recording. These same trombones inspired a jazz vocal quartet at Butler University in my home state of Indiana. They became famous as The Four Freshmen, with...

56 MIN2017 JUN 24
Comments
“The Art of Jazz,” A Playlist by KeithReinhard (Vol. 39)

“Dancing in the Dark,” A Playlist by Ron Lazzaretti (Vol. 38)

We asked our friend Ron Lazzeretti, writer, director, musician and ad man, to curate this month’s playlist, presented by “Whiskey & Bananas.” Almost Like The Blues — Leonard Cohen There’s not much Leonard Cohen music that I don’t like, but I like his last few records best of all. It’s like when his life was nearing its end, he collected all the wisdom he’d gathered and put it all together for an awe-inspiring grand finale. In A Parade — Paul Simon I took a trip to the emergency room last year. Everything turned out fine, but the insanity of that scene…the vulnerability. I love Paul Simon because, like Cohen, he writes from the perspective of where he is in life. There’s nothing sadder than an artist trying desperately to still be what they no longer are. Not just because it’s pathetic. But because it prevents them from becoming that next thing. And no one seems to know that better than Paul Simon. Or the guy coming up next… Things Have Changed — Bob Dylan I share...

36 MIN2017 JUN 1
Comments
“Dancing in the Dark,” A Playlist by Ron Lazzaretti (Vol. 38)

“California Nights,” A Playlist by John Nau of Beacon StreetStudios (Vol. 37)

This month's guest "Whiskey & Bananas" playlist is curated by John Nau of Beacon Street Studios in Venice, CA, one of OKRP's go-to musical production partners. Enjoy this groovy selection of 1970s California-vibed tracks. Help Me — Joni Mitchell A love song written by the master, Joni, featuring her impeccable voice and beautiful lyricism — one of the most underrated guitarists of her generation. Beginning Again — Brian Auger I bought the record Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express — Live Oblivion Vol. 1 at a used record shop just because of the cover. I went home and put on side one, song one…what the??? My ears popped off my head. I loved the vibe, the style and chords, and if that wasn’t enough, Brian lays into a smoking jazz solo on the Fender Rhodes (he’s more known for his organ playing). The architect of what would later be called “Acid Jazz”…this guy can play! Killer jazz keyboard solos over Motown soul-inspired grooves. Cherry — J.J. Cale This guy is so cool...

55 MIN2017 APR 27
Comments
“California Nights,” A Playlist by John Nau of Beacon StreetStudios (Vol. 37)

“Desert Sessions,” A Playlist by Director LuisPeña (Vol. 36)

Check out our guest playlist by OKRP's director of Groupon spots, Luis Peña, who curated hard-rocking and introspective tracks for adventure and the open road. Black Grease — The Black Angels Oh how I love The Black Angels. I almost made the whole mix with just their songs. This is what west Texas sounds like to me. Hustle And Cuss — Dead Weather The sexy duo of Jack White and Alison Mosshart going at it with tension brimming at the seams. We’re starting to break the speed limit. When The Levee Breaks — Led Zeppelin I love air drumming to this masterpiece. Can’t help myself. Full-on smashing the steering wheel to Bonham’s thunder. T.I.B.W.F.— Budos Band I get lost in this song. It’s like a soundtrack to a 60’s horror film about gogo dancers. I love it. Wish You Were Here — Lee Fields & The Expressions My first car was a Chevy Malibu and it only had an AM radio station. And the only station I listened to was KYOK — Soul. Driving and soul go hand and hand to me. ...

43 MIN2017 MAR 22
Comments
“Desert Sessions,” A Playlist by Director LuisPeña (Vol. 36)

"Shangri-La Suite" Playlist (Vol. 35)

We're celebrating the release of Eddie O’Keefe’s film "Shangri-La Suite" with tracks picked by the director and film’sstars - Emily Browning, Luke Grimes & Avan Jogia. One Night — Elvis Presley Bringing it back to the classic early days of Elvis — not the latter-day one that the film’s main characters would set out to kill in 1974. I Want You — Bob Dylan A love song from Bob Dylan’s 1966 classic double album “Blonde on Blonde.” Last Kiss — Frank J Wilson and the Cavaliers The prototypical 1950s tragic teenage pop song. I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times — The Beach Boys This Beach Boys classic resonates no matter what times you were born in. I Found A Reason (Demo) — The Velvet Underground A Dylan-esque alternate version of the track from The Velvet Underground’s final album in 1970. Little Bit of Rain — Karen Dalton A great lost gem from Cherokee folk singer and guitarist Karen Dalton in the early 60s Greenwich Village scene. Half-Breed — Cher The f...

38 MIN2017 FEB 23
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"Shangri-La Suite" Playlist (Vol. 35)

Whiskey & Bananas Vol. 34

Ghost Walk — The Budos Band A variety of influences from jazz, funk, Afro-beat, soul and more permeate the Budos Band, an instrumental group on Daptones Records who records in Brooklyn. Hollywood Swinging — Kool & The Gang Get down with the glory days of funk — 1973, to be exact. Le Marin — Babet You know we love our French-language grooves. Get Out Of My Life Woman — Lee Dorsey Check out this lost 60s classic from R&B pioneer Lee Dorsey. Bombay — El Guincho Whether it’s winter in Chicago or summer in Miami, this bright beat will pick you up and get you going. Memory — The Lemons Chicago’s own The Lemons write the catchiest little ditties around, in the classic style of 50s bubblegum pop with a modern twist. Help Yourself — Tom Jones It’s impossible not to love Tom Jones, the eternal guilty pleasure. Grandma’s Hands — Bill Withers Check out this deep cut from classic 70s soul singer Bill Withers. Thought U Wuz Nice (Instrumental) — Phife Dawg Pourin...

27 MIN2017 JAN 4
Comments
Whiskey & Bananas Vol. 34

Whiskey & Bananas Vol. 33

Last I Heard — Flesh Panthers Flesh Panthers are an excellent secret of Chicago’s rock n roll scene, who have played shows with our boys The Orwells. You should definitely check out their fantastic 2016 album “Willow’s Weep,” which this track is from. Ain’t It Funky Now — Jimmy McGriff You know we love the funky 1970s deep cuts — Jimmy McGriff is no exception. La Fat Fur — Connan Mockasin & Devonté Hynes We were already big fans of Devonté Hynes’ project Blood Orange, and we love this unique collaboration he did with New Zealand-born psychedelic pop artist Connan Mockasin. Fig in Leather — Devendra Banhart Venezualan-American Devendra Banhart makes some of the most unique genre-blending indie music today. We love this upbeat track from his latest album. No Tears to Cry — Paul Weller The former leader of The Jam, one of Great Britain’s premier rock acts in the 70s and 80s, comes back with his own grandiose rock n roll. Summer Madness S.A. — Karriem Riggi...

26 MIN2016 DEC 1
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Whiskey & Bananas Vol. 33
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