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June Playlist: 10 Songs for Biking

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As Rogers + Hammerstein once said, “June is busting out all over.” It’s so true, and we couldn’t be more ready. Now that we can count on a few solid hours of sunshine each day (and this season of Game Of Thrones is almost over) we’re ready to devote ourselves entirely to ice tea, biking everywhere, and vibing out to the sweet sounds of summer.  Speaking of which, this month’s playlist is extra special: it’s all about Northside Festival, Brooklyn’s own music, tech + film discovery fest taking place this June 8 – 14. Listen to a few of our favorite festival acts below and find out where you can see them live in Brooklyn this month.

1. Summer Heat – Yawn: Let’s get things started with Chicago-based Yawn. Such good light indie pop vibes with some tropical, electronic sounds, and even strings, for good measure. See them at Union Pool Thursday, June 11.
2. Open – Rhye: Here’s something smooth for you to groove to: R&B duo Rhye is based in LA but its members hail from Canada and The Netherlands. Beautiful vocals gliding alongside bright synth make this your go-to track for summer lovin’. Catch them with the legendary Neko Case and Majical Cloudz at 50 Kent Ave.
3. Malibu Love Nest – Luna: All your dream pop dreams are going to come true when ’90s stalwarts Luna take the stage for a free show at McCarren Park on June 11. The perfect tunes for summer beach trips, we also get some soft Velvet Underground notes – what’s not to love?
4. Shilpa Ray on Broadway – Shilpa Ray: We’re suckers for a good harmonium, so this tune by Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Shilpa Ray already has a leg up. A rock-crooner for our era with a killer live show, check her out at Rough Trade on June 14.
5. Brainfreeze – Bully: Something tough and spunky but entirely catchy, Bully’s captured our hearts. This quartet from Nashville’s got the grunge soundtrack to your summer. They’re playing with California darlings Best Coast and Idaho indie stalwarts Built To Spill at 50 Kent Ave on June 13.
6. Adult Diversion – Alvvays: As it just so happens, Canadian surf rockers Alvvays will be on the bill with Bully, Best Coast + Built To Spill as well. Every song could be a single, and every single one is perfect for sunny June. Don’t miss this one.
7. Broken Necks – Eskimeaux: Songwriter Gabrielle Smith has been writing and recording under this moniker since 2007, and we’re glad her brand of sweet, flower punk made it out of her bedroom studio and into our ears. See her and her band at a free show at the Urban Outfitters stage on Bedford Ave, Sunday, June 14.
8. Beach Holiday – Fort Lean: This isn’t the newest track from Brooklyn-based rockers Fort Lean, but man, it’s one of our favorites. The title says it all – bursting with emotion and catchy melodies, it transports us to sand and sea. Next best thing? Catching one of their two Northside shows.
9. Scene Sick – Diet Cig: This the cutest song on this month’s playlist. Some old school surf rock sounds swirled with sweet vocals and the refrain “I just want to dance” make this the perfect tune to dance to alone in your bedroom (or at one of two Northside shows).
10. Muscle Memory – Laura & Greg: We leave you with the beautiful harmonies of Brooklyn indie pop duo Laura & Greg. This song starts offsweet enough and builds into an emotional anthem you won’t be able shake – in the best way, of course. Catch the pair at Black Bear on June 13.
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May Playlist: 9 Songs for Biking

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It’s still a bit chilly at night, and we might not be ready to put our shorts in constant rotation just yet.  But we can all sense that the heat of summer is upon us.  This May’s playlist is a collection of tracks we’re jamming to in anticipation of summer. Here’s what were listening to on our bikes:

1. Night Still ComesNeko Case: The great Neko Case is a venerable songwriter + vocalist. Her stint with The New Pornographers transformed into a solo career that ranges from indie to country to pop. This one’s a slightly wistful beauty.
2. Quo VadisLower Dens: A dancey alt-rock tune that builds to a steamy, synthy apex; we really hear shades of Karen O in frontwoman Jana Hunter.
3. Daylight Dead Stars: We love every song on Dead Stars’ 2015 LP Slumber, but this one happens to be particularly great for springtime strolling and rides in the sun.
4. EverywhereEx Hex: The ladies of Ex Hex are some of our favorites in rock at the moment. They have such a great vintage sound that isn’t overdone… and pretty catchy, too.
5. Other PlansFigurines: Released in 2004, this track by Dutch indie-rockers is still one of our favorites for spring.
6. SunflowerThe Weepies: Something a bit softer for you – the ultra dreamy vocals of duo Deb Talan and Steve Tannen’s project The Weepies’ latest album, Sirens.
7. Feeling OkBest Coast: The anthem of your summer has arrived early, via the California stylings of the state’s surf rock darlings.
8. I Of The StormOf Monsters and Men: We hear whispers of The National at the start of the track, giving way to the sweet melodies of Icelandic sweethearts Of Monsters and Men.
9. Doo Wop (That Thing)Lauryn Hill: Yeah, so, it isn’t exactly a new tune but… you have to respect the one, the only, Ms. Lauryn Hill. She’s such a talented lyricist and has a gorgeous, velvety voice, to boot. And this song is something to nod along to.
9. Halfway ZenJerry Paper: Let’s get a little bit funky with this last one. Lucas Nathan’s Brooklyn-based project Jerry Paper is percussive and groovy and synthy and everything we want to hear on a bright spring day.
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April Playlist: 10 Tunes For Spring Cycling

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Ah, April. A month of rebirth, renewal, and regeneration. Also the month when we get to shed a few layers and dare to hop back in the bike seat, now that freezing climes and black ice are behind us. And what’re a few April showers as long as you have a wheel mud flap and rain bike seat cover, really?

But to truly set the mood for spring you’re going to need the perfect April playlist, which is why we wanted to share with you what’s in our ears this month.

Dan Deacon – Feel The Lightning: Eclectic electronic mastermind Dan Deacon’s latest album is all killer, no filler. We really can’t get enough of this anthemic track, what with its twinkling percussion and vocals that draw you in for a second (and third and fourth) listen. And we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: if you ever get the chance to see this man live… bike, don’t run… do it.

Viet Cong – Continental Shelf: Our neighbors to the North, Canada, are the masters of good alt rock. Viet Cong’s latest essay is no exception – jangly guitar, haunting vocals, and a healthy dose of fuzz give way to a catchy chorus that we dare you to get out of your head.

Mitski – Townie: Brooklyn darling Mitski gives us a good taste of structured pop rock with a bit of an edge. This song takes several unexpected turns that keep you on your toes, which is exactly where you should be when listening to this dancey track.

Frankie Cosmos – School: If you aren’t in love with Frankie Cosmos, it’s because you don’t know them yet. Fronted by Greta Kline, this band churns out heartwarming and heart wrenching gems – short but so sweet.

The Decemberists – The Wrong Year: Everybody’s favorite old time-y folksters are back with the new record ‘What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World.’ This tune’s a bit on the softer side, and we love the soft, heaving accordion and carefully picked guitar notes. Perfect for a sunny Sunday brunch and bike ride, if we do say so ourselves.

Twin Peaks – Making Breakfast: Here’s something a bit rowdier from Chicago’s top crazy dudes Twin Peaks. This is a bubbly tune with a bit of a classic rock edge. Something to tap your toes to and sing at the top of your lungs.

Modest Mouse – Sugar Boats: We’ve all waited so long for a new Modest Mouse record, and we’ve finally been rewarded. This is one of our favorite tracks from the new LP, what with its jumpy melodies, tinny percussion, and hints of ragtime jazz.

She & Him – Time After Time: Time to slow it down. M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel’s ‘Time After Time’ is the sweetest little love song we can think of, and it’s meant to be accompanied by sweet sunshine and probably some hand-holding.

Brandon Flowers – Can’t Deny My Love: The Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers has broken out on his own, and this first taste of his solo work has certainly whetted our whistle. Pretty catchy with an anthemic chorus that seems to take its cues from Gloria Estefan (and no, that isn’t a bad thing).

Built To Spill – Never Be The Same: Hearing something new from Built To Spill is always a delight. We hope that you’ll take this song with you through spring, into summer, and the rest of your life. An uplifting, light song that encourages you to “go everywhere you wanna go // see everything you wanna see.” Don’t miss them at Northside Festival this summer with Best Coast, Alvvays, and Bully.

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Cool Music Video: Brooklyn Chamber Pop artist AK

AK Bike Music Video Chamber-pop artist AK just released her music video for the song “Circles” directed by David Formentin and shot by Ray Levé in the Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, NY. AK sings about aimless post-college summer days spent with a close knit group of friends riding bikes, swimming in lakes, and hiding out on porches during thunderstorms. Anthemic vocal harmonies and upbeat rhythms mimic the sound of bicycle wheels turning as we ride through a long hot summer day. We love the talented’s AK video and just had to share with y’all.

“Circles” by AK from alexandra kalinowski on Vimeo.

April Playlist: 10 Tunes For Spring Cycling

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This month’s playlist on Spotify is a collection of tracks courtesy of our friends over at Float Home to jam to in anticipation of warm weather – they’re all songs that are perfect for a roof top party, a late-night BBQ in the backyard, and, of course, a long spring bike ride through the city (any city, really).

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8 More Days of Winter Playlist

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Only 8 more days of winter until the first day of Spring (March 20th) and we have Spring Fever! So to get everyone into the warm weather bike riding spirit, we had our friends at Float Home pull together 10 songs from artists like Angel Olsen, Poor Remy, and Violent Mae. We are totally digging these tunes to kick off Spring 2014 bike riding.

Check out the full March playlist on Spotify here or below

11 Love Songs For Valentine’s Day

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Hello Love Cats! Valentine’s Day is just 9 days away so we pulled together 11 love songs from The Magnetic Fields, Buddy Holly, Jens Lekman and 9 other artists to help inspire your romantic dates. Dateless and bitter? A London shop called The Last Tuesday Society is offering to make voodoo dolls of exes for revenge-seekers. Whatever your passion poison, enjoy this February playlist from Eleanor’s.

New Year’s Day Jams from Eleanor’s

Happy 2014 all you stylish riders! As a thank you for your support this 2013 we pulled together a special January playlist of some our favorite artists like Yellerkin, Shearwater and Cults. Enjoy and have a safe and happy 2014!

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November Playlist: 10 Tunes for Bike Riding

November is one of our favorite months for cycling at Eleanor’s. The cooler temperatures and beautiful fall foliage makes the perfect backdrop to cruise on your bicycle. As temperature fall, we thought we’d give you a cycling playlist for November chock full of chill tunes from artists like In The Valley Below, Lucius and The Griswolds.

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