Quarantine Playlist: Demetri Wolfe

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Although gathering for live music will be impossible for a little while, WOUB Culture is trying to keep the groove alive by asking members of the regional music scene about the music they have been relying on to get through these strange times.

Demetri Wolfe

Demetri Wolfe is a guitar player and composer from Northwest Washington, DC. Currently fronting his band Inoculous, Wolfe’s life as a musician has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, he has a wide array of music to keep him inspired.

Soundgarden –  “Jesus Christ Pose”
Chris Cornell will always be remembered as an incredible front man. Songs like this showcase his raw vocal talent, wide vocal range, and brooding instrumentation Soundgarden helped innovate.

CHON – “Drift/Story”
CHON’s acrobatic licks, beautifully voiced progressions, and virtuosic duel guitar work proves that words aren’t needed to tell a story

Snarky Puppy – “What About Me”
The jazz funk fusion band, led by composer Michael League, creates a groove epic for both the brain and the booty to enjoy.

Inoculous – “Alligator”
The up and coming math rock duo offers a relaxing, yet cerebral take on guitar music.

In the Presence of Wolves – “Hypoxia”
Progressive metal done right! Solid arrangements that that are true to prog without sounding forced.

Tyler, The Creator – “NEW MAGIC WAND”
When Tyler dropped IGOR, this song stood out instantly. Incredible production from the mind of a one of a kind artist.

Animals As Leaders – “Nephele”
Animals As Leaders lead guitarist Tosin Abasi has been credited with reinventing the guitar for the modern extended range player. Songs like this demonstrate his guitar prowess, careening from frenetic to cloud-like in seconds.

Polyphia – “Euphoria”
Dynamic. Symphonic. Raw. Modern. Polyphia pushes the envelope of electronic music’s influence in metal for a one of a kind anthem.

Dua Lipa “Levitating”
Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia offers an escape from any nerves that you may currently have.

Floral – “80%”
The only thing better than Nate Sherman’s guitar playing is the insatiable thirst for finding the perfect melody.

Queens of the Stone Age – “Auto Pilot”
If sinking into your couch without a care in the world were a song, this would be it!

Radiohead – “Where I end and You Begin”
A diamond in the rough track in the Radiohead discography that deserves all the attention of ears everywhere.

I’d never heard of Chicago rapper Saba when I saw him perform at Bonnaroo 2019. But after this song, I knew I’d never for get him.

Standards– “Pineapple”
The self-proclaimed fruit rock band offers a rich, ebullient bop guaranteed to make you feel like summer.

The Bird and the Bee – “My Love”
Infectious pop melodies and production meet jazz voicings and modulation for a tune you’ll surely be singing by the end.

Invalids “Idle Promise”
As math rock was beginning to go stale, composers like Pete Davis were pushing the limits of what could be done by programming parts and then teaching them to himself. While incredibly dense, this is probably my favorite song on this playlist.

Totorro – “Chevalier Bulltoe”
A preppy, grungy instrumental track from one of France’s finest.

Giraffes? Giraffes! – “Putzing Around the Underworld”
An absolute odyssey from the guitar/drums/loop duo known for their “weirdo punk” style of math rock

John Prine – “When I Get to Heaven”
A tribute to one of the most revered songwriters in our country’s history. We can only imagine that he is now up in heaven “going to town.”