What’s This Playlist All About? As he prepares for the release of his new solo album, The Atlas Underground, the Nightwatchman, former Rage Against the Machine guitarist, and outspoken activist continues to fight for his rights through music. His genre-spanning list hits up all types of subversive anthems and calls to action from punk icons, pop freaks, and folk heroes.
What You Get: To start, you’ll be treated with a good chunk of Morello’s new album, including a grungy, hard-rocking cut with K. Flay and a sludgy, bass-y banger with Knife Party. He then gives shout-outs to his friends and collaborators, like Skrillex, Vic Mensa, A Perfect Circle, and System of a Down, before taking many left turns, including a little Jesus Christ Superstar, a club-ready 50 Cent, and a sassy Taylor Swift.
Greatest Discovery: The woozy, dreamy, twang-touched “Song for Zula” from the criminally underrated Phosphorescent
What About Rage? There’s one radical band conspicuously missing from this list: Morello’s own Rage Against the Machine. A little “Killing in the Name” would round this out nicely, right?