Downbeat.fm

Mike Rastiello
A monthly newsletter and playlist (Apple Music and Spotify) curated by Mike Rastiello featuring great rock and alternative rock songs (and a few other genres sprinkled in) that you may have missed.
Created 12 Jul 2021
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  • 🎧 Downbeat.fm Vol. 2 Track 9
    29 Sep 2021 • 2 min read
    I missed live music so much. In the past two weeks, I saw my first concerts since 2019. I saw both Bully and Lucy Dacus at two great venues here in Austin, TX, and it was a breath of fresh air when fr...
  • 🎧 Downbeat.fm Vol. 2 Track 8
    31 Aug 2021 • 4 min read
    August of 2021 is a milestone moment in my life - I’ve turned 40. I don’t necessarily feel old, even though all my friends all make old jokes about me (even the few who are older than me). Rob Sherida...
  • 🎧 Downbeat.fm Vol. 2 Track 7
    05 Aug 2021 • 2 min read
    Summer is halfway over and so is 2021. I can't believe it's moving so fast even though Ali and I have still been hunkering down like we were in 2020. We did have some glimpses of "normalcy" this month...
  • 🎧 Downbeat.fm Vol. 2 Track 6
    30 Jun 2021 • 1 min read
    Summertime is officially here, vaccines are up (but not by enough) and things are returning to "normal" whether we want them to or not - whether we're ready or not. Ali and I have been out to see a co...
  • 🎧 Downbeat.fm Vol. 2 Track 5
    02 Jun 2021 • 2 min read
    This time of year is one of my favorite times of the year, the weather is nice - not too cold and it's just before it gets too hot outside. One of the benefits of living in Texas is that the weather w...
  • 🎧 Downbeat.fm Vol. 2 Track 4
    05 May 2021 • 3 min read
    April was a hell of a month for the Rastiello's. First off, we started the month fully vaccinated. We celebrated with family in Houston and it felt so good to see our Texas niece and nephews. They wer...
  • 🎧 Downbeat.fm Vol. 2 Track 3
    31 Mar 2021 • 2 min read
    While prepping for this month's newsletter I had the horrifying realization that the formative albums of my adolescence will start hitting 30 years old in rapid succession over the next few years. Som...
  • 🎧 Downbeat.fm Vol. 2 Track 2
    10 Mar 2021 • 2 min read
    What a long year February was. Woof. It started out normally, as normal as can be that is, and then Texas was hit with a freak storm that led to a week of power and water outages for a lot of the stat...
  • 🎧 Downbeat.fm Vol. 2 Track 1
    03 Feb 2021 • 2 min read
    Every January brings new changes - or at least the promise of them. New Year's resolutions, promises all in the name of trying to better yourself. But, resolutions don't need to be about correcting be...
  • Downbeat.fm Vol. 1 Track 12 (December 2020)
    05 Jan 2021 • 3 min read
    December's playlist and newsletter bring two monumental things to a close: This hugely shittastic year. The conclusion of the first year of Downbeat.fm. I don't want to dwell on the first point, becau...
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