Westside Wired’s November Playlist

This month's playlist features songs from 311, Bright Eyes, and Satchel Grande.

Will Christiansen

This month’s playlist features songs from 311, Bright Eyes, and Satchel Grande.

Omaha is full of rich music history. The city has been a hotbed for indie, rock, funk and jazz groups for decades. Omaha’s influence has left a major mark on the music industry. November’s playlist dives into the songs that put the Omaha music scene on the map.

We open up with “Basketball” by Square. Lead guitarist James Valentine is originally from Lincoln, and is currently playing with Adam Levine and Maroon 5. You can really hear the early beginnings of what would soon become the iconic guitar playing style heard on albums like “Songs About Jane” that Valentine would go on to help produce.

Punk rock band 311, made up of Westside High School alumni make an appearance with the laid back reggae track, “Amber” and “Down.” 311 is arguably the biggest band to emerge from the Omaha area and they have generated hit after hit in the punk genre.

Drummer Buddy Miles, best known for his time playing with legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix, shows us the deep soul roots that run through the city on his chilling cover of Neil Young’s “Down By The River.”

And Satchel Grande gets funky on “Supermoon” and “Working Title (Pt.2).”

Finally, the November playlist closes with contributions from North Omaha jazz saxophonist Preston Love’s “Neck Bones”, and the cool modern textures of “Pan and Broom”, by indie-folk group Bright Eyes.

The November playlist features a broad range of genres and styles which shows the true diversity of the music coming out of Omaha. I would encourage those interested to look even further into the music history of our city, this playlist only scratches the surface of art made by Omaha natives. There are plenty more underground bands and deep tracks left to be discovered. But in the meantime, enjoy Westside Wired’s November playlist featuring the best of Omaha music. 

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  • Basketball – Square
  • Supermoon – Satchel Grande
  • Amber – 311
  • Down By The River- Buddy Miles
  • Working Title (Pt. 2) – Satchel Grande
  • Down – 311
  • Shine All the Time – Blue Moon Ghetto
  • Girlfriend – Mathew Sweet
  • I Disappear – The Faint
  • The Recluse – Cursive
  • Them Changes – Buddy Miles
  • Neck Bones – Preston Love
  • Pan and Broom – Bright Eyes