Thursday, April 28th, 2016
As you give this song a listen, let’s get to learn a bit more about me. The first concert I ever went to was in 1997 (at the young age of only 9) to see The Monkees in concert touring on their “Justus” record in a little town called Puyallup, WA. Not only was this a pivotal event in my life, The Monkees were a pivotal band in my life. From as far back as I can recall, this was the single band that build passion for music. Listening to their vinyl & tapes & CDs at a very young age, there wasn’t a day that went by where I wasn’t humming “Pleasant Valley Sunday” as I went on with my upper-middle class, privileged life. This rag-tag group of guys really spoke to me on a deeper level in that they were constantly taken as a joke of a band and were first and foremost seen just as TV show actors, not musicians. Well, I’m guessing you have heard of the band and probably a smaller handful of you have actually heard of the TV show. This is the kind of influence they had as a band and it is very much alive today despite the passing of two of their founding members (Michael Nesmith & Davey Jones).
Let’s fast forward to a couple months ago when reports came in about The Monkees going back into the recording studio to get some new songs, and crazier yet, the songs would be penned by none other than Rivers Cuomo (of Weezer fame). Well, today we have the first track off of their upcoming album “Good Times!” and it’s called “She Makes Me Laugh.” It’s a flowery, light-hearted, lo-fi love song that really tugs on your heartstrings with all of it’s cuteness. The kitschy comic book style video matches the song so well and I really wouldn’t have this any other way. I’m excited to see what else The Monkees have in store for us!
Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
It’s that time of the week again, guys. Another batch of some fresh jams for your listening pleasure. We’ll kick this week off in style with a sick, easily-replayable track from Frenship and Emily Warren called “Capsize.” The vibes don’t really quit as we go on to “Graduate” by solo act Handsome Ghost. From here, we’ll let the chillness set in as we go to a track that reminds me so much of CHVRCHES, but it’s actually from Bostonites Contact, but they do have the same equation when it comes to band members (1 female lead & 2 male).
Skipping ahead a bit, we have a song that really stuck with me this week. This track happens to be from a young, Texan, solo artist called BRYCE. After that, we have a song from Sébastien Tellier’s soundtrack for a little French film titled “Marie and the Misfits.” The song I chose is bouncy and funky and actually seems like it would be difficult to integrate into the movie itself, so now I really want to see the movie to experience the music take shape!
Now…I’m excited to announce that Band of Horses released a new song yesterday. This is a very important band to me and I can say their new song, “Casual Party”, has the same feeling that I’ve grown fond to with BOH’s music.
If you’ve followed along for a bit, you know I like to finish these playlists off strong. Well this week is no exception and we have an entrancing track from Nite Jewel that fills your ears with whispy synth and airy vocals fading in and out. Then the big guns come out with a new collab track between Flume & Tove Lo that actually slays your ears. It’s straight jams and everything that we have come to expect from Flume. No doubt this will get some solid airtime on radio stations and in da club, so remember who told you about this (unless you’ve already heard it, forget them, haha).
Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
Hello ladies and gentlemen! Last week was a great week for us here…and this week will not leave you disappointed either. We get started off hard with an intensely sick track from UK duo Plaitum. Of course, don’t feel bad if you hadn’t heard of them before this week, I hadn’t either, but boy am I glad these guys are in my life. This song haunts me in the best way possible. The next two songs are also synth bombs from HOST and Terror Jr. The latter is quite on par with songs I like to feature on here and trying to find out more about them served to be difficult. With one song, I’m itching for more already, so hopefully that comes sooner rather than later.
So, Boyz Noize is back, and this time with indie-pop darlings Polica. This track is like more like my favorite Polica track than a Boyz Noize song since it doesn’t go harder than hard, but listening to his newer music, it seems like that’s the direction he’s going. I’m down either way. I have a song by Vancouver BC duo HUMANS on this list and while it isn’t the version that is 9.5+ minutes, I think you owe it to yourself to check that one out. It’s total fire!
You know I always end with heat as well. We have a track from Sibling called “Westside” which reminds me of why I live on the Westside of Los Angeles: “the vibe is right”. AAAAND closing it out is a flowery romp of a song that is pure fun from NVDES. Full disclosure, any song that has gang vocals of people yelling lyrics is basically a winner in my eyes, but this song really nails everything so well. Whistling in the middle of the song?! Yeah! That’s not someone eavesdropping on that sick you’re listening to, NVDES is just foreshadowing what you’ll be doing by the end of the song.
Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
Boy, do I have a treat for you this week. Our playlist is simply only the best new and unheard music all assembled for your listening pleasure.
Starting off strong with a funky, synth pop jam from Norwegians KAPPEKOFF it only gets better. The next song is from Henrik the Artist, and it just kills it in my book breaking through the standard EDM mold to produce a track that has so much life to it!
Sometimes I come upon a band where they’re just so good that I tell myself that I need to have a copy of their music in some sort of a format other than digital. I had this exact moment when I first heard some tracks from The Sun Days new album appropriately named “Album.” I added my favorite song from the “Album” to my list, so I hope you enjoy! Next artist I’d like to feature is this gal called Chelsea Lankes and while this track seems to be ones hidden on her new EP (out last week), it’s definitely my favorite. It’s just so beautiful, I don’t have words and the production value is very high for a new artist. Love!
Hopefully you enjoy the rest of the songs on this list as well!
Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
Some of the songs I’m digging this week from LRDC include the best song I’ve heard thus far off of M83’s new album called “Go!” and a Purity Ring-esque powerhouse track from NAVVI called “Polychrome”. In addition to this, I have a killer track from Thai psych band, Khun Nurin and if my description piques your interest, just wait until you hear their song! To close out, there’s a glitchy track from Airbird & Napolian called “Only You” that really means business, and their business is big beats and synth.
Have a great week and enjoy,