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LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 5/3/16

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Happy Tuesday! Let’s get on with some new music!

The first track struck me immediately. It’s from a band called Darling James and it’s infectious as hell. Take a bit of Miike Snow mixed with a little bit of Tame Impala and Passion Pit and you have “The Itch.” There is so much to love, except for the fact that the band only has two songs on Spotify. I’m stoked for more. Jumping into the next song, we have an up-and-coming solo act called Thai Mason with a stellar track called “Look Up.” This cat has some great flow and he reminds me of a slower, chiller Dizzee Rascal.

Skipping a bit ahead, you’ll see a song by Operators, and if you remember them from the last time I featured them, I’m guessing you are as hooked as I am. This song is glitchy and sonorous, with a heavy, driving beat. Check out the rest of their album as well, because seriously, they’re all as good as “Control.” Going ahead to a song by Manuel Darquart, it shouldn’t be any wonder why I included this on my list. Funky & heavy on the synth? That’s made for LRDC. This New Zealand electro-duo just slay, so keep you ears and eyes on them.

Ending on a high note, I have a song by White Balance that may not be new, but chances are you may have missed it like I did. This song has playful chimes resonating behind some simple drums with cute vocals and with this, these Finns stole my heart. What a great way to end out another stellar week of great music.

Enjoy!

Greg

The Monkees – She Makes Me Laugh

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!

Enjoy!

Greg

LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 4/26/16

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).

Enjoy!

Greg

LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 3/29

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Hey y’all, here’s this week’s new music for your listening pleasure. We have great new music from now ex-member of Vampire WeekendRostam and it vibes! Another vibey track is “Haze” from an up-and-coming duo called PRXZM. It’s super bouncy and bright with some fun modulation and it really has a way of turning any day into a good day. Ohio isn’t probably where you would expect a band named Aloha to be from, but alas, here they are with “Signal Drift.” They really nail it with a unique sound that mixes a bit of tribal percussion with lo-fi indie. Los Angeles rockers Crescendo teams up with Frankie Soto for a fuzzy, garage-y jam called “Pressure.” Hopefully your week has zero pressure and is 110% chill and certainly this new music help.

Enjoy,

Greg

LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 3/22

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Some of this week’s highlight songs come from LA rockers Night Lights with a bouncy number called “Childish.” I also really dig the length and movement of Mt. Wolf’s “Anacrusis.” Following this is another song from Brett, featured in the top spot on last week’s list, and their new album, “Mode,” has been in my ears since Friday. Go give it a listen!

All in all, this week’s list is full of the chillest of chill, so I hope it treats you well!

Enjoy,

Greg

LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 3/15/16

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Hello! Are you ready for a doozy of a playlist?

The song to start off the list comes from a band named Brett and I must say, I really like the name. As a beer fan, it’s an ingredient that is near and dear to my heart. All of that aside, it’s a four-piece and not a single member is named Brett. Luckily their music makes much more sense. The song “Claire Drained” is pure vibes and is off their upcoming sophomore release entitled “Mode.” Be on the watch for these guys, because they’re killing it. With the popularity of Grimes, other artists who have the airy ambient sounds like her have been able to thrive. Negative Gemini is one such act in my mind. It’s 100% Electronica. Next up is a new song from Brit’s The Boxer Rebellion. These English bands are really killing it and they are really slipping under my radar. Apparently The Boxer Rebellion has been doing really well for a while, and with music like “Big Ideas,” it’s no wonder why.

One band that has not slipped under my radar is Peter, Bjorn & John. They’re back with a new song called “What You Talking About” and have brought the heat with an all-star cast of veteran producers who have worked with Adele, Paul McCartney & Beck (possibly a project for the three? I’ll speak to their people about it). I featured an Empress Of track on this list a while ago and it was the first time I had heard her. Well after hearing much more of her, I like every single thing she has done and this is very much included. “Woman is a Word” is a swelling, synthy, and percussion hit and truly instills her in my mind as “the real deal.”

Producer/Singer RYAN Playground has teamed up with veteran producer by the same name, Ryan Hemsworth on this track, “Folders.” It’s sure to get the mood right. Keeping the same feeling, I have a track from Mt. Si called “Oh” and it paints the most elegant soundscape that blends playful synth and drums with what sounds like wind chimes and breezy vocals. Moving onto more synth, we’ve got a buzzy track from French producers, Fevrier called “La montagne.”

If you follow my lists, you know I don’t only throw on electronic indie, and like to throw in some more traditional jams that just strike a (literal) chord with me. This next song “Vertigo Flowers” from Nothing really knocks it out of the park with gritty guitars and a ton of mini breakdowns that get my heart racing. Another indie rock track comes from Joywave off of a new release entitled “Swish” (extra points for jacking Kayne’s rejected album name haha).This song is a small departure from their poppy synth we saw on some of the singles on their last album, but I really enjoy it.

Okay, next up, let’s get it bouncing a bit, your head, your foot, literally anything that can move. This track from Soft Lit is the tits and I cannot even get close to enough of it. The noises that I’m hearing are way different, yet so familiar and the vocals from Tara fit perfectly.

Switching gears completely, we have a new song from VÉRITÉ that features a couple crass words and themes, so I apologize in advance. Seriously though guys, this is one of the most intimate songs I’ve heard in a very long time. The way she delivers the lyrics, cadence and emotion is just so gritty and real. I got a bit swept up into it and this is definitely my new guilty pleasure song. Going on to a bit heavier yet every bit as intense, we have a song from Marsbeing that combines pretty much every single texture, sound, synth imaginable. There is a ton going on, but it comes out in a cohesive manner and manages to have movement to it.

Doing it in a much  different way, ANOHNI has a wonderful way of being different from everything out there. The music you’re hearing isn’t so much blazing new trails, but his vocals are just something to marvel at. Silky smooth and rich vocals is truly his forte and I’m excited to hear more tracks from this guy. And that brings us to our closing track which I have saved just for you. It’s another appearance from an LRDC favorite of mine, San Holo and this time featuring a vocalist called The Nicholas. Much like the track from San Holo last week, this one kills it so hard. He truly is an artist when it comes to entrancing beats, textures, and samples. Hopefully there’s another new track for me to feature next week from him. Guess you’ll have to check back to find out!

LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 3/9/16

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Okay chiefs, let’s kick this off on a strong note. The opening track of this week’s stellar list is a BANGER WITH A CAPITAL B. From the Dutch producer San Holo (extra points for originality), we have the aural spectacle that is “New Sky.” Glitchy, melodic, head banger. Straight jams, man. British songwriter Låpsley is back on our list with a chill track called “Cliff” that has a bit of an XX feel to it. Next, let Allen Stone take to you straight to the weekend on a Wednesday. This guy will get you shaking and grooving with his funky new song “The Weekend.”

I believe I heard the next song by case/lang/viers (extra points for even more originality) on KCRW and really enjoyed it. It has soothing orchestrals with a touch of First Aid Kit. Another female vocalist (this one of Cults fame) has teamed up with her brother to form Follin and their single “Roxy” is sure a standout track. It’s familiar yet very uniquely haunting and it’s difficult for me to sum up. All I’m sure of is that I really like it.

So, you remember Mario Kart on SNES and the sickest track? You and I both know it was Rainbow Road, well British producer Leon Vynehall has made a great reference to this in the title of “Midnight on Rainbow Road.” It’s really just that, a great song to listen to on any road at midnight, rainbow or not, but preferably rainbow. Next up is the song that you reaaaaally had to try hard to not hear anything about last week as it basically broke the internet. That’s right, new M83 and it is sitting really nice with me. I don’t know if it strikes me quite as much as their previous singles, but it certainly grows on you. It’s like they got caught in a haunted house for 2 weeks and came out with a indie-powerhouse jam that is is as cheeky as it’s album cover featuring a little yorkie. Talking about album covers, the next artist, et aliae, certainly nailed it. I love the 3D petals & thorns. Much like the song, it is beautiful, yet prickly. With a got a glitchy, staccato beat with towering vocals over it, this track really is a standout despite it’s slower tempo.

I haven’t been following along with Mitski’s past work, but I’m kind of bummed that I haven’t. I’ve been hearing about her everywhere and it’s all buzz about the next song “Your Best American Girl,” which is a fuzzy, heady, rock anthem. Super cute track, but man, it’s got a bite and some grit to it and I like it that way. If you heard the playlist a couple weeks ago, no doubt you noticed the song by The Range called “Florida.” Well they have another new track called “Five Four,” and it really proves these guys aren’t a one trick pony. Taking a different approach with rap leads, it’s got the deep base and piano orchestration we heard on the former, but it feels a bit more mature and refined. I like!

Not quite sure what to make of the name of the next band…MOOD ROBOT, doesn’t really give away much about the band, but perhaps it does. Emotive synth with multiple vocalists and heavy hits barraging you from all angles. Perhaps that is what a MOOD ROBOT is. This song knocks and these guys will definitely be in heavy rotation for the forseeable future!

I really should just frame the album art from all of the songs on the playlist…they’re killing it. The next song is very much included. I have to tell you that this band took me a couple listens to really get into it. Spookyland has a rustic authenticity to them with that recalls power ballads of the early 80’s and that cross between rock and country of the late 90’s. Give it a couple listens, you’ll probably like it too. One song you know I didn’t have to give a couple listens to fall in love was this new Yeasayer track. It’s just like I remember them and it’s “Silly…” In a similar category is this new track from Goldwash who brings some deep house and some bossa nova vibes.

Okay, let’s close out on a high note with a new song from Scotland’s own Frightened Rabbit. This band is proof that there are still bands out there that I’m not too quick at finding. With over 120k likes on facebook, these guys are no new thing. I’m merely here to expose you to them hopefully so we can learn together! This is all for you and the experience we share together. Are you enjoying it, because I certainly am!

Thanks and have a great night

-Greg

LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 3/1/16

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

So, this is going to be a quick post to sum up an all-in-all “chill ass list.”

Starting off strong, we have a playful song from British songstress (living in California) Annabel Jones called “IOU.” It has some of the dry snarkiness like what launched Lily Allen’s career, and she does it flawlessly. Not finding much material from the former, but I hope to see more from her soon! Next up, if you know me, I like to expand the bounds of my playlists into different languages. The song called “Sega” by El Guincho is super glitchy and the words are delivered in a manner that I’m really not used to. The next track spans so many different genres and I have been digging everything I have heard from them. Prince Rama in “Your Life In The End” spans different eras of music with some Passion Pit-y sounds, mixed with some David Bowie synth, and airiness and vocals like Enya. It’s like they had a beautiful, beautiful love child. Two completely different tracks are back to back, from the indie-rap (spoken word?!) “Papillon” to a great new song from Kero Kero Bonito!

I’ll skip a bit of great songs for the sake of time and shine down on a new song from White Lung out of Vancouver, CA. There is something about this, it’s so intense and up-tempo, yet the cadence of the lyrics is slower and very deliberate. It bangs hard and I really can’t get enough!

Let’s finish of on a high night with some straight bangers, we have a new, killer jam from Tokimonsta and a chill, bouncy track from Louis Futon.

Have a wonderful night with this!

-Greg

 

 

LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 2/23/16

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Okay, you ready? Because I think this is my best list since LRDC has started. What it may lack in stark diversity, it makes up in spades with heavy hits, entrancing synth, and beautiful vocals. Let’s kick it off.

After being featured on Apple Music & across the blogosphere, UK songsmith Astonomyy launched into instant notoriety with his single “The Secret.” One thing isn’t a secret, this cat is going places. Keeping with the vibes and cranking it up a bit, we have power synth rockers Midi Matilda, and from the sound of this track, they are poppy and wonderful. Something tells me I’m going to abuse the word “synth” for the remainder of this post, so just bear with me. We have a new track from Lovespeake that is blasts you off with a dancing bass line, a bit of funky, and playful synth all around it, this one is the jam!

Getting a bit more glitchy and reserved, we’ve got a new song from artist Michl who is reeeeeally killing it with his honest lyrics and vocals. To me he sounds like Sam Smith, but much less commercial. Australian’s Gyspy & The Cat are one band who I wish was on my radar earlier. They have the sound that I find myself going for all the time. Crystal clear vocals with synth textures behind a simple guitar riff, it makes you feel like your flying on a bed of clouds. Let’s get grounded for a bit, or better yet, get pitted with surf rockers Summer Salt (great name). Hailing from Austin, TX, the live music capitol of the world, these guys are in good company, yet they stand out with great crunchy, vintage vibes.

Now, let’s launch into some chillwave with Memoryhouse. I’ve featured the first track off of their newest record “Soft Hate” and I think I love everything about it. It moves around and has a great flow to it. Next up is an artist who I have had a love-hate relationship with. FKA Twigs’, first couple singles have not been my cup of tea, but for this new track “Good to Love” it sounds like she has hung up some of her weirdness and traded it in for some pop. Strangely enough, this reminds me of the stuff we’ve been hearing from Lapsley, and I’m really digging it!

Let’s hit some synthpop jams, and there is no better description of these guys who go by MIAMIGO. It’s pure, unadulterated, chill pop that takes you back to the early 00’s with the lead singer’s Justin Timber-like vocals. And now, the funky sounds of Mayer Hawthorne flicking the ivories right into your heart. Speeding that exact beat up, we have a track from Misun & Gil the Kid that is powerful tour de force of mashed piano keys, shred guitar strings, and shouty vocals. Taking it to the garage, our favorite girls from Bleached take us back to a time where we were just Raging Against the Machine and thinking we would never have any Offspring and chilling in Nirvana. This song, “Wednesday Night Melody” has been stuck in my head for the past week and I think I’m in love with it.

Do yourself a favor and listen to Choir of Young Believers‘ “Gamma Moth” with headphones. The intro is trippy as hell and the rest of the song does not dissappoint either. These guys have been producing music for their newly released full length that is just so dynamic and unique, it’s really in a class of it’s own. Their album, “Grasque,” is full of songs long (8:17) and short (0:52) and is definitely worth your time. Okay, let’s start the clapping and get into this new cut by Vaults who has now stolen my heart. I’ve featured them a couple times and every time I listen to another song by them, I’m amazed by how much it speaks to me. It’s soulful and heavy yet light and our lead singer has a a sound like Florence meeting Adele to her.

So, before you check in on me and wonder why I put a movie score on the list, make sure you get past 1:15. It launches into a full blown assault that demands you break your neck bobbing to it. This whole album is such a surprise to me and is STACKED with a great lineup of artists producing songs loosely based on Star Wars. Please please please enjoy this track and then listen to the rest of that album.

Until next week,

-Greg

LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 2/16/16

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Good evening peeps!

I’m going to keep this short for you guys, but please don’t see that as a reflection of the quality of this amazing amalgam of new music.

Starting off the list, we have a chill jam from an outfit named exmagician out of Belfast! They will kick off a full blown Electronic onslaught of new music from heavy hitters, UnderworldCom TruiseThe Big PinkBeshken ft Gus Dapperton. If this block doesn’t get you going, perhaps some chill wave from indie rockers HEARTWATCH & Space Above will do it for you. These two bands from San Francisco & New Zealand respectfully are really beginning to buzz and the former has a new record out in just 10 days!

Coming in with two of my favorite songs on the list, we have a track from Phillipi & Rodrigo called “Gueto de Gent.” To be honest, I have no idea what they’re saying, but this song is just so danceable! The next band I heard a couple days ago and fell in love instantly. When I heard this remix of Ibeyi’s “Stranger/Lover”, there was no going back, I had been changed. It’s absolutely entrancing and the vocals of these twin sisters play perfect with the subtle changes made in this version.

Onto some indie jams, we have some tracks from Gallant ft Jhene Aiko, LRDC favorites-Thao & the Get Down Stay DownWild Nothing (new album this week!!!), The Thermals, and Rogue Wave. Going back really quick, am I the only one who thinks The Thermals’ lead singer sounds like John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats? I can’t be the only one. They’re both so unique that it seems odd to think that they are not just the same person, but indeed they are not.

If you’ve followed along on these lists, you know I like to end on a high note, and boy is this week’s end HIGH! Ride the “Cerulean” wave with Living’s new song. Not much material by these guys, but you best believe, I’ll be keeping them on my radar.

Enjoy your week and all your beautiful new music!

-Greg