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Album of the Week: ‘Singles’ by Future Islands

28 Mar

 

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One step takes me home… Two steps back on my own… Three skips to each stone… Four steps back and I’m gone.”  A line I have been repeating since last week in a voice like Sam’s unique bluesy deliver.  Not as good or addicting.  Still, I try.  That’s all I ever can do.

Future Island’s satisfying fresh 2014 effort is brilliant.  Every nuisance necessary to the collective colliding beats in composition to Samuel Herring’s playful voice.  Even though he repeats lines in the chorus…still, feel as brand new as they can be.in age of overused-rock by numbers rockers.  All about deliver.

If you’re bored with all that other wack shit out in the musical landscape, get your palette cleansed on a lonely future isles of rock n’ roll

Album Preview: ‘Imaginary Enemy’ by The Used

25 Mar

Can’t believe it’s been 2 years since ‘Vulnerable’.  Saw them at Club Nokia just before they dropped that record.  Such an amazing night.  Flash forward to now; and they are giving us fans an album preview of their new one — ‘Imaginary Enemy’.

Haven’t listened to it yet.  If you have an opinion, shout it below!  I’m hopeful.

1st Song of the Day: “Shakin’” by Willy Moon

25 Mar

Now for a little something to get you “shakin’”. Electronic rifts that makes the spine twitch.  (My body is programmed as such, as you know.)  That’s Mr. Willy Moon for y’all.  Buzzworthy.  Dangerous modern day rock n’ roll that is in the same vein as The White Stripes, Cab Calloway, Strokes, and most importantly…The Black Keys.  No nonsense, apologetic, video of Willy Moon rocking by himself in the booth.  As raw & guerrilla as you get.  As if you heard his voice through a wall & felt compelled to peek through a keyhole.

Truly recommend his 2013 debut album — ‘Here’s Willy Moon‘.  Classic soulful rock n’ roll told in a modern day.

Another New Music Tuesday!  Almost love it as much as new record store day or Comic Book Wednesday. The new shit worth mentioning are: Shakira, Johnny Cash (another collection? WTF?), MCR’s Greatest Hits Collection, Future Islands (which will be our Album of the Week…maybe?), Karmin, Walking Dead Soundtrack Vol. 2, and what I’m listening to right now – Miles At The Fillmore – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3.  The Walking Dead SDTK is the biggest surprise because you get 6 haunting cuts from indie rockers like Portugal. The Man, Sharon Van Etten, Ben Nichols, etc.  Rental.  Not worthy to buy.  Like ‘May Death Never Stop You’.  Karmin’s ‘Pulses’ was a bit disappointing.  Some tracks stick more than others.  Felt too juvenile overall.  I’m definitely not the core audience.  High School kids more so.  Fans of Pitch Perfect.

You can stream all the albums above by clicking the links provided.  Seriously.  This is an amazing experience when I have so much time to write, isn’t it?  Go listen to FI’s ‘Singles’!  One of top three albums of 2014.

What more do you want?  Random rants?  Tangents?  Okay…last one…HIMYM was perfect.  Ring ‘Bear-er’ & all.

Excited for the series finale next week.  Then more free time on my hands on Monday nights.  Perfect for Magic Monday where I travel to the magic castle in hopes of becoming a great magician?  Nah.  Too lazy for that.  Will give more time to write random blurbs about music.  Ain’t it great?  Let’s get Tuesday shaking.  Here’s Willy Moon!

Album Previews: ‘Here & Nowhere Else’ By Cloud Nothings & ‘New Crown’ by Wolfmother

24 Mar

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Stream two standout albums from Cloud Nothings & Wolfmother.  The later was a surprise release that dropped over the weekend to great jubilation.

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Playlist: Opening Acts of 2014 (March to May)

23 Mar

panama wedding-all of the people-album cover-hdI prefer to get to concerts early.  Pet peeve of mine.  Unlike my friends who usually just show up for the headliners.  Which is fine…great…dandy…perfect.  Don’t judge you for trying to sneak into my perfect spot because you don’t want stand in the back.  Your sweat isn’t the most perfect thing in the world, sorry to say.  =P

Paying for shows.  I pay for a show.  Can’t stress that enough.  Get the bang for your buck.  And there are a bunch of firecrackers who are opening for many upcoming showcases that you deserve to experience…learn…get jiggy with…before you show up at those famous LA venues in the next two months to come.  Panama Wedding, who is opening for Switchfoot, stole my ears away from me instantly.  Eases you into more indie pop, rap-rock, EDM-trance-Violins, Acoustic birdies, and good old fashion country.

Enjoy a original “Opening Acts of 2014″ playlist on this carefree Sunday.  Away we go!

Tracklisting (V1: 03/23/14):

  1. Panama Wedding – All Of The People
  2. Dallas Smith – Tippin’ Point
  3. The Royal Concept – D-D-Dance
  4. Raining Jane – A World That’s Made for Me and You
  5. Sleeper Agent – Haunting Me
  6. Leah Turner – Take the Keys
  7. Cole Swindell – Hope You Get Lonely Tonight
  8. Tyler Farr – Redneck Crazy
  9. King Chip – Wtf I Want To
  10. Big Sean – Ashley
  11. Nekromantix – Who Killed The Cheerleader
  12. Deke Dickerson – My Baby Don’t Love Me Anymore
  13. Blondfire – Where the Kids Are
  14. Glen Martin – This Is All We Know
  15. Windy Barnes – When Sunny Gets Blue
  16. Eliza Smith – Light Me Up
  17. Highasakite – Indian Summer
  18. Young Thug – Stoner
  19. Nikki Lane – All Or Nothin’
  20. Ari Hest – The Weight
  21. Willy Mason – Carry On
  22. The Appleseed Cast – Adriatic to Black Sea
  23. Cate le Bon – Are You With Me Now?
  24. Cassio Monroe – It Starts Tonight
  25. Storyman – Coming Home
  26. Sugar & The Hi Lows – I’ve Got You Covered
  27. Amy Stroup – Far from Yesterday
  28. Birdy – Wings
  29. The Secret Sisters – Rattle My Bones
  30. Tokimonsta – Go With It
  31. Au Revoir Simone – Crazy
  32. Jonny Two Bags – One Foot in the Gutter
  33. Gardens & Villa – Domino
  34. Sylvan Esso – Coffee
  35. Cloud Control – Dojo Rising
  36. Calvin Love – Cool
  37. Isaiah Rashad – R.I.P. Kevin Miller
  38. Sir Sly – Ghost
  39. Dawn Landes – Try to Make a Fire Burn Again
  40. Ana Sia – Ad Out
  41. Dia Frampton – The Broken Ones
  42. Lindsey Stirling – Crystallize
  43. Young & Sick – Magnolia
  44. Austra – Home
  45. Tennis – Mean Streets
  46. Sam Smith – Lay Me Down – Acoustic Version

Album of the Week: ‘About Last Night’ by Sleeper Agent

21 Mar

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This record isn’t even out yet but that hasn’t stopped Sleeper Agent from claiming our ‘Album of the Week’ spot.  Spotify has the exclusive stream of their sophomore/junior effort, ‘About Last Night’ (out Tuesday!), and it’s a collision of pop indie rock goodness.  Our team gave Alex & the guys a glowing review after their SXSW 1100 Warehouse showcase last Thursday night.  Certainly caught us by surprise.  A band that will find itself on Vh1 sooner than later.  They are currently on tour with Fitz and the Tantrums…which kind of gives you a hint of what you’re about to experience.  Big band, In sync melodies, bubblegum beats, catchy, and highly danceable.  That’s a warning.

Now we’re sharing the love with y’all.  This is your first listen & weekend recommendation.  Sleeper Agent.  ‘About Last Night’…go!

Album Preview: ‘Forcefield’ by Tokyo Police Club

18 Mar
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Stream Tokyo Police Club’s new LP – ‘Forcefield’, via the NY Times.  Not much to say because I haven’t listened to it yet.

Album Preview: ‘Recess’ by Skrillex

18 Mar

It’s happened.  After a nice long break, Skrillex returns to the music world with his first full length LP — ‘Recess’.  Perfect name.  The whole record feels like something you wanna bump in between classes.  That sheer happiness of feeling free & carefree on the playground is felt throughout.  Your brought behind the bungalows where Skrillex & his friends (Chance The Rapper, Diplo, Kill The Noise, Niki & The Dove, etc.) are losing themselves on that dirty vibe.  It’s a crazy, futuristic, secret hideaway where twerking to a sweat is a norm.  Skrillex is your ring leader, dictating the pace with claps…bass…dubstep.

‘Recess’ still proves Skirllex is the master of this niche EDM style.  No one does Dubstep better.  Continuing to lay the blueprint to all those who follow.  Take a listen to the entire effort yourself.

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Album Preview: ‘Singles’ by Future Islands

17 Mar

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If you had a chance to be down in Austin this past week & caught a Future Islands showcase, you were actually the first ones able to pick up a copy of their new album — ‘Singles’.  Can you believe it?  I can because I have a copy!  Actually listened to it on the way into the office.  Everything about it was fantastic.  Like driving through a dream.  They are one artist that I try imagine every song of theirs on a lush beach located on a remote island.  Nothing but open space all around.  Watching the seasons change to no avail.  Future Islands electronic pulses, guitar rifts, & haunting ghostly lyrics are the perfect combination for your modern soundtrack.  Leader for top three albums of 2014.

NPR has the stream if you weren’t around.  It’s really amazing.  Give it a shot.

Album Streams: ‘Mastermind’ by Rick Ross & ‘G I R L’ by Pharrell

26 Feb

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Two of the biggest albums of 2014 go up against each other next week: Rick Ross’ ‘Mastermind’ & Pharrell’s unexpected ‘G I R L’.  iTunes got first dibs on both albums that feature an all-star team of artists (Maybach Music Team, The Weeknd, Lil Wayne, Yeezus, Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, etc.).  Ricky the Boss has more guests, but it’s about quality and Pharrell is riding a huge wave now.

Here’s the ultimate choice.  Do you take the Pink or Yellow pill?  Maybach are rolling & we’re happy.  Ride along to these amazing albums.

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