Another Spotlight Saturday. New music to be had. Today’s first entry comes from an upcoming five piece UK band — Hero & Leander. They are being pitched as bit like Arcade Fire, Belle & Sebastian, The Beach Boys + 1 Girl, without being bogged down by the normal comparisons since their inception back in 2010. Like to think of them as a Pop Folk, Soul, Jazz, Fusion.
Above is their new music video for “Kiss Me By The Water Cooler” that is cute, comical, & quirky. I recommend going through their youtube page and viewing their covers of ‘Me, Myself, & I‘ or ‘Don’t Worry Baby‘. Really showcases their multi-talented style.
Their new album ‘Tumble‘ dropped this week, and has gotten some sweeping reviews from bloggers. Recommend it highly.
Hero & Leander Reading Material:
Been in a whole ’30 Secs…’ mode since hearing ‘LLF+D’. Had a similar moment yesterday night that I did when I first ran through ‘Battle Born’. Environment does effect music. You shouldn’t convince yourself otherwise. When I’m in the car, rolling down the freeway, window open, cool breeze brushing thru my…now super short…hair half past midnight– the music couldn’t be feel any better. Like a super drug. Corrupting each cell in my body. Rewriting the genetic code track by track. Leaving me craving more…so much more.
A little off point, but we’ll get there. For ‘A Beautiful Lie‘ had a similar effect on me during those overly brought up college days I speak so fondly of. Being a MCR fan without new music to thrive on made me thirst for similar artists in the vein of emo-screamo heard on the Black Parade. Kept running into Jared Leto & his massacred group that combined hard rock, screamo, and electronics to put together very catchy fantastical songs.
Bought this record at Best Buy on a whim after hearing a variety of singles. It was like living in a alternated future with bright lights like a make believe neo-tokyo. Glimmers of steampunk. Bioshock before Bioshock. And I absolutely loved it. Wrote similar worldly scripts to this record. Choirs & powerful anthems still transport me to a post-apocalyptic conflict. Having mad flashbacks as ‘The Fantasy” builds. Battles of Good & eVil duking out in my head like a bad DBZ episode.
Sure ‘A Beautiful Lie’ is not a new record, but certainly one that made an impact on my musical history. One that you should listen to. For a bit of nostalgia is all one really needs really.
Lyrical animals. ”The Race” is third single from the upcoming – LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS. The choir are still screaming.
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Bloggers got lucky this afternoon as ITunes started to stream the highly anticipated / long awaited new album from Daft Punk. The first word that comes to me is funky. Electronic funk. I’ve only scratched the surface, but look forward to grooving around my bedroom tonight. Gonna be one of those nights.
You have to go their ITunes artist page to stream the record, so be sure to update that player.
1. “Give Life Back to Music” (featuring Nile Rodgers)
2. “The Game of Love”
3. “Giorgio by Moroder” (featuring Giorgio Moroder)
4. “Within” (featuring Chilly Gonzales)
5. “Instant Crush” (featuring Julian Casablancas)
6. “Lose Yourself to Dance” (featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers)
7. “Touch” (featuring Paul Williams)
8. “Get Lucky” (featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers)
11. “Fragments of Time” (featuring Todd Edwards)
12. “Doin’ It Right” (featuring Panda Bear)
13. “Contact” (featuring DJ Falcon)
Go 2 Itunes To Listen!
So, listen. All those indie bloggers have just splooshed a bit in their pants. Why? Because Itunes is streaming Vampire Weekend’s third album…in full…right now. This record is a evolution for the band. They take a few more chances. Music fans should be excited.
Enjoy Modern Vampires of the City…out next Tuesday.
- Obvious Bicycle
- Diane Young
- Don’t Lie
- Hannah Hunt
- Everlasting Arms
- Finger Back
- Worship You
- Ya Hey
- Young Lion
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We enjoyed ‘Hell on Heels’ and all the solo records/singles that Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe, and Angaleena Presley have dropped since 2011. Even saw them a year ago. Happily, their sophomore offering — Annie Up! — is more of the same. Amazon has your exclusive first listen of the record which has impressive country songs for country girls. The link is a bit tricky…the player is on the far right side of the page towards the top.
Sure I’m not the core audience, but most of my readers are and I never can turn down a country ballad.
The Pistol Annies raise the stakes next Tuesday.
1. “I Feel A Sin Comin’ On”
2. “Hush Hush”
3. “Being Pretty Ain’t Pretty”
4. “Unhappily Married”
5. “Loved By A Workin’ Man”
6. “Blues, You’re A Buzz Kill”
7. “Don’t Talk About Him, Tina”
8. “Trading One Heartbreak For Another”
9. “Dear Sobriety”
10. “Damn Thing”
11. “Girls Like Us”
12. “I Hope You’re The End Of My Story”
Little girls are gonna dance to this. Check out Sara Bareilles’ new 2013 single — Brave — in a very female orientated lyrical video. She just wants to see you be ‘Brave’. The single is now available on Itunes.
Hova sounds like he has the world on the mind. Here’s a open letter to all his haters as sponsored by Timbo & Swizz. What can I say? He loves Cubans. I’m just happy he’s stop rapping about his baby gurls for a brief moment. The Life & Times of Mr. Carter continues…
Siri play me some new She & Him. Which one? The one that makes me do my shaky $ dance. Bad joke. Experience Volume 3′s latest cut – ”I Could’ve Been Your Girl”. in all seriousness, it does control me to dance…with regret.
More regrets to follow on May 7th.
Can’t imagine the colorful birds, white sand beaches, sexy human candy trolling past palm trees of lush green, endless amounts of sunlight from your cubcile? Mr. Last Name London & his Brooklyn based troupe are here to help. Check out his new sexy two sided single describing his Rio sights. More you listen it’s not the Rio one would expect. On the edge of ‘Rio Nights’. Title of the unnamed crime novel I’ve never wrote.
The single is available next week with his new record coming soon.