Friday, June 28, 2013

Jinja Safari - Dozer

Feels like: Vampire Weekend, Dirty Gold, The Griswolds, Husky, Reptar, The Cast of Cheers, Pepper Rabbit, Crystal Fighters

New video for Jinja Safari.  Crazy cool and chill tunes.  Oh for God Sakes just watch!  Friday Friday Friday

Dirty Gold - California Sunrise

Feels like: Jinja Safari, Tanlines, Tiny Victories, Vampire Weekend, The Elwins

Looking for a summer anthem?  Well, are you?  Then here you go: "California Sunrise" is the perfect combination of dreamy, happy, breezy pop.  Just give it a go, you'll be glad you did.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Under the Covers: Glass Towers: Young and Beautiful[Lana Del Ray Cover]/Halcyon

Feels like: The Kooks, San Cisco, We Are Scientists, The Elwins, The Griswolds

Check out Glass Tower's "Like a Version" of Lana Del Ray's hit "Young and Beautiful" off of the "Great Gatsby" Soundtrack.  Also check out their new single "Halcyon".  Feels oh so good.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Hurray for the Riff Raff - Look Out Mama/Little Black Star

Feels like: The Head and The Heart, Jonas Alaska, Bhi Bhiman, Shovels and Rope

I owe this one to a couple of friends I met at the beach, Rachel and Andrew. You should check out Hurray for the Riff Raff at The End on July 11th.  Also check out "Little Black Star" below, it's quite the stomp along hootenanny.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Bhi Bhiman - Eye On You/Guttersnipe

Feels like: Alabama Shakes, Bob Dylan, Gary Clark Jr., Dead Man's Bones, Jason Isbell, Jose Gonzalez

I don't have much to say about this one.  Give him a listen, he's got soul for days and his lyrics are pretty creative and mildly humorous.  Cha-Ching! Check him out at Outside Lands in San Francisco.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Big Harp - Everybody Pays

Feels Like: William Elliott Whitmore, Breathe Owl Breathe, Bahamas, The Wood Brothers

Big Harp is laid back. It's music for day-dreaming, eating ice cream, and watching giant dust balls cross empty streets on the frontier. It also leaves you feeling pretty damn good. So tune in, tune out, and enjoy this tune.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Colourist - Little Games

Sounds Like: Wild Cub, HAERTS, Two Door Cinema Club

I don't mean to sound like somebody's disgruntled grandfather, but music can and has been convoluted as of recent. With so much cross-genre borrowing and influence, it's getting easier and easier to wonder and conclude to yourself, "What was I just listening to? No idea". Not to say that this isn't a fascinating trend in the overall pursuit of artistic originality in modern music, but it can get a little confusing. In the same breath, sometimes pop is just pop. I think The Colourist has really keyed on that concept with their latest release "Litte Games". The tight laced guitars and upbeat rhythms are a perfect fit for the season and say "Yeah, this is pop music. Dig it.". Well, to me at least. Jam out to the link below, and swing by their show when the swing by you on tour

Stripped Naked: Passion Pit - Take a Walk (Acoustic)

Feels Like: Passion Pit during a blackout

A lot of electro-poppers hide behind waves and waves of synths, blips, bleeps, and drum loops. Passion Pit could probably fall into this category, but leave it to frontman Michael Angelakos to prove that they can get by without all the electronic hub-bub as well. Enjoy "Take a Walk" synth-less yet as complete sounding as ever.

Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know?

Feels like: Jet, Tame Impala, Black Keys, Young the Giant, The Weeks

Brand new music from Artic Monkeys.  The video is really awesome, like some kind of trippy Bond opening sequence.  Check it out in all its glory.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Shakey Graves - Late July

Feels Like: John Fullbright, Seasick Steve, Shovels and Rope

Shakey Graves has some stories to tell. He tells them well. He plays the guitar pretty damn well too. It all comes together to sound something like this. If you want to skip his amusing name-origin story, the song begins at 1:46. He's playing the High Watt tonight in Nashville if you get your post-Bonnaroo second wind.

Roolers of Roo: Capital Cities - Farrah Fawcett Hair/I Sold My Bed, But Not My Stereo

Feels like: Clock Opera, Wild Cub, Daft Punk, Cherub, Chromeo, RAC

I've been a fan of Capital Cities for a while.  Their fun and dancy style always brought a smile to my face.  So of course I had to see them at the Roo this year.  Well, what a treat that turned out to be.  Some of my least favorite songs off their record [namely "Farrah Fawcett Hair"] were nuts live!  These guys put the groove back in your boogy and let it all hang out.  Best Live Show of the festival....well at least of non headliners [I mean can you beat that Knight who played all the Beatles covers?]

I promise, if you go to see these guys live, you will have a flippin blast!  Best live song: "Farrah Fawcett Hair" [immortalized above from a show in Detroit].  Best song: "I sold my bed, but not my stereo" [check it out below].

Monday, June 17, 2013

Roolers of Roo: Tiny Victories - Mr Bones/Lost Weekend

Feels like: Tanlines, New Villager, The XX, Midi Matilda, Allosaurus, Slam Donahue, Phantogram

Wow, to start with, what an incredible weekend.  Sooo many incredible bands, stories and memories.  One of my absolute favorites from the Roo was an afternoon set spent with Tiny Victories.  Aside from being one of the smaller shows I saw, I had to good fortune of being dead middle front of the show, about, let's say 5 feet from the duo.  And. They. Killed it.  These guys know what's necessary to put on a show, from start to finish.  Favorite song of the set was their cover of Tonetta's "Drugs, Drugs, Drugs".  Favorite memory of the show: they asked audience members "what drug are you on": "life" "ALcoHOL" were the first two answers sampled, but a resounding "MAH-LEE" from the third, and by far most bro member of the audience was the sample they were looking for.  They then produced an original right in front of our eyes, blending it into their already solid songs.

These guys are awesome, the drumming and song craft were superb and they were also incredibly nice guys.  Check them out when you can.

Too Sexy for Work: LION BABE - Treat Me Like Fire

Feels Like: Erykah Badu, Ngaiire, SBTRKT

Been posting a good amount of slow R&B recently. It just seems appropriate for back-stuck-to-chair hot summer days. While Lion Babe is perfectly in tune with her inner Badu, the production is more in the vein of SBTRKT than Dilla. All in all, it works pretty splendidly. There's also some minor nudity in the video, so make sure your boss is cool with that before playing away.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Alan Wilkis Ft. Childish Gambino - More Than Normal

Sounds Like: The Kid Daytona, Chance The Rapper, Viceroy, Theophilus London

The day of 'Roo reckoning is upon us. That fateful time of year when thousands of fans battle crowds, hippies, and the summer sun and thrust themselves into the euphoric chaos that is the Bonaroo Music and Arts Festival. I hope all you brethren brothers and sisters are headed down to Manchester for the celebratory event. Year after year, this festival successfully kills it from a lineup standpoint. Last year I was lucky enough to elbow my way into the pit to see Childish Bambino preform. Gambino completely rocked the stage and is back for more with this collaboration with one my favorire less-known producers, Alan Wilkis. Childish is still up to his "I don't know what he'll say next" game and Alan Wilkis contributes with a motivating electric touch to the song. I wish all you lucky Bonaroovians a good time and keep an eye out for the Eskimo Brethren flag flying high over Manchester. For all of us that can't be there, myself included, do us a favor and GET WEIRD.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Ngaiire - Dirty Hercules (Feat. Nai Palm) / Around

Feels like: Thievery Corporation, Lianne La Havas, Alice Smith, Erykah Badu

Sydney-based, Papa New Guinea-originated artist Ngaiire's music will draw you in. The production is all moody dance-soul and the vocal arrangements keep things very interesting. Ngaiire's voice is the real star though, soulful and subtle in all the right ways. Keep it classy.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Road to Roo: Lord Huron - Lonesome Dreams

Feels like: Ivan and Alyosha, The Lumineers, Fleet Foxes, Husky, Wake Owl, Vance Joy, Little Green Cars

An adventure indeed.  Check them out at This Tent Saturday from 2-3p.  Find me and you can claim a freebie.  Roo Rools!

Road to Roo: Cults - Go Outside/Bad Things

Feels like: Reptar, Foster the People, Best Coast, Chairlift, Los Campesinos, MGMT, Passion Pit, Slam Donahue, Allosaurus, Midi Matilda

Cults is Saturday 12:30-1:30 pm at the Which Stage.  I've seen these guys before, 2 years ago when they opened for Foster the People, and they put on a helluva show.  I'm sure 2 years of progressing, practicing and playing shows has favored them, so expect a lot.  Also, if you are curious as to what the video is about check out this link to the Jonestown Massacre [rightfully why they named their band Cults].  Dream pop in all of it's goodness.


Feels like: Black Keys, Imagine Dragons, Alex Clare, Fun., The Naked and Famous, The Republic Tigers, Ra Ra Riot

Killer new single from AWOLNATION.  Video is also quite the watch.  I got an idea, how about you just check it out.

Monday, June 10, 2013

The 1975 - Milk

Sounds Like: The Temper Trap, Youngblood Hawke, Gold Fields, Little Comets

Shortly we'll be off to a business dinner to discuss blog matters, but before I go I wanted to leave this short poppy thing with you. This one comes off a split 7" that 1975 will be releasing in tandem with The Neighborhood and selling at their shows this summer. The song definitely hits me right in my epic spot. Check it out here and relax, at least Monday is over.

Grouplove - Ways To Go

Feels like: Matt and Kim, Walk the Moon, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Imagine Dragons

NEW MUSIC MONDAY and it feels oh so good.  Please go right ahead and enjoy Grouplove's newest single "Ways to Go".  It's a fun hip happy jam sure to impress even the most Monday of moods.  Drops mic

Road to Roo: John Fullbright - Gawd Above

Feels Like: Shovels and Rope, Gary Clark Jr., Mike Farris

This song sounds like it was found on a long lost jukebox hidden deep in the Delta. Drenched in whiskey and dragged through religion, John Fullbright is the real deal and his debut album From the Ground Up is ample proof of that. You should check him out Sunday 1:30 at That Tent. We'll be there.

Road to Roo: Wake Owl - Wild Country/Gold

Feels like: The Head and the Heart, Local Natives, Blind Pilot, The Lumineers, Mumford and Sons, Noah and the Whale, Little Green Cars

Thursday, 8:30-9:30, Miller Lite On Tap Stage.  That's the logistics to catching these guys live at Roo.  It will be a refreshing slower set to help you chill between Walk the Moon and Purity Ring, if you're so inclined.  Find me under the flag for some swag items.

Road to Roo: Local Natives - World News/Airplanes

Feels like: Milo Greene, Blitzen Trapper, Little Green Cars, Dead Man's Bones, Cold War Kids, Blind Pilot, Freelance Whales, Run River North, Crystal Fighters

Check out Local Natives Friday at the What Stage from 2:30-3:30.  A feel good stomp along type of band, and one definitely worth checking out.  My Favorite video from them is above, but Airplanes is by far my favorite song of their's.  Roo is lining up nicely.

Road to Roo: Bernhoft - Street Lights

Feels like: N.E.R.D., Brand New Immortals, Marc Broussard, KS Rhoads, Kishi Bashi, Tuneyards

Check out Bernhoft, Friday from noon to 1p at the That Tent.  He does a lot of really cool stuff and is sure to impress.  Ain't that precious

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Under The Covers: Ben Sollee - A Change Is Gonna Come

Sounds Like: The Avett Brothers, The Wood Brothers, Jackie Greene

I stumbled across this song the other day, and this upbeat contemporary take on Sam Cooke's smooth soul classic really caught my attention. Little did I know, that I may have been last to jump on the Ben Sollee train, as this cover was originally recorded back in 2008. Regardless of it's relative 'newness', Ben really does take fresh look at this traditionally mellow and somber piece. The song's message, in it's original form, strikes a chord with the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the need for serious change in a society that was fighting over it's common perspective on equality. For me, Mr. Sollee's cover has a lighter take on the topic of change. The song's tone reminds me of change's inevitability and my option to look forward to it as a tough, but necessary, part of life. Check out Ben's jazzed up version here and let me know what you think!

Lorde - Royals

Feels Like: Lana Del Ray, Lily Allen, MIA, Ellie Goulding, Adele

16-year old Kiwi sensation Lorde has a sound that is much more mature than her age would suggest. While other recent teen sensations have either quickly gone stale (Birdy) or proven that they are completely idiotic (Chief Keef), Lorde seems to have her head in the right place. Like DIY-Lily Allen, Lorde's music feels organic, and the directions in which it can evolve seem endless. Upbeat, lush, and endlessly repeatable, her debut 5-song EP, The Love Club, is a must listen.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Toy Soldiers - Throw Me Down

Feels Like: Jack White, North Mississippi All-Stars, Holy Ghost Tent Revival

Sometimes you see a band and immediately know that you're currently seeing them in the smallest (and perhaps best) environment that you'll ever see them. Toy Soldiers is one of those bands. Their sound is all-on-the-table, authentic, and built for a room bigger than Nashville's Basement. Jumping back and forth through America's musical history while retaining a feeling of immediate-ness is no easy feat. Only a handful of artists can really pull it off (Jack White's probably the best). Toy Soldiers can also count themselves as one of them. Luckily these Philly natives will be making a return trip to Nashville on July 17th to play The Stone Fox with local country hero Andrew Combs, so we'll see you there.

Road to Roo: Portugal. The Man - Purple, Yellow, Red and Blue

Feels like: Foster the People, On An On, Qurious, Jose Gonzalez, Gorillaz, the Antlers, Phantogram, Cults

Bonnaroo is just 8 days away, and we feel it's time to help you lock up your lineups.  Aside from the obvious headliners, we have some suggestions for those not so obvious shows.  My first is Portugal. The Man, from Alaska.  Which Stage  Saturday from 4-5:15p. Find me there and grab yourself a freebie.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Beck - Defriended

Feels Like: Flaming Lips, Arcade Fire, Animal Collective

Beck is back! Word on the street is that Beck is currently prepping two albums of new material; one reminiscent of 1994's One Foot in the Grave and another as the more proper follow-up to 2008's Modern Guilt, which "Defriended" would've fit nicely on. This atmospheric number also bears some resemblance to the jams (here and here) he produced for Childish Gambino's Royalty mixtape.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Vampire Weekend - Diane Young

Feels like: Pop ETC, Slam Donahue, TV on the Radio, Oregon Bike Trails, Matt and Kim, Grouplove, Coconut Records, Two Door Cinema Club, MGMT, Phoenix

Check out the official video for "Diane Young".  It includes tons of cameos including: Dave Longstreth from Dirty Projectors, the dudes from Chromeo, Santigold and I'm sure even more that I'm not too familiar with.  It is good.  It is Monday.  You need this.