I am transfixed. I am mesmorized. I usually don’t post this sort of music this early in the day (you know..moods) but wow.
I like the dark grimey undertones in some tracks, the experimental looping in others; the vast diversity is what really grabs hold of my attention. I’m also a big fan of the DIY label based out of FL , Fluorescent Records- the guys responsible for this free compilation featuring 23 tracks and 23 different artists.
This is one of my most favorite times of the year. Summer jams are in full force and I couldn’t be any happier.
I’m a sucker for a good pop anthem, some well placed synths, and catchy, driving choruses that remain in your head for days. A five piece consisting of L.A. based expats, WALLA bring power-pop to another level. I love the brit-rock guitars, loads of lo-fi, and bouncy percussion – these gentleman make up quite the combination.
Listen to their newest single, “Nature,” below and stay tuned, their forthcoming Nature EP is set to release on June 4, 2013.
I love everything about holychild’s music video for their bouncy Summer tune, “Best Friends.” From the wide angle shots, to the late afternoon shadows, to the beautiful and desolate setting of Bombay Beach, California – the entire production is absolutely solid.
From DC to LA, holychild seems to be moving at an exorbitant rate. Learn more about the group here, and be sure to keep tabs on these guys – I’m excited to see what comes next.
BONUS: The location alone in “Best Friends” reminded me of the interesting documentary titled Bombay Beachwhich tells of local’s tales and features some incredible music. I believe it’s on Netflix too..
Being based in Philadelphia, it’s no secret that I’ve got a lot of love for the local artists and bands that call this place home as well. The Lawsuits have proven they throw some foot-stomping good times here in this city and with a couple of other friends, they’re hitting the road and heading north for a packed weekend ahead.
With plans to head up to beautiful Belgrade Lakes, Maine for the Caravan Music Festival, The Lawsuits dropped a new unreleased track this week titled, “That’s How.” Lead singer, Brian Dale Allen Strouse, has got vocals that sound like a bluesy blend of Modest Mouse frontman, Isaac Brock, and Bright Eyes legend, Conor Oberst. I love the slow guitar riffs and the grainy 8mm footage; it’s quite the churning, brooding track. Totally dig it.
Drop the group a line and wish them farewell on their Facebook page. Other Philadelphia-area bands joining the trek areCheers Elephant, Penrose, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, and The Levee Drivers.
Over the next couple of days I’m going to be diving into Australia’s music scene. There’s no way I’ll be able to cover this entire continent’s talent pool but, even being able to take a quick dip will prove there’s a lot more happening on that side of the world.
Based out of Sydney, BlueBottle Recordsaims to fill a void they believe their culture is missing out on. What truly intrigues me is that their lineup is mostly hip-hop acts and producers who all truly bring their own hard-hitting style.
Last May the label put out a sampler of their current squad which ranges in many different moods. There’s plenty of laid-back tracks with astounding vocals, hip hop beats, nu-jazz sampling, and lots of rhythmic flow.
I also want to include my favorite release of their’s (which is also free), Long Hot Summer, by Soulchef which dropped last winter. I’m a sucker for downtempo hip-hop instrumentals and this collection of originals is more than fantastic. Listen for his clever samples, the entire thing is a gem.