Monthly Archives: May 2014

WASI Heads To The Studio With Matt Squire To Record Debut EP

WASI, the pop/rock/electro trio from Orange County, CA happily announced that they are headed to the studio with accomplished producer Matt Squire (Youngblood Hawke, Ariana Grande, Panic! At The Disco, 3OH!3) to begin recording their debut EP, which will be released Summer 2014! 

Still riding high on their current release, a double single featuring “Adolescents” and “And The World” (out now), it would seem the band is already off to a great start, driven by sheer passion.

 

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WASI has been featured in outlets such OC Weekly for their Riot Grrrl- inspired pop rock and are known for their energetic and captivating stage presence. The band has performed for KROQ’s Locals Only Showcase, Ladyfest Los Angeles and just recently wrapped up a successful residency with the famous Silverlake Lounge in Los Angeles. Their song “Adolescents” is already receiving airplay on radio stations in San Diego, CA, Amarillo, TX, Reno, NV, Denver, CO, Los Angeles, CA, and more with international stations in Sweden and New Zealand also spinning. The band has also partnered with non-profit organizations such as Keep A Breast.

 

Check out a promo video introducing the upcoming EP:

WASI’s double single EP can be purchased now at www.wasiband.com

 

The band has two upcoming shows in June in Los Angeles and Fullerton, CA! Details can be found below:

 

WASI @ Casey’s in Los Angeles w/ P L A N E T S

June 7th, 2014

FREE SHOW

613 S. Grand Avenue

21+

Doors: 9:30PM

WASI Set Time: 10:15PM

 

WASI @ Slidebar in Fullerton, CA w/ Kid Cadaver

June 25th, 2014

FREE SHOW

122 E. Commonwealth Avenue

21+

Doors: 9:00PM

 

Comprised of Cosmo (guitar/synth/vocals), Jess (bass/synth/vocals), and Carlo (drums), WASI blends multiple styles together, effortlessly creating a summer-worthy soundtrack.

For more information:

 www.wasiband.com

www.facebook.com/wasiband

www.twitter.com/wasiband

www.instagram.com/wasiband

www.soundcloud.com/wasiband

www.youtube.com/wasiband

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VIDEO: Weatherbox – “Pagan Baby”

What’s buzzing in San Diego? How about the band Weatherbox and their wonderfully simple music video for their single “Pagan Baby,” which they premiered via Entertainment Weekly? I remember being a kid and watching music videos that were simply done, but packed such a punch, especially when you could really process the song being played. Weatherbox’s new video takes me back to that time, where I was truly enthralled with videos. You can check it out below!

The band is currently embarking on a national tour, since the release of their seminal American Art in 2007, Weatherbox ignored every warning sign the cosmos hurled in their direction and released batch after batch of unique and personal songs via two LP’s, one EP, two singles and too many compilation tracks to count. Not to mention, they have consistently toured tens of thousands of U.S. highway miles with their friends in Say Anything, Cartel, The Front Bottoms, and Bad Books. Now freshly signed to Triple Crown Records, Weatherbox’s future is definitely one written for the musical history books.

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1001 Songs Challenge: Day Thirty-Nine

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Okay, I’ll own up straight off the bat: I don’t know if I’m really excited for today’s playlist or not. However, I see the Eagles, Genesis, and Elton John on this list, so my hopes are high. With my brain already on the weekend, I’m trying to focus on the task at hand…and also finding myself a mixture of tired and as hyper as I was this morning.

1. Desperado – Eagles

I can remember the first time I listened to the Eagles properly. I was eleven or twelve and a friend had the CDs. He let me listen to them, and that was it. I loved them. “Desperado” was one of the tracks that had me completely hypnotized. Lyrically, the song is perfection, but for me, it was the piano paired with the strong vocals forming an incredible sound. I also loved the fact that the song built up, brining it full circle with vocal harmonies and drumming to die for. This is a true classic.

2. Child’s Christmas In Wales – John Wales

Lyrically, this song is pure poetry. Added in with the boppy, catchy music, it’s difficult to ignore. The metaphorical narrative, the sliding guitar, et cetera, are all fantastic. There is a part in the song that sounds like a church organ, and for some bizarre reason, it makes every minute more enjoyable

3. Solid Air – John Martyn

Haunting is the first word that comes to mind when listening to this track. However, “enunciate” is another one. Martyn tends to mumble throughout the song, which kind of takes away from the beautiful simplicity of the overall tone of “Solid Air.”

4. I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe) – Genesis

Songs about falling in line with the white-picket fence are a dime a dozen, but Genesis may have started the movement with this song. It’s got such a strange, ethereal feeling to it, but that makes it even more appealing, in my opinion. You can never go wrong when Phil Collins is involved.

5. Cum On Feel The Noize – Slade

Do I like this? Do I hate it? I know I hate the spelling in the title (I can practically hear my old language arts teacher having a fit over it). 

6. Living For The City – Stevie Wonder

I’m not big on the synthesizer, but I love this song. It’s perfection; lyrically and musically, it paints a picture of poverty and working to reach the American Dream. I adore Stevie Wonders voice on this track as well. Impeccable.

7. I Can’t Stand The Rain – Ann Peebles

Here is a familiar song that I love. This is a great car-eoke favorite of mine. Ann Peebles has an incredible voice, and she sells this story like nobody’s business. I wish she and Seal could duet on this song. It would be magic.

8. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John

Lovesick, tired, and melancholy. Elton John is a born storyteller and songwriter. This is one of the many songs that is iconic, because it’s so unique and a stunning addition to his already incredible discography. His future is beyond the love of someone who takes him for granted, like all the other riches in life.

9. Future Days – Can

It starts off simply, before adding in instrument after instrument, and really rounding it out. For some reason, this song comes alive in ways that many others can’t, all without being cheesy. However, the vocals start of in the background and are unintelligible, but when they kick in, it’s not so bad. This opus of sorts is more focused on instrumental than vocal. I’m not sure if that helped it or harmed it.

10. Essiniya – Nass El Ghiwane

I wasn’t sure about this at first, but then the harmonies began, and they are beautiful. There is something so powerful and worldly about listening to this; it’s like opening a door to a whole new universe of music…I love it!

 

So, there it goes, Day Thirty-Nine. One for the record books for sure. Now, I can’t wait to sleep, but I’m also finding myself excited for Day 40’s playlist. To listen to these songs, I find I have to be a bit patient sometimes, because I might have to listen more than once with an unfamiliar track, just to get the feel of it. However, this doesn’t discourage me from the challenge. Keep it coming!

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VIDEO: Royal Tailor – “Ready Set Go”

Today, Royal Tailor released their video for “Ready Set Go.”

Currently embarking on their first national headlining tour, Royal Tailor has been selected as “Artist of the Month” for May by Pepsi MidAmerica and will be touring major cities across the country fueling their unparalleled momentum. The band is also part of a vending machine promotion in 2,500 + middle and high schools across five states. The promotion will give students a free download of the new single.

In just four short years, Royal Tailor has performed more than 425 shows to more than a million fans, including playing at the Nashville GRAMMY Chapter’s Block Party stage alongside artists including Old Crow Medicine Show and The Civil Wars. 

Check out the Royal Tailor’s new video for “Ready Set Go.”

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REVIEW: Arc & Stones – As You Were EP

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In today’s music industry, musicians must wear many hats; they have to be talented (not in all cases, but generally), marketable, and they have to be able to command a room. If a musician cannot demand attention and pull people towards them, their careers suffer. From the minute Arc & Stones’s As You Were kicked off, it commanded my attention, and I would be hard pressed to even attempt multi-tasking while listening to this EP.

“Control” is loud and fierce. I found myself in complete awe of how well Arc & Stones really melded multiple genres together, and put together a track that will have listeners entranced. I can imagine this being played on the teaser trailer for a hot, dramatic television show. I have been listening to a lot of “classics” with the 1001 Songs Challenge, and as I listen to introductory anthem of As You Were, I daresay this has the potential to be as much of a classic as many of the songs in that book. “Sweet & Vicious” follows later with a very similar classic-rock-feel. There is a definite power to the song. I found myself impressed by the subtle, but strong addition of the bass throughout the track; its undertones, contributed by Eddy Bayes, alongside the guttural vocals round each line out to perfection. The final track, “Caught On Fire,” once again draws on the rock that dominated in the 70s onwards. With simple melodies, steady beats, and lots of rhythm overall, this song sparks like a fire, before igniting in the chorus.

Even at my most cynical, I love a good love song, and in essence, that is what “Walkin’ In” is. I love the Nashville drawl of Dan Pellarin’s vocals on this track. More than that, it’s the pure rock and roll vibe of the single that packs such a punch. When a song like this builds, until the drums seem to come crashing in (courtesy of Joe Doino), and the vocals build, and then an epic guitar solo from Ben Cramer, you’d be crazy not to fall in love with it.

Following with a very similar 90s vibe, “Wanted” is like a tempting whisper. There is something so provocative about this song; it’s enticing and pulls you in. If anything, I would say this leaves a huge impression on what to expect from Arc & Stones. Pellarin travels into some falsetto at one point during the song, and I would be a liar if I said I wasn’t impressed.

If you want to talk about impressive, the amount of attitude packed into “Too Late” is incredible. With booming, arena-worthy vocals, accompanied by impeccably timed instrumentals; fast-paced music contrasting with a slower lyrical flow creates a wonderful sound that rounds out As You Were. 

The more I listen to As You Were, the more I want to see a tour with Arc & Stones and Thirty Seconds To Mars headlining the bill. The EP is an instant classic, and, considering this is the first time I’ve ever listened to Arc & Stones, a perfect introduction. As far as first impressions go, the band has left a fine one on me, and I look forward to hearing what they come up with next.

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Say Anything Debuts “Lost My Touch” With BrooklynVegan

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“Lost My Touch”, the fourth song release from Say Anything‘s highly anticipated album “Hebrews” is streaming now with BrooklynVegan. The song features Christie DuPree of Merriment and Jeremy Bolm of Touché Amoré and can be listened to exclusively on BrooklynVegan’s site here:http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2014/05/say_anything_na.html

 

“I wrote this song to sum up how I feel about my life thus far, my career as an artist and what douchier people would refer to as their “legacy”. In many ways, I can rest easy knowing I was able to express myself so utterly in a single song and sort of square away a plethora of loose ends I felt I hadn’t addressed before, lyrically, and let people know where I stand. Musically, it’s obviously the most stripped down song on the record, which makes the additional vocals by my good friends Christie Dupree and Jeremy Bolm that much more beautiful and resounding,” explains front-man Max Bemis.

“Hebrews” Track Listing:

1. “John McClane” featuring Chris Conley and Matt Pryor

2. “Six Six Six” featuring Sherri DuPree-Bemis, Andy Hull and Jon Simmons

3. “Judas Decapitation” featuring Gareth and Kim Campesinos

4. “Kall Me Kubrick” featuring Chauntelle DuPree-D’Agostino

5. “My Greatest Fear Is Splendid” featuring Keith Buckley

6. “Hebrews” featuring Brian Sella

7. “Push” featuring Aaron Weiss

8. “The Shape of Love to Come” featuring Sherri DuPree-Bemis

9. “Boyd” featuring Sherri DuPree-Bemis

10. “A Look” featuring Stacy King and Bob Nanna

11. “Lost My Touch” featuring Christie DuPree and Jeremy Bolm

12. “Nibble Nibble” featuring Tom DeLonge and Sherri DuPree-Bemis

All three singles are now available as instant grat tracks when the album is pre-ordered digitally from iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hebrews/id869377842

All physical pre-orders of the album include an immediate MP3 download of “Six Six Six”, MP3s of the full album on release date and a CD booklet signed by Max.

 

To pre-order “Hebrews”, please visit: http://sayanything.merchnow.com/

Say Anything is also gearing up for their headline tour with support from The Front Bottoms, The So So Glos and You Blew It! kicking off June 13th in Dallas, TX. Say Anything recently announced a very special live line-up including Fred Mascherino from The Color Fred, Taking Back Sunday, Breaking Pangea and Terrible Things, Greg Dunn from Moving Mountains, Kenny Bridges fromMoneen, Reed Murray of Tallhart and Garron DuPree of Eisley.

 

Say Anything is also confirmed for this year’s Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing, MI with Brand New, The Hold Steady and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now and can be purchased at: http://bit.ly/1dqlaBp

 

Say Anything Tour Dates

w/ The Front Bottoms, The So So Glos + You Blew It!

 

Jun 13 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater

Jun 14 Austin, TX @ Emo’s

Jun 15 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live

Jun 17 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution

Jun 18 Tampa, FL @ Ritz Ybor

Jun 19 Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater

Jun 20 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

Jun 21 Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend

Jun 22 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle

Jun 24 Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa

Jun 25 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live

Jun 26 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory

Jun 27 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

Jun 28 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theatre

Jun 29 Boston, MA @ House of Blues

Jul 01 New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place

Jul 02 Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall

Jul 03 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon

Jul 05 Toronto, ON @ Opera House

Jul 06 Millvale, PA @ Mr Smalls Theatre

Jul 08 Lansing, MI @ Common Ground Fest

Jul 09 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall

Jul 10 Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note

Jul 11 Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall

Jul 12 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

Jul 13 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater

Jul 15 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre

Jul 16 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

Jul 17 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound

Jul 19 Seattle, WA @ Showbox at The Market

Jul 20 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom

Jul 22 San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom

Jul 24 Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre

Jul 25 Pomona, CA @ Glass House

Jul 26 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

Jul 27 Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee

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Baeble Music Premieres David Rosales’ New Song, “Too Young to Know Better”

 

Singer-songwriter David Rosales has teamed up with Baeble Music to premiere his new song “Too Young to Know Better” today! “Too Young to Know Better” is the first advance single off of Rosales’ upcoming EP Along The Way, which is set to drop on June 17th!  Listen to “Too Young to Know Better” on Baeble Music, here: http://bit.ly/1oyvXxC

 

Rosales’ sophomore solo EP, Along the Way, was recorded with the help of NightOwl Recorders’ producing partners, musicians and friends, Matt Grundy & Paul Clark (Donavon Frankenreiter). Prior to the EP’s release, Rosales will play several shows in California, including a charity benefit with Sea Wolf. Rosales will ring in the release date with a featured NXNE showcase.

Along The Way is set to release on June 17th, 2014. For updates, please visit: http://www.DavidRosalesMusic.com/.

       

Upcoming Shows

May 29            The Coach House w/ Sea Wolf                                   San Juan Capistrano, CA

May 30            Herringbone                                                                  La Jolla, CA

Jun 4               Sea & Smoke                                                               Del Mar, CA

Jun 7               The District – 106.7 KROQ’s ROQ n’SURF                Tustin, CA

Jun 12             Bacchus’ Secret Cellar                                                 Irvine, CA

Jun 13             La Bella Vita                                                                  Temecula, CA

Jun 14             Lorimar Loft                                                                   Temecula, CA

Jun 18             The Dakota Tavern – NXNE Official Showcase           Toronto, ON, Canada                                                           

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1001 Songs Challenge: Day Thirty-Eight

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Ahh…Wednesday. The middle of the road for most of us in our week. The only thing I don’t like is that after Memorial Day, it doesn’t feel like a Wednesday. It’s just a random day that’s throwing me off a bit. Maybe I’m a creature of habit, I don’t know. Anyway, I actually felt a little excited about Day 38, even if I wasn’t 100% on the track listing…

 

1. Superfly – Curtis Mayfield

For some bizarre reason, I recognize this…and I have no idea why. I daresay I heard it in a movie, but I can’t be sure. The track is interesting, especially with Mayfield’s falsetto. It’s a decent listen, especially because Mayfield goes with the instrumental rather than fighting for dominance on the song.

2. Crazy Horses – The Osmonds

The introduction to this song made me feel like a migraine was coming on. When the vocals kicked in, it wasn’t that bad, but if I’m honest, it kind of felt like the Jonas Brothers were trying to sound hardcore. It wasn’t a favorite for me, if I’m honest, although it does say a lot for the times; this was what was popular. But we won’t talk about the ridiculous video with the strange chicken dance. Creepy as hell.

3. All The Young Dudes – Mott The Hoople

Very familiar. Almost overly so, thanks to the song being featured on a million commercials. The song is iconic, but I’m sure I’m not the first to admit that the lyrics are a bit odd, if not nonsensical…

4. Personality Crisis – New York Dolls

This is one song I’ve heard a million times, but would never be able to tell you who it was by, or really what it was about. I like this song more for the actual music than the lyrics or vocals; the piano is especially brilliant. In all honesty, it’s an electrifying song that is packed with character and energy.

5. The Ballroom Blitz – The Sweet

Why do I always think of Daddy Daycare when I hear this? I feel like I shouldn’t even have to talk about this song, because it is so legendary. So far, this is my favorite on today’s playlist. It’s fun and makes you want to jump and sing. It’s the perfect song to have on a long drive, because it makes you forget time’s even passing. I remember liking it as a kid, and not knowing why. Now I get it; it’s wild entertainment.

6. Jolene – Dolly Parton

The original woman-to-woman song; if you want to hear a plea of heartbreak, this is it. Dolly Parton can easily sell a story, and her vocals are incredible. She pleads with the character of Jolene to leave her husband alone, and expresses a vulnerability that is unforgettable.

7. Next – The Sensational Alex Harvey Band

So strange. It seems to follow a tango sound of sorts at the beginning, The lyrics are so bizarre, but there is something hypnotizing about this song. I think it might be because it’s so theatrical and The Sensational Alex Harvey Band plays into that. It’s more of a song that is being shouted than sang, though I could never imagine it being sung.

8. 20th Century Boy – T. Rex

Now here was a great song. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about a song by a group named “T.Rex,” but I guess that will teach me not to judge a band by its name…as I so often wind up doing. There was something almost anthemic about it, although that may because of the booming choral harmonies.

9. Rock On – David Essex

When I first hear the “Hey Kid,” I thought this might be a “Benny and The Jets” imitation/inspiration. But it was a pure rock song, with a live feel to it. I loved that I felt like I was in a venue, listening to this being played live in front of me, with booming vocals that are impossible to ignore.

10. Search and Destroy – Iggy and The Stooges

I’ve never been a huge Iggy and The Stooges fan, if I’m honest. More than anything, I just tolerated them. It’s nothing personal. However, I have found that I didn’t mind this track. It was a bit noisy, but the guitar makes up for any faults I may notice. I loved the guitar on this track. It was superb.

 

Day 38 done and dusted. I cannot believe it’s almost been 40 days…or the fact that the challenge is almost halfway done! Today’s playlist wasn’t as incredible as I had hoped, but it was still fun to listen to, in all truth. No really terrible tracks on this one…thankfully.

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1001 Songs Challenge: Day Thirty-Seven

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After the promise left by yesterday, I sincerely hope that today is a 100%, with not one miss. Is that too much to ask for a Tuesday that kind of feels like a Monday?

 

1. The Night – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

I can’t name one person I know of who doesn’t know of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, as well as their incredible career. This is a song I’ve always really enjoyed. I think it’s because this group just packs such a punch with every line. The harmonies are gorgeous.

2. Reelin’ In The Years – Steely Dan

The guitar on this track is incredible. I found myself wanting to listen to it even more just for the guitar, because it doesn’t just get played: it sings. Paired with powerful vocals and stunning lines, no one can forget this song. I love the harmonies, the pounding piano, the guitar, just everything about it.

3. Always On My Mind – Elvis Presley

One of Elvis’s slower tunes, I will ever fully know if I adore this song, or if it makes me feel a bit…drowsy. It’s a beautiful song in the way the lyrics and melody flow, but his howling vocals make it seem almost like it was designed to send you to sleep. Maybe it was. I don’t know.

4. Most People I Know… – Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs

I love this for how honest it is. This is the perspective of someone owning up to what people believe to be true about him, as well as his flaws, with pumping piano keys and impressive harmonies. If people could be this forthright about their flaws, I imagine we’d all be a lot friendlier to one another…and far more genuine.

5. Taj Mahal – Jorge Ben

I half expected a track with a history lesson. The nerd in me was game for that, but the music freak was kind of like, “Really? Right now? I just want to listen to music!” Unlike many of the foreign tracks I’ve heard on this playlist so far, this is probably the first to embrace a more modern sound. It’s bouncy and fun, and kind of irresistible. It actually sounds a lot like…”Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” by Rod Steward, which I’m not a huge fan of. But this is good.

6. Walk On The Wild Side – Lou Reed

As soon as I saw this title, I was pretty sure I knew the track well. I was right. Thankfully, I know this because I’ve always liked it. Not surprisingly, that hasn’t changed. I love how it’s a story with a funny little style to it. A monotonous little tune with a tongue-in-cheek lyrical style, and cheerful vocal melody. “Do do do do do do do-do-do do do…”

7. Virginia Plain – Roxy Music

Lots of piano. Lots of guitar. Lots of awesome, all packed into one song. It’s the instrumentation that more so sells me on this song. It’s got such a passion/flare to it, I find it impossible to ignore or want to turn off.

8. You’re So Vain – Carly Simon

Every time I hear this song, all I can think about is that scene from How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days, where Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey get up on stage and basically have a very heinous public breakup. While this song is a classic, I can never take it seriously. I also think it’s kind of silly in some ways, although I do understand the commentary; guy who has everything and thinks he’s so cool, he thinks the world revolves around him, et centera.

9. Today I Started Loving You Again – Bettye Swann

Ah, welcome back motown. I have missed you. Bettye Swann’s vocals are stunning, and this song showcases her impeccable talent. I love how each line is so vulnerable, and together, reads like a poetic letter. I own up to being a bit obsessed with this song. But can I be blamed, really? It’s wonderful. Did I mention it’s also catchy as hell?

10. Il mio canto libero – Lucio Battisti

Soft and beautiful. I could have been lulled into a very peaceful sleep by this gorgeous song. Lucio Battisti’s vocals are entrancing, and when paired with soft acoustic guitar, it’s a breath of fresh air.

 

Thank goodness for today. A ten out of ten success! I adored today’s playlist, and would happily listen to it on repeat, if I’m honest.

 

 

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1001 Songs Challenge: Day Thirty-Six

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Monday Morning Blues…oh, how I dread Mondays. Except this one. It’s Memorial Day! So today, I feel a bit better, because I get to sleep in. Yay! I also want to take right now to say thank you to all the amazing men and women who have served in the armed forces. Thanks for all you do!

 

1. Willin’ – Little Feat

I’m not sure how I feel about this song. Parts of me really likes it, especially in the chorus. The other part of me isn’t that into it, because I don’t hear a very distinguished character. However, that may be my problem, because I’ve grown up hearing stereotypical summery-sounding songs in the country genre.

2. It’s a Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl – Faust

I really wanted to like this. I really, really did. Sadly, I’m not a fan of overly repetitive lines…and in saying that, I mean it literally says ONE thing the entire song: “It’s a rainy day, sunshine girl.” How is this even on the list? Is it on there so you appreciate songs with actual writing going into them? If so, mission accomplished. I hate this and really love the songs I hear that are fully done.

3. Sail Away – Randy Newman

Oh thank God. After the disaster I just heard, this is a miracle to my ears. Randy Newman has a lovely voice that is familiar and soulful and just makes people feel good. This song is a stunning listen, with imagery and soft piano that melts like butter. I loved listening to this, and could have played it on repeat quite happily.

4. Silver Machine – Hawkwind

Such a strange track, but it’s so good. There’s something very entrancing about the song in itself. The rhythmic style and electrifying energy is a wonderful addition to the vibe of the 70s.

5. Tumbling Dice – The Rolling Stones

I’m kind of wanting to scream “Okay! We get it! The Rolling Stones are iconic! Enough already!”…but then this song starts and I find  myself enamored with it. It’s big, booming, and full of…life. It’s just an impressive track.

6. Thirteen – Big Star

I loved this. What a sweet song. An innocent love song in the best form, “Thirteen” is a beautiful, simple melody that will make anyone fall madly in love with its charming style. I won’t even lie, I listened to this on repeat.

7. Big Eyed Beans From Venus – Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band

This a hippie song for sure. The drug references are startling in some ways, I think for how they frequent the song. The overall sound of the song is fun though, and it sure as hell beats that monstrosity of track number two.

8. Rocket Man – Elton John

Here’s a very familiar track. Of course, despite all the times I’ve heard it in my nineteen years of living, I now associate it with Big Bang Theory. It’s a very lively track, and it’s unforgettable to anyone who hears it. I think it kind of embodies Elton John in many ways; he went out and left a larger than life footprint on the entertainment industry. “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

9. Mama Weer All Crazy Now – Slade

I can definitely hear the transition into the style that became popular in the 1980s, despite the fact that this song is only from 1972. This is like pure rock and roll mixed with early hair metal, and for some bizarre reason, I enjoy it. Guess we’re all crazy now…

10. Rocky Mountain High – John Denver

Another familiar one; thankfully. It’s a soft, melodic little tune. There’s something very tranquil about it. It’s the kind of song you can imagine swaying to in the kitchen while barefoot, just enjoying a lazy afternoon.

 

Today’s playlist was a total doozy. Granted, the majority of the songs are very good, but the Dreaded Track Two left a nasty taste in my mouth. Thankfully, Big Star’s “Thirteen” turned the entire thing around for me.

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