Monthly Archives: July 2014

Somebody’s Darling New Album Out September 16th

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The Dallas-based contemporary rock band Somebody’s Darling announced today they will release their new full-length album Adult Roommates on September 16th. The five-piece also announces iTunes pre-sale for the 10-track album will open on August 7th and those who purchase will receive a free instant download of the first single “Bad Bad.” Somebody’s Darling teamed up with producer Beau Bedford (Old 97’s, Sarah Jaffe, Home by Hovercraft) and producer/sound engineer Matt Pence (Midlake, Jason Isbell) to record the album at Echo Lab in Denton, TX, all on 2″ analog tape. For more information, visit: www.somebodysdarling.com.

Adult Roommates is the band’s third full-length release and their first new recorded music in two years. Fans of My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Dawes, and the Black Keys will appreciate the band’s unique sound – with roots in live expression rather than that studio-perfected sort of vibe, drawing on a range of vintage influences.

 

Somebody’s Darling has played relentlessly over the last five years, clocking up over 500 shows through multiple headlining tours, numerous festival stops, and gigs in direct support of great artists such as Shovels & RopeDeer TickLucero and Divine Fits, garnering a large fan base and a strong reputation in their home state. After becoming known for such electric live shows, they were honored by Red Bull Music, invited to become a Red Bull Sound Select Artist.

 

Somebody’s Darling will release Adult Roomates on September 16, 2014. For more information, visit www.somebodysdarling.com.

 

Follow Somebody’s Darling:

Facebook:      https://www.facebook.com/somebodysdarlingband

Twitter:           https://twitter.com/somebodysdarlin

Youtube:         https://www.youtube.com/Sdmusic1

Instagram:      http://instagram.com/somebodysdarlin

Spotify:           http://spoti.fi/1qHTyOq

 

Track Listing:

01. Bad Bad

02. Generator

03. Come To Realize

04. Set It Up

05. End Of The Line

06. Vowels Flow

07. Same Records

08. Two Lords

09. Smoke Blows

10. Keep This Up

Tour Dates:

Aug 6 – St. Charles, IL @ The House Pub

Aug 7 – Algoma, WI @ Concerts in the Park

Aug 8 – Sturgeon Bay, WI @ Waterfront Mary’s

Aug 9 – Milwaukee, WI @ Bremen Café

Aug 10 – Chicago, IL @ Elbo Room

Aug 15 – Durant, OK @ Choctaw Casino

Aug 20 – Houston, TX @ Rudyard’s w/ Margo & the Pricetags

Aug 21 – San Antonio, TX @ Sam’s Burger Joint w/ Margo & the Pricetags, K. Phillips

Aug 22 – Austin, TX @ Lucky Lounge w/ Margo & the Pricetags, K. Phillips

Aug 23 – Dallas, TX @ Trees  **Album Release Show** w/ The Suffers and Wesley Geiger

Sep 13 – Forth Worth, TX @ Dia de los Toadies Festival (Panther Island Pavilion)

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Emarosa New Album Out September 9th

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Rise Records happily announced details about Emarosa’s upcoming album, Versus, which will be out on September 9th. This September is looking to be a big month, with plenty of releases to satisfy even the hungriest of ears. You can pre-order Versus here: http://emarosa.merchnow.com

Emarosa has also released a brand new song from the album, titled “American Déjà Vu”! The song can be streamed via the Rise Records YouTube channel here:

 

The song is melodic magic, with incredibly versatile vocals, and a heavy instrumental that only adds to the pure attitude and style of the track. It’s easy to want to listen to the song on repeat, which we recommend.

 

In a statement regarding the album, lead vocalist Bradley Walden states: “This record is the pressure, frustration & perseverance of the past 3 years. This is the future of Emarosa.”

 

Versus Track Listing:

01. People Like Me, We Just Don’t Play

02. American Déjà Vu

03. A Hundred Crowns

04. I’ll Just Wait

05. But You Won’t Love a Ghost

06. Say Hello to the Bad Guy

07. Cliff Notes

08. Mad

09. Gold Dust

10. Same Tight Rope

11. 1996 on Bevard

To pre-order Versus:
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Q & A: Tamar Haviv

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There is something so refreshing about someone saying what they mean and meaning what they say; Tamar Haviv is one of those artists. Tomorrow, Tamar will release her quirky and cool debut album, You and Me Without Pajamas, on which she is as honest as she is blunt, side-stepping the typical romanticized lyrics we hear on a day to day basis. Prior to the release, she was kind enough to sit down and answer some questions for Planet Stereo! 

 

Planet Stereo: Thanks so much for doing the interview. How are you?
Tamar Haviv: Thank you so much for having me! I’ll be honest, it’s been a rough couple of months, lots of loss recently – but I’m looking for the brightness in all things…working at keeping my faith up!

PS: You’re getting ready to release your debut album at the end of July. What are you most excited/nervous about?
TH: I’m honestly thrilled to be releasing You and Me Without Pajamas – it’s been a journey and to have it come to completion and get it out into the world for people to hear is truly a blessing – it’s been one of those projects that I wasn’t sure would ever make it to it’s end – so it’s a pure joy that it came together so imperfectly beautifully – I’m super proud of it and I feel so grateful for everyone that put their energy, love, work, hands, guidance, care into it…and there were so many people that did!!!
I’m not really nervous, mostly hopeful, that it will be heard- I can’t control whether it will be liked but I will be happy if the album is heard- especially by people that I have no personal connection to- the idea of it reaching strangers – is an extraordinary one-
To build energetic connections with people I haven’t met through my music – that my songs could be with them during their days, it’s so out of this world to think about honestly- I mean, I know it sounds very normal- but really – when you think about it- it’s spectacular – that something I experienced/felt/ wrote/ sang about can join a stranger in their day at another time and place and add to their own experience in some way, and hopefully a positive way, is magical!

PS: It’s not even out yet and it’s already receiving excellent reviews from some high profile musicians. How does their admiration for your work make you feel?
TH: It’s feels amazing, I am truly humbled. I gave Amy Ray, who is one of my favorite artists (I consider her a true mentor), a CD after a show she did in NYC recently, and she emailed me (I thought it was mail from her ‘fan mail/tour dates’ kind of a thing, so I almost missed it! (imagine!!!)), but it was a personal note from her with the sweetest encouragement and accolades about my music- I was completely floored- so touching!

PS: What do you hope listeners get out of You and Me Without Pajamas?
TH: [laughs] I just hope they get something- anything at all- be it a happy song to sing along with on their way to the grocery store that helps elevate their mood or a song to cry themselves to sleep with wrapped up in all the longing and sorrows of this world but offers comfort at the same time, by reminding them that they are not alone – we are not alone – and the longing and sorrow come from the love and desire and rrrrrrauuuwww! Music has literally saved my life. I can’t explain exactly how – the purity, the vulnerability of the voice, the vibration of fraility – the words chosen, the art, the poetry; I find so much comfort from the music of others. If anyone could find any of that in my songs- even one person – it would be enough.

PS: Did you have a theme/concept in mind when writing the album?
TH: No, I’m just always writing songs. I kept writing and writing, and the length of the record got longer and longer as originally it was going to be a three song EP, and then a five song EP, and then it kept growing. I just had so many songs I wanted to add. it was like, “Wait, just one more–no, I mean one more , and one more.”  In the end, there were so many that I had to cut a ton out as I added new ones! I need to Release b-sides soon. So, I guess you can say, instead of theme/concept – it’s more of a ‘time piece.’

PS: Would you mind walking me through the creative process?
TH: Well, with these songs it was interesting- before this album, I was writing much longer free-flowing poetryesque songs, but while I was working at a music studio in Woodstock, primarily as gopher (I had lots of running around to do,  primarily in my 1975 Chevy Nova Flinstone car – the kind where when you go over a puddle you get full of mud), and I had to make all these small runs into town and I had the radio on that only played one station. I started to really appreciate these short songs that were simple and moving and could touch my heart in a very small amount of time without having to over think it. I found there was something gratifying about saying something really direct and raw, keeping things really simple. There was a strength in that – keeping all the elongated lusciousness out of it, even though it leaves things a bit dumbed down. And at the same time, I noticed there were artists coming into the studio that were especially gifted in this way as well. They could write these amazing pop songs–beautiful artists that I had never paid attention to before and who totally took me by surprise, like Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20, for one, who has such integrity and grace and is an incredibly gifted songwriter and has a gorgeous voice on top of it. I was suddenly inspired in a way I never thought i would be. It wasn’t a conscious choice, I was just being moved by what was going on around me…it just got in somehow.  

PS: I have to ask about the title. How/why did you come up with it?
TH: Ah!!!! Well, it’s a lyric in the title track of the record but to be more specific…it’s about letting go, pushing my own boundaries, compromising, trying on other people’s preferences in order to get closer and understand them and myself better. This is on all levels, clearly not just the pajama level. 😉 This collection of songs really delves into interpersonal relationships of all kinds- all imperfect, tender, awkward, and hopefully joyful and wonderous in some way – in anyway they all had some lasting affect on me.

PS: You’ve said before that you took a very head-on, direct approach lyrically. How has it for you to kind of drop the philosophical/metaphorical mode that most songwriters are so comfortable to slip into?
TH: Well, it’s not like this with all of the songs – some of them I definitely get a bit deeper with but- as I mentioned earlier there was something very freeing in  letting myself say things simply flat out. For example, as in,  “I like you” because that’s what the root emotion was – the core feeling was “I like you” and whether the subtly that brought me to that place with someone had to do with the curve at their neck or the intonation of their voice – whatever it was – the bottom line was “I like you,” and just giving myself permission to say that without judging myself (which I did do quite a bit in the beginning) felt real and direct. It’s very difficult for me to be this direct in my personal life, I tend to circle around how I feel more and flower things up a bit, so again, this was freeing and almost felt silly and made me feel a bit like I was in kindergarden at times, but in a really good healthy way. It’s kind of amazing how the simplest things can sometimes have the heaviest weight- I was discussing this topic with someone else who interviewed me recently and he mentioned how true this is – like with the Beatles the line, ‘I wanna hold your hand’ – this made me feel much better about my more simple lines! Not that I’m comparing myself to the Beatles, obviously! I just had forgotten that we don’t always have to go so far to get so far, you know what i mean?

PS: In reference to above, how do you feel other musicians could benefit from writing simpler, more direct lyrics?
TH: I think other musicians can purely benefit by not editing themselves or following what anyone else does or suggests- not that they shouldn’t read or listen to the creative processes of their favorite artists/mentors but I encourage people to follow their own paths and stream of consciousness & whatever they dream up/create that THEY themselves would want to listen to – cause hey, if you don’t end up working on songs you yourself would want to listen to, that would be incredibly sad.

PS: Do you have a favorite track on the album?
TH: I honestly don’t – I have favorites but they change at different times for different reasons. I’m really trying here! [laughs] Nope the answer isn’t gonna change. Grrrrrrrr. 

PS: Where do you see yourself in five years?
TH: Five years…huh, lets talk five minutes! Maybe the 2 train, but I could just walk or stop for a chai or make that phone call- but I should really try to get home earlier tonight…oh, look there’s my friend on the street! I haven’t seen him in forever!…

PS: Any last words?
TH: Thank you so much for having me, you guys are awesome! Please also look out for my video release of ‘the good has won’ which features the extraordinary being Damien Echols. Damien, also known as one of the ‘West Memphis 3’ was wrongly convicted of a crime he did not commit and was on death row for 18 years. Thankfully, he was released, although is yet to be exonerated.
He is an phenomenal writer and recently released his second book written with his wife, Lorri Davis, through Penguin called, Yours For Eternity: A love Story On Death Row. I am grateful to have him in my video and excited for you to see it!

 

For more on the incredibly talented (and very witty) Tamar Haviv, please click HERE!

You and Me Without Pajamas comes out July 29th. Pick up your copy HERE.

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The Used & Taking Back Sunday 10″ Split Out September 9th

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To celebrate the final leg of their North American co-headlining tour together this fall, The Used have announced that they will release a limited edition 10″ Split with Taking Back Sunday on September 9th. It is available for pre-order now here: http://bit.ly/splitpreorder.

This special release features a single and rare b-side from each band. It includes The Used’s “Revolution” off Imaginary Enemy and b-side “Money Monster” as well as Taking Back Sunday’s “Flicker, Fade” off Happiness Is and b-side “How I Met Your Mother.”

 

 

 

 

Only 1000 copies are available on two vinyl variants:

–       500 black and dark blue half and half vinyl (webstore/tour exclusive)

–       500 on black vinyl (retail)

Limited copies are available for pre-order now in the Hopeless Records webstore here: http://bit.ly/splitpreorder. The remaining copies will be available from select retailers in the US and directly from the band on their upcoming tour dates.

Split track listing:

SIDE A

1. Taking Back Sunday – Flicker, Fade
2. The Used – Revolution
3. Taking Back Sunday – How I Met Your Mother
4. The Used – Money Monster

 

SIDE B

Heart and Panther Etching

 

The Used’s North American co-headlining tour with Taking Back Sunday and frnkiero andthe cellabration (Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance) kicks off on September 8 at LC Pavilion in Columbus, OH. The band will also hit the Chicago and Denver stops of RIOT FEST before wrapping up their fall touring with two special shows with letlive in Tucson, AZ and Las Vegas, NV in October. Purchase tickets now at www.theused.net/tour.

 

 

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

All dates with Taking Back Sunday and frnkiero andthe cellabration unless noted

* with Taking Back Sunday only

^ with letlive

 

AUG 21                      HQ                                                  Adelaide, AU *

AUG 22                      Eatons Hill Hotel                             Brisbane, AU *

AUG 23                      UNSW Roundhouse                       Sydney, AU * SOLD OUT

AUG 25                      170 Russell                                    Melbourne, AU * SOLD OUT

AUG 26                      170 Russell                                    Melbourne, AU * SOLD OUT

AUG 30                      Bazooka Rocks                              Quezon City, PH *

SEP 08                      LC Pavilion                                      Columbus, OH

SEP 10                      Stage AE                                         Pittsburgh, PA

SEP 12                      Orbit Room                                      Grand Rapids, MI

SEP 13                      RIOT FEST                                      Chicago, IL

SEP 14                      Egyptian Room                                Indianapolis, IN

SEP 16                      The Myth                                          St. Paul, MN

SEP 17                      The District                                       Sioux Falls, SD

SEP 19                      KC Live! (FREE)                              Kansas City, MO

SEP 20                      RIOT FEST                                      Denver, CO

SEP 21                      Shrine Auditorium                            Billings, MT

SEP 23                      Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium            Idaho Falls, ID

SEP 25                      Showbox Sodo                                Seattle, WA

SEP 26                      Roseland Theater                            Portland, OR

SEP 29                      MacEwan Hall                                 Calgary, AB

SEP 30                      Union Hall                                        Edmonton, AB                     

OCT 02                      Burton Cummings Theatre              Winnipeg, MB          

OCT 03                      The Venue                                       Fargo, ND                

OCT 04                      7 Flags Event Center                      Des Moines, IA        

OCT 06                      The Pageant                                   St. Louis, MO

OCT 08                      The Rialto Theater                          Tucson, AZ  ^

OCT 09                      Brooklyn Bowl                                 Las Vegas, NV ^  

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1001 Songs Challenge: Day One-Hundred! (The Grand Finale)

It’s here! The final day of the challenge, and the only day with more than ten songs on it! I am so excited for today’s playlist because it is the end. Only eleven more songs to go…

1. Viva La Vida – Coldplay

I can prove my neediness in saying that when this song came out, I proclaimed it the centerpiece of my history homework playlist….and anytime I read a book about history (because I love history), this song gets put on. Not only are the vocals amazing, but the lush music and the way it seems to capture this aspect of history and legend just makes this stand out. It’s easily one of Coldplay’s finest songs.

2. Dog Days Are Over – Florence & The Machine

This is a song I play typically when I go for a run (“Run fast for your mother, run fast for your father, run for the children, for your sisters and brothers…”). I love the power behind this song. Florence Welch has vocals that are beyond enviable, and the range she expresses on “Dog Days…” is incredible. Add in the gorgeous music and unique personality brought out even further by every line and every note, and this is a classic.

3. The Fear – Lily Allen

Lily Allen has many great songs, but I must admit, The Fear is hands down, one of my favorite songs she has ever come out with. She is great at providing social commentary, but this song really pushes the limits that little bit further, with sarcasm oozing out of every line. It’s brilliant. In fact, It’s Not Me, It’s You may have been the best album she ever released.

4. Summertime Clothes – Animal Collection

Well, you can’t finish off the 1001 Songs Challenge without at least one more “Do I like this or do I not?” track. I’m pretty sure I like it. The introduction is a bit bizarre, but once the vocals kick in, there’s something intriguing about that does draw you in. It doesn’t seem to fit in with the songs on today’s playlist (so far), but I suppose it stands out in a good way.

5. Rain Dance – The Very Best ft. M.I.A.

I’ve never been a big M.I.A. fan; nothing personal against her, it’s just not my cup of tea. However, I do quite like this track for how unfamiliar its sound is to me. I like songs that strike me as different, and this definitely fits the bill. Of course, the vocal harmonies of The Very Best are really what kept me entertained throughout the track.

6. Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z and Alicia Keys

One of the only Jay-Z songs (that isn’t with Linkin Park) that I will ever say I love. The pounding piano melodies and electric vocals, the rapping that seems to fit perfectly, and the anthemic tone of the song are amazing. This is why this song has become the song in New York (next to “New York, New York” of course). Add on to the fact that without this song, we may never have had Katy Perry’s “California Gurls.”

“It’s so great that ‘Empire State of Mind’ is huge and that everybody has the New York song, but what the fuck? What about LA? What about California? And it’s been a minute since we’ve had a California song and especially from a girl’s perspective. We took the references of Prince, which is always a great reference, and we took a lot of the ’90s, … almost that house music, some of those references.” – Katy Perry to Rolling Stone, April 2010.

7. Tenalle Chegret – Tinariwen

Apparrently, this means “The Long Thread.” What I like about this is the obvious blues influence. It almost strikes me as odd that the American market wouldn’t pick up on this, if not at least for film soundtracks, especially as they could have remixed it to be an even cooler track. It has obvious appeal to it. Musically, the blues aspect is incredible, and the vocal harmonies are even more impressive. There’s definitely something to be said for Tinariwen’s sound; they’re strong and consistent in their style, not wavering in overall tone either.

8. Harry Patch (In Memory Of) – Radiohead

Radiohead have this profound ability to haunt and inspire. On “Harry Patch (In Memory Of),” there is a lush melody that sounds fit for something like Les Miserables. It is truly gorgeous. Thom Yorke’s soft, brinking on high-pitched vocals add extra dimension to the track overall, further presenting a melancholy, but heroic tale, penned to be from the perspective of a WWI soldier in the trenches (Patch). It’s probably one of the best tributes I’ve ever heard, being both deeply heartfelt and inspiring. This is more of what should have been put into the 1001 Songs… book; more songs that made people feel something.

9. Go Do – Jonsi

I remember hearing this a lot when it was on trailers for films and such, and I loved it. I am happy to say that I still do. It is a great track. Jonsi has an amazing vocal range, and when paired with such stunning instrumentation (worthy of a whimsical score), I feel like he cannot go wrong. There is something about this song that seems to mix a million emotions into one, covering a full spectrum and illuminating my headphones with pure power. In many ways, the thing that makes this track stand out best is the way it accomplishes so much without sounding like it’s been overthought. The arrangement of the whole thing sounds so natural and beautiful, it is hard to resist.

10. Me & The Devil – Gil Scott-Heron

Bluesy with an ominous tone that will both haunt and delight you. Gil Scott-Heron has a really gruff quality to his voice that makes it sound both fresh and classic, if that makes any sense. There is also a very well-written/delivered spoken-word poem at the end of the song, which just adds to the pure quality of the overall track.

 

And last but not least (well, maybe least, we’ll have to see what the song is…):

The 1001st song:

Stylo – The Gorillaz

This is supposedly about over-population, which I can kind of get from the lyrics. Bobby Womack and Mos Def appear on the track, which probably helped it in terms of popularity amongst people who weren’t already into The Gorillaz. It has a funk undertone to it that really gives it an edge that may not have previously existed. However, the same could probably be said for the vocals, which all meld wonderfully. I also like the classic hip-hop style that is easy to kind of pull from the track. Pretty good way to finish off the challenge, especially as this has been an OVERLOAD of songs.

 

 

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And that’s all for the show folks! G-g-g-goodbye now!

Just kidding (kind of). This week, I am hoping to make a video about the 1001 Songs Challenge and what I liked, hated, and wish I’d seen more of. I will also be going back through every entry and piecing together a list of my favorites from the overall challenge.

If you’ve followed along with me, please #1001SongsPS and let me know what you thought about the whole damned thing. 😉

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VIDEO: AJR – “I’m Ready” Today Show Performance

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By now, we’ve all heard emerging pop trio AJR’s hit single “I’m Ready” on the radio. But did you see the band’s performance on NBC’s The Today Show this morning? Check it out HERE!

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1001 Songs Challenge: Day Ninety-Nine

It’s so weird to think that tomorrow is the last day of the challenge. I am curious as to what the next twenty songs will be, but I think there is already an entire genre I can subtract from the list of possibilities (but more on that when I post the video with my loves/hates/etc.). However, I’m still on a bit of a happy, Just-Went-To-Warped mood, so no Monday blues for me! Let’s get this done!

1. Paper Planes – M.I.A.

Whenever I think of this song, I just remember the film Slumdog Millionaire (brilliant film, by the way), and I think that may be the only reason I really enjoy it. The beats are catchy and the lyrics aren’t awful, so it’s definitely not something that will make you want to rip your ears out. I don’t mind it, anyway. It’s similar to some of Lily Allen’s old stuff, so how can you hate it? The only thing I don’t like is the cheesy sound effects (gun shots and cash register dings).

2. Mercy – Duffy

Oh wow. Do you remember when everybody and their mother was completely obsessed with Duffy? Seriously, I used to go to the Virgin Megastore (man, that feels like a million years ago…), and this chick’s poster and albums were everywhere.  In fairness, I completely get it. She has this mod sound to her that gives you chills for how brilliantly she sounds classic, but also how Duffy’s style has the attitude that the 21st century needed. I love this song in particular. It is so good, and her vocals are perfection, especially when you add in the epic instrumental quality. This is just an overall stellar track.

3. Sabali – Amadou and Mariam

Explaining this song is impossible, but to say I didn’t enjoy it would be a lie. I love the vocals and the overall style of it. I am so surprised I’ve never heard this before (that I know of). With a melodic flow of words, subtle beats, and techno influence, there’s little to dislike. This is a happy tune.

4. Divine – Sebastien Tellier

The 80s influence is either endearing or horrifying. I haven’t decided yet. I like how boppy it is, and how strange it is, to be honest. As soon as it begins, it seems to be over, but it’s really just the song changing. For a beat, it becomes more driven by the piano and has a softness to it reminiscent of a small, intimate live show. The more the song plays, the more I like it.

5. Mykonos – Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes aren’t everyone’s taste, but I’ve always liked them personally. It’s that folksy sound that I really enjoy. This one reminds me of a CD my Uncle Peter gave me of old gypsy stories. As a kid, I listened to all of them all the time, because they fascinated me. They had gorgeous, steady beats behind them, and a musicality very similar to Fleet Foxes’ “Mykonos.” However, Fleet Foxes do add a bit more of a rock and roll vibe, especially with the inflection of the vocals.

6. Time To Pretend – MGMT

I remember the first song I heard from MGMT; it was “Electric Feel” and I hated it. My cousin Ashley, on the other hand, thought it was “mint.” However, I didn’t mind this one. I don’t know why. Mainly, it’s catchy and it’s pretty much a facetious jab at the industry as a whole I think (make music, get rich, marry a model, etc.). Maybe it’s a jab at the way we all operate, I don’t know. But I do know that most people know the transient sound in the introduction of the song.

7. Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap

Such a great song! There is something so beautiful about this track, and I don’t know whether it’s because it’s a mixture of soothing and exciting or what, but I will own up to playing this on my iPod on a regular basis. The vocals are gorgeous and soulful, and the instruments don’t overshadow that. In fact, neither the vocals or the instruments overshadow one another; they seem to work together very well, collaborating, as opposed to the typical competition you can almost sense on other tracks. This is the anthem for being so content in a moment, you don’t want to leave.

8. L.E.S. Artistes – Santogold

I really enjoy how “snappy” (pardon the pun) this song is. With excellent timing and vocals that just make you want to sing along, it is impossible to go wrong with this track. I could listen to this again and again, just because I do find it so enjoyable. The chorus has a great, infectious energy to it.

9. Sex On Fire – Kings Of Leon

Ah, the rock and roll edge of this track, the guttural vocals, and the whole damned thing just make this song stand out of the pack. I personally think “Use Somebody” is slightly better, but that’s just because I love how melodic it is. “Sex On Fire” still hits people with it’s classic rock inflection and blunt tone. It’s a song that you’re meant to rock out to; each chord on the guitar encourages it. Seriously, try and tell me you haven’t sang along to this at the top of your lungs.

10. One Day Like This – Elbow

I love the fact that the vocals on this track aren’t distorted by what people expect. The vocalist’s Mancunian accent is still ringing out loud and clear on this song, and I love it. Lush instrumentation, fantastic lyrics, and just a whole sound that makes it easy to adore. I personally will be adding this to my playlist in the future. I cannot believe I have never heard this song before; this may be a new favorite of mine.

 

All in good spirits this Monday as I get back to the wind and grind, but my Warped Tour grin is still on my face. My voice is also slightly gone, but that’s all that talking and singing! Lots of water to be drank today and lots of music to help me unwind and rest up. Who’s excited to hit the end of this challenge? I am!

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1001 Songs Challenge: Day Ninety-Eight

So today is Warped Tour for me and I am so excited! As I get all of my camera stuff ready to go this morning, I really just want to listen to all of my amp-up songs, but I figure I won’t have time for the challenge today unless I do it right now.

1. Ovun que proteggi – Vincio Capossela

A beautiful, Italian, piano-driven ballad. I could listen to this all day. Capossela’s voice is pure quality, with a slight rasp to it familiar to The Pogues’ frontman, Shane MacGowan. However, Capossela has a softer tone overall, which makes this track like a lullaby of sorts. It really is stunning.

2. Please Read The Letter – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

A soft, sweet song that consists of consistent rhythm and well done vocal harmonizing. In some ways, there is an indie-country vibe going on here, which probably is the reason I find it so irresistible. Lyrically, it reads like a poetic letter itself, almost pleading for closure.

3. Crank That (Soulja Boy) – Soulja Boy

Really? This made it onto the list and Fall Out Boy, Dashboard Confessional, My Chemical Romance just vanished into thin air? Really? I didn’t like this song when it came out and was played at every middle school dance, and I don’t like it now. It’s just never appealed to me. I appreciate that Soulja Boy was sixteen and trying to make rap about having fun again, but I’m sorry, this song has always been a total miss for me.

4. My People – The Presets

The Presets are considered “electro punk,” but I think they just sound like an 80’s band with 90’s dance beats. Of course, lyrically, it has more depth, looking at Australian immigration from a new perspective. It’s not on my list of favorites from this challenge, but at least I don’t want to pull a Van Gogh.

5. Flux – Block Party

The muted guitar is probably my favorite thing about this track. It’s striking, because it works so well with the techno beat, and the vocals that sound like something from the 90s. With a definite rock-pop style, this is actually a pretty fun song to listen to.

6. My Moon My Man – Feist

Feist has such a distinct sound when it comes to her vocals. “My Moon My Man” has an instrumental brilliantly made up of multiple instruments, with the piano being the driving force. The lyrics capture a yearning feeling, which Feist delivers with nothing but excellence.

7. D.A.N.C.E. – Justice

Paying homage to Michael Jackson, Justice brought out this flashy track in 2007, and to be honest, it’s not that memorable. With a chorus of children singing alongside synth beats and bass-driven funk, it just sounds like everything else. It doesn’t stand out to me in any way.

8. re: Stacks – Bon Iver

Much more memorable than Justice’s “D.A.N.C.E.” is the first way I will compliment this song. The next is by praising the indie, soft, smooth quality of Bon Iver’s vocals. I loved this song from start to finish. It’s melodic and so well-made, it’s impossible to resist.

9. With Every Heartbeat – Robyn with Kleerup

I love how Robyn’s vocals deliver on this track. She pours her heart out on every line, which, when paired with a stunning string arrangement, make for a fantastic song. Despite it’s sad subject (a breakup) and melancholy tone, the song features an upbeat pop rhythm that makes it a song that is both nice to listen to, but still makes you bob your head.

10. Someone Great – LCD Soundsystem

Speaking of songs that are on the sadder spectrum, but still have a good dance beat, “Someone Great” easily fits that bill. The techno music and the way the lyrics fit in feel very 80’s, but it’s the lyrics that make this song what it is; something intriguing to listen to.

 

Okay, so I’m going to finish getting ready for Warped. Today’s playlist was decent, but I am so ready to go to Warped that listening to  these songs has left me feeling impatient. I feel like someone has given me twenty energy drinks at once and any second, I’m going to go flying through the door, leaving a me-shaped hole in it like a cartoon.

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FEATURE: Tara – NEW SINGLE OUT 7/28

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Effortless. That is the best way to describe Australian/Irish/Indian musician named Tara. Garnering support from global publications, Tara is busy making a name for herself, and getting ready to release her highly anticipated new single, Beast.

Beast consists of ethereal soundscapes, electrifying rhythm, and powerful vocals, showing off Tara’s vocal range and incredible delivery. She is definitely an artist to watch, entrancing listeners left and right with her stunning vocals and how well they seem to match the overall tone of the arrangements. The single will be available for download on the 28th of July.

For more on Tara, please check out the following:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/tarahere/beast/s-07EFV

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taramusicofficial

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tarahere

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VIDEO: Clinton Sparks – “UV Love (ft. T.I.)”

From behind the scenes to in the spotlight, Clinton Sparks just released his video for “UV Love,” featuring T.I., as well as cameos from Ray J, Jay Sean, The Janoskians, Mike Posner, and Chanel West Coast. Check out the star-studded video below.
 
 
Although he is mostly known for his work behind the scenes (Clinton Sparks has worked with Lady Gaga, Akon, Tyrese as well as produced music for Ludacris, T-Pain, Rick Ross, Jim Jones, Beyonce, Busta Rhymes), Clinton Sparks is making a name for himself. Not only has he spent time in front of the camera, as E! News music correspondent and music correspondent for Yahoo! Music and the weekly “Smashtime Party” in Las Vegas at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, which hosted guests including The Black Eyed Peas, Akon, Ne-Yo, Paris Hilton, Tommy Lee and more. 
 
For more information on Clinton Sparks: http://www.clintonsparks.com/
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