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You can’t give up the things you love to make it better

Cut Copy is at it again with a new track called “Standing in the Middle of the Field.”

What started out as a group of people recording music in their bedroom is now a band that promises to out do themselves with each new album.

As we all know, I’m a lyrics person, Cut Copy has progressively gotten better on the lyric front, but their music is something that moves me musically rather than lyrically.

Without further adieu, taken from their forthcoming album “Haiku From Zero” set to release on September 22, they oh so super catchy “Standing in the Middle of the Field.”

Lost somewhere between the truth and make believe

Those of you who know me also know that when I really like a song I’ll play it 24 times in a row with no qualms and I’ll belt it out like my life depends on it.

This is one of those songs. I’m definitely a lyrics girl, so I always listen to the lyrics and these are perfect. But the music is also amazing, I love it, he’s incredibly talented. So let’s not keep him a secret, ok, let’s scream from the rooftops that the man has 23 albums and I’m only just now listening! I have so much to catch up on! I even believe that my friends who aren’t so into country will also love Will Hoge. Think of Bruce Springsteen and/or John Mellencamp.

So the song I’m going on about is called “17” and will be released on Anchors an album set to drop this week on August 11. For those near me, he’ll be in Philly on September 20 at World Cafe Live.

I’m just trying to play
Every song that I think might make you look my way

Look my way

You’ll need to drag the slider to 4:30 if you’re interested in hearing just the song, he rambles on a bit prior to that because it’s a recording of a show.

Anchors Track List:
1. The Reckoning
2. This Grand Charade
3. Little Bit of Rust (feat. Sheryl Crow)
4. Cold Night in Santa Fe
5. Baby’s Eyes
6. This Ain’t An Original Sin
7. Through Missing You
8. Anchors
9. Angels Wings
10. 17
11. Young As We Will Ever Be

Pain is on the way out now

So I knew it has been a few years since The War on Drugs released an album, but I’m not going to pretend I know what the album was or if it did well or what the singles might have been, because I have no idea. However, I did just stumble upon their latest track called “Pain” and I really liked it. So thank you Google Play Radio for sharing this new release with me, I doubt I would have heard it otherwise. And looks, I liked it enough that I logged in to write about it, when is the last time that happened? Well in all fairness I did just share a video from Ziggy Marley so I guess it hasn’t been that long, but prior to the island music I had written about something music since December!

Onto The War on Drugs…

A Deeper Understanding is the bands fourth album, due for arrival August 25th, via Atlantic Records. This is their first album under the new label, they used to be Secretly Canadian. Eh.

photo credit – Shawn Brackbill
photo credit – Shawn Brackbill

This band is from Philly, which I very much appreciate since that’s only about 40 minutes from me, less if you drive like my brother. They’ve been around over a decade now since 2005. They’re currently touring, obviously, since they are releasing an album. They’ll be in Philly in September, at the Dell Music Center, in case you’re interested. They’ll be heading overseas in November.

I was staring into the light
When I saw you in the distance, I knew that you’d be mine
Am I moving back in time
Just standing still

Listen To The War On Drugs’ “Holding On” –

https://youtu.be/LBWiMAu3uII

Listen To The War On Drugs’ “Thinking of a Place” –

https://youtu.be/TeaDE1magRk

A Deeper Understanding Tracklisting:

  1. Up All Night
  2. Pain
  3. Holding On
  4. Strangest Thing
  5. Knocked Down
  6. Nothing To Find
  7. Thinking of a Place
  8. In Chains
  9. Clean Living
  10. You Don’t Have To Go

Pre-order A Deeper Understandinghttps://Atlantic.lnk.to/ADeeperUnderstanding

A place where the weekend’s long

Jamaica House 2017 will once again showcase Jamaican artists old and new including the very awesome Ziggy Marley. “The motto for the Island of Jamaica is ‘Out of many, one people’ and this series of shows absolutely highlights the diversity and excitement of the island’s music scene.”

I found a place where the weekend’s long

The new ‘Weekend’s Long (Scaramouche Remix)’ is available today for airplay! Find it on all digital / streaming services including Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Pandora and Google Play.

The remix was just completed by the European DJ duo Scaramouche – for Ziggy’s final UK tour dates of the year!

Fun Fact: He also wrote the theme song for the children’s cartoon series Arthur.

Careful waking up the giants

This is not new song, it’s just one I’m playing on repeat a lot lately, so I thought I’d share real quick. If you like.. Vinyl Theater or Magic Man or Panama Wedding I really think you’ll love Grizfolk if you haven’t heard them before. Vice versa counts for all of the aforementioned ;)

This is Waking Up The Giants by Grizfolk. (Adam Roth, Sebastian Fritze, Fredrik Eriksson, Brendan James, and Bill Delia)

We’re the rhythm of the darkest nights
We’re the truth that’s been left unspoken
We’re the shadows far beyond the lights
We’re waking, waking, waking up the giants

The band, Grizfolk, is based out of Los Angeles. Another song I love by them is called Vagabonds. It’s amazing.

Another reason to LOVE Grizfolk is because they joined forced with Global Citizen. They offered a “reward” through Global Citizen for tickets to their Troublemaker Tour. Global Citizen is a group which teams up to raise awareness about global poverty. Global Citizens can earn points and therefore rewards by taking action against injustices in the world. It’s pretty cool.

In more recent news, Grizfolk did a remix of of duo TeamMate’s track “Nothing’s Ever Over” which got some pretty rave reviews.

So, hoping to hear more from the band in the future. Meanwhile enjoying the tracks they released late in 2015 and the remixes they released this past Spring. All musical goodness. All of it.

Inspired by new Kings of Leon album #WALLS

Walls Album Cover
Walls Album Cover

Not much has made me say, “I have to write about this” lately, at least not much in music. But the Google Play gurus have been prompting me to listen to the new Kings of Leon album – WALLS. (People not using Google Play can also stream the album with Amazon Prime, just as an FYI.) And I finally listened this morning. So happy I did. And yes, I immediately felt prompted to both buy the vinyl AND write a post. Especially after I found out their tour tickets go on sale today for some venues and tomorrow for others.

Haters gonna hate. I have seen some terrible reviews of this album. Saying they sold their souls, they went for singalongs, blah blah blah. Terrible right? What band would want to release something people will sing a long to and dance around and bob their head, right? Awful… Idiots.

Okay so the new album released last week on October 14. And I wondered what they had been doing because it has been three years since their last album release. By the tracks on this album it’s clear that they have been enduring a lot and going through a lot, it’s definitely a bit somber, but it’s so well polished. I mean, I didn’t want to skip any of the songs, they are all so incredible. Even though many of the tracks are about addiction and loss.

In short, the songs do a lot of story telling which I really appreciate about their music. Caleb’s voice and the emotion you can hear is palpable.

The album title track “Walls” is beautiful. Might just be because of the place I am in life right now, but it really hit me. I think everyone has felt that way before though and so the lyrics, combined with the light beat, the finger slides over the guitar strings, piano (everyone knows I am a sucker for anything with piano in it). It’s a gorgeous song. I can totally imagine it being a soundtrack piece on a movie or tv drama, Grey’s Anatomy perhaps, who knows.

Let me tell you, I appreciate the entire album, track by track, but a few other favorites are “Over,” “Muchacho,” and “Wild” they are awesome.  Their first single off the album was released back in early September, that track name is “Waste A Moment.”

A snippet from Wild:

Wild, my breath of wonder
Child, running like thunder
Brace for the explosion
Wild is for the open

Swoon.