Category Archives: Music

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.

Halloween playlist post

halloween-musicIt has been awhile, I feel, since I have written a post about music which is the whole reason I started this blog seven years ago.

However this morning I’m feeling especially moody and therefore am blaring music in my office until my office-mate gets in later today. And as we’re only 11 days away from my favorite “holiday” Halloween I’m going to do my annual post of some great Halloween songs. Thankfully the kids helped me with this during our morning commute so I have extra ones I would not have remembered or thought of on my own.

Halloween Playlist

1. Monster Mash – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxcM3nCsglA

2. Ghostbusters Theme Song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9We2XsVZfc

3. This is Halloween – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpvdAJYvofI

4. Somebody’s Watching Me – https://youtu.be/7YvAYIJSSZY

5. Come Little Children – https://youtu.be/1t8-_pI1-9Q

6. Thriller – https://youtu.be/sOnqjkJTMaA

7. Addam’s Groove – https://youtu.be/k7_KgblC0Uw

8. I Put A Spell On You – https://youtu.be/3TrSMaOZm3Y

9. Put the Lime in the Coconut – https://youtu.be/aA9OqUuA6a0

10. Witches’ Rave – https://youtu.be/1RYcqj0gXao

11. Little Ghost – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-o3ueR1tSY

12. Black Magic Woman – https://youtu.be/IPo9Gd2z6rI

13. Decode – https://youtu.be/RvnkAtWcKYg

What are your go-to songs for getting in the spooky spirit?

 

Hot Hot Heat’s self titled album just in time for Summer fun

hothotheatBabahbwow…Babahbwow…

Loving the new music from Hot Hot Heat. Their new album which releases this Friday is pretty stellar. They’ve been busy, they’ve been touring for something like 13 straight years, maybe longer.  Their debut album Make Up The Breakdown released via Seattle-based label Sub Pop Records back in 2002.  Thankfully, this self-titled album takes us back to their earlier stuff and it’s so much more fitting for them and thus also for their listeners. You might recognize their song, Middle of Nowhere which is a favorite of mine, although the video is odd to say the least. BUT I first heard that track watching my favorite show ever PSYCH!

Anywho. Their music is fun, super upbeat kind of like some of the good britpop from a decade ago even though they are Canada :) I like that it’s not too over done, it’s playful, it’s great summer music for sure. It’s a bubblier music than The Killers or Voxtrot.

The Vancouver-based rock band Hot Hot Heat (Steve Bays, Paul Hawley, Luke Paquin, Louis Hearn) are excited to present the full album stream of its farewell, self-titled album ahead of its Friday, June 24 release. Streaming now exclusively on Pandora, the album is classic Hot Hot Heat – one that is as pop hook-heavy as it is edgy and unpredictable – and serves as a fitting epitaph for one of Canada’s most influential bands of the 21st century. Hot Hot Heat (iTunes pre-order) can now be heard in its entirety via Pandora HERE.

“We wanted it to feel cohesive and representative of the aesthetic we were into at that point,” says Steve Bays, who co-produced the album with Dahle in their adjoining studios. “We wanted it to feel like it was all the same album even though it had been written over several years. The songs are the 10 songs we were the most excited about in the moment. The idea behind the album was: If you want to try and do something great, it can only be when the inspiration hits.”

Hot Hot Heat track listing:
01. Kid Who Stays In The Picture
02. Modern Mind
03. Pulling Levers
04. Bobby Joan Sex Tape
05. Magnitude
06. Mayor Of The City
07. Alaskan Midnight Sun
08. Comeback Of The Century
09. Sad Sad Situation
10. The Memory’s Here

The Sheepish Lion and Spook the Herd

spooktheherdDo you remember the old Disney short film about the lion who was raised by a sheep? His name was Lambert. He was a “sheepish lion” and all the lambs made fun of him growing up. Until one day a wolf comes around and in all his wolfish ways he wants to eat the mama sheep. Lambert realizes then that he is a lion. Not a sheep. He scares away the wolf and saves the sheep. My daughter loves this short film. She is three-years-old and all about the Disney classics. Thank you Netflix.

ANYWAY …

Why am I telling you this? Well, when I got an email talking about music from Spook the Herd my crazy mom brain files filtered down to Lambert. If you can follow the train of thought that’s awesome, if not, well than I tell you, I’m not really crazy, I’m just passionate. Passionate about my kids and music to name two things. Bat shit passionate.

Out of Boston is Spook The Herd made up of Jesse Weiss (Palehound/Grass Is Green) and Abe Kimball (Vending Machetes).

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Spook The Herd are excited to announce the release of The Small Wins EP, the band’s first release together with Exploding In Sound Records. Set for release on June 17th.

Their track Slurpee Surf reminds me of something straight out of the 90s. Fuzzy grunge-esque and better on the second listen.

Consequence of Sound premiered the band’s new single “Slurpee Surf,” calling it the work of “a duo whose combined talents lead to songs that fall right in the middle of the spectrum between sugar and fuzz.

SPOOK THE HERD
“The Small WIns EP”
Exploding In Sound Records
June 24, 2016

PRE-ORDER

1. Slurpee Surf
2. One Fell Swoop
3. Beg To Differ
4. Song 4
5. App Tofu
6. Running In Place

Watch Bill Murray & Kermit Ruffins Duet, Bare Necessities, for The Jungle Book

crawfordmurrayDirect from Girlie Action Media

New Orleans based Basin Street Records are kicking off a monumental month with some big announcements:

Long time Basin Street artist Kermit Ruffins sings Bare Necessities with Bill Murray for Disney’s The Jungle Book! Listen here:

Davell Crawford‘s Piano in the Vaults: Vol. 1 is in the works and will be ready in time for his Sunday, May 1 performance at New Orleans Jazzfest. He performs his own set, and a tribute to Allen Toussaint later on the same stage.

New Orleans Jazzfest is Friday, April 22nd through Sunday, May 1st and the Basin Street Records artists have a huge schedule. Check it out at https://www.BasinStreetRecords.com/on-tour.

Jon Cleary will be featured on PBS NewsHour next weekend. On Tuesday he will be honored as the Entertainer of the Year at Gambit Weekly’s Big Easy Entertainment Awards. He’s headed back to Europe including 3 nights at Ronnie Scott’s after a huge 2 weeks in New Orleans for Jazzfest.

The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra‘s big gala Market Fest is Friday, April 22nd at Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market. For details visit www.Phnojm.com.

Rebirth Brass Band will be performing at The White House for UNESCO International Jazz Day concert with Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock and more to be broadcast on ABC April 30th. You can find details at http://jazzday.com/news/.

A band named Tancred cannot be ‘power pop’

tancredThe new album from Tancred, Out of the Garden, is now available in stores and online!

They call it power pop. I was excited. I wanted to get pumped up, feel empowered, some sort of energy, it made me feel more somber than anything else. I was taken back to freshmen year in high school when Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes played “Romeo and Juliet.” Do Now I know I’m dating myself, but whatever, sometimes you hear music and it takes your back in time. That’s how my brain works. It’s like an archived soundtrack of life events. When I pulled up Tancred’s streaming playlist and listened to “It’s Not Likely” I found myself sitting on the pink carpet of my old bedroom wallowing in some sort of teenage drama listening to the soundtrack of what was supposed to be a hip, modern version of Romeo & Juliet. The soundtrack had tracks from Garbage and Everclear, One Inch Punch and Radiohead.

Now you know where Tancred stands in my realm of genre-ized music labels by back-in-time comparisons and I wouldn’t call it power pop. Maybe it’s alternative rock? It’s not bad. It’s not great. Either way I hope  you listen and find out for yourself!