I don’t recall how I came to know the band Bombay Bicycle Club, but it’s been great. They’re a band made up of British men who have an undeniably original sound and a firm grasp on the written word. Within seconds, I was hooked to their second album, Flaws. It’s 36.7 minutes of pure bliss. There’s a good chance they are better than 99.9% of the music you’re listening to right now or maybe I have a thing for the British. Either way, I say they’re a go and perfect for this time of year.
A couple nights ago, I had the pleasure of seeing Joie De Vivre. Their stage presence was undeniable and their tunes are wonderful. The more I listen, the more I love it. Check out this video my friend Andrew from It’s a Kling Thing shot. Be sure to check out his blurb on the band.
Usually at large concert festivals such as Warped Tour, it’s unlikely that one will discover a new artist. I know that’s part of the purpose, but it’s hard considering the amount of bands one comes expecting to see. I usually am the kind of person who has a jammed packed Warped schedule, but this year, I took it easy. Which is precisely how I discovered Closure in Moscow. They were on a tiny stage, a distance from everything else. I was aimlessly walking when they took the stage. The singer, was wearing a white sparkly jacket, leggings and weird makeup. I was enchanted. He opened his mouth and I was in love. They’re Australian and a little bit like Anatomy of a Ghost (in the best way possible). I went home and immediately started soaking up their tunes and they’re just as wonderful as I imagined they’d be recorded.
This week, I bring you The Tallest Man On Earth. Kristian Matsson has a wildly unique voice, impressively distinct guitar chords, and he’s one hell of a song writer. Not convinced?
Two Reasons Why You Should Check ‘Em Out:
1) It’s a one man band
2) He’s Swedish
I had to pleasure of seeing Ha Ha Tonka on Sunday night. Their name is silly, but these boys mean business. Their first few songs were okay, but slowly, I was fascinated and within four songs, I was in LOVE. Their sound is unique, the stage presence like none I have witnessed before and the crowd ate it up. Their live show was full of enthusiasm, sing alongs, and straight up feel good jams. They sound pretty great recorded, too.
Let’s do something a little different. Today, I’m bringing you a little “mix tape” of what I’m listening to this week.
John Mayer – Who Says
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – So Everyone
Q and Not U – Wonderful People
Regina Spektor – That Time
Okkervil River – Black
Au Revoir Simone – The Lucky Ones
David Bazan has been in the industry for years. From the Headphones to Pedro the Lion to his recent solo material, this man is dynamite. His live performances break hearts and his burly smile melts them.
Bazan is currently embarking on yet another set of Living Room Shows. Yes, this man will play in your living room to fifty fans, how many established musicians do this? Not many.
When The Format broke up, I was rather upset, but when Nate Ruess formed Fun. I was elated. Fun. also includes Andrew Dost of Anathallo and Jack Antonoff of Steel Train. They’re the kind of band you listen to on a beautiful day with all the windows down with no particular destination in mind.
The music is simple, but it’s simple and FUN. (I had to.)
Recommended song: “All the Pretty Girls”
It’s Tuesday and so, I bring you a recommendation. This weeks’ nominee is a local band from my hometown, Akron, Ohio. The band is Stiletto. Not only do these boys put on killer shows, they have dynamite music to back it up. They’re a little bit pop punk and a little Minus the Bear and I can assure you this is a good thing.
Song to listen to: I’m My Own Worst Eskimo
Hello all, I’m Jessica, a new staff member. I’ve decided to resurrect this forgotten about section. Bringing you, the lovely readers, weekly recommendations on whatever I’m spinning. Typically I’m not listening to brand new music, but I promise, it’s all worth hearing — even if you end up hating it.
This week’s pick – Boards of Canada. I’ve never been a huge instrumental fan. Mostly because I know nothing about the mechanics of music, but also because it makes me nervous. I always wait and wait, anticipating vocals that never come. But with BOC, it was never like this. It’s happy, depressing, beautiful and nostalgic all at once.
I was instructed to lay down in the dark and listen to them with my eyes closed. I abided and I’d instruct you to do the same.