“Celebration Rock” by Japandroids
Monday, May 15, 2017
Let’s rewind time to five years ago in May, 2012, when Canadian rock duo, Japandroids blessed us with their, arguably, best album yet. From the second you hear the fireworks open for the first track, you know “Celebration Rock” is going to be an energetic and fun album. The album is about 35 minutes long, but it goes so fast, it will feel like it’s over in five. This is an album that should be played loud and proud. Don’t worry about offending anyone if you are playing this at such volumes that people a mile away from you can hear it. They need to hear it too! The reason I mention this album now is because, this is a great album for summer. With schools being let out and weather starting to feel like summer, this was the best time to mention “Celebration Rock.”
In the summer of 2012, the first time I heard this album was when I was driving home with my dad and he put it on. After that one time of listening to “Celebration Rock,” I couldn’t stop. I played this album everyday for that entire summer. It is a feel good album, and it has perfect “hype” music. It is difficult to listen to this album and sit still. You will want to be moving or doing some sort of activity. “Celebration Rock” is also perfect driving music, you should make sure your commute is at least ten minutes so you can get a couple of songs in.
In January of this year, Japandroids returned from a four year hiatus with a new album entitled, “Near to the Wild Heart of Life.” This album shows a different side of Japandroids, with more synthesizers and acoustic guitars being present. It shows a different tone from Japandroids, a more emotional and vulnerable side. After you are done listening to “Celebration Rock,” go give “Near to the Wild Heart of Life” a listen!
You can listen to “Celebration Rock” by Japandroids on Spotify.
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“Fools Errand” by Fleet Foxes
Honestly, not much to say here. It’s Fleet Foxes. It’s a new song. What’s not to like? If you have not heard Fleet Foxes before, fix that. Please enjoy, Fools Errand.
Listen to “Fools Errand” on Spotify.
“Alpha” by The Midnight Wolves
Monday, May 8, 2017
For this Music Monday, I want to shine some light on a band close to home. I’m a strong believer in getting lesser known bands heard and this band I am talking about today are too good not to know about. The Midnight Wolves are a rock duo from Northeast, Ohio that deliver a lot of drive and energy in their music. They recently released “Alpha,” their debut, full length album. I recently was able to see The Midnight Wolves in concert and they played with such drive. I can confidently tell you that the same passion and drive is present in this album.
The first peak listeners had of “Alpha” was through the single “Hammerhead.” For those who heard Hammerhead prior to the album, the hype was real. If the album was going to be anything like the single, fans had a lot to look forward to. The Midnight Wolves really delivered on the hype. “Alpha” is a half hour album that runs the listener through a mix of emotions. Some songs hit on a more deeper chord while others are just a blatant good time. One of the best aspects about this album is that it makes the listener want more. The Midnight Wolves did an excellent job at packing the album full, but not over packing it. There is a high level of enjoyment that comes from “Alpha,” and if it doesn’t make you feel something, then you need to check you ears.
There is a high importance in today’s society to support indie. Whether it’s music, movies, comics or whatever, supporting independent artists is important. Why put money into those who are already rich when you can support a local artists and receive a product with generally more feeling? I’m not saying don’t go and buy what you like, but simply, give indie a chance. If you are new to the indie scene, then I highly recommend “Alpha.” The amount of effort that went into this record is worth way more than seven dollars. So please, treat yourself, sit back, and enjoy “Alpha.”
“Alpha” by The Midnight Wolves is available at the following:
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“Machinist” by Japanese Breakfast
If you have not heard of Japanese Breakfast, you need to fix that. You need to fix that RIGHT NOW. Their first album “Psychopomp” was more than just a fun, poppy album. It is a cure for sadness. It has been a little over a year since “Psychopomp” and Japanese Breakfast is back with new music! They just recently announced a new album entitled, “Soft Sounds From Another Planet.” With the announcement of the new album, they dropped their first single “Machinist.” If you are wondering if you are going to like Japanese Breakfast, start here with “Machinist,” then go listen to “Psychopomp,” in full, listen to “Machinist” one more time and then make your decision.
Listen to “Machinist” here: Bandcamp
“Occult Architecture Vol. 1” By: Moon Duo
Monday, May 1, 2017
Happy May everyone! What would be a better way to start a new week and a new month than with some great tunes. The album I’m telling you about this week is an album perfect for any commuting or extensive traveling you may have to do this week. As the giant cover image shows, I am talking about the newest album by the psychedelic-rock band, Moon Duo.
“Occult Architecture Vol. 2” was released back on February 3rd, of this year. Moon Duo packs in a lot of energy and imagery throughout the whole album, while still leaving plenty of space for the listener to add their own interpretations to the music. However, there really isn’t getting around the energy part, as each song on this album is seemingly moving faster than the speed of sound. A heavily distorted and effected guitar is matched with a whirlwind of synthesizers to keep each song surrounding your ears with noise. Also accompanied by drums that don’t do to much, but do just what is needed to keep the music fast and intense. Lastly, a dreamy vocal is present on each track; sometimes clean and easily understood, other times, the vocal is heavily manipulated to the point where you think your ears are lying to you.
Moon Duo is currently working on the second part of this two volume set called, “Occult Architecture Vol. 2,” which is scheduled to be released some time in May, 2017. This first part, “Occult Architecture Vol. 1” is suppose to represent a more darker theme, or as Moon Duo puts it, it is based more around Winter. The second volume is suppose to be much lighter and suppose to make the listener think of Spring and Summer. You can listen to an interview, as well as a live performance, by Moon Duo on KEXP Radio here.
Listen to “Occult Architecture Vol. 1” by Moon Duo on Spotify.
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“Vultures” by Lights and Motion
Lights and Motion is an instrumental band based out of the UK. On January 20th of this year, Lights and Motion released their fourth studio album, “Dear Avalanche.” Since listening to the album multiple times, I can confidently say that “Dear Avalanche” is more than just an album of good music, but it is a collection of highly detailed and carefully put together pieces of art. Today, Lights and Motion released a b-side from the album called “Vultures.” Much like the rest of the album, “Vultures” is a beautiful song to put on and just enjoy. It is a song ideal for ending your day with ease. Whether stress from work or school is getting to you, you are having personal issue, or you just had a bad day, “Vultures” will help you forget about the bad, and get you ready for the good.
Listen to the song “Vultures” by Lights and Motion on SoundCloud.
“The Glow Pt. 2” By: The Microphones
Monday, April 24, 2017
For an album that came out in 2001, “The Glow Pt. 2” was way ahead of its time. This “new-to-me” album is an album that I wish I would have heard years ago. Recently I have been going through a situation where I just keep listening to the same albums, by the same artists over and over again. I have been trying for weeks to find something new to latch onto. I have asked for suggestions and even used websites where you plug in bands you like and it will recommend similar sounding bands for you. However, nothing has really grabbed my attention.
However, about a week ago, I was on Spotify and I was browsing under their discover section. That is when I found this glorious piece of music. In one of my top recommendations was “The Glow Pt. 2” and I figured I may as well listen to the first song and see if I like it. Usually, if the first song or two can’t grab my attention, I dismiss it. With this album, however, I couldn’t stop listening to it. “The Glow Pt. 2” is everything I have been looking for. It starts very relaxing and mellow, with beautiful acoustic guitars and the most soothing vocals. More instruments begin to enter and the most subtle of build ups begin. There are different spots in the album where it is nice and relaxed and then very heavy drums and guitar will kick back in. “The Glow Pt. 2” is a mixture of mellow, thinking music and intense, loud, heart racing music. The Microphones keep the listener engaged and make it so you never really know what is going to happen next.
“The Glow Pt. 2” is an album that I regret not knowing about much sooner. This being the case, I would regret not having other people know about it because everyone should enjoy this album. I can say that it might not be for everyone, but I believe that everyone should at least listen to it once. There is a profound appreciation that can be had by all for an album of such high artistic quality. Whether you need and album to put on during your driving this week, or an album to put on after a day at school/work, be sure to give “The Glow Pt. 2” a chance.
“The Glow Pt. 2” By: The Microphones (Listen here on Spotify)
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“good night for a cigarette” by milwaukee
“Good night for a cigarette” is a single that was released last night (4/23/17) by indie artist milwaukee. Milwaukee makes a series of different lo-fi beats that are “designed to relax you.” Currently, milwaukee has an ongoing series of short songs called “The Minute Series” that will be running through June. Later this year, milwaukee plans on putting out a full length tape of music that will be sure to present you with good, chill vibes.
Stay tuned for milwaukee’s full length tape, check out “the minute series” and go give “good night for a cigarette” a listen here:
Have a good week, and more music coming next Monday!