Phoenix, Night Beds, The Postal Service definitely not one in the same. Today they are mentioned in the same thought though. Phoenix brings about a rising sun with “Entertainment” their newly released single off their forthcoming album “Bankrupt!” Fast paced and feeling like I was transported to Tokyo and then back to France. “Entertainment, Show them what ya do with me” almost literally this song is about how entertainment and all forms of it make you a better you in your own head and I relate. But hey, it’s Phoenix so dance your ass off to a song that has a confused meaning!
Somehow this went somewhat under the radar as far as I can tell, but The Postal Service released a brand new song coinciding with their tour for their 10th Anniversary of Give Up, “A Tattered Line Of String.” Feeling exactly like a Postal Service song, it pulls from roots of nearly every song on Give Up and it works in their favor. Dreaming of the future, we dwell on the past, an ironic thought, but one every one takes part in and this a perfect tune to listen to while doing so.
Fresh off their release of Country Sleep, Night Beds recently played Jimmy Fallon and took the stage with confidence. They played their hit single “Ramona” and killed it! Running through the forest you emerge on a beach, I’m in Discovery Park. The song soothes me from the cold dark damp and into the warm wet wild and back again. Shout it from the rooftops! “Come on Ramona!”
Phoenix is playing the Paramount on March 29th
The Postal Service is playing Sasquatch Memorial Day Weekend
Night Beds is playing Barboza February 26th
We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic
Foxygen is the Los Angeles-bred songwriting duo of Sam France (vocals, Olympia, Wash., 22 years old) and Jonathan Rado(guitar/keyboards, NYC, 22). Here’s a lighthearted dreamy lick from their new album We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic. Listening to the song “San Francisco” immediately brightens a day as the chorus pokes fun and teases with love and departure. It’s sad really, but the way she sings “That’s OK I was bored anyway” makes me smile and laugh. Golden Gate Park gleams with polished disc golf tees and the Tenderloin has great Vietnamese sandwiches. Foxygen will someday make it to my JammyPack as I toss my discs and stroll with best mates through the park talking about efficacy.
Here is the video for Foxygen’s “San Francisco”:
Foxygen will be playing @ The Crocodile in Seattle, WA March 22
Damp Face EP
So lately I’ve been really into day dreaming about waves and sun and giant rolling twangy surf guitar swirls. Turn those orange amps up and let the music do the talking. Kick out the gloom and let the vitamin D in. Future Primitives, a Cape Town surf garage punk band that says “Whoo!!” a lot has been heating up my ear waves nearly daily. Their album “Songs We Taught Ourselves” is pay as you will (except for shit coins), but most definitely is quite free. Any who, as I woke up and rolled up my blinds to see Seattle in beauty form I realized that this surf music must be surfacing positive vibes. This is where La Luz brought me my ice caffe and said “good morning Sir, it is time to start your day off right, definitely not wrong”. La Luz is a four piece all female surf band from Seattle started in the glorious summer of 2012. They have a show March 8th at the Black Lodge (never heard of, nor can I find this venue) and are playing live on Kexp March 9th. La Luz is on right now and it feels as if winter is floating away from Seattle. Keep floating keep floating keep floating keep floating………
Cal-Anderson Park, Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA
Exit 301, Pleasant Valley High School Battle Of The Bands, Bettendorf, IA
Yes that is me with bleached blonde hair and Zissou style Adidas. I thought it would be appropriate to throwback an old video as well. Here is the song “Lucky Denver Mint” off of one of my favorite records of all time Jimmy Eat World’s “Clarity”. Turns out Clarity was partly recorded at the legendary Sound City. I highly recommend watching Dave Grohl’s new film documenting Sound City’s historic past and checking out this list of killer records that were recorded there. This film inspired me to revisit some of these classic rock albums.
>>>Can you dig it?<<<
Jimmy Eat World – Lucky Denver Mint (off of the album Clarity 1998)
The new side project of Caribou’s drummer Brad Weber “Pick A Piper” has all the Sunday afternoon delights one might ask for. The drums on Caribou’s records have always been the pulling factor for me to get sucked into the black hole of scrump’n dance beats, so when I tripped up upon this new track “All Her Colours” I immediately started anticipating PAP’s new debut LP which is scheduled to be released on April 2nd on Mint Records. The video is candy to the eyes in a mystical treat land fairy tale gone weird sort of way.
>>> Absorb This<<<
Three cheers for the big birthday boy!!! He’s lacing up his Jordan’s and turning 23! (shadow of basketball figure flying through the air from the free throw line). Oh and Do the Ostrich everybody come on!
–knees shaking back and forth. Pointer fingers in the air. Hips twisting and ass jiggling. Now come on everybody. Do the ostrich. Do the ostrich.
Fun times in Ballard with Steven Deveryl Thompson.
While the new year is a little more than a month underway I wanted to discuss some of the already very great albums and tracks that have been released. With a couple anticipated announcements like the future releases of new Justin Timberlake, Youth Lagoon, and Cold War Kids albums coinciding with single releases of “Suit & Tie”, “Dropla”, and “Miracle Mile” respectively. All three of these tracks bring to the table exactly what you want to hear from these three artists and make you anxiously anticipate their forthcoming LP’s Justins “The 2020 Experience” , Youth Lagoons “Wondrous Bughouse”, and Cold War Kids’ “Dear Miss Lonelyhearts!”
On the other side we have albums that have been released already like Ra Ra Riot’s “Beta Love”, Local Natives’ “Hummingbird”, Matt Pond’s “The Live Inside The Lines In Your Hand”, Tegan & Sara’s “Heartthrob” and Frightened Rabbits “Pedestrian Verse.” All great in their own way. While I am still giving all of this music a thorough listen before I highlight any of it too much I wanted to just discuss the amount of great stuff being thrown at us as fans already. Here are some of the highlights of the year I have picked up on so far!