So….Rev. Phlegm stopped by…then….we did a little shopping….(yay right). Enjoy this sick mixtape.
So….Rev. Phlegm stopped by…then….we did a little shopping….(yay right). Enjoy this sick mixtape.
Here is my playlist for favorite tracks of 2013. The list is backwards according to the player, but nonetheless a layout for your pleasure. Enjoy. You will find the downloadable links below. Cheers.
01 Pokey LaFarge – Central Time [Live at WAMU’s Bluegrass Country] (00:00:00)
02 Queens of the Stone Age performing “Keep Your Eyes Peeled” Live at KCRW’s Apogee Sessions (00:03:23)
03 Club 8 “Kill Kill Kill” (00:08:01)
04 Chelsea Wolfe – Feral Love | Newtown Radio | Swan7 Studio (00:11:27)
05 Son Lux – “Lost It To Trying” (Official Music Video) (00:14:51)
06 Midlake – Provider (00:18:38)
07 Volcano Choir – Acetate (00:22:07)
08 Daughter – Smother (Live on KEXP) (00:27:03)
09 Big Scary – Luck Now (Not Art LP | 2013) (00:31:48)
10 THE NATIONAL – “DON’T SWALLOW THE CAP” (FAN VIDEO HQ) (00:36:00)
11 Daft Punk ~ Giorgio by Moroder (HQ Official Audio) ft. Giorgio Moroder (00:40:25)
12 PAPA – Young Rut (Live At The El Rey/2013) (00:49:30)
13 Luke Temple – Florida (Official Video) (00:53:44)
14 Bloc Party – French Exit (00:58:11)
15 Maston-Messages (01:00:54)
16 Overseas – Old Love (01:03:23)
17 Deafheaven – Sunbather (01:04:56)
18 Clogs – “The Sundown Song” (01:15:14)
19 Cut Copy – Let Me Show You Love – Live Pro Shot (01:19:05)
20 Twin Tigers — Opana (01:25:29)
21 Foals Bad Habit BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge 2013 (01:29:34)
22 The Neighbourhood – Sweater Weather (01:34:02)
23 Foxygen – San Francisco (Official Video) (01:37:55)
24 The Appleseed Cast 2013.07.19 T07 Cathedral Rings (01:41:44)
25 Deer Tick – Mirror Walls – CARDINAL SESSIONS (01:45:44)
26 Big Black Delta – Money Rain Down (Official Music Video) (01:51:11)
27 Russian Circles – Ethel (01:55:31)
28 Son Lux: ‘Pyre,’ Live On Soundcheck (01:59:34)
29 Young Knives 06 Something Awful (02:03:07)
30 The Black Angels “Love Me Forever” Live at KDHX 5/8/13 (02:08:23)
31 Cut Copy- In Memory Capsule (02:11:22)
32 Portugal. The Man – “Sea of Air” | Hay Bale Sessions | Bonnaroo365 (02:16:03)
33 Minus the Bear – Hooray Acoustics II (02:19:38)
34 Local Natives – Black Balloons (02:23:47)
35 Foals – Out Of The Woods (Official Video) (02:26:36)
36 Daft Punk – Get Lucky (Official Video) Ft Pharell Williams (02:30:17)
37 PAPA – If You’re My Girl, Then I’m Your Man (02:34:06)
38 Russian Circles & Chelsea Wolfe – “Memorial” European Tour Poster Printing (02:38:37)
39 La Luz – Pink Slime – 2013-07-24 (02:41:18)
40 Vampire Weekend perform “Ya Hey” on Q (02:43:40)
41 Sisyphus – Calm It Down (Lyric Video) (02:48:51)
Playlist of favorite songs of 2013 coming soon.
2013 is over. Passing rapidly in a hurry, but also long and intense. Thinking back I can break apart certain points of the year into segments according to what I was into and experiencing. Seattle’s music scene offered up many choices for all moods. The hip hop scene was exploding, alt country was leveling out, the warm surf rolled in, and electronic artists blew up dance filled venues. So many choices. So many shows. I love my city’s scene and culture.
As I pulled up my sleeves for another gorgeous year in music I took on sort of an eclectic approach. I wanted to learn the history of the artists that paved the way for what we hear and create today; diving deep into the records of rock’n roll, studying the roots of reggae and psychedelic architects. This lead to many nights of joyful music documentaries and insightful listening sessions.
Sometimes when you listen to songs today you notice parts in songs that remind you of older artists. Push rewind. Listen. Yes, that is the same riff as Fleetwood Mac. These vocals remind me of Sting. That reggae beat thrown into this jam takes me back to the soulful cuts of Lloyd Charmers. The warm feeling I get from hearing a familiar part in a modern song being transformed from the format of a classic into something fresh is wonderful.
When a favorite band releases a single in anticipation of their upcoming release you can take it a few ways. If the song rocks, then the suspense for the record increases. If the single blows, you get scared.
On first listen of the Foals first single Inhaler off of the 2013 up and coming release Holy Fire I almost collapsed onto my living room floor. No way. These guys did not just do that. Can you tell how I felt about the song? Ha, it was a let down to say the least. Another one bites the dust trying to go mainstream. But wait, there is hope in the horizon.
February saw the release of the Foals third studio album “Holy Fire”. Scratching my head I put on my headphones and hit play. Drinking a sip of water I turned and looked at my dog Winston. “Here we go Wanky”. The first track Prelude opens up the album with shakers and thudding bass drums. The iconic Foals style guitar crept in opening avenues for good things to come. I’m not gonna lie, the next track is Inhaler which “accidentally” got skipped the first few spins. I later got over the ugly chorus and accepted the other worthy portions of the song (The guitar is actually pretty sick during the verse and outro).
My Number followed ending up as the most user friendly track for the masses (who weren’t already fans of the Foals). I can dig. Many happy car rides last summer included this pop hit. Bad Habit. Boom. Favorite track on Holy Fire. Turns out favorite song of 2013. The Foals do a great job of building the songs into roaring breath taking adventures; Bad Habit and all remaining songs on Holy Fire are such quality jams – at times delighting I Pod commercials invade my imagination to the habitual drums and guitars. On Out Of The Woods violins accompany the killer drum flow and stellar vocal melodies easily becoming my second favorite track. I would find myself beat-boxing the drums from Out Of The Woods in the shower. Mild & Black Spiders carries a chorus backed by booming kick and subliminally layered looping guitars. “Cause I’ve been around two times and found that you’re the only thing I need! Cause I’ve been around two times and found that you’re the only thing I need!
Cause I’ve been around two times and found that you’re the only thing I need!
Cause I’ve been around two times and found that you’re no friend in need!” builds and sprawls into a swarm of spiraling intensity.
Car karaoke. That’s what the Foals should have titled this album. >>Yannis Philippakis’s<< vocals are the strongest and charismatic to date. Jimmy Smith’s mathy guitar intertwines alongside Yannis phenomenal tempo. Jack Bevan hallelujah. Makes the list of top drummers of all time. These mates gel. The compositions and pop artistry released on Holy Fire remind me of the Fleetwood Macs and Pink Floyds of yesteryear.
Their live performance is nothing short of amazing. Yannis crowd surfs and climbs balconies all while thrashing his Travis Bean guitar. Jack’s drums consume me. Tribal off beat fills and super fast rhythms back their signature guitar tones and techniques.
As the Foals continue to put out solid records their fan base grows. Endless touring and festival performances displaying their seductive rock and roll music builds followers of all genres of music. Renown DJs remix song after song blasting their own spin on mixtapes echoing deep into night crawling clubs.– see >>Holy Fire Remixs and Bad Habit Ep//>>.
My little secret isn’t a secret anymore. But the Foals are still My Number 1. Cheers mates.
Out Of The Woods
Foals Live At The Royal Albert Hall DVD Trailer
Deer tick’s Negativity didn’t seem to turn too many heads this year. The album ventured into new territories and strayed from traveled paths. Although the album didn’t move me enough to claim it a best of 2013, there were a few tracks that were worth honorable mention. Most notably were the songs Mirror Walls & Hey doll.
John McCauley’s voice sends shivers down my spine every time I listen to that raspy yet pretty tune. Deer Tick’s performance @ Neumos right here in Seattle opened with John playing piano on “Hey doll” for the eager faces in the crowd. His orange suit shouted party time and that’s what became of Oct. 22nd.
It was the return of Rogue Wave, some thought maybe they were done after the tragic death of one band member and near death experiences by the two leading members of the band. Then all of a sudden the single “College” was released and was the first sign that Rogue Wave was not done and the two leading members strived forward refusing to let the band die. Zach Rogue and Pat Sturgeon are the life of this band. Through so many tragedies and setbacks they continue to make the music happen. With “College” it may seem as if Zach is singing of the isolated experience of college, but it is just being used as a metaphor for the things Pat and him have experienced over the last 10 years. “You can not acknowledge all the things you’ll learn in college” Zach sings. Knowing that the band has experienced so much in the last 10 years that they will never be able to fully realize what they have been through. It is the first single off of Nightingale Floors and it screams “We’re back and we’re ready for the world again!”
I have never really accepted Explosions in the Sky as composers, I’ve always seen them as a band. It’s odd to think that though, they have now scored two films and an entire TV series. Maybe it’s the way the play their music or the way that their compositions aren’t full orchestras. All that aside this song is technically score to the film Prince Avalanche, but it was one of my favorite songs in 2013. The soundtrack was released at a time when things in my life were sort of changing in a major way and in a sense my life needed a score and “Send Off” did it pretty good job at scoring that moment in my life. I was moving from one thing to the next and it wasn’t a sad thing it was extremely gratifying and rewarding. As the song builds you’ll see why I felt the way I did about the song, but the crescendo all the way to the end is like taking one of the biggest breaths of fresh air and feeling a large weight being lifted off of your shoulders. Explosions in the Sky always pack so much emotion into their music and this piece is no different.
Duncan Murray. Not much is out there to inform yourselves about this London producer. When he isn’t running the <<Playlist Agency >>in London he takes some time to create some pretty rad dance music. This Daughter Remix of “Smother” just gets me. Can’t get enough of this song. I’ve probably listened to it everyday for the past two weeks. You will find a few tracks to tide you over on his Soundcloud page, but if you become sucked into his magic mix like I have you will be disappointed to find that his stuff is really new leaving only a few tasteful snacks to feed your ears. But feed them you must! They are hungry! Don’t deprive hater. Really though…no but really. Check out this jam.
For one reason or another Matt Pond dropped the PA in his name. Maybe he doesn’t live in Pennsylvania any longer or maybe he just liked his name without the PA. Anyways he put out a new album this year entitled The Lives Inside the Lines in your Hand and this was the first single off of it. “Love to Get Used” captures a lot of what I loved about earlier Matt Pond PA records and also brings some of the new with it. The verses are smooth, the chorus is explosive, and the lyrics go in one in ear and out the other haha. Although I connect with the chorus, the music and song itself is worth rocking out to and I did several times, especially when it was played on Jimmy Fallon along with some of his other hits. Another jam for another season, this time spring, and one more song to add to my personal favorites of 2013.