Check it out. I’m trying something new at DoYouHearTheMusic.com with a Five For Friday post. The Triple F is five nuggets of musical goodness to get you through the weekend. In other words, the soundtrack to your weekend begins right here!
- Passion Pit – yes some “mental health” issues of Michael Angelakos have forced the band to cancel some July dates but next week their new album Gossamer drops and boy oh boy should you be excited. If you haven’t yet given a listen, hop on over to NPR to stream the album.
- The Gaslight Anthem – the Jersey Boys are back with another rocking album, Handwritten, which will also be released next Tuesday. Their fourth album may very well prove to be their best as the fellas once again bring that Springsteenesque rock and roll but with a more refined conviction. This album can also be streamed via NPR, HERE.
- Slightly Stoopid – Miles and Kyle are back with “Top of the World,” the title track off their seventh studio album which drops August 14, 2012. Give a listen HERE.
- Firefly Music Festival in Delaware began today and you better believe if I still lived on the east coast, I would be there right now. Fantastic line-up which includes headliners The Killers and The Black Keys as well as some of my favorites, Michael Franti, Allen Stone, Lupe Fiasco, GROUPLOVE, Walk The Moon, CULTS, The Head and The Heart.
- Earlier this week I had the opportunity to guest blog for my friend Dayna Roselli. Check out the post HERE.
Fans of Reptar head to their Facebook page for a free download of “Orifice Origami” off their upcoming LP, Body Faucet, which was produced by Ben Allen and is due out May 1.
If you haven’t yet listened to the Athens, Georgia group you are sorely missing out. Last summer/fall they toured with Foster The People and Cults gaining plenty of notoriety and just recently crushed SXSW. I highly suggest you get your hands on their EP from last year, Oblangle Fizz Y’all.
Even more exciting news, they are hitting the road with GROUPLOVE in May!
Love this! Thanks to Pitchfork.com for the heads up on Cults appearing on the Yo Gabba Gabba! “A Very Awesome Christmas” which airs December 18. The duo perform a song called “Hot Chocolate” which you can watch below.
The Cults on Yo Gabba Gabba! from stereogum on Vimeo.
Can never get enough Cults, hands down one of the highlights of my 2011 in music.
I’m enamored with NewVillager’s self titled album that dropped earlier this month. And to be completely honest, I have no idea why but I seriously cannot stop listening to it. Perhaps it is the vocals in general that are pushed so gracefully or maybe it is the playful harmonies that will easily bring a smile to your face. Courtesy of multi-instrumentalists Ben Bromley and Ross Simonini, NewVillager’s debut album has it all, from quirky guitars and power synths to flat out rhythm that will get that beat going inside of you.
As for my favorite track so far, “Upholder.”
If you are a fan of Empire of the Sun, MGMT and CULTS, you will definitely dig NewVillager.
First day of July and heading into a festive holiday weekend, what a perfect time to unveil the DoYouHearTheMusic.com Summer Playlist. If you are a frequent visitor to the blog you should be familiar with a lot of the selections and quite candidly, these are the songs you should be listening to this summer. Without further adieu, the Summer Playlist:
The Dirty Guv’nahs – “Baby We Were Young”
GROUPLOVE – “Don’t Say Oh Well”
GIVERS – “Up Up Up”
Walk The Moon – “Anna Sun”
Young The Giant – “My Body”
The Apache Relay – “Lost Kid”
Mazes – “Summer Hits”
Friendly Fires – “Hawaiian Air”
Foster The People – “Warrant”
The Belle Brigade – “Where Not To Look For Freedom”
CULTS – “Go Outside”
O.A.R. – “Heaven”
Mat Nathanson – “Faster”
The Civil Wars – “Barton Hollow”
Fleet Foxes – “Grown Ocean”
little hurricane – “Get By”
DAWES – “Time Spent In Los Angeles”
Brett Dennen – “Can’t Stop Thinking”
Pepper – “Wake Up”
Sublime with Rome ft. Wiz Khalifa – “Can You Feel It”
Lollapalooza released the 20th anniversary line-up today and while there are definitely a handful of artists making the summer festival rounds, I think they did a great job when you look at the line-up from top to bottom. Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay and Muse as your headliners are definitely four big ones you can’t argue. Now personally as I contemplate making the trip, I’m excited about so many of these bands and quite frankly too many to list but (and trying to take out the artists I’m planning to see at Bonnaroo) Ween, Crystal Castles, Local Natives, The Kills, White Lies, Two Door Cinema Club, Delta Spirit, Sleigh Bells and Chicago’s own Smith Westerns. Plus Fitz & The Tantrums, Noah & The Whale, Tinie Tempah, The Vaccines, Foster The People, The Naked and Famous, Friendly Fires, Young The Giant, The Joy Formidable, Afrojack, Collie Buddz, Pretty Lights and a whole lot more. August 5-7 in one of the greatest cities in the world should be quite the music scene. At $215.00 for three days of an insane amount of music, seems like a heck of a deal to me.
Full line-up below.