If you read my blog you know my affection for bands from Australia and The Temper Trap might as well lead the pack. Back in ’09/’10 it was all about “Fader” and “Sweet Disposition,” the latter skyrocketed the band as it got crazy club play being remixed by some top tier DJs and now the wait for new material is over as they will be fresh on the heels of dropping their sophomore effort when they perform at Bonnaroo. I can’t wait to finally see the indie-rockers live, been wondering if I’d ever get the chance.
Alright, alright. I got anxious and decided to put together the Spring 2012 Vol. II playlist a bit earlier than expected. It’s a mix of artists I’ve featured on previous playlists and/or the blog as well as well as some new ones. And this one IS Spotify friendly so you can click HERE to access it from the music site.
Most of all, I hope you find this collection as some good tunes to listen to. And if you missed Spring 2012 Vol. I playlist, click HERE.
Sleeper Agent – “Get Burned”
Mark Foster, Kimbra, A-Trak – “Warrior”
The Cads – “Lanterns”
The Temper Trap – “Need Your Love”
Antonio Paul – “Sweet Wine”
Burning Hotels – “Sound City”
Champions – “Don’t Tell Me”
The Lonely Forest – “We Sing In Time”
Dr. Dog – “These Days”
Civil Twilight – “Fire Escape”
The Big Pink –“Hit The Ground (Superman)”
Dispatch – “Broken American”
Kelley James – “All My Life”
Dark Mean – “Happy Banjo”
The War On Drugs – “Brothers”
Vintage Trouble – “Blues Hand Me Down”
Company of Thieves – “Tallulah”
Allen Stone – “Nothing To Prove”
Michael Kiwanuka – “Tell Me A Tale”
Of Monsters and Men – “Mountain Sound”
First Aid Kit – “Emmylou”
The Sudden Passion – “Successful Friends”
Since I wasn’t able to make it to SXSW I had my buddy Mike Watson share his experience and the highlights from Austin. He definitely had the chance to hear a ton of great bands and catch some very unique performances. Hope you enjoy!
Bands I had never seen live:
Of Monsters and Men
Walk the Moon
They all put on amazing shows. Of Monsters of Men had never played in the US. Saw them twice. I was at their first US show and it was in a bike shop. Gotta love SXSW. I really think they are going to blow up. Talked to them at the Mumford & Sons concert and their album is being released in the US on April 3. I had been a fan of Walk the Moon and GIVERS for a while now and they definitely didn’t disappoint. The both put on incredible shows. There is no wonder they get so much buzz. Even if you don’t know a single song of theirs they will have you a fan after seeing them live.
I would say Walk the Moon and GIVERS put on the best shows from the bands I had never seen, along with Gary Clark Jr. Gary Clark is just unbelievable on guitar. I see why Clapton has taken him under his wing. The dude is going to be the next big thing, he already is in the blues guitar community. He played at the White House with Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, and Mick Jagger. Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr also put on a hell of a show, but I am just not into their music. Maybe it will grow on me. Fun. was a band that obviously had a lot of hype with the song out right now “We are Young”. They have a lot of other great songs though. The title track of their album was awesome live, “Some Nights”. I had never seen Keane before. I absolutely love their first album from a few years back and they sounded really good live. The lead singer’s vocals were spot on.
I was really excited to see Princeton. I love their album but they didn’t have a lot of energy in their show. Maybe it had something to do with it being 11am on a Thursday but a band should not have to say “y’all look tired”. They should be able to amp up the crowd on their own. I was also excited to see Reptar but they just didn’t sound good live. I will have to give them another chance. Tennis was another band that I was excited to see but the show left a lot to be desired.
Bands I have seen before:
Mumford and Sons
Band of Skulls
Temper Trap played a few new songs and in particular the song “Trembling Hands” was amazing. They are just great live. Band of Skulls lead man is so incredibly talented on the guitar. Some of the stuff they pull off live is just amazing. He really makes the band because the girl doesn’t do much on stage. Everyone knows how good Mumford is. They played a few new songs that were really good. I see their second album having the same success as their first.
Bands I didn’t get to see but wanted to:
Alabama Shakes – They were THE buzz band going into SXSW this year. Much like Foster the People last year.
Tango in the Attic
Bright Lights Social Hour
Finally, here is a list of bands I saw, I know I am missing some but can’t remember them all:
He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister @ Bayou
These people brought a ton of energy. The chick drummer plays standing on top of a drum head wearing tap shoes. It was crazy. So much fun. I had never heard them before but they were a great live show. I am going to have to listen to them more.
Dawes @ Cedar Street
Future Unlimited and Princeton @ Beauty Bar
Tennis @ Stage on 6th
Big Deal @ Hype Hotel
Of Monsters and Men @ Mellow Johnny’s (First time playing in the USA)
Punch Brothers, Ed Sheeran (This guy was cool, was just him and his guitar. He would play something, loop it, and then play riffs over it. Was awesome show), Kimbra (She was awful), Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, Dr. John, Gary Clark Jr all @ La Zona Rosa
Walk the Moon @ Antone’s
Reptar, Band of Skulls, Kaiser Chiefs, Keane @ Cedar Street Courtyard
Imagine Dragons, fun., @ Woodies
Girls, Kaiser Chiefs, Temper Trap @ Stubb’s
Of Monsters and Men @ Cedar Street Courtyard
Howler @ W Hotel
Free Energy @ Peckerheads
50 Cent, Eminem @ Austin Music Hall
Old Crow Medicine Show, Edward Sharpe, Mumford and Sons @ LBJ Library Lawn
They played the Railroad Documentary on a screen. This was probably my favorite part of the weekend. Weather was perfect and the documentary was incredible. Oh and those bands are pretty damn good too.
Johnny Corndawg @ Lustre Pearl
The Guards, GIVERS @ Chevy
Saw the below online and wanted to share as it’s not every day a rock legend like Bono gives praise to a band. Icouldn’t be happier for the Temper Trap and looking forward to their next album!
From the Herald Sun:
BONO has cited Melbourne band the Temper Trap as an inspiration on the new U2 album.
Talking on the U2.com site to fans, Bono said the band was working on three albums with different musical directions.
“Something really exciting is that finally the rock band is melting into clubland and experimenting with sounds that are not normally deemed authentic for the rock band – synthesizers, experimental sounds – which you can hear in an album by the Temper Trap,” Bono said. “That’s exciting, a new hybrid.”
The Temper Trap, whose hit Sweet Disposition was compared with the sounds of U2, has been recording its second album, due for release mid-year, in LA and London.
These are in no particular order (except for the first one with good reason) because there is so much good music and moments to capture and look back on in 2010. I know I have forgotten some and welcome your additions but here are some are of my favorites from the past 365 days.
DoYouHearTheMusic.com – simply because I finally did it and started my own blog. For me it was a huge accomplishment and I only hope that if you are reading this you found some new music to listen to. Looking forward to adding and improving the site next year
Temper Trap – the Australians blew up in the US in 2010, headlining tours, “Sweet Disposition” being remixed into one of the best electronic songs, “Fader” taking off on the charts, etc.
Chiddy Bang – “Opposite of Adults” – what can I say, I dig these guys and I just hope more people give them a listen in 2011
Fitz & The Tantrums – the second half of my 2010 was dedicated to this band. I am in love with their sound and can’t wait to see them live
ImWithTheDJ.com – can always count on my friends’ blog for fun, inspiring and another side of music, posts
Tinie Tempah – not only is he one of the hottest artists across the pond but Tinie Tempah is quickly making his way to the US with his hit song, “Miami 2 Ibiza” ft. Swedish House Mafia
Tinchy Stryder – Another UK hip-hop act who should get some crossover into the US in 2011
Laidback Luke – What can I not say about this guy, he’s incredible. Three songs he remixed in 2010 that stick out to me: Calvin Harris – “You Use To Hold Me,” Robyn – “Indestructible” and of course Wynter Gordon – “Dirty Talk” (hands down one of the BEST songs of the year)
Vampire Weekend – if these guys were big before, Contra made them a global brand
Kings of Leon – I’ve been a fan of KoL for as long as they’ve been a band and Come Around Sundown reminds me of their original works. One of my favorite tracks of the year “Back Down South” I hope gains mainstream airplay
Brandon Flowers – went solo in 2010 and wow did he impress. Much more than I ever imagined he would. Bravo
Trombone Shorty – have you heard “Show Me Something Beautiful”
Dave Matthews Band – after announcing that they were taking 2011 off, I knew I had to see DMB as much as I could in 2010 and to me, they sounded incredible. So good it hurts to know they are taking next year off
LCD Soundsystem – wow, these guys rocketed to the top of the charts in 2010 and to be completely honest, the show I saw at the Pearl at Palms in Las Vegas, one of the best concerts of the year
Bobby Long – getting set for a big release in 2011 and big things to come. He was one of the big surprises for me during Mile High Music Festival
Pepper at HRH – always guarantee a good time when going to see Pepper Live and once again they rocked the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas poolside to a HUGE crowd.
“One” – Swedish House Mafia – not much to elaborate on this except the BIGGEST song of the Summer 2010
Wolfgang Gartner – with a half filled nightclub, those who made it out to Vanity at the Hard Rock Hotel this summer were treated to one of the best DJ sets
Mark Ronson – “Bang Bang Bang”
Dave Matthews Band – “Write A Song” Live – this has quickly become one of my top DMB songs and hearing it live cemented its place for good
Taio Cruz – “Dynamite” – this song is club gold. The reactions when this song is played is right up there with “I’ve Got a Feeling,” “Just Dance,” “Since You’ve Been Gone” and the likes where people go absolutely insane for it.
DJ Khaled – “All I Do Is Win”
Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP – “We No Speak Americano” – took some time but gained serious momentum in the second half of 2010
Roger Sanchez – “2gether” – what a remix and breath of fresh air
Edward Maya – “Stereo Love”
Michael Franti – Sound of Sunshine – Love me some Michael frantic but his latest disc was a real surprise for me and I am forever grateful to have had this as a soundtrack to my summer
Kanye West – “Power” – forget how good his whole album is, “Power” is my jam
Lupe Fiasco ft John Legend – “Never Forget You” – what a song and definitely some lyrics you should pay attention to
Jimmy Cliff – seeing the legend perform live at Mile High Music Festival was one of the best musical highlights of my life. Man still has it and I could listen to him perform any day
Miike Snow – wow the surge to stardom keeps rising for these guys
Dr. Luke – this guy produces hit after hit after hit. I mean Katy, Perry, Ke$ha, Eminem, etc. all have top hits because of him
Cee Lo – what can’t he do?
B.o.B. – his debut disc is flat out phenomenal
Biffy Clyro – keep an eye out for these Scottish rockers
Graffiti6 – love love love
Good Shoes – English band you have no excuse not to listen to
Duck Sauce – The team of A-Trak and Armand van Helden make you wonder where the musical boundaries are going to be pushed to next
Pirate Radio on DVD – this is one of my favorite movies of all time and definitely a great music flick
The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St. rerelease – it still amazes me what they are able to do today with remastering original recordings
Treme – what a great job HBO did with this series. Can’t wait for season two
Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
Yeasayer – “Ambling Alp” one of my favorite tracks of the year
D.W. Brandt – “Some Fantasy” another amazing track this year
Drake – what else can you say about this guy and “Over” with the Dead Prez beat SICK
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon because of The Roots as the house band – did you see the performances?
Mumford and Sons – my tip of the hat to CC for the good look before these guys struck it big
Maccabees – just check em out
Aerosmith – finally getting to see these guys live and good thing I did since Steven Tyler broke up the band for American Idol
Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger – one of the most fun concerts I’ve ever attended and well worth $31
Friendly Fires – another band you haven’t heard of
Rehab at Hard Rock Hotel
The music program at Wet Republic – just do a search for the recap of all the artists
The Dirty Dutch invasion – DJ Chuckie crushed it
Afrojack – monster year and now has a Vegas residency
David Gray – never lets you down
Aloe Blacc – How To Make It In America on HBO pushed him to mainstream and “I Need A Dollar” isn’t even his best work (did you catch Kid Cudi the actor?!)
David Guetta and Kid Cudi – “Memories”
Discovering Blue King Brown
John Butler Trio – April Uprising – hands down one of the best albums of the year
The Parties- Coast Garde
Donvavon Frankenreiter – “Glow” – I’ve been a Donavon fan since the first time I saw/heard him opening for G. Love at Hob Sunset Strip and anytime he has new music out, I don’t even have to wonder, I just know it’s good music
Subway Sessions – really really cool concept
Chromeo teaming up with Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend on the track “I Could Be Wrong”
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – if you haven’t listened to her, you are missing out
The Black Keys – finally hit stardom
Elton John and Leon Russell – The Union
The Gaslight Anthem – back with their third LP, the Jersey rockers killed it again
Gyptian – “Hold Yuh” – the original is wonderful but the Major Lazer remix is awesome
Mile High Music Festival – a great two days with an insane amount of top tier bands to see
It’s only Monday and I’m really excited about the music week ahead in Las Vegas. One of my favorite bands of all time, The Black Crowes, is returning to Las Vegas on Friday evening to play The Joint. I’ve seen the fellas more than a handful of times live and this one is going to be bittersweet as it’s also part of their farewell tour. More than anything I’m thrilled about going to a real rock and roll concert filled with two sets of damn good music. This is also a show that I know I’ll be getting there for the opening act as Truth & Salvage Co. will be gracing the stage and they are definitely a band you want to be listening to.
While The Black Crowes are my top music priority for the week in Las Vegas, Passion Pit plays the House of Blues, Temper Trap invades the Hard Rock Café on The Strip and Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds return to Planet Hollywood for two nights of acoustic euphoria. The only damper on the insane week of live music is scheduling and knowing shows overlap and I won’t get to all of them.
Here’s one of my favorite Crowes songs. Going to miss seeing these guys live.