Music Monday it is! Give a listen here to “Supernova” the first single off Ray LaMontagne’s upcoming album, which bares the same name and is due out May 6. Notice a little bit more of an upbeat and refreshing sound? Credit that to Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys who produced the LP.
On the heels of their debut as the house band on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Roots’ Questlove posted on his website an entry titled “How to Find Music You’ll Fall in Love With” It’s a quick and really great read. I feel like while I may be younger than Questlove, discovering music for the two of us was very similar.
Just like Quest, it all goes back to my parents – years of Earth, Wind and Fire, Chicago, Steely Dan, Donna Summer, The Doobie Brothers, The Beatles and oh yes, The Rolling Stones which was the first concert my parents took me to when I was 7. Growing up we had vinyl and reel to reel, cassettes where the hot thing when I was a child (my brother had too many and turned me on to a LOT of music) but then came the CD. My first, Nirvana – Nevermind. I grew up in the era of Columbia House and BMG and scrounging to find bootleg copies of live Dave Matthews Band shows. I recall listening to CDs on repeat until I knew every song and every lyric and sitting at the stereo trying to make mixtapes. To this day I have books-and-books of CDs.
When I went to college, Napster was all the rage and burning CDs became too easy. Adios mixtapes and hello mix CDs. Napster really when you think of it, changed the game along with iTunes and the iPod. From that moment you didn’t need to buy or download the whole album, you just grabbed what you liked and like that, there was so many one hit wonders. Something that’s still existing today. I’m guilty as anyone. With Pandora and Spotify, I listen to what I want, when I want and my tastes for music spans really far and my attention span of really getting into an artist has slacked. Sure I still find time to listen to some of my favorites like DMB, O.A.R., The Black Crowes, Allman Brothers but I’m always searching for new music which diverts me from really diving head first into some of these new bands. It’s not a bad thing though because I’m constantly expanding my ear for music and discovering more and more.
I think for me, besides good music I like a great story behind the music; take twenty one pilots or Grouplove for instance. Do a Google search and see how those bands came to be, their stories may surprise and inspire you.
But above anything else, as Questlove posed, “how do you fall in love with music today?” I covet live music. I’m a concert junkie and I love it. Being at a live show is what it’s all about. It could be at a festival with 100,000 fans or in a tiny dive bar with 10. It could be the hottest band on earth or a band you never heard of. Music is powerful, just let your ears and mind be open and the tunes will let you know what you like.
There’s so much amazing music out there and now more ways to discover than ever before. Happy discovering!
Thanks to De La Soul you can click HERE and “keep the love spinning” as the iconic hip-hop trio have made their ENTIRE catalog available for free download today! Happy Valentine’s Day!
Seriously a ridiculous New Music Tuesday today. If you’re like me, you won’t be able to find enough time in the day to listen to all the new music that dropped.
Among the top bands to drop albums, the long awaited debut LP’s from †††, Temples and Blondfire.
Temples – Sun Structures
Blondfire – Young Heart
Also out today:
Big Gigantic – The Night Is Young
Hands – The Soul Is Quick
Fanfarlo – Let’s Go Extinct
Hurray For The Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes
The Glitch Mob – Love Death Immortality
Noah Gunderson – Ledges
The Internet – Feel Good
Speedy Ortiz – Real Hair (EP)
Add on top of that Cibo Matto’s first new album in 15 years drops on Friday and fittingly titled, Hotel Valentine.