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It’s here! Your Summer Playlist

1 Jul

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

2010 In Music: Some of My Favorites

29 Dec

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

That two DJ friends of mine have opened sneaker boutiques in Las Vegas- DJ Vice’s CRSVR inside the Cosmopolitan and DJ Ikon’s Feature off Spring Mountain/Jones

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

Wavves

Eliza Doolittle

The Crookes

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

Ou Est Le Swimming Pool

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

Calvin Harris

Gyptian – “Hold Yuh” – the original is wonderful but the Major Lazer remix is awesome

Hot Chip

Mile High Music Festival – a great two days with an insane amount of top tier bands to see

 

New Music: Pepper – Stitches

12 Oct

Alooooooooha! A great new music Tuesday as Stitches, the latest installment from Pepper is out today! The five-song EP from the Hawaiians gives us their first new songs since 2008 so make sure to give a listen and check them out on tour this fall.

 

Sabotage Soundsystem

20 Sep

It’s never too late to find good music.  If you like the band Pepper you must check out Sabotage Soundsystem, the side project of Pepper’s lead singer Kaleo Wassman.  Along with Remy “Dub” DeRochemont, the Hawaiian duo offer up a reggae rock disc that will make you wish you were catching the next plane to the islands.  Their debut album, The Boto Machine Gun which was released in 2009 is definitely a disc to check out and have in your collection.  Plus listening to Sabotage Soundsystem will help you get through the fall and winter months just dreaming of warm weather.

New Music (well sort of): The Dirty Heads

28 Aug

This is like new old music since their debut album came on in 2008 but The Dirty Heads are a group everyone should be listening to.  Any Point In A Storm is a great disc to listen to from beginning to end, beaming of roots, rock, reggae, hip-hop and ska.  Earlier this summer the music video for “Lay Me Down” ft. Rome from Sublime with Rome was released and is the perfect song to ride out the rest of summer and chill to. 

Perhaps the most exciting news on The Dirty Heads may be that O.A.R. tapped them as one of the opening acts on their 2010 fall tour.  Click here for their upcoming tour dates.

If you’re a fan of O.A.R., Pepper, Slightly Stoopid, Jack Johnson, Sublime, 311, Fishbone, The Expendables and G. Love there’s nothing else to say except grab the CD and crank up the speakers.

Your August Playlist

6 Aug

For the first Friday in August here’s a little summer playlist of songs you should be adding into your music rotation to help get you through the hot, hot heat.  While I suggest checking out all the songs and artists below, don’t miss a few of the unknowns like Blue King Brown, a fantastic reggae band from Australia, the original recording of “The Seed” by Cody ChesnuTT (not The Roots) and “Some Fantasy” by D.W. Brandt which is a must and you can only find it on the 1% For The Planet album.

“Come and Check Your Head” – Blue King Brown

Yes I Will” – Michael Franti

“Pictures of People Taking Pictures” – Jack Johnson

Misery Runs” – MyNameIsJohnMichael

“Stay Lucky” – The Gaslight Anthem

“Zebra” – John Butler Trio

“The Seed” – Cody ChesnuTT

“Can I Kick It” – A Tribe Called Quest

Past My Shades” – B.o.B. ft. Lupe Fiasco

“In the Flesh” – Jurassic 5

“The Light” – Common

Periscopes” – The Beautiful Girls

“What Ya Know About” – Donavon Frankenreiter

“Bullet Holes” – Dispatch

“Bright Side of the Road” – Van Morrison

Maria” – ALO

“One Drop” – Bob Marley

“Jimi Thing” – Dave Matthews Band

“When It’s Good” – Ben Harper

Sunshine” – Matt Costa

“Ocho Rios” – The Movement

“Landalay” – O.A.R.

“Back In The High Life Again” – Steve Winwood

“Funcry” – Thomas Cunningham & The Locofocos

“Some Fantasy” – D.W. Brandt

“Fishing Song” – G.Love

“Cocaine Eyes” – The Rolling Stones

Watching The Detectives” – Elvis Costello

“Give It Up” – Pepper

“KRS One” – Sublime