What’s your Repeat One today? Or this week? Or this month?
I’m a child of March. In El Salvador, March is the hottest month of the year. The cicadas come out and we all go to the beach. I am a child of the Summer. And I always celebrate it with music and some kind of art project (like that year when I documented my entire summer in film photographs). This year has been a bit different for me and I’ve been on rough path for a couple of months. I have been able to travel some, which helps me clear my mind, but I haven’t even made an official B Gutierrez 2014 Summer Playlist, or haven’t worked on any art projects. Well, I applied to a couple, but they’ve been rejected. But then, last night, when I got out of a store and the heavy hot air hit my face, I realized we are officially in the Dog Days. So I’ve decided to re-start things.
When it comes to summer music, I could go anywhere. I spent one entire summer listening to nothing but early-2000’s Latin-american reggae. And there was another summer where I made this play list called “Tropical” and it had a lot of old school bachata and vallenato, sprinkled with a little Jack Johnson. Then there was the Summer of Jack Johnson.. that playlist was called “Pacific Love,” but it was just all Jack’s music with (maybe) Bob Marley’s Legend included. I’m not even kidding.
Then, in 2010, I discovered Mausi. That was the year I had Rye Rye’s “Sunshine” on repeat until Mausi came to my rescue with the gem that is “Sol.”
If you don’t get happy with that video/song combo, I don’t think we can be friends. The song alone, which was created for that specific video, is amazing. I read (here) that this is what started Mausi. They took a trip to Italy and then edited down the video to 3 minutes, then created a song from it. And because of the Internet, they are now a band. Pretty amazing, right? No wonder I couldn’t find anything else by them when I got super obsessed with Sol.
Mausi has continued creating summer jams. And they have so many mixes and remixes… It’s a wonderful world to get lost in. I wish I had access to all of their material. Here are the rest of the original songs:
And their latest summer jam “My Friend Has A Swimming Pool”
As I told you, I have plenty of other summer jams, but this season has been odd. And Mausi has come to the rescue. So, for now, Mausi is all I want to share.
My car told me yesterday at lunch that it was 99*F outside. My car tends to exaggerate when it comes to heat, so it was probably a few degrees under that. The air has been heavy with this Southern humidity and it feels healing. So here’s to celebrating the rest of the season of the sun!
I really want to know what YOU are listening to right now! Please take to the comments, the twitter, the instagram, sky writing, and let us know what you are listening to. Please, it is really all I ask.
I am now too far out from May to give you my entire May recap. But…I am going to present to you the three of the bands that made May a great month for music.
Las Vegas locals Play for Keeps have been around for a while. I’ve seen them open for Imagine Dragons and play a local bar over the last few years. They’ve come a long way from being a garage band, to a great band with a tight sound a strong stage presence. I think they have a future in music if they keep up the good songwriting and keep improving their stage presence. Here is “Come Around”:
Hailing from one of my favorite cities, New Orleans, Soul Rebels are a second line brass band that plays a mix of jazz, funk, hip hop and more. They played a few nights at the Brooklyn Bowl here in Las Vegas. I was fortunate to catch them twice. Here is “504”.
I knew going into the month that the concert of the month was going to take place on May 7th. On that night, Hunter Hunted, NONONO and Twenty One Pilots would be performing at the Brooklyn Bowl. The night started right with Hunted Hunted, and continued on with NONONO and their sweet electro-pop sounds. Now, I’ve seen 12 shows at the BBLV…including one of my most favorite bands The Naked & Famous…but no show that I’ve seen there, and maybe a handful I’ve seen elsewhere can compare to Twenty One Pilots. Words cannot describe just how good these two guys are at what they do. They feel every damn song. If you’ve never taken a listen to their music or their lyrics, you may not realize how much Tyler, the lead singer, bares his inner thoughts in each song. Here is my favorite “Guns for Hands” live:
June did not have anywhere near the number of shows for me that May did, but July has already started with a bang and that will continue on through Life is Beautiful in October. Stay tuned for more on that.
It has been quite a while Sandy Beaters! Welcome to my 2014 Summertime Playlist! This was so much fun to compile! Of course my list is comprised of some of the coldest hip-hop, contemporary and feel good R&B music, just in time for the 4th of July. I will mix down these tracks and post the actual playlist soon, but for now you’ll just have to
click the links click this link to hear them on Spotify! Didn’t get them all on spotify but it’s pretty close!
I started off with an all time favorite summertime song The Recipe by Kendrick Lamar and progressed through classic and contemporary music in a blend I’m sure you’ll fall in love with.