Glorious July of New Music

So, I was listening to the new releases a couple of weeks ago, the Friday when Vance Joy’s “Lay It On Me” came out, and I kept Ooooh-ing and Aaaah-ing and OMG-ing at all the great songs. It’s pretty late, so I’m just going to list them.

Foster The People just released their album Sacred Hearts Club, which is full of sweet, sweet songs. Here’s “Static Space Lover”

Good Old War – “Part of Me”

The Lone Bellow – “Walk Into A Storm”
OMG, this song… THIS SONG.

The Jungle Giants – “Used To Be In Love”
Changing it up a little bit, there’s this ear-worm. The lyrics sound straight up out of the movie about my life. Guys, stop it, you’re making me laugh at my own love life.

Cold War Kids – “Love On The Brain”
OK, I know this one was released earlier this year, but it just captured my heart about a week ago, AND HAVE YOU HEARD THIS VERSION?! You also want to listen to the Los Feliz Blvd version of “Can We Hang On?” I am ready to see Cold War Kids with Young The Giant in August. My heart is already melting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IB9zxVwPr-E
Vevo, you heartless jerks, why don’t you let me embed the video here?!

And, to the surprise of none of the readers of this blog, I leave you with
Vance Joy – “Lay It On Me”

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Between Pineapples and Summer Sounds

Over a week ago I bought three pineapples. The store had them on sale at 99 cents and I got excited, so I got some good-looking green pineapples. I get easily excited about things like that… you know, delicious and juicy. But now they are all ripe. All at once. And I have been making pineapple smoothies, made my first pineapple upside down cake, grilled pineapple for a burger, have had it with yogurt, alone, and with bananas. I still have one more pineapple to go. I can do this!

But talking about delicious and juicy, this Summer has been so good when it comes to music. I have seen more shows than I can afford and have been blessed with a great amount of new music. There are some that have been on heavy repeat for me, so I’m going to share some with you.

“Midnight Lorry” by Dispatch
My Sandy Beats partner in music @DocMurda posted Dispatch’s “Painted Yellow Lines”before I could get to it, so I am posting “Midnight Lorry,” another song of theirs that made it to my Summer list. I first fell in love with State Radio, the other band that Chadwick Stokes had put together, at my first Wakarusa in 2010. It was such a memorable performance. I didn’t know any of the songs, but the passion of the fans at the front row and the energy of the band was so contagious. I left that festival a bit obsessed with them (and with John Butler Trio, who played later that same night.) So even though my first love was State Radio, I came to love Chadwick Stokes’ solo work and then Dispatch.
Ugh, ya’ll, I want to see them live. But they haven’t made it anywhere close to me since that State Radio show at Wakarusa.

“Sedona” by Houndmouth
Hey Lil Hollywood, I am super excited to see Houndmouth at Loufest this year. I have, allegedly, already seen them live, but I don’t remember. Maybe I was too overwhelmed with the beauty of Red Rocks and excited about seeing The Head and The Heart and I didn’t really pay attention to the first opener, OK? Or maybe I was busy watching someone hit on a nurse from Ohio or whatever, or enjoying the piece of chocolate that the nurse’s friend had just given me. Anyway, I will enjoy Houndmouth at Loufest like it’s the first time I see them. Also, this song has been on repeat one a lot in the last couple of weeks.

“Staring” by Tipling Rock
This song came up in one of the last couple of my Spotify discover playlists and it got me. It’s so catchy! I added it to my Summer 2017 playlist and it’s been on repeat-one this afternoon.
Tipling Rock is a Boston-based Indie Rock band that just sounds like Summer to me.

“Where’d All The Time Go?” by Dr. Dog
There are two Dr. Dog songs that I’ve had on heavy rotation the last few weeks of intense Southern Nevada heat, “Heart It Races (Dr. Dog Version)” and “Where’d All The Time Go?”
The first one that caught my attention was “Heart it Races,” which sounds like some kind of mix of a lot of music I like. I checked out the original song by Architecture in Helsinki, and while I also liked it and it sounds like I could paint with it on repeat, I like the Dr. Dog version better. The fact that I was so drawn to this song was surprising and amusing, because I’ve own a TON of Dr. Dog music since around 2010, but I never really liked it. I think I never gave it a fair change, but I remember listening to a few songs and just not wanting anything to do with them. And then I found “Where’d All The Time Go?” which I played over and over during a night of painting two weeks ago. I was feeling all the feelings that night and leaving it on a big canvas that I finally finished.

I have a few other songs on my Summer list, but I think four are enough for now. I have to shower to go to dinner, so there.

Repeat One

My Spotify Discovery lists have been a bit different this year. They have been a lot more stomp-and-holler-y than ever before (the exception would be maybe around the time of last year’s Fayetteville Roots Festival… they got very folky for a couple of weeks, then.)

Anyway, this week’s list was weaksauce. It was a list for someone I didn’t know (perhaps me, but in an alternate desert that is definitely not this desert.) I think I liked about two songs, but this one really stuck. I had it on repeat for a couple of hours.

Tom West
“Easy Love”

PS. I almost didn’t write this post, because I didn’t like the video. I don’t want to take away from the artistry of the video, but I feel like this song deserved a video that went a completely different direction. Something more meaningful. But since the song is still playing on repeat through my speaker, I decided to post this anyway.

Of Modern Love and Dusty Trails

I have just recently gotten into podcasts (we’re not going to get into how late I am to this party). I have something like a one-track mind, and until now, I had never given podcasts (or even audiobooks) a chance. I get lost in the stories, so I’m afraid to drive and listen to an audiobook, I would be a danger to myself and other drivers. I mean, I can barely watch a sunset while driving. I usually find a place to pull over and just enjoy the sunset. Music is different, I’m able to engage in any task and listen to music, even though I do get quite distracted when a catchy song comes on. Which may explain why I like to listen to a song on repeat when I’m painting or drawing, it makes it easier to stay in the zone.

Wait! I’m getting off topic here, let me get back to what I wanted to tell you. I have been listening to podcasts while I cook lately. I cook like I make art, I get lost in it. And just a couple of months ago I discovered that one of my favorite NY Times columns, Modern Love, has been made into a podcast. So I gave this podcasts thing a try, I was almost positive that it wouldn’t work for me and I would end up with too many cuts or burns. But it has worked, oh it has. I have laughed, gotten mad, cried, gotten so lost in those stories while listening to the Modern Love podcast while cooking. So if I have red eyes in the kitchen now, the onions are not the only ones to blame.

But what does all this have to do with Sandy Beats? Well, last night I listened to a live episode of the podcast and it featured Lucius. They ended with their song “Dusty Trails.” It won my heart, of course.

Here’s a performance of the song at the Paste Magazine studios

I’ve been listening to the episodes in order, because I do that for some things… do them in order. And I’m almost out of episodes. And it feels like when I’m on the last few pages of a book and I don’t want it to end. I have a couple of other podcasts to listen to, but do you have any recommendations? Feel free to share them with me on the comments here or on twitter @begt

One more, cause DAMN!

I can’t get this song out of my heart

Every now and then a song comes to me and makes me melt into a galaxy of fun.*

I ran into “Heart Stray” by The Fame Riot this morning and it was an instant match. I started oooooo-ing and singing along the catchy chorus as soon as I got the lyrics down.**

But then, you guys, I checked out the video. THE VIDEO IS SO GOOD. What is that fashion? 90s? A little bit of 80s? Portland Hipstery?***

These guys look like they enjoy the heck out of life. Can ya’ll adopt me? I will travel with you and take all your photos and will make all your album covers and t-shirt designs. Seriously, take me with you!

I hope all of you, wonderful Sandy Beats readers, enjoy this sweet, sweet song as much as me.

PS. In their about section on their website, it says “The Fame Riot is not a band; it’s a religion. The two brothers are at the forefront of a shift in musical style and culture, drawing influence from the last 4 decades of rock, pop, electronica, disco, and everything in-between.”****

*I haven’t written in this blog in so long, of course I had to start with a sentence like that!
**I am one of those people that is not good with lyrics, titles, and names, so this took me at least two listens before I felt confident enough to sing along.
***I should also confess here that I am not very well versed in fashion either.
****SWOON!