WARNING: One of the songs in the mix is “Call Me Maybe.”
I know… Super quick post.
I know I owe you all a wrap up of May…but it is not over yet…and I cannot make any promises about seeing another show before the end of the month.
April and May have been great months with a lot of great music that has been released. Some of the new releases I’ve been anxiously awaiting, and some of the others I did not know where coming, or had not heard the artist until Spotify let me know.
Where to start? The month of May has brought its ups and downs and so with that, I will begin with a new melancholy favorite of mine. Sharon Van Etten is a Brooklyn, NY based singer songwriter. She saw moderate success and popularity with her third full length record, Tramp in 2012. Just two years later, she has followed it up with We Are There. I’ve spent a lot of time listening to her over the last month, and really like her more minimalist tracks that aren’t quite folk, and aren’t quite blues. The track that both introduced and hooked me on her sound is “Every Time the Sun Comes Up”.
(I hadn’t see the video until I posted it. Wow. Love this video)
Electronic duo, Plaid, was introduced to me by a friend who is a fan. This London based duo has been on the scene since the early 1990’s. From their 10th full length Reachy Prints here is “Hawkmoth”:
So I don’t want to move from electronic music from this next one. In an act of glorious cross Scandinavian collaboration, Norwegian electronic duo, Royksopp and Swedish sensation Robyn have released Do it Again which is a small collection of amazing electronic experimentation. Some are a bit more poppy than others, but it is all golden. I’ve always thought that Robyn has an amazing voice, and one t hat works well with electronic music. Royksopp, while having one real hit in the US a few years back, has quite an expansive catalog and and have worked with a variety of artists over the years.
I’ve enjoyed each of the 5 tracks on the record, my favorite of the moment is the dance track which also serves as the title of the EP, “Do It Again”.
If this doesn’t make you move a bit, you may need to visit a doctor.
Last but not least, comes Matrimony. This North Carolina based 4 piece “family band” is no stranger to Sandy Beats. They have become one of my favorite bands of the last couple of years, and I am so very happy that they just released their first proper full length record, Montibello Memories. This record features a new mix of the previously discussed “Obey Your Guns” but does not include my favorite Matrimony track, “Golden City”. This record does have a mix of bluesy, indie folk and has a much more polished sound than their previous two EPs. They are hitting the road this summer, and I am seriously considering a mid-week trip to LA to see them preform.
Here is a live version “Southern Skies” which is the first track off of their new album:
I know the summer will have lots of new tunes for us to check out, and of course, previews of LouFest now that the lineup has been released. I am looking forward to a grand summer!
It is a Tuesday, so you know what that means? Album release day!
I’ve missed a lot of new music in April, so I thought I’d sift through some of it to provide you with some highlights.
We all know how much I love indie folk. Nashville based Apache Relay is one of the bands at the forefront of this (hopefully long lasting) revival. Today they released their self-titled follow up to the amazing American Nomad.
Here is “Don’t Leave Me Now”, the first single off of the new record.
Switching gears a bit, singer/songwriter and general sassy pants, Ingrid Michaelson, released Lights Out, her 6th studio album earlier this month. I saw Michaelson live a few years ago when she opened up for Keane and Fran Healy (from Travis). I can tell you that what you think of her based upon the songs on the radio, is, in fact, not consistent with the show that she puts on. She was incredible live.
Here is “Over You” featuring A Great Big World (spoiler alert, this is not a happy song):
Scottish singer, Paolo Nutini, most well known for his song “New Shoes” released his third studio album Caustic Love on April 14th. This album is not available in the US yet, but an EP with some of the songs, Iron Sky, is available on iTunes and Spotify. The new album sees Nutini after a breakup with his long time girlfriend and 4 years of constant touring and performing. His sound has definitely matured as have his lyrics. The new record has a mix of soulful pop songs, and heart-wrenching break-up songs.
Here is “Scream (Funk my life up)” from Caustic Love and/or Iron Sky. I think @begt will enjoy this video as it is filmed in one of her favorite places.
If there is new music we should be listening to, please let us know in the comments.
For those who love bluegrass (as I do) the big news of the week is that Nickel Creek is back! After a 7 year hiatus one of the most influential folk/progressive bluegrass bands of this generation is back. Now, I’ll admit, I started listening to Nickel Creek after they announced a hiatus, but now that I’ve been learning to play the mandolin, there is no player more enjoyable to watch that Chris Thile. They’ve announced a few shows and at least one festival gig. Tickets for almost all shows have sold out. I am sure they’ll add more as summer approaches. In case you live under a rock, or are not into bluegrass, here is “Destination” from Nickel Creek.
On Thursday a simple post on Facebook sparked a bit of sadness for at least two of the authors here on Sandy Beats. It was announced that one of the members of The Mowgli’s, Michael V was leaving the band. While the entire band is involved in the music making process, Michael was one of the founders of the band, and had writing credits on most if not all of their songs. @Begt and I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Michael and LouFest. He was such a super positive and down to earth guy. He was just hanging out alone watching the same band we were watching. When we approached him, he was shocked that we even recognized him for the Mowgli’s performance earlier that day (how could you not, that performance was incredible). I am not one for assuming why people leave bands or bands break up. Fortunately, I think Michael made it very clear with his video and statement posted to The Collective CA.
“I wish you all an incredible journey and I pray that in moving forward we will always remember ‘why we came here’ and apply that wisdom to every aspect of our existence.
For me, it’s not enough to just say it, or sing it. I need to live it and breathe it, and be it . . . and in the beautiful irony of this tale, the only way I can take the proper steps toward making such drastic life improvements, is to actually follow the advice and mantra in our songs.”
You can watch the video below:
I hope that he goes on to make music that spreads the love. I hope that he shares the music with the world, and I know I’d really enjoy seeing him again.
And here is my favorite song by Michael during his tenure with the Mowgli’s… “Time”.
2014 has started as a swift kick in the pants…but that is no excuse to share amazing music with the world (or just @begt).
I was looking for a video of one of my current favorite songs (see below) and I stumbled on to a pretty amazing site/youtube channel that seems to focus on singer/songwriters and folk-ish style music. The site is Mahogany and is based in the UK. Most of the artists and acts that are featured are from the UK, but not exclusively.
Here is “How to Lose Your Life” by Sital-Singh:
He is quickly becoming my go-to singer/songwriter. His lyrics hit my mood, and his voice is reminiscent of Neil Young.
Another band featured on Mahogany, is Frightened Rabbit. This Glasgow based folk band first showed up on my radar when I started listening to another UK folk artist, Frank Turner. Here is “The Woodpile”:
The acts featured by Mahogany are not just indie acts, one of my favorites (have you had enough of them already?), Travis, has also had their time on Mahogany. Here is “Where you Stand” from their latest release.
And finally, just for @begt
Gary Clark Jr with “Nextdoor Neighbor Blues”
Jack Johnson “I Got You”
I’ve made it clear that I am not a fan of lineup announcements break-downs. So, it is with great joy, that I present to you the final Wakarusa (Ozark, AR, June 5-8) lineup announcement. The other two headliners we were waiting for turned out to be The String Cheese Incident and Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros (my inner hippie is already dancing, you know I love these guys). We also have some nice names down the list, like The Weeks and Black Joe Lewis. Here’s the 3rd installment for you:
I meant to post this last night, but then caught in between a tattoo session and making almond milk. True story.
The big announcement was yesterday, and it floored many people across the nation. This is the first appearance of The Black Keys and The Killers in any festival lineups this year (both faves of mine, btw) and we also have OutKast, which gave us the surprise of coming back with the Coachella announcement. The Hangout (Gulf Shores, AL, May 16-18) has had incredible lineups since it started, and this year is no exception.
The fact that Jack Johnson also showed up on this list made me hopeful, maybe he will come to Wakarusa or LouFest? I bet the surprise appearance he did last year at Bonnaroo (in-lieu of Mumford & Sons) made him want to go back to playing festivals. We have the last of three announcements of the Waka lineup this morning, so maybe I’ll get lucky.
Anyway, I leave with the awesomeness that is The Hangout Music Festival lineup:
Have you ever heard of Dover, DE? I hadn’t. Until yesterday, when the lineup announcement for the Firefly Music Festival (which takes place in Dover, June 19-24) hit me in the face out of nowhere. It’s a young festival, having started in 2012, but carries a very impressive lineup. I even told @DocMurda how I was more impressed by this lineup, than I was about Coachella’s (and I thought that would be hard to top.)
With headliners OutKast, Foo Fighters, and Jack Johnson (swoon!), they covered all their bases. What is really wonderful about this, is that the headliners aren’t the only ones that shine. You have big names like Imagine Dragons, The Lumineers, Pretty Lights, Childish Gambino, Artic Monkeys, Weezer, Young The Giant, Grouplove, Local Natives, Chance The Rapper, Iron & Wine, Ziggy Marley, Twenty One Pilots, and Sleigh Bells. As well as Sandy Beats faves The Mogli’s. And, well, I could go on, but you get the idea. I would love to go up to Delaware for this, but for now it’s going to just go into my wishlist.
Check out the full festival lineup and tell me, which festivals or concerts are on your wishlist/bucket list?
The second of three lineup announcements from Wakarusa has come. It’s getting good, folks, with The Flaming Lips and Bassnectar coming to the Mulberry Mountain. We also have one of my personal favorites, John Butler Trio, and Xavier Rudd. And just to make @DocMurda jealous, The Mogli’s and Caroline Rose! Now, one more week and we get the final announcement. Stay tuned.