New Music Round Up

Beyond Spotify, I am very thankful for websites like YouTube and Vevo because they allow me to watch music videos. Due to my age, I still remember when MTV and VH1 played actual videos, and I still remember spending hours watching them.

I often spend hours watching them to this day…but now I can watch them on demand.

A few of them have been in heavy rotation for me or they are new videos from favorites of mine.

The New Zealand Band, The Naked and Famous has become an obsession of mine (not unlike Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros) . They will be releasing a new album, “In Rolling Waves” on September 16th. Their first single off  the new record is “Hearts Like Ours”.

This video gives me the chills.

As mentioned in a previous post, the Manic Street Preachers, are one of my most favorite bands. Since my last post, they have released another video off of their upcoming release, “Rewind the Film”. This new song, “Show Me The Wonder” is quite catchy. The star of the video, Craig Roberts, also happens to be the star in the Killers video “Here with Me” which was directed by Tim Burton and the song was co-written by Fran Healy of the band Travis. I like to make connections between the music I like… so there you have it.

Here is “Show Me the Wonder” from the Manic Street Preachers

You’ve also heard me talk about the North Carolina based band, Matrimony. This band made up of a married couple and two brothers of the female lead singer, has been a recent favorite of mine.

Their newest video is for a song called “Golden City”. I love everything about this song.

The Farewell Circuit is a Minneapolis based band that I found while surfing through Spotify one night. I really enjoy their sound, and style.

Their newest single is titled, “We Were Wolves”.

I heard about the San Diego based band, Wavves last Thursday at the Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros show. My friend and I met a drunk man who bought us drinks and told us about this band that is a mix of the Beach Boys  and Nirvana. They will be playing the same venue where we saw ESM0s and my friend and I were quick to pick up tickets to their show even before hearing them. After listening to their songs, I think we will be in for a treat.

Their newest single off of their most recent release “Afraid of Heights” is called “Demon to Lean On”.

New Music Monday: Manic Street Preachers

Much like last week’s new music from the band Travis, the Manic Street Preachers have been with me for a very long time. I was first introduced to the Manics in the mid 90’s by a friend who is responsible for introducing me to BritPop. This friend knew my political philosophy at the time, and thought that MSP might just be a band that I could get behind musically and philosophically. He was correct.

The Manic Street Preachers or more affectionately known as the Manics are a rock band who is originally from Blackwood, Wales. They are currently a 3 piece band after having their primary lyricist and rhythm guitarist Richey Edwards disappear in 1995. Their 1996 release (and my first exposure to the band) was “Everything Must Go”.

The new song, which will be off of their upcoming release of the same name “Rewind the Film” features prominent Brit Pop vocalist Richard Hawley, and is a bit more atmospheric than much of their previous work. The band has stated that this album will not have their usual electric guitars and will be a bit more subdued in regards to the music. I personally enjoy their different styles and look forward to the new release coming out September 16th.

On my music bucket list, seeing this band perform live shares the top spot with seeing a reunited Oasis perform live. They travel to the US very infrequently, so I believe I will have to travel significant distance to see them perform live and that would be a hell of an experience.

Here is “Rewind the Film ft. Richard Hawley”

And a classic, “You Love Us” from Generation Terrorists