New Sounds (3/5): Mary Lambert

I ran into Mary Lambert after looking up more #AmexAIR performances and it was love at first sight.

It’s not completely crazy that her song “Secrets” reminds me a lot of Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass,” WHICH (just so you know) I only heard for the first time at the end of December when I was bored and did one of those internet quizzes that promised to tell me what my theme song for 2014 was. My 2014 theme turned out to be Trainor’s hit that I had never listened to. Yep, that’s right, I don’t listen to radio and completely ignore Spotify most popular playlists and that’s how I’ve gotten here without listening most of the hits until they’re one the way out or out completely. What the opposite of being a hipster? When you like things after everyone does? Well, I can only blame El Salvador for that. Bands only go play concerts there when they get old. I think Pearl Jam only made it to Central America in 2011. And so did Aerosmith, when they had a concert in El Salvador in 2013 (LOL!) I can’t say I blame these bands, really. But it’s all such a joke.

Well, let me get back on track here. I was talking about Mary Lambert. I don’t know much about her apart from the fact that she looks like a complete bad ass and has an amazing voice. Let’s explore some tracks together, shall we?

The video to the song is awesome, but this take is really impressive, so this is the one you get from me.

“When You Sleep”

“So Far Away” (audio)

2AM Treats

Tonight I’ve not been able to sleep. Sometimes on nights like these good discoveries happen. The early discovery this morning comes from the band M83. M83 is a French electronic-rock-ish band formed in 2001. The band has 6 studio albums, with their most recent Hurry Up We’re Dreaming a two disc album from 2011. This was their breakout record in the US, with the single “Midnight City” getting a lot of airtime.

As you may know, I spend a lot of time watching music videos…but despite Hurry Up We’re Dreaming being a “perfect” record for me, I’ve never looked or desired to look for any videos associated with the album. That all changed tonight as I was watching a completely unrelated video, and in the suggested videos the track “Wait” came up. “Wait” is one of my favorite tracks off of HUWD, it is also the third in a video trilogy that tells the story of a group of “gifted” children. I just spent the last 20 or so minutes watching  the trilogy twice. Whether you like the music or not, the videos make quite an interesting story. Here they are in order:

“Midnight City”



Happy New Music Tuesday

I got my new Jack Johnson album From Here To Now To You last night, and this morning I forgot it at home… thank goodness for Amazon Cloud Player, Google Play, and all similar goodness of the Interwebs. I am jammin! This album is so happy and Jack Johnson-y that I can’t help but love it. The first single “I Got You” didn’t do much for me, but the rest of the album is great. I’m loving “Washing Dishes” and “Shot Reverse Shot” and “Tape Deck” and… well, you get the idea.

The making of “Radiate”

The other release I’m excited about is GROUPLOVE‘s Spreading Rumours. GROUPLOVE’s second album is just as awesome as their first one, very much Summer sounds, as if I didn’t miss Summer much already. The L.A. band’s new album was available for first listen through NPR (I think this is one of the requirements for a hipster band according to @DocMurda).

GROUPLOVE’s “Ways To Go”

With these two and the ton of new music I got from LouFest, I think I’m good for another week.

Pink’s “True Love” music video

On June 30th, Pink released her latest music video. It’s fun and colorful, it has catchy lyrics, and a bike. He calls her husband an asshole… That IS true love, yo! I really like the video, so I thought I’d go all mainstream and share it here. Plus, it features Lily Allen. I think @DocMurda will approve, after all, he is on that British musical kick 😀

“True Love” is part of Pink’s latest album, The Truth About Love, which was released in September 2012. I hadn’t heard this song before. I like most of the songs I hear from Pink, but I never go out of my way to listen to them. Maybe I need to give the full album a chance.

Check Out: Churchill

Here’s the back story: I’m going to a concert at the Starlight Theater in KC next week. I bought the ticket to see Imagine Dragons, but I always like to familiarize myself with any supporting bands prior to the date. Well, this concert seems to be a bit of a collage. When the weekend festival Kanrocksas (I keep calling it Rockansas!) cancelled, several of the bands got gigs at the Starlight instead, for what feels like a mini-festival. Another one of the bands playing that night is Churchill.

So I checked them out. And, well, first love happened… I instantly added “Lock Your Heart Down” to my Summer 2013 playlist. That song is part of their most recent EP The War Within, which was released about a month ago. Their new album comes out in July. Get excited!

Churchill is a band from Colorado and their first hit was “Change.” Trying to define their music is not easy. One might go with Indie-folksy-rock-alt-country. There’s a mandolin in there, so I’m sure @DocMurda will get as hooked as I have.

Here’s the video for “Change”

And here’s “Look Your Heart Down”

Funny story. I did my research a couple of weeks ago. And today while listening to my Summer playlist I went to their site to look at their tour dates. When I saw the June 28th date at Starlight, I had a moment of “WAIT! I’ll be up there on that date!” and then it hit me. New music overload? Or am I just getting old?

Happy beginning of Summer, everyone!

New Music: “The One That Got Away” by the Civil Wars

After a tour cancellation notice in November 2012 that sounded more like a divorce decree, the folk/country duo The Civil Wars are back with a new single, “The One That Got Away” and a new album dropping August 6th. The duo’s chemistry is electrifying to watch, and some suspect that this caused the hiatus as they are married, but not to each other. I am happy that they are back, and hope that more amazing music is to come. I have listened to their first record, Barton Hallow, more than any other album in the last year.

Enjoy the new single, look out for more as the summer rolls along.

The improved version of “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke ft. Pharrell & T.I.

I heard “Blurred Lines” last week on the radio and got “Call Me Maybe” flashbacks. A shallow, fun, catchy song that will pollute the air-waves and Interwebs the whole damn Summer. I’m guilty of liking it, or was, until I saw the video. Nothing but… actually, just nothing (If you’re at work, don’t look up the unrated version of the video. Just don’t.) There’s a SFW version, which is not that much better, but I wasn’t expecting so.

And then, something pretty awesome happened. Jimmy Kimmel and Guillermo improved the video about 1000x.

Check it out:

This might be my quintessential Summer song

It’s been a year (oh, Summer 2012) since I discovered (read “ran into it somewhere around the Interwebz”) M A U S I and their single “Sol.” I found it in video format, so I can’t really listen to it without picturing the kitty at sec. 48. In fact, that’s how happy I get when I hear this song. I don’t know if I love the video or the song more, but I know it makes me think of Summer.

You know what is very intriguing about M A U S I? They only seem to have this song (and a bunch of remixes of it) and another one called “Move” and that’s it. I cannot find anything else by these guys. ANYTHING. Hurts my feelings a little bit, I’m not gonna lie. I want more M A U S I.

I want to know everyone’s quintessential Summer song and make a playlist. Yessss.

Enjoy the heat!

Check Out: Matrimony

I spend many hours surfing bands on Spotify. On one such night, I stumbled across the band Matrimony. The song that I heard was instantly stuck in my head, “Obey Your Guns,” has a nice rockabilly feel to it, with an undertone of good old fashioned Americana. After further digging, I discovered that the name of the band is not without meaning. The band is actually a family affair. After meeting brothers CJ & Jordan, the Ireland born Jimmy was introduced to the younger sister and talented singer Ashlee. The romance spawned this Charlotte, NC based band. Many of their songs have an Americana roots feel  and include strong piano influences.

The band will be playing Bonnaroo later this month and  then will primarily be touring across the southeastern part of the US over the summer. They will not be making out West this time, but from the videos of their live performances, they are not to be missed.

You will like them if you like: The Civil Wars, Of Monsters & Men and The Lumineers

Check out: Swear And Shake

Back in early February, I went to a G. Love & Special Sauce show at George’s here in Fayetteville. I was running late and was only able to catch the last song of the opening band, Swear And Shake. That one song alone made me regret not making it to the show in time to catch their whole set, so I looked them up. As I suspected, their music is sweet.

Swear And Shake is a New York-based indie-folk-rock band made up of singer-songwriters Kari Spieler and Adam McHeffey, bassist Shaun Savage, and drummer Tom Elefante.

Shout out to G. Love, who usually has really great new bands opening for him on the road. Last year he introduced me to The Belle Brigade, and the year before he introduced me to Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (don’t make me try to say that name too fast cause I might end up confused, speaking Spanish).

These guys and gal are very talented and a delight to see live.  You can find their 2010 Extended Play EP and 2012 full album Maple Ridge on Spotify. Here’s their song “These White Walls” off Maple Ridge.

You will like them if you like: Tristan Prettyman, The Lumineers, and Of Monsters And Men.