September to Remember Pt. 1

September is a big month. We’ve got LouFest, Life is Beautiful, and more.

I know that @begt and I are really excited for year 3 at LouFest, and the preview for  that will be coming shortly. But before I give you that, I want to share some of the new music that has been on constant repeat for me the last two weeks.

One of my obsessions of late has been an up and coming indie pop folk band called The National Parks. They just released their second full-length Untill I Live which may be my favorite record of 2015 so far. Despite being from the neighboring state of Utah, they don’t make it out to Las Vegas much, but that will change on September 18th where they are playing a show with another recent favorite of mine, Vegas/Utah folk rockers, Brumby.  My favorite song off the new record doesn’t have a video that I can find, but, this song is a great representation of their current record. Here is “Monsters of the North” from Until I Live.

The second record  that has been on constant repeat for me is Mont Royal from Cleveland based The Lighthouse and the Whaler which I found out through a recommendation by @begt. This record marks the third EP from this indie folk outfit. Their sound has definitely evolved from their first album and some of the songs go beyond the typical folk sound including my favorite “We are Infinite”. They do have one single off the record so far, and the video features someone who is apparently famous, but I am not hip with the kids these days so I don’t know who that would be. Here is “I Want to Feel Alive”.

A new release as of today is the self-titled record from one of Sandy Beat’s favorite SoCal bands Family of The Year. This album was quite a few years in the making, and the band has seen some relative success as their song “Hero” played a prominent part in the recent movie Boyhood. The first single off of Family of The Year is “Make You Mine” which is catchy as all get out.

I hope a tour that includes a stop in Las Vegas comes with the new release.

Be on the lookout for a LouFest preview and, of course, more new music.

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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.

New Music: Crystal Fighters

Summer is always the season where we get inundated with new, awesome music. I’ve been discovering a lot of new great songs lately… Or at least discovering that I have been missing out on some of these songs (Don’t you sometimes feel like you should have run into a band a couple of albums ago?)
Crystal-Fighters
One of the bands that has recently hit me in the face with great tunes is Crystal Fighters. I came to it by Spotify recommendation. This new-ish Spotify feature is a lot better than Pandora and iTunes recommendations, anyone else thinks so too? I thought it was a new band, but I was wrong. These guys have been around since 2007 and have two albums and a bunch of and remixes out. Their first album, Star of Love, was released in 2010, but didn’t make it to the States until the Spring of 2012. Their most recent album, Cave Rave, was released on May 27th. The first song I heard was “LA Calling” and was enough to get me hooked.

They sound like some type of alternative dance party spiced up with flamenco sounds (i.e. “Xtatic Truth”). The British/Spanish band has its origins in Navarra, Spain.

You will like them if you’d appreciate a remix of Grouplove, The Naked and Famous, and Ozomatli. I’m just going to leave you a couple of tracks here: