TOTD: Pandarama – “Toxic”

Hey guys, we are going to try to share tons of music with you over the next few days. I’m stoked for you to hear this track from Pandarama. I thought the vocals were really unique, and I really like the guitar work. You don’t hear too many acoustic riffs that don’t get boring and repetitive, but this one keeps me interested and it’s impressive how clean it sounds.

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This band, full of recent college grads, are definitely one to keep your eyes on. And I’m really excited to see where they go from here, with such a strong debut effort. If you are in Miami area, you should definitely try to see them, because I expect them to be branching further and further out as time goes on. On September 3, 2016, they released their first EP, “37.5%”, which is available both as physical copies at their shows and on digital on all the major online retailers and streaming services, including iTunes and Spotify.

After performing many live shows and writing new songs, the band had enough material for an album and decided to record again. Before officially recording their new songs, they wanted to showcase their softer side and record acoustic versions of their songs, leading to the more ambient and experimental approach used in their new EP, “Mixed Messages”, which is where this song stems from. Check it out now wherever you enjoy music.

-Caleb

Want an easy way to find this song on Spotify? Check this one and all of our June tracks out right here.

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Video of the Day: Esbie Fonte “Ace’s High”

I have a perfect video for you guys for the Tuesday blues. This song is all about dissatisfaction in corporate America, the mind-numbing nature of 9-5 work. It’s also a bit about the deep existentialism that comes with getting stuck in a loop. It reflects on a tedium that never seems to end and always repeats again every week, slowly draining your remaining life hours away from you inch by inch.

“Ace’s high, and I’m so low

Getting by on tomorrow”

I don’t know about you, but I’ve certainly felt this despair, and I mostly like my job. I also get summer’s off. I just think human freedom is somewhat at odds with forced labor. I know, I know, its’ not literal forced labor. There’s no slavery involved, but most people don’t really have other options besides working to afford the basic tenants of comfortability in this society.

“If this is life, then why am I afraid,

9-5 just to survive in vain”

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Definitely watch the video intently. The lyrics tell the story I’ve already laid out, but I appreciate that the video also seems to intersperse how our home life is somewhat of a loop too. And that these home lives are mostly just ways to cope with our career life, and our meaninglessness.

To end on an uplifting note: I assume many of you out there feel just like the song says. Do not get stuck in a career you hate for the next 30 years. Start making moves now to do something you’ll feel more happy with. Make sure your work/life balance is in order. It doesn’t have to be something you fix tomorrow, but make sure your intentions are towards fixing it in the next 5 years. I assume Esbie Fonte has made moves to get away from 9-5 life through her artistry. Seth and I are slowly working our way away from it by creating a space for you guys to hear music you wouldn’t hear otherwise. None of us are quitting our day jobs yet (though I can’t speak for Esbie, maybe she is, her talent is already there for sure), but I’m also not wasting my days assuming that my only option is to continue down the same path as the baby boomers. I have no interest in living to work. I just want to live. Start making a game plan for you to do the same. We do not have to buy the lie that there is only one path.

-Caleb

You can find this song and all of our June posts on our monthly Spotify playlist right here. 

 

Morning Commute: SAMMAY – “Full Moon”

Good morning guys! You’ve probably already commuted at this point, but I have some great music for you anyway. Check out this Jazzy/R&B track from SAMMAY. The song is self described as: “A song that calls in expansive holistic love forms for all who are journeying through the cosmos and celebrates the potentialities gifted by the full moon.” I don’t know about you guys, but that seems like a good way to start off the day to me.

The biggest thing that stands out to me about this song, other than the love and positive vibes it’s pushing out, is how striking the lead vocals are. I could listen to her sing about pretty much anything I think. I hope this song makes you think of someone you love, and you share some of that love with them today. I know SAMMAY has inspired me to do just that.

-Caleb

You can check out this song and all of our June TOTD’s on our Spotify playlist right here.

 

TOTD: Basement Revolver “Baby”

I am so excited to share this track from Basement Revolver with you. It’s the first single off their upcoming project which will be available in August, so make sure you follow them on SoundCloud or Spotify so you can hear that as soon as it drops. I expect, if it follows the vibe of this song, it will feature haunting vocals, spacey instrumentals, and relatable lyrics. If you like bands like the Pixies or Yeah Yeah Yeahs, I think you’ve found a new band to add to your repertoire.

Songwriter Chrisy Hurn boldly shares intimate stories and personal wounds from her past, which have come together to reveal a deeply affecting and rewarding debut full length. Album opener and lead single “Baby” was written at a time when she was seemingly happy but felt an underlying sadness and dissatisfaction, “it’s about feeling confused about what I want in life, and how that affects other people. It is about crying a lot and feeling like I was burdening my partner with those questions and not wanting him to feel like he was the source of my anxiety.”

You can hear Christy’s pain in the lyrics:

“Baby I’m so sorry, I’m trying to figure this out.”

“Just give me some time.”

As someone who has constantly struggled with depression and anxiety, and then allowed those things to spiral in front of people I cared about, I related so much with this song. There is nothing worse than going through an episode, and then also feeling aftershocks of the burdensome feeling when it’s over. I can’t tell you how many panic attacks I’ve had that I ended up apologizing for “being stupid” for afterwards. Obviously my partner never acts like I am burdening them at all with that, but it’s still hard to get past it in my own mind, which causes a new spiral. It can definitely be a sick cycle. Luckily, a few years back I found a therapist that helped me through some of it. And I encourage any of you feeling this way to find another outlet besides your partner. Obviously I still share with her, but I try not to only share with her, and not every single day. You want to keep the relationship a relationship and a therapist a therapist. Anyway, didn’t mean to pour my heart out there for a second, but that’s what art does sometimes. It’s a wonderful mirror. Anyone of you that has listened to our podcast has heard more intimate stuff than that haha.

-Caleb

Go check out this song and more on our June TOTD playlist.

TOTD: Robin Hayes “Autopilot Hijack”

Let’s get weird one more time today. What are you really doing other than panicking about work tomorrow? Let this track chill you out. I mean maybe not the lyrics, which certainly give me a bit of an existential “what the hell are you doing with your life” vibe. The title itself, which is repeated several times throughout the song, kind of lends itself to that vibe. Even the hijacking is in autopilot. Which I suppose could be some sort of commentary about automation, but I’m going to take it more metaphorical.

As far as the instrumentals go, it should actually chill you out. Unless you focus too hard on the dissonant percussion that leaves you feeling a little uneasy in the best way. I guess Psychedelic rock is all about capturing the sublime right? Capturing that feeling of awe and shock that is similar to a drug experience, or seeing a dinosaur in person, or 30 ft waves, or thinking about space for too long. I think this song has all of that wrapped into a neat little package that keeps me coming back. Now go to sleep. Capitalism calls tomorrow.

-Caleb

You can find this song and all of our June TOTDs at this Spotify link right here. Holy shit, you didn’t even know you were reading a link did you?

TOTD: Spiller “Cowboy Bill”

 

Hope your Sunday is going appropriately lazy. We are back to share another cool track with you. This has to be one of my favorite new bands at the moment. There are elements from so many genres that I love, and this song emphasizes all of them. The vocals and lyrics have some emo vibes to them (Sunny Day Real Estate emo, not All Time Low emo). The instrumentals are delightful mixes of jazz with some strange timing elements a la TTNG or Giraffes? Giraffes! And then the lyrics are fun and thoughtful at the same time, kind of reminiscent of Modest Mouse. Basically what I’m saying, is this band combines a lot of my favorite sounds while also sounding entirely unique.

“Remember the Alamo, Bill? You’re a…
(I ain’t no hero)
Well you are to me
Bought a Colt .45 and now I am
a cowboy too

Wandering all day on the plains
Must be so much fun
I haven’t been clean in weeks
A dirty cowpoke”

I love how the lyrics almost seem like an old country song, but instead are set to these fun post-hardcore, mathy sort of instrumentals. I’d be interested to see what you guys think about the lyrics. Feel free to comment below. To me there seems to be a little bit of a reflection on how fun media makes certain things seem (cowboys, pirates, etc.) but if you are actually in the scenario there is a lot of danger and potential drawbacks. But it also could just be a fun song by this great band from Oregon that isn’t trying to say something terribly intense. Either way, I’m a fan and looking forward to what else they create.

-Caleb

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Video of the Day: Alex Cuba “El Dia De Hoy”

Alright guys let’s get weird and symbolic. I do encourage you, if like me you only know enough Spanish to get you through high school classes, to copy paste the lyrics (which you can find in the video description on youtube) into Google translate. I do not encourage you to do that until after you’ve watched the video in full though. Sometimes we just need to let visuals and symbols tell us an abstract story that allow us to get something out of it without too much explanation. So what do you get out of these strange colorful creatures being hidden away in a black and white world? What is this song saying to you about creativity? The powers the be/the status quo? Artistry? Maybe I’ll give you some hints in a minute, but sit with it yourself first.

Who can explain me
This great illusion
That has no end
It's the sea
Is the sun
It's today
It's starting over
And let the night
And let the night
Allow us to dream

For other stupid Americans, like myself, that is the English translation to some of the lyrics. Like any great poetry, it seems to translate quite well, though I’m sure it’s always better in the native language. To me it seems this song, and this video is very much about keeping your dreams alive, despite the world’s best attempts to capture/destroy them. I think that’s a message and inspiration that we need more than ever in these trying times, and I am so thankful that Alex Cuba shared this with us, so we could share it with you.

-Caleb

If you’re looking for more Alex Cuba, I have good news, he is very prolific. He has several albums spanning many years on Spotify. We’ve added this song to our monthly Spotify playlist to get you started. Check it out here. 

Morning Commute/Video of the Day: Fever Feel – “Somewhere Down the Line”

Let’s take a moment to act like we are stepping back in time with our Video of the Day today. Fever Feel’s “Somewhere Down the Line” feels so familiar and yet unique simultaneously. They were described as Led Zeppelin meets Rick James, and I can definitely see that both in style and musicality. I really love the direction and aesthetic to this video. One thing that stands out in the use of red and yellow lighting to give it a throwback feel, and also I really like the overlays where the previous picture slowly fades on top of the new picture. Any up and coming bands that are listening should take notes on the simplicity of this video. It probably didn’t cost too much, and yet it was very effective at creating a vibe and ethos that will follow my mind’s eye picture of the band going forward.

“Founded by Landon Franklin and Logan Gabert, the band is a mix of seventies rock with modern sensibilities – in fact, they consider themselves to be a part of a new age for rock and roll music.”

From their brief bio, I have to say that there ambitions don’t seem far off to me at all. Let me give you a bonus glimpse at their sound from one of their live shows. This video started playing as I was finishing up the one above, and I just got entranced by it.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m fully sold at this point.

-Caleb

As always, don’t forget to check out Fever Feel on our June TOTD Spotify playlist.

 

TOTD: YVI “Hometown”

New Release Friday is here! We pride ourselves on bringing you songs and artists you haven’t heard before and introducing you to your new favorite songs. For the rest of the day, expect fresh new music that you definitely haven’t heard before because it just came out today.

Diedrick Brandsma, the voice and mind behind YVI, has a brutal yet vulnerable honesty to his voice that is immediately apparent on his new single, Hometown. Check out his live recording of the song to really understand what I mean by “brutal yet vulnerable honesty.”

Hometown is the story of high school friendship. A beautiful telling of how distance and growing up has separated them physically, but the memories will never leave his mind or that town. Even though you continue to make friends throughout college and adulthood, those high school friendships are the ones you look back on with a strong fondness. I don’t necessarily miss high school, but I definitely understand the idea of missing those friendships you made.

This is a band who wasn’t even on our radar before this song, but I’m so glad we came across them. I’m definitely going to be watching for new songs and videos as they get ready to release their debut album, “A Few Words of Comfort,” in April of next year.