Morning Commute: The Moving Stills “Photo Upload”

It’s Friday guys! Time to wake up and dance. I have just the track for you. This sounds straight out of the grungy New York streets, with a nice mix of poppy sing-along overtones that this has quickly become one of my favorite new songs. From the first few seconds when that high pitched melodic guitar riff kicks in, you know this is something you can tap your feet to all day, especially on a Friday when you are watching the clock to the weekend.

The song seems to be an anthem for those of us confused about people’s intentions. It’s something I don’t miss at all about the dating scene. So many of my friends seem to have almost zero open communication with the people they are romantically involved with, which I understand because it’s difficult, but it’s maddening. So when they scream “Tell me what you want”, I’m sure a lot of you out there can relate.

I’m not going to say much more about this track, because you’ll be finding it on our podcast soon. Oh, you didn’t know we had a podcast? Check it out. And we have a new episode dropping in a few days.

-Caleb

As always, this song has been added to our monthly Spotify playlist right here. 

 

TOTD: Strange Neighbors “Ghost”

 

I love this song! I know, I know, I say that in every post, and it’s true, I wouldn’t be sharing it if I didn’t. This song hits on a niche that I think is sorely lacking at the moment: a female led grunge/punk band a la Paramore, Alanis Morissette, etc. Not only does it hit that niche, it knocks it out of the park. When asked about the background of the track the band replied: “Ghost is a tongue in cheek song with multilayered meanings – drawing out tropes and stereotypes from horror films as metaphors for feeling like existence is ultimately doomed, confusing and trite identities, and so on.”

This description becomes immediately apparent as you listen to the lyrics mention Michael Myers, tropes in horror movies, a hook mentioning the existence of ghosts in a tongue and cheek sort of way, etc. That “tongue and cheekness” is probably my favorite part of Strange Neighbors. Their bio reads:

“Every once in a while, a band comes along that changes the world. But, shit, that’s a lot of responsibility. Strange Neighbors combines the talents of Aidan (vocals), Tracey (drums), Dob (bass) and Zach (guitar) to make noise about things that matter, things that don’t, and things that lie somewhere in between. Some songs are quiet, some are loud, but at least they’re all honest – rock ’n’ roll that makes your ears feel nice.”

I have to say it’s so refreshing to find a band that knows exactly what they are, doesn’t try to take themselves too seriously, and seems to be having a lot of fun making art, which at it’s core is what art is for most of us: a form of expression that allows us to be whatever we want, silly, funny, romantic, dark, brooding, and all the shades in between.

-Caleb

As always, you can find this track on our monthly Spotify playlist, right here. 

 

Morning Commute: Caelo – “How Does It Feel”

Good morning readers. If coffee isn’t enough this morning, we have a high energy track to wake you up. Mixing elements of punk, alt. rock, stadium anthems, and more, Caelo asks us “How Does It Feel” this morning. It feels good Caelo, it feels good. The thing I like most about this track is, on it’s surface, the riff is somewhat simplistic and straightforward, but as the song builds, you start to hear all of these additional elements that layer it and make it clear that Caelo aren’t just interested in being another punk band. The hook has a Foo Fighters vibe to me, and then later in the song we get some interesting synth elements that take it into an almost Muse-ish direction.

Basically I guess what I’m saying is, Caelo has successfully taken some of the world’s biggest rock sounds from the past decade, and mashed them together in a sound that is all their own. And the best part? This is a B-Side track. Go check them out on Spotify to hear more of their singles and really get a feel for the full array of potential in this band. You can also catch them on our monthly Spotify playlist right here.

-Caleb

 

Video of the Day: Handshake “Crawling”

We have a delightfully upbeat and strange video for you today, complete with puppets, snow gear, color shifting objects, and social commentary, among others. I’d definitely be interesting in hearing your thoughts in the comments on what message is being espoused. I mean other than just how visually stunning all of it is, which is certainly true. I tend to think there is some sort of angle about social media, and our relationships with technology, but I also think it could just to be some witty and creative shots that go well with the electronic rock style.

-Caleb

As always you can find this song and more on our June Spotify Playlist. Right here. 

Caleb’s Favorite Releases June 15th: Jah Movement, David Myhr, Maddison, Johnny Conqueroo, Mikey Wax

Favorite Summer Song: Jah Movement “To You I Pray”

I always find myself getting into Reggae vibes in the summer. It’s just music that sounds like you should be sitting in the sun, with a spritzy drink in hand. This song particularly seems to focus on some Rastafarian elements of love and spirituality. There are some excellent instrumentals, with some fun melody matching with a lead guitar (or maybe a synth, not positive, but you’ll hear it). Another thing I like about this song is the message, self-described as: “With all the trouble that is going on in the world today. We hope and pray to Jah that it will get better for our Youths.” Who can’t get behind that?

Favorite Video: David Myhr “My Negative Friend”

I mean I assume after you watch 2 seconds of this video you can get what I like about it. The music itself is exceptional and upbeat, but the really cool animation style just pulls you in. The clunky FPS give it a surreal vibe, and then once the chorus kicks in, and by extension all the flowers and colors kick in, you’d have to be soulless not feel completely powerless to be a “negative friend”. I hope this song/video leaves you feeling better than when you entered. “We only get one chance in this world we’re living in, so make it a good one.”

Favorite song for my morning Bike Ride: Maddison “Lose My Mind”

So the best thing for me when on a bike ride, is a consistent beat that has me nodding my head, and something upbeat. This song checks all the boxes. It is upbeat, has a choir effect on the vocals reminiscent of The Black Keys, a sick guitar solo, and a rocking drum beat. This should be added to everyone’s workout playlists, or summer windows down playlists, your choice.

 

Favorite lyrics: Johnny Conqueroo “Why?”

Sometimes I’m a man who loves depressing lyrics. The bluesy vibe of this song, with the emotive driven vocals really add to the desperation found in these words, that ultimately end, without resolution, with a suicide attempt in a hotel room. If I’m feeling optimistic, maybe the sick outro riff, and organ give us a glimpse of redemption, or maybe that’s what death sounds like. Either way, here are the lyrics in full: (note, if you are thinking of suicide please talk to someone, you are not crazy for feeling that way, but you also aren’t out of options)

Some people think I’ve lost my head

Some people wish I was dead

and just maybe, just maybe it will come true

Checked into my motel room

looked through the phonebook

and I couldn’t find nobody I could call

And I said Why, why why, is everyone so cold?

And I said why, why, why is everyone so cold?

I saw my only friend today

he didn’t have nothing to say

So I guess I’m here all alone

And I said why, why, why is everyone so cold?

And I said why, why, why is everyone so cold?

Put the belt around my neck

smoked my last cigarette

and I felt my skin turn so cold

And I said why, why, why is everyone so cold?

And I said why, why, why is everyone so cold?

Favorite composition: Mikey Wax “Big Little Life”

This song is just so perfectly constructed. The beat is fairly consistent throughout, but the guitar work progresses really nicely, and you hear these moments where a slide is happening in the background, either with a guitar or a synth emulating it. That’s not even mentioning the lyrics which focus on building a life and growing old together with bubbly vocals. This song is going on all of my summer playlists (and also our monthly playlist which you can find here.) Also, if I’m not mistaken, Mikey is getting married tomorrow (June 16th) so congrats on “building that big little life”.

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.

Did you know we make a podcast? It’s pretty good. You can hear our latest episode here. 

 

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

Don’t forget to follow our June Spotify Playlist here. 

Also, if you didn’t know, we make a pretty cool podcast. You can find that here.

Video of the Day: Jungle Youth – “Don’t Do It”

I love how strong this song starts. “I refuse to be another one of your mistakes.” And it keeps that strength throughout the whole song. The vocals really hammer home that defiance. As for the video itself, it follows along 3 people (the band members I believe, but I don’t know if we can assume they are playing themselves) as they hang out doing fun young people things, like exploring in nature, and various urban settings, as well and driving around and hanging out. There seems to be somewhat of a subtle love triangle that forms throughout the video, with the two guys both seeming to enjoy flirting with the girl, but one guy seems to break through and hold her hand, put his arm around her, etc. Eventually, when something goes wrong with the car, the two guys get in a fight. It really reminds me a lot of how these tiny jealousies, if unchecked, can build until they explode. I love the subtle build and the rich imagery of the entire video.

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Jungle Youth is a young band from Quebec City that was born out of a common love for music. In March 2018, the band emerges from the darkness by releasing their version of Loud’s “Toutes les femmes savent danser”. The cover rapidly reaches 2000 views in less than a week and gains media attention by being featured in Le Journal de Québecand on the website of CKOI 96.0. Refusing to identify to one style of music in particular, Jungle Youth projects a modern yet retro sound that combines elements that are Pop, Rock and Indie all at the same time.

 

-Caleb

Want more music? Listen to Jungle Youth and all our June artists on this Spotify playlist. 

Don’t forget to check out our latest podcast episode: Ep. 13 Bad Luck

 

Mid-Day Music Blast: Gabe Greenland “Only a Vibe”

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“What’s that smell? I’m smoking kush Ma.”

Man this is one of my favorite songs at the moment. There are just so many relatable moments, like the one I quoted above (not that I was telling Ma I was smoking kush haha). There’s also a lyric that references That’s So Raven, he talks about kissing strangers and the loneliness that comes with it, he talks about moving away. This song is just hitting all the right angles for me and that’s before you get to the really sick horn solo around 2:30-3:00 minute mark.

“I’m so sick of kissing strangers

they can’t quell my craven anger

that’s so raven brazen sports….books? bras?”

Sorry I don’t know the last word, but I’m telling you, you have to go listen to this song right now. It’s only a feeling, but I guarantee you’ll love the vibe. 😉

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If you are looking for more Gabe Greenland, go spend so money on his bandcamp page right here. 

Look out for this song on our June playlist soon, in the meantime, check out our May playlist.

-Caleb