Expect big things. German singer songwriter Milky Chance will be releasing his new album “Sadnecessary” June 1st in Germany, although I couldn’t find any info on a North American release date. Funky riffs, raspy vocals and a reggae background make this my newest summer jam. Seriously, dancing in my chair right now.
Challenge of the day: Try, just try to not like his music. Get back to me
Flashed Junk Mind
Its been a long while since we last spoke and much has happened! Concerts, trips, adventures, mishaps, debauchery and a helluva lot of of fun. The important thing is that I am back, and here to stay.
Big shout out to Jer and Kyle for keeping things rolling in my absence, and to all of you for coming back day after day to read our words.
I’ll leave you with some tracks that have kept my headphones bumping and my heartbeat pumping over the last few months.
Flume – Sleepless (feat. Anthony For Cleopatra)
Bonobo- Silver (Krizz Luco Edit)
Last Lynx – Killing Switch
ON AN ON – Ghosts
Ultraista – Gold Dayzz Maribou State Remix
More to come! Stay tuned…
Sounds like – The Smiths
Feels like – I didn’t even notice I was dancing to this
This Tampa trio has got some big names backing them. Tastemaker music website Pitchfork gave the group a 2,500 word review of 2011 album “Children of Desire” and are now featuring their new track “Anxiety’s Door” ahead of their upcoming “Total Nite” EP. They will be in Vancouver March 29th. I’ll be there.
Joshua Tillman is an American folk singer currently using the moniker of Father John Misty. Previous to his solo career he was a member of Saxon Shore and Fleet Foxes. Being brought up in a christian household, he describes himself as a fairly unmotivated child who originally wanted to be a pastor, as per his parents guidance. While Father John has around been a while, I’ve only recently stumbled upon his music. The more I listen the more I wish there was more of him out there. His music has a raw honesty to it, a story-telling ability that evokes emotions. His live performances on youtube are just as good as any studio recording, that is, of course if you can put up with the Fathers’ insistence on awkward dancing. It looks about as natural as watching a family member break it down at a cousin’s wedding. Stick to singing Father, stick to singing.
The first gem I stumbled upon was “Only Son of the Ladies Man”. A true tribute to a man who had a way with women all his life, even up to the seemingly tragic end of his life.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings – Another tragic Hollywood song about planning an early exit and picking out their own casket.
On a little lighter side is “Writing a Novel”. Another brilliantly written story of a person taking an unknown drug from a Canadian shaman. I was laughing the first time I heard this…”I’m no doctor, but that monkey might be right!”
It has been a GREAT few weeks for new music. Friends have been sharing, websites have been showcasing, and more importantly, the musicians have been creating sweet sweet sounds that make this world a better place. I’ve been so crazy busy lately, I haven’t had a chance to sit down and do my homework on bands but I feel like these new finds need to be shared. And so, without further ado, and without any real introduction…..here you are
Alabama Shakes: from, you guessed it. Hugely underplayed group. Brittany Howard’s voice – nuff said, have a listen.
Sr. Sly – Found you out
Mysterious group releasing no names or band photos. Rumours said to contain singer from FTP. What do you think?
Revenge song with lots of collected anger
GriZ – Smash the funk
21 year old Michigan DJ with an absolute banger. *looks into crystal ball* I see a very bright future for this young man. Also just released his new album “Mad Liberation” for free here (,)(,)
C2C – Arcades
Four piece turn table group from France. You be forgiven if you thought you landed in, perhaps, the best Zelda level ever. Very talented group, and a largely kept secret outside of France. Great artistic video to go with. Cutting mad shapes!
Where have all the great guys at FFF gone to lately?! Well, as you know, evil doesn’t take a break and we have been out fighting all kinds of evil forces. Ok, the reality is, I think we’re all a little excited that spring is here and making every effort to make the most of it and enjoy some sunshine. My excuse is, that I recently was able to take a little mini-vacation to Europe where I got to meet up with fellow FFF contributor Kyle is his adopted city of Madrid, Spain. Great city. We made the most of every night and decided sleep could take a few nights off.
Here is a great new Sydney quintet, The Preachers. Their new song ‘Take a Card’ is garnishing attention on radio station Triple J unearthed music is Australian music’s holy grail for getting noticed. A fun duet, that’ll be sure to boost your spirits.
here’s the video
Warning to Hockey fans*** Lead singer is NOT Evgeni Malkin
“Tennis”, the husband-and-wife duo of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley are a breath of fresh air. Their sound, until recently, have been straight out of the 50′s diner era. In their recent release, “Petition” we hear a new fantastic branch out in their sound. Alaina’s voice seemingly floats over the verses effortlessly, leading us into the piano-heavy catchy chorus. Myself, I’ve had this track on repeat the last few days and I still can’t keep this chorus out of my head, although I’m sure I don’t have the words right…
Come one, come all to the phenomenon that is Incubus. At the ripe old age of 30 I’ve loved many different bands, for many different reasons, at various points in my life but none have remained as influential to me as this 5-piece from Calabasas, California. Having been mainstream for well over a decade you wont find many people who haven’t grooved to an Incubus track at some point and chances are, this post wont be introducing you to anything new…although there may be the odd straggler What it is about however is paying respect to a group of musicians who have laid down some of the most diverse and emotionally intense tracks of recent memory.
Major transitions in a popular band’s core sound rarely seem to work out well. More often than not the fans responsible for a band’s initial rise in popularity revolt and cry sellout when the group experiments with a new sound, seeking to cast them back into relative obscurity. The only mainstream band I can think of being able to overcome this and actually increase in popularity, besides Incubus, is Metallica – although I’m sure there are many more legitimate examples. When Incubus was originally formed in 1991 their sound was unmistakeably funk-metal, a genre popularized in the day by the likes of Rage Against the Machine and Red Hot Chili Peppers. A quick listen to any of their first few albums – Fungous Amongus, Enjoy Incubus, or S.C.I.E.N.C.E – will attest. And then, seemingly out of nowhere, it happened. Incubus embraced melody.
When Make Yourself dropped in 1999 it was clear something special had happened to the group – and people took notice. Much like the band, I have never looked back. For a solid decade post Make Yourself, Incubus churned out gem after gem, exploring some of the deepest corners and constructs of love, relationships, and idealism along the way. It’s been one hell of a ride.
As I said earlier it’s likely none of these songs will be a first listen for anyone. But sometimes rediscovering an old favorite feels just as good as discovering something new.
Incubus – I Wish You Were Here
Incubus – Echo
Incubus – Drive
Picture yourself cruising down the open highway, windows rolled down, warm ocean breeze slapping you in the face. I feel like that when i listen to this song.
With his laid-back vocal delivery and acoustic songwriting, Amos Lee draws inspiration from soul music, contemporary jazz, and ’70s folk artists like James Taylor. In 2011 his album Mission Bell debuted at No.1 on the Billboard top 200 chart.
Stressed? Throw on some Amos Lee and feel it melt away.
Amos Lee – Windows are rolled down