I’ve written about LaVoy before – and I’m super proud whenever I get to write about them. They’ve been super busy the last few months with recording new songs with prestigious producer, Tony Hoffer (M83, Silversun Pickups, Fitz & The Tantrums, etc…) in LA and now they have teamed up with Alaskan based production company Sons Of Winter to make a music video for one of their new songs “Fool Proof Plan.”
I love the simplicity of the video. It shows off a great deal of beautiful Alaskan scenery – and it’s not a performance video and doesn’t have the whole band (which is dissapointing – the other guys look great on camera) but it let’s you focus on the words and the visual aspect of the shots more.
Check out their brand new songs that they recorded in LA below…
Another week has come and gone…and that means another edition of Monday Morning Music. If you missed last weeks click HERE…and HERE for the week before. I’m finding it really fun to collect songs for these posts – discovering new bands and songs that I’ve never heard of before. I hope you’re enjoying the music as much as I am finding them.
So let’s dive into your morning. Hopefully it’s a relaxing and enjoyable one.
Two years ago today I started my first Spotify playlist – “TheseOldColors Radio.” I remember exactly where I was too. Fresh off a 2 month tour in 2011, hanging out with the family in upstate New York – and I got just a little too excited over this new music discovery tool. At first I put everything in the playlist…dance, hip hop, rock, whatever…then I decided to branch off and make more playlists dedicated to a genre. TheseOldColors Radio is still my favorite though…kind of being an eclectic group of songs that fits so well together, and putting it on shuffle is the best. It’s crazy to think that I’ve added 754 tracks and counting to the playlist – and now with over 20+ other playlists – it’s a lot of music. Spotify has changed the way I listen / find / and share music.
If you don’t have Spotify – and you don’t hate music – go ahead and download it…because…heck, it’s free. Then once you have it…feel free to share with me your favorite songs of 2013 or whatever.
Here’s a quick question before you head on to do that though…if there was an actual ToC radio show – would you listen to it? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook.
One of the coolest things that happened to me because of this website was I got to join my favorite local Alaskan band, Lavoy. It started with THIS interview about their new CD “Bearly Merry” – I thought it would help them out and would be cool to give a sneak peak behind the album. Because of that interview – me and singer, Tyrell, decided to grab lunch – and during the hour we set aside for lunch we found out we shared an interest in the same music – next thing I know and a couple weeks later…I’m in the band. What an honor it was to play with these guy for about a year. Such an inspirational set of guys and their encouragement throughout my time with them was legendary – also the songs we wrote were dope. They have an amazing mindset and focus for music that I didn’t appreciate until I left the band.
Lavoy is about to move on to bigger and better things, and I wish them the best – couldn’t be more happier for them…but before they do…they’ve been talking about something big coming out June 1st. So follow them on their Facebook for the big update.
Here are some of the new songs I helped write. Really stoked to hear these songs getting a great overhaul with new parts and sounds.
One of my favorite things to do on my downtime is go through Spotify and just listen through new music. I love to add music to my playlist “TheseOldColors Radio” – and it might be weird, but that’s my favorite playlist to listen to when I’m driving, taking a shower, chillin, etc… It’s got all my favorite tunes and new ones that are just too good to not listen to once.
The new Spotify find of the day is an Australian band called Alpine. I first found it on my buddy Greg’s playlist “thawing” – which is a great array of music for this time of year – so go ahead and follow it.
Alpine has all the right sounds for me. A little bit of pop with some dance grooves thrown in. It’s not overpowering – which is easy to do with all of the tools at our fingersteps – they keep it light. Adding shimmering guitar tones below some beautiful airy vocals provided by lead singers Phoebe Baker and Lou James.
Here’s a new trailer for a movie you never heard of. “How To Be A Man” is the story of Mark (played by Gavin McInnes from Vice Magazine) – a soon to be father who finds a lump on his chest and assumes it’s male breast cancer – then hires “Bryan (Liam Aiken), a young, impressionable cameraman to document important video lessons for Mark’s unborn son.” It’s all here in the trailer. I’m guessing the trailer is like a mini version of the film, but with less words and leaves it to you to connect the dots for further story development.
Even though the trailer seems to give a lot away – it seems like a pretty good flick. Almost right up my alley. Funny thing too – apparently Gavin wrote the movie in 3 days, shot the movie in 12, and had the editor piece it together at night – so all in all – the movie was completed in 15 days. Start to finish. That’s crazy talk. Now I gotta see this.
Most of you might know that The Burning Ear music blog pretty much get’s a daily visit from me. I re-post some of the music they share on here. One of the newest find’s they posted about is “The 1975” straight from Manchester. They have a new song titled “Chocolate” that is unbearably catchy. I think I say that about 98% of the songs I post about on here…but let’s be honest…it’s exactly what it is.
The chorus is amazing. I find myself looking forward to hearing it during the verses. The 1975′s are now on my radar. Won’t be surprised if they become a big thing soon.
My first time listening to Snowmine was with The Brothers Carl. We had a listening party around my brother’s computer last Christmas – complete with our own music and dubstep finds. I fell in love with Snowmine’s album “Laminate Pet Animal” – especially the songs “Penny” and “Let Me In.”
They released a new song earlier this year titled “Saucer Eyes” and I couldn’t be more happier with this track. The guitar is of course the first thing that sticks out with it’s catchy lick. The chorus is dope too. I wouldn’t be surprised if you started singing “After Midnight, Saucer Eyes…” after listening to this song on repeat, which you’re going to do…..for sure. For sure.
Finding new music brings me such joy. It’s part of the reason why I started this blog…to almost give me an excuse to find new bands and artists. What also brings me huge excitement is sharing it…being the first to come to you and say “Hey – check out this band.” I like being that dude.
Deep Sea Diver is one of those band’s I couldn’t keep to myself. With a frontwoman who has played bass and keys with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and guitar for the Shins AND Beck, you don’t even have to listen to it to know that it’ll be good.
They released their first full-length “Histroy Speaks” this year and have been getting great buzz ever since. Her voice is what sets DSD apart from other “indie” artists, with a a hint of mellowness, backed by tremolo guitars drenched in reverb that don’t overpower the lyrics. Have a listen for yourself and let me know what you think in the comments.
via Indie Shuffle
The new movie 88:88 seems to get me.
I like movies that have a very interesting marketing strategy. Let me explain…Cloverfield was a fantastic movie. Why? Because in the trailer didn’t reveal too much…so I went into the theater – not really knowing what was going to happen and loving it because of that. JJ Abrams gets it. Don’t reveal too much of the story…and people will be interested in watching it.
Joey Ciccoline gets it too. The trailer for his new movie, 88:88, reveals just enough to get your attention. They have released the line, hooked me, and are now reeling me in with the mystery that surrounds the film. Watch it and see for yourself.
I got a chance to talk to Joey, the director – writer – editor, about his new film and the inspiration / work that went into it to make it a reality.
Read the interview after the jump…
Wow…it’s been so long. I apologize for dropping the ball on making mixes for you guys. It’s been a busy couple of months…but I’ll be better…I promise!
For the first one back I made “Music To Wake To” to go along with what I did a couple months ago for “Music To Sleep To.”
I tried to make a playlist that would wake you up out of your slumber gradually, and then as it plays on, the songs get faster paced to wake you up more.
The Chemical Brothers // Hanna’s Theme
Ben Benjamin // Toothlike Tokens
Jon Hopkins // Light Through The Veins
Blue Sky Black Death // Sleeping Children Are Still Flying
Clive Tanaka // Neu Chicago
Walk The Moon // Anna Sun
Apache Beat // Another Day (Blood Diamond Remix)
Hey Champ // Cold Dust Girl
Theophilus London // Girls Girls $
If you want more music to listen to, and you have Spotify…subscribe to the TOC playlists.
Also, let me know what you think of the new mix on Facebook or comment below. Feedback and friendly conversation is always welcomed!
All the rage is in this Spotify thing, and I have to say I’m lovin’ it – so much music at my fingertips (not all…but most). To jump on the bandwagon – I started a T.O.C. collaborative playlist complete with electronic, chill, dubstep, DnB, etc…
Collaborative Playlist means that YOU can add new or old songs that you’ve been diggin too. I’m a fan of coming together and sharing what maybe some people haven’t discovered yet – Hence the collaborative playlist. I would love to see a bunch of you that already have playlists on Spotify to add some of your favorite tracks…and get the ball rollin…someone’s gotta man up and be the first one!
So subscribe to the playlist if you’re on Spotify…and if you’re not…well get on that!
Lately me and my band have been hanging out a lot…just because we have no jobs and we’re just trying to kill time before we go on tour. So I decided to make this month “Music To Hang To” – because I feel like everybody’s going to be outside bbq-ing it up and what not, since school is almost out. I think these songs will get you in the mood for a good hang out sesh with friends.
Also – a bunch of people have expressed interest in a mix with separate tracks. So I uploaded a zip file with all the tracks and artwork. Maybe you guys will like this more?
And even one more thing – I want to start documenting where you guys listen to the mixes. Maybe you have ideas for upcoming mixes? Maybe you just want to start a chat on how indie bands are becoming more mainstream and uncool? (#hipstertalk) Let me know what you’re thoughts are about all of that in the comment section below.
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I know just what you need to get you to the weekend…well I mean…maybe I don’t, but seriously this video and song will help. Trust me.
The band is Body Language. The song is a “You Can” off their 4 song FREE EP (yes, you read right) over on bandcamp. I must confess – I’ve heard of Body Language before, but I never really gave them the time of day until I heard the Keep Shelly In Athens remix. And now I’m so glad that Dipped In Dollars posted the remix and their live video so I could “rediscover” them…because right now…I wish I would have jumped on this bandwagon a long time ago. I have some catching up to do.
Body Language – You Can (Keep Shelly In Athens Remix)