I’m currently planning a trip back up to my second home–the Northwest–and “Name For You” is by far one of the highlights on the travel playlist that I am making for my trip.
I’ve always had a special place in my heart for The Shins, as they were my first ever concert. Their music is simply feel-good music, and I have truly never been in a bad mood while listening to them. This song echoes that feeling and is also just such a great song to have on while driving.
Needless to say, I honestly cannot wait to see what else they have in store for us and the March release of their new album “HEARTWORMS”.
Towards the end of 2016, I was introduced into a lot of good music.
One song that I’ve really been digging is “A 1000 Times” by Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam. It has honestly become one of my go-to driving songs for when I’m out and about or just coming home from work.
With the new year, I am definitely looking forward to discovering more good music.
What are y’all loving right now?
Not only do we see a new look for front woman Sarah Barthel of Phantogram but their latest single, which they recently played on The Tonight Show, also has a different sound as well.
I became a fan of Phantogram 3 or so years back when I heard their track “Fall In Love” as I was heading back from a trip to the Klamath Mountains. I loved the dark undertones of their music and how the duo would meld some amazing rhythms set by Josh Carter with with Barthel’s strong vocals producing a very dream pop meet alternative sound.
“You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” still has some dark undertones that I can hear but for some reason I feel it’s a bit more progressive and pop-like than their previous work. However, I am still loving this song and looking forward to what else will be on their new album.
Florence + The Machine’s video for their latest single, “What Kind of Man”, is immensely gritty and I love it.
While touching on dramatic topics, including that of love and the pain it can inflict, the video imagery is so impactful in combination with the refrain “What kind of man loves like this?”.
What I love most is the reality of the lyrics, such as “Sometimes you’re half in and then you’re half out” and “You could never make you mine”, and how relatable they are. The love that she describes and portrays isn’t one of fantasy that is seemingly unattainable, but it’s a type of love and relationship that many of us deal with day in and day out.
“What Kind of Man” sets a large precedent for the rest of their album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, which will be released on June 2nd, and I’m more than certain that the rest will be as thought-provokingly emotional.
Modest Mouse has always had a connection with Portland in their lyrical writing. This song in particular truly shows the love that the band has for the town as it follows one of the main talking points of Portland–metropolitan coyotes.
There have been many sightings (and there still are) of coyotes in the metropolitan area of Portland. Most notably is the citing of a coyote riding the light rail, which Sleater Kinney refers to in their song “Light Rail Coyote”.
As “Coyotes” is the second song to be released off their upcoming album, I’m happy to say that Modest Mouse is still remaining true to their roots–and not just those musically related.
Off of their latest album They Want My Soul, which is to go on sale tomorrow, Austin originated Spoon’s video for single “Do You” can be easily paralleled to Radiohead’s “Karma Police” video. However, with the tire swing on fire and all, this song is uniquely all Spoon and oh do I love it so.
Jenny Lewis, front woman of Rilo Kiley, has done it again! Whether she is working solo, in collaboration with the Watson Twins, or with her band Rilo Kiley her voice just makes you want to listen with it’s soft yet distinctive notes. And you definitely want to listen to what she has to say with this song! With lyrics like “I’m not gonna break for you”, Lewis really sets the tone for “Just One Of The Guys”.
Also, who doesn’t love the cameos of Anne Hathaway, Brie Larson, Kristen Stewart, and Tennessee Thomas?!