I’ve been on the hunt for new local music and I recently came across Los Angeles duo Caught a Ghost after some digging around the interwebs. Now, you would NEVER think of mixing genres dub-step with blues and soul, it sounds like a mistake, right? But that’s exactly what producer Jesse Nolan and vocalist/drummer Stephen Edelstein do and they do it well, really well. I love blues and soul music and dub-step is very hit and miss for my taste, but Caught a Ghost will hopefully intrigue you enough to sit up and listen to their free EP CAG Mixtape they released last year. If you want to hear the duo really kick ass at combining the two genres listen to the track Sleeping at Night. The other track I have below is Hold Out and not only is song easy on the ears, the video is divine. The Hold Out video has amazing shots around Los Angeles, from the LA River to streets in Hollywood, there is nothing I love more than seeing an LA band feature their own city in music videos. Keep these guys on your radar because you’re going to be hearing more of them. Happy Monday! <3
If you’ve followed my Music Monday features you’ll quickly learn my taste in music is VERY eclectic. From dark new wave music like Joy Division to rock band the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s to folk music like Bon Iver; my taste in music ranges from A to purple. Now, I’ve always been on the fence about will.i.am, but his new single with (one of my favorite people) Britney Spears is catchy and a single I can see playing on repeat at The Abby is West Hollywood, so naturally I’m a fan of the song too.
Britney looks amazing and the hat will.i.am wears is SICK. The fashion throughout the entire music video is mesmerizing and if this song doesn’t make you dance just a little, well then you’re just not living life.
I recently stumbled upon the new Crystal Castles album that was released late October if this year and my thoughts about it have been indifferent. It’s different from their 2010 album Crystal Castles (II) and completely different from their 2008 debut album Crystal Castles.
This Canadian electro duo’s music started off fast and instantly got people on the dance floor, their first album always left you think you just danced in a video game. The second album was a little slower, slightly darker, but still had those dance tunes. I don’t know what to make of their third album (III). It’s much darker than any Crystal Castles I’ve heard and don’t get me wrong, I love dark music, but Crystal Castles’ sound has change so drastically it’s hard to tell it’s even them with their new album. Take a listen to the song below and let me know what you think.
I remember the first time I heard Beirut and how mature, soothing and angelic Zachary Francis Condon voice was and when I found out he’s in his twenty’s I was astonished. I loved everything about the band, from Condon’s 20′s era voice to the bands jazz and folk sound, I knew this was a new musical obsession. The song below, Postcards From Italy was the song I fell in love with and made me fall in love with Condon’s voice. It’s from Beirut’s debut album from 2006 Gulag Orkestar, but just last year they released The Rip Tide which was one of my favorite albums from 2011. I hope you enjoy this song as much as I did when I first heard it. Let me know what you think!
I remember the first time I heard Mayer Hawthorne I was in San Jose and he was suppose to perform at a local bar later that week. I’m sucker for soulful, sexy voices so needless to say I was at Johnny V’s (local bar) later that week on a Friday night. Two years later and Mayer Hawthorne has released another album and I look forward to seeing him in LA on his next tour. <3
I’ve been thinking a lot about San Jose and the Bay Area and Passion Pit was a band that not only did I listen to get me through midterms and final, but I saw them twice in San Francisco. This song, The Reeling is my favorite and I hope you enjoy it too. Summer is almost over and I have yet to visit the Bay! I really have to get to the ball rolling on that project. Happy Monday!
I had the opportunity to see The Wild Reeds play at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood about a month ago and they’ve been on my daily playlist ever since. I was blown away by the melodies and vocals of Natalie Nicoles, Sharon Silva and Kinsey Lee, not only can this folk trio play an array of musical instruments, but their harmonizing vocals are better than many main stream artists.
If you enjoy true, old school blue grass folk music, banjo and all, The Wild Reeds are a band
This Southern California folk group is currently on tour, visiting cities like Portland, Seattle, Oakland, San Jose, San Luis Obispo and will be back in the Los Angeles area on August 19 at the Folk Music Center.
Today marks one year ago that Amy Winehouse died, I have been listening to her music all day in remembrance of her death. Her voice was like no other and every time I hear her music it’s like I’m hearing it for the first time. She was an amazing artist and although she left this world to soon, she will always be remembered for her out of the world voice.
Below is a video of Winehouse covering ‘There is No Greater Love,’ the song is less than three minutes, but it beautiful none the less. Rest in peace Ms. Winehouse, you will forever be missed.
After an 11 year hiatus No Doubt has released their first single off of their upcoming album “Push and Shove” which is set to release in September. The single is called “Settle Down” and the band members look better than ever and genuinely look happy to be playing together after more then a decade apart. One of my very first CDs was No Doubt’s “Tragic Kingdom” and as a child from the 90′s it’s no surprise I’m a huge No Doubt fan.
Gwen Stefani is not only an amazing entertainer and front women, but has proven herself to being a style icon and captivating fashion designer. I cannot wait for these guys to go on tour!! What do you think of the new single?
Since 2010 The Black Keys have exploded, becoming many people’s favorite indie band. Although I’m still a huge fan of the duo from Ohio, I’ve been listening them since early 2000 when they were much more bluegrass and soul. I miss that. Rubber Factory is my favorite Black Keys album and Thickfreakness is amazing too. Below is ‘Girl is on my Mind’ from their Rubber Factory album. Take a listen and tell me what you think!