Posts tagged rock

The new Wakey!Wakey! album, Salvation, has been a long time coming and is fantastic. The two lead of tracks got so many hits of the replay button it took me twice as long to get through the album. I 100% recommend checking it out on Spotify or better yet, purchasing the album. Here’s a stripped down version of new track, “Through the Night.”

Listening to Jack White’s new album—which I still really can’t get into with the exception of a few songs—has gotten me listening to old stuff as well. I forgot just how awesome of a track “Shakin’” is.

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Latest musical obsession: “Kathleen” by Catfish & The Bottlemen.

I mean the song is only 2:44 but when that guitar riff kicks in at “I gotta give it to you, YOU GIVE ME PROBLEMS?!” Oh man..that’s the kind of crank your stereo with the windows down kinda shit that I just associate with a great summer. 

Their debut album comes out in September. Here’s there Last.fm bio:

Catfish and The Bottlemen are a rock and roll band. Four lads with songs that are loud, explosive, sexy and young – and full of guitars.Songs about regular stuff, everyday tales of love and lust. What happens when the lights go down. All delivered with a bright-eyed charm which is all their own. Relentless touring has honed an explosive live performance which belongs on a big stage. Catfish and The Bottlemen are going places and want to take you with them…


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A bit late on this one admittedly but the Arctic Monkeys’ “Do I Wanna Know” is a fantasticly dark single. It reminds me a lot of Arcade Fire for some reason which is weird because I can’t get into the latter’s new single Reflektor at all. If for some odd reason you haven’t heard “Do I Wanna Know” yet, check it out.

Matthew Mayfield continues to kick ass. This time around it’s his 2011 album, Now You’re Free that’s been on loop on my Spotify. Right now my favorite track is “Missed Me.” It’s got a very Counting Crows circa Shrek days feel to it. You’ll see what I mean. Also, lets just acknowledge how awesome the video is with Mayfield alternating between playing the song live at a show and live at what appears to be a special needs school.

I haven’t been able to find out much about Texas based indie rockers Wild Party. Pretty much all I know is that the songs I could find are all pretty damn catchy. Here’s “When I Get Older.” Hopefully more info to come.

Fresh out of Derbyshire, England comes The Struts with their single “I Just Know,” a hard-hitting classic blues rock anthem. Fans of The Black Keys are sure to dig this one.

The new "Not Normal" commercial campaign for Mini is pretty cool and arguably the best commercial I’ve seen in a really long time. It also features an epic backing track, “No Way” by The Naked and Famous. The track fits perfectly and is pretty great in and of itself.

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I’ve recently gotten into Chi City’s Maps & Atlases and listening to Perch Patchwork at ton. Almost every song on the album is great but right now my favorite track is “Israeli Caves.”
Dave Davison’s vocals have that perfectly imperfect thing going on that also drew me to bands like Bombay Bicycle Club.

Vintage Trouble. HOLY SHIT.

It’s like James Brown and Chuck Berry had a steamy, drug-fueled sexual romp and birthed a baby inside the cab of a Marshall full-stack. I know that might sound a bit much but…just listen and tell me you disagree. I dare you.

Based in Los Angeles, the band is the brainchild of Ty Taylor (vocals) and Nalle Colt (guitar). Heavily influenced by mid-century soul music and recording techniques, the band used a lean three-day recording session with full takes and no-frills to turn out 12 songs a mere two months after they formed. As their last.fm bio puts its, “The resulting sound brings you back to the days of vinyl records, sweaty juke joints, and the feel and essence of the original soul movement.”

I couldn’t agree more.


British soul singer Adele and acoustic singer-songwriter Jason Mraz apparently had a baby. That baby apparently grew up and decided to form a band with three black hipster blues musicians. At least that is how I explain Pennsylvania’s ZZ Ward, who I thankfully looked up after seeing her unfamiliar name on the Radio 104.5 New Music Show playlist this past Sunday. Check this one out.

As Ward herself puts it, “I fell in love with the sincerity of Etta, the soul of Muddy and the power of Big Mama. ”

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Last night I listened to The Lumineers album for approximately four hour straight while studying. It’s really just that good. Big shout out to Colin and Shred for their “Hey check out my friend’s band” messages. Here’s "Stubborn Love."

One of the two songs I couldn’t find on Spotify for the most recent playlist, here’s Australian indie rockers Bluejuice with “Act Yr Age” off their 2011 album Company. I still can’t decide if this video is hilarious or disturbing but the song is definitely catchy.

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The live version of the Counting Crows' "Children in Bloom" from Across A Wire is currently blowing my mind. How have I never noticed this before?