These songs are the best thing you will hear all summer. Seriously, go to Big Z’s Facebook page, like him, and download these songs ASAP.
I fell in love with Big Z Remixes when I heard his remix of Snoop Dogg and Kid Cudi’s “That Tree.” Bret and I played that non-stop last summer. Recently, I found out he just released his fourth mixtape “Never Change.” It is amazing how Big Z can completely transform a song. I love when rap songs have some symphony “influence” blended into them. For instance, I still can listen to Kanye West’s “Gone” over and over again because of that repetitive piano chord playing throughout the song… and THEN! Cue the violins!
Things I would like to call out about Big Z that makes him awesome:
He’s from Pennsylvania
He’s a TEENAGER (junior in high school)
He doesn’t use a computer program to make his beats. No — instead, he records the guitar and synth parts himself and makes his own drum beats
His favorite band is Ratatat (which explains why his music is great)
Big Z Remixes are full of songs that you can play from beginning to end and are SO chill. I will definitely be listening to all of his mixtapes this summer.
I was even nice enough to put all of his songs into a playlist so you can listen to them at your liking. I can’t pick a favorite because they all are equally amazing. Just put the playlist below on shuffle and enjoy:
This shouldn’t have come as any surprise since he really enjoys doing the robot anytime he can dance… We also loved watching Poreotics dance on America’s Best Dance Crew last season, and several of their tracks were dubstep. Bret keeps referring to an ABDC trailer that has dubstep in it, and now, I’ve finally taken the time to look it up:
What dubstep sounds like to me (and this is a good thing):
1.) Whales Singing
2.) Transformers Talking
3.) The teachers yelling at Charlie Brown
4.) A difficult board in Super Marios (Watch out for Koopa!)
5.) Lots and lots of bass. “Slappin’ Da Bass, mon. Slappin’ Da Bass, mon.”
Anyways, this Radiohead dubstep remix of “Street Spirit” is AWESOME. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times Bret has played it since I showed it to him last Friday. In typical Bret fashion, he’s almost ruined the song for me by playing it every second of the day. We’ll let it slide, though, since it is Radiohead + Dubstep.
Take a listen. I’ll even include the Katy Perry track that was in the ABDC promo.
So last spring/summer, I played the CRAP out of the entire Mumford and Sons album. It seems like this summer, I will be playing The Cave Singers.
The Cave Singers released their third album No Witch at the end of February, and I can’t stop listening to some of the songs on it. The album has that perfect mix of folk + rock that I love… and it is upbeat enough that almost every song will result in your either tapping your feet or nodding your head. My favorite song on the alum is hands down: “Gifts and the Raft”
I love the intro, the harmonies, and that violin (I’m such a sucker for violins…) I sing along to this song every time it comes on. I started like The Cave Singers when I heard “Summer Light” and “Swim Club.”
Take a listen to these three tracks below, and let me know what you think. If you like Horse Feathers, you will like The Cave Singers:
I’m really feeling this song right now. I can’t wait to drive around Pittsburgh with the windows rolled down, sun shining, and this song turned up.
I also much prefer this “weekend” song over Rebecca Black’s “Friday.”
HAH. Hasn’t gotten old yet…
Wiz’s new mixtape “Rolling Papers” comes out March 29 and is anticipated to have a more mellow vibe than his previous mixtape. During a Ustream, Wiz said that the title of the album wasn’t inspired just because he loves smoking weed, but that “it’s deeper than that too… it’s not just about the weed thing. It’s bigger than that,” he said. “My career really took off when I started smoking papers.”
I’m looking forward to having a mellow album to play this summer, and I’m hoping “Rolling Papers” will be just the thing I need.
I discovered King Charles when I found that they went on tour with Mumford and Sons this past year. Their song “Love Lust” is so quirky and catchy. His songs combine a mixture of folk with pop and rock. I know these songs aren’t necessarily “new,” but King Charles hasn’t made his big footprint in the US quite yet.
In an effort to learn more about King Charles, I ran across this video that The Wild Honey Pie posted back in November. Between the crazy hair, live performance, sherpa-lined coat, carriage ride through New York City… I became obsessed. Plus, the video gives the horse, named Patrick, credit at the end.
Drew Smith is a singer-songwriter from Austin. I can’t figure out who he sounds like or what kind of music he actually produces.
What I do know is – I like it. At some points, I hear Chris Martin’s voice. Other times, I hear the finger plucking of Iron and Wine’s Samuel Beam. There is a mixture of styles going on in each song which – as a result – puts together a wonderful EP.
He has a new album out called Ted Songs which features himself members of his Lonely Choir and the South Austin Jug Band.
I’m really enjoying “Squeezing The Elephants” just because I’ve been in so many situations where that stupid elephant is just chilling in the room but no one does anything about it. Go away elephants!
You can purchase the CD through their Bandcamp website here.
Alexi Murdoch is our generation’s Nick Drake. No one has a voice quite like his. Yesterday, Alexi released his second album Towards the Sun which is now available everywhere. For those not familiar with Alexi Murdoch (shame on you), he gained a huge following after 2009’s Away We Go (featuring John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph) used his songs for the soundtrack. If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly suggest you go and rent it. Now. GO! Watch the trailer here.
I might go watch it now that I just rewatched the trailer… Hm.
Each song is written so eloquently that you can’t help but just float along from track to track. NPR is currently featuring the album as its Exclusive First Listen. Having a crappy day? Then, go here, click play, and let the whole album play. It will be worth your time.
Alexi actually recorded this album in one night with a tape machine and then waited six months before listening to them. The best part? He ended up loving the songs he created and spent time fine-tuning them which resulted in Towards the Sun.
I have been waiting for this album for months and am so excited that it is finally here. You can download a free MP3 from the album at Alexi’s Bandcamp page.