Time to attack your Monday with some good old punk rock. there are many great Punk rock bands from the late 90's to early 00's that will get you in gear anytime of the day or week. Blink 182 and Offspring are good choices but today Sum 41 is front and centre on the Punk Rock playlist.
Dan Mangan & Shane Koyczan - Tragic Turn of Events
I have talked about Dan Mangan before and while he he has great subjects and lyrics in his music the instrumental side isn't always as polished and this song is no exception but it is also not the point in this song. Dan brings along Shane Koyczan who is a phenomenal writer and poet with some very emotional and strong topics. Dan and Shane both com together and while not bringing either of their top pieces the lyrics/subject of this song is strong, well played out, and Dan picked the right person for this piece. It is a long song that I hope captivates you. Also a note that this song is more of a poem accompanied by an acoustic guitar than a song but again it is not the point, this is still a work of art worth listening to.
Hop Along - The Knock
The Knock is the starting track off Hop Along's latest album Painted Shut. This is the first album I have heard from the band and I like the alternative/underground rock feel they have and the female lead Frances Quinlan gave me a vocal experience I have not heard since the late 90's early 00's. I would also recommend listening to the track Powerful Man as it is a little different then The Knock.
Yosi Horikawa - Bubbles
I don't think I put this song up before as song of the day... and don't really have time to check at the moment. Anyways Yosi Horikawa's song Bubbles is an amazing piece that feels so real and natural that you would almost expect to find it playing in a rainforest or somewhere else in nature. The sound of the falling balls/bubbles/marbles/ping pong balls or whatever just make this song feel ingenious and transcends the plane on which we adsorb most music. While Bubbles is my favourite, I would recommend listening to his album "Vapour" as you get this feeling throughout the album.
Goose - Black Gloves
Goose is a electric rock/punk band from Belgium. They formed in 2000 and are still making music. Their song Black Gloves is probably one of my favourites, or at least the one song I always remember from them. Synrise and Check are two other great songs by them.
Kygo - Stole The Show Ft. Parson James
Stole the Show by Kygo is a nice mellow/tropical dance song that is a nice follow up and I might even like it more then Firestone. Kygo is a downtempo DJ/record producer from Norway who got his start remixing other artists music ie: Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, and Of Monsters and Men just to name a few.
Django Django - Shake and Tremble
This British band has a nice groove to it, which I would probably classify as a neo/electric rock. Some places I see calling them art rock and while I can hear it I wouldn't define them as an art rock band to someone new to them and maybe their first album was a little more artsy but I have not listened to it yet.
The Bad Plus Joshua Redman - Dirty Blonde
"The Bad Plus" is a modern Jazz trio and they join with Joshua Redman a post-bob jazz saxophonist to create a great modern Jazz album that I think anyone should take a listen to.
OOFJ - You're Always Good
OOFJ stand for Orchestra of Jenna and when pronouncing OFFJ the J is silent. Now that, that is out of the way this synthpop duo of Jens Bjornkjaer and Katherine Mills-Rymer bring an errie and emotional sound to their music. With Bjornkjaer's background in Jazz and clasical music it helps give their music that extra depth to every track. While currently living in Los Angeles, I go get a Scandinavian feel from the duo that is further expressed in their music videos. They are pretty artsy and can be as deep as the music is in it's layering.
Hot Chip - Need You Now
This London band bring back some nostalgic sounds from the late 70's and well into the 80's with their dance/disco type music. Need You Now is their most popular single off the record and was the easiest to find a version that wasn't edited to try and get around copyright. Started Right is probably my favorite track off their latest record Why Make Sense?. I just had trouble finding one where the audio wasn't messed with or sped up. I hope Need You Now at least gets you interested enough to check out Started Right.
Monster Rally - Feet All In
Vinyl Me Please and Transparent Sapphire has released Monster Rally's Crystal Ball LP. The only bugger is that it is limited to 1500 copies, 750 for VMP and 750 for Transparent Sapphire. VMP's copies are limited to members only and I ordered mine this morning. Even though today has not been great on a personal level Monster Rally has been the groove to help keep things rolling.
Sick Sad World - Skateboarding Girl
I love this poppy punk track by Sick Sad World.
Cecil Taylor - Improvisation
Just some nice improved piano playing and poet by pianist Cecil Taylor for your Wednesday.
Zedd - Beautiful Now Feat. Jon Bellion
It was actually really hard to pick a track from Zedd's new album True Colors as song of the day. I almost want to call this an Album of the day....maybe I'll do an album of the week sometime in the future. I have enjoyed Zedd's music before but I love what he has done on this album and the direction Zedd is taking himself. Jon Bellion's vocals are on point for this track and might just make it my favorite on the album.
Fergie - A Little Party Never Killed Nobody
Every time I hear a song from the Great Gatsby it really makes me want to watch the movie. Fergie's A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got) is no exception from this. Sadly all the mixed reviews my friends have given it have left me in that awkward area of wanting to see it but not having that drive to actually go out and watch it.
Song of The Day
Some semi random song I enjoy will be posted here once a day with a small description of the song and or band.