Hey, I’m Ephraim and I’ll be doing Tunes on Tuesday from now on (“Tunesday” to condense the title a bit). My goal while I’m doing this is to find new music for myself and perhaps help you find new music that you end up loving. More than anything, I welcome suggestions from readers for songs that they think should be on other peoples’ radars.
I consider my taste to be pretty eclectic, but will be avoiding Top 40 artists for the most part because it ultimately feels like regurgitation of what you’ve most likely been hearing or have heard of already (but they’ll make it once in a while, nevertheless). I love original songs, but think that this is a place where remixes, mash-ups, and covers can be spotlighted as well since they aren’t likely to be given a voice in print through album reviews. I look forward to sharing our music with each other!
The Neighbourhood – Alleyways
The Neighbourhood aren’t exactly pioneering anything new in terms of pop music with a lot of similar acts coming out recently, but their notoriety comes from the fact that they do it way better than them. They garnered some attention when “Sweater Weather” became a hit and today, their debut album, I Love You, is out — this track is currently my favorite.
Lemaitre – Continuum & Cut to Black
Admittedly, there hasn’t been much mention of EDM on The Daily Cal aside from colossal names such as Swedish House Mafia. In celebration of Daft Punk finally giving us a taste of their new album, here are some songs from a recent album I liked by Lemaitre. They’ve been considered extremely similar to Daft Punk and Justice in the past, but their most recent release, Relativity 3, shows them developing a style that they can call their own.
Junip – Your Life, Your Call
Jose Gonzalez is a well-established singer-songwriter, so people have been waiting for new solo material for a while. That, or you know him from his cover of “Heartbeats” by The Knife. Instead, what you will be getting is his band, Junip’s, self-titled album dropping today. If this song is any indication, you shouldn’t feel disappointed that it isn’t a solo album.
Alice Jemima – Nightcall (Acoustic Cover of Kavinsky)
This is an interesting take on Kavinsky’s song from the hit movie “Drive.” Certainly, not a rendition you can see Ryan Gosling kicking some ass to, but it’s probably one that you can see him cuddling to. It was probably a cop out to put the image of Ryan Gosling cuddling in your head to gain favor with you, but it’s actually pretty nerve-wrecking to share my taste now that I think about it.
Ghost Loft – So High
Ghost Loft is a personal favorite lately since he’s from southern California where I was born and raised. The producer, whose real name is Danny Choi, is making some great music to chill out to. However, don’t let the title of the song or the date’s proximity to 4/20 fool you – it’s not a song about smoking weed.
Har Mar Superstar – Lady, You Shot Me
Another album that will be dropping today is Har Mar Superstar’s Bye Bye 17. This is his 5th album, but chances are you’re hearing his name for the first time (it was for me a month ago). The singer from Brooklyn brings back some Motown-esque flair in this single, which was inspired by the story of Sam Cooke having been shot in a motel lobby. He says that he wrote the song between 4AM to 6AM, his “most emotionally vulnerable” hours. Julian Casablancas of The Strokes played a huge hole in editing the song. Personally, I prefer some good old honest vulnerability over “swag”.
Ellie Goulding – Explosions (Gemini Remix)
Don’t expect much dubstep here. EDM lovers have recently felt the pains of the question “but where’s the drop?” from neon tank wearing bros, but I personally believe that there’s a good dubstep remix once in a while. This one in particular, a remix of Ellie Goulding, features an — ugh, drop — that’s appropriate for a song titled “Explosions”.
Azad Right – Spiderwebs
I’ll admit I haven’t kept up with hip-hop too much after things took a turn for the autotune a while back. I’ve been trying to discover some new artists I like and I’d love your input, but for the moment, here’s one by Azad Right that samples Coldplay of all artists to make a song that I can put on repeat. Put your Judd Apatow quotes aside, it’s actually a good song.
So there’s that. I hope some of you will e-mail me or comment with some songs you personally like! Perhaps even tell me you absolutely hate something I chose. See you again next week.
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