All My Friends by LCD Soundsystem

I was at Lollapalooza a few weeks ago. As I’ve mentioned before, I love music festivals. I’ve attended governors ball, Okeechobee, and Lollapalooza this year, with mostly likely more on the horizon for 2016. One headliner that dominated festival lineups this cycle was LCD Soundsystem. To be honest, when I first saw LCD at the top of Coachella lineup I was disappointed. Who are these guys? How are they headlining? I’ve never herd of them. That was all a mistake.

As I learned in my preparation for Lolla, LCD Soundystem is amazing. Their music is unique and fun. The lyrics are catchy and the music itself is exciting. I recommend checking out their entire song catalog, but I have to share my favorite LCD song: All My Friends. This might be a perfect song. It builds up, it’s so easy to dance to, and it makes you wonder where your friends are tonight. If you don’t know LCD, please give this song a few listens. It took me several listens to get into it, but I’m so glad I did.

Mr. Brightside by The Killers

Today is the second day of The Governors Ball Music Festival and I am incredibly excited. As I’ve mentioned before, I look forward to music festivals all year long and really loved attending the inaugural Okeechobee Music Festival earlier this year. Governors Ball 2016 has an incredibly diverse lineup of artists, but to me, the draw of the weekend is The Killers. I love this band. I’ve seen them several times already [most recently at Firefly 2015] and I will always buy tickets when they play close by.

2004’s Hot Fuss is as close to a perfect album as you will find. Every song on it is fantastic. Even 12 years later, the music on this album has not become dated nor dull. I’ve embedded the entire album to this post, but the official song of the week is Mr. Brightside. I picked Mr. Brightside, instead of a lesser known track, because the energy derived from festival of people yelling the lyrics is too much to pass up. To me, the passion and excitement of the crowd really makes or breaks a live performance. When Mr. Brightside is blasting, the energy level is cranked up to 10.

7 Years

The song of the week today is 7 years by Lukas Graham. Coming from Denmark, Graham’s new, self-titled album is surprisingly deep. However, 7 years is certainly the most popular track as it currently sits at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 [As of May 28]. Specifically, 7 years is a coming of age story that that jumps from a mother’s words of wisdom to her 7 year old son to the recollections of a 60 year old man. Definitely give it a listen.

Song of the Week

I love music [music festivals too]. Sitting at my desk, walking down the street, or working out at the gym, you are likely to find me with headphones on and music playing. The array of music I listen to is broad. I’m a huge Beatles fan. How can you not be? Seriously, how can you not be a Beatles fan? However, I also enjoy mindless rap hits. The spectrum is large, varying based on my mood, time of day, and the like.

Because of my love for music, I’ve decided to share one song per week that is really catching my attention. There is no way to predicate the song or genre in advance. It could be a throw back [again, The Beatles can take over any week of listening] or a pop hit from the week. Regardless, each Friday I’m going to post one song that’s been absorbing me.

This week, I’ve got a song by The Strumbellas. I’ve actually been listening to their latest album Hope a bunch this week [by a bunch, I mean non-stop]. Specifically, for the inaugural song of the week, I want to recommend Young & Wild. To me, this is a perfect summer song. Upbeat music, catchy lyrics, easy to dance to. I’ve embedded the entire album below [because it’s all worth a listen], but make sure to check out Young & Wild.

Boyz n Poizn — Phoebe Ryan

I really like Phoebe Ryan. I saw her last fall and sadly missed her twitter reply about meeting after the show. Her debut album is slated for release sometime this year, but today Boyz n Poizn, her second single for the album, dropped. I actually remember her playing this in the fall and loved it. I highly suggest listening to the track below.

2016 is going to be a huge year for Phoebe Ryan, so if you have not already, start following her.

Confirmed: Mega Festival Coming This October

Update:
This festival was confirmed as Desert Trip.

First reported by the LA Times last week, Goldenvoice (the organizer of Coachella) has landed some of the biggest headliners on the planet for a mega-festival. Slated for later this year, the event will take place at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, the same location Coachella takes place. The tentative plan is for Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones to open the festival on October 7th. The following day, Neil Young and Sir Paul McCartney will headline. Finally, The Who and Roger Waters [Pink Floyd] will close the event on October 9th. Unlike other festivals, particularly Coachella, the artists will perform full sets. It also appears that the festival will consist of only these six artists. I was originally suspicious of this report, but it appears to have been confirmed by Neil Young’s manager and the Who’s Roger Daltrey.

Frankly, this is a once in a lifetime event. I am a huge Paul McCartney fan and am willing to travel a great distance to see him perform. Throw in the Stones and I am sold. An event like this would limit my availability to attend Austin City Limits, but it would be hard to turn down a lineup like this.

Fitz and The Tantrums HandClap

In 2014, Fitz and The Tantrums became one of my favorite new bands. In fact, I saw them perform the same set twice that summer and enjoyed every moment of it. Their energy and lyrics kept me extremely engaged, in spite of my favorite song Tighter not being played. If you haven’t herd any of their music before, give a listen to their 2013 album More Than Just A Dream and I’m confident you’ll get on the bandwagon.

On June 10 of this year, Fitz will be releasing a new, self-titled album. I’m counting down the days. In the meantime, the first single from the Album — titled HandClap — was released today. Give it a listen below. I’ve listened to it about ten times through this writing. My initial impressions: extremely catchy, upbeat, and enjoyable. If the album flows from this track I’ll be incredibly pleased on June 10.

Check out the current 2016 tour dates if you are enticed.

Apple Music To Stream DJ Remixes

I love DJ mixes. Combinations of previously separate tracks with tempo changes, interesting transitions, and bass drops are extremely creative and exciting to listen to. However, these remixes pose a problem. The DJ mixing these tracks may not [probably does not] have the legal rights to use the underlying intellectual property [i.e. the original recordings]. Billboard is reporting that Apple has found a solution.

Apple has partnered with Dubset, a company that “use[s] a proprietary technology called MixBank to analyze a remix or long-form DJ mix file, identify recordings inside the file, and properly pay both record labels and music publishers.” Essentially, Dubset eliminates the licensing problem by automatically detecting which tracks are used in a mix and paying the appropriate entities.

I’m not currently an Apple Music user [Spotify for days], but this partnership along with other Apple Music advantages [Cough cough Taylor Swift Streaming] may change my preference. Stay tuned.

Okeechobee Music Festival Review


Early this month I was down in Florida attending the first Okeechobee music festival. In spite of this being the inaugural year of the festival, it was pleasantly well executed. The campgrounds we clean and easy to get to. The festival grounds were only a short distance away and the water refill stations were both easy to find and quick to access. Moreover, the lineup — headlined by Mumford and Sons and Kendrick Lamar — was phenomenal.

As with any first generation product, there is some room for improvement. Most importantly, the volunteers need a little more training and instruction. My buddy misplaced his wallet and each time we asked for the location of the lost and found we were directed [sometimes rudely] in contradicting directions. The festival organizers should also work to improve cell reception at the campsites. However, this is mostly nitpicking.

Overall, Okeechobee was a fantastic experience. I had an unforgettable time in Florida and look forward to year two.

Below is a playlist of all my coverage for Okeechobee: