I’m going through a daft punk phase. Perhaps it’s because I’ve recently discovered how vast and enjoyable their discography is. Perhaps it’s because of the rumors of a 2017 tour (debunked). The reasons don’t matter. What matters is Daft Punk is great and I what more.
The Song of the Week is a new track by The Weeknd, with – more importantly – beats from Daft Punk. “I feel It Coming” is actually the second song from The Weeknd’s upcoming album to feature Daft Punk. The beat is classic Daft Punk. I’m digging it. Go ahead, give it a listen. Try to tell me that beat isn’t classic and catchy. Why can’t they just drop a surprise album and tour? Why? Please.
I attended Bonnaroo 2013, but I missed seeing The XX. Looking back, missing The XX is my biggest regret from Bonnaroo. Over the last few years, The XX have been mostly quite. That has all changed. The XX recently announced a new album (“I see you”) – coming out early next year – as well as the first tour dates for the corresponding tour. Moreover, they have released On Hold, the first track from the new album.
The sound is upbeat and modern. It’s different than other songs by The XX, but in a good way. It’s fresh and new, while keeping those familiar vocals front and center. I’m a big fan and can’t wait for “I see you” to be released in January.
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.
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.
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.