You know summer is coming when the definitive summertime music event, SummerStage, is announced. This year's lineup is packed with awesome artists including Beach House, Norah Jones, araabMUZIK, Das Racist, Kurt Vile, Foster the People, Deer Tick, Amadou and Miriam and many more!
For 2012, the event has expanded to all of NYC's many parks, not just the main stage in Central Park. That means more shows and events from all over the city, Red Hook to Queensbridge, Central Park to Tompkins Square.
Did I mention all of the shows are free?! And that it'll be summertime?! And that these are all outside in NYC's beautiful parks?!
Here's a link for the full schedule and lineup. See ya there!
Beach House: "Lazuli"
Beach House has not come out with an album since 2010's stellar Teen Dream, but I'm sure none of us have forgotten about them. This week they dropped a new single off of their forthcoming album, Bloom, releasing May 15th on SubPop. "Lazuli" opens up with a reminder of where Beach House came from: a steady, bright synth line that will instantly make itself recognizable. About twenty seconds in, the duo's maturity shows as a wave of thick, dense production envelopes us, comforts us, opens before us into a milky dream-pop serenade.
Ahh, nothing's better than an nice summer record release! That actually doesn't really make any sense, but here are a few new records and reissues coming out this summer. As always, if there is anything we've missed (surely), please comment below!
Aesop Rock: Skelethon (Rhymespace) July 10th
Underground Rap pioneer, Aesop Rock, is set to release his newest album FIVE years since his last one. Guest spots include Kimya Dawson, Rob Sonic, DJ Big Wiz and others. Pretty excited to hear what Aesop's been up to lately.
April 21st is right around the corner and the people working on Record Store Day just posted a complete (and massive) list of all of the releases!
You're going to need some time wade through all of the choices, but here are some highlights:
Animal Collective: Transverse Temporal Gyrus LP
Arcade Fire: Sprawl II LP
Beach House: Lazuli B/W Equal Mind 7”
Bruce Springsteen: Rocky Ground 7”
Gorillaz: Do Ya Thing 7”
Well Joonbuggers, it's that time again, Festie time! This time we are preparing for Austin City Limits. This is one of my favorite festivals of the year, not only because Austin is home, but also because it might be one of the most musically diverse. We are seeing some of our electronic, oldies, Texas country and pop favies this year. Here is what we were looking most forward to.
If you missed our ultimate preparation guide for a festival, please click here to get the scoop on how to get you and your group ready for a weekend of music.
“Norway” by Beach House:
I can’t help but BANG this song at least 7 times whenever I hear it. The out of tune guitar riffs, and soulful voice is like riding a heaven bound chariot in space, no lie. The lyrics are quite cryptic but none the less absolutely heartfelt. There’s some type of ethereal resonance with the guitar (Alex Scally) combined with Victoria Legrand (front woman and Organ). Mi simply loves it…
“Cygnus Vismund Cygnus” by The Mars Volta:
In a conscious effort to sit down and write about Beach House’s latest release, Teen Dream, I initially had trouble sitting still and staying focused, as this album has moved me in all senses of the word 'move'. Over and over, Victoria Legrand’s voice is reminding me that “You are not the same as you used to be,” and so I must admit, I have changed a lot since I first heard Beach House's sophomore album, Devotion, in 2006. Now, nearly four years later, I am realizing “Used to Be” isn’t even how it use to be, in the most necessary way.
Animal Collective Campfire Songs
Basia Bulat Heart of My Own
7dayBinge 7dayBinge [digital release Dec. 8, 2009]
Beach House Teen Dream
Jason Castro Jason Castro
Citay Get Together
Evacuate Chicago Veracity
Joe Firstman El Porto
Four Tet There Is Love In You
Charlotte Gainsbourg IRM
Gorevette Lustfully Yours [EP]
Lady Antebellum Need You Now
Locksley Be In Love
Jennifer Lopez Love?
Los Campesinos! Romance Is Boring
The Magnetic Fields Realism
Never Shout Never What Is Love?
Patrick & Eugene Altogether Now (Birds Bees Flowers Trees)
Evacuate Chicago Verasity
The Silent League ...But You've Always been The Caretaker
Three 6 Mafia Laws Of Power
It is safe to say that when a bunch of NYC hipsters hear the words “FREE MUSIC” and “POOL PARTY”, they will be anything short of hesitant to rise up to the occasion. For years, Jelly NYC have been hosting summer pool parties, but it has only been the past 3 years that the festivities have moved from the now devastated McCarran park to the ever so spirited Williamsburg Waterfront. The heat exhausted plaid loving peeps show true dedication by congregating from early Sunday mornings to the stretch of midnight waiting around to enjoy live acts, cold beer, the hot sun , and maybe even a game of dodge ball. Check it out yourself and savor the last weeks of august with the songs that help make the soundtrack of summer 2k9.
WHERE? Check it out @ 93 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY.
COMING UP This weekend Sunday!
Aug 23 — Girl Talk, Max Tundra, Wiz Khalifa* 2 Weeks Sunday,
Aug 30 — Beach House & Grizzly Bear