2008-Early Summer

It’s been awhile since I’ve actually written any recommendations, though I did share some of my love for my “music abroad” recently.  So this is a little outdated, but if you don’t know who these bands are below, check ’em out…

Lyrics Born “Everywhere at Once”

The perfect summer hip hop CD
I’m still amazed that the catchy “I like it, I love it” has yet to see any terrestrial radio play, though I think the satellites are picking up “Hot 2 Deff”, which is also pretty good.  I’m not a big hip hop fan, but there are a few artists a year who catch my ear, and Lyrics Born is the best thing since Kanye…without all the hype and ego.  It’s definitely less gangsta, and more funk than what’s out there, which makes it a refreshing breath of good beats (plus he’s half japanese…which is also kinda cool).  Like all hip hop CDs, he does have a few pointless skits, but I’d say all the songs are solid (except for maybe “Differences”, the hook could be a little more creative)  But if you’re lookin’ for somethin’ to get you pumped up before hittin’ the town, or just lookin’ for something to blast in your car with the windows down so you can look supercool, check this out, it’ll keep your head bobbin’ and your booty shakin’ all summer.

The Hoosiers “The Trick to Life”

The UK’s at it again…
You all are probably aware of my UK craze right now, but here’s where it all started.  I fell in love with the song “Worried About Ray”, which I believe I stumbled on through iTunes somehow and threw on one of my mixes. Who knew the rest of the album would be so addictive and equally catchy?  Every time I hear “Cops and Robbers” (as featured on my homepage and newest mix), I can’t help but smile and bouce around like a lunatic.  Hoosiers are similar to the Wombats with the energy of “Hot Hot Heat” and some kind of old school “Panic!” feel with the theatrics.  As I feel the Kooks failed at their attempt to give me good Brit-pop rock for the summer, I am thankful I stumbled upon the Hoosiers who have filled that void.  So their album came out in ’07…I may be a little behind in world time, but I think I’m ahead of the game in US time.  The album loses a little momentum with some of the slow songs, but overall, there’s a lot of talent, a lot of energy, and a good mix of new UK and solid music.  Plus, I think I’m developing some weird crush on the singer.  Something about the sophisticated indie look and a hot voice really gets me going.

Santogold “Santogold”

Can’t get over this album…
Something about this album just sticks with me.  I’ve already reviewed it and it got damn close to 5 thongs.  Think M.I.A. meets Tegan and Sara…or something along those lines.  Santogold is hard to put a finger on, and that’s what I love about her.  Just when you think you have her figured out, she switches it up.  Check out the full review in the review section, and buy the CD…trust me, it’s worth it.

People in Planes (to be released)

Raving for the album before it’s even released…
That’s when you know it’s good.  Mark my word…I WILL buy this album when it comes out…summer of 2008 according to their myspace.  I bought a few songs by them and loved “Pretty Buildings” which is the first single off their new CD.  This is the kind of music you want to listen to over and over because each time you do, you hear something new.  “Last Man Standing” is one of the most interesting rock songs I’ve heard in awhile…every space is filled with an exciting little piece of musical candy.  If you like Saosin, or 30 seconds to mars, check out People in Planes, you’ll thank me for it later.

Here’s the video for “Pretty Buildings”…this is just the tip of the iceberg…

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