Posts by Patrick
Your phone-turned-alarm is buzzing, screeching, honking. And really you just want to drop that phone into a cup of water and turn over. But not this morning. Because this morning, you have these five songs to start your day, and you secretly can’t wait to throw off those sheets and turn those speakers to 11. Get up!
MP3: Dyme Def – Let It Be
It’s that day of the year again. A day for lovers, a day for loners, a day for cynics. A day for roses, hearts, and cuddling, a day for Facebook posts that make you cringe. Whether have someone today or not, there’s something to be said for sappy love songs. I dare say that they can put a fluttering tingle in the belly of the most cynical of cynics. On I Love You & Stuff, HI54LOFI Records has brought together a number of artists to celebrate and reminisce about love (& stuff) through music. The album costs a little more than a $1, and it’s well worth it. I was pretty surprised at how much I enjoyed listening to the album, and I hope you all like it to. For all of you out there, happy valentine’s day!
Amongst the sea of music submissions, sometimes I just don’t know what to click on. But, if you have a name like Calvin Flowers, the decision is way easier. A little acoustic, a little soul. Lots of feeling. Check out his new album, The Social E.P, at his bandcamp page. Or hit him up on Facebook.
Fresh out the oven – Big Z Remixes just released his new mixtape, Can’t Get Enough. Get it while it’s hot!
2. Can’t Get Enough (feat. J. Cole)
3. Straight Cash (feat. Asher Roth)
4. Beast Mode (feat. B.o.B.)
5. Work Out (feat. J. Cole)
6. Brand New (feat. Rhymefest & Kanye West)
7. Diamonds (feat. Kanye West)
8. Success (feat. Jay-Z & Nas)
9. Work Hard, Play Hard (feat. Kay)
10. Radioactive (feat. Marina & The Diamonds)
11. Supernova (feat. Mr. Hudson)
12. Fade Into Darkness (Avicii Remix)
Always celebrate the solstices.
Today, this marvelous Thursday, is the winter solstice. The solstices have been celebrated for millennia, and for good reason. It may not be the dead of winter yet, but tomorrow the sun hangs around for a little bit longer. And, by golly, that should be something to drink to! There’s something earthy and magical about solstices. And I’ll be the first one to admit, I love shit that’s earthy and magical.
Enough of that. I was cruising around reddit today, and I came across this holiday reunion photo of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air cast.
I was a little too young to watch it when it first aired, but I used to watch Fresh Prince re-runs a lllll the time on Nick at Nite. Loved it. One thing lead to another, and I ended up getting a greatest hits collection of of Dj Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince on eBay a bunch of years back. And if you’ll remember, Will Smith was Fresh Prince the rapper before he was the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. His music with DJ Jazzy Jeff has a super old school feel to it, but it can be really refreshing or, at the very least, put a happy smirk on my face. “Summertime” (1991) was one of the greatest hits, and it still feels awesome to play in the dead heat of summer (and the winter solstice, perhaps…):
Other awesome ones (ya gotta see the music videos too):
Finally, in the spirit of the new Men in Black movie about to come out, this video is hilarious. Will Smith in some German TV interview, busting out the MIB rap from the top of his head like 10 years after the original movie was made. Skip to 0:40 if you’re in a hurry:
Why hello there, sunset riders! I’ve got a treat for you that’ll warm your bellies and relax your souls. I discovered Tiger Waves while sorting through the music submissions, and I can’t tell you how refreshing it is find a gem like this. Great sound, and from what I can tell, just as great of a personality.
Hailing out of good ol’ Austin, Texas, Tiger Waves describes themselves as cosmic surf-rock. And, well, I guess that’s sort of what they sound like. Works for me. The band has apparently been collaborating across a great swath of land to bring us this music. They’ve got a diverse list of influences too: The Beach Boys, Early-Period Beatles, Mid-Period Beatles, Late-Period Beatles. But a little more cosmic-y. Take a listen:
Here’s a preview track from their newest, soon-to-be released album:
And some more:
Whooo baby! Killer Vico Ono mashup here of Childish Gambino and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Totally different feel than the “Bonfire” off CG’s new album, and it works really well. This ain’t just sandwiched together either, it’s sexy and cleanly seamed. Check it below:
A lot of you may have already heard this awesome song, but here at Sunset, we like us some throwback every once in a while. I’m usually not the type to put a song on repeat, but I’ve been listening to Old Crow’s “Wagon Wheel” nonstop for the last week. Bluegrass at it’s finest. I saw them play it live last April, and god damn was it good. If you haven’t heard it, or haven’t heard it recently, roll down down your windows and crank it up–
Big Z (aka Zack Caraher) is back with another track. Like his last release, Big Z has taken a step away from his previous hip hop remixes, getting his feet wet in more electronic territory. Ooh dangerous! Check it out:
Wait What has done it again: Nasd Out, an album long mashup of Nas and Washed Out. You might remember Wait What from the in-fucking-credible mixtape, the notorious xx. I dare say that a few songs on that mixtape are some of the mashups I’ve ever heard.
Although it definitely doesn’t outshine the notorious xx, Nasd Out takes on a similar feel. Nas’ killer rhymes over Washed Out’s ambient, chillwave hums. My only gripe is that some of the Nas samples sound a little grainy, but check it out for yourselves:
I don’t quite remember when I first heard Simon & Garfunkel, but it must’ve been early. Maybe even in the womb. I have a wisp of a memory where I’m sitting in the backseat of my mom’s car at night, listening to her play “The Sound of Silence” on tape. It’s one of the most relaxing memories I have, I think about it almost every time I hear Simon & Garfunkel hum their way through my ears. The days have gone by, but that song still hits its chord–
“Hello Darkness, my old friend…”
Perhaps not-so-coincidentally, Thursday was Paul Simon’s birthday. If your’e reading, Happy Birthday! I once had a friend who was a huge Paul Simon fan who didn’t realize that, yes, that’s Simon from Simon & Garfunkel. It was sort of like the time I realized we say “afternoon” because it’s literally after noon. Or that “soft drinks” are called “soft” because they don’t have alcohol. I was embarrassingly old. But back on track…I like to think that if Sunset were around in the 60s and 70s, we’d be all over Simon & Garfunkel. Better yet, if Lydia were born decades earlier, Paul Simon would’ve had a damn good shot on that “5 Artists I Want to Marry” list. Maybe even Art Garfunkel if he did something about that hair.
Beyond any shadow of a doubt Simon & Garfunkel are true poets. Their rhymes are often simple, but the imagery and stories they surround them practically drip out of my speakers. You can see it, taste it, hear it…you can live in it.
I’ve posted this song before, but I’ll do it again. A live recording of one of my favorite Simon & Garfunkel songs of all time….this is the poetry in music at it’s best.
Now from his pocket quick he flashes,
The crayon on the wall he slashes,
Deep upon the advertising,
A single worded poem comprised
Of four letters.
And his heart is laughing, screaming, pounding
The poem across the tracks rebounding
Shadowed by the exit light
His legs take their ascending flight
To seek the breast of darkness and be suckled by the night
Beyond lyrics or stories or rhyme, Simon & Garfunkel set a new standard of harmony. If you’ve ever heard them (which hopefully you all have!), you know what exactly what I mean. They can both sing at the same time, but you only hear one resonating voice. And no studio trickery..they nailed that shit live:
If you’ve only heard a few songs by S&G, go out today and get one of their albums, and I guarantee you won’t regret it. It’ll give you warm company in the winter, and relaxation when you’re stressed. Play it in the morning, or play it in the wee hours of night as you pound coffee. I’ve posted some of my favorite songs below, enjoy 🙂
ZIP (including above) or individually:
MP3: “America”- Simon & Garfunkel
MP3: “Song For The Asking”- Simon & Garfunkel
MP3: “At The Zoo”- Simon & Garfunkel
MP3: “I Am A Rock”- Simon & Garfunkel
MP3: “Cecilia”- Simon & Garfunkel
MP3: “Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. (Live)”- Simon & Garfunkel
MP3: “Keep The Customer Satisfied”- Simon & Garfunkel
MP3: “The Only Living Boy In New York”- Simon & Garfunkel
MP3: “Leaves That Are Green (Live)”- Simon & Garfunkel
MP3: “Baby Driver”- Simon & Garfunkel
MP3: “The Dangling Conversation”- Simon & Garfunkel
Justin D’Onofrio’s one man band “Grandpa Was a Lion” will soothe your mood and hum soft vibrations to your soul. His latest album, Seven Songs was released on Oct. 2, and it’s definitely worth checking out. His sound is hard to pin into a certain genre, but it’s got lots of flavors. Ambient folk, chillwave, dreampop, indie acoustic…but who cares, it’s good. You’ll taste a little Bon Iver and Elliot Smith, but it’s got enough of its own to stand out and hold its ground. Stream the entire album below, and you can buy it with just a few clicks. A sexy 320 kbps (or lossless if you dare) for only $5.