Raleigh Ritchie is somebody we’ve been keen on for a while here at Sunset, but lately I’ve been unable to stop listening to his song “Bloodsport.” One of my friends told me the other day that he, too, has been unable to stop listening to “Bloodsport” ever since discovering it on my 2014 Spotify playlist. This inspired me to get to know Raleigh Ritchie a little bit better myself, so I reached out to him to see if he would participate in our Artist Picks feature.
Artist Picks is a series we do where we turn the tables and ask artists for their current music recommendations. It’s a fun way to discover art that’s inspiring creators, rather than just hearing the opinions of influencers like myself. We ask the artist to list 10 songs that they’re currently listening to, tell us why they picked that song, and we put together a playlist with all of their picks plus our favorite song by that artist him or herself.
One might think Raleigh Ritchie’s stunning music is enough to speak for itself, but there’s more to the man that I think you should know. First of all, his stage name is a result of Jacob Anderson’s (Raleigh Ritchie’s birth name) obsession with Bill Murray. He searched through every Bill Murray character he could think of, and eventually settled on names from The Royal Tenenbaums (Raleigh was Bill Murray’s character and Ritchie was Luke Wilson’s). The other thing worth knowing is that he’s also quite well known for his acting career – he acted in Game of Thrones and Adulthood. Not having seen either of those films myself, I trust that he’s a talented actor as well, but selfishly, am very glad he picked up music.
And just like his talents span multiple genres, so too do his musical tastes. I asked him to share 10 songs that he’s currently listening to on repeat, and they range from a quirky song that you might imagine hearing in a Wes Anderson film (mostly “Figure Eight” by Blossom Dearie) to an upbeat trap song (“My Different” by Big Narste). And there’s a whole bunch of variety in between.
Not all of the songs are available on Spotify, so pardon the couple of standalone extras. Hit the jump for the full song list with Raleigh Ritchie’s reasoning for each song and to stream all songs, including Raleigh Ritchie’s own “Bloodsport.”
Usually what happens is I give you somewhere between 15-20 songs that I liked throughout the month. That’s boring, isn’t it? Why do that when we have amazing writers on here with such great tastes? Why not expose you to all of us from now on? We do this every year in December, but why not all the other months? Well, that’s exactly what we’re going to do. All you need to know is that from now on, we’re asking each writer to give us their top 3 songs from the month, and as a result, we probably have my favorite month ever doing this. The results were nothing short of perfect.
Pharrell singlehandedly brought the funk back to music in 2013, and Lonely Child is continuing the funk revolution with his newest single “Loaded Gun.” But don’t get it twisted; this is not piggybacking on a trend. What Lonely Child does on “Loaded Gun” predates anything Pharrell did last year. This track has its roots in the ’70s (as did most of Pharrell’s contributions, but that’s besides the point). This is a song for when your parent’s grumble about “today’s artists.” It is music that is good and true and transcends any generational gaps.
You wanna come with me tonight, you’re gonna have to pull the trigger, honey you should have known, I’m a loaded gun.
It is really really really difficult to believe in love when you have not experienced it, yet it is so engrained in culture that it is instilled in even the most adamant nonbelievers. I set out to make out a mixtape that is as grimy and slimy (sorry for rhyming) as the ZHU smash “Superfriends” and somehow came out with this grand statement on love. I think the context of this love still comes from like a night out, “we found love in a hopeless place”-type scenario, so that is cool and interesting. Other than that, it is just a mix of 24 songs ranging from Mar‘s gorgeous “Ode to Her” (which makes the lyric “If I was born a girl, I would be just like you babe” endearing and not weird) to the addictive and danceable “Coast Is Clear” by the odd couple of Skrillex and Chance The Rapper.
Daylight Saving time always sneaks up on me. Every year, twice a year, it sits there on my calendar, but it seems as though my eyes have trained themselves not to notice it. So I thank god every time it comes around that my mom still knows me well enough to know she needs to remind me. Sure, I have devices that automatically update themselves (though now I sometimes wonder why the heck my wall clock, microwave and stove wouldn’t know to update themselves…like come on, it’s 2014!…what?), but it’s still worth knowing that there’s going to be a significant change in your days.
Everybody always says the one in the spring time is better. Spring forward. The sun stays out longer. The warm weather is on its way. Yeah yeah, you lose an hour of sleep, BUT IT’S WORTH IT.
This year, I’m ready to spring forward. I’m ready for longer days, new beginnings, and refreshed motivation. I’m starting a new job and am excited about it.
This latest Listen While You Work playlist stands for finding your new beginnings. Seek motivation. Chase your passions. Work for a reason. Let this be your soundtrack.
Artist Picks is a series we do where we turn the tables and ask artists for their current music recommendations. It’s a fun way to discover art that’s inspiring creators, rather than just hearing the opinions of influencers like myself. We ask the artist to list 10 songs that they’re currently listening to, tell us why they picked that song, and we put together a Spotify playlist with all of their picks plus our favorite song by that artist him or herself.
Today’s artist in the spotlight is Vance Joy, the man behind the incredibly catchy ukelele song “Riptide” that has garnered over 6 million views on YouTube and is among Spotify’s “10 Most Viral Tracks.” One day last year I asked fans of the Sunset Facebook Page what their favorite song of 2013 was. Multiple people picked “Riptide.” What these people and many other fans of Vance Joy might not know is that Vance Joy (birth name James Keogh) randomly decided to write a song while in law school, and the result was “Riptide.” Needless to say, the song was a rip-roaring success. Since then, the Melbourne-based artist has been named among Shazam’s “10 Artists Predicted To Break in 2014,” Spotify’s “Spotlight Artists for 2014,” Time Magazine declared him an “Artist To Watch,” and Billboard listed him as one of the “Top 10 Artists Making Global Noise.”
And perhaps what piqued my interest the most is that Vance Joy has been selected to go on a major North American tour with one of my favorite bands of 2014, Young The Giant. If you’re able to go to one of the shows when the bands are in your neighborhood, I would sincerely urge you to go. Vance Joy will soon be a headliner himself, so catching him as an opener for another incredible band is a steal. For full details on the tour and ticket information, visit his tour website here.
Hit the jump to see the what music Vance Joy is listening to and subscribe to the Spotify playlist. Continue reading “[Artist Picks] What Music Is Vance Joy Listening To?” »
You may or may not have heard of this #100HappyDays campaign that’s going around. I first heard of it after noticing that a friend of mine from work had posted two days in a row on Instagram. I wasn’t used to seeing her post all that often, so immediately took note of her increased posting and this mysterious “#100happydays” hashtag that she had tacked onto both pictures. I asked her about it, and she sent me to the website, where I learned about this really simple concept of posting a photo every day for 100 consecutive days of something that makes you happy. Include the hashtag #100happydays, and if you make it through all 100 days, you’ve succeeded at something that over 70% of people fail to complete because of a quoted lack of time. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try it out, and hopefully my friends and followers on Twitter wouldn’t get too annoyed of this daily post.
Fast-forward 43 days: here I am. I’ve managed to post a picture every single day for the past 43 days of one small thing that’s made me happy. I’ve suffered a minor panic attack, and have learned ten important things about myself. Hit the jump to read about it.
The “Best of Series” is a playlist generated every month providing you with quality, sounding music across all genres that were released during that month (or previous months). Whether you’re too busy to visit daily, or just need some music, this is our way of helping you stay current.
February is so short. I say it every year. The music, however, is not!
Jordan’s Top 5:
Skizzy’s new project comes out next week and I couldn’t be happier. To celebrate, Skizzy dominates this month’s top 5 with All Say & Numb
I’m not exactly sure how he does it, but he keeps making songs that are better than the last. This is a ballad of art about love. Because all we need in life is more love songs.
Created for the HBO show, Girls, (who actually watches that show), Miguel creates the smoothest joint I’ve heard in a long time. Currently my favorite song for *insert weekend activity here*.
GoldLink goes in over smooth production to drop some bars to vibe out too. This is in the same category of the song above. *insert weekend activity here*
Hit the jump for the track list! Continue reading “Best of February 2014” »
Ruben Haze is a band from Australia that just released their debut single “City of Dreams.” We’re psyched to be premiering its accompanying lyric video. Both the song and video are really, really beautiful, but I’m not going to talk about that. Instead, I’m going to talk about you. I don’t know you, but I know you must miss someone a lot. When they were with you, they were like your arm, and so losing them was like losing your arm. For a while you experienced the phantom limb effect, so it was like they weren’t really gone–maybe you talked occasionally or maintained casual contact through a series of drunk texts and awkward in-person encounters. But now even the phantom limb has faded, and they are really gone. You are left armless and alone. Now, this is where Haze steps in. For five minutes, “City of Dreams” gives you your arm back.
Last week I posted a list of songs that help keep things in perspective when you feel life is moving too fast. Today, I’m on a completely different path (fueled mostly by these songs that put me into this mood) and want to share with all of you the most upbeat songs the Internet has offered me over the past couple days. Play this music through good headphones or a good speaker system. The music is 99% guaranteed to bring you to life. And no, this doesn’t mean it’s all heartless dance music – this music has soul, but the nature of the instrumentals is uplifting. Full tracklist after the jump.
Valentine’s Day is a fickle beast. On one hand, it’s an opportunity to spend time with the one you love, an opportunity to show that person how deeply you care for him or her and just how much he or she means to you. On the other hand, it’s a fictional, unnecessary, overpriced piece of garbage concocted by Corporate America to sell cards and chocolates. In case you were wondering, I am single.
Luckily, my aggressive abstinence has hopefully been converted into humor for you guys. I, like most 20 year olds in 2014, have a Tinder account. Tinder is the perfect place to just throw things out there and see what happens: there is very little ready information about you, and the probability of an IRL encounter with any of those people is slim to none. Therefore, I decided to throw caution to the wind and open conversation with my matches using Ginuwine lyrics. The following images are the result of my endeavor.
Believe it or not, I do have friends. And many of those friends are friends with some of these girls. So there is a chance greater than zero that I irreparably damaged my reputation in some circles here. And that’s fine, I guess. I’ll get back to you guys on that one.
Also HUGE shoutout to Eric for putting together the artwork at such short notice. Throw him some props.
This was probably my favorite interaction, as well as my favorite lyric to use (the opening lines of “So Anxious”). Right from the get-go you can see that she feels very strongly that Ginuwine is not her type, and even uses some vernacular that I haven’t been familiar with since middle school. Maybe she’s more of an Usher girl.
This one was a blow to the ego. The lyric (from “None Of Ur Friends Business”) isn’t even that inappropriate, I basically asked her out on a date, although I guess no one has said “grab a bite” since Friends was still on the air so that probably wasn’t very clear. Also not sure how I feel about the use of “LOL” rather than “lol.” On the one hand, “LOL” seems to convey genuine laughing, but on the other “lol” is v condescending. I’ll call it a wash.
I didn’t really take any issue with this response to the hook from “Stingy,” to be honest. It wasn’t condescending really, and it didn’t really come after me at all. I just think it’s grounded in ignorance. I mean, say there is something I should get checked out. Anything detrimental can be healed with a healthy dose of Ginuwine, and if I’m sending you Ginuwine lyrics on Tinder then obviously I’m getting my daily allowance of G. I don’t get it. (Also, Tinder, I’ve obviously said hello already. I’ve gone above and beyond that. Get it together.)
(That’s the point.)