[Introducing] Herrick & Hooley

New Herrick & Hooley!

I was having this conversation with my smartest friend the other day. I asked him if he thought one’s legacy is determined by how many people he or she influences. He said not necessarily and wouldn’t elaborate, so obviously he’s an idiot who won’t indulge me in a thoughtful conversation when I’m inebriated and he’s not. I think influence is a big part of one’s legacy. For example, a big part of Kanye‘s legacy is his sheer influence over the entire generation of rappers that came after him. Likewise, a big chunk of Tyler, The Creator‘s legacy is how he has influenced a legion of loyal fans to fearlessly create art.

A few of these fans comprise the band Herrick & Hooley.

Herrick & Hooley is three kids from Dallas: Hunter Lewis, Ian Olney, and Michael Barnes. The trio produces their own sounds, which borrow from jazz, hip-hop, and R&B — really anything the guys are digging at the time. Despite the wide array of genre pulling, the group has their own overarching sound. It seems like they are still in high school, which is impressive and intimidating. I included some of my favorite tunes from their already vast discography, but if you like instrumental jazz fusion, I would definitely recommend diving headfirst into their most recent album Herrick & Hooley’s Famous Honey.

And yes, Tyler has tweeted about them.

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Songs of the Week: July 17-23

This evening I bring to you the second installation of Sunset’s Songs of the Week, a weekly post covering our favorite songs of the week. If you ever fall behind, count on this post to get you up to date on the best releases of the past seven days.

1. Mikky Ekko – Kids

So there’s about a 100% chance that you already know Mikky Ekko from his incredibly overplayed (yet somehow still infectious) song “Stay” with Rihanna. This one is just him, and is produced by certified hitmakers Benny Blanco and John Hill. A carefree, laidback tune perfect for the summer. (Posted by Arjun)

2. José González – Crosses (Dinner Date Remix)

This is an incredibly beautiful remix of one of my favorite artists, Jose Gonzales. A light, sleep inducing, almost transient remix by Dinner Date, this one is perfect for a daydream. Lie in a field somehow, get lost, and enjoy. Thank you to Chuck from The Chuckness for bringing this to our attention via the first edition of Sunset’s “Overlooked” feature.

3. Akono Miles – Gotta Be Loved

Akono Miles recently came into the blogosphere, and his jazz infused hip hop is extremely unique. His flow and sing songy hook is both infectious and calming, and he is certainly a name to keep your eyes on going forward–the kid has some serious talent. (Posted by Arjun)

4. Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know

The Arctic Monkeys have been my jam for years. I just saw them recently at Free Press Festival (I was backstage woohoo) and they played this one live. Alex Turner and the crew always kill it, but their sound has, in some ways, transitioned from being whimsical and fun to driving and serious. One of the best contemporary rock bands in my opinion, I’m looking forward to their upcoming album. (Posted by Arjun)

5. Fjords – Observer Drift

Shouts out to Arjun for always finding music and artists that I love and have never heard of until he brings them into my world via this beautiful little thing we have here called Sunset in the Rearview. This song is a super catchy blend of folk and hip hop influenced instrumentals–definitely a must download. (Posted by Arjun)

6. Migos – Versace feat. Drake

7. Drake – Jodeci Freestyle


8. Drake – The Motion feat. Sampha


9. Party Next Door – Over Here feat. Drake

Drake kind of went ham this week, releasing a ton of new material and a couple different teasers. You can stream all 4 new tracks above–the standouts to me were Versace and the Jodeci Freestyle. Look out for Nothing Was the Same dropping September 17th. BIG year for hip hop. (Posted by Jordan)


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Songs of the Week: July 10-16

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to post, but I am back with a new feature on the site that I will be curating each Sunday recapping Sunset’s favorite songs of the week. If you fall behind on music any given week, we hope this post will get you back in the loop!

G Eazy – I Don’t Believe You feat. Team Robot

Young Gerald dropped a new single featuring long time contributor Team Robot (you’ll know them from “Run”). This is one to get turnt to.

Avicii – Wake Me Up feat. Aloe Blacc

If you’ve been following Avicii since his controversial Ultra performance where he blended live country music with his set, you’ll know he’s going in an interesting direction as of late. This one features Aloe “Needs a Dollar” Blacc, and fuses Avicii’s club-ready instrumental’s with country guitar and Aloe’s beautiful, jazzy voice.

Vicktor Taiwo – Only Love (Ben Howard Cover)

This one is really incredible. Vicktor Taiwo, who Arjun recently introduced to the site, cover’s Ben Howard’s song “Only Love.” Vicktor’s exceptionally unique R&B combines with the instrumental to make a dreamy, driving, gorgeous song. Perhaps my favorite from the entire week.

Milky Chance – Flashed Junk Mind

Thanks to Dusty for bringing this to SITR, Milky Chance is an artist I had formerly been unfamiliar with. They’re kind of like Feist meets Guster meets Miike Snow, but their sound is unique and a lot of fun. With an amusing, acoustic instrumental and the lead singer’s voice that recalls Noah and the Whale, these Germans are poised to become very popular in the States.

Trails and Ways – Nunca

It’s tough not to start dancing to this one. Trails and Ways describes their sound as “bossanova dreampop,” and I think that’s really the best description possible for what they have released on their new album, Trilingual. Listen to my favorite track off of that EP below, and hit the link above to stream the new EP.

Paul Otten – Breeze

Paul Otten’s “Breeze” sounds like a song that could be a breakout single this summer. Perfect for the beach and backyard barbeques, this song is simple, fun, and guarantees a good mood. Breeze will certainly be in heavy rotation in the weeks to come.
Schoolboy Q – Collard Greens feat. Kendrick Lamar

Given that this one features two of my favorite MCs of the moment, it almost makes the list by default. That being said, it clearly came with high expectations, and in my mind, it exceeded them. With great verses from the two of them, TDE kills it as always.


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Mac Miller – Objects In The Mirror [Music Video]

So here we have a video for Mac Miller’s latest track “Objects In The Mirror” off of his sophomore effort Watching Movies With The Sound Off, and to be totally honest I have no idea what’s going on. Just like most of you, when I turn on a Mac Miller track I expect a catchy beat with a huge, poppy hook that I can immediately envision white, sorority girls pre-gaming to. But much to my very pleasant surprise, that is certainly NOT the case with “Objects In The Mirror.” While the album’s official tracklisting has the track as featureless and produced by Pharrell, the video has make laying down his surprisingly-serviceable singing voice down on a live-backing by Odd Future’s The Internet, which leaves me feeling like I’m listening to a Phony Ppl track. And I LOVE Phony Ppl. Of course, I know a person or two on Twitter that would tell me that this has been the case, but whatever. WMWTSO is due out on June 18th, and you can catch Mac on tour this summer with some of my (and probably your) favorites.

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Phony Ppl – I Wish I Was A Chair [Music Video]

This is the good stuff. I’ve seen the Phony Ppl name floating around for a while, but never really checked them out, for which I’m disappointed in myself. Turns out Phony Ppl are a sweet rap/jazz/soul collective, and they just dropped a Sperry (of ItsTheBino dot com fame) directed video for the smooth little diddy “I Wish I Was A Chair,” off their mixtape Phonyland., which you should definitely check out. If you’re looking for a some relaxation tonight, look no further.

[h/t Potholes]

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Over the past year and a half, I’ve gotten increasingly into jazz music. My dad’s favorite album is Miles Davis’ magnum opus Kind of Blue, so I was introduced to the genre at a young age and I’ve always enjoyed listening to it when my family played it at parties and when I saw it performed live. However, I never really bothered to start my own collection of jazz music. That all changed when a friend of mine got a record player and we started to listen to old jazz records on an almost constant basis. Ever since then, I’ve gotten pretty serious into the classics, but hadn’t really found any up and coming jazz musicians that I really was excited about.

That all changed when I first heard BBNG. I’ll admit, I didn’t listen to them until they first started doing their Odd Future covers, but ever since then I’ve been really excited about each new release they’ve put out.

It’s really cool to me to see such a contemporary jazz group–a group that covers an incredibly diverse range of genres, spanning from Earl Sweatshirt’s “Earl” to Kanye West’s Flashing Lights to James Blake’s CMYK–get such independent groundswell. It’s been really cool seeing their progressing recognition–of course, the Odd Future members rep BBNG all day long, but artists such as Questlove have also taken notice of BBNG’s young talent. It’s interesting to see the clash of their style with the style of Odd Future–both acts have vicious, spitfire delivery, offering their art with no regrets and no reservations.

To put it in more direct terms, they give zero fucks; they’re here to make what they want to make, to play what they want to play, and they do it damn well.

Check out some of my favorite tracks streaming below, and head over to BBNG.com to download the entire album, free of charge. Best $0 you’ll ever spend in your life, I promise you.

BADBADNOTGOOD – CMYK (James Blake Cover)

BADBADNOTGOOD – Bastard/Lemonade

BADBADNOTGOOD – Flashing Lights



No one above the age of 21 was involved in the making of thisalbum, it was created by a bunch of kids. This album wasrecorded in one 10 hour session with no song having morethan two takes, it was mixed and mastered completely byourselves. Thanks to our friends, family, loved ones and anyonewho fucks with us.


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[Beat Tape] mattMiGGZ – Rich Off a MiGGZ Tape

mattMiGGZ, a Holder of Coats over at HMC, a photographer/producer for Aer, and an overall connoisseur of the hip hop culture is back with a new beat tape, aptly titled “Rich Off a MiGGZ Tape,” a ploy of Drake’s often repeated line “rich off a mixtape.”

MiGGZ kills it with the production, and I especially dig the jazz-infused feel of tracks like “Air It Out.”

Some other standouts for me on the tape are Golden Era, Get It, Jupiter, Crunchy, and Pressure.

Stream below, and download if you’re so inclined–great music to listen to when you’re kicking back, studying, smoking, whatever.

Download “Rich Off a MiGGZ Tape”


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Throwback Thursday // F#CK IT, WE’LL DO IT LIVE

Not a lot of time to write today, so this week’s TT is gonna by live. WE’LL DO IT LIVE. Well, sort of. Actually, not really, but as close as I can get.

If you’ve ever been to a concert, you know that no live recording can ever capture the experience of actually being there, in the thick of it. The crowds, the screaming, the picnics, the weather, the little jokes by the band. Not to mention the glorious sound and thunderous acoustics. Just like no picture can truly ever capture everything about a moment, neither can a live recording at a concert. But pictures are awesome, and so are live recordings. QED.

But really. There are some bands out there that are no longer, and it makes me sad to think that they’ll never make another song.  And that’s where live music comes in. Even if they’re singing a song you know, live recordings always have-a-somethin shiny and new about them. They’re never quite like the original, and sometimes I’ll find myself playing the live version over the mastered version. It’s nice hearing the applause, the foot thumping, and the occasional (one-sided) conversation between the artist and the audience. Check out some of my favorite live recordings:

ZIP or individually below:

MP3: Welcome (#7)” – Wynton Marsalis Septet
MP3: “In The Sweet Embrace of Life” – Wynton Marsalis Septet (62 mb, 54:43)

[^^These two go together, the first is the introduction to the song that follows. Listen for the coughs and tinkling of wine glasses.]

MP3: “The Dangling Conversation (live)” – Simon & Garfunkel
MP3: “Desperado (live)” – Eagles
MP3: “Knife (live)” – Grizzly Bear
MP3: “No Woman No Cry (live) – Bob Marley
MP3: “Dark Matter (live)” – Andrew Bird
MP3: Love of My Life (live)” – Queen [listen for the audience singing a verse]
MP3: “”39 (live)” – Queen [fun fact: this song is about time dilation]
MP3: Familiar Terrain (live)” – Bobby Birdman

Also, check out this awesome NPR recording of Chris Thile and Michael Daves that one of my friends showed me. Be warned, it’s bluegrass, and it’s awesome. Chris Daves (with glasses) looks the part of a bluegrass fella, but he can wail on guitar. And I have it on good word that Chris Thile is the greatest mandolin player ever:



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Aloe Blacc – Billie Jean (live) [video]

The applause at the end goes on for over a minute and a half, and every bit of it is deserved. A gorgeous take on the Michael Jackson classic from the wonderful Aloe Blacc. Check out the MADE blog for 5 more videos from the session.

MP3: “Billie Jean (Live String session) – Aloe Blacc


For you impatient folk, the singing starts around 1:50…

Also, a new electrofunk remix of Aloe’s “I Need a Dollar,” spotted over at TMN

MP3: “I Need a Dollar” (Cee-Roo Remix) – Aloe Blacc


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Spree Wilson – Everything I Own

Spree Wilson

Everything I Own by spreewilson

Spree Wilson was once a homeless artist. These days, he has been signed to a major record label in New York City. In life and on tape, Spree Wilson likes to jump around. Raised in Nashville, Tennessee, he then went to school for music in Atlanta, and then decided to try to make a career out of music and that’s when he found himself homeless. Luckily for all of us, he made it off the streets and is releasing an album called The Never Ending Now on April 5th. Raised a fan of everything from jazz music to De La Soul to Nirvana, it’s easy to see why Spree Wilson embodies so many genres in one persona. The upcoming artist is said to feature ballads, funk, pop, rap, and like we hear in this song, maybe even some pop, too. I’m looking forward to hearing this album; all that I’ve heard from Spree Wilson thus far has really impressed me.

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