Have you ever experienced one of those breakthrough moments where you feel like FINALLY you’ve reached what you’ve been trying to get to for so long? I had one of those today. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been in a funk for a while now – just not really feeling like myself. Work hasn’t been exciting me, and I’ve been letting that affect my personal life. But I turned 27 yesterday and I told myself that 27 is going to be better than 26. And I woke up this morning, and somehow I just felt giddy. I’ve been cheery all morning, and a big part of it has been fueled by the music I’ve been listening to. So I wanted to share 10 songs that I’m playing on repeat today (some new, some old). I don’t usually get into remixes or heavy beats, but I’m feeling it today, so why the hell not! Let the beat build!
2013 came, and went in a blink of an eye. That’s what happens though, right? And on top of that, all this shit happened in 12 months. For example, Chance blew up in a matter of 8 months, and Kanye talked to Jesus (he said what-up Yeezus). Then we have Lorde, the 16 year old sensation, and R. Kelly having a song with Lady Gaga. On paper, 12 months seems like a while, but realistically, it’s quite the opposite. Before we knew it, December came upon us, and we had to gear up for all of our “2013” releases. Well, look no further, as here is Sunset in the Rearview’s Top Songs of 2013.
This year is slightly different than what we’ve done in the past. We decided to increase our top song count from five to ten because who in the hell can narrow it down to five and not feel like songs got snubbed?
Hit the jump to read all of our picks.
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. Whether you’re too busy to visit daily, or just need some music, this is our way of helping you stay current.
Well, I’m back in college for my junior year. This is some scary stuff. One more year? Don’t get me started. Also, I turned 21 today so that’s a great thing as well. Here’s my gift to you!
Jordan’s Top 5:
He is unbelievable. I would let him sing to me, one on one, clothing optional, and not feel weird about. Sorry if that was slightly weird. Nirvana will give you that feeling, too.
Well, if you haven’t heard, Kendrick Lamar calls out a ton of rappers, and it’s fantastic. Even two rappers that he’s on the same song with! Wowza!
You know what? It’s just good, so just listen.
Blast it, jam it, sing it, loudly. This is one of those “why isn’t it at least four minutes long” scenarios. You rock out at only 2 minutes and 40 seconds, but it’ll feel like an eternity with one of my favorite songs of the year.
Hit the jump for the track list Continue reading “Best of August 2013” »
1. A joke about jungle fever.
2. But why?
3. Hi, my name is Kanye.
[Our main man Jordan is abroad in the Far East this month and next, so I’m handling his duties of Best of the Month while he’s gone. Don’t worry ladies, he’ll be back soon enough.]
May is a great month. Summer unofficially begins with Memorial Day Weekend, school winds down and with the ending of classes comes the beginning of the festivities. Cookouts, boating, or simply imbibing while the sun is still high in the sky, whatever your favorite activity is, I’d bet that this soundtrack would work perfectly for it. From summery strings to heated hip-hop, you’re guaranteed to find something you like here, or your money back. (Just kidding, it’s free [you’ll still love it though])
The download link is below, and we’ve got my Top 5 tracks below and the tracklist after the jump.
Some awesome electronic here. A nice little high hat, an ear-grabbing keyboard melody, and some very cool vocals hook you from the get-go. (Guys, it also provides you with an A+ drunk text to your summer romance. Just saying.)
Not even sure how to describe this one, but Young’s smooth vocals will sure as hell help you rewind after a long day at the summer job.
Possibly my favorite of the month. We got our first taste of Gypsy on Chance’s Acid Rap, but this track of hers is just… perfect, man. “Sunday morning, and the birds are lovely”
This one here’s your classic band cut that is just necessary for the summer months.
This one’s right up there with “Sunday Morning,” actually. Some HUGE synths and Passion Pit-esque vocals/strings just do it, no Nike.
April is a stressful month. Fun, but stressful. Those in school are gearing up for finals and a wild summer. If you’re no longer in school, I’m sorry because that’s unfortunate. The music scene this month hasn’t helped out the stress that much because frankly, there was a bundle of quality music released this month. Thus, a result of more stress because of so much music to listen to. This is already an issue as I’m preppin’ for finals.
You know the saying April showers brings May flowers? Well, we were spoiled this month with music, so May better bloom into these wonderful, high expectations.
Download link below, my top 5, and then the track list after the jump!
Lucki Eck$ made some noise on the blogosphere with “Count On Me.” It appeared on our 4/20 mix, as well. Count On Me is something that’s different, but still fresh, all at the same damn time. Top 5 nod.
Give it three listens, and you’ll be hooked. You’re going to like the way you ears feel, I guarantee it.
One of the best remixes I’ve ever heard in a while. Filthy. Cashmere Cat done did Miguel’s song dirty. And Miguel is getting to the point where it’s like “c’mon guys, it’s Miguel.” Sort of like how Frank Ocean is, but not like Frank Ocean.
Another track that appeared on our 4/20 mix, makes my top 5 as well. Ghost Loft captures the right electronic sounds and synths, and combines them appropriately to create a track you don’t need to be high for (but will be better in said state).
Drake’s been on top of his game lately. Is it safe to say Drake’s got something really cookin’ for us come the next album? Girls love Aubrey, but actually.
Honorable Mention: Josef Salvat, Daft Punk, Antonio Paul, Max Frost, The Hard Knocks
Hit the jump for the track list! Continue reading “Best of April 2013” »
Kid Cudi was one of the first artists I really latched onto when I started this music blog back in 2008. I immediately heard something different in his music that I wasn’t hearing in most music: honesty, introspection, and a version of hip hop that was accessible to people not looking for the typical ramblings of a gangster making music. I admired the dark nature of Cudi’s words more than I ever thought I was. Perhaps it made me think I was lonelier than I was in reality, but I felt them. A Kid Named Cudi was the first project I heard from the young rapper/singer, and I’ve been listening ever since. Though I’ve felt a steady decline in the quality and appeal in Kid Cudi’s music since that fateful day in 2008, there have been songs that have forever changed my life between then and now. While I sit here and hope that Incidud catapults Cudder back into the ranks of the best musicians I’ve ever heard, I have worked with the Sunset Fam to put together a list of the 10 best Kid Cudi songs of all time. – Lydia Simmons
Here we are again, standing at the end of the year, looking out, hoping we don’t all meet our end on December 21’s “apocalypse.” But in the event that does happen, at least we can look each other in the eyes at this point and say it’s been a fun ride. The music was pretty damn solid. I wouldn’t say it was the absolute best year in music, because frankly it just wasn’t. There was a lot of good music, but I had a tougher time this year pickin 20 albums for my top 20 than I did in 2011, mostly because I didn’t want to put any albums on there that I wouldn’t choose to come back to for years to come. So hopefully it turns out that way, but who knows. Only time will tell, and that’s one thing we’re unsure of. So, cheers, bishes, hope to see y’all come 12/22/12.
Oh and one more thing…and this will come every year. I have to proclaim that most of these opinions are mine and only mine. I did some crowdsourcing from my Sunset fam here, but in the end, my opinion trumped all. Pretty terrible, right? Hey, don’t hate on efficiency. But really, I can’t say I was able to listen to every album that came out in 2012. I think I’d have been fired from my day job long ago if that was case. But I did listen to a ton of albums, and some of the ones that you might expect to make the cut just didn’t do it for me. A bunch of music bloggers are likely going to say that Grimes, Sleigh Bells, and Death Grips’s releases were hands down album of the year material. But they didn’t do it for me. So I didn’t include them. That’s the nature of this blog, and I intend to keep it that way. Straight talk: these are my opinions, and with that, these are my jams.
Click through to continue reading about our Best Albums of 2012
One of my favorite mixes of 2011 was our “Top Songs of 2011” mix. Why? Because we rule. No, but it’s because it’s a bunch of different writers with different music tastes (some overlapping) sharing their top 5 releases from that year with the rest of the blogosphere. That’s why. The beauty of Sunset writers is the diversity in tastes we have, and collectively as a whole, you get a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. 2012 had its ups and downs, but this mix clearly highlights the ups.
Similar to last year, I asked each writer to send me their top 5 songs of 2012 with a brief paragraph describing their choices. The results? Gold. Enjoy it!
^^Once on Sendspace, click “download file from Sendspace”
(Below contains most of the songs. Mixtape songs aren’t on Spotify, thus not on this player.)
Hit the jump to read all of our picks and sample MP3s from each.
You know the summer’s coming when you step outside and can smell the heat. The sun is out, people decide to eat lunch outside, your bathing suits start calling your name, and it’s pool time. Grab the margarita mix, grab the coozies, and grab your speakers — it’s time to party! Here are 20 songs perfect for your summertime playlist, compiled by all of the writers at Sunset in the Rearview. Get it.
(Right click and save file to download each song.)
- “Default” – Django Django
- “I Want It All” – Rich Kid Sound System
- “Closer Than This” (Viceroy Remix) – St. Lucia
- “Never Grow Up” ft. Loggy & Mike Stud – Timeflies
- “So Good” – B.o.B
- “Driving 90” – August Coupe & The Interns
- “Summerlong” – Xylos
- “Ride With Us” ft. Cisco – Tayyib Ali
- “Work To Do” ft. Drake – Perfeck Strangers
- “City Lights” – Windoview
- “Pretty Lights vs Summertime” – Pretty Lights
- “Return of the Mack” (Viceroy “Jet Life” Remix) – Mark Morrison
- “Somebody” – Jukebox the Ghost
- “Payphone” (ft. Wiz Khalifa) – Maroon 5
- “All of Me” – Tanlines
It’s Sunday night. The Oscars just ended. I just had the beautiful realization that I live on the West Coast, so when I say The Oscars just ended, it’s only 8:45 PM. What better time to go digging through the music I discovered this weekend to pick the top 5? Part of me hopes you don’t read this until Monday, so we can all get our weeks started the right way. But then again…some people say weeks start on Sunday. I say those people are stupid.
1. “Mississippi” – The Griswolds
Young Australian band The Griswolds were just introduced to me today, and I’m already digging them. Tell me this beat doesn’t get you excited right off the bat. I’m going to be sure to keep my eyes on these guys.
You’re making a mess of me…
2. “I’ll Never Know” – Charli XCX
I’ll be honest. When I first heard of Charli XCX, I wasn’t into her. At all. I told myself I would ignore her rising popularity among the bloggers and refrain from posting her music on the site, because it would go against the morals of only posting music that I truly love. But then she won me over, damnit. It’s poppy as hell, but it’s catchy. And it’s cool. And tropical. I want to be on the beach drinking a pina colada. How is this goth chick making me want to be on a beach? Ugh, life is so twisted.
I feel like I’ve been slacking on posting hip-hop lately. Trust me, it’s weird to me too. That’s why I started this blog in the first place. But sometimes I’m in a different place and need different music. Today, though, I’m here to share some quality hip-hop from Odd Future’s very own Hodgy Beats. He just released a mixtape and I have a feeling it’s going to be getting multiple spins on my end. [via TV]
4. “Already Gone” – Milano Sun
I never cease to be amazed by the Scandinavian bands that pop up left and right as though they’re here to take over the world of music. Today it’s Milano Sun doing this for me. This song is so intriguing–the low bass line, the surf-like sounds, the whistling, the acoustic guitar–these noises are coming at me from all angles and every single one of them is drawing me in further and further. Love it.
It’s always exciting to see that a new M. Ward track has come out. He’s one of the more unique-sounding indie artists I’ve heard in my day, with that raspy voice that’s always paired with such enjoyable background music. Today’s song is no different than the usual–catchy, fun instrumentals set to the tune of M. Ward’s alluring voice–and I’m loving it just as much as I expected. [via ATG]
Every now and then, we receive requests for guests posts on Sunset. I’m always open to letting others give it a swing, though I will say that there’s a screening process before it gets accepted. Basically I ask for a drug test, do a background check, pull a credit report, and call your grandmother. But on days when I’m not feeling like I have a stick up my ass, I let just about anybody send me a guest post.
This time, though, it’s a guest post from somebody who turns out to be a family friend, but when she got in touch with me, she hadn’t yet made the connection that I was the Lydia who lives down the street from her. She told me she had been following Sunset for years. Small world, huh? Anyway, here’s a post from The Wilder Things on 5 Forgotten Songs From 2005-2007.
It was the end of high school and beginning of college, a time when I was desperately trying to prove that I was cool and plugged into the music scene. A time when I was ready at a moment’s notice to provide unknown and mind-blowing songs to any potential crush who might be worthy of a mixed CD. Yes, friends, it was 2005-2007, an era I like to refer to as my Musical Awakening. I’ve picked 5 of the best songs from that time to bring back into the limelight for you Sunset readers. Enjoy.
Also, be sure to check out my site, www.thewilderthings.com, for daily posts about music, photography, and style.
1. MP3: “Purple Kush” – Living Legends, 2006
With its synth-driven melody and its steady beat, this song was perfect for driving around the suburbs of Boston looking for something to do. My friends and I would turn the bass up all the way in my Jeep and rap along with the song; it usually ended up being the best and most eventful part of the night.
2. MP3: “Forever For Her (Is Over For Me)” – The White Stripes, 2005
The White Stripes were the first “alternative” band I really loved. I remember when Get Behind Me Satan came out—I bought it on iTunes and listened to it on repeat for days. “Forever For Her” has a great rhythm; I love the build-ups of sound followed by sparse riffs. It makes me feel like Jack White is taking me along for a ride.
3. MP3: “Apricot Jam” – Filligar, 2006
This song reminds me of my first college years. My whole school was obsessed with this song because a student at the time grew up with the band in Chicago. Filligar came to play at a formal, and I believe I got up on stage with them and ended up free-styling about college as they played me a beat. But I digress—this song is a great jam with great lyrics that I dare you not to dance to.
4. MP3: “Why (What’s Goin’ On?)” – The Roots, 2005
I spent my summers in Maine growing up, and some of my best friends and I managed to rig up a stereo system on an electricity-less island off the coast using a car battery. We’d play this as loud as the thing would go underneath the black, star-studded sky.
5. MP3: “Traffic Jam” – Stephen Marley
I first heard this song on my way to go surfing for the first time. My friend ended up getting hit with a surfboard and suffered a concussion, we got caught in a downpour, and I haven’t been tried the sport since. But I did get this song out of it—a great beat-box infused track from the son of the reggae master.