We’re about one month into summer so it’s only right for the Sunset Fam to give you a dose of our favorite songs of the season so far. We’ve compiled a list that’ll make you want to cruise to the beach with your windows down, with no worries in the world. Here’s our top 20 must-have tracks to get you going for the rest of this lovely season.
1. Netherfriends – Uptown Boys
There’s not much I can say other than this jam by Netherfriends is one of the coolest songs I’ve ever heard. If I could only transport back to college and just drive around campus blasting this song with my windows rolled down. Fuck it, though, I’m just going to put my headphones on, play this song on repeat, and strut around living like it’s a summer day every day. It’s easy to dream when you’re always high. - Lydia
2. La Plage – Rendez Vous
3. Sol – Jump In
To be honest, I go back and forth on Sol. Sometimes I think his content is lacking substance. But when it comes to a summer tune, sometimes the last thing you want is heavy content. That’s part of what makes this song so perfect. It’s light, airy, and catchy as ever. music is my baby, she drive me crazy - Lydia
Haven’t done a Mashup Monday in a hot minute, but the time has come, my friends! Back on my grind, and in need of some good party tunes, so why not turn to mashups, naw mean? Hit the jump for a whole list of the best mashups I could get my hands on.
1. Nate Belasco – Black Skinhead x Elephant (Kanye West x Tame Impala)
2. Ricky Cervantes – Forever This Young (Avicii & Aloe Blacc x The Knocks x TheFatRat)
3. DJ BAHLER – Summer Luv (The Knife x Ashanti x Fat Joe)
You and me’s just a fool’s paradise.
I used to watch a lot of movies. Early in high school my dad even joked that I had watched the most movies in the world for my age. For some reason or another in the past year, I just have not made time for one of my favorite mediums of entertainment. Over spring break I decided to change this. I just sat down, disconnected myself from online society, and engaged in the lost art of watching movies–but not just any movies. I wanted to watch films that would change my life: big movies with weighty concepts and twisted ideas. Movies that could warp my perception of things in a two hour runtime and make me re-evaluate how I would approach daily scenarios. I (re)visited the works of Charlie Kaufman, Woody Allen, and briefly, the Coen Brothers. Fool’s Paradise is an amalgamation of the inspiration garnered from watching Raising Arizona, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Manhattan. Also, as I explained to my friends, the first third is a great “turn up” playlist, and the rest is the opposite of that.
- Cold War Kids – Miracle Mile (Houses Remix)
- BenZel – Fallin’ Love (Alex Young Remix)
- KYLE – Fruit Snacks
- Phoenix – Entertainment (Blood Orange Remix)
- Andy Bull – Keep On Running
- Skizzy Mars – What Up Girl?
- CP – Spend The Night
- IYES – Glow (Demo)
- Float Fall – Someday
- Delta Spirit – California
- Mainland – Wasted
- Way Yes – Important
- Story Books – Simple Kids
- Hotel Cinema – Rabbit Hole
- Different Sleep – Get Ahead
- BenZel – Semi Detached (ft. Cass Lowe & Chance The Rapper)
- I Will, I Swear – Sleep
- Phosphorescent – Song for Zula
- The Colourist – Wishing Wells
Yeah then I saw love disfigure me / Into something I am not recognizing
Most music blogs come with some amount pretentious snobbery–the “my-music-is-better-than-your-music” mentality or even better, the “if-you-don’t-like-these-songs-then-you-just-don’t-’get-it’-and-you-probably-never-will-you-unsophisticated-low-life” mentality. I try to be more open-minded.
It’s frustrating though that there are some blogs that judge music more with their minds more than with their ears. I think there are times when you just need to throw away the thesaurus and call music “good” or accept a catchy tune despite its simple lyrics. You should post music that moves you, not music that might have moved iconic Polish composer Frédéric Chopin. Fuck that. Fuck Chopin.
The Concept makes catchy indie-pop gems–or they’ve made two that I know of, at least. The first is “Gimme Twice,” which sounds A LOT like a Phoenix track. “D-D-Dance” sounds more like whatever The Concept sounds like. It may still sound familiar, but something about it is undeniably catchy. It will be tough not to desk dance during “D-D-Dance.” I’m serious. You’ve been warned.
Not going to lie, I’m itching to get this post up so I can go rock out at the Rosebuds/Bon Iver concert tonight. Yeah, rock out to Bon Iver. Something tells me his live show will allow rocking out, even though his music can often be a sad love song. I’ll be rocking out. Here’s some music for you to rock out to. Yep, they’re all remixes. I’m in the mood. Let loose and please, for the love of god, have a fun weekend. Thank me later.
Shook puts a little disco feeling in Phoenix’s classic hit, “Lisztomania.” Mmhmm, I can get my groove on to this.
So when I was little I thought I started the whole trend of crossing your fingers when you were lying. These days, I seem to think I started the trend of playing this song on Turntable FM. Just go with me, okay?
Well shit, Calvin Harris did it again. Made suchhhhh a good song. Finger lickin’, drool drippin’, soul shakin’ good. Then what happened? Benny Benassi went, picked up the piece, flipped it over, shook it up, beat the shit out of it, popped it in the microwave and ended up with a version of the song that might even compete with the original. Damn.
Tell me this track doesn’t make you want to turn the lights out, install some black lights in your basement, and dance your brains out. No really, tell me that. Right around the 4:00 mark, I start to melt.
Phoenix Unplugged – Benjam
There is always a satisfaction I feel when I begin to search for new music only to realize I didn’t have to look too far. These are the days I dreams about when it comes to music. The days where I simply sit back and click away at the keys of my HP only to find a diamond in the rough. The rough, this time, was Official.fm and the diamond was Benjam’s unplugged versions of Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix’s classics. They are drastically different than the originals but for some reason they seem…lighter.
Written by Falade
So here goes. How to do a review of Coachella in few enough words that people other than my family may consider reading it. Amazing? Of course it was. Once-in-a-lifetime? Hopefully not. Crazy? To be expected. It’s going to take a little more than that, folks.
So here’s where I’ll start. And I’ll put it into sections to make it easier for those who don’t like to read.
1. Some of the bands I saw…mainly my favorites
The first band I saw was The Specials.
I’m going to have to admit I overlooked their name when I saw the lineup. There I was, all focused on the hip, new music because I’m a blogger, blah blah blah, but man, never forget about the classics! Boy was I slapped in the face! They were awesome! But, sure enough…I was too excited to be seeing the scenery to stop in one place and really let it soak in. There was running-around-exploring to be done.
Next up: Passion Pit. Now again, while I’m being brutally honest with not only all of you, but also myself, I will admit that I had a little (and yes, I mean little) thing against Passion Pit ever since I saw their MTV Woodie Awards act and was so bored by the main singer’s performance that I wanted to cry. The falsetto that he’s so famous for sounded forced and, quite frankly, terrible. Thus began my little Passion Pit boycott. Boom! Comeback city! Passion Pit lived up to their original standards and were quite a fun band to watch at Coachella this year. Not that I would know, though, because I was too starstruck by the sighting of Whitney Port to be paying any attention to the music. She brushed against my arm. Total girl crush.
Tried to see La Roux, but was turned off by the pushy crowd full of teenagers, so moved over to catch a glimpse of Imogen Heap. Well, I thought it was going to be a glimpse, anyway. Fooled again! My sister and I ended up in the 2nd row, thanks to much nicer fans who realized that we were short and it would not be of any harm for us to be in front of them, and we were able to catch an up-close performance by the ever-adorable “Immy.” Let me just say this, to any and all artists out there: be interactive with your fans. Be honest on stage. You will develop a relationship with your fanbase by doing this, and if it comes off attractively, your fans will feel a deeper connection to you. Imogen Heap was a little late to get on stage, and she was so deeply apologetic about it, and honest about how frantic she was, I’m pretty sure she had the whole audience feeling like her best friend wanting to say to her, “it’s okay! Do your thing, girl!” Well sure enough, she did her thing. Despite some of her audios not working as planned, she pulled off a killer show that ended with the incredible “Hide and Seek,” but of course didn’t exclude another of my favorites, “Between Sheets.”
Oh and another thing: her set was great. She was playing on a glass piano (read: awesome) and brought out a 3D tree decked in lights.
Now before I get too carried away and lose all of you, I’ll start narrowing down my opinions. Saw Vampire Weekend from afar, they sounded amazing. The instruments sounded great, and Ezra Koenig, their main singer, sounded just as spectacular live as he does on the albums.
Of course I saw Jay-Z, who was stellar, and many of the other headliners.
Fast-forward a bit, and here was my view of Florence and The Machine:
Powerful female vocals: check. Beautiful weather: check.
And of course, let’s cut to my last two favorites of the weekend: Jonsi and Phoenix. Of all the shows over the weekend, my top priority was to see Jonsi. And I must say, it was everything I hyped it up to be. He sounded absolutely incredible. His outfit was amazing (of course he donned some feathers as he tends to do) and he was great on piano and guitar. He emitted great energy when it was necessary, but also carried emotions through his slower songs. The crowd was definitely feeling his mood, if you can’t tell from this photo:
Among others, he played one of my favorites, “Boy Lilikoi:”
and another favorite, “Go Do:”
Right after Jonsi left the stage, the crowds really started packing in for Phoenix. And I would venture out to say that the crowds picked the right show to flock! They were really great performers live, and I think a lot of what’s to thank for that is that their main singer knows his limits. It seems he doesn’t try to hit notes that are out of his range, and for this, he sounds terrific live, just as one would hope. They of course closed the show with “1901,” which was extremely fun to dance to.
Oh, and how could I forget! The highlight of this show was that I caught the beachball that people were throwing around and got to launch it into the air again. Big deal for a short girl.
Shows I missed that I wish I had seen:
Yeasayer. One of my new favorite songs of the moment:
If you’re a fan of Local Natives, you might like this. Check it out if you haven’t heard it yet. Also wish I had caught Local Natives, though they’re coming to my area soon, so I’m not too bummed. Wish I could have caught Miike Snow, but they overlapped with Jonsi, and I know my priorities. MGMT I saw part of, but their crowds were way worse than La Roux’s. They still sounded good, though. Anyway…enough rambling. Hope you enjoyed the recap, and hopefully you can make it out next year if you weren’t able to this year! I sure hope I can!
Oh and one last bit, which is perhaps one of the most crucial parts of what made the weekend so amazing. The scenery was spectacular. Check out some more photos:
Check out the sunset in what served as my rear view this past weekend:
Or if I actually turned around and looked for myself:
That’s all for now. All songs are downloadable by right clicking and saving the attachment. Enjoy!