Memoryy – All My Love

Singer-songwriter Shaun Hettinger originally wrote “All My Love” looking to get it recorded by Rihanna or Flo-Rida, but luckily he wound up keeping it for his own solo project, Memoryy.

Hettinger has given us some refreshingly upbeat, smart pop music under the moniker, and this new single is no exception. The track was co-produced by Yeasayer producer Abe Seiferth.

“All My Love” is a bit of a tempo departure from his previous discography. It hums along at a slower pace, and has an underlying sense of drama that is new to Memoryy. The track picks up on the hook, bringing the ’80s synth pop nostalgia that Hettinger has seemingly mastered and layering it on top of crisp drums and soulful piano.

Ultimately, the track proves that Memoryy is capable of making far more than just sunny summer indie tunes and is a truly versatile musician. The fact that it also has radio hit potential is just an added bonus.

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[Festival Review] Outside Lands 2013

Outside Lands: That time when San Franciscans make their annual trek into the foggy depths of Golden Gate Park to tap into their inner rocker, raver or head bopper depending on the vibe they’re going for (and/or how many drinks they had the night before).

Show-stopping performances came from newcomers and veterans alike throughout the course of the weekend, but a few stood out to me as especially noteworthy. [Continue reading to get the skinny on all the best performances, songs and secrets from the weekend from guest writer Molly Murtaugh.]

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The Five Best Dance Songs of the Week

Sunset’s rounded up the dopest tracks to get down to for the weekend. Take a load off and enjoy below.

1. Kanye West – Clique (feat. Jay-Z & Big Sean)

2. Avicii – Next Levels (TheFatRat Instrumental)

3. The Hood Internet – Dance With Henrietta (Big Sean x Yeasayer)

4. Rihanna vs. Daft Punk – We Make Love (Carlos Serrano Mix)

5. No Doubt – Push and Shove (feat. Busy Signal, Major Lazer)

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Yeasayer – Longevity

This was featured on my “Best of June,” but it’s waaaay tooooo gooooooood to not give it its own post.

WIth their third LP Fragrant World due out August 21st, Yeasayer gives us another taste of what to expect and this is a gem.

I’m borderline obsessed with this song as it has constantly been on repeat since coming across it. I can’t even come up with the words to describe it. If you had me at gunpoint and forced me to, I would say gritty experimentation? If that even makes sense.

Yeasayer – Longevity

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Weird Music Videos Becoming…Normal?

Things are getting weird in the Land of Music Videos. It seems it’s becoming trendy (and no, that is not statistically correct to say, because it’s only 2 that I know of) to center music videos around the death of imaginary animals that serve as pets. First Yeasayer shocked the world with their music video for “Madder Red,” which features Kristen Bell mourning over the loss of her strange, and rather revolting-looking pet. As grossed out as I first was, I found myself moved by the direction and the storyline.

Next thing I knew, I finally got around to watching the music video for “Congratulations” by MGMT, and they had the same premise! Too weird. But once again, moving…heartwarming, if you will.

Check it out for yourself and see what you think. Is this weird to you? Do you like one better than the other?

By the way, in getting all of the links for this post, I realized I’m not the first one to associate these two videos with each other. So I apologize for the apparent lack of originality, but how can you not think of one when you see the other?

BONUS: Thanks to a comment from Kathy, I’m now aware of the fact that you can buy the MGMT record on Amazon for only FIVE dollars. Do it. You wont.

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Coachella Wrap-Up

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.”

“Between Sheets” – Imogen Heap

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:”

“Boy Lilikoi” – Jonsi

and another favorite, “Go Do:”

“Go Do” – Jonsi

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.

“1901” – Phoenix

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:

“2080” – Yeasayer

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!

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