Music Appreciation - July

On my old blog, one of my favorite and most well received post was the new music post. In it I would talk about new albums and artists I've discovered one way or another. People enjoyed it and I loved writing it. I'm resurrecting it, because I think talking about amazing things others are doing is important. And, because you might be new to me, it's best I go ahead and give you some of my favorite bands as a frame of reference. If we don't like the same kind of music, you probably won't care much about this series.

Frightened Rabbit

frightened rabbit

I've had the incredibly lucky pleasure of discovering this band from Glasgow early in their careers, discovered on the Indie Feed podcast. Pedestrian Verse is their 4th studio album and I was concerned considering their move from FatCat records to Atlantic. It did not disappoint. Check out the whole damn catalog. You won't regret it.

Ben Folds

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I genuinely feel bad for people who didn't fall in love with Ben Folds Five in the 90s. You've missed some incredible music and some really incredible concerts. Well, guess what, it's not too late. Get on it. Might as well start with the newest album, The Sound of the Life of the Mind.

Gangsta Rap

Yep, when people as me what kind of music I like, my answer is sad, white bastard music and 90s gangsta rap. Fine and the occasional pop song. I love Dre, Snoop, 2Pac, Eazy, Jigga, Biggy, Bone Thugs and Cube. There are actually quite a few post 90s rappers I'm into like Childish Gambino, N.E.R.D., Kendrick Lamar and Kid Cudi. See, I'm evolving.

Alright, now that we're on the same page, let's get to 3 albums you must listen to now.

Alpha Rev

Alpha Rev

Alpha Rev is a Texas band from Austin. I can't say enough about how amazing they are. Sing Loud would be where I started. Once you're hooked, then go ahead and download the whole album. Dallas folks, they're playing at the Granada on 7/12. And, if you're in LA, check them out at Hotel Cafe on July 17th.

The Oh Hellos

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Let's stick to Texas bands for now. The Oh Hellos are friggin excellent. Let' s let them give us their bio, "The Oh Hellos are Maggie and Tyler Heath, intentionally-independent self-produced music-making siblings hailing from the great state of Texas. Their influences range from Los Campesinos! and The Lumineers to Sufjan Stevens and The Middle East, bending and blending styles and genres into a unique mixture of eclectic folk rock." Have a listen to Hello My Old Heart and thank me in the comments.

Youngblood Hawke

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Youngblood Hawke is out of LA. By now, you've probably heard of these guys and if you haven't, well, it's time you did. This band is a windows rolled down on a long drive kind of band. So, if you like good, fun music, you'll like Youngblood Hawke. Check out We Come Running and Stars (Hold On), then buy the album Wake Up.