Category Archives: New Music

Foxygen – San Francisco

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Foxygen are a fresh new band who impressively create retro sounding music that brings to mind 60’s and 70’s folk and rock music. San Francisco is a charming song. Its music and Sam France’s playful lyrics remind me of artists like Belle & Sebastian, Bob Dylan, and The Velvet Underground. The chorus on here is lovely. “I left my love in San Francisco,” sings Sam. Then the female vocalist replies comically, “That’s okay I was bored anyway”. Foxygen’s music is sure to bring a smile to your face.

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Haim – Three Songs

Haim are an exciting new R&B female trio from Los Angeles, CA. They do a great job blending 90’s R&B with modern pop arrangements. I’m really enjoying these singles. Not only are the songs catchy but they have a lot of emotional feeling. I’m looking forward to hearing much more from these ladies in the future.

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Lady Gaga – Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe (Kendrick Lamar Remix)

Here’s a nice remix by Lady Gaga of Kendrick Lamar’s song “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe”. The plan initially was for Lady Gaga to be featured on Kendrick’s new record on this track but apparently she didn’t get her vocals sent over in time. I liked what she brought to this song. It kind of makes me want to hear Lady Gaga featured on future hip hop records. Who know’s maybe she’ll be featured on Kendrick’s next record.

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Sufjan Stevens – Justice Delivers Its Gift

“Justice Delivers Its Gift”, from Sujfan Steven’s upcoming Christmas album Silver & Gold (out Nov. 13) is beautiful and haunting. It sounds similar to songs off his All Delighted People EP. Though this song isn’t like the other cheerful Christmas songs we usually hear it is a fitting and meaningful song for the season. It’s good to be joyful but it’s also good to be contemplative. We need both. Sufjan calls us in this song to reconsider what we value here on earth.

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Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank)

Kendrick Lamar is getting a lot of buzz lately and I’d say deservedly so. His songs aren’t full of empty boasting but are full of true stories about growing up in Compton surrounded by gang life. It helps that Kendrick Lamar is a great lyricist. His stories come to life before your eyes like you’re watching a movie. In his first single “Swimming Pools”, Kendrick zooms in on alcohol abuse. It might first appear that Kendrick is glorifying drinking in this song but that isn’t what he’s doing here. He doesn’t beat us over the head with a sermon but he does deliver us reality in its stark and messy form. Keep an eye on this kid, he’s one of the most promising new rappers around.

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Local Natives – Breakers

Folk-Rock band Local Natives have just announced that their sophomore record Hummingbird will be out Jan 28th. “Breakers” is their new single which showcases the group’s unique harmonies. Local Natives are an exciting young group who have a lot of potential. If you enjoy bands like The National, Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes, and Grizzly Bear you’ll probably find a lot to like in Local Natives.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Can’t Hold Us (Live)

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ new record The Heist is one of the best hip hop records I’ve heard this year. It’s full of fun and thoughtful songs. “Can’t Hold Us” is one of my early favorites off the record.

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Hammock – Cold Front

Hammock have made another stellar album with Departure Songs. Hammock make beautiful post rock/ambient music. If you’re new to either of these genres then I’d recommend giving Hammock a try. They’re a great place to start.

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Solange – Losing You

Is R&B making a comeback this year? To me it feels like it is. We have gotten some great new music from Frank Ocean, Jessie Ware, and recently Miguel and now a sweet new single from Solange Knowles (Beyonce’s younger sister). R&B seems to be moving more into the spotlight because of these talented young, new artists. This song feels like it’s straight out of the 8o’s. I love the sample and beats on here, and Solange’s vocals sound great. I like Solange’s personality in this video and in this song. She’s authentic.

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