With the amazing (and unfortunately for me, dusty) weather we have been having here recently, it should come as little surprise that this week's Tuesday Tunes has a real 'sitting on a patio/beach' feel to it to help you get ready for that fast approaching summer. Perhaps to the surprise of absolutely no one, this also led to this list being very California heavy...
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At the top of each section, will be the song name, followed by the artists' name linked to their website, so you can fall down the rabbit hole, finding and supporting what you dig.
Little Insensitive - Arms Akimbo
First up this week is Los Angeles based indie-alt rock band Arms Akimbo (great name) with this fun, catchy tune. "Little Insensitive" is just a great example of an up-and-coming indie rock band having an absolutely great time making music, as you can practically feel how much fun they are having playing it--and I don't know about you, but that totally bled through to me; I literally get a smile on my face every time I hear "Little Insensitive".
AND, today, their new single 'Michigan' dropped, which you should also give a listen to as we eagerly await what is hopefully either a second EP, or their debut album...if you're looking for more from Arms Akimbo, do check out their debut EP Vignettes--the sound is a little rawer as there is still a sense of them finding their feet as a band, but is a solid debut.
Lips - Oyster Kids
Los Angeles' Oyster Kids burst out via Soundcloud last year with their debut single "Creepy", and return with their second single "Lips"...and outside of that there's not much more I can tell you about this indie pop duo; they have been very careful to remain hidden, essentially letting their music speak for itself.
Well "Lips" is a great song to do that with: a guitar heavy slice of summer ready pop, you better believe that this well-layered, well-produced single is going to roll across a whole pile of indie playlists this beach season. Fans of Foster the People or Gotye should definitely keep an eye on what the Oyster Kids are up to.
California Bride - Rogue Wave
Oakland's Rogue Wave, a lo-fi indie rock band is returning at the end of this month with their sixth studio album Delusions of Grand Fur (2016-04-29 to be precise) and "California Bride" is an excellent example of their brand of mellow, indie-acoustic--it's an actual pleasure to listen to, as the song has a tendency to dreamily wash over you.
This is essentially just another excellent release from a band that lo-fi rock fans should know by now...and if that is not your scene, well then you at least get a video tour through California's-past in the video.
Wanderer - Bird Passengers
This California based electronic duo has a great indie-electro pop song here in "Wanderer"; it has a real laid-back vibe to it, but is by no means mellow. This is exactly what I meant when introducing this week when speaking about songs that are gearing up for summer: this is a track that will be right in the heart of a playlist for me when I am driving around, windows down, heading somewhere to relax in the sun.
Be sure to check out their debut EP Mountains to Cover to really get a sense of the diverse electro-sound of Bird Passengers, and indie-electro group that fans of the genre need to keep an eye on.
Nomu - Good Kid
The debut single by Toronto-based indie group Good Kid "Nomu" is one of those great alt/pop rock songs that is reminiscent of acts like The Strokes or Panic at the Disco--it's an upbeat, catchy and fun rock track that really sets a good baseline for what I expect to be an engaging indie rock act. Primarily it seems that Good Kid are gigging around, and working a bit in the studio, so with a little luck, we will hopefully get another track or two soon to really see what this group can do.
March's Tuesday Tunes Apple Music Playlist is available here! As usual, I have done my best to mix it all together like I'm spinning a set for you, but as that is hard to do without being able to fade, mix, or talk through the transitions, you will have to forgive a few hard edges...although this one was not as hard as some months previous.
The February Tuesday Tunes Apple Music Playlist, with all the songs put together the way we all like it, the Massive, 2-month (and almost impossible to blend together) December & January Tuesday Tunes Apple Music Playlist is right here. The November Tuesday Tunes Apple Music Playlist and the October Apple Music Playlist is still available of course as well, in case you have not caught those yet (or just need more theguysfrom.com in your life).
Support what you dig! It's soooo much cheaper than anything else out there. You cannot even buy string for what one of the songs listed here would cost you...Yeah, that's right. String costs have sky-rocketed thanks to those fat cats at 'big thread'.
We will see you again next week with 5 more Tuesday Tunes!