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Tuesday Tunes--May 3, 2016


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Tuesday Tunes--May 3, 2016

Shaun Cordingley

Happy May! As we inch closer toward summer, I have started to look more and more into those great (often upbeat) songs we always seem to want when the weather gets nicer. We have a global feel again this week as well, with a bit of a folk slant.

Oh, and of course, the April Playlist is now available.

The Guys From do not hold the rights to any of these songs, it is more our hope to expose our readers to new and different music, or re-expose them to things they may have forgotten about.

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.

Lonely Cities - Tigertown

Off of their international debut EP Lonely Cities, Sydney Australian band Tigertown's sonically fascinating pop song 'Lonely Cities' leads off May for Tuesday Tunes. Endlessly danceable, fun to the end, and catchy as hell, this is just one of those songs that I am pretty damn sure you are going to like, and is perfect for the summer.

Honestly I don't really have anything I can add to that; this is just one of those near-perfect alt-pop songs that appear every once in a while. Grab a hold of it now, as I'm sure you are going to hear a tonne more from Tigertown. Oh! Lonely Cities is available right now as well (and it's pretty great).

Vacation - Simen Mitlid

Hailing from Oslo, Norway. Simen Mitlid has one of those great pop-folk songs that just works its' way into your head and stays there. There is something largely familiar about the song, but yet it is still fresh, and interesting. Essentially this is the kind of easy pop-folk that you will know almost instantly whether you like it or not: it has the simple hand-clap rhythm we have come to be used to, yet adds a few little twists (xylophone? whistling?), and a dead simple to sing chorus to make this such a feel-good track that I always feel a little bit better after listening to it.

A full Simen Mitlid album is expecting sometime this year.

Set on Fire - Magic Giant

Los Angeles' folk-revival group Magic Giant gives one of the best, high-tempo folks songs I have found this year in 'Set on Fire'. Heavily featuring an amazing combination of banjo, cello, fiddle, stand up bass, guitar, dance rhythms, and intense amounts of energy, this is a song that should appear to anyone with a fondness for bands like Mumford & Sons, or who just are really looking for a great song that you will not (but should) hear on the radio. This is an anthem band that I can only imagine (as they are never anywhere near me when it comes to tours) are absolutely spectacular live, and this is a song that I cannot wait to listen to over and over again this summer.

Thankfully they are really building a strong audience (touring around North America this summer), had 'Set on Fire' climb to #4 on the US Viral 50 on Spotify, and it sounds like Magic Giant's sophomore EP should be coming out soon, so keep an eye out for that as well.

Swimming - Marsicans

Some of you may be saying 'hey! These guys sound familiar", and that would be a good thing (to me) as this is not the first time I've talked about a song by Marsicans. This Leeds, UK band is back with a new single in 'Swimming', yet another example of their upbeat indie pop rock. They just continue to make interesting, and catchy music that I personally can't seem to get enough of, and hopefully they will be coming out with an album soon. For now however, I will be more than happy to settle in with this perfect for summer track.

Together - The Night Cafe

Liverpool's The Night Cafe wrap up this weeks list with their rather sweet indie rock track 'Together'- a tribute song to lifelong friends.

There's not much more I can say about it, to be honest; it's well sung, it's well written, it's well played; it uses a light echoing on the vocals that just makes the lyrics stand out a little bit...this is one of those songs that I find every once in a while that I feel would burst out into the public eye once it gets used in something (film, tv, etc.)--it's a perfect song for that.

As we start another month, as usual, here is the latest Apple Music Playlist (for April).  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 really fun to put together as it has something of a flow to it.

The March Tuesday Tunes Apple Music Playlist is available here! 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 in your life).

Support what you dig! It's soooo much cheaper than anything else out there.  You cannot even buy water for what one of the songs listed here would cost you...WATER

We will see you again next week with 5 more Tuesday Tunes, and the April 2016 playlist!

-S (@Shauncord)

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