Top 5 Songs for July 2011: Summer ROCKS
What is it about Summer that makes you just want music more than any other season? Let’s face it, Spotify hitting US shores couldn’t have come at a better time. And if you don’t know what Spotify is yet, please grab these 5 songs and crawl back under a rock. Any song at your fingertips (unless you want full Beatles catalogue – but since I don’t…). So here’s the dealio. Check out these songs and VOTE for your favorite in the embedded poll. You’ll feel better.
1. “LAST NAME LONDON” – THEOPHILUS LONDON – I LOVE a good thumper! This song makes me wish I had a convertible so I could bounce with my girlfriends. It reminds me of when Timbaland came out with “The Way I Are” and I couldn’t get enough. Self-proclaimed “NEW WAVE,” it’s more of a technology influenced hip-hop jam with a ton of driving hooks and compelling lyrics. Brooklyn-based Theophilus London just released his new album Timez are Weird These Days. Oh, and yes that is his real name. Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Download
2. “MISSION BELLS” – ARMISTICE Listening to this song is like trying to eat just one gummy bear. It’s impossibly addictive and sounds like a 60’s version of sparring romance a la The Civil Wars. This duet is with Vancouver’s Jay Malinowski frontman from Beduin Soundclash and Beatrice Martin from Coeur de Pirate (who is crazy famous in France). They actually broke up not long after the EP was released due to romantic issues. Thanks to old high-school friend Paul Bock for introducing me to this gem. He produced this gorgeous video. Bandcamp Page | Facebook | Beatrice’s Twitter | Jay’s Twitter | Download
3. “SANTA MONICA” – JAY MALINOWSKI – The aforementioned 1/2 of Armistice stepped aside from his Juno Award winning band Beduin Soundclash to make way for a softer, deeper, and acoustic solo effort, titled Bright Lights and Bruises (Pirates Blend Records) released earlier this year. “These are songs of things I lost along the way.” The heartbroken crackles of his voice are so palpable, you might need a pack of smokes to cheer you up. It was reported as being a very cathartic album for him, so much so that he barely toured for it because it was too hard for him to perform most of the songs. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Download
4. “1957” – MILO GREENE Los Angeles band Milo Greene takes you away on a wide-screened cinematic sunny ride to the beach. Full of wonder and gorgeous harmonies, this catchy acoustic rock song has a perfect blend of male-female voices that dance on your ears as they would the rolling mountains of Santa Barbara. Milo Greene is sharing the stage with The Civil Wars as thir Fall leg of their tour. Thanks to The Wounded Jukebox for the find. Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Download
5. “NEW EARTH” – ZERBIN Zerbin is the ONLY artist to be featured TWICE in RadioPotato’s Top 5 songs. In fact, their song “In Your Arms” was featured in the very first installment back in March, 2010. Since then, Canadian lead singer known for his trademark white-rimmed glasses, Jason Zerbin has dropped his first name from the 5-piece band title and released their new song “New Earth.” Anthemic and hopeful, this inspiring call to arms paints a cinematic sprawl of banding together to recreate the earth we live in. If “New Earth” doesn’t get picked up to soundtrack for movies, TV, or some kind of commercial, I will push my sister down a flight of stairs. Yeah. It’s featured on NoiseTrade for free right now or you can buy it on Bandcamp. Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp