a simpler sound.

New Music Mixtape: August.

I'm just sneaking a mix in before the monthly deadline.  I had a harder this month [I also was a little low in my usual iTunes funds- I squandered away my iTunes savings on an entire season of Parks & Rec because I couldn't wait until it came out on Netflix, and I needed my Ron Swanson fix], but there are some great songs on here.  Enjoy. 

[FYI: I'm running all over the place today, so I'm holding off on adding in band links until later- but Google makes all of that a little unnecessary anyhow]

1. V.A.L.I.S. - Bloc Party
This album is a bit of a mix bag- not your usual Bloc, but this track stays pretty true to their sound.

2. Rivertown Blues - Yellowcard
Now talk about throwbacks; this song brought me right back to the old Yellowcard I loved so much in high school- super fast drums, with the faint beauty of that fiddle in the background- such nostalgia for this one.

3. Would That Not Be Nice - Divine Fits
This new collaboration has members from Spoon and Wolf Parade, among others.  The Supergroups just keep forming- something akin to the Avengers of Indie Alternative music.  I'd see them live for sure.

4. The a Team [Live] - Birdy [Ed Sheerhan cover]
It's not news that I absolutely adore this girl's voice and work on the piano.  I'm actually learning a few of her piano renditions right now. When I was a kid, all I knew were Disney songs [I can still play A Whole New World and Can You Feel The Love Tonight? THAT'S RIGHT.]

5. Keep on Swinging - Rival Sons
They've got some serious rock in them.  I get a mix of The Black Keys and a little bit of Led Zeppelin.   Love love love that riffing on the guitar.

6. Family - The Cast of Cheers
I heard this song on Pandora, and literally could not get it of my head.  It's ferociously catchy and fast, so I had to have it. 

7. Cut It Out - Kitten 
I love the light, breathy quality of this song and the lead singer's voice.  The drums give it this 80s ballad sound and remind me of this really specific song from that era, and I can't put my finger on it.  It's driving me a little crazy, but I'll figure it out eventually.

8. World's End - Army Navy
This has such an oldies vibe to it.  My youngest years were spent listening to this era of music [that and Madonna...] so even though this sort of sound is so simple, it holds a really special place in my heart.

9. Downwind - Sean Rowe
This man has such a booming, deep voice that's really addictive. This song also has that old surfer guitar sound that I love. It's like a sexy version of Sheb Wooley's Purple People Eater [that may sound completely nuts, but think what you will].

10. Dementia - Owl City ft. Mark Hoppus
I actually heard this song on Pandora and thought it was a new departure of Blink 182.  I had no idea it was Owl City. I thought, well Blink is going a little more pop, a little less punk, but I don't hate it.  And then I found out the truth.  And I wasn't all that upset about it.  Heck, I can't help but love that Carley Rae Jepsen duet he does, so why not like a collaboration with Blink? 

11. Fading Listening - Shiny Toy Guns
This song has an odd mixture of dance music mixed with Fleetwood Mac.  It's kind of perfect in that way.  Some of the male vocals remind me of M83 a bit, so overall it's a great mixture of sounds.