As I sit here typing this it’s just past dawn on July 4, 2016.
To me, the real start of summer isn’t the Summer Solstice, nor is it Memorial Day. No, summer doesn’t officially start for me until the day my country celebrates it’s independence. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the start of summer in New England tends to be fickle and slow to gain consistency. By July at least things are starting to feel a little more like summer. Or maybe it has something to do with how entrenched into American culture the 4th of July is and how much it has come to symbolize everything we also associate with summer: a day off (for some), cookouts, and fireworks. Whatever the reason today marks the real start of my summer and I’m determined to make the most of it.
In honor of today I’ve put together a playlist of summer tunes. Some of them are classics like “Summer of ’69” by Don Henley and “Summer Girls” by LFO. There’s also some Frank Truner, Beans on Toast, and Ben Howard; bands that might not make most traditional summer playlists but that I’d be remiss in putting on mine. So grab a drink and take a listen. Happy First Day of Summer!
We just couldn’t wait for Frank Turner’s newest release, The Third Three Years, so we put together a little playlist of our own featuring some of our favorite performances, collaborations, and covers he’s done in the last three years.
The official Third Three Years will be released on November 24th, through Xtra Mile Recordings. They’ve got some pretty cool pre-order bundles, including art prints, photo books, exclusive tees, CDs, so be sure to check them out before they’re gone!
Whether you’re relaxing lake side or stuck working 9-5 in the sweltering heat, we’ve put together the perfect summer mix for you to listen to. So plug in your headphones, press play, and try to forget about your problems for a little while.
Do you miss Boston Calling as much as we do? Check out this playlist we put together with some of the highlights from the three day festival. And remember, September is just around the corner!
It should come as no surprise to anyone who follows this blog that we here at Lyrically Addicted are big fans of independent British record label, Xtra Mile Recordings. Check out this weeks playlist featuring music from some of our favorite Xtra Mile artists including Against Me!, Beans on Toast, Ben Marwood, To Kill a King, Frank Turner, and more.
You can also check out our interview with Xtra Mile artist Ben Marwood where he talks about his most recent album, Back Down, and what it was like to tour the US with Frank Turner last summer. Also up on the blog is Cherie’s concert recap from Beans on Toast’s Boston show last month at O’Briens Pub.
March is a good month to be sad: We lose an hour of sleep to Daylight Savings (though we do gain an hour of daylight), the weather is still wintery, and it’s a never-ending 31-day month with no holidays to give us time off. So in honor of March Sadness (full disclosure: this is not an original idea) I put together a playlist of some classic emo bands.
Emo has been going through what many are calling a “revival” over the past couple years; bands like Into It. Over It., Tigers Jaw, Balance & Composure, Dads, Modern Baseball, The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, and many more have led the “emo revival” charge. Those who love emo claim the genre never died. Regardless, the takeaway is that emo (past and present) has provided us with some honest, heartfelt music to scream at the top of our lungs and get us through the sad times.
This playlist is split into two, starting off with the revival and progressing to the classics like The Get Up Kids, Braid, Jimmy Eat World, American Football, Texas is the Reason. Enjoy the sadness everyone!
There’s something cathartic about listening to rock music at full volume. Whether its the drums on “Arabella”, or the guitar riffs on “Inhaler”, the songs on this playlist are sure to put you in a better mood in a matter of minutes. If you’re ever having a band day, do yourself a favor. Plug your music player into some speakers and put on this playlist. Trust me, you’ll feel better by the time the first song is over. I know I sure did.
In honor of, finally, getting to see Johnny Flynn tonight at the Brighton Music Hall, this weeks playlist is inspired by British indie-folk. Many of the bands on this list are linked in some way; whether it be because they have formed out of each other (Laura Marling got her start singing background vocals for Noah and the Whale before she went solo and Marcus Mumford used to play drums for Laura Marling before he formed Mumford and Son), or simply because they have toured together in the past. When I tell people that my favorite genre of music right now is folk, I tend to get a lot of weird looks. People have a lot of mistaken ideas that folk music has to be mellow and acoustic based. And while that might be true of a lot of songs, there’s a lot of music that’s been categorized as folk recently that would defy that label. For example, “Shuffle” by Bombay Bicycle Club is an upbeat, piano driven melody that is raucous and guaranteed to get you tapping your feet. King Charles also defies expectations by combining glam rock, pop, and indie into a sound that is catchy and uniquely his own. And Johnny Flynn’s “Cold Bread” is dark and intense with a horn section solo that is quite the opposite from what one would expect from a folk artist.
So listen, and enjoy, some of my favorite indie folk tunes.