We’re back with another installment of our Monthly Music Mashup, exclusively on Substream Magazine. Each month, we feature the best of the best new artists on the music circuit. This time around, we highlighted talent from Nashville, Chicago, Upstate New York, and elsewhere. You can find the playlist and Substream article here, and stream the playlist on Spotify! Don’t forget to save your favorite tracks to your music library.
The Sometimes Island recently curated a playlist worthy of every poolside hangout and road trip you’ll take this summer. The playlist, exclusively on Musical Notes Global features some big name artists you love, like Spoon, Christine and the Queens, Kindness, and more! Matt Blankenship Jr., man behind the moniker The Sometimes Island, says the playlist is all about taking in all that summer has to offer. “This playlist celebrates slowing down, basking in the sun and letting that drop of condensation roll off your ice cold drink as you relax by the pool.” Sounds pretty perfect to us. Check out the playlist here.
In a world of music streaming and illegal downloading, it may seem impossible to make a buck off your craft. Our own Matt Blankenship Jr. of The Sometimes Island wants to change that mentality by giving you some insider knowledge on music, or sync, licensing. On Soundfly, Blankenship Jr. breaks down everything you need to know, from basics, to publishing, and pitching, with the help of music supervisor Ben Hochstein, Sr. Director of Creative at Spring Music Group Eric Hurt, and indie music industry guru Ari Herstand. You can read the article here!
By now you’ve heard about Return For Refund‘s newest release, the Lift You Up EP. After seeing the band live at their tour stop in Guelph, Canadian Beats took sometime to listen through the whole album, and write a comprehensive review! The blog commented on the band’s unique approach to recording the album live-off-the-floor, saying the resulting album is “ambitious and emotionally gripping with a supercharged hit of adrenaline!”. Canadian Beats also acknowledged how each track brings something new to the album, citing “Don’t You Say” as the most rock anthem-worthy, “Lift You Up” as most 90’s grunge reminiscent, and “My Gun” as their favorite music moment of the album. Read the article here to get their full analysis of the album!
The Fountainhead Focus recently took some time to check out our own HereComeHere‘s newest release, Chernobyl. “After starting with a much more pop-punk sound,” the blog commented, “the group (with a small lineup change) started to create something different – a more melodic, complex and even slightly darker sound.” The full article takes you track-by-track through the album, carefully studying each song. When discussing the album’s fifth track, “Sugarr”, the blog acknowledged a crucial factor about the bands progression. “Their songs have important lyrics,” noted Fountainhead, “lyrics that will stick in your head.” These lyrics, along with honing in on their sound, is what really sets this album apart from the band’s previous work. To get more analysis of the album, read the full review here!
Our favorite NYC synth driven pop-rockers, Shiffley, have just released a brand new Spotify playlist titled “Sleep…Who Needs It?”
“Sleep… Who Needs It?” has some of our favorite nighttime anthems.” explains the band, “It follows the arch of your standard night out–it starts off optimistic, picks up with some alt night club grooves, then slows down toward the end. The next single off our upcoming album will fit perfectly on this playlist. Keep an eye out because it’s coming your way soon!”
The playlist features The Naked and Famous, Bear Hands, Fitz and the Tantrums, Fickle Friends, and more.
Here at Muddy Paw, music is a major part of our everyday lives. We make a point of sharing the tracks that we can’t stop listening to amongst our team and decided why should we stop there? On the last day of each month we will be releasing a Spotify playlist of music we just can’t get out of our heads during that month. Our October 2015 Playlist features:
Decomposing In Paris
Till I Fall
Demon in Me
Sea in the Sky
Green Light Theory
the Glass Child
Who are your favorite artists this month?
“It is that knack for live sound, immense knowledge of songwriting and structure, and being a master of his craft why Bird Strings, Seth’s newest release, stands strongly as an album you should play start to finish.”
“With an equally emotional and electrifying style of rock & roll, Jamie Clarke, best known by his stagename Myrle, is quickly blazing his path to the top.”