I am absolutely thrilled that two of my favorite CA-based bands are battling to get to the top of the charts with their new releases this week. Since I pimped The Neighbourhood’s debut I Love You. last week, today I’ll sing the praises of Youngblood Hawke’s Wake Up. Both albums are stellar and prime examples of the talent and taste coming from LA these days.
There are actually several albums I would highly recommend looking into that come out this week. Here’s a sampling of my top picks:
Youngblood Hawke – Wake Up
For all your get up and dance needs, there is Youngblood Hawke. Their new album is a collection of old favorites including their hit, “We Come Running” as well as newer gems. The band’s high energy, fun/cool vibe translates well on disc. I’ve been going to Youngblood Hawke shows for a while and it’s nice to finally be able to take the show home (dance party in the living room!). The album title is apt…the songs call you wake up and be attentive and appreciative of the world around you.
Buy it here
Solardrive – Solardrive
Beat-maker extraordinaire, Balthazar Getty, has a new project and it’s called Solardrive. The self-titled debut album might best be explained by Balthazar himself in the following EPK. You can stream the entire album which features a few guest vocalists here. For those who love chilling out with some lazy beats. Seriously, I can’t help but relax a little when I put this record on…
get it here
Frank Turner – Tape Deck Heart
SXSW 2013 standout, Frank Turner, further showcases his unique brand of folk-punk in his latest release, Tape Deck Heart. I haven’t been able to listen to the entire 17-song album, but from what I’ve heard at the live shows, it will be a worthy addition to anyone’s CD collection.
buy it here
Also worth checking out:
- Honor By August – Monuments to Progress
- Super Water Sympathy – Hydrogen Child
- The Postelles – And it Shook Me
- Jesse Thomas – Live at Infrasonic
- Michael Buble – To Be Loved
- Phoenix – Bankrupt
- Alanis Morissette – Love at Montreux 2012
- Paula Cole – Raven
- Alice Russell – To Dust
Listen! Learn! Love!