I spend all year going to shows and collecting songs and pictures and stories. I’ve spent the last month or so compiling some of my top musical memories into a music mix with accompanying booklet (my favorite little crafting project). So, here I share with you my top tracks of 2012.
There are few bands I enjoy more than Queen Caveat. This year, they put out an EP, Slap On The Wrist, that included my fave QC song, “Bullet”. They also embarked on their first major nation-wide tour. My most memorable Queen Caveat moment is a tie between being on stage with them at The Roxy and our time at SXSW. I miss one little show and guitarist Ben is doing Kristen impressions. This band makes me feel loved.
Some new videos came across my path today (despite the fact that my path was primarily taking me up the Napali coast via boat). I’m really excited about these videos and these bands, so I wanted to share…
Ever since I heard this song a few weeks ago, I’ve been obsessed with The Neighbourhood. This video is awesome and certainly doesn’t help my little problem…
Belmont Lights– “Lights/Both of Us” (Ellie Goulding/Taylor Swift Cover)
Recent discovery, Belmont Lights, showcases their hometown of San Diego beautifully in this video they did for this cover song. I’m having a blast picking out all the San Diego locales… I’m really enjoying this band right now!
One of my favorite aspects of my SXSW ’11 experience was getting to share it with some of my very favorite bands. Queen Caveat also drove out from LA to spend the week in Texas. I saw them play four times in as many days and they never failed to impress. I watched them fight lost voices, broken bass guitars, and stages like saunas. They overcame it all with their amazing energy and general enthusiasm for their craft, garnering plenty of new fans who flocked to the stage for each performance eager to get a hold of one of the EPs the band was tossing into the crowd.
Having watched this band grow from an early stage, I couldn’t help but feel immensely proud of them and their accomplishments…and that was definitely a highlight of my own SXSW experience.
While in Austin they stopped by 5th Street Studios to record a version of “Bullet” which happens to be one of my favorite Queen Caveat tunes.
Check it out:
p.s. if you’re in LA, Queen Caveat is playing a FREE show this Friday at Bardot (11:30). Don’t miss it!