Soundtrack To My Summer 2015

Here’s what I’ve been listening to this summer!

Bleachers–Strange Desire

a18593e40fc82d3c71832d62ebf09336This is honestly one of the best albums I’ve ever listened to. Every time I put it on, I always find myself saying: “Oh my God, this is SO GOOD.” Jack Antonoff, former member of the band Fun, perfectly blends a nostalgic, seemingly old-school approach to music with modern, electronic bursts & guitar solos. The piano riffs, echoing, deep-voiced solos and intriguing lyrics make this album so unique, & definitely a must-listen for this summer. I have so many favorites on this album, but “Wake Me,” “Who I Want You To Love,” & “Shadow,” are amazing.

Amber Run–5 AM

24449This record came out just a few months ago as the band’s debut album, and since then, Amber Run has instantly become one of my favorites. There’s a perfect mix of slow songs about love & loss, mixed with fast-paced tunes about loving life. I’ve talked about how much I love Amber Run & their amazing harmonies in one of my previous blog posts, which you can check out here. If you’re waiting for Bastille’s new album, and need some similar stuff to listen to while you wait, 5 AM is perfect for you. Check out “Heaven” and “I Found!”

August Rush Soundtrack

500x500This is one of my old favorites that I dug out of my CD collection to listen to this summer. I recently watched the movie again, and it reminded me of how much I absolutely adore this soundtrack. After listening to it, I always have the urge to learn how to play guitar. There’s something for everyone on this album…rock to classical, classical to gospel, John Legend, Van Morrison & more. I recommend listening to it on a road trip or any other long car ride. It sounds amazing in the car for some reason…just make sure you watch the movie, too!

Alexi Murdoch–Time Without Consequence

e405_c353fff2cc908fb89ad7d9c293d1da9a_jpg-originalI love it when you can hear a singer’s accent in the way that they sing. Alexi Murdoch, a British singer-songwriter did an amazing job on this album, & you can definitely hear his cute British accent coming through in each song. The slow, meticulous guitar playing mixed with Alexi’s low, hypnotizing voice makes this a great album for pretty much any situation. A perfect soundtrack to a warm summer night spent outside, a train ride through the country, or just a good record to take a nap to. I’d  recommend this album for Hozier fans!

Walk The Moon–Talking Is Hard

TIHYou’ve probably heard Walk The Moon’s hit single, “Shut Up And Dance” playing on the radio quite a bit. Like Bleachers, WTM perfectly bands an old-school style of music with their own modern/ pop flair. This is such a summer album–every song makes you want to get up and dance. The drums, guitar, fast-paced beats, and unique vocals on each song makes this album SO fun. My two favorites are “Sidekick,” and “Avalanche.”

 

Mumford & Sons–Wilder Mind

mumford-sons-wilder-mindThis album marks a major turning point for Mumford & Sons, and I love it. You won’t hear any banjos on this album. (Although it sounded amazing on their last few!) With an alternative, fresh feel to this album, you may not even recognize that you’re listening to Mumford & Sons at first. When I listened to the intro to “Believe,” the single that debuted their new style,  I thought I was listening to The 1975. I think it’s great to see the band switching it up a bit! I love “Just Smoke” on the album.

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Movies For Music Lovers

Whenever I watch a movie, I always pay attention to the music. Movies are a great way to find new artists you might like–even if you don’t end up liking the movie, the soundtrack may feature some awesome new bands you didn’t even know existed. Here’s 4 music-related movies I love–and most of them come with great soundtracks, too! If you’re a music lover like me, listen up. 😉

Almost Famous

MV5BMTI0MDc0MzIyM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwMzc4NzA5._V1_SY317_CR2,0,214,317_AL_Have you ever dreamed of interviewing a band for Rolling Stone Magazine? Well, that’s exactly what music-lover William Miller gets the opportunity to do in Almost Famous. Billy, a teenage journalist, follows an unpredictable band named Stillwater on their concert tour, interviewing them for Rolling Stone–his big break. He gets into some pretty insane situations that include dealing with love, fangirls, and his crazy over-protective mother. I LOVE this movie! It basically depicts my dream job, and shows the importance of music in people’s lives. My favorite scene in the movie is when William is on the tour bus with the band, and they all start singing along to Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer.” Watch the scene HERE & check out the movie trailer HERE!

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School of Rock

MV5BMjEwOTMzNjYzMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjczMTQyMQ@@._V1_SX214_AL_This is my favorite movie of all time–it sparked my love for music at 1o years old, and since then I’ve seen it over 100 times. No joke. The story follows Dewey Finn (AKA Jack Black, my favorite actor), a guitar-playing, wannabe rock star in his quest to earn some cash to pay off his rent. After being kicked out of his former band, “No Vacancy,” he takes a job as a substitute teacher…even though he can’t teach. As he forms the 5th grade class he’s “teaching” into a rock band, (set on winning Battle of the Bands for the money) some crazy things happen. This movie is hilarious, and the soundtrack features some old favorites everyone loves, including Stevie Nicks’ “Edge Of Seventeen,” Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love,” and Led Zepplin’s “Immigrant Song.” Check out the movie trailer HERE!

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Once

MV5BMTEwNjExOTc2MTJeQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU3MDYzODQ3NDE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_Once is a perfect movie for sentimental music-lovers. This adorable film follows an Irish busker and a Czech immigrant who begin to record songs together, and of course, fall in love. After the movie came out in 2007, it’s been made into a musical. The soundtrack to this movie is amazing. My favorite song from the movie is called “Falling Slowly,” which you can listen to HERE, and watch the movie trailer HERE!

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 August Rush

MV5BNDIwNjE3NjU2NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTQ2NjQzMw@@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_Not only is the music and idea behind this movie amazing, but the film itself will have you on the edge of your seat. The story is about Evan Taylor, a young music prodigy and orphan who runs away to New York City. There, he uses his connection and passion for music to find his birth parents, Lyla and Louis. Along the way, he joins a group of homeless children who are taught music and trained to be street performers by a man named Wizard. I obsessively listen to the soundtrack of this touching movie. My two favorite songs in the movie are “This Time,” which is performed by Evan’s dad and his band in the movie, (played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and “Something Inside,” also performed by Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Watch the movie trailer HERE!

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