Soundtrack To My Summer 2016

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Today I thought I’d share with you a few of the albums I’ve been jamming out to this summer. Every year, I seem to find a new abundance of insanely good records that keep me smiling (and singing) all throughout the hot summer months. Enjoy, and please tweet me your favorites this summer! 🙂

Life_is_ElsewhereLittle Comets–Life Is Elsewhere

This album is a few years old, but for some reason, I’ve become obsessed with it this summer. When it was released in 2012, I briefly gave it a listen after meeting the band at the Skype Live Studio in Portland. Although I did enjoy it back then, I have grown to like it even more over the past few months–definitely my type of music now. The album features echoey, booming choruses and witty lyrics that AllMusic claims “straddles the line between experimental art rock and dance-oriented indie pop.” I absolutely love all the tracks on this album, but my top three favorites are definitely “Bridge Burn,” “Violence Out Tonight,” and “Worry.”

poolsPorches–Pool

What first drew me to this album was the cover art. (It reminded me a bit of the style of my favorite band, The 1975.) The dreamy pinks and purple hues of the photo parallels the sounds of the record–the lead singer, Aaron Maine, posseses a funky, captivating, almost-lonesome-sounding voice and he is backed by some hypnotizing bass as well as snynthesizer. This album came out in February of this year, and is the band’s second studio album. With a sound similar to The xx and Beach House, this record serves as a great playlist for napping, studying, or just spacing out.

packshotBand Of Horses–Why Are You OK

Before the release of this album in June, I hadn’t listened to much of this band’s material. But when I started noticing the hype surrounding this new record, I decided to give it a shot…and I love it! According to Pitchfork, “much of Why Are You OK? was inspired by Bridwell’s experience as a father of four—recording all night and taking his kids to school looking like the ‘fucking scariest dad.’ Fatherhood teaches some to put their own problems aside and recognize what’s really important when other people are depending on you.” Each song on the album is spacey in a sense, yet each track seems to tie itself together through the band’s prominent guitar riffs, Death Cab For Cutie-esque sound, and lead singer Ben Briwell’s brilliant vocals.

the-rocky-horror-picture-show-51f816242f710The Rocky Horror Picture Show Original Soundtrack

If you’re not familiar with this popular cult classic, I encourage you to look up showings (with alive shadow cast!) in your city and check it out. The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a 1975 musical-comedy- horror film which flopped when it was first released, has gained a massive following over the years. During my first year of college this last year, my best friend introduced me to the film, and invited me to a screening which featured a live shadow cast. After one show, I was hooked. The film, which stars actor Tim Curry, is fascinating, hilarious, and just plain entertaining. So naturally, I’ve had the soundtrack on repeat this past summer. Pretty sure my parents and sister are tired of me belting “Time Warp” in the kitchen.

emily-king-the-switch-lp-stream-715x715Emily King–The Switch

If you read my recent concert preview about the fab Emily King, you know how much I love this album. It came out on June 24th of this year. The record is climbing the charts through the record’s killer bass, simple-yet-deeply-emotional lyrics, and hypnotizing harmonies sung by Emily herself.  Emily’s has a unique voice that is both breathy and compelling, and just plain beautiful. Currently, my favorite track on this album is the sassy, yet clever “BYIMM,” (which stands for By You I Mean Me.) Check out the amazing video here, which features The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Tituss Birgess. (My fave.)

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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.

Tweet me: (@SophersC) what are you listening to this summer?

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!

(Photo via IMDb)

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!

(Photo via IMDb)

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!

                      (Photo via IMDb)

 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!

(Photo via IMDb)