tunesday: live edition

Welcome back to Tunesday! We’re back! Today’s edition is focused on an EP release show I went to last week, and I am so thrilled to share it with you. Yay for live music Tunesdays. On with the show!

shoobies: cherry ep

The show was for Shoobies’ latest offering, Cherry. Shoobies, who’ve been around these parts before (see October monthly me) are a New Jersey four piece making the best kind of noise. Cherry is their secondary offering, putting out a completely different sound from their debut EP, Claude Monet. Cherry is heavy with soul influence and does the job of getting into your bones expertly. A more mature collection, the songs are called Love, Sex, and Drama. It’s a metaphor. But, if you take it literally and create your own, it’s just as good.

If there’s something that the guys from Shoobies know how to do, it’s put on one hell of a show. Complete with 70s esque mustaches being hastily shaved off before the show, an intro that did it right, roses, and an actual smashing of a guitar (which I never, ever thought I would live to see), Shoobies elevated The Saint in Asbury Park.

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You can listen to Cherry here, and Claude Monet here. Find the band on Instagram, Twitter, and everything that matters at @shoobiesnj.

the happy fits: awfully apeelin’

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The Happy Fits are three boys who find themselves bathed in blue light more often than not. A rock band with a cello, they’re an eclectic mix of The Black Keys, Alt-J, and Vampire Weekend. They played songs off their EP, Awfully Apeelin’  and just so happened to treat all of us with some songs from their upcoming album. 2018 is going to be a big year for the band – which is saying something, considering the fact that they surpassed 1,000,000 plays on While You Fade Away and expanded their fan base by quite a bit. Keep an ear out for their debut album coming out in the first half of next year.

hannah riley

Hannah Riley performed her first ever show at The Saint, and I was blown away by how good she is. A mix of heavy Lana del Rey influence with touches of Lorde and Halsey, Hannah’s voice is power and is full of tremendous capability. Her debut EP, Recovery, has true bangers including IDWBY, but her cover of Lana’s In My Feelings absolutely blew me away. To say that she’s going places is to understate just how good she is, so listen for yourself.

trustfall

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Trustfall is emo math rock that makes me think of 2009 and jumping. If this made sense to you, you’d adore them. Their set at The Saint was a joy – if you’ve ever wanted to yell lyrics with people who wanted to do the same, you can probably imagine the vibe to come from that. That’s exactly what the atmosphere was, and I am so grateful to have been there. Their latest release, Space Dawgz 2: Dogs in Space is full of the same; listen here.

 

and so concludes the live edition of tunesday! honsetly, this last weekend was incredible, and i’m thrilled to be able to tell you all about it. congratulations to shoobies for releasing one hell of an ep, and to all the other bands that performed – what a night. now, back to my regular programming of being a mess? i think yes.

love and light,
shalom xo

TUNESday (even though it’s Thursday)

Hello pals!

This week some things have happened.

  • I have somehow acquired fantastic dress sense
  • I  may have broken a tambourine
  • I’ve put two people to sleep in my lap (so far!!!)

That aside, today I’ve discovered and rediscovered some beautiful music, and I’m going to share it with you all. I don’t know why it was such a difficult decision to make, but it was and I sat on my knees for a long time before I started writing this post. In any case, here you go! Forgive me, because I am not good at reviews!

1. The Girl by City and Colour

City and Colour is Canadian singer-songwriter Dallas Green. This track, from the Bring Me Your Love album of 2008, is full of simple lyrics and beautiful guitar, and has the ability to send me to an summer-autumn day in thirty seconds flat. The lyrics are cyclical and every verse reinforces the former. It’s a beautiful song. 100% recommend.

2. Same Suit, Different Tie by The Maine

I don’t know if I adore this song because of how much I want to believe in the lyrics, or because of the truth of them. Both, I rate.You see, there’s something about realising that you have, or can, find yourself “so through with [your] miserable youth”Same Suit, Different Tie  is all about shaking off the awful high school or primary school memories, but remaining yourself, and then eventually killing it in the “real world”. My favourite thing about this song is that it feels like a splashing around in anything that lifts my spirit. I’ve made a conscious effort to dress in a way that makes me feel super grand this week (post coming, believe me) but really, I’ve just found myself “shaking off the dust and assuming a pose”. Give this a listen if you (a) are feeling down and need to remember how to take care of yourself, (b) if you want to hear some good music, or (c) if you like indie-rock bands that deserve more recognition.

NOTE: I love this album very much & may end up doing a whole post on it. Who knows? (Not me.)

3. Give Me A Try by The Wombats

Alrighty, fellow mortals: let’s talk about The Wombats. The jumpy English indie rock band has a habit of releasing kick ass songs with dancey beats and catchy lyrics, and judging by the music from the new release Glitterbug (available for pre-order here), including Give Me A Try, this should be a good year for them. Give Me A Try is wonderful, because it’s what it implies: it’s asking for a chance. My favourite line is “London can try, it’ll never swallow me whole”. The chorus – a proposal, in some way – is one I’d say yes to:

We could be gigantic, everything I need
Vicodin on Sunday nights
This could be worth the risk, worth the guarantee
This could be the drug that doesn’t bite
Just give me a try

I think everyone should. Just give it a try! (see what I did there?) (I made myself giggle, okay.)


Thus ends my musical recs/reviews post! It was difficult – more difficult than I anticipated, but I loved making it and listening to more music. I hope you guys enjoy this, and if you don’t, I’ll enjoy it for you. Have a beautiful day!

[it’s almost midnight and i have rehearsal tomorrow so i’m 400% certain that the crash is coming]

love and light
Shalom x