I first heard of these guys on Majestic Casual‘s Youtube channel. Surfacing out of Orlando, Florida, SALES is an American Pop Rock band consisting of guitarist/vocalist Lauren Morgan and Guitarist/programmer Jordan Shih. These guys don’t have too much content up on the internet yet and if you try to google them all you get are charts and money signs. Nevertheless, I’m a huge fan of their music. They have a lo-fi sound, with mellow samples and guitar riffs that compliment Lauren’s vocals. It’s the type of music that lets off a winter chill vibe but makes you want to dance in the snow. Give them a listen. Also, if you like their music support them and buy their new EP here.
I was first introduced to this guy surfing the web and found that he produced a series of beats that were a tribute to Nujabes, and instantly I fell in love. Ta-Ku is a self-taught producer from Perth, Australia. His style revolves around progessive beats with aesthetic sounds familiar to J Dilla and 9th Wonder. While I have not been able to see him live yet, I hope to catch him if he decides to visit the Bay Area. Check out his work if you’re into soul grooves, progressive production, and electronic hip-hop fusion.
This past weekend I came back from Foster The People’s show at the Fox Theater. I will be writing a separate post on those guys, but I wanted to share some music from their opening act. Soko is a French singer as well as an actress from Bordeaux, France. I came into the show with only a handful of Spotify listens, so I did not know what to expect. Right off the bat, I got a vintage indie feel to her music, reminding me of sounds like Feist and Cat Power. It also sounded like something that would come out of a British indie film like Submarine. Soko has a quirky sense of humor, making little jokes in between her songs. I remember her talking about how she wanted all the single lady’s numbers after the show and commenting about how beautiful the audience was. If you’re into indie folk or anything along those lines, I would recommend her.
I will be starting a music series that caters to all sorts of moods. To start it off, here is a band that has been on repeat for the past week, helping me get by “writer’s block” and keep me in my creative bubble. Tycho is a producer and artist based out of San Francisco, CA. I first heard of this guy at Outside Lands, and right away I was hooked. From the ambient noises to the atmospheric sounds, Tycho sets the stage with a dream-like presence. The first thing I thought about was “Hello, sweet study music”, and it has been my choice artist when it comes to writing my blog posts or research papers. I recommend this to those that are into Jamiexx, Made in Heights, or MSMR. Give him a listen, let me know what you think.
Yesterday me and some friends went to Not So Silent Night, an annual 2 day holiday rock concert hosted by bay area radio station Live 105. We went to the 2nd day, which included major rock artists such as Imagine Dragons, Tegan and Sera, and The Killers. It was one of the bigger concerts out there, with a full house in the Oracle Arena where the capacity cap is just under 20,000 people. Our seating wasn’t too bad, but being the concert rebels we were, we tried finding better seats on the ground floor. We ended up finding pretty good seats for a good 45 minutes, until we were flashed by a flashlight by one of the guards, with a group of people behind him. By then, we were pretty sure our seats were taken on th esecond floor so we made due with decent seats on the side of the arena, located at the very top. Although they were somewhat crappy because the sound of the speakers were facing the other direction so we couldn’t …