^^Stage magic as I’d like to call it^^ It’s been way too long since my last post. The Star Stuff crew has been to some great shows and had some great experiences, more recently coming off Snowball 2013 which I would call a huge success – it was very well done, organized, and some of the most fun I’ve had in a long time. I wanted to post a more extensive review, but..well..I won’t go there. My favorite was dressing up:
We’ve also been to some great shows including The Presets, The XX, and some more underground disco dance shows including Bixel Boys, Moon Boots, Steffi Graf, and my new favorite duo featuring our very own Collin McKenna, Keepers!
So far the start to a great summer I’d say, with an influx of recent albums, including some very highly anticipated sophomore albums and ‘sequels’.
Here’s some of the more well known of what I’ve been listening too the last few weeks and months:
Most recently, and one I’m most excited for, is Empire of the Sun’s sophomore album, “Ice on the Dune“. I thought nothing could ever compare to “Walking on a Dream” but wow this second album is amazing!
Rolling stone has the whole album streaming, enjoy it while you can! Here’s the link!
In case that link is down when the album comes out next week, stream “Alive” here:
What would this post be without mention of Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories‘ – maybe one of the most anticipated albums in a long long time – Get Lucky set the stage, but I’m mixed on the album, I like how they went outside of the box and just did whatever they felt like doing, without worrying about expectations, what they’ve done in the past, or what the critics may or may not think – but after listening to the album over and over I felt a lot more to be desired, depending on your mood some songs you have to completely skip, depending on if you want something slow, or dancey, the versatility is good, but sometimes not so much if you’re going from start to finish. Here’s a popular remix of Doing it right to check out:
Yeah Yeah Yeahs put out a great new album, fourth album, yes, but I’ve been loving it:
I’m really excited for the new MGMT album but not sure what to expect. I remember seeing them at Coachella in 2010 and they played their new album at the time, Congratulations, and people were unhappy they didn’t play enough from Time to Pretend/Oracular Spectacular. I for one was in the same boat and wasn’t really feeling Congratulations, but it definitely grew on me. As for this 3rd album, honestly who knows, I think we’ll have to wait and see. For me it’s hard to tell from the only song they have put out so far, but I do like the sound:
We’ll be keeping an eye out on this one – one of the favorite concert memories I have is seeing MGMT in the rain at Red Rocks Amphitheater.
Another album I didn’t think I would like but thoroughly enjoyed was Entertainment by Phoenix – before never being a big Phoenix fan this was one that I kept on repeat for a while, check out this Entertainment Remix:
Hard to believe this one has been out since September of last year – Co-exist from The XX – but it was still one of my long-waited sophomore albums and it definitely lived up to the talent of the first.
There’s also definitely some more alternative albums that came out that are perfect for summer, some other interesting albums I’ve found and been listening too, maybe I will save those for another post! For now, enjoy the above and have a great weekend!!
BONUS: Since they always put on a great show: