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Just a quick heads up to fellow pop-punk fans: head here to stream what’s set to be one of the best releases in the genre this year, and check out the video below.

Narrative: A kid grows up and gets ready to leave home.

Performance: In a garage.  Perfection.

Song: One of the catchiest celebrations of nostalgia since “Good Riddance.”

Why You Should Watch It:  This one’ll either hit you right in the chest, or it won’t.  It’s a simple look back on a dude’s life as he gets ready to move away.  Nothing spectacular about the photography or concept – in fact, Saves the Day tackled similar material with the classic video for At Your Funeral”:

Much like the beefy, down-to-earth pop punk they play though, whatever The Swellers’ video lacks in flash, they make up for in heart.  If you’ve ever lived in a small town, had band practice in a garage, or had trouble saying goodbye, you’ll instantly connect with this.   You might even have a few hairs stand on the back of your neck at some point.

Either way, good luck getting the song out of your head.

“I miss it, too…”

By: Chris Cullari | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @ChriswithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Mayer Hawthorne – “No Strings” [MUSIC]

mayer hawthorne

Bringing it back a bit with Mayer Hawthorne‘s 2010 retro R&B/soul release of “No Strings”. It’s hard to imagine such a soulfull groove coming out of Ann Arbor, Michigan but Mayer is doing just that and making quite the name for himself in the process. He is currently working with independent hip-hop label Stones Throw Records in Los Angeles, California where he had released his latest album “A Strange Arrangement” in late 2010. With the latest connection with Stones Throw it’d be safe to say that we can be on the lookout for some really great collaborations with a list of awesome hip-hop artists from all over.

Lord Huron “The Mighty EP””Into The Sun EP” [MUSIC][VIDEO]


It’s not everyday when your sitting at your computer ready to go out and chow down on some Chinese food when your buddy IM’s you commanding you to listen to something like Lord Huron.

It’s not everyday (or ever) that I listen too two or three songs from a band and immediately buy tickets to their show at the Troubadour in LA… and the show’s in May.  And oh yea they’ve only released seven tunes.  What?

The rhythms are fresh.  Think Vampire Weekend, but on Neptune.  The harmonies are euphoric, think Grizzly Bear or Fleet Foxes, but on friggin’ Mars.  Lord Huron is doing everything right in my book and people are starting to notice.  I don’t think it could have been put much better than in a recent LA weekly article:

It was the kind of music you would expect from a beachside resort on a distant planet far far away. —LA Weekly

This band has released two EP’s.  The first one is called ‘Mighty’EP (four songs) and the second one is called ‘Into the Sun’ EP (three songs).  Here is the title tracks from Lord Huron’s ‘Mighty’ EP and ‘Into the Sun’ EP.

Mighty – Lord Huron

Into the Sun – Lord Huron

Lord Huron is the brain child of Ben Schneider.  Originally from Michigan, Ben traveled globally and initially settled on LA to hone is skills as a visual artist.

Cover created by Ben Schneider for ‘Into the Sun’ EP

After all the travel, he returned to Michigan to record his second EP, Mighty. Both short-players were recorded completely on his own, but he recently gathered a full band in Los Angeles made up entirely of fellow Michaganers. One, Schneider’s childhood friend Mark Barry, drove across the country from Nashville, where he worked as a studio drummer. They’re joined by electric guitars, bass, theremin and other electronic effects. — Paste

His fascination with calypso music and also the polyrhythmic music of Bali and Indonesia where he traveled is very evident in Lord Huron’s music.  Its refreshing to hear such complex sounding music that eases you into a state of relaxation.  Here is the third track from Lord Huron’s ‘Into the Sun’ EP.

We Went Wild – Lord Huron

The global influences are definitely evident in the sound of these records but the lyrics and harmonies are very much rooted in American folk music.  Think folks sounds of Laurel Canyon for the digital era.  A good example of this is the last track on the ‘Mighty’ EP called “When Will I See You Again.”

When Will I See You Again – Lord Huron

The simplicity of acoustic guitars, vocals with enough reverb to make Thom Yorke cry and drums that seem to be flown in from the Caribbean are what you can expect when you see/ hear Lord Huron.  He/ they have been making music publicly for less than a year.  For me, to have something like this dropped in my lap made my night and made my Chinese food taste a little less greasy.

The rumor mill says they tore it up at SXSW this past week.  So I guess this is a call to action to listen to Lord Huron.  This band has a refreshing and relaxing sound and with a current tour in the works and a show at LA’s Troubadour on May 14th I know we are definitely going to hear a lot from Lord Huron, hopefully it will come in full length LP form.

Here is a link to the video for the tune “The Stranger” from the ‘Mighty’ EP

Stranger – Lord Huron

You can buy both EPs from Lord Huron’s site here. (iTune)

Here are links to the great LA Weekly and Paste articles I found.

Ok fine here’s one more tune.

Son of a Gun – Lord Huron

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC