This weeks RUNDOWN is personally my favorite so far. So many great posts from last week it was a close call for who made it. These are the viewers favorite posts, with sounds from all sorts of genres. Enjoy the TopCast.
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
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The independent music community is a beautiful thing, and when it comes together to support a cause, the results are always special. In this case, a number of like-minded bands have donated tracks to create a compilation to raise money for our brothers and sisters in Japan.
As Soupy, singer of “The Wonder Years” explains in the press release:
“Last Friday we woke up in Maryland to read the news about the earthquake that struck Northern Japan and as the hours rolled by, things seem to go from awful to, well, worse than awful. News of tsunamis, floods, fires, radiation leaks and more poured in as we sat feeling helpless in the van. The idea struck to maybe text a few of our friends to see if we could get five or six songs together for a short comp to benefit the victims of this tragedy. I think it really speaks to the sense of community we have in this scene that within the two hour drive to Delaware, over 20 bands agreed to be a part of this. The comp is a collection of primarily rare, hard to find or unreleased recordings. The storefront was donated to us by Limited Pressing and currently, Paypal is allowing you to send money to charities without taking any fees. This means that, aside from the standard fee Paypal may take out when money enters an account, 100% of the money will be going to Americares to help the Japanese.”
As a human being, you can know your money is going to ease the immense suffering overseas and as a music fan, you’re getting a collection of unreleased, rare, and hard to find tracks from a cross-section of the major players in the current (pop) punk/indie/DIY scene. The track listing is no joke – Transit, Man Overboard, The Wonder Years, Valencia, The Swellers, Koji, Balance and Composure – these are the dudes you need to know. Kind of reminds me of the “Welcome to the Family” days of Drive Thru.
Go. Download. If you can afford $5, you can afford $10. These stand-up dudes are going above and beyond to offer something in return for your help.
“Stay Young” by Save Your Breath:
By: Chris Cullari | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @ChriswithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC
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