Posts Tagged ‘charity’

May 19, 2018

It’s a splendid Friday for fans of Phantogram like me. Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter have surprised us with two new tracks, one an original, one a Sparklehorse cover. All proceeds from the new two-track single go to a very good cause, one that’s far too relevant lately considering all the dear people we’ve been losing, both in our personal lives and within the music scene. The single benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). For Sarah Barthel, who lost her own sister to suicide back in 2016, this is all too personal. Steam new song Someday above, which sees the typically trip hop and electro-rock duo go a dreamy meditative route. Their gorgeous cover of Sparklehorse’s Saturday can be streamed below. 

November 29, 2017

I have never heard of “tequilawine” and I’m doubtful of its true existence, but if it really were a thing, I’m more than game to try it out. After all, I’m fond of wine, and I’m fond of tequila. If the meeting of the two is as sublime as Olivia O’Brien’s song Tequilawine, I’d probably be hooked. The song is one of five tracks off the Napa chanteuse’s recent EP, It’s Not That Deep. Sweet sass abounds on the cozy strumming R&B pop song. Olivia O’Brien, who’s had a deservedly swift rise since the release of breakout hit “hate u, love u”, will be headlining a very special show on December 11th in a winery barn in Sonoma with Devon Baldwin. All proceeds from this North Bay Fire Relief Benefit Concert at Gundlach Bundschu Winery will go to Napa Valley Community Foundation and Sonoma County Resilience Fund. Find out more, here. You can stream Olivia O’Brien’s It’s Not That Deep EP, here.

November 2, 2017

AWAY weaves a web of dark sensuous entrapment on the Los Angeles production duo’s new single Honest To Gød, featuring ethereal gliding vocals by LA’s Charity. It’s a poignant haunting, moody bristling vocal bass and future trap beauty that incorporates What So Not-like swervy texture and ECHOS-like fervently brooding chillstep. And it might boast the most gut wrenching lyrics we’ve encountered in a long time in the form of “Honest to God, I never loved you like I said.” The magnificent track is out now via Lowly Palace, and it’s definitely one of our new favorites.

October 24, 2017

By now, I’m sure most of you have already caught wind of Pretty Lights’ long awaited return. Rainbows and Waterfalls is Derek Vincent Smith’s first release since he dropped Only Yesterday last March. It’s been a long wait, but the esteemed Colorado producer is back with a mighty fine signature serving of old school funk, gritty hip hop, and dubstep. Pretty Lights utilizes Shuggie Otis’ 1971 classic Strawberry Letter 23 as the foundation for the magnificent track, which arrives with an intriguing music video accompaniment. Rainbows and Waterfalls is available from iTunes, here. You can catch Pretty Lights on his live New Year’s Run late December in Detroit, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia, where I’m sure you’ll be blown away anew by the artist’s live genius. Sign up on his mailing list to receive a pass-code for pre-sale, here

Pretty Lights has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket goes to support organizations working to provide rapid emergency relief to those affected by the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

October 24, 2017

Not only are Chicago sibling duo Wild Belle long known for their psych pop and funk rock talent, but the pair also have very generous and compassionate hearts. In fact, Wild Belle has unveiled a new charity single named Hurricane (accompanied by double-A side companion Paralyzed) produced by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys with string arrangements by Mat Ulery. Proceeds from the release will go to support victims of recent hurricanes in the Carribean through United For Puerto Rico and All Hands – U.S. Virgin Islands Hurricane Response. Hurricane is a bewitching amalgamation of Wild Belle’s ska tinged noire-pop and vintage styled jazzy psychedelia that kind of feels like Lucius fused with Cruel Youth, Lana Del Rey, and Cults. Stream its accompaniment, Paralyzed, below, which is certainly not a “paralyzing” slice of smoky indie pop and vintage rock with its heavy Patrick Carney aesthetic. If you missed prior single Untamed Heart, watch the music video for the well received charmer below, too. It’s a can’t miss gem. You can also stream Hurricane via Spotify, here.

October 19, 2017

Not only is this next one dedicated to a great cause, but its a stellar new offering from Belfast duo New Portals. They’ve released Sober such that all download proceeds via Bandcamp and iTunes would go to Macmillan Cancer Support’s Go Sober For October campaign. The lissome and enchanting pop aria pairs a 4/4 beat with mesmeric guitars and the duo’s trademark lush harmonies. It’s brisk yet piquant, frisky and uplifting. “I like to party when we’re sober,” they croon on the charming song. It’s true. Who needs anything else when you can dance to your heart’s content to this nimble and ebullient gem? Support the song and Go Sober For October by purchasing Sober from iTunes, here, or Bandcamp, here.

September 11, 2017

The world seems to be in utter chaos these days with all sorts of disasters affecting different parts of the world. Many people could use our help, including those still suffering from Hurricane Harvey in Texas. American rock bands Lifehouse and Switchfoot aren’t just fully aware of this, but they’re thoroughly active in the process too, having linked up for an epic tune to raise funds for those affected. They’ve crafted an uptempo alt charmer and sanguine anthem named Shine Like Gold. All proceeds from the song goes to relief efforts. It’s already raised $54,000 for Houston. Download and support, here.

August 5, 2017

Tragic news of Chester Bennington’s passing hit the world hard. Many of us are still reeling from what happened and the painful reality of mental illness and suicide. It’s hard to believe that this incredible voice and talent has left us forever. The majority of our favorite artists, producers, and bands are all fans of Linkin Park, too. Some of them have paid tribute by recording remixes and covers, but I’ve found none as powerfully affecting and deeply stirring as this breathtaking cover of Linkin Park’s Shadow Of The Day by Portland chillstep/vocal bass duo Echos

Their dusky mournful, ethereal sprawling cover more than does justice to the Minutes to Midnight highlight, and its anguish and sadness seem more than heartfelt and sincere. Echo’s electronic cover brings us together, and as one, we grieve. Echos has given us a chance to heal, as well as reminded us we’re not alone. But we’ll never forget what Linkin Park and Chester gave us these past two decades. We carry that with us, in our hearts, in the new music we make or listen to, forevermore. As the cover ends, a soft tinkling melody instantaneously recognizable as In The End wafts gently into our ears. It’s a brilliant and exquisite addition that adds an extra layer of tender poignancy. 

Echos’ says of their cover:  “Like many of you, Linkin Park was one of the very first bands that we ever listened to. Hybrid Theory was the first album Tal ever owned. Memories of sitting in his room with his Sony Walkman listening to it repeat, it was the first album that got him through those difficult teenage years. It didn’t just inspire the music he would make but the type of artist he wanted to be – raw and honest. I used to steal my dad’s copy of Meteora just so I could blare it in my walkman on the bus each morning, mouthing every lyric as I slouched up against the cold seat. I felt like these poems were speaking to every part of my growing creative mind and I couldn’t get enough of them. Linkin Park shaped the way we write and create today and we wanted to create something that would allow us to grieve, reflect and heal. We recorded this cover in Tal’s apartment in two vocal takes and a couple of days of production as we wanted it to feel as intimate as possible in order to reflect what we were feeling when we decided to record it. We will be donating 100 percent of proceeds in coordination with Linkin Park’s team to a charity of their choice.”

You can stream Echos’ Shadow of the Day cover via Spotify, here.

July 14, 2017

I feel very fortunate to be living in an age when drones exist. Sure, they could be a nuisance at times, but drones have given us the ease and ability to make jaw dropping music videos and see things from points of view we had no access to prior to their existence. Case in point, the new video that just dropped this week for RYAL’s Charity. Its panoramic scenery was shot in the beautiful landscapes of East Sussex by the song’s co-writer, cinematic UK composer Christopher White. NYC based duo RYAL (Jacque Ryal and producer Aaron Nevezie) offer up the perfect soundtrack for such stunning visuals with their breathy, satiny pop. Charity is a shadowy lurking electropop and glassy sensual R&B ballad reminiscent of Kill J,

Haelos, and Alpines, with a bit of Portishead prowling through its trip hop threads. You can learn more about RYAL and their music on their webpage, here.

April 4, 2017

And we’re back on with some rad morning jams for your office dancing pleasure! 3LAU drops the heat with the next track from his new label BLUME. He teams up with Yeah Boy (Johnny Castro of Parachute Youth) for a massive dose of summery deep house. On My Mind is a opulently ravishing club anthem with a laced with steely yet fluid future house. The Vegas producer explains that he wrote this song with Yeah Boy at his parents’ house in Adelaide while he was touring in Australia two years ago. Since On My Mind is out on BLUME, this means all proceeds from streams and sales go to charity. 3LAU’s current goal is to raise $30,000 for ACLU, a mighty fine cause if you ask me. You can also stream On My Mind via Soundcloud below. Purchase or stream via additional sources, here.