Some of this week’s newest music and genre station highlights on Pandora, fresh from our curation team!
Eric D. Johnson put in some time with The Shins before leading indie rock band the Fruit Bats for many years. He’s releasing songs under his initials now, and they are a treat. Beautiful melodies float over lush West Coast pop flavors and hints of country twang on his new single featuring the songs “Lose It All, All The Time” and “A West County Girl”. Dig these feel-good summer tunes.
This up-and-coming indie dance band out of Sydney is known in Australia as Rufus, but was forced to change their name in the US due to an existing trademark on the name Rufus. Now under the moniker RUFUS DU SOL, this DIY band has released 2 EPs on their own label. Having played stages as far away as Moscow and New York, they have built a strong online following. Their album Atlas (due for a US release later in the year), debuted at #1 on the Australian album charts, propelling the band into the spotlight with their “equal parts sun drenched melodies and late night dance floor rhythms.”
After her successes on main stage and festival circuits – both in recital and with leading national orchestras – Judith Jauregui has become one of the most sought-after and valued young Classical pianists in Spain. She was invited to perform at some of the country’s most prestigious concert halls and festivals. Her latest recording pays homage to legendary Spanish pianist and Grammy award winner Alicia de Larrocha, performing various works from Spanish composers like Granados, Falla and Albeniz.
Dubbed “arena rock for indie kids” by one of the Bay Area alt weeklies, Berkeley’s Boyjazz follows in the footsteps of Spinal Tap, Steel Panther and The Darkness while forging their own path of triumphantly awesome stupidity. Yes, they’re making fun of heavy metal – but not as much as heavy metal inadvertently makes fun of itself (especially the Sunset Strip stuff from the early-to mid 1980s). Of course they couldn’t make fun of it this well if they didn’t love all things metal. And this love shines throughout all their recorded music. Should the brilliant minds of Hollywood ever grace us with a remake of The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years, it would behoove the project’s producers to let Boyjazz play the part of Odin.
Kaskade – Redux EP
With Redux we find Kaskade focusing anew on deep and soulful house. Originally a vinyl-only affair meant for small clubs, fans demanded a digital version and Kaskade obliged. He even sweetened the deal with the Disclosure-esque single “Ain’t Gotta Lie.” In keeping with his push back against the current state of copyright and its collision with contemporary music creation, Kaskade offered up the stems to “Ain’t Gonna Lie” and encouraged fans to take the files and, “Remix that. Use that. Think you can do better? Show me.”
Diego El Cigala – Vuelve El Flamenco: Homenaje A Paco De Lucia
Widely considered the premiere international emissary of cante flamenco, Spanish superstar singer Diego El Cigala’s latest endeavor Vuelve el Flamenco is a live recording, realized in tribute to the late Paco De Lucia (who passed away prematurely earlier this year). Accompanied by guitarist Diego del Morao, Vuelve El Flamenco is an exercise in purity and tradition, celebrating the interminable vibrance of cultura flamenca.
Iron Butterfly – Live At The Galaxy 1967
From the vaults of psychedelic rock’s heyday comes this newly issued live recording from the early days of San Diego psych band Iron Butterfly. It was recorded one year before their seminal In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida release in 1968. Performed at the historic Galaxy Club in the heart of the Sunset Strip in North Hollywood, this recording features the band’s original line-up performing tracks like “Possession” and “Fields Of Sun” from their debut LP Heavy. Witness the birth of acid rock in its roughest, most primitive form!
Our Barbershop Quartet station is perfect for waking up early and prepping the grillables. Although its ’20s heyday is long past, Barbershop quartet music has enjoyed a long and colorful revival. Get your kitschy kicks with our old-school Barbershop station. Classics like “Mr. Sandman”, “Sweet Adeline” and “Jeepers Creepers” will provide some good, clean, old-timey jollies along with lesser-known gems like “I’d Love to Live in Loveland” and “I Wonder What’s Become of Sally.” Get to know Barbershop champions such as The Auto Towners, the Buffalo Bills and The Cracker Jills.
John Phillip Souza (1854-1932), “The March King,” was one of the most famous musical acts in the world while he was alive. And in case you need more reasons to be a Sousa enthusiast, he also wrote three novels and has both a bridge and an instrument named after him (he developed the sousaphone — a large, tuba-like brass horn). So get your fists pumping to the Michael Jackson of 1915, as you enjoy Sousa hits like “Semper Fidelis” and “The Stars & Stripes Forever.”