Christmas came early this year friends, in the form of music. Leave it to Lana Del Rey to lift us out of our music rut by bringing us nine melodic and haunting songs on her latest album, Paradise. Maybe it’s due to the giant girl crush we have her, but Miss Del Rey has outdone herself this time. Her raw and captivating music is a breath of fresh air in a world of catchy pop singles laced with nasally vocals and computer-generatered melodies. Not to mention the music video for her single, “Ride” is a work of art and poetry combined. We just can’t get enough of Lana. Take a listen and you’ll understand why.
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We all know that West Lafayette isn’t exactly deemed as the music capital of the world, or of any place for that matter, but that doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of young and talented musicians in our tiny town. A few posts back we featured the local band, Faux Paw, and after attending their album launch concert, we’ll be keeping our eyes on this talented foursome because they’re going places. And they received extra kudos in our book after performing a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Rhiannon. Need we saw more?
To buy and download Faux Paw’s debut album and other fancy loot, click here. You won’t be sorry.
Every now and then a song comes along that has a way of transporting us to another place and time. Bloom by The Paper Kites just happens to be one of those songs and it’s been playing on repeat on our iTunes for weeks now. No matter what type of mood we’re in, or how many homework assignments we have due by midnight, every time this tune starts to play, an instant calm smile appears upon our faces, reminiscent of a Folger’s coffee commercial right after the actor takes a whiff of his steaming hot cup of joe. When listening to this song, all seems right in the world for three and half short minutes. If only it could last just a little bit longer, but hey, we’ll take it for now.
Every now and then we stumble upon local talent that really steals our heart away. There’s nothing better than finding great music, especially when it’s right in our backyard here in West Lafayette. For those of you who have yet to hear about Faux Paw, listen in very closely; we sat down with lead guitarist, Gordon Wantuch, from the band to get the scoop on them as well as get some info about their upcoming show at Foam City, this Saturday, September 22nd at 9 pm. Dig in.
When was Faux Paw formed?
1776, minutes before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. (Last August, Just celebrated our first B-Day!!)
What are all the band member names/their instruments?
Garret Ney – Vocals, Guitar. Gordon Wantuch – Lead Guitar. Tom Lageveen – Drums. Steve Freeman – Bass.
Describe your sound and musical influences:
The sound a lawnmower makes when it runs over your dogs chew toy, Wilco, the sound lava makes when it reaches the salty coast of Iceland, Paul Simon, Fleetwood Mac.
What was the recording process like for the band?
Kind of like stubbing your toe in the best possible way, frustrating yet captivating. It forces you to focus and change your style, kind of like when you move to a new school and everyone is into crazy bones but you still have a Tomagachi.
What can people expect for the show on Saturday?
A whole lot of fun. Dino DNA will really get things going and hopefully we can feed off their energy and put on a hell of a show too.
What does the future look like for Faux Paw?
We’ll be taking our act to the road this fall. Still really excited for the ever growing local scene, with things like Jurassic Pop growing and other talented local bands as well.
So there you have it friends. If you aren’t already convinced to come out to see the show on Saturday, we don’t know what else to say. Cute boys, great music and good times? Need we say more?
There’s nothing better than a good friend, especially a good friend with great taste in music, who isn’t too territorial over their tunes to share some of it. We were recently turned on to The Head and the Heart by one of our good friends (thanks MK), and have been listening to them on repeat ever since. Their sound is the perfect balance of upbeat, folksy melodies, laced with rich harmonies, but yet it somehow compliments even the dreariest and gray walks to class. Despite the cold, we feel inevitably warm inside just by listening to them. You could say it was love at first sound…
Have you ever found a song so catchy you just can’t help but listen to it on repeat for two hours straight? We admit we’re guilty of this compulsive habit and consequently play the living daylights out of certain songs. Our latest obsession happens to be Florrie, an uber-cool singer, songwriter, guitarist and drummer from the UK who just so happens to have incredible style and the bone structure of a goddess. Her upbeat and catchy tunes can make even the most mundane tasks seem as happy as a day at the Zoo… with a giant rainbow lollipop. So crank up the music and let’s [insert mundane task here…we pick doing laundry because we unfortunately ran out of socks].
Remember that exciting feeling you used to get, running to Best Buy to purchase the brand new Spice Girls ninety-nine cent single? Remember the feeling you would get, tearing through what seemed like 25 layers of plastic packaging, and finally putting the CD in your Discman only to hear the sweet melodies of Scary Spice singing to you about what she really really wants?
Well this week we experienced something a little reminiscent of those feelings after previewing the entire new M83 album on iTunes and realizing that a simple download of it just wasn’t enough. We wanted to hold it in our hands, paper, plastic and shiny disc itself. So we took a quick trip down the road to our favorite store, Von’s, and did something we haven’t done since 1997. That’s right, we bought an actual CD. There was something so poetic about it though, searching through the racks of discs, and walking out of the store with a little treasure in a white paper bag. Plus not to mention we got to actually look at the CD booklet… pictures, lyrics and all. Now when’s the last time you did that?
Now for your listening pleasure a little M83… the ultimate cause of our trip down music memory lane.
This week we decided to post a cover battle between two bands that will forever have our hearts. In our eyes, MGMT and The Kooks could sing the alphabet and they would be grammy worthy. So take a second and listen for yourself and decide which you like better.
Got a song suggestion? Email us at Purduelala@gmail.com!
If you feel like us, you are ready to drop the pencil, turn off the Pandora, and dump out the coffee. The craziness of midterms seem to pop up out of nowhere and last for weeks. Thanks to one of our hour-long procrastination binges we have stumbled upon some great music that we couldn’t wait to share with our LaLa readers.
Say hello to our weekly installment of “Cover to Cover” where we will post new cover songs of old classics for your studying pleasure. You may not decide on what you get to learn, when your tests are scheduled, or what grade you receive on your paper. But at least you get a say in which song you like more. That counts for something!
There’s nothing more satisfying after a long day of school and stress than driving with the windows down and blasting some great music. And due to the freak heat wave gracing us in mid-October, our windows-down/music-blasting season has been extended… much to our likings. This playlist truly has no rhyme or reason; just some great music worthy of being heard. So what’re you waiting for? Jump in your Dodge Stratus, find a nice country road, and let the warm air and sweet melodies take all your worries away. It’s just what the doctor ordered.
Toes – Lights
Levels – Avicii
Some Boys – Death Cab for Cutie
Tears from a Gun – The Black Ghosts
Burning – The Whitest Boy Alive
Veronica – Tim & Jean
I Can Only Imagine – David Guetta, Chris Brown & Lil Wayne
Sing – Travis
Houdini – Foster the People
Show Me Lights – Friendly Fires
Que’ Onda Guero – Beck
City Nights – Nadia Oh
Body Hammer – Akira Kiteshi