cayucas

Vision Drawing Mandala. An Animated Gif by Sarah Zucker, 2013.

Part of a Series of California-inspired Mandala Gifs created for live VJ performance with Cayucas at their album release show, May 9th at The Echo in Los Angeles.

Cacophonica Void Mandala. An Animated Gif by Sarah Zucker, 2013.

Part of a Series of California-inspired Mandala Gifs created for live VJ performance with Cayucas at their sold-out headlining show at The Echo in Los Angeles last night. If you haven’t heard this band yet, you MUST. They are the sound of Summer 2013!

Second year doing one of these lists. Last year’s was in alphabetical order by artist because I couldn’t bring myself to pick a favorite. Also, I kind of threw it together in 20 minutes so some of the songs weren’t even my favorites of the year. Anyway, this year is different because there was a clear front-runner*: “Hannah Hunt” by Vampire Weekend. That whole album is perfection actually, but “Hannah Hunt” is arguably the best song off that record.

Whoops. I’ve gone on too long. I’ll end this torture now. Happy New Year!

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*Keep in mind that it’s only like the first five songs that are really in the order of how much I liked them. Everything else is just like “yes I like this song very much.”

Crochet Mandala. An Animated Gif by Sarah Zucker, 2013.

Part of a series of California-inspired mandalas designed for live VJ performance with Cayucas at their album release show at The Echo in Los Angeles tomorrow, May 9th.

Sand Art Mandala. An Animated Gif by Sarah Zucker, 2013.

Part of a Series of California-inspired Mandala Gifs created for live VJ performance with Cayucas at their album release show, May 9th at The Echoin Los Angeles.

Someone New
  • Someone New
  • Kakkmaddafakka
  • 6 Months is a Long Time
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Kakkmaddafakka- Someone New

Wow! Norway have done it again and blown me away with a band that make music that warms on you despite their climate being far frostier than most.

The impossible-to-pronounce group actually excel in great pop songwriting and they are definitely suited to the sensibilities of Californian 60’s surf-rock sounds. Fans of Cayucas will find Kakkmaddafakka’s appeal too good to pass up.

Kudos to The Whitest Boy Alive for helping the group with the record and for scoring cameos in this bitter-sweet lemon-filled music video.

Take the plunge and give the song/video a burl! Their new album is out June 28th.

Enjoy.

 

Fall Tracks

A varied compilation–enjoy! 

Alt-J - Hand-made
Local Natives - Heavy Feet
Washed Out - Don’t Give Up
Vampire Weekend - Obvious Bicycles
San Cisco - Nepal
Two Door Cinema Club - Next Year (RAC Remix)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - Nothing But Our Love
Foals - My Number
Dillion Francis - Without You
The 1975 - Settle Down
Matt and Kim - Let’s Go 
Alt-J - Ms
Alex Clare - Humming Bird
SOHN - Bloodflows
Mark Ronson - Bang Bang Bang
Young the Giant - Islands
Bay City Rollers - Bye Bye Baby
Cayucas - Deep Sea
Washed Out - Great Escape 
Phoenix - Drakkar Noir 
Bombay Bicycle Club - Shuffle
Ellie Goulding - Tesselate (Alt-J Cover)
Bibio - À tout à l'heure
Kodaline - All I Want
Vampire Weekend - I Think Ur A Contra
The Strokes - Tap Out
Goodwill & Hook n Sling - Take You Higher
Kid Astray - Like You Care
M83 - Steve Mcqueen
The Neighbourhood - Afraid 
Fleet Foxes - Quiet Houses
The Lumineers - Slow It Down
Passion Pit - I’ll Be Alright