September 2016 Music Picks Pt. 1

Miike Snow “My Trigger”

 The Swedish electropop trio known as Miike Snow know their way around a hit, having written and produced for some of the biggest names in pop (Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Madonna, and more). Their third album, titled iii, is a fusion of genres, blending EDM with hip hop, pop melodies and funky soul, drawing occasional comparisons to bands like The Gorillaz and Daft Punk. I figured their previous fun hit (“Genghis Khan”) would be a tough act to follow. But the adventurous new single “My Trigger” has a highly infectious vintage soul/funk 70s feel (one reviewers comment: “Gnarls Barkley doing ELO”) and just might be my favourite track yet. I recently snagged tickets to see Miike Snow live this fall – really looking forward to it!

 

Green Day “Bang Bang”

California’s venerable punk-rock superstars Green Day sail into their 4th decade with new single “Bang Bang” –already sitting at the top of the Rock charts (and not far behind on Alternative) only a handful of weeks after its release. The coming new album “Revolution Radio” is said to feature “a blitz of angst-ridden anthems that address the complexities and uncertainties of modern day existence.” This first single tackles social and politically charged topics from gun violence to internet fame, and is being hailed as a reconnection with the band’s early punk rock roots. Green Day has matured quite nicely over the decades — my favorite review quote notwithstanding, i.e. “Billie Joe Armstrong pulls off snot-nosed teenage angst like he’s still 14.” The new album drops October 7th.

 

 

Elle King “Good Girls”

Yay, she’s back! With another rollicking and sassy tune from the new Ghostbusters soundtrack. Yeah I know I’m a little late on this – a convention swallowed me whole this month. Gotta rave on this tho ’cause I love me some Elle King!! “Hey hey hey, since I’m gonna go to hell anyway, I’ll go out with a bang bang bang, crashing, burning all the way….I do what the good girls don’t…” – and nobody does it better than Ms. King!

 

 

Barns Courtney “Fire”

Been grooving on this foot-stomper from British-born/Seattle-based artist Barns Courtney for a while now. The folksy, blues-infused rousing rock tune “Fire” began turning heads when it was added to the soundtrack for the movie “Burnt”– just as Barns was contemplating hanging up his guitar for good. The artist previously fronted indie rock bands Sleeper Cell and Dive Bella Dive, and has toured with Ed Sheeran. He’s now hard at work on his debut solo album. “Fire” is currently climbing the Alt Rock charts and is also being featured in promo ads for Showtime and Starz. If you haven’t heard it yet, you likely will soon. Do yourself a favor and beat the crowd.

 

 

The Struts “Put Your Money On Me”

The Struts latest single “Put Your Money On Me” is a delightful pop-rock tune infused with SO many classic 70’s influences it’s hard to know where to begin (let’s kick it off with 10cc, Todd Rundgren, Elton John and obviously Queen just for starters…how many others can you catch?) while still being exactly what we’ve come to expect and love from The Struts. Kick back for the next almost-four minutes and revel in this tasty little ear confection:

 

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