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MODEST MOUSE – FLOAT ON

Like indie rock music with a catchy tune? What about some fun lyrics and great use of instruments? If these aspects are right up your alley, then look no further. This week, it’s Modest Mouse’s ‘Float On’ that takes our Featured Song, and if you haven’t heard it before, you are in for a treat. The track is a main driving factor in the success of their 2004 album ‘Good News For People Who Love Bad News’ with ‘Float On’ being rated as one of the best songs of the year, worldwide. This brought unheard of audiences to the Modest Mouse scene, who originally were quite a specified fan base.
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A mix of their own indie sounds, ‘Float On’ has put Modest Mouse on the official map and has itself, been very successful. The track got all the way to #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Charts, and was played almost on repeat on MTV when music was their main focus. While the song is catchy and really engaging, the humorous lyrics can often be forgotten. Modest Mouse front man Isaac Brock sings these in his quirky upward tone, a prime example being “a fake Jamaican took every last dime with that scam, It was worth it just to learn some sleight-of-hand.’

‘Float On’ is not only a headline song for Modest Mouse at every show, it has also been cemented as a great ‘Summer anthem’ for listeners all over the globe. If you are keen to get the positive vibes flowing, go no further than this amazing tune! Want more information on the band? Check out their official website here or have a scroll through their Facebook page! Be sure to keep up to date with everything music here on the SurfStitch Blog!

While we all patiently wait to see some of our favourite musicians and bands at Splendour In The Grass this coming weekend, be sure to check out this weeks Featured Song, ‘Float On’ by Modest Mouse below.

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ALBUM OF THE WEEK

THE WAR ON DRUGS

Philadelphia based, 1970′s styled rock band ‘The War On Drugs’ have some great tunes, and that’s saying the least. Their new album ‘Lost In The Dream’ was released in only April this year and through its unique sounds, takes this weeks ‘Album Of The Week’ here at SurfStitch. Recorded and produced under the label ‘Secretly Canadian’, the 4 piece indie rock band took over 2 years to record the new album, and it will sure impress, debuting and ranking at #26 on the Billboard 200.

It’s the 3rd studio album for The War On Drugs, this time portraying the groups clear influences from Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and even a bit of Bob Dylan. Through constructive, raw lyricisms to the bands use of synthesizes, horns and ambient guitars, ‘Lost In The Dream’ differentiates from previous records as it also contains just one instrumental track, something listeners seem to find very appealing compared to the bands last release.thewarondrugs

Though their last album may have been appealed to few and far between, ‘Lost In A Dream’ is the complete opposite, already claiming to be one of the most exciting albums of 2014. The album consists of 10 tracks, all running close to over 6 minutes long, all telling a different story. One thing is for sure, this album is of true Americana style. Whether you are listening to the epic guitar solo’s, or the raw vocal talents of lead man Adam Granduciel, ‘Lost In The Dream’ will make you want to fly to the States, hire a Chevrolet, drive West to East and experience all the movie moments of the classic ‘American Dream.’

Check out ‘Eyes To The Wind’,  track 6 off ‘Lost In A Dream.’ The album is available on iTunes, CD and vinyl for all your musical wants and needs! Don’t have a record player? Not to worry we’ve got you covered! Check out all of our audio products and accessories! The sound of pin on vinyl is a sound simply unbeatable, especially when The War On Drugs are gracing your eardrums.

For more information on ‘The War on Drugs’ check them out on Facebook or their official band page! Be sure to stay tuned here on the SurfStitch Blog for all the latest featured albums, artists and news!

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RISE AGAINST – I DON’T WANT TO BE HERE ANYMORE

Rise Against. What more is there to say? The American alternative band play some of the best punk rock music in the business, and its their track ‘I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore’ from their latest album ‘ The Black Market’ that takes this weeks ‘Featured Song’. The groups music brings back the 90′s and 2000′s real punk rock sounds, you know… before all that screaming hardcore music and songs about girls saturated the industry. While the band continue to have little hints of political views influenced through their lyrics, ‘I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore’ also tells listeners a story.

“Rise Against has always been a political band, but also a personal band,” says lead singer Tim McIlrath. “We’ve always had songs that have a foot in both worlds. This album is a lot more introspective to me.”

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While Rise Against continue to grace us with more music, they are also cementing themselves further in modern day punk rock. The Chicago band might have influences from other earlier punk bands including Bad Religion, Thrice and Millencolin, though nowadays have completely made their own sounds and rhythmic styles, something that shows the Rise Against’s true colours. You can almost picture ‘I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore’ in a surf or skate movie from the early 2000′s, when punk music was the main soundtrack for many surfers and skateboarders and VHS was the only viewing option.

Enjoy ‘I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore,’ this weeks ‘Featured Song’ from Chicago punk band ‘Rise Against’ below! Remember to also stay tuned on the SurfStitch Blog for weekly music updates!

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ALBUM OF THE WEEK

BALL PARK MUSIC – PUDDINGHEAD

It’s that time again! Brisbane 5 piece indie pop band Ball Park Music and their newly released album ‘Puddinghead’ take this weeks ‘Album Of The Week.’ Since forming in 2008, Ball Park Music have created so much hype it’s almost a joke, with fan groups from all demographics supporting the great tunes the young indie band provide. This is the groups third studio album in only 2 years, with their improvements in every aspect being phenomenal. Whether in the form of production, lyrics or instrumental talents, its evident the group are growing at a fast rate, something we are all very excited about.

From slower rhythms to more upbeat tunes and vibrancies, ‘Puddinghead’ has something for everyone. The album features some amazing guitar riffs and seems to tell life how it is, with a heap of fun and unique personality thrown in to make it their own.

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In 2013, the group decided to really put their heads down and work solidly on the album, much different to their other releases which were written on and between tours. Boy did it pay off. Since dropping in April this year, ’Puddinghead’ has furthered Ball Park Music’s success enormously, rating at #2 on the Australian charts and only 22 copies from taking #1. Good effort right? To make things even sweeter, the band wrote, recorded and produced the entire 11 track album.

As the groups popularity continues to grow, so to do their fan base and radio play. You may have heard their hit singles ‘Surrender’ and ‘All I Want Is You’, and though it may sound crazy, the new tracks from ‘Puddinghead’ simply take the cake. Don’t believe us? Take a listen to ‘Trippin’ The Light Fantastic’ below, one of the awesome tracks from Ball Park Music’s new album, ‘Puddinghead.’

Ball Park Music’s new album ‘Puddinghead’ is available on iTunes and CD. If by chance you are heading to the greatness that is ‘Splendour In The Grass’ this month, be sure to catch the bands live set, you’ll no doubt leave blown away. To learn more from the Brisbane band that is about to take the world by storm, check out their Facebook page. Stay tuned on the SurfStitch Blog as we bring you a new ‘Album of the Week’ every week, providing the best beats available to help out your weekend playlists!

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ANGUS AND JULIA STONE – HEART BEATS SLOW

Siblings Angus and Julia Stone are an Australian folk and blues duo who have been taking the world by storm since forming in 2006. This week, the duo take our Featured Song, with their new track ‘Hearts Beat Slow.’ The track is our first taste of their upcoming self titled album release, and it has everyone extremely excited. Though they split and made solo albums for a short time, the awesome brother sister combination is back and ready to bless your ears once again.

‘Hearts Beat Slow’ is of faster rhythms than the usual slow, soft, mellow sounds the duo usually release. Compared to their previous sounds, this track is uplifting and uses a lot more instrumentation and cool melodies, allowing the pair to demonstrate their unique singing styles when making such distinctive music.

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Angus and Julia Stone will be touring Australia for 8 epic shows, starting September 12th in Adelaide. To learn more about the Australian brother and sister duo, check out their website. ‘Hearts Beat Slow’ is available on iTunes and CD, as well as their new album scheduled to be released August 1st, 2014. Unable to wait? We know the feeling! Check out this weeks ‘Featured Song’ below!

Happy Tuesday!

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ALBUM OF THE WEEK

REEL BIG FISH – WHY DO THEY ROCK SO HARD?

Ready for this weeks Album of the Week? This week we go back to the awesome ska punk sounds of Reel Big Fish, and their popular album released in 1998 titled ‘Why Do They Rock So Hard?.’ The album is the groups third studio release and if you haven’t heard their amazing sounds before, Reel Big Fish have provided some of the best ska, with a little mix of rock, music to date. The band are originally from Huntington Beach, California and since bursting onto the music scene in 1992, they have seen nothing but success.

‘Why Do They Rock So Hard?’ received awesome reviews and results almost as soon as it hit audiences ears. Although the band has changed members several times, this is the first album released by the group that has stuck with the same members as the album released prior.

Reel Big FIsh provide nothing but fun, fast and engaging tunes through all their songs on the 16 track album, with the groups saxophone emphasis something you cant help but love. Each song tells a story we can all relate to, truly demonstrating the lyrical and instrumental talents of the band.

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The album even helped get the group to Hollywood, with brief appearances in the 1998 film BASEketball, from the creators of TV animation series South Park. While providing music for upbeat events like live sport matches as seen in the film, ‘Why Do They Rock So Hard?’ still has some relaxed, slower rhythm tracks, perfect for a chilled out Sunday afternoon.

We here at SurfStitch have been loving the sounds from Reel Big Fish and ‘Why Do They Rock So Hard?,’ and although it is not flooded with profanities, a language warning is recommended. You’ll soon forget that once your ears get locked into some of the most playful, upbeat ska music going round. Reel Big Fish are without a doubt some of the most unique headliners in the Ska Rock music industry and once you hear their sounds, you’ll understand why.

Enjoy track 1 titled ‘Somebody Hates Me’ off this weeks Album of the Week, “Why Do They Rock So Hard?’ by Reel Big Fish!

Like what you heard? To learn more about the band, check out their website or stay tuned on the SurfStitch Blog for all the latest music news and featured artists!

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JUNGLE – CAN’T GET ENOUGH

Their name has been popping up here and there in the music scene over the past few months, and now its time for ‘Jungle’ to officially explode onto the music scene. The London group mix smooth electronic sounds while including influences from funk, hip hop and dance, and it simply sounds amazing.

Their hit single ‘Busy Earnin’ is a track you’ll be nothing but impressed with. The chorus and main lyrics hook you like no tomorrow, and nodding your head and tapping your feet can simply not be helped to the upbeat tune. Whether it’s to get you up of a morning, for exercise or to simply amp you up before hitting the waves, this is a track that’ll get you motivated and get those positive vibes flowing. The track dropped April 7th and is available on iTunes, their debut album dropping mid July, something we are all excited about.

Getting slammed at work or school? Stress less, Jungle have you covered with this weeks Feature Song ‘Busy Earnin’.’ For more information on the band, check out their profile on XL Recordings or on Facebook. Stay tuned on the SurfStitch Blog for music news!

 

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PHARRELL WILLIAMS – G I R L

No doubt you’ve heard his latest hit singles ‘Get Lucky’, ‘Blurred Lines’ and ‘Happy,’ well now its time for a whole album. We are talking of course about musical mastermind Pharrell Williams, and his new 2014 Album ‘Girl.’

Pharrell continues to wow audiences through his unique voice, lyrics and gracious style, and has so over the past 10 years. These days in 2014, he continues to take the world by storm through his musical talents and melodic skills.’Girl’ indeed is an album that can be played for almost all occasions. It is Pharrell’s first solo studio album for over 8 years, and it surely won’t disappoint. Coincidently, it’s the ‘happy’ upbeat tracks with cruisy funk rhythms and artist collaborations (including Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys) that make the album so easy to listen to and keep you wanting more.

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‘Girl’ provides the perfect mix and combination of funk, jazz, hip hop, orchestra and soul and pop all into one album. Sound too crowded? Don’t get too ahead of yourself, the album’s simplicity seems to make a huge impact, allowing songs to link into each other perfectly.

Pharrell, now 41, is and will always remain an icon thanks to his contribution to the music industry, working with some of the biggest names both on and off featured records. Since being headline man for early 2000′s group N.E.R.D. and making too many guest appearances with other artists to keep count of, Pharrell indeed has come along way. This is an album that displays Pharrell’s musical knowledge and innovation, as every one of the 10 tracks seems to be an individual hit single.

Break away from the radio played hit singles, and grace your ears with the below featured track by Pharrell, featuring Daft Punk. ‘Gust Of Wind’ is Track 7 off the album the new 2014 album, ‘Girl.’ Don’t worry, you can thank us later.

This weeks featured album  ’Girl’ is available on iTunes and CD. For more information on Pharrell Williams, visit his biography on AllMusic or on his Instagram page. Stay tuned on the SurfStitch Blog as each we bring you musical goodness each week with Album of the Week and Featured Song articles. Who’ll be next week? Only time will tell. Until then, get your weekend ready with help from Pharrell Williams, the man knows what he is doing.

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CANT STOP WONT STOP – UP AND AWAY

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop are an upbeat hip hop duo out of Provo, Utah and nowadays reside in Los Angeles, California. Their hit single ‘Up and Away’ turns any frown straight upside down with it’s upbeat rhythms, rhymes and atmosphere. Cant Stop Wont Stop focus on providing good vibes through all their music, and ‘Up and Away’ is certainly a prime example.

The group feature an artist known as ‘June’ on the track, and come together to set the mood just right. If you are looking for a new party anthem, or something to simply get the blood running before a surf or skate, look no further because these guys have you covered.

‘Up and Away’ by Cant Stop Wont Stop is available through iTunes and is also featured below to give your ears a little taste of joy. For more information on the band visit their website cswsmusic.com. Stay tuned on the SurfStitch Blog as we bring you the best music from both original and new artists!

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CLEAR SOUL FORCES – GET NO BETTER

If you like engaging hip hop beats graced with the presence of lyrical masterminds, look no further than Detroit based hip hop group Clear Soul Forces. The group of four’s relaxed style, combined with poetic skills, ability to tell stories and rhyme all at the same time provides that perfect feel for some serious head nodding.

The group combine modern day hip hop styles with cruisy sounds of jazz, soul and original rap styles of the 80′s and 90′s. ‘Get No Better’ is Track 6 of the group’s 2012 Album Detroit Revolution(s), and is sure to get you ready for a mid week, or weekend chill out.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the majestic sounds of ‘Get No Better’ by Clear Soul Forces.

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