I Have Returned.

The Foo Fighters may be on hiatus, but I have officially returned from mine.

Hello blogisphere. I missed you.

It’s been a long three months, filled with concerts, festivals, beaching, “life organization”, and a splash of day job consumption. But I’m here now. And we have LOTS to catch up on. It blows my mind that despite my absence, my readership has continued to stay strong. I have received countless emails, messages, and face-to-face questions about my continuation of this blog that I hold so near and dear to my heart.  Well do not fret, because Bask in the Music isn’t going anywhere.

The past 3 months in pictures…

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…Peace out, Summer 2012. You rocked.

Bask in the Summer Music

Close your eyes. Imagine you’re laying on a beach. Think about the warmth of the sun on your skin; the smell of suntan lotion and ocean air. What do you hear? The waves. Maybe a few aquatic birds.  However, if you’re a music fanatic like myself, there isn’t a better occasion in the world to plug in those ear buds and drift away to a beautiful, magical, warm place in the back of your mind, and let all of your daily problems and concerns just drift away into the abyss.

You probably think I’m stoned out of my mind right now.  Well, I’m not.  I’m actually sitting under florescent lighting in my cubical on my lunch break, but preparing myself for a fabulous beach day tomorrow, and setting up a sweet soundtrack to go with it.  I like to think I’m pretty good at this kind of thing, and so I’d like to share with you, faithful readers, my very favorite summer jams.  Some are newish, while some are definite throwbacks, but all are extremely chill nonetheless.

Please feel free to list any of your favorite summer songs in the comments section, or by emailing or tweeting me.

Back to the newsic next week.

Click the link below. Enjoy!

My Summer Jams

Saturday Night Jagger, My Guitar Hero & A Little E. Sharpe

There is a very long list of reasons why I love summer – the days are longer, my skin is less pasty, day drinking is less scrutinized, and everyone tends to be in a better mood.  The only real bummer is taking a break from some of our favorite T.V. shows. One of these shows for me is Saturday Night Live. Although some might argue that it hasn’t been any good since Will Ferrell peaced out in 2002, I have continued to be a relatively avid viewer of the show.  Despite popular belief, sometimes it is actually still funny, and you are almost always guaranteed a great live musical performance.  Mick Jagger hosted the last episode of this season, and performed some of his classics with Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters, and Jeff Beck.


Check out the amazing performances by clicking the links below:

“The Last Time”

“19th Nervous Breakdown”

There was also the so so sad farewell to one of my all time favorite cast members, Kristen Wiig, to two of my favorite Rolling Stones songs, “She’s a Rainbow” and “Ruby Tuesday”.

On a different note, more exciting updates surfaced yesterday regarding John Frusciante’s 2012 album release from the man himself!  A letter on his NEW WEBSITE, www.johnfrusciante.com, explains that there are actually two new records coming out.  The first is an EP entitled Letur-Lefr, and the second is an LP entitled PBX Funicular Intaglio ZoneLetur-Lefr will be released in Japan on July 4th, in North America on July 17th, and in the rest of the world on July 16th. PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone will be released in Japan on September 12th, in North America on September 25th and in the rest of the world on September 24th. Here is a sampling of the cover art, which John created himself. Love.

Today the first single from Letur-Lefr was released on the web.  The 1 minute 30 second instrumental jam Glowe is very chill, purely John, and yet only slightly telling of what we should expect from the rest of the album.  His continuous unpredictability is, after all, one of the reasons we love him. Check it out:

Speaking of new releases, today was also the release of the Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ second album Here.  In typical E. Sharpe fashion, the songs have generally cheery, upbeat and folky tendencies.  Although soulful to the brink of churchy, it’s still definitely a good listen for sunny days spent skipping through an open field (or days stuck in a cubical when you wish you were skipping through an open field…)  Either way, if you were into their first album, it’s definitely worth a listen.

In the meantime, I’ve been working on a sweet ass summer playlist for you guys. I’ll let you know via twitter once it’s ready.

Follow me @baskinthemusic for updates!

Tomorrowland

I NEED to go to this next year.

Now, you know at this point that I’m, by no means, obsessed with extreme house music, but apparently this festival is one of the most epic music festivals in the world.  This annual event takes place over the course of 3 days in Boom (love it), Belgium. WikiFestivals.com describes it as “a trippy technicolour fantasy.”  So naturally, I’m there.

Here’s a short movie from the 2011 festival.

Speaking of dance music – I’m really regretting not getting tickets for Electric Daisy in NYC this weekend.  To any of my readers going, have an unbelievable time!