Not Just Your Average Teen Mom

With all the craziness going on in New York these past five days, I have had some serious down time. Luckily for me, I did not lose electricity or access to the interwebs, so I spent much of the two days confined to my Upper East Side apartment online, searching for cool,  new bands to write about. I came across one band on “We Are Hunted”, whose sound I found particularly interesting.

The band: Teen Mom; the song: “I Wanna Go Out”. Take a listen below.

The trouble is, now that I’m hooked on this song, I can’t find very much additional info on these guys. Only from their band Facebook page I learned that they’re currently in Washington, D.C.,  and its three members (Chris Kelly, Tom MacWright and Sean Dalby) came together when Kelly crashed MacWright and Dalby’s 4th of July party. They have been a band since March 2011. If you go to their website, you find it supplies limited information about the trio as well, but does give you a listen to another song called “You and Me”, which is also pretty rad.

So, Teen Mom – Reach out to Bask in the Music… We want to know (and hear) more!

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Doom and Gloom

At the beginning of September, the Stones announced that they would be releasing a greatest hits album, title: GRRR!, U.S. release date:  November 13, in celebration of their 50th anniversary.  Hardly an “album”, it will actually be available in a few different versions, including a three-CD 50 track version, and a four-CD 80 tracks version, and will act almost as a time machine, from their start to present day, with songs including “The Last Time”, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, “Get Off Of My Cloud”, “Jumping Jack Flash”, “Honky Tonk Women”, “Brown Sugar”, “Miss You” and “Start Me Up”.  It will also include two new songs, one of which was released today and entitled “Doom and Gloom”. Check out its brand new lyrics video here.

Now if only they would release some 2013 tour dates..

Helen Burns

Michael Balzary, or who we music folk know as “Flea”, released his first solo album yesterday.  I just had my first listen, and I’m still processing it, but it is purely phenomenal, and unlike anything you’d expect.  You can really hear his jazz-influenced background (and, in my opinion, some definite John Frusciante influence) shining throughout.  He tweeted a few days ago, “Helen Burns is not RHCP music, it is not funky, it is not normal songs… It is soundscapes I made on my own at home, it is mostly instrumental.”  It’s also fucking brilliant.

I’ve already tweeted the link, but in case you don’t follow me (which you should…) the album is available for download here, at numerous available prices – including the $0.00 option.  However, all proceeds go to funding for his Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-for-profit which facilitates music education to local youths.  For more information on the organization, click here.

More than Music

I found this video, which was created by a Portuguese student as a project for her English class, on YouTube today, and I thought it would be a perfect introduction to this post…

To Maria Carolina,

Beautiful work. Thank you for sharing this.

For the first time is a very long time, I’m finding that I’m at a loss for words about something I’ve listened to.  As you all know, I am a huge John Frusciante fan. I always have been and I always will be.  He has taken a lot of risks in his life, including leaving one of the greatest bands of our time. But the creation of Letur Lefr might exceed them all.  It is unlike anything I’ve ever heard.  I’ve just started listening to the album in it’s entirety, so I’m going to have to get back to you all about my thoughts on it, but I wanted to post this one song, “In My Light”, on Bask in the Music as soon as possible.  Take a listen.

This is truly more than music.  I’m not sure what it is, but it’s beautiful.

Settle Down, Jack White.

No Doubt. The epitome of 90s ska punk alternative pop rock. I was so in love with this band, in 4th grade I literally wanted to be Gwen Stefani.  I wanted her retro, bleach blonde hair-do, all of her baggy pant/crop top ensembles, and even her braces.  In fact, their album Tragic Kingdom was one of the very first CDs I owned.  With my Walkman constantly in hand, long car rides were filled with the likes of  “Spiderwebs”, “Just a Girl”, and, “Don’t Speak”.  This band freakin’ rocked, as I’m sure all young women of my generation would concur.

Now, after their long-awaited, reunited return, the band has released their first single in over a decade – the song, “Settle Down”.  Sadly for me, it fell incredibly short.  I understand that they’re trying to maintain their roots and stay true to their original sound, but this is just plain boring.  Okay, maybe “boring” is a little harsh.  Let’s try “easy”.  Check it out the new single below and see what you think for yourself.

If you know anything about me and my taste in music, I have no doubt that certain genres and sounds have the ability to exceeded these invisible obstacles we call “time” and “generation”.  I love plenty of music from the 1960s, 70s, 80s (well, with the 80s I’m a little bit more selective), and 90s.  I still love their old music, and plenty of similar bands of that time and sound (Garbage, 311, Sublime, in addition to 50% of the music featured on the Clueless soundtrack.) So what is it about this song that just sort of irks me?  It’s like, they’re trying too hard… or not hard enough.  In which case, I find the title of the song kind of ironic… or obvious.  Whatever. I’m choosing to stay optimistic, and hope the rest of the upcoming album will pleasantly surprise me.

In other news today, Jack White just debuted his video for the song “Freedom at 21”, from his first solo album Blunderbuss, which was released this past April.  I really liked the album, and despite his general creepiness, I actually find him incredibly talented.  It was nice revisiting this song today, but the video… my goodness. With it’s borderline pornographic and misogynistic undertones, it is a true testament to the fact that male musicians, especially guitar players, really can get any girl, and have all of their sexual fantasies met… even when they permanently resemble a less attractive Johnny Depp in a Tim Burton movie.  So fellas, listen up. Learn to play the guitar, and learn it good. Just ask Jack.

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!

Some Unreleased Foo

Really quick post, but I wanted to share these two unreleased tracks from the Foo Fighters’ first recording of their 2002 album “One by One” – which, was originally called “Million Dollar Demo”.  Many of the original tracks were abandoned after the second recording of the album, and even though over the years a few instrumental versions of tracks from “Million Dollar Demo” have surfaced, the public has never heard any of the full, original songs.

Today, two of these songs, “Have it All” and “Come Back” appeared on YouTube. Foo Fighters fans, rejoice!

Check out the tracks below.