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She & Him classics coming this fall!!

Hi Hart Beat. This vacation in Maine I’ve been rewatching one of my favorite show’s, New Girl. Schmidt is my absolute favorite and makes me laugh so hard. As much as I find Zooey Dechanel drives me crazy sometimes I still love her. So today I was so excited to see that the amazing combination of Zooey Dechanel and M. Ward also known as She & Him is releasing a new album this fall.

According to the Zooey in the Facebook post that announced the new record, “We are incredibly excited to release a record of our favorite songs. It was a dream of ours to record these songs in a way that highlighted the brilliance of the songwriting and the beauty of their melodies. We had a wonderful time making the record and we hope people have a wonderful time listening to it.”

Ah!! I can’t wait for fall, Hart Beat!!

Welcome home, son

Happy Sunday Hart Beat. This weekend I was so happy to get out of the city again and head back to my parents house in the Berkshires for my dad’s birthday. My parents still live in the house that I grew up in and I love getting back here and relax in the country. Check out my instagram for recent photos.

On another note, I want to share with you this amazing song that I’ve been listening to non stop for the past couple of weeks. It was especially great to hear as I drove into Massachusetts with the full moon on Friday night. This version bellow the original here is a great acoustic version by the band. I love it.

Radical Faces” “Welcome Home, Son”

Radical Face singing “Welcome Home, Son”

Summer jams with Slow Motion by PHOX

Hola Hart Beat. Sorry for the radio silence. I promise I’ll be be better at posting this week than I have been! To make it up to you here is a song for you that I promise (pinky promise) you’ll be listening to for the rest of the summer. Thanks NPR for your continuing music recommendations and thanks Monica Martin for having the voice of an angel.

PHOX’s “Slow Motion”

King Karoshi, my Canadian band crush

Hi Hart Beat, I have the best band to share with you tonight. A few weeks ago I got a great email from a fan of the blog introducing himself and reaching out to pass along the name of his band, King Karoshi. As soon as I listened to their first song on their new EP I was hooked. As Rémi, the lead guitarist told me via email, the music “somehow it seems to match your imagery and type of playlist.” I can’t even tell you how right he is, King Karoshi is my newest favorite.

Rémi explained to me via email that King Karoshi is a Montreál band that released their first EP this May. The band features the talents of four guys, Patrick on lead singer and guitar, Antoine on base, Alexy on drums and Rémi as the lead guitarist. In my opinion, the band has a sound similar to other indie bands The Districts and Santah but with this great Canadian back story (Patrick and Antoine are from Montréal and Alexy is from Ottawa).

King Karoshi has five songs out on their first EP and they are currently touring through Canada. Unfortunately for you and me Hart Beat, King Karoshi is not on Spotify (that I can find) so I haven’t put it on the official Hart Beat Playlist. However, you can listen to the album on their website and even buy the EP there too. Oh boys, come to New York and play in Brooklyn! I want to see you in concert!

King Karoshi plays their song “Laundry”
So there you go, Hart Beat, a great music suggestion that has come this way via the brilliant internet gods. Thanks for reaching out Rémi, I can’t wait to see the great places that King Karoshi goes!!

Concert photos (first four) via MTLBlog and the recording shot (last photo) by Vesia Photography.

Punch drunk, dumb struck, pot luck, happy happy

Hola my Hart Beat. Since SXSW a few weekends ago I’ve been going through my favorite music blogs trying to catch up on all the new music. One of the best acts consistently mentioned is Wolf Alice, a London based band that apparently made a splash at the March festival.

The band’s newest EP Blush was released in October of last year and it contains the amazing song “Blush” featured bellow. Another Wolf Alice song I’ve been listening to is “Bros.” Both have this spring energy that I can’t get enough of. Unfortunately a bunch of their music hasn’t been added to the Spotify universe but lucky for us most is on youtube for our listening pleasure. What about you, Hart Beat? Do you have any favorites from the music festivals this spring?

Wolf Alice singing “Blush” from their 2013 EP.
P.S. If you like Wolf Alice you might be a fan of Daughter or Dessa

Photos (and an interview) via the Free People blog.

The Districs: ‘Cause the plains they took my baby

Hi. How’s your Sunday night going, Hart Beat? It’s been a crazy second to last weekend at Dalaga and tonight I’m so happy to be home, cooking a frittata (Spanish tortilla?) and listening to some good music. One of the best new songs I’ve heard for a while has been stuck in my head all day and I want to share it with you, Hart Beat.

Have you heard of The Districs? From what I’ve read online, the band first formed when the members were in high school in rural Pennsylvania. This live version of “Funeral Beds” bellow was filmed in one take. COME ON. Regardless the band members are 16 or 100 I would listen to their songs over and over again. You with me, Hart Beat?

“Funeral Beds” by The Districts
And oh my savannah,
Did it have to be so hard?
Oh my savannah,
Taking all my love and all my heart.

And I’m struggling, and I’m stumbling,
And I need to start
I’m struggling, and I’m stumbling
I need you in my heart

P.S. For similar bands I would recommend The Heartless Bastards, Honeyhoney and of course, Father John. And, as always, find the official Hannah Hart Beat music playlist by following this link here.

Crazy, Part Two

Hi Hart Beat. Last March I went through a huge Patsy Cline kick. I even wrote a post dedicated to one of my favorite songs, written by my favorite Willie Nelson and sung by Patsy Cline. Almost one year later I give you The Kills singing “Crazy,” maybe even better than Patsy herself.

The Kills recording an acoustic version of “Crazy”
I’m crazy for feeling so lonely
I’m crazy, crazy for feeling so blue
I knew you’d love me as long as you waned
And then some day
You’d leave me for somebody new

Alt-J, let’s tessellate

Hi Hart Beat. I’ve been listening to a lot of alt-j lately and I was so happy to find this NPR Tiny Desk Concert tonight on youtube. Honestly, one of the reasons I love alt-j is the simplicity of the music and hearing them play acoustic is even better. I want them to have a concert in my apartment. Who wants to come?

P.S. The first song they sing here is one of my favorites. I’ve put “Tessellate” on the Hart Beat playlist and if you want me to add more just let me know.
Triangles are my favorite shape
Three points where two lines meet
Toe to toe, back to back, let’s go, my love; it’s very late
‘Til morning comes, let’s tessellate

Alt-J, let’s tessellate

Hi Hart Beat. I’ve been listening to a lot of alt-j lately and I was so happy to find this NPR Tiny Desk Concert tonight on youtube. Honestly, one of the reasons I love alt-j is the simplicity of the music and hearing them play acoustic is even better. I want them to have a concert in my apartment. Who wants to come?

P.S. The first song they sing here is one of my favorites. I’ve put “Tessellate” on the Hart Beat playlist and if you want me to add more just let me know.
Triangles are my favorite shape
Three points where two lines meet
Toe to toe, back to back, let’s go, my love; it’s very late
‘Til morning comes, let’s tessellate

Some say love is a burning thing

I found this song the other day and now I can’t stop listening to it. Are you surprised, Hart Beat? I’m not. I love that the first couple lines are in reference to Johnny Cash. I mean, the lyrics in general are amazing in this song. It’s perfect for a Friday night. What do you think, Hart Beat?

Some say love is a burning thing
That it makes a fiery ring
Oh but I know love as a fading thing
Just as fickle as a feather in a stream
See, honey, I saw love,
You see it came to me
It puts its face up to my face so I could see
Yeah than I saw love disfigure me
Into something I am not recognizing

“Song for Zula” by Phosphorescent