The Sugar Migration – Leave No Trace

I had an inkling to listen to some Sugar Migration today, and lo and behold, I had the delightful experience of finding a newly released EP!

I came across The Sugar Migration a few years ago while re-watching my favorite Gossip Girl episodes. Just so happens the episode Circles plays in revolves around my favorite character, Chuck.

So upon hearing Circles blasting in the over-the-top New York club, I dived into the self-titled The Sugar Migration EP. I loved it all, save for The Laboratory song. Just way too sad/depressing sounding for my tastes.

But, this! This new four-track EP, Leave No Trace, released 10 years after the other one! All four songs are sophisticated, catchy, and plain fantastic!

It starts off with Burning Man (Burn It Down) – it’s heavy acoustic-guitar-sounding, and I think that the ups and downs are in just the right places.

The second song has to be my favorite. It Never Rains In LA….

Don’t say it’s gray today
It’s never gonna rain in LA
Just say okay
Cause here I’m gonna do it today
No way it’s gray
It’s never gonna rain in LA
Just say okay
Cause here I’m gonna do it my way

It’s sooooooo good. And there are so many things great about LA. Aside from the (lack of) rain, there’s Battle Tapes, Party Nails, LA Hallucinations (have those a lot – here’s lookin’ at you, Carly Rae), the general location for the filming of Face Off… just so many good things about that city! But, anyway.

The third track, Armageddon’s Right, has a familiar feel that stems from some of the tunes on the original EP. It’s a really cool, pretty, mellow-y tune. I just love the vocals.

The last song, Long Way Back From Hell, is a nod to the Danzig song. I really like what’s going on with the instruments – pretty neat to hear an acoustic take on the track.

I mixed some sugar with food coloring to achieve my own weird version of a sugar migration.

To sum it up, Bravo to band lead Lou Caiola Jr. and The Sugar Migration. 10 years later you continue to make sweet tunes!

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The Score – White Iverson

The Score – White Iverson

My best song discovery of 2016, thus far. It was released in 2015, but I found it on accident today.

It’s a cover of the Post Malone song, but I can’t even tell, I’m in love with this version. Not really the lyrics, but the whole feel of it.

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The Best Releases of 2015

There have been a lot of ‘2015 Best-Of’ lists out there these days. Here are the releases that matter most, in my humble opinion. The order of 3-8 doesn’t matter.

1. Battle Tapes – Polygon
2. Party Nails – singles Break and No Pressure
3. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Chasing Yesterday
4. FIDLAR – Too
5. Carly Rae Jepsen – EMOTION
6. Ghost – Meliora
7. Glass Animals – Zaba
8. The Score – White Iverson (cover)

Update: As of April 2, 2016, I realize that this list is crazily incomplete. I’m discovering a lot more wonderful tunes that originated from last year. But, my statement on picks 1-2 has not changed for any spilt second ūüôā

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Battle Tapes and Party Nails – Polygon

Today marks the release I’ve been waiting for all year. Los Angeles band Battle Tapes created a solid¬†gold brick¬†of musical genius and I’m happy to report that almost every song has my brain begging the rest of me to jump up and dance.

Polygon consists of 8¬†tracks that, from this day forward, I won’t be able to live without.¬†The debut release¬†actually consist of 10 tracks, but Feel¬†The Same and a snippet of Mulholland appeared on the 2012 EP release,¬†Sweatshop Boys. I¬†fucking adore these 10 tracks, and the way they ordered them couldn’t be better.

Track 3, Solid Gold, features singer Elana Belle Carroll of Party Nails. Battle Tapes has been promoting the music of this extremely talented singer for a while now, and her singles Break and No Pressure are seriously some of the best tunes I’ve heard in a very long while. I was giddy with excitement to see her name beside a Polygon track in Spotify this morning, and man does it deliver.

My favorite verse: “I only wanna be your self inflicted wound it’s easy baby the friction between me and you show me what makes you human I’ll show you vulnerable you bend you break you surrender and melt like solid gold” – Bloody Brilliant the way she sings it in the bridge.

Do your ears a favor and listen, but more importantly, support!

Battle Tapes

Party Nails

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