SONG OF THE DAY: Alabama Shakes – “Be Mine”

While I haven’t posted any of their stuff on site before, if you listen to the show you know how I feel about this up and coming group out of Athens, Georgia. They have a sound that is a little bit Black Keys, a little bit Rolling Stones, and a lead singer who takes channels Janis Joplin and James Brown and mixes them up just right. They released an eponymous EP last year in September but Boys & Girls, released today on ATO Records, is their first full length production. I think it is pretty sweet, and even though you might have heard many of the songs before if you have been following them the new stuff is great and it all goes together well. Listen to one of those new tracks “Be Mine” below and head over to iTunes to get the album here, or listen to the whole thing first courtesy of NPR here.

Be Mine

Teo is a sophomore at CC. He has a radio show every Tuesday 7-9pm, it’s got all sorts of stuff. Check it out.

 

 

SONG OF THE DAY: Butch Walker and the Black Widows – “Synthesizers”

 

I must confess, I only discovered this song because someone showed me the music video. I am probably the biggest Dazed and Confused fan around, so seeing Matthew McConaughey reprise his role as David Wooderson literally made me giddy. For a song completely about liking party but without all of the glitter and flare that comes with it nowadays, Butch and the boys couldn’t have picked a better face for it. As a DaC fan, I like to think Wooderson would be exactly how he’s depicted in the music video; dressed exactly the same and picking up (multiple) women exactly his age. Music video aside, “Synthesizers” is a song to groove to. The build is perfect and it’s chorus is just catchy enough that it never gets annoying (at least it hasn’t for me yet).

Butch Walker and the Black Widows’s new album The Spade came out August of last year (sorry this isn’t the most current song, but it’s gonna make a comeback). If you’ve never heard of Butch Walker, you should probably Google this guy. He’s been in the music business for a while and done everything from 80’s metal to Southern blues. He’s been with the Black Widows since 2010. I would recommend listening to a little bit of everything from this guy, but mostly “Synthesizers.”

 

(Fun Fact: Butch Walker is the bartender in the music video)