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Sounds of July 2015

Jared Weseman

I've been in a bass-heavy dance mood recently, this playlist definitely reflects that. Have a good summer, and Happy Birthday, America.

SeeSaw - Jamie xx (feat. Romy)

This month's playlist starts for the second month in a row with Jamie xx. In Colour is one my favorite albums of the year so far. Its got the extremely chill vibes and vocals from his bandmate of The xx. The Album, which released about a month ago, is full of unique good-vibe inducing tracks and is worth many full listens.

Landslide - Oh Wonder

The playlist's second spot is also filled by the same artist as last month, the English duo, Oh Wonder. This track adds to the growing list that will be included in their album to be released in September. Check it out, and their other tracks for free on their Soundcloud.

Let It Go - James Bay

Another spot, another returning artist. This single from English singer/songwriter, James Bay is the latest pulled from his debut LP, Chaos And The Calm. I swear, we will pick up from here, but his vocals draw me in too much to skip. If you like singer/songwriters, check out this album, I think he has quite a future.

Unsteady - X Ambassadors

X Ambassadors are where Alternative rock is right now, an interesting combination of vocally-driven tracks coupled with Alternative chart toppers that are great. I was first introduced to them a while back by my, now defunct, local Alt Rock station with a track from their debut EP called Unconsolable (not a typo). They then had a huge track with Jay Z and Jamie N Commons called Jungle followed up by another EP track, Renegades. Their debut full-length album, VHS, was just released and is worth your attention. 

Eyes Shut - Years & Years

My favorite group at the moment, as everyone should know, has released so many singles that by the time the album releases on the tenth of this month I will have already heard more than half of the tracks, I'm not mad about it. This track is one of their songs from before they signed with Polydor that has been re-produced for the upcoming album, Communion, that I already know will be one of my top-played of the year.  

Freedom - Pharrell Williams

This is track is going to be HUGE. I was exposed to this 2 and a half minute pre-manufactured pop hit on Apple Music's new radio station Beats 1. Beats 1 is an interesting experiment for Apple, do people still want DJs? I know I do, I love the man heading up the station, Zane Lowe, and hope that Beats 1 can establish itself as a global force in the same way that Apple Music itself is sure to.

Come And Get It - John Newman

New music from John Newman? Yep, this track is just what we have come to expect from him, massive-sounding, repetitive tracks, with prominent brass instruments that will saturate the British airwaves in short order. Check out this track from John Newman as well as his last album that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Powerful - Major Lazer (feat. Ellie Goulding & Tarrus Riley)

We are going to start upping the pace and the mood, this track from Major Lazer features vocals from my favorite, Ellie Goulding and Reggae singer, Tarrus Riley. This song is a great summer track that I suggest you listen to a few times. I hope we can hear more from Ellie about her forthcoming third studio album soon, I've been ready for ages.

The Giver (Reprise) - Duke Dumont

Duke Dumont makes bangers. This update version of The Giver, which was initially released in 2012, will be included in his debut LP due to be released later this year. It will be a joy to listen to when it gets here, but this single will have to tide you over until then.

Stole The Show - Kygo

Kygo is a 23 year old Norwegian producer who has established himself as a god of deep-house remixes. This is his second all-original single that will most-likely be included in an LP someday. If you haven't heard Kygo's remixes, you are missing out. Some of my favorites include the extremely popular remix of Martin Gaye's Sexual Healing and a remix of a cover that Ellie Goulding did.

Holding On - Disclosure (feat. Gregory Porter)

Disclosure is back with the first single from their forthcoming sophomore album, Caracal, due to be released later this year. This track, featuring vocals from Gregory Porter is undeniably Disclosure, and I can't wait to hear more of this soon. Crank the volume for the rest of the playlist, your ears should be bleeding by the end.

Secrets - Tiësto (feat. KSHMR & Vassy)

This track is fucking massive, the drop makes me sick. Secrets is pulled from the King of EDM's album, Club Life, Vol 4. - New York City. Tiësto makes massive tracks for massive raves and this track just reiterates how amazing he is at his craft. Seriously, it needs to be LOUD.

Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd

The Weeknd sang this song on-stage at WWDC for the launch of Apple Music. His vocals are so great both recorded and live. The Toronto native has been on some big tracks recently, this beautiful-sounding song that personifies drug addiction is the lead from his second studio album, In The Night, due later this year.

You Know You Like It (DJ Snake Remix) - AlunaGeorge

Onto a remix of a track that I was quite fond of when it was first released a couple of years ago. The original, by electronic English duo AlunaGeorge, was great when it was first released and has now been remixed for the Dance charts with the french DJ Snake. I think you'll like it.

Rumor Mill - Rudimental (feat. Anne-Marie & Will Heard)

Rounding out the playlist again this month is another Drum and Bass banger from Rudimental. This new track is another single from their upcoming project, We the Generation that will be released in September. This single debuted on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show a couple of weeks back and is sure to gain momentum, you can get on this one early.

Those are my picks for July, what are you listening to? 

Make sure to follow me on Rdio to keep track of all of my Playlists and musical selections (even the embarrassing ones): http://www.rdio.com/people/jaredweseman.

Sounds of June 2015

Jared Weseman

Summer is finally upon us, now its time for some music to go along with it this June. Check out this playlist and let me know what you think.

Loud Places - Jamie xx (feat. Romy)

Jamie xx is one of the musical masterminds behind the amazing English indiepop band, The xx. He has been performing both alone and with The xx for more than a decade, however The xx's last album, Coexist, was released in 2012, and we haven't gotten much from them recently. Luckily, we have been getting singles from a debut album coming soon from Jamie. This track is one of the best featuring vocals from Romy Madley Croft, the lead vocalist in The xx. Check out this track and the sure-to-be amazing album coming soon.

Lose It - Oh Wonder

There isn't much information out there about this duo from London that is writing, recording, and releasing one amazing track every month for a year, culminating in a debut album to be released in September. Currently, there are nine fantastic tracks released on Rdio, or for free on their Soundcloud. This song is my favorite; I can only hope they stay together for longer than just a year.

Future People - Alabama Shakes

Future People is another fantastic single from Alabama Shake's second studio album Sound & Color. Seriously, if you didn't listen last month, you better this month. Brittany Howard's vocals are massive and deeply moving.  

Ship To Wreck - Florence + The Machine

Another single from Florence, another time I'm featuring it. Florence + The Machine's new album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful was just released on May 29th, and is unsurprisingly fantastic. Her voice, even more so than Brittany Howard's, is just HUGE. Crank this song and feel it in your chest. 

Did You Hear the Rain? - George Ezra

Rounding out the massive vocalists is another track from the young George Ezra. If you haven't seen a picture of him, listen to this song and picture what you think he looks like, then Google him, I'll wait. Yeah, you weren't expecting that were you? If he can continue producing music like his great debut album, Wanted on Voyage, we will be listening to him for years to come.

Dream Lover - The Vaccines

This month's playlist is full of big tracks that demand to be listened to loudly with the bass turned up. This single from The Vaccine's most recent album, English Graffiti, fits that bill perfectly. 

Everyday - A$AP Rocky (feat. Rod Stewart, Miguel, Mark Ronson, and Yasiin Bey)

A$AP Rocky, the A$AP Mob's most recognizable member, just released his second studio album, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP. The album is an 18-track masterpiece of production. This song in particular is basically three songs in one, abruptly changing tempos, keys, and sounds. It features vocals from Rod Stewart, Miguel, and Mark Ronson, and is worth your attention.

Stressed Out - twenty one pilots

twenty one pilots is a unique duo from Ohio that has just dropped their second signed record, Blurryface. The album is a collection of so many different sounds and styles that it is a complete mess, but somehow comes together as an enjoyable mess. People seem to agree, its currently sitting atop the Billboard Albums Chart. This track is my favorite from the LP and worth a listen.

California Roll - Snoop Dogg (feat. Stevie Wonder)

Next up this month is another track from Snoop Dogg's new Pharrell-produced album, BUSH. This track is extremely chill, featuring vocals from the actual Stevie Wonder. This new album is a really interesting effort that I am liking more and more with each listen.

We All Want The Same Thing - Rixton

Rixton is a four-piece British band, don't call them a boy band I don't think they would like it, hailing from Manchester. This track, pulled from their debut album Let the Road, is an up-tempo pop hit currently getting airplay in the UK. Its light and fun.

Pieces - Tanlines

Tanlines is a electronic, indie rock duo from Brooklyn. They established themselves with a popular first album in 2012 that I was a fan of for the most part, aptly named Mixed Emotions. This track is the opener from their freshly-released sophomore LP, Highlights. The album is a great listen that has been on repeat for me for a couple of weeks. 

Shine - Years & Years

You know I love Years & Years, this song is on this list because I love Years & Years. Olly, Mikey, and Emre, come back with another dance track from their forthcoming debut, Communion. I'm eagerly awaiting its release. 

Waiting for Love - Avicii

Avicii is prolific, he remixes all of his own tracks sometimes multiple times and is constantly releasing new singles and collaborations. He has publicly talked about working on over 70 tracks in the process of creating his next album, Stories. I'm a big fan of this track, which is co-produced with Martin Garrix,  as well as his rework of Nina Simone's Feeling Good.

Straight Into The Fire - ZEDD

ZEDD is on top of his game, his recently released album, True Colors, is full of bangers. The electronic build and drop in this track is just so fucking good, check it out. 

Never Let You Go - Rudimental (feat. Foy Vance)

Rudimental is a fantastic drum and bass group from the UK that helped launch the careers of John Newman and Ella Eyre, among others, with their tracks on the group's debut album, Home. This new track is a new single from their upcoming project, We the Generation that will be released in September. It appears it will be another big summer for Rudimental.

Those are my picks for June, what are you listening to? 

Make sure to follow me on Rdio to keep track of all of my Playlists and musical selections (even the embarrassing ones): http://www.rdio.com/people/jaredweseman.

Jared 2.0: Overly Analytical

Jared Weseman

I'm sitting in the temporary home of Balzac's Coffee Roasters location in the Distillery District of Toronto, Ontario on a trip I am taking alone and using for personal time to clear my head. I've been sitting here for 25 minutes trying to determine which of the many topics in this series I want to write about first. The amount of time I have spent thinking about this has answered my question for me. Why did it take me 25 minutes to decide? Why do I feel the need to write about everything in my life?

I am an analytical person by nature, I think about every possible (mostly negative) outcome of every experience, event, interaction, or decision in my life. Being analytical is desirable skill when looking for a job, it seems analytical thinkers are in high demand in the business world. While being analytical will help me in the long run in my career it has dramatically stunted my growth as a person.

Being over-analytical about my position in the world, my true potential, my possibilities for achieving happiness, or having a fulfilling romantic relationship has put false limits in my head about what is actually possible for me as a person and scared me away from anything that would resemble actual progress.  Essentially, it has significantly contributed to my issues with self-esteem. I am, overall, down on myself, and it takes a lot for me to be bullish on myself. 

Don't get me wrong, I don't think I'm a worthless human, in fact in some cases I am arrogant prick. Professionally, I have simply grown complacent, I believe I have the ability to achieve great things. I'm only in my current job still because I am really good at it and am intimidated by moving into a position where I am not the best right away. I am scared of not being the best, and if I don't think I can be the absolute best, I don't even take the opportunity. I am closest to being able to overcome this flaw, as I understand it is a ridiculous concept. I hope to move past this way of thinking in short order and feel I will. 

My largest weaknesses with self esteem are in the personal arena, as will be examined much more thoroughly throughout this series. Among other things, I struggle with being too fat, being too ugly, being too uptight, and being too arrogant, but most of all I struggle with today's cardinal sin: caring what others think. I care way too much what others think, I analyze what everyone else is thinking before I even turn my attention to my personal well-being. The first step of overcoming issues with self-esteem is not giving a shit what others think. But truthfully, does anyone not care what others think? If you have achieved this enlightenment, impart your wisdom?

Overcoming these issues that I struggle with and other general life improvements is what this series is going to be about.  In some sick way I am going to over-analyze every aspect of my life to hopefully realize I can stop over analyzing every aspect of my life. I hope I have fully set expectations and explained my motivations, I couldn't handle anyone misunderstanding! Wish me luck.

 

 

 

Sounds of May 2015

Jared Weseman

Hey, here is some of my favorite music that will be on repeat all month long. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Sound & Color - Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes is great. This song is great,  pulled from is the fantastic sophomore effort also called Sound & Color. The group, unsurprisingly, hails from Alabama and is one of the best things to come out of the state in both recent and long term memory. The whole album is unique and an extremely strong follow-up to their extremely popular debut, Boys & Girls

2Shy - Shura

Shura is an emerging English singer-songwriter who was recently long listed for the BBC Sound of 2015. Her full-length debut album will be released later this year. This song is a nice synth-laden track perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon. I look forward to more from Shura this year.

No Trouble - The Weepies

Songs like this are why I love having a subscription music service like Rdio. I would have never found this music without the recommendation engine and a constant stream of new music that I can listen to without limits. The Weepies are a indie-pop duo/married couple hailing from Cambridge, Massachusetts. This song is just one that I was able to randomly pull off of Sirens, the bands first album in over five years. Be assured, the rest is just as good. 

Bills - Lunchmoney Lewis

Lunchmoney Lewis is a new emerging hip-hop artist from Miami. You may not have heard of him, but this song has gotten relatively wide radio-play in the UK and topped the charts recently in Australia. Hopefully this is the first of many hits for Lunchmoney Lewis, maybe then he will be able to worry about the bills a little less. Crank this with the windows down on a sunny May day.

Cheerleader - Omi (Felix Jaehn Remix Radio Edit)

This song has been around for a while. The song is originally from Jamaican-born reggae singer, Omi, with Felix Jaehn giving it a remix treatment. The remixed version was released last year and charted all over Europe and is finally making it to the States, entering the Billboard Hot 100 in late April. Keep the windows down and the volume cranked.

All Cried Out - Blonde (feat. Alex Newell)

This is now the second single I've featured from Blonde, and for good reason, they keep releasing great tracks. The full album, due later this year, is sure to please. This track features vocals from American Actor, singer, and Glee-star, Alex Newell. Its a great follow up to I Loved You and is worth a few repeats. 

Moments - Tove Lo

Tove Lo, which I am proud to say I just recently learned how to pronounce correctly, is the Swedish singer songwriter well known for her single, Habits, but the whole album Queen of the Clouds is fantastic and worth a few listen-throughs just to catch the lyrics alone. This song is fantastic and she is charming as fuck.

The One - Kodaline

Kodaline has also been featured here before, what can I say, I like what they do. This song is a little more down-tempo, but another prime example of a band doing what they do best, despite the haters. Reviews for Kodaline are mixed, and it may not be for everyone, but it is for me. Skip next if you want, but I'm gonna let this one, and the rest of Coming Up for Air, play out.

Lonesome Street - Blur

Here is a weird one: The English rock-band Blur just released their first album since 2003. It has a unique sound that is different enough to be new and fresh but similar enough to please all the Britpop fans. Its like really good, you should listen to all of The Magic Whip as soon as you can.

Handsome - The Vaccines (Single Edit)

The Vaccines have only been together for about five years but have put out three studio albums in that time. This song is the Single edit from the most recent album called English Graffiti. I was first exposed to the Indie rock band when I first began listening to BBC Radio 1 regularly in 2012, and have thoroughly enjoyed their music ever since.

Cool - Alesso

Alesso is only 23, which only further reinforces my concerns with what the hell I am doing with my own life! The Swedish DJ and Producer has been releasing singles and very popular collaborations with other producers for the past couple years, but is preparing to release his debut studio album in a couple of weeks, its called FOREVER and I'm looking forward to it.

Peaches N Cream - Snoop Dogg

There isn't much left to say about Snoop. He's back with this track produced by Pharrell, and I'm not ashamed to say I love it, I think you will too.

Talking About - Conor Maynard

Conor Maynard is considered by many to be the Justin Bieber of the United Kingdom. While I may agree with some of the vocal comparisons, Conor seems to be a far better human. His first album was released in 2013, since he has been touring and writing music. This single really raises my expectations for what his second album could be. It's not yet announced, so this banging single will have to tide us over.

Lean On - Major Lazer (feat. MØ & DJ Snake)

I think this is my favorite song of the month. Both the song and music video can be described as loud, weird, and unique. The song is another one of the great collaborations that have completely permeated the music industry. Lean On is by Major Lazer, a project of American Producer Diplo, featuring DJ Snake, the French DJ whom I was first exposed to with the trip that is Bird Machine, and vocals from Danish singer, MØ. Collectively the group produces a tune that perfectly fits my tastes.

Call It Off - Shamir

Wrapping things up this month is a great track from emerging artist, Shamir Bailey. Hailing from a Vegas suburb with wide-ranging musical influences, Shamir is producing an electronic beat-heavy song that is sure to please. 

Those are my picks for May, what are you listening to? 

Make sure to follow me on Rdio to keep track of all of my Playlists and musical selections (even the embarrassing ones): http://www.rdio.com/people/jaredweseman.

Jared 2.0

Jared Weseman

My twenty-third birthday was a couple of days ago. It seems hard to believe that I've already been at it that long, and while I have had a great life in all realistic and measurable ways, I'm not the person I want to be. This past December I graduated from Michigan State University, in just months my lease to my last college-era apartment will run out, my current roommates and friends will move on, and I will be forced to make meaningful decisions that will immensely effect the progression and outcome of my life. 

 

Cape Town, South Africa Credit: Ben Brown

There are many aspects of my person that I dislike and would like to change and many opportunities and experiences in my future that I intend to realize. I want to document the conscious changes and decisions that I intend to make and I want to record some of the progress thats already been made.

I have progressed more as a person in the last year than in the previous ten. Unfortunately, I feel I have plateaued in that progress and need to aggressively leave my complacency behind and begin to realize my potential. 

Today is the beginning of a series of posts about personal experiences, and mental, physical, emotional, and lifestyle changes that I have made or intend to make in my life. I'm calling it Jared 2.0, the second phase of my life, a chronicle of becoming the adult I intend to be. I believe that continuous personal improvement is imperative to a healthy and happy life. Fighting the things you struggle with until you overcome them is the only way to progress. It's what separates people into two distinctive categories, leaders and followers. I want to be a leader. 

I am counting on you, the reader, to keep me honest, and to keep me on track. My greatest aspiration for these posts would be that they not only benefit me, but also affect positive change in your life, even if in the smallest of ways. It may sound naive and self-important that I believe I could make a difference in someone else's life. It probably is, but I don't care. 

I hope you'll join me on my personal journey and join in my strive for continuous improvement. Here's to the hope that each subsequent year is better than the last for all of us.