I guess on some level we all knew this day would come. My tenure at TGIF Jams is coming to a close.
It was a really good ride. I heard a lot of cool music and met hundreds of great artists who emailed me their tracks. I like to think I made some people’s Fridays better on some level and spread some of that good time/high fiving energy back into the world. For over 3 years, it was great. Every Friday. Boom.
Alas, it is time for me to focus on new projects. For those of you who don’t know, I now live in San Francisco, just fired all my clients, and build iPhone games. It’s awesome and I love it. Kind of the personification of everything this blog is about, at least I like to think so.
I’ll start a new blog at some point that’s more just about general ideas if you’re interested. In the meantime, I’m going to try to get this site into the hands of someone who is pumped about it. Don’t worry – your email addresses are not going anywhere.
In closing, I just want to say thanks. It was a lot of fun and it was only possible because of the positive feedback I would get. You’re the reason I never missed a week.
Live the dream and kick some ass this weekend and the next. Do it in your own way, whether that be skiing powder, baking cookies, loving someone, or reading a book. Be yourself and be positive. It really makes all the difference.
Although I’m only 29 years old, I can safely say that the #1 greatest lesson I ever adopted is that you only get one shot. Today’s never going to happen again. This is it. Right now. This is happening. Choose to fucking crush it.
I saw this video a while back and was floored. Skrillex and The Doors, two of my all time favorites, teaming up to drop the hammer on a monster jam. This is the future. Electronic, mobile, revolutionary. If you hang out with anyone under the age of 15 right now, you’ll believe me.
• Broke For Free – Budding – Starting things off super smooth with this nice jam. Perfect for one of those hipster videos about Fall with lots of closeups that start out of focus….then go into focus. Artistic.
• Coldplay – Fix You (Aylen Remix) – This is an awesome remix of the Coldplay track. The best part is that he doesn’t get in the way of the original song, just lets it flow. Nice.
Thought I would mix it up this week. This is a smooth and silky hour track for you to just bump while you’re working on this Friday. Poolside mixes slay. Check the 20 min mark for one of my all time favorite tracks.
• Young Money – Pass That Dutch – I put this on the jamz like 2 years ago and just heard it this morning. This is one of my all time favorite rap songs. The lyrics are insane and it makes me want to buy a sick stereo system. It’s kind of like a cigarette for your attitude – you’ll feel cool while it lasts.
• The Weeknd – Valerie – The Weeknd is one of a kind. This track speaks to the candlelit nights and forgotten Steve Winwood lovers we once had.
• Keane – Silenced By The Night – This came on as I was driving along the cliffs up the pacific coast with the windows down last weekend. Keane is one of my all time favorites – their music soars and has helped me decide that I really need a convertible sports car.
I never tire of seeing people to awesome shit. I love it. Sounds like another epic weekend in California coming up – I hope you’re all out there killing it. How about the kid on roller skates? Good lord.
• Jets Overhead – Boredom and Joy – Found this one while reading Rolling Stone on Tuesday and man, it’s good. California rock with a flair of pop. I guarantee you’ll dig this, especially if you’re traveling somewhere.
• Brett – Confidence (Viceroy Remix) – In honor of going to this guy’s show tonight, I had to put his latest track. It’s amazing. I love this guy’s shit. LOVE IT. Can’t wait to throw down and get sweaty. Mmmmm.
• Allah-Las – Busman’s Holiday – Slowing it down a bit, I found this guy who reminds me of The Tallest Man on Earth, but gone western. A nice one to smoke a cigarette to, especially while you’re staring at the fresh mud on your fly fishing boots while the sun goes down.
• Fleetwood Mac – Dreams (Gigamesh Edit) – There’s nothing overly spectacular about this remix, which is why I think it’s so awesome. It let’s Fleetwood run the show and just fills in the holes so that you can jam to it. A perfect running mix song.
Big props to Chris Ogden for this one – super sweet. This is the kind of content that makes me like social media again, and the world needs more of this. Great music this week, hope you all are enjoying the cold and hurricanes on the East Coast.
• Father John Misty – Only Son Of The Ladies Man – This song floored me when I heard it. I’m not a religious man per se, but music like this makes me feel something super epic, like I’m walking to the promised land. In the beautiful spectrum between Faith and Desire, this rests nicely on the spiritual side of it all.
• Delicate Steve – Afria Talks To You – This song starts off with a weird, 80′s style funk and then smooths out into a Days-Of-Thunder-Sunset-I-Just-Won-Daytona-And-Had-Sex-With-Your-Wife glory to it. This is smooth, give it a shot.
• Jessie Ware – Wildest Moments – If Annie Lennox and Alicia Keys had offspring, I think it would sound like this. I love what this song brings to table – anger, beauty, fire.
• The Temper Trap – Fader – In music theory, there’s this awesome chord progression called the 5-1-4 which this song opens with. It’s kind of like a musical cliffhanger, and adds tension and overall anxiousness to the major chords used. This song electrifies that and SLAYS your new #1 workout song.
Thought this would be pertinent for a blog that’s designed to help you waste time. Hope all is well out there to everyone across the US and the globe – California is as good as everyone says it is. Stop waiting, start making.
• CHVRCHES – Mother We Share – A fun and catchy jam to get the weekend started. Kind of like girl rockers who hung out in Malibu for a few nights and drank the 90s-synth punch.
• Maccabees – Went Away – This is SUCH a good jam. One of those beach jams, but in a nostalgic, Mumford & Sons kind of way.
• Chad Valley – Up and Down – If you like Cut Copy’s best hits, you need to download this. I can almost guarantee you a track that you will play 10+ times this weekend.
I may have posted this many months ago, but thought it only fitting as I am sitting next to this very lake, ending my journey across the country. The US is an awesome place. Beyond all the reasons we have to take sides on issues, I think we can all agree that we live in a beautiful country, have great music, and can make anything of our lives if we put our mind to it. I’m so fired up to be an American!
Next week will be the beginning of West Coast TGIF Jams!
• Cat Power – Nothin’ But Time – I was turned onto this gem last night by a fellow music aficionado. Apparently this song was written for the singer’s step daughter. You will listen to this once and realize that it holds more magic and power than all the electricity in Hoover Dam. Amazing shit – one of the best songs I’ve heard all year. Thank you.
• Wild Nothing – Paradise – Almost an 80′s synth jam, Wild Nothing blesses us with an amazing new track that does little more than shift the perspective from normalcy to subtle bliss, the way you get those flashes of beauty in life when you’re just clearing your head.
• The Whigs – Waiting – Kind of California rock, kind of melodic driving music, kind of Green Day. Great stuff for your drive back from the beach on your way to the party. You’ll see what I mean.
• The Avett Brothers – Live and Die – This may be the perfect driving song. Simple and nice. It’s hard not to calm down and let the wind blow through your hair. When you listen to this song, realize how much of your body and face is flexing all the time. Relax it.
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