Songs from the Lineup dissects tracks that bands are likely to perform when they appear at the Life Is Beautiful music and arts festival this September. Check out previous Songs from the Lineup here.
This year’s Life is Beautiful lineup is peppered with attractive names: venerable talents like Stevie Wonder and Duran Duran; hip-hop heavy hitters like Kendrick Lamar and Run the Jewels; indie favorites like Death Cab for Cutie and Metric; local stars like Imagine Dragons and Brandon Flowers. But underneath these are the little guys, the small-font artists, equally as deserving of our attention as, say, Death Cab. (If not more.) And even some of those big name artists have a lot of songs, full discographies that you don’t want to scrounge through. And now, you don’t have to – here are some songs you probably haven’t heard from both the big- and small-font artists performing at Life is Beautiful 2015.
“Learning to Relax,” Dan Deacon
These days, when people talk about electronic music, the names Calvin Harris, Martix Garrix, blah, blah, blah are usually tossed around. But 10 years ago, Dan Deacon (pictured above) exploded onto a different kind of electronic music scene. And people freaked the fuck out. His most recent album, Glass Riffer, came out earlier this year and features this contagious track. So, sit back and relax.
“Where I Found You,” Future Islands
I’d never heard of Future Islands before last year. Maybe it’s because I’m just not cool, or maybe it’s because I was 12 years old when their first album came out in 2008 and didn’t go through a synth-pop phase until I was 17. Either way, Singles was hailed one of the best albums of 2014 by Pitchfork and NME. Rightfully so, too. However, “Where I Found You” comes from 2011’s On The Water.
“When The Sun Don’t Shine,” Best Coast
A lot of beach-pop bands–Dirty Beaches, Beach Fossils, Beach House–sound a lot like, well, a gloomy day at the beach. Don’t get me wrong. Those groups are great, and I hear an overcast day at the beach is the best time to get a tan. But sometimes you just want some good ol’ sun. And Best Coast shines, with their bubbly beats and catchy hooks. Even this song, literally titled “When The Sun Don’t Shine.”
“Om Nashi Me,” Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
You already know who Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros is. You’ve probably heard “Home” 500 damn times. You probably didn’t know this song was on the same album, though—this epic, six-minute song, whose only lyrics are Om nashi me/ I love you/ And I love you forever/ And I’m loving you now. Just try not to cry, okay?
“Oddity,” What So Not
At the risk of sounding like a pretentious douche who writes for Noisey, I’m going to go ahead and say that every flower crown-weaving, flash-tat wearing 16 year-old and every Affliction T-shirt wearing dude knows who Flume is. And for a while, I couldn’t deal with it. But I took solace in the fact that maybe not as many high school girls knew about his side project, What So Not. He and partner Emoh debuted “Oddity” at Coachella this year.
“Drinks on Us,” Salva Remix
Paul Salva, better known as just Salva, is most famous for his collaboration with RL Grime on their 2012 remix of Kanye West’s “Mercy.” Since then, RL Grime has come into the DJ spotlight, and Salva appears to have remained under the radar. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. He’s collaborated with Shlomo and Chromeo (to name a few), put out his second EP (Odd Furniture) and, thankfully, remixed this sultry track for us.
“Shame,” Freddie Gibbs & Madlib (Badbadnotgood remix)
Badbadnotgood may be performing with Ghostface Killah this LIB after their recent collaboration on Sour Soul, but the Canadian hip-hip instrumental trio had proved their chops long before. This track comes from last year’s Pinata by Freddie Gibbs and Malib. Once Gibbs mutters, “Are you sure you wanna’ do this shit?” you know you definitely wanna’ do this shit.
“The Book Of Soul,” Ab Soul
Unpopular opinion, but I’m really just not into Kendrick Lamar anymore. Like, obviously, g.o.o.d kid, m.A.A.d city was my shit, because it was everyone’s shit, but To Pimp a Butterfly just takes itself a little too seriously. Ab Soul is a friend of Kendrick’s and a more low-key member of his Black Hippie Collective. So, if you miss Section.80 Kendrick, give Ab Soul a try.
“Ronald Reagan Era,” Kendrick Lamar
Like I just said, I’m over Kendrick. Seriously, “i” fucking sucked. But “Ronald Reagan Era” is really, really good. This is a young Kendrick doing what he does best – mixing just the right amount of old-school funk with new-school rap.