Now Listening: STRFKR

Hey-O and happy Wednesday to you weirdos and whatnots. After a long winter and lovely El Niño, I’m back in action here at KCR.  I couldn’t be more stoked, because this girl will be ~blogginq weekly!~(◕‿◕✿) If you don’t know, it’s me, Lala. Nice to meet you. You’ll be seeing me here every Wednesday, and not only do I talk music, I play it too! You can listen to me on KCR, Wednesdays from 3-4pm.

In moving on to more important things, let’s get to the actual music yeah? Today you’ll be receiving a little lesson on a band known as STRFKR. (Yes, you read that right, now sound it out children.)

Formed in 2007 in Portland, Oregon, STRFKR is a four man band full of indie rock with tones and hints of electro pop. After reaching success in 2008 through their self-titled debut album, STRFKR’s other notable album is their most recent release, Miracle Mile in 2013.

Now you might ask me, “2013? C’mon! The wave of indie rock is dead and gone, I want that new new.” But read the next line very carefully.. STRFKR has recently dropped a single called Never Ever. *gasp here* So rejoice! The release of this single should hopefully be an indicator of a 2016 album.

You may be thinking, “so what if there’s new indie rock, it still sucks.” To which I respond: You’re very wrong. The trend of indie rock and pop (RIP 2009-2013) was a time of sugary hooks, washed out vocals, and lots and lots of hand clapping. While it may seem silly, and you may seem too cool; indie rock is FUN. Have you heard Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second? Don’t tell me you’ve never jammed to the catchy tune that helped STRFKR reach their fame.

Some of the most fun I’ve had has been dancing like a fool to funky rythyms from the genre formally known as indie rock. And isn’t music about having fun and enjoying yourself? There is no shame in belting out every intelligible word to the catchy hooks, and clapping to every beat of those random bridges. Which is exactly why you should be hyped for new STRFKR.

STRFKR also came to San Diego last week with Com Truise! The two played at the North Park Observatory on February 12th, and let me tell you, it was a blast. Synthy vibes and a complete evening of jamming, STRFKR may not be the most technically astounding band, but they’re a good freakin’ time. That’s all what we’re really here for anyway, fun times with the tunes.

Below I’ve provided some of the best and new STRFKR tunes, take a listen yo! ❃

 

 

 

The Bluest Boy: Mac Demarco

Yo yo yo, happy Saturday to all the goofs and goons out there! You may have noticed that the last few weeks have been STACKED with shows. In lieu, let’s review one of the best from the recent music scene.

For those of you who live under a rock, the Canadian kook formally known as Mac DeMarco played at The Observatory in North Park last night.

This multi-instrumentalist whose most recent album, Another One, was released in August, combines chill waves and jazzy blues to create a sound that will make you see God. Another One, which is more appropriately described as a mini album, consists of love songs and a scruffy collection of how to describe those strange feelings you get in your chest. DeMarco swooned the crowd by playing The Way You’d Love Her and slow jam, A Heart Like Hers. The songs off his most recent release leave you unguarded, lovesick, and wanting to lay in your bed all afternoon. While the twinkle of DeMarco’s smooth, rythmic ballads charmed us, he didn’t forget to focus on his discography as a whole.

Full of energy and radiating vibrance, Mac played all the songs you wanted to hear and more, including a solid Metallica encore, no joke. Covering all the bases with his most popular hits like Salad Days and Chamber of Reflection, the melancholy yet riffy blues kept the crowd energized and ready to jam until the end of time. Don’t worry, Mac also played Ode to Viceroy, a tribute to his favorite cigarettes, and eccentric funk jam Cooking Up Something Good. Constant crowd surfers and playful pushing didn’t leave any time for a bad time. Even the pepperoni playboy, Mac Demarco, crowd surfed! But in the midst of  such a rowdy crowd, Mac gently reminded us to be kind and take care of each other, a true saint and level headed hero of our time.

The sold out show attracted everyone and their mother, even one of my old high school teachers. If you did yourself the favor of attending this show, kudos. The captivating performance of Mac and his buds onstage brought camaraderie to the crowd as a whole. Life will never be the same. If you missed out, see this guy the at the next available opportunity!! I’m not joking, you will thank yourself in the end… and me for telling you to go. 😉

Speaking of seeing Mac DeMarco play, he’s up at BEACH GOTH this weekend and will be playing today! For those of you who really live under a rock, Beach Goth is a music festival in Orange County that was started by The Growlers in 2012. & it’s happening this weekend, right now! This being the fourth year of Beach Goth, it is the first year that the festival is stretched over the course of two days instead of one. I  attended last year and it was a blast, but I’m not at Beach Goth this year  because I don’t  think that two days suits the strength of the lineup. But to whoever is a Beach Goth, have fun, stay safe, drink lots of water, and don’t forget to dance!

That’s all from me this week, but before you go, give a listen to Mac DeMarco and some of my favorite Beach Goth artists this year!