Friday Five: Jack Garratt, Dua Lipa, Lissie, Conrad Sewell and Oh Wonder

It’s Friday, so here’s this week’s “Friday Five” — 5 song you NEED to hear!

And as always, let me know what you think!  Tweet me your thoughts!

1. “Surprise Yourself” by Jack Garratt

Finally Jack Garratt’s album is released! I haven’t heard it yet, but I will for sure pick up the cd! Yeah, I still buy cds! Every single song we’ve heard from Jack has been top notch. I’m mesmerized by the fact that he is able to reproduce the songs live. It’s one thing to layer and produce a studio track, but to be able to pull them off live, and alone is incredible, and it’s one of the reasons there’s so much (well deserved) hype around him! Do yourself a favor and pick up his album, Phase!

2. “Last Dance” by Dua Lipa

Another amazing song from Dua Lipa! She’s amazing. I’ve constantly got her three songs in heavy rotation and never get sick of it. I really need an album from Dua Lipa soon! “Last Dance” might be my favorite song from her yet! And the video is super weird, but a cool weird. I dig it.

3. “Don’t You Give Up On Me” by Lissie

Yes! Lissie is back with an excellent new album. I was a massive fan of her debut album, Catching A Tiger. It’s amazing folk-pop. Is that a genre… well, it is now, and Lissie is one of the best. Last week, she released a new album, My Wild West, and I’m really digging it. After a few spins, my favorite songs are “Wild West,” “Hero,” “Hollywood,” and the lead single, “Don’t You Give Up On Me.” Lissie rocks!

4. “Shadow” by Conrad Sewell

2016 is going to be a massive year for Conrad Sewell! You might not know him by name, but you know his voice – he’s the vocalist on Kygo’s hit “Firestone.” He’s got an incredible voice, that soothes both the slower ballads as well as the up-tempo songs. I never posted it (shame on me!) but his song “Hold Me Up” is a straight-up hit! His song “Shadow” gives me Michael Jackson vibes! I’m a fan of his debut EP, All I Know and stoked to hear his debut album soon.

5. “All We Do” (Live) by Oh Wonder

I mean, can we talk about how cool Oh Wonder are! They’re just so chill – I’m such a fan of them. This song is just perfection. They remind me of London Grammar, Broods and The xx. Just amazing chill indie-pop.

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New Music: Lissie – “Shameless”

Lissie is back!

Her debut alum, Catching a Tiger, came out in 2010 and I still listen to it regularly. It’s incredible.

She’s got a beautiful voice! And it’s very unique and recognizable. I was pleasantly surprised to hear her on two great albums in the past year. She was featured on several songs on Snow Patrol‘s latest album, Fallen Empires, most distinctly on “I’ll Never Let Go” and “The Golden Rule”. Lissie’s vocals can also be heard on “Losers”, on Robbie Williams‘ latest album.

“Shameless” is her new single, and it’s fantastic. It’s great!

Lissie is also touring, with a stop at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever on Tuesday May 28th. Get tickets here and check out Lissie’s tour dates.

Here’s Lissie’s amazing cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s hit, “Go Your Own Way”.

Stay tuned for the music video and more information on the upcoming album!

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Flashback Friday: Jesca Hoop Live at KCRW in 1997 (with Lissie)

Jesca Hoop is an amazingly talented singer-songwriter whose music is quite whimsical, imaginative, and distinctly original. In addition to several EPs, Jesca’s released two albums, Kismet in 2007, and Hunting My Dress in 2009/2010.

She was a regular at KCRW and at Hotel Cafe, but recently moved to Manchester, England. When she’s in LA, she makes time to stop by both KCRW and Hotel Cafe, which is a real treat. I saw her at Hotel Cafe and she’s brilliant live.

In 2007, she played on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, and Lissie was there singing back up for Jesca. It’s great to see that both Jesca and Lissie are successful some three years later. Blake Mills, on guitar, has also released an album.

Here’s Jesca Hoop introducing her fellow musicians and performing “Summertime“, as well as “Intelligentactile 101“, both from Kismet.

Both Jesca’s Hunting My Dress and Lissie‘s debut album, Catching A Tiger, get regular play on my cd player and iPods.

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