March 11, 2014


“I Wanna Get Better!” Don’t we all?

I am really liking this new song by Bleachers, a solo project by fun. guitarist, Jack Antonoff. This is the first single by Bleachers, just released last month with an album scheduled for release in the spring. You can certainly hear some of the sounds of fun. in the music, but it is definitely a little edgier and heavier on the guitar. It makes for a great sound! I also think the songwriting is fantastic – very honest and open. I find it extremely motivating.

This song is catchy and upbeat, but Antonoff describes the song in an article by Rolling Stone on February 19 as follows:

Antonoff sees “I Wanna Get Better” as “the story of my existence so far and a lot of the things I struggled with … A lot of things on the album, including this song, are about loss,” Antonoff says. “It feels joyous, but for me it’s very desperate.”

Bleachers is performing in Austin this week at SXSW and is also scheduled to perform at the Governor’s Ball in NYC in June, along with several other tour dates and festivals scheduled. It seems that Antonoff kept himself busy during fun.‘s downtime and he has come out with something that is worth listening to, and a side project that is absolutely worth watching. As for us fun. fans … not to worry, there are plans for them to begin working again in the near future and I am looking forward to what will come next from them. In the meantime, enjoy this song by Bleachers.

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SONG OF THE DAY – “BREAK THE WALLS” by Fitz and The Tantrums

March 10, 2014


Happy Monday! I think spring might actually be trying to come rescue all of us winter weary folks. I am not a huge fan of daylight savings, but I must admit that having daylight all the way until 7pm here on the east coast is pretty fabulous. The extra daylight and warmer temperatures change a town – people are out and about, runners and walkers flock outside, and definitely more smiley and cheerful people abound. Amazing what a little taste of spring can do for the soul!

Today’s song is by Fitz and The Tantrums, a very cool band with an amazingly unique sound. Their music has a very retro sound and vibe that I just love. The band was founded in 2008 by Michael Fitzpatrick (songwriter, lead singer, and keyboardist) after he bought an organ and wrote a song the same night. He reached out to a college friend, who is a saxophonist, to add some horns to the song. From there, recommendations for other band members were given and the group quickly grew to six, including: Kirpatrick, James King (the college friend and saxophonist), Noelle Scaggs, John Wicks, Joseph Karnes, and Jeremy Ruzumna. It seems they were an instant fit and all got along right from the start.

Fast forward to today and the band has two albums under their belts, have toured extensively and played many festivals, and have gained a tremendous amount of popularity. They are currently on tour and have many upcoming music festivals, including the Governor’s Ball here in NYC and Bonnaroo, both in June. I think you will enjoy this very cool song and may even find yourself dancing and singing along!