This week's tape is curated by Las Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons
. They'll be releasing their debut album Night Visions
on 9/4 via Interscope, and then hitting the road with AWOLNATION. Check out tour dates below, and for a taste of the band right now, go get their Continued Silence EP
(KidInaKorner/Interscope Records) on iTunes.
Also worth noting -- at their suggestion, totally listened to the entirety of Boxer
at the end of the day yesterday. Great idea.
New! Listen to (most of) the mixtape on Spotify!
Ben McKee (bass):
1. "Banner" - Lights - Siberia
I caught Lights at SXSW and was absolutely floored by her and her incredible band. Such great sounds and an amazing show. I immediately downloaded her new album and fell in love with this song.
2. "Come Home" - Chappo - Moonwater
We've played with Chappo a couple of times. Their live show is incredible and they're super cool guys too. You've got to love a band with glitter guns and feathered jackets.
3. "A Kiss To Build A Dream On" - Louis Armstrong - A Kiss To Build A Dream On
This is probably my favorite piece of recorded music in the history of recorded music. Louis Armstrong is unbelievable. This song got me through many a dark winter day when I was living in Boston. And the trumpet solo is perfect.
Wayne Sermon (guitar):
4. "A Day in the Life" - Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
I'm reading an autobiography of the mix engineer's life recording all the Beatles albums, and I love going back and listening to this track with the context.
5. "Fake Empire" - The National - Boxer
The whole album is good listening for the end of a long day.
Daniel Platzman (drums):
6. "Hold On" - SBTRKT - SBTRKT
Between the awesome hooks and the great synth sounds, this song is a funky blast!
7. "Animal" - Miike Snow - Animal
This song is so catchy, I love the rhythmic syncopation on the chorus. What a great song.
Dan Reynolds (vocals):
8. "I Stand Alone" - Theophilus London - Timez Are Weird These Days
I love his style and vocals. The music video for this song is amazing as well. Any man that dances with a big American flag on his back is a friend of mine.
9. "Survival" - Muse - Survival
This song is huge, and the production is amazing.
10. "Gravity" - Nico Vega - Nico Vega
I love the vocal take on this song - the power of the drummer and the distinct sound of the guitarist. A true underground raw band.
Catch Imagine Dragons on tour:
7/5 - Summerfest 2012 - US Cell/WLUm - Milwaukee, WI
7/6 - Basilica Block Party - Church Stage - Minneapolis, MN
7/21 - Firefly Music Festival - Dover, DE
7/25 - Paramount Studios - Hollywood, CA
9/8 - Piazza at Schmidt's/WRFF Block Party - Philadelphia, PA*
9/10 - State Theatre - Portland, ME*
9/11 - Great Hall at Union Station - Hartford, CT*
9/13 - Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA*
9/18 - St. Andrews Hall - Detroit, MI*
9/19 - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH*
9/21 - Egyptian Room - Indianapolis, IN*
9/22 - The Pageant - St. Louis, MO*
9/23 - Uptown Theater - Kansas City, MO*
9/27 - The Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO*
9/28 - The Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO*
10/1 - Knitting Factory Concert House - Boise, ID*
10/3 - Roseland Theatre - Portland, OR*
10/4 - Roseland Theatre - Portland, OR*
10/9 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA*
10/10 - The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA*
10/11 - Club Nokia Live - Los Angeles, CA*
10/15 - Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ*
10/16 - Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM*
10/18 - Emo's East - Austin, TX*
10/20 - House of Blues - Dallas, TX*
10/23 - Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA*
10/24 - The Ritz Ybor - Tampa, FL*
10/25 - House of Blues-Orlando - Lake Buena Vista, FL*