I love the post-school quiet. The cap-and-gown thing is behind me, but I still eagerly anticipate the calm that comes over my home of Norman when college students leave town for their summer abodes. Since musicians work pretty much on college schedules, too (note the blast of shows that corresponded with the end of finals), this week is a welcome respite from the manic months of spring-release season.
But for musicians, it’s merely a pause, as summer touring/festival season soon will be upon us. Seeing as Zoo Amphitheatre is already open for business, in some regards, it’s already upon us. But I think Third Eye Blind at Diamond Ballroom this Friday will really be the kick-off.
Is there any better summer music than 3EB? I heard that if you play “Semi-Charmed Life” backward, there’s a sunshiny voice that tells you to roll down your windows and sing. Yeah. It’s that good. I’ve heard that 3EB also released some new music recently, but is anyone going to hear that? No. Let’s hear some “Jumper”! “Motorcycle Drive-By”! “Semi-Charmed Life” again!
Whether or not Third Eye Blind is up your alley, grab these free MP3s while you’re here:
1. “Grandfather’s Gun” — Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. Unsurprisingly, vintage jazz and big-band sounds play in this first taste of new album “Tulsa Race Riot Suite” by the post-everything melodic masters. (Stream only)
2. “Milkman” — EMA. Weird, uneasy, interesting electro-pop cut from the excellently titled “Past Life Martyred Saints.”
3. “Lost Cause” — Bird Call. This stark cover of a Beck tune is a surprisingly calm take from the usually excitable Chiara Angelicola (pictured).
4. “My Heart’s a Cannonball” — Lelia Broussard. A shuffling, neo-country take on her singer/songwriter pop.
5. “The Greeks” — Is Tropica. You know when bands sometimes put up a big huge sign that says “MASSIVE TECHNO BREAK COMING,” and then it happens, and it’s awesome?