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BYNH summer update: Kid Cudi, Best Coast & Vampire Weekend

March 29th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop, Rock |

Spring officially started last week so it’s time we start putting together Best You Never Heard 3: Spring Edition. On our way to releasing that, we want to update you with each of the artists from Best You Never Heard: Summer Mix on what they are doing since being featured back in early September.

The one song that featured artists that were already pretty big was “All Summer” by Kid Cudi, Bethany Cosentino (of Best Coast) and Rostam Batmanglij (of Vampire Weekend). Converse employed these three artists to create my favorite song of Summer 2010, just edging out “Pumped Up Kicks” (yeah that song came out last year, mainstream radio you are too slow!).

Anyways I thought I would update you on what each of the artists are up to and include my personal favorite song from each.
Kid Cudi is one of our favorite hip-hop artists because of his unique hip-hop style which has an alternative, yet highly enjoyable sound. That’s kind of a general way to describe him because most of you that read this post know who he is and have most of his music I’m guessing.

Earlier this month, Cudi announced that a music video for “Marijuana” will be released later this Spring and that an official music video for “Mr. Rager” will come out this summer. Also rumor has it that cudders is currently working on a new mixtape, then will work on a rock album with Dot da Genius and the rock band’s name will be Wizard. Here’s my favorite Kid Cudi track, which barely beats out “Up, Up & Away” and “REVOFEV”:

Best Coast is an indie/alternative pop from Los Angeles. Lead singer Bethany Cosentino, who sang the chorus in “All Summer” has a solid unique voice for the type of beach rock Best Coast creates, which is similar to Wavves but more pop and female vocals. I’m not the biggest fan of Best Coast but I feel they are a group that can expand its sound and go from indie to mainstream within a couple years.

The band recently released a music video for “When I’m With You” and are currently touring with Wavves, which is a smart move as their sounds are unique yet have similarities that complement each other. Here’s a song featuring both bands, who I’m slowly starting to like but haven’t yet jumped on their bandwagon.

Vampire Weekend is a group New York City dudes who make awesome unique alternative rock that has a wide variety of influences. I realized they are signed to XL Recording, which means that maybe Tyler the Creator (also signed to XL) and Vampire Weekend should collaborate! Maybe Tyler the Creator makes a sick beat, raps in the verses, and Vampire Weekend throws in some of their instrumentals, does the chorus and Ezra Koenig to do some rapping like he did with his rap band L’Homme Run.

Currently Vampire Weekend is touring and figuring out the sound and direction they want to take for their third album. I like several Vampire Weekend songs so much that it’s hard to decide on one favorite although “A-Punk” is so freakin’ catchy. So here’s my favorite Vampire Weekend song that was in one of my favorite movies, I Love You, Man.
Vampire Weekend – Campus

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