19 results for tag: Music


2014 Going Big Highlights

2014 was the year we decided to "Go Big", and here's some highlights of how we achieved that!  

Hurricane Playlist: Pepa Knight

I sat in the Surfers Coffee Bar on an ordinary work day, trying to think of a band to write about for a weekend music feature.My friend, Tyler, was visiting from California and plopped down next to me as I stared blankly at my screen, weary from browsing. Seeing the chance to get some fresh ideas, I asked him to tell me a good band that I may have not heard of before. He grabbed his phone, scrolled through some music and threw out a name that was to become my new favorite band: 'Jinja Safari'. Fast forward to a few years later: Still growing in popularity and stretching beyond the borders of their native Australia, Jinja not only thrives as a group, ...

Weekend Jam: The Great Gatsby Soundtrack

*This link is no longer active, as it was a limited time offer* Americans were required to read it as high school students. A story both exciting and troubling at the same time, it's possible many of us only remember it as an assignment on our calendar. But from May 10th on, thanks to the vision of Baz Luhrmann and the work of  countless others, The Great Gatsby will be remembered as explosive and arresting. The film hits theaters next week, and from the looks of the trailers, is sure to enchant. This week, while we're waiting for the roaring 20's extravaganza, we get to sample the musical morsels from the grand party with NPR's first listen of The ...

Weekend Jam: Field Recordings

A few months ago, I blogged about the Black Cab Sessions: where well known musical artists pile in a black cab and record live while driving through the city.  It was so fun to watch these musicians get into these cramped spaces and belt their hearts out as they moved through the streets.There's something about the unexpected environment that made the music seem that much more special. Now, we bring you a new out-of-the-box recording experience, one with much more space, but just as much randomness! NPR Music has a series called 'Field Recordings', where musical artists do a live recording in a variety of spaces; sometimes literally in a field, ...

An Insider’s Look At Summer Challenge

It's always fun to work in a place with creative and talented people. Today's post is from native Floridian and musical artist, Sheree Pantuso (artist name, Sheree Michele). Sheree is currently on staff here at Surfing The Nations, but she first experienced Surfing the Nations when she came to our one-month summer program, Summer Challenge. The Summer Challenge program is packed with opportunities to give back to the community every week, and go exploring the island the other half of the time! Here she gives us her perspective on her month in Summer Challenge (and while you're at it, give a listen to Sheree's amazing rapping ability on her new EP ...

Music For Your Monday: The Restoration

As I was reviewing music, I found myself getting a bit disheartened after hearing a lot of the same laid-back, ethereal sounds. I liked it, but there was a part of me that wasn't satisfied; something about it that was making me bored (and this is coming from someone who can listen to Debussy all day long). I knew it wasn’t the slow pace of the music, it was that somehow the chill music that sounded so great, at some point started to sound apathetic. No, I didn’t think everyone should be raging screamo or dubstep re-mixing everything, but I did search for songs with passion and feeling. I was looking for emotional momentum; a good sound paired ...

Weekend Jam Returns: Tokyo Sunrise by LP

I haphazardly stumbled across this song on a Spotify playlist this past week, completely unprepared for what I was about to hear. It hit my ears with a surprise force that made me want to run and hide underneath a bed, and then at the next second, crawl back out and get as close as possible to it, drenched in curiosity. The song: Tokyo Sunrise by LP and her amazing band. LP, born Laura Pergolizzi, is a native New Yorker. She got her start with the band 'Lionfish' and since the early 200os has been producing and performing her own work, as well as writing for other artists. It is surprising to see that her resume includes writing songs for well-known ...

Weekend Jam: Amanda & Rasmus

Surfing the Nations headquarters is swarming with a huge population of Swedes. Lucky for us, Swedes seem to be pretty on top of it in the style, fashion, design, music, and other creative realms. We are constantly presented with the opportunity to glean from their ways: some things we've adopted (fika, Swedish chocolate balls, and of course, a love for IKEA) and some things we've  just left to the Vikings (watching Donald Duck to celebrate Christmas..?) All that to say, you don't have to look much farther than Scandinavia land for something fresh and rad. This weekend's jam Amanda and Rasmus comes straight from Gothenburg. The cool thing about ...

Weekend Jam: Black Cab Sessions

When I found the 'Black Cab Sessions', three thoughts went through my mind: 1. I would love to be a passerby at a stop light witnessing what this looks like from the outside. 2. Is this what people did on road trips before radio? They must have. 3. This is amazing. The Black Cab Sessions is basically some rad musical artists piling in the back of a black cab in the UK (and there's also USA sessions) and taking a drive whilst playing and recording a song. Brilliant. There are literally hundreds of sessions to choose from. Don't you feel like you're right there with them? I found it almost therapeutic following them as they weave through the ...

Weekend Jam : Active Child

For today's Weekend Jam, we bring you the unique and awe-inspiring range of Pat Grossi's Active Child.  There is no exaggeration when I say my mouth literally dropped when I heard this guy weaving perfection with his vocal chords. The song ''When Your Love is Safe'' is one of his great tracks that brings a ballad with a beat. And do we even need to mention this dude's playing a harp? Must see, must listen, must buy here. (more…)