Taking The Dirty Heads To School

Summer 2012 officially has its soundtrack. SoCal alt-rockers The Dirty Heads will release their sophomore album Cabin By The Sea this Tuesday (June 19) and like the band’s predecessor first effortAny Port in a Storm), you can expect chill, laid back rock-meets-reggae tracks to listen to while you roast in the sun with a Bud Light Lime in your hand. The band, who are arguably best known for their #1 track with Rome – “Lay Me Down,” already have a hit off the record in “Spread Too Thin.” That song, which “Dirty J” and “Duddy B” and the boys will perform live on Jimmy Kimmel July 10, is already climbing the alt-rock charts and seems destined to finish in the top five of best summer songs this year.

Last month, The Dirty Heads visited me for an A-Sides session filmed at the Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains, NY. There, they performed “Thin” as well as “Hipster,” and took part in an amazeballs classroom discussion. Watch below, and catch the Huntington Beach boys this summer on tour with White Plains native and fellow too-cool-for-school performer Matisyahu. Watch. Listen. Love.

“Spread Too Thin”
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBHVp6xto-Q&w=560&h=315]

“Hipster”
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkIEK57dvCM&w=560&h=315]

Classroom Interview:
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JRzyKGwaf0&w=560&h=315]

About A-Sides with Jon Chattman
Jon Chattman’s music series features artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometimes humorous) way. No bells, no whistles — just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, I’m hoping this is refreshing.

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