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Nothing Compares 2 U (Capital Cities)

In current listenings, tracks to listen to on August 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm

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God I love these guys. Capital Cities just released this rad cover of the oh-so-singable, widely known Sinead O’Connor song. I seriously think you’ll love this. 

You can share “Nothing Compares 2 U” on The Hype Machine, or check out the SoundCloud clip below. 

Best Friend (Dent May)

In current listenings, tracks to listen to on July 27, 2012 at 9:00 am

Yesterday, I found this track right after I listened to We Were Evergreen and loved it so much that I decided to post it too. Its another fun Summer track with breezy synths (I like to use that description, right?) filling out the track. Dent May has a retro and easy feeling on “Best Friend”. The idea is simple, the sentiments are sweet, and the track is juicy and happy.

Check out this video and let me know what you think. They clearly don’t take themselves too seriously. I love it!

It’s hot outside right now, and I’m really digging these light, Summer tunes…

Baby Blue (We Were Evergreen)

In current listenings, tracks to listen to on July 26, 2012 at 10:54 am

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If you haven’t noticed yet, I love upbeat tracks – sometimes hard and heavy, and sometimes light and Summery. “Baby Blue”, the first track I’ve heard from We Were Evergreen, falls into the second category.

The guitar-ukulele combo that drives this song (working with the electro-dance beat elements too) automatically makes this a Summer song for me.

I don’t really want to say much about this track, except that I love the energy and the light, quirky sound that this trio has created. They combine acoustic elements and beautiful vocal harmonies with some digital editing and make a beautiful acoustic-electro hybrid that is easy to listen to and just makes me feel good!

Enjoy, music fans!

Float (KO KO)

In current listenings, tracks to listen to on May 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm

There’s only two ways that tracks with whistling can go: really phenomenal, or really, really phenomenally bad. In general, I’ve gotta say, I love whistling and I think most people do (its jovial and fun and light-hearted). In fact, my good friend recently decided to improve his whistling skills so he literally worked on it for a few months. You’ll be happy to know that his whistling has improved.

But back on track: KO KO starts off this beautiful and breezy track with some whistling that sets a nice little melody in motion. Its repeated throughout the song, although the whistling isn’t always there. I can’t find much information about KO KO except that they have a Bandcamp page with three songs that I really enjoy. One of these songs, is “Float”. Its a catchy pop song with a simple and intimate feeling that touches on life issues, both personal and career-related. It gives me this feeling of being in an “in-between” kind of state. There is a sense of determination, mixed with some insecurity about achieving different goals in life. I love the sound of this tune with its relentlessly light and easy hook and dream-like feeling that the synths create. This is a great Summer song if you are loving the sunshine but feeling a little bit introspective.

As far as I can tell, KO KO is made up of two California brothers, Ryan and Taylor Lawhon, with the assistance of other musicians in their area. If you like “Float”, you’ll probably like their three-track release on Bandcamp. They’ve offered it up for free download a few times in the past, so keep your eye out and it might just happen again!

Sending you all some Tuesday love…

tracks to listen to – Gorilla (Boy Mandeville)

In current listenings, tracks to listen to on January 6, 2012 at 9:00 am

Boy Mandeville reminds me a bit of Vampire Weekend with less angst, and a little more Summer added into the sweet guitar riffs that slide out of your speakers as you listen to this track. Its also got a fun bass line that drives the tune in a really playful way.  Check it out!

tracks to listen to – Walking On A Dream (Empire Of The Sun)

In current listenings, tracks to listen to on July 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I have been avoiding the RS150 the past two weeks – I have an album I don’t really want to listen to, AND I’ve been busy, so instead, I’ve been posting lots of hot Summer tracks. Hope you don’t mind!

Empire of the Sun is yet ANOTHER Australian electronic duo. What’s with me and Australian music? And electronic duos? Anyway, these guys were previously working on solo projects when they got together and played in some jam sessions, which ended up being the beginning of Empire of the Sun. The track is off the 2008 album of the same name, Empire of the Sun, which didn’t receive critical acclaim at the time of release. Still, it has been certified platinum in Australia since its release.

I like this song because its got energy and a driving beat, combined with Summery synths that fill in the mid section and give it a really breezy feel. I also have this thing for songs with a driving bass drum. It gets me everytime (“Viva La Vida”, and “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” are two biggies that do it – along with some Jonsi…and others, clearly). Anyway, this track doesn’t have the same intense dance sound as so many others I’ve posted, but it has enough energy to make you want to move a bit. And I like that.

Also, I don’t know about you, but the album art reminds me of a mix between David Bowie in Labyrinth  and the original Harry Potter movie soundtrack. Ha!

Enjoy, and Happy Wednesday, music lovers…

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tracks to listen to – Lovers’ Carvings (Bibio)

In current listenings, tracks to listen to on July 25, 2011 at 9:34 am

Stephen Wilkinson, aka Bibio, is a music producer and self-taught musician from Central England. His music has been featured in numerous TV commercials, including a commercial for L.L. Bean in the U.S.

On “Lovers’ Carvings”, Wilkinson vamps a sweet and serene guitar intro that beautifully sets the scene for what seems like a beautiful Summer day. I can picture two lovers walking around in a park, and then carving their names into the bark of a tree in the Summer sun. Right? And then just before 1 minute and 30 seconds into the song, the pace changes (cue: cow bell) and we get a more upbeat, playful, and exciting tune that highlights the thrill of the moment. The song is all about people carving their names in different places. Its fun, its unique, and it captures the spirit of that exciting playful moment where you and your mate are being just a bit rebellious and permanently marking your love in the world around you.

This is a cool tune and its light and easy (after a few tunes that were a bit more dance-y). Bibio has a new album out, but “Lovers’ Carvings” is from an older album, Ambivalence Avenue. Check out some of his music here and enjoy!

Bermuda (Kisses)

In current listenings, tracks to listen to on July 20, 2011 at 1:37 pm

I wonder how they came up with this band-name? Trial and error? Some experimentation? Regardless, ‘Kisses’ is not the kind of name that just anybody could go by. But, since the two members of the band are dating, it makes way more sense! And wait for it – they’re L.A.-based! Are you surprised? It seems like most of the tracks I’m digging right now are coming out of L.A. or Australia!

This boyfriend-girlfriend duo has a light and whispy feeling to their track, “Bermuda”. Its got a fun and breezy sound mixed with a pseudo-disco sound. That makes it perfect for a day of sunshine in the Summer, perhaps sipping a delicious beverage on a patio or beach somewhere?

They’ve got some other fun tracks on their myspace as well, which you can check out. Otherwise, have a listen to the track below, and if you like it, head over to stereogum.com for a free donwload of the track! :)

tracks to listen to – 11th Dimension (Julian Casablancas)

In current listenings, tracks to listen to on June 26, 2011 at 11:08 am
Phrazes for the Young

Album Art for Phrazes for the Young (November 2, 2009)

In the spirit of Summertime tunes, this is a track from another Strokes band member, Julian Casablancas. I have no clue where I heard this song first, I don’t know why its on my computer, and I don’t know if I ever listened to it until about 4 weeks ago (when I put Little Joy on a genius playlist in iTunes, and WHAMMY – Julian Casablancas popped up too).

I haven’t heard all of Casablancas’ solo album, Phrazes for the Young, but this track is rad. “11th Dimension” is a fantastic fusion of different elements. There are synths in the heart of the sound (especially the anthem-like chords that are hammered out through the entire song, except the chorus), combined with electro beats and some wave synths. The verses have a busy but clean sound to them, which explodes into a symphony of slightly chaotic sounds during the chorus that are filled with energy and an upbeat, positive message.

At the end of the day, this is just a really fun, kick ass track. If you are looking for another track to add to your Summer playlist, then this is it. Strange video aside, this song rocks. Enjoy.

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