Sounds like: Alabama Shakes, The Band
Friday, March 29, 2013
Sounds like: Alabama Shakes, The Band
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Moistness Level: WET, YET DIFFICULT TO REMEMBER THE TITLE
Listen after the break!
This is a very, you guessed it, cool song from a band that was featured on MM quite some time ago. Its probably a good thing that I only came across this song today, as I would have probably replaced the song I used then with this one. I came across this song while doing one of my favorite music listening activities, which I reccomend all of you try. Especially if you are like me and prefer to download full albums rather than single songs, than there is probably a lot of music on your ipod, you are either completely unfamiliar with or at the very least foggy on. Take your ipod and for a week or so just leave it on shuffle. In theory you should like every song, but you might find something you either forgot about or just overlooked. Its a fun little game and is the reason I, and now all of you get to hear this very cool, smooth, chorale drivin track from the slightly trippy, very chill band, Spiritualized.MOISTNESS LEVEL: COOL WAVES
Listen after the break:
Friday, March 22, 2013
Ok so this band is called STRFKR (pronounced "Star Fucker"), and yes, we are obligated to post about them based on the name alone. But beyond their eye-catching band name, they make great, synth-based music. This album came out about a month ago, and is garnering lots of attention, for good reason. Listen to two of our favorites from the album, after the break.
Sounds like: Passion Pit, MGMT
I've been kind of on a rap kick recently, and I've been on the prowl for great rappers that I've never heard of. This song is the fruits of those labors, and I'm already a big fan. It doesn't quite have the pop appeal of some songs, but it's catchy in it's own right. The song talks about what it's like growing up in Brooklyn, and the types of things he would see every day when he takes a walk. It's a meaningful song, if you're into that. Or, if you're not, its just a nice sounding rap song to cruise to. Listen after the break.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
I can't say I'm usually a fan of remixes, but this is a huge exception. Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z teamed up for this song, which is completely different from the original (and does not feature DJ Khaled yelling remix at any time, thankfully). Both of these living legends put out outstanding verses. It's hard to really do the song justice in a simple blog post, so I'll just say this. The album cover features Kobe and MJ, arguably the two best basketball players in history. This song is these two flaunting the fact that they are the best there's ever been. It's arrogant, but hard to deny. Listen after the break.
This North Carolina band haven't always made such folky music. At one point, they were both in metal and punk bands, but they decided to mellow out a little bit, and the results are a slightly grungy, bluesy style of folk music. Listen after the break.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
This song is wild, there's no other way to put it. Sigur. Rós is an Icelandic ambient music band. They make weird, atmospheric, long songs that sounds like M83 played at a slower speed. I've been using this album as background music for when I'm writing, and it's been functioning really well for that. It's not exactly radio ready, and you won't be playing it at parties any time soon, but if you can get past the weirdness of it, this is a great piece of music. Listen, and watch the video after the jump.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Monday, March 11, 2013
Friday, March 8, 2013
Thursday, March 7, 2013
There was a new James Blake song released today, just one day after a new M83 song, and that is a pretty solid 1-2 punch. Here's the second single off of Blakes upcoming album Overgrown, which is coming out April 8. The first single was amazing. This one is the "Dub" version, so I don't think it will sound this way on the album itself. Either way, new James Blake is always cause for celebration round these parts.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
I had a moment the other night that got me excited about music in a way that I haven't been in quite some time. I owe that moment to Andrew Bird, the violinist/guitarist/folksinger/whistler who has been featured before on our blog here. His cemetary gate sessions, which is a series put on by Pitchfork, is one of the more incredible solo performances I have heard in quite some time. With little more than a fiddle, guitar, a few microphones and an audio looping device he creates some of the most unique musical blends in recent memory. His melodic motives are linear, in that they rarely repeat and favor constant motion instead of verse, chorus, verse, chorus etc. They are a complexly woven tapestry of influences which may include jazz, rock, folk, bluegrass, classical, arabic, and many others. Each song is its own unique journey, hard to describe in comparrison to anything else. Please listen all the way through, they are all great in their own way, and I hope they speak to you the way they speak to me. Ive been listening to these next few songs exclusively for the last three days as my fellow editor will attest to. Even if you think you've heard Andrew Bird, try this, its very different than his studio work, and personally I like it better.
Listen to the songs and read their separate writeups below!
Monday, March 4, 2013
It's a relatable song, if you've been through something like that. And if you haven't, it's just a well-crafted, lyrically-based, Dylan-esque, adjective worthy song, this is what you're looking for. Listen after the jump.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Friday, March 1, 2013
He's got a different sound from most in his genre, and for most people, you'll either love it, or not like it at all. If you do love it (which I'm fairly certain you will), I cannot give you enough encouragement to go buy his album. I went back and forth over which song of his to post for about twenty minutes, and to me, that is a true testament to his discography. Every song is better than the last one. And look at that fucking beard. If I was going to rank the beards of current musicians, I would absolutely put him in the top 5. Listen to "Selfless in a City" after the break.