Listen after the border hop:
Friday, April 26, 2013
This is one of those songs that I've heard countless times, without ever knowing who it was by or what it was called. That opening riff will stick with you. Fair warning, if you hear this song once, it is going to be stuck in your head for at least the rest of the day. But honestly, it's worth it. I've been walking to class just whistling that opening riff, not giving a single fuck that other people are staring at me. In my mind, they're probably just trying to figure out what song I'm whistling, because its SO GOOD. Anyways, listen after the jump.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra is quite a name for a band. Which I suppose is appropriate, because this is quite a song. From the opening seconds of the song, the beat that drives the whole song becomes apparent. As time passes, more layers are added to this initial riff. It's the perfect balance between catchy and repetitive, which is difficult to pull off. The vocals, while not the main attraction, certainly add something worthwhile to the sound. This song is their biggest hit so far, released in 2009. Listen after the jump.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The following is not an example of that. It is a solo song from John Frusciante (the lead guitar player for Red Hot Chili Peppers), written for a friend of his who had recently died, and who happened to love melodic guitar solos. It flows along smoothly, each note played with so much emotion that you wouldn't believe that it wasn't written for a dead friend. Honestly, this is the most I've enjoyed a piece of instrumental music in a very long time. Flawless. Listen after the jump.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I can't begin to tell you how much I like this band. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros pretty much cover all the bases for me. They've got two albums out already, and one more in the works, due out this summer. They're an 11-piece folk band, led by Alex Ebert, based in California. Their first album, Up From Below, was probably their more pop friendly album, led by the impossible not to love "Home." They followed that with the more slowed-down sound of their second album, Here (exemplified by "Mayla." After the jump, there is a new Edward Sharpe song, "Give Me a Sign," which appears to be just a random new song, and not a single from their new album. Still, it's solid. Listen after the jump.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Kurt Vile is a folk rocker out of Philadelphia. He's released several fantastic albums over the last decade or so, though it seems like his most recent one might just be his best to date. Walkin On A Pretty Daze is the kind of album that can fit in with any time period, even though it came out just two weeks ago. The guitar solo that starts around the 7:00 mark, and goes pretty much for the rest of the song is outstanding. It nearly eclipses the rest of the song for me. The rest of the album has a couple of gems sprinkled in throughout, led off by the epic opening track, "Walkin On A Pretty Day." Listen after the break.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Alas, here it is. The only playlist you will need tonight. We have done a fair number of dry runs on these songs, which have been in heavy rotation for the past year or so. They've proven their worth time and time again. I encourage you to listen to the whole thing, as I believe it gets better as it goes along. Happy holidays guys. Listen after the jump.
I don't want to brag, but this playlist is kind of our expertise. You love to wake and bake. We love to wake and bake. But most importantly, we love the music we listen to during the wake and bake. Honestly, some of our best musical finds have come from seeking better wake and bake music, and it is as a result of those finds that we made Moist Melodies. For us, the morning sounds best with some light, happy folk music. The playlist is in no particular order, (I basically just went down my iTunes adding songs to the playlist), so I do recommend listening to the whole thing. It's pretty long, but there isn't a single song on this list that won't sound great this morning. Later in the day, we'll post a playlist for later tonight, for when you're getting ready to overdose on weed. OVERDOSE ON WEED. Happy toking oh moist ones. Listen after the break.
Friday, April 19, 2013
If you've already seen this band posted on Moist Melodies, I apologize. The original post was actually only our fourth post ever on MM, and it only got 3 page views :( I feel that those of you who have jumped on the bandwagon since that time cannot miss out on them, and so, I repost.
My fellow editor introduced us to this song by way of a flyfishing documentary, Eastern Rises (which I highly recommend). They've got kind of a wavy folk sound, if that even makes sense. The wobbly synth in "Black River Killer" is what really sold me on this song. And for an extra bonus, there is also "Lady on the Water," a somewhat more traditional sounding folk song, but still fantastic. Listen after the jump.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Kathleen Edwards, a Canadian singer-songwriter, has been at it for years, but this was my first introduction to her. Definitely have been missing out. For one, her first big single was called Hockey Skates, which is a joke that writes itself. But honestly, beyond that moment of laughter, I've enjoyed just about all of her music, and I think you will too. Listen after the break.
Friday, April 12, 2013
So last night, I went to a Kendrick Lamar concert. I'm not going to lie to you, it wasn't quite as mind-blowing as I had hoped. But, with that said, there were several moments during that show that met and exceeded expectations. Right before he played this song, he warned those in the pit that it was "about to get turnt' up" in there, and that they might want to leave before it got too rowdy down there. This is riot music right here, and things started to get out of hand when it came on. Quite a moment. Listen after the break.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Everybody knows A Tribe Called Quest. The Queens-based rap group is among the many outstanding old school rap groups, along with the likes of NWA and their fellow big apple rappers, Wu Tang Clan. It took me a little while to appreciate the tribe; their flow is very distinctly old school, and it held me back from hearing, and subsequently enjoying their rhymes. I don't claim to be a Tribe expert, but "Verses From the Abstract" has always seemed, to me, an under appreciated classic. I mean, they rhyme "booty" with "duty," and that just about sold it for me. Listen after the Triborough Bridge.
Jake Bugg is an English singer songwriter, and today, he released his first full-length album in the US. As I listen to it now, I can't help but draw some comparisons to The Tallest Man on Earth. His voice is unconventional, rasping just slightly, but in such a way that it does not take away from the sound. It'll take a little while to fully digest the album, but on first listen, it's definitely moist enough to grace these pages. Moistness is life. Listen after the leap.
Monday, April 8, 2013
My mom's always telling me that the music I listen to is too weird. I fervently resist her claims, but on this song, she might be right. It uses bird chirping prominently, so there's that. And that picture above, is the first result when you google image search "CocoRosie." So I'm not embellishing when I say they're pretty weird. But really, this song is all about getting past the weirdness, and focusing on the slow, hazy beat and thin voice crooning above the simple instrumentation. It's fantastic. Herbal stimulation recommended. Listen after the break.
Sounds like: Joanna Newsom
One of the main reasons that we formed Moist Melodies was to showcase bands that we love, that we feel are not getting enough attention. Everyone has an artist or two who are totally unknown, but whom we think make fantastic music. There are the well-established good bands of the time, and there are also unknown nuggets waiting to be discovered. This is the case now as much as it was in the 1970's, when Linda Perhacs released her first and only studio album, Parallelograms. It was unappreciated at the time, but has come back to prominence after some of her music was featured in a Daft Punk movie. You can't help but be reminded of the similar story of the rediscovery of Rodriguez's music (which has been featured here).
Sounds Like: Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Rodriguez
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
So, simply put, I found three versions of the same old folk standard, "I'll Fly Away". The song was originally written in 1929 by a man named Albert E Brumley, and was published in Hartford, CT (860 Represent!) as a gospel tune. It has since been recorded countless times by the likes of pretty much everyone from country artists such as Gillian Welch, who is featured here (again from the O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack, seriously, download it) jazz artists such as the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz band, and even Yeezy himself liked it enough to record a short version of it. Listen to all three. All are good, all are different and each has their own appeal. Honestly there's doubtlessly countless other versions I could have also featured but, hey, I'm lazy. If you find new versions that are adequately moist, send em! Let us know which of these three you like best! We love interaction. It makes us feel like we matter. Well, that got weird and introspective, im going to go drink heavily, you guys listen to the songs after the triple jump (get it? Because there's three songs.)
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
MOISTNESS LEVEL: (Although I actually prefer Meech's verse...) JUICY
Video and inside joke explanation after the vault. Also listen to another Flatbush classic RIGHT HERE.
Monday, April 1, 2013
MOISTNESS LEVEL: LIFE-SAVING
Listen to it after the hop: